Ever look back on really old New Year’s resolutions and reflect on whether you actually did them?
In an effort to find mention of a major purchase I made about six years ago, I called up the earliest posts of which WordPress still has a record — far from the site’s first post, but all the way back to 2007. What should I find but this post from the end of December in that year.
I called it a “to-do” list because the usual broad “resolutions” seemed too vague to lead to any meaningful action. What became of all those?
1. Three days a week, add bicycling or mountain park hiking to exercise routine
Har har! Not a chance!!
2. Lose five to ten pounds by
a) staying off the sauce,
b) increasing exercise as above, and
c) continuing to eat lots of whole foods and less sugar & refined grain
Now there’s a righteous concept.
b) give me a break!
c) did that, but only because that was already my habit
3. Bring food to the office instead of ponying up $8 for the miserable restaurant fodder that passes as lunch
Well, actually… what happened there is I just quit eating on or near the campus. As things went from bad to worse with the annoying woman I’d stupidly hired as my secretary, I took to leaving earlier and earlier in the day and doing most of my work out of my home office. This meant I started eating lunch around 3 in the afternoon.
4. Drink tea, not coffee, and less of it
Whatever made me imagine I could shuck off my beloved daily coffee fix?
5. Learn to put widgets on iWeb pages
My goodness. I was still using iWeb in 2007? Well, no. You can’t put widgets in iWeb. Or couldn’t. The program doesn’t even exist anymore.
6. Join four social networking sites
Sure, I joined four social networking sites. Hardly ever use them. Facebook annoys more with every new revelation of its privacy-invading habits and Borg-like ambitions, and the public passion for Twitter continues to mystify me. You can take the horse to water...
7. Aim for two no-purchase days a week
These days it’s more like two do-purchase days a week. While I was still working? I expect two no-buy days was reasonable, but don’t recall.
8. Snowflake the Renovation Loan principal down by $1,000 (that’s $83.30 a month)
In 2009, when I realized the university was going to shutter our office and can all five of us — I had nine months’ notice — I started “noonlighting” by taking on face-to-face community college and online GDU courses. One semester I taught the equivalent of four online sections — the same workload I had when I taught full-time for the university — while holding down my full-time editorial job. It was a killer, but it allowed me to pay off the loan before I was laid off.
9. Invest $250 a month in an interest-bearing account to build liquid savings and to provide the option of paying off Renovation Loan within five years
Don’t recall whether I did this specifically, but something along these lines was going on. See below.
10. Invest net income from side job (approx. $3500 a semester) in the same interest-bearing account
Substantial amounts were going into a money-market account at the credit union. Before the Recession-That-Was-Not-a-Depression hit, that account returned a little interest (certainly better than an ordinary savings account). And by the time I was laid off, the loan was paid and some $28,000 had accrued. I’m still living on the remains of that stash.
11. Wear better clothes to the office, using the wardrobe now expanded by after-Christmas clothing purchases
When I do have “office”-style clothing, I don’t wear it. I find that stuff uncomfortable, and I’m past the point in life where it’s worth making myself uncomfortable to please strangers and passers-by. I continued to wear my favorite Costco jeans to work, and the fancy clothes bought on sale gathered dust in the closet.
12. Try to wangle a Power Mac from the university
That didn’t work.
13. Build cross-campus collaboration by trying to land another research assistantship to be staffed by grad students in the publishing program
14. Build new ways to mentor graduate students and reinforce editorial training
Mmhhh…well. We started having weekly editorial meetings, during which we discussed what had been done and what needed to be done. After awhile, though, La Morona’s presence became so annoying that none of us wanted to meet with her interfering, and so that idea petered out.
15. Make new friends
a) through Meetup.com
b) rejoin the choir
I did join Meetup.com. Joined a hiking group, and within a week fell down the stairs at M’hijito’s apartment building, sustaining a severe ankle strain. That put the eefus on my hiking schemes. Another Meetup.com group proved to be an agglomeration of fruitcakes and nerds even more hopeless than me. I lost interest.
And eventually, after an interlude with the Unitarians, I did rejoin the choir. That was good.
LOL! How hilarious.
Do you recall any New Year’s Resolutions of yore? Did any of them ever work out?