Monday, December 19, 2005

Aspirations recap

I went back and looked at my goals for last year and let’s see how I did:

1. Take the partying back just a notch or three. That totally happened. So much so, in fact, that my friends are starting to worry that I’m becoming a hermit. Well, I’ll just blame Indie Rocker!
2. Stand up straight. I was doing OK on this one, but Indie Rocker slouches so I find I’m not as vigilant about it as I should be. Oh well.
3. Make exercise a little less haphazard. Sort of. I do have a running buddy/accountability partner, even if I still don’t always stick to a firm schedule.
4. Travel. Extensively. Really, really extensively. While this entry was meant to mean go spend the summer in Australia, I did actually do more traveling this year than I have in quite a long time. I went to Costa Rica, Winter Park, and San Luis Obispo, none of which I have been to before. Plus, I’m off to Baja at the end of the month, so that’s nothing to scoff at.
5. Dress more femininely/professionally at work. I tend to tromp around in Doc Martens and bowling shoes more often than not, which is not the world’s cutest look. I still don’t wear skirts a whole heck of a lot, but I did buy a pair of patent-leather Danskos, which are much cuter and more feminine than Docs, which I don’t really wear anymore. Plus, I do wear heels every so often, even with pants.
6. Do more with the new responsibilities I’m gaining at work. Well, yes and no. I do have a ton more to do, but I’m also gearing up for a major job search in the spring. We’ll see…
7. Get my Cert II. Yeah, that didn’t happen. Not for lack of trying and I’m glad that I’m laying off all testing that I don’t want to do this year. I’m done with this particular brick wall!

So in conclusion, I definitely accomplished three things; I partly accomplished three things and only failed at one. Of the things I partly accomplished, I’m on the fence about the traveling thing since I did a bunch of it, just not the trip that I had originally envisioned when penning that goal. But since I did leave the country, I feel pretty good about that one.

Also? It's December and I have not once felt the need to listen to "Long December" by Counting Crows. Because for once, it hasn't been a long December and while next year might be better, that's a good thing for once. Because I'm finally happy at the end of the year, and that's a really, really nice change. It may be sappy, but I'm feeling the nice parts of "Fairytale of New York" much more this year. And I'm OK with that.

Quote of the Day: "I've got a feeling/This year's for me and you/So happy Christmas/I love you baby/I can see a better time/When all our dreams come true." Fairytale of New York, The Pogues (with Kirsty MacColl).

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