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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.

2009 New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Walk or ride by mike to work 100 days next year.  Dave King has a km goal but for me I want to measure the amount of times I am walking and biking to work.  Like most of us, I work about 200 days a year.  It is amazingly cold here for a lot of those days and other days when I could walk, I need to do stuff after work and so I need the car.  Like I said, 100 walking days to work is a minimum.  It’s only 17 blocks so it isn’t as if it is any great hardship.
  2. Read a book a week.  This is connected to the first goal.  I am exhausted and tired when I come home many nights and yet when I walk, the stress tends to melt away which leaves me a lot more refreshed mentally.  The hope is that the walk home will give me some time to unwind and allow me to take some time to read in 2009.  The other part of it is despite a lot of publishers sending me a lot of books to review, most of the books they sent me were horrible.  Some of you who are authors and are my friends, I would appreciate some better books in 2009.
  3. Play a game of tennis a week weather permitting.  I love tennis but haven’t played in a couple of years.  I have the hair style of Andre Agassi, now I just need to find a game like his.  (Playing here would be pretty cool as well)
  4. Golf five times this summer with Mark.  That doesn’t sound like a lot but it is five more times I golfed in 2008. Silverwood Golf Course is an executive double nine hole courses designed for kids and ADD afflicted adults like myself.  That and Mark needs to learn how to golf.
  5. Take three drives from the book that the Reimer’s gave me for Christmas, Saskatchewan Scenic Drives.
  6. Get out of the country once in 2009 (I barely left the province in 2008)
  7. Put a front and a back deck on the cabin.
  8. Finish my documentary on homelessness in Saskatoon.
  9. Learn how to fish.  I bought a cabin by a lake.  Mark has a fishing rod and a tackle box.  Even Lee was given a new fishing rod for Christmas.  Despite that, I don’t have a fishing rod or know how to fish.  It’s time to learn.
  10. Dedicate some more time to Resonate in 2009.  2008 drained the life out of me and a lot of good came from it but 2009 is a chance to refocus some energy.