Thursday, January 1, 2009

Welcome to 2009

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:

  1. Take care of the house.
  2. Do a new fun thing with Iain ( and new baby).
  3. Plan my RPG sessions.
  4. Learn new games.
  5. Write for this blog.
  6. Maintain my online me.
  7. Review my upcoming calendar and tasks.
  8. Play the video games I already own.
  9. Exercise.
  10. Plan our DVC vacations, something new every year.
  11. 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.

Happy New Year!

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