athelind: (Ommm)
... well, you know; we all want to change the world.

2011 draws to a close today, and for the first time in a long time, the farewell I bid the passing year is a fond one. I know it's been a hard year for many of us, and certainly, in the Big Picture, there have been grim tidings and outright catastrophes. I hope 2012 is better for every one of us.

On the small scale, on the personal scale ... 2011 has been a good year for Your Obedient Serpent. I haven't mentioned it often, but I finally landed full-time work that taps at least some of my science background, and while there were a few rough patches mid-year, I think I've settled in solidly now. Better yet, it looks like I'll be getting to do even more sciencey stuff in the upcoming year.

As for me, personally ... well, as Gloria Gaynor once sang, 2011 was the year that "I grew strong, and I learned how to carry on." I'm not the person I was, and for the first time in a long time, it feels like I'm starting to become someone I want to be.

So ... thank you, 2011. I know you won't be hearing that from many people, but you did right by me.

As for the Shape of Things to Come:

If the theme for 2011 was Crawling from the Wreckage, then 2012 is Building from the Wreckage. I've found my place to stand, precarious as the footing might be (it is on a pile of wreckage, after all); now it's time to get my levers into place and see if I can move the world, just a little.

Really, it comes down to Extropy, and the Extropian Ideal: Live your life to improve the human condition ... starting with the local human. I'm still assembling a solid foundation for Maslow's Pyramid, but I can at least start sketching out the higher levels.

So, here's the Outline for 2012. If you don't like calling them "Resolutions", think of it as a TO DO LIST ... )
That seems like a good start.

Again, my best wishes to all of you, and I bid you all joy and hope for 2012.

footnotes )
athelind: (Default)
... I did not flip off 2010 as it departed.

Instead, I raised a beer and invoked my father's favorite toast: "Better Days."

Of course, it says a great deal about our respective personalities that when he gives that toast, he's thinking of the past, and when I give it, I'm thinking of the future.

It also says a great deal about the toast.

Happy New Year, one and all, and ... Better Days.


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And so, another year ends, and Your Obedient Serpent will be more than happy to be shed of this one. I bid 2010 adieu with two upraised middle fingers and a shout of defiance.

It's time to face forward.

I've mentioned that sometimes, the radio talks to me, that the station I most often tune to has a tendency to play certain songs over and over again, and sometimes, the songs that cycle into that repetitious rotation are ones that directly address my moods and circumstances.

Back in November, as I was preparing to move a lifetime of belongings out of [livejournal.com profile] quelonzia's garage, this one played nearly every day.

I was going to post it tomorrow, but it played again, just minutes ago.

This, then, is my New Year: No Resolutions, Just Resolve.

I've got a world and a life and a future in front of me.

And it's mine.






I know what it means to walk along the lonely street of dreams ... )

Happy New Year, one and all!

athelind: (happy)
I know everyone is concerned about Your Obedient Serpent these days, but, honestly? I'm doing REALLY well right now.

That's not despite recent events. It's because of them. Maybe it's the Dr Pepper talking, but -- frankly, our separation was just the kick in the ass I needed.

I feel very good about the coming year, and about myself -- better than I have in a very long time. I have new directions to explore, and new possibilities to consider.

Whatever happens over the next few months, I will be stronger for it -- and when [livejournal.com profile] quelonzia and I get back together, our marriage will be stronger, too.

Expect a resolution post on Sunday. The next two days are work days.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Blessed Be!


athelind: (Default)
I know everyone is concerned about Your Obedient Serpent these days, but, honestly? I'm doing REALLY well right now.

That's not despite recent events. It's because of them. Maybe it's the Dr Pepper talking, but -- frankly, our separation was just the kick in the ass I needed.

I feel very good about the coming year, and about myself -- better than I have in a very long time. I have new directions to explore, and new possibilities to consider.

Whatever happens over the next few months, I will be stronger for it -- and when [livejournal.com profile] quelonzia and I get back together, our marriage will be stronger, too.

Expect a resolution post on Sunday. The next two days are work days.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Blessed Be!


athelind: (green hills of earth)
A year ago today, I did something I rarely do: I wrote down an explicit list of New Year's Resolutions. The other half of that tradition, of course, is to sit down at year's end and evaluate my progress.

2008 Report Card )

2009 Resolutions )
athelind: (Default)
A year ago today, I did something I rarely do: I wrote down an explicit list of New Year's Resolutions. The other half of that tradition, of course, is to sit down at year's end and evaluate my progress.

2008 Report Card )

2009 Resolutions )
athelind: (Ommm)
Well, it's that time of year again, when we set our goals for the year and try to meet them.

But first, a story.

Last week, [livejournal.com profile] quelonzia and I found ourselves in a dilemma: back in early November, we'd bought tickets for a December 29th performance of Jesus Christ, Superstar at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. I love live theater, and in our decade of marriage, she and I have only seen one stage performance.

The 29th loomed, and... Quel had caught my cold. She had no interest or desire to leave the house, much less infect a room full of theater-goers (and performers, come to think of it).

We spent Thursday and Friday trying to think of friends who might enjoy the tickets -- and who we've actually seen recently enough that it wouldn't be Totally Out Of The Blue.

The second half was the problem. We've been kinda cocoonish in recent mon... okay, years.

So there's my first resolution:

  1. Be more social. The single biggest reason we moved to the Bay Area was to be close to a significant percentage of our friends -- and despite that, for all intents and purposes, we pretty much dropped off the face of the planet. We've started to push ourselves out the door to hook up with people lately, but there are still folks we see less of now than we did when we lived down in Monterey. Maybe the Writer's Strike will help there; I foresee a lot of Uneventful Evenings in early 2008.


  2. Moving on:

  3. Kick the exercise up a notch. I did a pretty good job of revising my eating habits last year, losing 20 pounds and getting my cholesterol levels back into the realm of sanity. (The big secret: "Beef Is A Sometimes Food.") I leveled off at 210, though, and I think that's as far as dietary improvements can take me. I walk a lot, but I need more aerobic exercise and more upper-body work.


  4. Get a job that lasts more than three months. Hooray, I actually scored the elusive Job In My Field last spring -- well, it was near my field, anyway. Boo, it was a "consultant" position, and I didn't get picked up for full-time permanent work. I know a lot of people like the freedom that consulting brings, but for me? It just feels like I've made a career out of what I hate most: looking for work.


  5. Learn new stuff. I've got Ubuntu installed (though I might do a fresh install of Kubuntu, for various reasons) and largely mastered the basics; now it's time to dive into GRASS, QGIS and MySQL. This is the flip side of "consulting sucks" -- if I'm stuck consulting, I might as well have the tools to do the job.


  6. Crank up the creativity. In the last month or two, I've broken through my long dry spell and actually started GMing again, with a campaign that, for the first time ever, seems to have taken on a life and direction all its own. I need to maintain the momentum on that. I also want to start Producing Tangible Work, though. We've finally got a place with a decent amount of space again: with that all-important resource, any number of fallow projects and hobbies become feasible again.


Wow. You know, I hardly ever sit down and write out resolutions -- but this was surprisingly uplifting. There's a cultural predilection in our cynical times to think of New Year's Resolutions as making a list of things to fail in the coming year, but every one of these came down to "I made some progress last year; let's keep working toward those goals".

That's rather different from the "I've accomplished nothing in '07" wangst in which I've allowed myself to wallow.

I may not have kicked ass, but I have a list of names right here!

Happy New Year, everyone!
athelind: (Default)
Well, it's that time of year again, when we set our goals for the year and try to meet them.

But first, a story.

Last week, [livejournal.com profile] quelonzia and I found ourselves in a dilemma: back in early November, we'd bought tickets for a December 29th performance of Jesus Christ, Superstar at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. I love live theater, and in our decade of marriage, she and I have only seen one stage performance.

The 29th loomed, and... Quel had caught my cold. She had no interest or desire to leave the house, much less infect a room full of theater-goers (and performers, come to think of it).

We spent Thursday and Friday trying to think of friends who might enjoy the tickets -- and who we've actually seen recently enough that it wouldn't be Totally Out Of The Blue.

The second half was the problem. We've been kinda cocoonish in recent mon... okay, years.

So there's my first resolution:

  1. Be more social. The single biggest reason we moved to the Bay Area was to be close to a significant percentage of our friends -- and despite that, for all intents and purposes, we pretty much dropped off the face of the planet. We've started to push ourselves out the door to hook up with people lately, but there are still folks we see less of now than we did when we lived down in Monterey. Maybe the Writer's Strike will help there; I foresee a lot of Uneventful Evenings in early 2008.


  2. Moving on:

  3. Kick the exercise up a notch. I did a pretty good job of revising my eating habits last year, losing 20 pounds and getting my cholesterol levels back into the realm of sanity. (The big secret: "Beef Is A Sometimes Food.") I leveled off at 210, though, and I think that's as far as dietary improvements can take me. I walk a lot, but I need more aerobic exercise and more upper-body work.


  4. Get a job that lasts more than three months. Hooray, I actually scored the elusive Job In My Field last spring -- well, it was near my field, anyway. Boo, it was a "consultant" position, and I didn't get picked up for full-time permanent work. I know a lot of people like the freedom that consulting brings, but for me? It just feels like I've made a career out of what I hate most: looking for work.


  5. Learn new stuff. I've got Ubuntu installed (though I might do a fresh install of Kubuntu, for various reasons) and largely mastered the basics; now it's time to dive into GRASS, QGIS and MySQL. This is the flip side of "consulting sucks" -- if I'm stuck consulting, I might as well have the tools to do the job.


  6. Crank up the creativity. In the last month or two, I've broken through my long dry spell and actually started GMing again, with a campaign that, for the first time ever, seems to have taken on a life and direction all its own. I need to maintain the momentum on that. I also want to start Producing Tangible Work, though. We've finally got a place with a decent amount of space again: with that all-important resource, any number of fallow projects and hobbies become feasible again.


Wow. You know, I hardly ever sit down and write out resolutions -- but this was surprisingly uplifting. There's a cultural predilection in our cynical times to think of New Year's Resolutions as making a list of things to fail in the coming year, but every one of these came down to "I made some progress last year; let's keep working toward those goals".

That's rather different from the "I've accomplished nothing in '07" wangst in which I've allowed myself to wallow.

I may not have kicked ass, but I have a list of names right here!

Happy New Year, everyone!

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