Since it’s the dawn of the New Year soon, everyone I know is scrambling to come up with resolutions, or words, or a “bucket list” for a year. I do all of the above, so I’m in with the masses; reading horoscopes, making wishes on 11:11 and yellow lights, and other odd behaviors you may see me do. I usually come up with a list of 100 things I’m going to do in the New Year with three things that are completely out of character for me. This year, those are run a half-marathon, read even more books than last year, and complete Project 365.
Run a half-marathon has always been something I’ve wanted to do. Partly, because I’m competitive and want one of those white , bold & black face stickers on the window of my Focus, and partly because I need to stay fit. I have a thyroid issue (an obtuse thyroid, turned the wrong way) and so my weight can become out of control at the drop of a cheeseburger.
Thanks to this issue, I’ve been eating more healthy (lots of fruits and vegetables) and I’ve been concentrating on working out. The working out part is coming a bit slow and so I’ve convinced my father that he has to wake me up, no matter what, at 8:00 am every morning. Usually, like the teenager I still am, I laze around under the covers, snuggling my cat for a few minutes and then I almost-stoned head into the shower, but this time…uh uh.
Some of you are scoffing reading this. “8:00 am, that’s sleeping in! Try having a three year old!” It’s an hour earlier than I normally get up for work and in that hour I plan to train for a marathon in Raleigh in November. (Oak City Classic in case anyone has ran it). By then, I hope to be able to run a HALF-marathon which is 13.9. This is my goal.
If anyone has any real motivating music they’d like to share with me that keeps them going, please do so. Usually, (and this is the honesty coming out…) I listen to music that reminds me how shitty my ex-boyfriends are and how good I’m going to look after this run (aka so much better than them). WINNING. Is this typical or did I just share something that everyone is laughing at? Or, I listen to music that is completely degrading to women, and then I get angry and work harder. This usually turns into a Lil’ Wayne marathon.
Reading, schmeading. My goal for next year is 120 books, so I think I can do that. It’s not too lofty since I’m almost there this year, and I just have to keep maintaining through bad books or flying through wonderful ones like I did this year. The only thing that’s got me a little nervous is that I’ve been really slacking in December. It took me two weeks to read Goonsquad and I didn’t even try to read anything else during that time. I started Sarah Canary three days ago and I have yet to read it at all past page three. I guess I’m just not giving into my book lust. You wouldn’t know it from this blog though since I seem like some insane book lady.
The last of my “big” ideas for next year is Project 365. Thanks to Emma Bolden at A Century of Nerve, I’ve been inspired. She’s an amazing writer, you should go check out her blog and her published work that is linked there. Project 365 is the idea that every single day of the entire year you take a picture. Sounds simple right? It gets harder. The goal picture is a picture that encompasses everything in that day into one quick shot. I think that’s a hefty feat, especially for myself. I’m that person who will be sitting on the computer looking at pinterest at 11:39 pm and realize I haven’t taken my photo and now I’m forced to take another picture of my cat sleeping.
Tangent: He’s just got the cutest, roly-poly sleeping position that I can’t help myself but squeeze, or photograph him. Otherwise he’s pure evil and so arrogant. Let me just go on a quick tangent. When I bought Jas(per) from a shelter, they told me his name was Gaston because he was just so handsome. And ever since that day, even after I changed his name to Jasper (yes, due to my Twilight fascination) I’ve been living with his growing ego, which both my parents feed – literally – with treats. I’m convinced he’s a reincarnated Kenickie from Grease. Ugh. My life.
Anyway, Project 365 is why you see the flickr widget over there on the side bar. This is so that if you see I’ve missed a day, you can harangue, harass, throw tomatoes (or other varied forms of produce) at me until I produce some magical photograph for that day.
I think I’ll look back on this project, proud of the fact I was able to accomplish it and happy that I have a year of pictures. My house already looks like Hallmark threw up everywhere with cards and photos of my nephew, so let’s just add to the hoarding of faces, and books, and the written word with Project 365. Maybe I’ll even find something unique to hang all the pictures with on pinterest. I could have a timeline of my life in the hallway! I have so many ideas…that neither of my parents will agree with.
That being said, I want a few takers to do this with me. I’ve already created a flickr account so that everyone can see I’m keeping up with my promises, but maybe someone else is interested in photographing their day-to-day existence. We can share our days together. (Aw….). How I’m going to do this is: every week I’ll post a blog of my 7 pictures (probably on a Sunday) and explain them, I suppose, and sort out why I chose that random tree, or that desk, or this tool shed. Sort of like a book club, but with photos that we share on our blogs every Sunday.
Raise your hand if interested and Salute your shorts. Har-har.
Also, please link your blog in the comment section so that we can see if there are any takers at all (probably not….) and we can also look at one another’s blog throughout the year of photos. Every Sunday when I post my pictures (if I indeed choose Sunday) I will link to you as well so that everyone can see your wonderful lives displayed 365 days of the year. WOO!
Warning: If you sign up for this, you will receive nasty head thoughts if you slow down, and/or forget. I won’t get nasty with you exactly, but I will be thinking mean things. If you succeed everyday, I will secretly be jealous of your success at keeping up with this so easily, as I will probably fail at times. And that’s why I have a glass half-empty mentality. :) Soon it will fill up though, chocolate milk please.
So, who’s in? And if you’re not in, feel free to share some resolutions you have this year with me and my fellow bloggers. I’ve thought of sixty for my usual one hundred, but I need a few more ideas of what I should really plan for next year.
What are your resolutions for next year, or what are your words to live by in 2012?