I’m sitting at D’s place in Oakland, CA. C and I flew in to spend New Year’s Eve here and to explore the East Bay a little bit. Dinner at the Shakewell and countdown at The Graduate Bar. Today is the lazy day after; there’s no TV in this apartment, hence no football. There was a threat of dim sum today but threats are not taken seriously anymore.
Resolutions that are easy to make because they’re things I’m kind of already doing:
- Use less plastic garbage (disposable straws, to-go cups/lids, FLOSS PICKS)
- Work out with weights
- Eat a calorie deficit more days than not
- Pay off my credit card
- Have strong feet (barefoot, spread toes, no heel strike; train tracks not tight rope)
- Ukulele every day
Resolutions that I’d love to do but they’re hard to talk about because I’m afraid of failing:
- Actually write that book; How to become multilingual, a memoire. Language learning tips in the form of narrative story.
- Write some short stories.
- Find a job where I can just park for the rest of my career (or for a while at least) and feed my retirement fund. Maybe where I’m at now, maybe the next place, but definitely no more limbo.
- Get rid of possessions I don’t need to live. Throw out the fat clothes that I’ll never have to go back to.
- Blog more; language learning, personal journaling, travel, food; whatever, I miss it.
- Language goal: no new languages this year, actually. Polish/practice on the ones I know.
Skills I’d like to learn/hone; not as a resolution necessarily, but I hope I learn these things before I die:
- Juggling three objects
- Manual transmission
- Writing systems: Japanese katakana, Arabic alphabet, Korean alphabet. I’ve studied these in the past, but I want to learn them for good.
- Cooking with fire
- Fingerpicking on ukulele; play melody and harmony at the same time; noodle. I can start by learning the fretboard.
How learn how to do these things?
- Do all my grading and class planning at work everyday at the office before going home, so that evenings and weekends belong to me?
- Fit crossfit back into my schedule now that I’m a teacher again?
- Fill my kitchen with fresh food on Sunday, meal prep for the week, and then finish the week on Saturday with an empty fridge.
- Do fabulous international travel every summer without going into credit card debt.