Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Out with the old

I haven't talked about actual tentative plans for a while now. Instead I've been documenting them after the fact -- like playing Catan at Christmas and buying and decorating our own Christmas tree -- if at all. But I have them. Every day I make new tentative plans. I want to tell you about them, but I thought I'd best clear the decks by reporting on the success of some of my plans/resolutions from last January.

I didn't learn to play this song on my ukulele, but I did take a four week ukulele class in November. I learned how to play Silent Night, which I played for my family when I went home for Christmas. I plan to take a 10 week class this year so I can really get into it, so I'm pretty sure I'll be playing Magnetic Fields in no time.

I didn't buy succulents for my cubicle, but I did start a new job last fall, and I like my desk d├ęcor. I have this calendar from Little Otsu on the wall and a little cactus garden on my desk (it's pictured above, and this is what it looked like in 2009). I've also been tending to Jen's succulents since we moved into our house, and so far, so good.

I started reading more short stories, as planned, including those by Alice Munro, Louisa May Alcott and Tobias Wolff. Michael read my favorite story by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Eternal Husband, and he was confused by why I liked so much. I guess I need to read it again to confirm, and now that we have a copy, I will.

I went for an eye exam last spring, and I found out that I don't need glasses (my doc said I probably won't need them for a long time). I was convinced that my time had come, and even though I was sort of excited about trying on glasses, I was relieved. It's just one less thing to think about, so phew.

I accomplished other things last year, of course, but I wanted to address the plans that I wrote about last January. Now I'm going to make a concerted effort to tell you about my new plans in the coming days - a tentative plan in itself.


Anonymous said...

Excellent post! Good for you to have plans/goals and stick to them. Does writing it down on your blog keep your task?

P.S. I have a succulent in my office (my mo' money plant) and it's pretty happy. My lucky bamboo has taken off like a shot!

Erin C.

Erin Riley said...

I'm not sure if writing it down on my blog keeps me to task, but it probably has something to do with it. I love checking things off of a list, and I guess this is a more elaborate and time consuming way of doing that...

P.S. I owe you a phone call!