Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Cheers to the New Year

The kids are back in school; the schedule has filled up like a bucket under a leak: life is back in session. So, without further ado:

1. I'm going to post weekly here, and on Facebook; I'm going to learn how to network.
2. This will probably involve improving my reach out and follow through skills;
3. Which will benefit from working with more calmness and focus and not getting distracted by every yahoo news story that flits across my screen. Not having yahoo news on my screen as much will also help.
4. Also it would help if I polish my game just a smidge: you know, think of stimulating questions to ask people. And then ask them.
5. I'll also reach out formally: I got a gift certificate to the Lighthouse Writing Workshop. I'm going to use it.
6. Related: we ended up with three museum memberships after the craziness of the holidays. I'm going to make sure we use them.
7. But I don't want to only do city outings: I'm going to get myself and the kids into nature at least once a month.
8. I'm also going to be stronger, or at least not so piddly. More work with the free weights! And also squat lifts. These only hurt my brain a little bit.
9. Since the body is only as strong as the spirit within, I'm going to nourish my spirit by making at least as much effort to see my friends as I make to have my kids see theirs.
10. Finally, words to live by: Be kind. Reach out. Listen. 

All of these resolutions depend on a certain level of stability and status quo. 
Finally, my TBR* list for 2013:

Mean Spirit, Linda Hogan
The Ambassadors, Henry James
Shell Shaker, LeAnne Howe
Portable Houses, Irene Rawlings & Mary Abel
Sleight of Hand, Peter S. Beagle
Middlemarch, George Eliot

Backup: St Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, Karen Russell

Six books. Twelve months. Can she do it?

*the TBR Challenge is where I pledge (to myself) to read these unread books from my own shelf. The rules are that I have to have had the book on my shelf for over a year - and, well, that's the rule. Most people pledge to read 12 books, but that cramps my reading habits too much and makes me panicky. My former TBR challenges can be found here and here. I will try to post about my books on the third Wednesday of every month, though, as the Super Librarian suggests.


Tess said...

I LOVE "polish my game". Definitely going to use that.

Alien in CH said...

I love Middlemarch. But reading it again last year made me realize how much meaner I am than I used to be. The first time, I sympathized with Dorthea. The second time, I wanted to smack her.