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.
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.
ALRIGHT, so I know I’ve already totally tanked my New Year’s resolution to post my blogs weekly (SHUT UP, it’s been a little better than it used to be…right?). So what’s the most reasonable response?
ADD MORE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS!!
Well, I guess these aren’t technically New Year’s resolutions, mainly because they’re things I’d like to accomplish this year, but they’re not at the same level of want as my actual New Year’s resolutions.
If that makes any sense.
Things to do for Claudia in 2015:
- Actually try to learn (at least some) guitar. I still have my beautiful guitar that I impulse bought way back when (thanks a lot, Sean), but I’ve never really tried to learn how to play it. String instruments are intimidating to me, but I SHALL CONQUER!
- Learn LaTeX. Because apparently everyone in the math department knows it and uses it religiously.
- Walk to and from campus when the weather permits. It’s a good way to get mileage, given that it’s about a 7.5-mile round trip. I guess this kind of goes with my walking mileage goal, but it’s not quite the same.
- Finish my blog stats Excel sheet and format the rest of my blog archives. I’m up to year 7, so I’m getting close, but I still have a few more years to do. The next goal is to actually get hard copies printed of each year of blogs, but that will be super expensive, so who knows when that will happen.
I THOUGHT I HAD MORE OF THESE.
Hey, it’s the 29th! Looks like it’s the annual “let’s review the old resolutions and make some new ones” blog post.
- ACCOMPLISHED: Blog daily. Was there ever any doubt?
- ACCOMPLISHED: Continue my 365 Days of Music project. This year was rough because it was probably the worst year for music since I started this, but I still managed.
- FAILED: Continue working on my writing project thingy. Apart from Arborhood, I didn’t get much writing done AT ALL this year. It was quite shameful.
- ACCOMPLISHED: Win NaNoWriMo 2014. YAY! It felt pretty good to do this considering I didn’t even start NaNo last year. And I actually kind of like my story and plan on editing it.
- ACCOMPLISHED: Graduate. I never, ever, ever thought I’d have a math degree, let alone graduate with honors while getting one. Graduation sucked, but we’re not going to get into that here.
- FAILED: Try not to be such a horrible freaking failure at everything I do. Yeah, that didn’t happen.
Those were some crappy resolutions.
- Blog daily, 365 musics, blah, blah, blah.
- Win NaNoWriMo 2015.
- Now that I’m pretty sure next year will be stable as far as where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing, I’mma set a walking goal! Let’s say…1,500 miles. Pretty low, I know, but there’s always Calgary weather to take into account, right?
- WRITE. It doesn’t have to necessarily be new stuff (except for NaNo, of course), but I really need to commit to rewrites of some of my old stuff. Prime is important to me; I don’t want to let it die.
- Post these damn blogs on a more frequent and consistent basis. I’m going to try for once a week, but don’t hate me if this doesn’t happen.
- Kick ass in my grad program. I want to show U of C that I can do stats very, very well. Also, I have no desire to leave Calgary any time soon.
So I pretty much failed at everything this year.
Punishment: going through all of this year’s resolutions and seeing exactly how many I failed.
Let’s do this!
FAILED: Walk 1,500 miles. NOPE! I’ll be about 150 miles short of 1,500. No excuse for that other than I suck.
ACCOMPLISHED: Blog daily. Pfft, big deal.
FAILED: Win NaNoWriMo 2013. I DIDN’T EVEN START WOW I’M SUCH AN AWESOME PERSON
ACCOMPLISHED: Continue my 365 Days of Music project. This is like automatic for me now, so this doesn’t count.
FAILED: Draw at least two new thingies a month. Ha.
SORT OF ACCOMPLISHED: Do something with my writing. I actually made substantial progress on this, so I guess this is a “sort of.”
FAILED: Study for the GRE this time before I take the damn thing. Didn’t take the GRE. Got waaaaaaay too busy to study for it.
FAILED: Learn as much as possible. I learned a lot, but I don’t think I learned enough to say I learned “as much as possible” for the year.
ACCOMPLISHED: Revamp and start over with my book list. I actually did this one! Granted, I’ve only read 3.5 books on the list as of now, but as I said above, I got waaaaaaay too busy to do pretty much anything but school.
ACCOMPLISHED: Uh…try not to die? Like this one even counts, either.
Ugh, jeez. I don’t even know.
- Blog daily (a standard).
- Continue my 365 Days of Music project (another standard).
- Continue working on my writing project thingy.
- Win NaNoWriMo 2014.
- I’m not setting a walking distance goal ‘cause I’m not sure what’s going down this year in terms of “big super happy life plans.” I’d explain further, but I don’t want to.
- Try not to be such a horrible freaking failure at everything I do.
It’s time for the annual “did I do what I said I’d do at the beginning of the year?” rundown. Get ready for failure!
SORT OF ACCOMPLISHED: Fix the “issues.” They’re “fixed” insofar as they’re not disrupting my life as much as they were last year. They’re still there, but being busy really, really helps with keeping them at bay.
ACCOMPLISHED: Get a job. Not only did I get a job, I got the best damn job possible for my situation right now. I now know that teaching stats is pretty much what I want to do.
ACCOMPLISHED: Return to acquiring knowledge in a formal setting. Not only did I return to school, but I’m able to take classes while working my awesome job! I really couldn’t ask for more here.
FAILED: Start and maintain a stats blog. I started and maintained a stats class, can I substitute that?
ACCOMPLISHED: Improve with R. All my stupid data analyses have paid off! I’ve also gotten substantially better with SAS thanks to the class I took.
FAILED: Go without dairy for a week. I don’t know why I keep this on as a New Year’s resolution. I love cheese.
FAILED: Go without electricity for a week. See above, but replace “cheese” with “internet.”
MOST LIKELY FAILED: Walk 2,500 miles. I have no damn idea how far I walked this year. Job + school + other job really got in the way of things, but I still booked it around Moscow quite a bit.
ACCOMPLISHED: Continue my 365 Days of Music project. Woo! Three years down!
ACCOMPLISHED: Blog daily. You knew this one’d keep, admit it.
ACCOMPLISHED: Win NaNoWriMo 2012. Not the best story in the world, but not nearly as bad as last year’s.
ACCOMPLISHED: Complete the 5,000 question survey. Finally! Bet you’re all glad to see that one gone, eh?
And this year’s:
- Blog daily.
- Win NaNoWriMo 2013
- Continue my 365 Days of Music project
- Draw at least two new thingies a month.
- Do something with my writing (I’m extending this past Prime because there are a few non-fic doohickeys I’ve got)
- Study for the GRE this time before I take the damn thing (old scores are defunct now)
- Get applyin’ for grad schools again (while simultaneously trying not to have a panic attack)
- Learn as much as possible.
- Revamp and start over with my book list.
- Uh…try not to die? Haha. I don’t have many 2013 resolutions.
So I suppose it’s that time of the year for reviewing old New Year’s Resolutions and defining new ones.
So let’s get to it!
OUT WITH THE OLD:
- FAILED: Contribute substantially to a Wikipedia article. I actually have quite a bit I can say to add to Wiki’s already existing page on the CFI, but I’ve never actually added anything to a Wiki page (just corrected typos/grammatical errors), so the prospect of doing anything more makes me nervous.
- ACCOMPLISHED: Blog daily. Haha, we all knew this one’d keep.
- FAILED: Come up with a new recipe weekly. Haha. Yeah.
- ACCOMPLISHED: Go skydiving. This was AWEOSME and I totally want to do it again.
- ACCOMPLISHED: Get my MA degree. YAY.
- FAILED: Learn conversational German. Haha, yeah right.
- SORT OF ACCOMPLISHED: Complete the 5,000 question survey. I’m getting there. It’s not like I haven’t been inundating you all with the 100-question segments all year.
- FAILED: Answer the “50 questions that will free your mind” survey question thingy. Totally forgot to do this.
- ACCOMPLISHED: Malls are both fascinating and scary; therefore I shall see Vancouver via walking by walking to a new mall every weekend. Search “Canadian Mall” and ye shall find what I’ve reviewed.
- FAILED: Go a week without electricity. Couldn’t do it in Van ‘cause it was thesis crunch time, didn’t do it in London ‘cause I was busy spazzing, and by the time I got back to Moscow it was getting dark too early in the day and Claudia + candles = imminent disaster.
- FAILED: Go a week without consuming any dairy products. I kept wanting to do this, but then kept automatically adding feta to my pasta/dairy product-containing dressing to my salad.
- SORT OF ACCOMPLISHED: Do something with Prime. In progress.
- ACCOMPLISHED: Go back to St. Mary’s once. Saw the new band room. It kicks ass.
- FAILED: Read Newton’s Principia (and hope Leibniz’ ghost doesn’t kill me in my sleep). I suck.
- FAILED: Actually pay attention to how much money I spend. HAHA.
- ACCOMPLISHED: Win NaNoWriMo 2011. Though I’m not proud of this year’s story.
- ACCOMPLISHED: Get better with R. You don’t have 100+ plots in your thesis and NOT get better with R.
Conclusion: I suck.
IN WITH THE NEW:
- Fix the “issues.”
- Get a job.
- Return to acquiring knowledge in a formal setting.
- Start and maintain a stats blog.
- Improve with R.
- Go without dairy for a week.
- Go without electricity for a week.
Walk 1,200 milesPfft, screw that mediocrity. Walk 2,500 miles.
- Continue my 365 Days of Music project.
- Blog daily.
- Win NaNoWriMo 2012.
- Continue “doing something” with Prime.
- Complete the 5,000 question survey.
- Probably other stuff I’m forgetting at the moment.
Okay, so my older list sucked because I wrote it in a hurry and didn’t really give it much thought. So here’s my ACTUAL list of resolutions/goals/miscellaneous crap. I know nobody really cares, but it’s fun to pretend.
- Contribute substantially to a Wikipedia article
- Blog daily
- Come up with a new recipe weekly
- Go skydiving
- Get my MA degree
- Learn conversational German
- Complete the 5,000 question survey
- Answer the “50 questions that will free your mind” survey question thingy
- Malls are both fascinating and scary; therefore I shall see Vancouver via walking by walking to a new mall every weekend. Reviews will happen, ‘cause that’s just how I am
- Go a week without electricity
- Go a week without consuming any dairy products
- Do something with Prime
- Go back to St. Mary’s church once
- Read Newton’s Principia (and hope Leibniz’ ghost doesn’t kill me in my sleep)
- Actually pay attention to how much money I spend
- Win NaNoWriMo 2011
- Get better with R
Let’s be kind to each other, shall we? 2010 was average enough, but we don’t need another 2009.
So let’s make a deal.
You will provide me with 365 days, each day approximately 24 hours in length. These days will be blank slates with each an opportunity to get things right.
In turn, I will provide you with 365 attempts at not sucking at life. This includes but is not limited to:
- keeping my mind focused on whatever task is at hand, regardless of how alluring drawing/writing/StumbleUpon/Wordpress/screwing around on the internet in general is.
- trying not to lose my shit when it comes to anxiety-provoking social interactions.
- mastering the art of self-deprivation to promote self-betterment.
- attempts to dispel anger in more constructive ways.
- trying to be kinder to everyone, even people who can’t seem to walk down a sidewalk properly.
- appreciating the fact that I have control over my life (note: this does not exempt me from bitching about stuff).
So yeah. Take that, fate, I’m going to kick your ass.
Anyway, life is never complete without a year-end survey. Onward!
Screen name: LadyLeibniz. Or AntarcticaFreak, but that one’s ancient.
Current location: Vancouver
Birth date: February 2
2010 In The Beginning……
Where did you ring in the New Year? On my butt in the snow outside my house after falling down the deck stairs. 2009 just couldn’t let go without giving me one more jab.
Who were you with? Myself.
Did you kiss anyone at midnight? Nope.
Did you make any resolutions? Quoted from last year: “Figure out what the hell I want, find a boyfriend, get better with R, etc., etc.”
If so did you keep them? The first and third ones, yeah.
2010 Your Love Life….
How many relationships did you have? Actual relationships? Zero.
How many break ups? None
How many people did you kiss? One
2010 Friends and Enemies……
Did you meet any new friends this year? I made at least one new friend every time I came back to Moscow, haha.
Did any of your friendships end? Nah.
Did you dislike anyone? Nope.
Did you get into any fights? No one to fight with.
Did you make any new enemies? I hope not.
Did you resolve any fights? I try to stay out of it.
Who was your closest friend? Didn’t really have one.
Did you have a Valentine? PFFT.
Did the Easter bunny visit you? He gave me a four day weekend.
Did you watch fireworks on the 4th of July? Yes!
Did you dress up for Halloween? No.
What did you do for Thanksgiving? Canadian Thanksgiving blows, so nothing.
Did you receive what you wanted? Partially.
Were you good this holiday season? I always try to be good.
2010 Your BIRTHDAY!!!
How old did you turn? 22
Did you have a cake? No
What did you do for your birthday? Went to class. Not much else.
Did you have a party? Nope.
Did you get any presents? A few
2010……The Memories and Accomplishments!
Funniest Memory? Driving around Moscow with my friends, blasting the Numa Numa song and waving our arms around like a bunch of idiots. And not realizing the back hatch on the car was open.
Saddest Memory? The time we all sat in my car late at night and bitched about how much our lives sucked.
Most Embarrassing Memory? Existing
Best Accomplishment? Presenting my poster in Boston.
Favorite TV shows? I’m still digging Futurama. And METALOCALYPSE.
Favorite songs? See yesterday’s blog.
Favorite bands? Muse rules.
Favorite food? Freaking broccoli, man.
Favorite stores? There aren’t really any stores I frequent up here.
Favorite restaurants? Shari’s is still the best place ever. And Cougar Country, man!
Favorite piece of clothing? I love my Alex Colman pants. SO LOUD.
2010…..All about YOU….
Did you change at all this year? Meh. In some ways, yes, but they’re subtle.
Did you dye your hair? I tried to put some blue in the tips, but you can’t really see it.
Did you get your hair cut? I got it evened out in the summer.
Did you change your style? NEVER!
Were you in school? Blah, yes.
Did you have a job? I was a TA.
Did you drive? Yup.
Did you own a car? Don’t need one up here.
Did you lose anyone this year? No.
Did anyone close to you give birth? No.
Did you move at all? Hahaha, yes.
Did you go on any vacations? I went back to Moscow for the summer.
Did you leave the country at all? Indeed.
Would you change anything about yourself now? Peh.
Because it’s getting to be that time and the last blog of the year is reserved:
- Try not to suck at life
- Blog daily, as per usual
- Edit the stuff I need to edit (a.k.a. Prime)
- Go skydiving
- THE THESIS, GET IT DONE
- Get better at R
- Analyze the living hell out of every data set I come across
- Have at least one more sexy basement party
- Finish a substantial number of my “101 in 1001” goals (assuming the website ever comes back up, haha)
There are many more, but it’s late and I need music.
Today’s song: 10,000 Miles by Mary Chapin Carpenter (this made me bawl)
Well, 2008 has come to a close. Thank god. So here I am with another set of New Year’s resolutions (and the results from the last set):
-Keep the 4.0.
Status: check, thank GOD.
-Go to the rec center three times a week.
-Keep a journal of my weird, weird dreams.
Status: nope, didn’t happen.
-Actually start studying for the GRE sometime before I have to take it.
Status: technically I did this…but only by like two days.
-Make at least one decent Flash animation.
Status: does The Wrath of Xbar count?
-For once, I’m going to try and NOT worry about keeping a 4.0. Sure, I’ll try, but I’m also taking Linear Algebra.
-Get into grad school.
-Get better at R.
-Get better at Flash.
-Keep blogging, regardless of MySpace’s stupidity! (2-years-later edit: hahahahaha)
And…that’s about it.
(why “Year of the WTF JUST HAPPENED?!”? Because it was a freaking rollercoaster, that’s why.)
Wee! Last day of 2007. Overall, I’d give it a 6.1 out of 10. Some parts rocked. Some parts downright sucked. So here we go with another obligatory end of the year ritual: the status of goals set last New Year’s, plus new goals for next year!
Last Year’s Goals
~Keep a 4.0: check
~Go to the rec center three times a week: fail
~Get a date: check!
~Get a life: fail. Fail, fail, fail.
Bonus Goals Tacked On at the Last Minute
~Watched Futurama incessantly until all episodes were committed to memory: check
~Acquired dozens of pieces of crap from eBay: check
~Realized that I don’t need a “life” to be awesome: check
~Developed many emotional attachments to many dead or fictional people: check
New Year’s Resolutions
~Keep the 4.0
~Go to the rec center three times a week
~Keep a journal (on my blogs, of course) of my weird, weird dreams
~Actually start studying for the GRE sometime before I have to take it
~Make at least one decent Flash animation.
Is it sad that that’s all I can think of right now? I think it’s sad.
I’ll add more later.
Huttah! New Year’s resolutions on Christmas Eve! Hey, why isn’t there a Christmas Adam?
Anyway, here are the few little resolution’s I’ve made:
1. Be myself. Yeah, yeah, I know I’ve always been myself, but I want to let it out there a little more. I’m too damn shy (some may debate that this shyness is part of who I am, but I don’t know). I’ve decided that—even more so than before—I’m not going to give a crap about what other people think about me. I’m one of those people who you either love or hate. If you hate me, screw you. I’m not going to change. If you love me, great! I’ll take off my pants at your request!
2. Go to the rec center every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday no matter what (unless I’m in the hospital/dead/on a date.
EDIT: broken on Jan. 5th. Loser.
3. Get a date. I need one, already.
4. Get a life. I need one, already.
ADDED: 5. Get laid. (Not Lay’s®, that’s different. )
That’s about it.