Dos and don’ts for 2009

I’m bored. Not from lack of things to do, mind you, but from lack of will to do things. I’m home, as I am most every New Year’s Eve. I’m not a partier, never have been. I logged out of World of Warcraft in a minor snit so now I sit reading blogs and debating on whether to bother opening up a bottle of wine, or just go to bed. As I Twittered, I’m not watching ABC’s New Year Eve program. So the TV is completely off.

In many ways, 2008 was so much better than 2007 and great leaps ahead of the absolute porta-potty of a year that was 2006. And yet…all I can think of are my former coworkers and the empty desks that will still be empty on Friday when I go back to work. Will I still be at the Courier-Post in 2009? I hope so – I still do love working for my hometown paper – but if the layoff scythe doesn’t get me the drain of doing the jobs of two people just might.

If you’ve been reading me long enough, you’ll know that all of my resolutions die painful and over-the-top deaths. So here are some dos and don’ts I hope to stick by in 2009.

DO:

  • Take what I’ve learned from BlogHer and use it.
  • Continue working on my PHP/MySQL and Flash skills and look into Ruby on Rails. If the scythe gets me, I need to be prepared for what comes next
  • Pay the $$ and join the little workout center that is not even 50 paces from my building’s back door.
  • Write, write, write.

DON’T:

  • Go on a diet. Just go back to eating better, like I did this summer, before the evil empire dropped the first layoff letter and I ran to Cheetos for cover. When I was doing it right, I wasn’t hungry.
  • Put things off.
  • Be a hermit. I can be the happiest of clams at home in my Slanket being social via Facebook. Putting on shoes and going out to lunch won’t kill me.
  • Give up. No matter how hard all of the above seems, if I keep plugging away I WILL learn new languages. If I keep making jello and portioning my food I WILL lose weight. If I get laid off, all of the above skills will help me so much.

There will be no wine tonight. I’m going to log back into WoW and wish my game buddies a Happy New Year. Then I’m going to cuddle up with the book WM got me for Christmas and doze my way into a happy, healthy, prosperous 2009.

Happy New Year to all of you!

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I’m still here!

My Christmas was lovely and I hope yours was as well. I’m just taking a little time away from the web. I’m on a “stay-cation” until Jan 2. (yes I go back to work for only one day this week) so it’s nice taking things a bit slower.

But to keep the blog alive in the meantime, here’s a meme I picked up from somewhere…

Things you’ve already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven’t done and don’t want to – leave in plain font

1. started your own blog
2. slept under the stars
3. played in a band
4. visited hawaii
5. watched a meteor shower
6. given more than you can afford to charity
7. been to disneyland/world
8. climbed a mountain
9. held a praying mantis
10. sang a solo
11. bungee jumped
12. visited paris
13. watched a lightning storm at sea
14. taught yourself an art from scratch
15. adopted a child
16. had food poisoning
17. walked to the top of the statue of liberty
18. grown your own vegetables

19. seen the mona lisa in france
20. slept on an overnight train – sucks!
21. had a pillow fight
22. hitch hiked
23. taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. built a snow fort
25. held a lamb
26. gone skinny dipping
27. run a marathon
28. ridden a gondola in venice
29. seen a total eclipse
30. watched a sunrise or sunset
31. hit a home run
32. been on a cruise – I miss the Disney Cruise.
33. seen niagara falls in person
34. visited the birthplace of your ancestors – Dad was born in NJ, Mom in PA. Not so hard. 😉
35. seen an amish community
36. taught yourself a new language
37. had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. seen the leaning tower of pisa in person
39. gone rock climbing
40. seen michelangelo’s david in person
41. sung karaoke
42. seen old faithful geyser erupt
43. bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. visited africa
45. walked on a beach by moonlight
46. been transported in an ambulance
47. had your portrait painted
48. gone deep sea fishing
49. seen the sistene chapel in person
50. been to the top of the eiffel tower in paris
51. gone scuba diving or snorkelling
52. kissed in the rain
53. played in the mud
54. gone to a drive-in theatre
55. been in a movie
56. visited the great wall of china
57. started a business
58. taken a martial arts class
59. visited russia
60. served at a soup kitchen
61. sold girl scout cookies.
62. gone whale watching
63. gotten flowers for no reason
64. donated blood

65. gone sky diving – but I’m too chicken!
66. visited a nazi concentration camp
67. bounced a cheque
68. flown in a helicopter
69. saved a favorite childhood toy
70. visited the lincoln memorial
71. eaten caviar
– yuck!
72. pieced a quilt
73. stood in times square
74. toured the everglades – I think I did this as a kid as part of a timeshare thing in Florida
75. been fired from a job
76. seen the changing of the guard in london
77. broken a bone
78. been on a speeding motorcycle
79. seen the grand canyon in person
80. published a book
81. visited the vatican
82. bought a brand new car
83. walked in jerusalem
84. had your picture in the newspaper
85. read the entire bible
86. visited the white house
87. killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. had chickenpox
89. saved someone’s life
90. sat on a jury – pick me! pick me!
91. met someone famous
92. joined a book club
93. lost a loved one
94. had a baby
95. seen the alamo in person.
96. swum in the great salt lake.
97. been involved in a law suit
98. owned a cell phone
99. been stung by a bee

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Merry Christmas

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New workspace – 12/19/08

This is my 8th desk move in 9 years. And unless they trade me to another department for draft picks or future considerations, the next time I pack up this desk will be to walk out the door.


My workspace – 12/19/08

See what’s in front of me? WALL. That is awesome. Walls are quiet and unassuming. New Boss is in the cube in front (to the left) of me. Coworker S would have been in back (to the right) of me. (sniff..miss her).

You can click the photo to my Flickr account for additional notes.

PS…upgraded to WordPress 2.7 “Coltrane” last night. My UI is completely different.

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