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2010 New Year’s Resolutions

2010 is finally here!

Okay, I just checked out my 2009 New Year’s Resolutions.  Let’s see how I did.

  1. Walk or ride by mike to work 100 days next year :: Not even close.  I did it about 50 times.  FAIL 
  2. Read a book a week :: I read a lot but I would do about 2 books a day while up at the lake each time we went up there for three or four days.  It was like binge eating.  FAIL
  3. Play a game of tennis a week weather permitting :: Never played a single game.  I suck.  FAIL
  4. Golf five times this summer with Mark.  FAIL
  5. Take three drives from the book that the Reimer’s gave me for Christmas, Saskatchewan Scenic Drives :: We did two but that’s fine with me.  PASS
  6. Get out of the country once in 2009 :: PASS
  7. Put a front and a back deck on the cabin :: FAIL I put the gazebo up and am happy with that.  This year I will add a front patio.  It was hot on the days I wanted to do some work and there is this ice cream stand where the breeze blows through underneath the shade trees…
  8. Finish my documentary on homelessness in Saskatoon :: FAIL but I made some progress.
  9. Learn how to fish. :: Never went once.  FAIL
  10. Dedicate some more time to Resonate in 2009.  PASS

So here are the 2010 New Year’s Resolutions.

  • Grey Owl's cabin at Prince Albert National Park Mark and I are going to hike to Grey Owl’s cabin.  It’s about 40 kilometers round trip through the Canadian boreal forest.  It’s a pretty clear trail and with or without a GPS it will almost impossible to get lost.  Mark got so excited when I brought up the idea, he almost started packing.  It’s a two day hike in and out so it should be a lot of fun.  I am not sure if Wendy will be joining us but if she does, it will be a lot of fun.
  • I want to do about 1500 km on the bike this year.  It isn’t quite was Dave King will do in 2010 but then again, I don’t think I am as committed to my goal as he is.
  • Wendy wants to lose some weight this year.  I am supporting her by giving up all junk food and cutting my Diet Coke consumption (a side note, while I loved a cool Pepsi and Coke while growing up, I can’t stand their taste now on the occasional time where I will drink a bit of one).  Odd to think that you can lose a taste for something like that.  Then again I don’t have much sweet things anymore so maybe I lost my sweet tooth. 
  • Play a game of tennis twice a month.  This time I am serious.  I have a great Prince racket which I hope will intimidate my opponent into thinking I have a better game than I do.  Sadly I don’t think it will work as Wendy plans to be my opponent for most of those games.  The frustrating part about this is Saskatoon has shut down quite a few of their west side tennis courts which means that on the weekends, it can be hard to find a court.
  • Golf at Silverwood Golf five times this summer with Mark.  The plan is to manufacture Mark into a world famous golfer and billionaire by the time he is 30.  Well maybe not.  The actual plan is to make him into a kid that can hit a straight drive once in a while.  For those of you not from Saskatoon, Silverwood Golf Course was designed for kids and parents to golf at.  It’s a dual 9 hole course which will mean for some quick games (well it depends on how we golf). It’s a pretty cool idea and it will be our golf club of choice in 2010.
  • Read better books this year :: I read a lot of garbage last year, most of it was sent to me by Christian publishers looking for kind reviews.  At the end of many of them I felt like I had wasted a lot of time.  This year I am tossing them out and focusing on books that will challenge me and expand my thinking, not just frustrate me.
  • Write more and also use more video on the blog :: I don’t know if I am going to retire the contextless links or not but the plan is to write longer, better researched, and better written posts.  I am also going to start using video more for some fun but also longer features.  The pith can stay with Twitter.

2 Comments

  1. Mike O says:

    > Walk or ride by mike to work 100 days next year … I did it about 50 times.

    I bet those 50 times were rough on mike. But, he’s probably in great shape. And can get a job at Canadian Tire since he can pick up a Volkswagen. :)

    Seriously, make one more resolution to get to San Francisco!

  2. MDSF says:

    Write more and also use more video on the blog :: I don’t know if I am going to retire the contextless links or not but the plan is to write longer, better researched, and better written posts. I am also going to start using video more for some fun but also longer features.

    Please don’t retire the context-less links. Please please.

    I love the longer-form posts. Yes please. There just isn’t enough of that sort of content available in the weblog world.

    I don’t know what to say about video content; as a reader I prefer text, not least because it is friendlier to skimming and rereading, while video generally requires my undivided attention for large numbers of minutes, which I’m less eager to give. Also, I’ve noticed that video bloggers tend to produce sloppy lazy content: unedited thoughts, lots of minutiae, and rarely take the trouble to edit what they say as tightly as they would edit the same content if they were publishing it as text. Perhaps your experiences as a viewer have been different.

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