Thursday, January 01, 2009
That New Year's Post - Thursday 1/1/2009
It is so, so very nice to be home day after day. We're all as calm and happy as this.
Had a nice breakfast with History and Cowgirl, and sat around the table and in the living room talking until late in the morning. Lovely way to start the new year.
Of course, the new year is that time when we look back and forward.
I always get this hollow feeling that I haven't accomplished much. I didn't publish enough, or even submit enough. I didn't follow through on some ideas. I didn't finish rewriting my 2006 NaNoWriMo novel. I didn't rewrite my first novel. I didn't lose 20 pounds. I still haven't figured out what to do with all the wood in the back yard from the tree that broke in half in October.
I didn't become perfect in every way, or even in a few ways.
Thank goodness, I have this online community, 43 Things, that helps me set goals and keep track of my progress. I can look back and see that a few things did actually get done. I'm going to tag some people to do this too.
10 Things I'm happy I accomplished in 2008.
1) I read 46 books in 2008
Favorites were The Last Summer of the World by Emily Mitchell, All Will be Revealed by Robert Anthony Spiegel, Exploring with Fremont by Charles Preuss, How to Pick a Peach by Russ Parsons, The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, So Brave Young and Handsome by Leif Enger, and The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean.
2) Connected with people: I visited my brother in Texas, met two people I previously only knew online, and vacationed with my old friend in Santa Fe for a few days, called my mother a lot, called my sister quite a bit, spent time with Hydra's cousins.
3) I tried about 25 new recipes.
4) I made a lot of my Christmas gifts.
5) Although it was called the Fall 2007 issue, my essay came out in Weber: The Contemporary West in January.
6) Poets & Writers published a photograph I took.
7) I watched 120 movies in 2008. That's whatever that is. I guess I feel good that I wrote personal reviews of all of them on my other blog, Curioscopy.
8) Gave three $25 loans through www.kiva.org.
9) Visited 10 cultural institutions in 2008. My favorites : Taos Pueblo, Petroglyph National Monument, The California Route 66 Museum, Manzanar National Historic Site.
10) Met with my writing group every other week. They sustain me.
I'm tagging Los Angelista, The Last Noel, KathyR, Fingers to the Bone and Yesha to do this too! Because I'm interested and so I won't feel like such a braggart.
Anyone who'd like to comment with their own list, I'd love it! Some of you don't have blogs...imagine that!