AH! I woke up this morning, 3 hours late, and find that 2009 looks much like 2008. :) Every January 1st should have blue skies and be a perfect day. Unfortunately, it is cloudy here and does not look like the sun will peek through anytime soon.
I want 2009 to be a year of changes. Change is good, and I want to lead the charge. We will have a new baby in April, I will turn 38 in June and I have my 20th high school reunion in August. I want to be ready for these big events with some real changes throughout the year.
Change #1: Take better care of myself. I am terrible about going to the doctor when I am sick, much less when I am healthy. I actually don’t even have a doctor I would call my primary care physician. I don’t get enough exercise, and I tend to not keep very healthy sleeping habits. I will find a doctor and schedule regular visits as recommended, exercise daily (we have a Wii Fit and and exercise bike as well has real bikes and our legs), track my health, and make regularly scheduled dentist appointments. I will wake at 5:00 am every day and go to bed each night when I am tired.
Change #2: Lists, Lists, Lists. I have lots of things I can and should be doing. I own a lot of things, and we often get new things. We have a yard full of plants. All these things can and should be written down on lists. I get frustrated with myself when I need to do something and I don’t have the details I need. This year I will create maintenance lists for the house and cars, lists for my health, home inventory lists, a complete list of my games, music, books and dvd’s. I will keep lists of important numbers handy, and make a list of the correct size and other requirements for any consumables we have (air filters, light bulbs, batteries etc).
Change #3: Board Gamers Delight. Every year I say I am going to play more games. I plan to this year. I am going to play the games I want, and do so on a regular basis. There is no excuse for someone with as many games as I have to not have regularly scheduled game nights. I want to put together a weekly game night, each week. I think maybe Tuesday nights will work best. I will game from 6:30 – 10:00, basically enough time for one good game or a couple of quicker ones. I would really like to find a place in Pearland that would let us come in and game each week similar to how the Dallas Board Game group works at Borders. I have made the decision to no longer chair the Shadow Creek Ranch sponsored SCR Gamers group, and will instead work to create a Pearland/South Houston wide gaming group.
Change #4: Time for RPG’s. I purchased 50 or more RPG products in 2008 and I played 1 RPG. Hmmm. Something is wrong there. I want to get some regular roleplaying started. I am honestly not a huge fan of campaign play, perhaps I have just not played a good one. Regardless, I want to play a variety of games. I just got Savage Worlds the other day and I am very anxious to read and play it. I will work this in each week.
Change #5: Online Life. I don’t want online time to control what I do, but I would like to increase my online presence in positive ways. I will continue to improve my contacts with people online who share my interests. I want to radically increase the time I spend corresponding with old and new friends, and less time buried in the noise of Google Reader. I have a new deck of Akoha cards, and I plan to use them all this year. I want to create meaningful connections in Twitter and Facebook, and grow them each day. I will attend more local functions around my favorite things (game conventions, technology/geek meetups). I will continue to write for this blog. I am going to write whatever I want as I think of it. I won’t be hesitant to post things based on what I perceive others will think of it. I will integrate video and audio information into this blog in 2009.
Change #6: Plan for everything. I have a bad habit of sitting in front of the computer all day doing nothing of importance if I don’t plan. I will set aside time this year to do the things I need and want to do. Importantly, I want Melissa to help me develop these plans so that she can react accordingly, and be a part of the plans. I want to set aside time to:
- Take care of the house.
- Do a new fun thing with Iain ( and new baby).
- Plan my RPG sessions.
- Learn new games.
- Write for this blog.
- Maintain my online me.
- Review my upcoming calendar and tasks.
- Play the video games I already own.
- Plan our DVC vacations, something new every year.
- Everything else.
This is all a pretty tall order, and I am sure there will be other changes as well. I am excited for 2009, and I am ready to make this an amazing year for Melissa, Iain, URL (new babies in utero name) and Myself.