Y’all, my mom is finally retiring this year (end of May, specifically). And since I have a semester off coming to me either this spring or this summer, Nate and I are planning on taking her to see the Redwoods (the same ones we saw back in 2015) as well as…wait for it…A METS GAME!
Yes, we are actually going to see the Mets in person. We’re not going to New York, but we’re either going to see them in Colorado when they play the Rockies or in San Francisco (*shudder*) when they play the Giants.
It’s going to be freaking awesome and we’re all so excited.
HELLO, PARTY POOPERS!
It’s that time of the year again where I review all of my FREAKING FAILURES and set up some more FREAKING FAILURES for next year.
So without further delay, let’s get to it!
A review of the 2019 resolutions:
- ACCOMPLISHED: The blogs. As always. Not even a hard resolution, but I keep putting it on here ‘cause then I get at least one “ACCOMPLISHED” on my list, haha.
- ACCOMPLISHED: The musics. There are only a few more days left in this Decade of Music project! MADNESS
- FAILED: Get my music organized before the end of the year. I had every intention of doing this and have a few years organized, but I’ve been S U P E R B U S Y and thus haven’t gotten it all done. Hence my pushing back the Decade of Music review.
- ACCOMPLISHED: Walk 4,000 miles. Done. Easily. I won’t hit 5,000, but I’ll probably be in the 4,800s maybe?
- ACCOMPLISHED: Get back to running 10k distances. I was looking at this resolution list a few months ago and was thinking “hey look, this one’s going to be a failure!” But over the past month or so I’ve picked up running again and just recently started running 10k distances. Hell, I ran 10k today! So that’s coolio.
- ACCOMPLISHED: Win NaNoWriMo 2019. I almost didn’t do NaNo this year, due to – you guessed it – being S U P E R B U S Y. But I did it, I won it, and I actually want to keep working on the story, even though it’s a craptastic premise.
- FAILED: Get my blogs in physical form. Hahaha. S U P E R B U S Y.
- FAILED: Write at least 500 words a day, 5 days a week, until my NaNoWriMo 2018 story is done. Then start editing it. NOPE
- SORT OF ACCOMPLISHED: POST THESE GODDAMN BLOGS. As of my writing this list, I haven’t posted my blogs since the end of September. But I posted a whole slog of them earlier this year, I should get credit for that! …Right?
- FAILED: Be. Better. For. Nate. I’m such a bad wife. I try not to be, but I am. It’s rage-inducing.
And now for the 2020 rez list:
- The blogs.
- Walk at least 4,500 miles. This is assuming that I’ll be teaching all year; if I’m not (heaven forbid), let’s say 4,000 miles.
- Do something with my writing. I don’t even freaking care what, really. Just something. I need to be more consistent with it apart from banging out 50,000 words every November. I want to work on one of my old NaNo projects – maybe this year’s, or 2009’s or 2014’s. Or do something with my old short stories. SOMETHING.
- Run a half-marathon. I don’t want to just run half-marathon distances, I want to run in an actual “official” half-marathon race.
- Run a marathon. See above, but replace “half-marathon” with “marathon.”
- Win NaNoWriMo 2020. Let’s keep the streak going!
- Get my blogs in physical form. I really need to do this. I fear losing them more than I fear losing my own life (priorities: I have them)
- Get a body composition analysis. I have no idea what my body fat percentage is, for example, and I’d like to know. I also want to do this near the beginning of the year and then work to improve it (less body fat, more muscle, that kind of thing)
- I’m going to try to be more consistent in posting these blogs, but pffft.
- I’m also going to keep trying to be better for Nate. I really do try, but I’m absolute garbage, so it probably doesn’t even seem like I’m trying half the time. But I am. Sorry, Nate.
There are like eight super nerd-tacular things that I am absolutely obsessed with. One of these things is the kilogram. So maybe I could get a tattoo that was related, somehow, to the kg. Like its new definition that is dependent on the Planck constant. That’d be pretty sweet.
But where would I put it? I think that’s my biggest issue with getting a tattoo (apart from, of course, not having a solid idea of the tattoo I want): where would I put it? On my arm? On my back? My shoulder? My ankle?
But the kilogram is a good idea, ‘cause hot damn, I love the ‘gram.
EEEEEEEE I’m nervous about stuff. Let’s pretend I’m going back to undergrad at the U of I this coming semester. What would I take?
JAMM 323: Sports Reporting – 15:30 – 18:20
MATH 555: Groups and Fields I – 8:30 – 9:20
CS 121: Computer Science II – 10:30 – 11:20
GEOG 390: Cartographic Design and Geovisualization – 12:30 – 13:20
MATH 575: Graph Theory I – 13:30 – 14:20
GEOG 313: Global Climate Change – 9:30 – 10:45
FS 110: Introduction to Food Science – 11:00 – 12:15
ENGL 419: Writing for the Web – 12:30 – 13:45
Yes, I know I’ve done this like ten times. I don’t care, it’s fun.
Also, that set of classes is 24 credits total, but we all know I gave zero shits about credit caps when I was actually in school (and in fact had one semester with 25 credits), so…
I MIGHT HAVE NEWS IN THE NEAR FUTURE BUT I DON’T WANNA JINX IT SO YOU GET A CAPS LOCK BLOG OKAY BYE
Alrighty, so now that I’ve got my Garmin and can actually walk an accurate 15 miles instead of “15 miles” based on an estimated stride length, I now know that I was shorting my distance by a few miles each walk. This also means that my actual speed is quite a bit slower than I had previously thought.
That also makes walking 100 miles in a day a lot less realistic, because I’d have to go at a pace of 4.17 miles per hour, and I don’t think I can do that. Especially for 24 hours.
So here’s a more realistic goal: walking 100 kilometers in a day. That’s 60.2 miles, and at my current pace of 15 miles per four hours, that’s about 16 hours’ worth of walking (assuming I can keep my pace that whole time, which I suspect I can).
I bet I could pull that off, huh? My only concern is the leg…would that set back all the progress I’ve made in getting it to the point where it doesn’t (usually) hurt on my walks?
Maybe we’ll see.
I am IN THE ‘SCOW!
And on a completely unrelated note, let’s do some resolutions.
First, a review of the 2018 resolutions:
- ACCOMPLISHED: Blog-a-ma-thon. Did the blogs daily, but failed at posting them with any frequency whatsoever.
- ACCOMPLISHED: Music-a-ma-thon. I only have one more year of this! I’m super excited.
- ACCOMPLISHED: Walk 3,500 miles. It will be quite a bit more than this, but less than last year’s 5,100 miles. More to come on the 31st!
- FAILED: Do at least one of the following: run in the Calgary Marathon or walk 100 miles in a 24-hour period. I kept busting up my leg. Also I suck.
- ACCOMPLISHED: Win NaNoWriMo 2018. I almost quit like five times, but I didn’t.
- FAILED: Write more. HA YEAH RIGHT WITH THIS FREAKING BUSY YEAR I BARELY HAD TIME TO BREATHE
- FAILED: Another resolution that’s PRIVATE! The reason for failing is also PRIVATE!
- FAILED: Be a better wife for Nate. I’m trying, but I’m also garbage, so.
- The blogs.
- The musics.
- Get my music organized before the end of the year. After going through like twenty* different laptops last year, my music organization tanked. Gotta fix it.
- Walk 4,000 miles. I had it set at 3,500 last year and that was TOO LOW BRO so let’s bump it up again. This is assuming I’m teaching all year. Let’s say 3,500 is the goal if I’m not teaching and have to get a different job. I HOPE THAT WON’T HAPPEN HOLY HELL
- Get back to running 10k distances. I have no doubt from a muscular/cardiovascular standpoint that I can do a 10k. It’s mostly the injury that I’m afraid of re-aggravating. Also that runner’s knee that I gave myself a while back. But maybe both of those concerns won’t even crop up.
- Win NaNoWriMo 2019.
- Get my blogs in physical form. I’m not sure if my Year 1 is still going to get here or if it’s lost in the great Canadian wilderness that is the postal system up here, but I’d like to get it and every other completed year in hard copy form, preferably as soon as possible.
- Write at least 500 words a day, 5 days a week, until my NaNoWriMo 2018 story is done. Then start editing it. I gotta do it, yo.
- POST THESE GODDAMN BLOGS
- Be. Better. For. Nate.
BRUH LET’S DO IT
UI schedule for next semester. Because that’s just what I do.
- HIST 379: History of Science II: 1700 – Present
- MATH 480: Partial Differential Equations
- STAT 535: Introduction to Bayesian Statistics
- CS 460: Database Management Systems Design
- CS 479: Data Science
I miss undergrad.
Yes. Not having them. Not ever. Not changing my mind.
ALRIGHT, YOU TURD COMPASSES. 2017 is almost over. Let’s review the year’s resolutions and make some more for next year, huh?
ACCOMPLISHED: The blogs. As always.
ACCOMPLISHED: The musics. As always.
ACCOMPLISHED: Walk either 4,000 miles (if I’m teaching all year) or 3,000 miles (if I’m not). I murdered this. I murdered this with a knife. More details to come on January 1st.
SORT OF ACCOMPLISHED: See if I can muscle my way into a more permanent lecturer position at U of C. This is something that’s mostly out of control, but hey, I can try. I’m still at the same level of permanency (that is, I’m still just a sessional instructor), but I keep getting re-hired at this level. Plus I’m getting two classes this coming semester instead of just one, so I’m hoping this will all lead to something more permanent soon. Come on, universe, do me a solid.
ACCOMPLISHED: Win NaNoWriMo 2017. For serious this time. It’s been too long. I actually won a NaNo for the first time since 2014! I like my story (sorta), too, so there’s that.
FAILED: Write more in general. Vague resolution is vague, but I guess I could narrow it down to either editing Prime or Arborhood. I did almost zero writing outside of NaNoWriMo this year. Unless you count the fanfic that’s nearly 150,000 words now. Which I do not.
FAILED: The blog archives. Get ‘em done. I did absolutely nothing involving my blog archives this year. Too busy.
SORT OF ACCOMPLISHED: Along the same line as the previous resolution: figure out some sort of way to get my archives printed and bound. I’d love to have a hard copy of each year, sort of like an Encyclopedia of Eigenblogger thing. I didn’t get anything printed, but I did find an online service that would do so for relatively cheap (about $80 per years’ worth of blogs). So hopefully that will happen soon.
FAILED: Be a better wife for Nate. He’s the best husband I could ever ask for and I’m still getting used to this “wife” thing, so I definitely think there’s a lot of room for improvement as far as being as good to him as he is to me. I think I ended up being a worse wife than before, if that’s even possible. I don’t know how he puts up with me. He shouldn’t have to.
FAILED: STOP BEING GARBAGE. I AM STILL THE GARBAGE.
In my defense, my walking goal sucked a lot of my time, energy, and ability to care about anything else, hence a lot of those “FAILED” resolutions.
But I’ll try to be better this year. Let’s get to ‘er.
- Blog-a-ma-thon. I’m not sure if this really counts as a resolution since I do it every damn year anyway, but what the hell.
- Music-a-ma-thon. Again, I’m not sure if this really counts as a resolution since I do it every damn year…but what the hell.
- Walk 3,500 miles. I’d rather it was 4,000 miles, but I had to compromise with Nate because I really went overboard with the miles this year and he says I need to scale it back. He’s probably right. It took a lot of time to walk that much this year. And lots of pain. Lots and lots of pain.
- Do at least one of the following: run in the Calgary Marathon or walk 100 miles in a 24-hour period. I actually don’t know which of these would be harder, but I know that I’m currently terrified of running. I want to run. I dream about running. But I’m too scared to try it. So maybe the marathon will be out no matter what.
- Win NaNoWriMo 2018.
- Write more. I’ve had this damn resolution for like the past three years and VERY LITTLE WRITING HAS TAKEN PLACE. So let’s make it more concrete. I’m currently really into my NaNo story from this year. So let’s say that I’ll write at least 500 words a day, 4 days a week, until that story is “done.” Then I’ll edit 500 words a day, 4 days a week, it until it’s more “done.” I’ll keep editing it in this fashion until it’s where I want it. If by some miracle this whole process is completed before the end of 2018, I’ll do the same thing for Prime. Or Arborhood.
- Another resolution that’s PRIVATE!
- Seriously. Be a better wife for Nate. I tanked this last year. I need to rock it this year. He deserves more than I am.
FLIPPITY FLAP I AM CRAP
Stuff I gotta do when that elusive jerkface Free Time returns:
- Walk until my toes fall off.
- Clean the condo. My responsibilities are the bathroom and kitchen, which get the most visibly gross the fastest.
- Consolidate my pasta. No, that’s not a euphemism for naughtiness. So the one thing I ever make for dinner is penne pasta with broccoli and feta cheese, right? Well, I have this phenomenally bad habit of using about 88% of a box of penne before buying another box and starting in on that one. Then it gets 88% used and the cycle repeats itself until I have 20+ mostly empty boxes of pasta in the cupboard and a new box of pasta in my backpack that I picked up from Safeway on my walk home and another box of pasta in my office desk drawer because it wouldn’t fit in my backpack and a husband who’s wondering where he went wrong in selecting a wife.
- Clean the little storage room in the back. There’s a lot of boxes back there. And cat litter dust. Time to sweep where no man has swept before!
- Clean my side of the closet. There’s a lot of boxes in there. Mostly shoe boxes full of dead Kinvaras.
- Draw more. Nate bought me an awesome sketchbook and a set of really nice markers, but I haven’t had a chance to touch them yet.
- Organize my bookmarks. Most of them are in alphabetical order, but the rest are in a chaotic mess. I don’t like it.
- Read this amazing biography of this amazing human being yet again, because it’s getting to be that time of the year.
- Rewrite my old calculus notes into one giant notebook combining calc I, calc II, and calc III. Because calculus.
- Do my 50-mile walk. It’s time.
- Organize the crap on my computer. My desktop is all a-clutter with random files named “lasjflsdjf” and “what is existence” and “AAAAAAAAAAAAA” (100% real titles) and I have no idea what the hell they are and how necessary it is to keep any of them.
- POST THESE BLOGS OMFG
I want to run the Calgary marathon next year.
I had no idea that there even was a Calgary marathon (though it makes sense that there is, of course; most big cities have one), but when I went walking down by the river this afternoon they had one whole side of Memorial Drive (plus other roads) blocked off for the marathon.
The runners inspired me, so now I want to go for it next year.
Considering I can only currently run about 10k (6.2 miles) in a stretch, it’s going to take a bit of work to get up to marathon distance (26.219 miles). But considering I run a decent amount and walk as much as I do, I think getting to that point should be possible.
So because I had scheduled my thesis defense a week after my wedding*, Nate and I never really got to go on a honeymoon. We got to stay at the super fancy Kensington Riverside Inn, courtesy of my mom, but that was just for the wedding night.
So we’re going Delayed Honeymoon Style™ and are planning to do a cruise to Alaska next summer!
I’ve done the Alaska cruise three times**, but each time has been different due to differing weather/stops/shore excursions, so I’m super excited to do it again! I’m also excited to be with Nate on his first cruise. I think he’ll enjoy it.
This is the one I think would be nice. My mom, dad, and I went on this specific one back in 2006.
Hopefully we can make it all work!
*Pro Tip: don’t do that
**God, doesn’t that sound snobby? *sticks nose in air* “I’ve gone on this cruise three times already, but I’ve only ever had Jeeves and the other butlers to keep me company and only eight credit cards with $50,000 limits, so I never had much fun.”
So as you probably all know, I’ve been doing my “walk 15 miles six days a week” thing this year. I’ve been half joking that I’m going to try to get to 5,000 miles by the end of the year.
Then I found this out:
That distance? 4,989 miles.
And now I practically have to make it to 5,000 miles. Walking across the Pacific Ocean? Awesome. Especially since I walked across the Atlantic Ocean last year.
Counting today’s walk, I’m at 1,776.3 miles. That puts me about here:
Long way to go!
So here’s a new project that I want to start but probably never will!
Y’all remember my post on coos, the imaginary beings that my friend GE and I created in first grade? Well, I was thinking how cool it would be to make like a little field guide/encyclopedia about coos, kind of like Wil Huygen’s “Gnomes” book.
It could discuss the evolution of the coo, coo biology and reproduction, habitat, behavior, all that stuff. It would be pretty cool if I could ever actually convince myself to start working on it.
So 2016 was an eventful year. BUT WAS IT EVENTFUL ENOUGH?? ? ? ?? ? ?
Let’s find out.
- ACCOMPLISHED: Get the thesis done and defended. This went a lot smoother than the 2011 version did.
- ACCOMPLISHED: Blogs: do them daily. Nailed it.
- ACCOMPLISHED: Musics: do them daily. Nailed it.
- FAILED: Win NaNoWriMo 2016. Ha. I’m garbage.
- SORT OF FAILED: Complete and format all my blog archives, in honor of this being my 10th year of blogging. Well, I managed to get all 10 years copied down into Word documents, but the formatting still hasn’t happened. But if Eigenblogger goes up in smoke for some reason, I’ve got backups of everything now.
- ACCOMPLISHED: Walk 2,000 miles. I actually did way more than this. I’ll talk about that on the 1st.
- ACCOMPLISHED: Win another TA award. I actually can’t remember if I won a regular TA award this year (I don’t think I did), but I did win the award for being one of the best TAs in the whole Faculty of Science, so that totally counts, right?
- ACCOMPLISHED: Draw more. This is kind of subjective since I didn’t really specify what “more” was, but I do believe that I’ve done more drawing this year than I did in 2015.
- FAILED: Improve my sign language. Maybe…be able to sign 200 phrases by the end of the year? Hahaha. Nope. But I do remember the few signs I taught myself at the beginning of the year.
- FAILED: Keep writing. Work on Prime, mainly. And maybe a short story or two. And maybe Arborhood. NOPE. My writing’s so crappy that I don’t feel like there’s much of a point anymore.
- ACCOMPLISHED: Get married! YAY!
- The blogs.
- The musics.
- Walk either 4,000 miles (if I’m teaching all year) or 3,000 miles (if I’m not).
- See if I can muscle my way into a more permanent lecturer position at U of C. This is something that’s mostly out of control, but hey, I can try.
- Win NaNoWriMo 2017. For serious this time. It’s been too long.
- Write more in general. Vague resolution is vague, but I guess I could narrow it down to either editing Prime or Arborhood.
- The blog archives. Get ‘em done.
- Along the same line as the previous resolution: figure out some sort of way to get my archives printed and bound. I’d love to have a hard copy of each year, sort of like an Encyclopedia of Eigenblogger thing.
- Be a better wife for Nate. He’s the best husband I could ever ask for and I’m still getting used to this “wife” thing, so I definitely think there’s a lot of room for improvement as far as being as good to him as he is to me.
- STOP BEING GARBAGE.
That’s all that I can think of for now.
I got my wedding dress today!
It was a pretty fun experience. My mom, Nate’s mom, and I all went down to the David’s Bridal in Calgary and spent my hour and a half appointment time looking at probably six dresses total. I had a tough time choosing between two of the dresses in the end, but I think I chose the right one. It’ll need some alterations (I’m short as hell; plus, they didn’t have my dress size in that style), but it’ll need fewer alterations than the other dress I would have chosen and seems more appropriate to wear for an outdoor summer wedding.
We (Nate, Nate’s brother Curtis, my mom, and I) also went and saw Captain America: Civil War. It was freaking great. Go see it if you’re into that stuff, but don’t go if you’re not caught up on your Marvel movies. You’ll be VERY confused. Just ask my mom.
So this summer’s going to be super busy. Things to do include:
- Wedding planning
- Future planning
- 2 trips to Moscow
- Working on thesis
- Getting married!
- Defending thesis/graduating
- Looking for a job (and hopefully getting one)
*realizes that most of these things are good*
*continues to stress out anyway*
I want to see just how far I could go if given an entire day of walking (plus enough power on my iPod to get through it, haha).
I’ve wanted to do this since last summer, but I just didn’t get the chance (too busy with school stuff/moving/traveling and/or the weather was garbage). So hopefully this summer, once classes are out, I’ll be able to pull it off. I just need an “optimal weather” day, meaning not too freaking hot, not too windy, and (ideally) a little clouded over. Those days happen up here, but it’s just a matter of getting one in the summer when the daylight hours are longer.
ANYWAY, here’s my planned route for that day, whenever it comes. I chose these locations because a) they’re mostly all malls, which would serve as good stopping points to get water/go to the bathroom/re-charge the iPod if necessary; b) I know how to get to all of them; and c) I know the bus routes back to home from all of these locations, so if I end up getting stuck at one of them and not wanting to walk further, I can just grab a bus and get home that way.
Unrealistic? God, I don’t know. If I did this entire route, it wouldn’t take me 16:20 like Google says, ‘cause I walk quite a bit faster than their estimated walking time. But I probably would be slowing down near the end, haha. 49 miles is a lot. I suppose I can give it a try and see if I could do it!
WOO I AM PUMPED even though this isn’t happening for a few months at least.
It’s the annual New Year’s Resolutions post! As if anyone cares. But let’s do the thing anyway.
2015 resolutions (plus Bonus Late Add-On Resolutions 2.0):
ACCOMPLISHED: Blog daily, 365 musics. These are standard now, so whatev.
FAILED: Win NaNoWriMo 2015. I didn’t even start ‘cause I’m garbage.
ACCOMPLISHED: Walk 1,500. Bitch, I did over 2,500. Killed it.
ACCOMPLISHED: Write. I didn’t do NaNo, but I did edit a substantial portion of Prime. Which is something I haven’t done in like 4,000 years, so yeah.
FAILED: Post these damn blogs on a more frequent and consistent basis. HAHAHA NOPE.
SORT OF ACCOMPLISHED: Kick ass in my grad program. I’m getting noticed for my TA work quite a bit, and that totally counts in my opinion. And I didn’t bomb STAT 721, which is a really low standard, but hey. I’m garbage.
FAILED: Actually try to learn (at least some) guitar. I learned two chords. That counts for nothing.
FAILED: Learn LaTeX. Nope.
ACCOMPLISHED: Walk to and from campus when the weather permits. I walked to and from campus when the weather didn’t permit. I walked to and from campus while wrestling the weather to the ground.
ACCOMPLISHED: Finish my blog stats Excel sheet and format the rest of my blog archives. I’m not formatting the current blog year yet ‘cause it’s not done, but everything else is formatted, so HA.
- Get the thesis done and defended.
- Blogs: do them daily.
- Musics: do them daily.
- Win NaNoWriMo 2016.
- Complete and format all my blog archives, in honor of this being my 10th year of blogging.
- Walk 2,000 miles.
- Win another TA award.
- Draw more.
- Improve my sign language. Maybe…be able to sign 200 phrases by the end of the year?
- Keep writing. Work on Prime, mainly. And maybe a short story or two. And maybe Arborhood.
- Get married!
Sure, that’ll work.
My PhD application has been SUBMITTED!
Hopefully there won’t be any issues. I have a supervisor, my grades are good-ish, and I have a bit of a good reputation around the department for being a good TA. So hopefully things will go smoothly!
I have a sudden and very strong urge to learn American Sign Language.
Well, that’s only partially true, as I’ve always had an interest in ASL. I’m just now feeling more serious about it.
I’ve looked it up and apparently there are immersion ASL courses offered by Deaf Alberta, but they’re $430 per class (there are five levels, so five classes), which is way more than I think I can afford right now.
Maybe some day…
Alright, I have a new long-term goal.
I am going to try to walk the distance equivalent to the circumference of the earth. I say “long-term” because if I walk 2,000 miles in a year (which I’m going to say is probably my max, given school and related things), it will still take me 12.5 total years to walk the circumference (which is approximately 25,000 miles at the equator).
BUT IT WILL HAPPEN, DAMMIT! I’m starting with this year, meaning I’ll be done sometime in 2027, assuming I’m able to keep my yearly mileage around 2,000.
I still won’t be done blogging by 2027.
OH MY GOD.