Happy New Year, 2023

I knew that I was looking at a lazy long weekend, and I’m having trouble getting it out of my mind. It’s been raining hard, and it’s been cold. I just felt like hunkering down with a blanket, a dog, and books. I thought maybe I would go to a movie this weekend, but that requires me to get dressed and leave the house. I have managed to shower and change into clean pjs. I just can’t get motivated to do much more.

I cleaned a bunch of stuff until I filled the recycling bin. There were boxes and wrapping paper from Christmas gifts, so that took up a lot of room and stalled my cleaning. I’m still working on it, but not as fast.

I met my reading goal and then exceeded it. I stopped reading and decided I wouldn’t finish any books until after midnight. I managed to fall asleep long before midnight, but ended up rested for today. I slept through the time that I would have had to get up and dressed to go to a movie. Nothing caught my attention enough to motivate myself to go.

Because of the rain and cold, we’ve had trouble getting Molly, the dog to go out. She’s been uncomfortable and sluggish, but we know why. At 2am, she decided that she finally had to go out for real. She slept well after that and finally finished her dinner. She went out fine this morning, but hasn’t touched her breakfast.

I’ve worked on goals for 2023. I enlisted a friend to be a gym accountability partner. I have my checklists started. I plan on reading at least 130 books. I plan on posting on the blog daily. I will get into my smaller clothing again this year. I plan on swimming several times a week. I can do this!

I have mostly been reading digitally, but I have a lot of paper books. I plan to tackle the paper books this year. And passing them on, either to friends and family or to the little free libraries.

I have a lot lined up for 2023. I hope that I can manage a lot of it.

Merry Christmas 2022/Happy New Year 2023

We’re ending 2022 soon. The week between Christmas and New Year is a good time to reflect on what’s happened and what’s to come.

I managed to finish my degree. I should be getting my diploma in the next few months. This week, I am anxiously awaiting final grades for 3 more classes. They are supposedly due at midnight tomorrow. I’m not terribly worried, but I still am anxious. I am happy that I don’t have to worry about writing in MLA or Chicago format anymore. I am not going for my master’s degree. I decided.

I finished my annual reading goal. I set a goal of 125, but I did a little more than that, and I still have a few days to go. I should finish one or two by New Year’s Eve. If not, then they will count for next year.

As usual, I am not making any resolutions. I plan to work on time management and adding gym time to my routine. I also am hoping to not allow procrastination to get the best of me.

Maybe in 2023 I will get my car cleaned out. I have been driving several projects around with me for months. Maybe by mid-January I will finally get them delivered to their actual locations.

I have to set my reading goal for 2023. Because I don’t have school reading, I hope to be able to read more stuff that I want to read instead of assigned readings. I still have bookclubs, so some of the books will be somewhat assigned. I am trying to decide if I should keep the same goal that I had this year, or if I should add a book or two or five to the 2022 goal. I have a few days to decide.

I plan on setting a swimming goal. I have several people willing to help me by swimming with me. I just have to get everything and everyone scheduled.

I also plan on a daily step goal increase. I have been close to meeting my goal for several months, but now that I don’t have to be in classes or doing homework, I hope I can increase it.

Thank you, 2022. Here’s to a great 2023!