Happy New Year, 2021

I attempt to set resolutions every year, but they are not true resolutions, just my plan to accomplish something.

In 2020, I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped. I met my reading goal. I went back to school for real classes.

I didn’t do as well on my fitness goals, but there was a lot going on.

For 2021, I’m going to attempt similar goals. I’ll increase my reading goal to 110. I’m going to attempt classes at the University level. My exercise goals are going to depend on what is acceptable in the county, but I’ll be working on that plan once things clear up a bit. I plan on at least one blog post a day and to get What Are You Reading Wednesday out weekly. I plan on getting back to my adventures when I can, including taking two trips this year, if it’s safe to do so.

I feel like my goals aren’t as lofty as they have been in past years, but after the way 2020 went, I want to be sure I can meet the goals that I set. Not too easy, not too hard.

106 of 100 completed

I had set an annual goal of 100 books for 2020, knowing that I’d be reading and reviewing children’s books, along with my other books. It was definitely a doable goal.

I have reviewed almost all of them, even if they were reviewed a while after I’d finished the book. Some that I have already finished won’t be published for a few weeks, so I can attempt at least one post a day for 2021.

I credit my bookclubs for the majority of the completed books. Also, I had several authors ask for reviews. I’ve had to turn down many of the requests this year, due to work and school. There just wasn’t enough time to read. I also found myself with a lack of concentration during the summer and early fall. I just couldn’t do it. When I set the goal, I didn’t forsee the pandemic, obviously. I think I could have read more if I hadn’t lost my ability to concentrate.

I still have several days to read more books. I have multiple bookclub meetings coming up quickly in early January. I plan on getting those books read between now and the second weekend in January. I don’t know how many will fall in 2020, and how many will be in 2021. We’ll see as they pop up. I think that only my Goodreads account will show the actual date read, though.

Back at the Gym

I keep saying that I need to get back at it with the gym. Yesterday, I finally made it. I gave myself a time to leave the house, with a plan of what I’d do at the gym. I was going to the one closer to home, so I wasn’t as familiar with it, like I am with the one near with work.

I made it out the door about a half hour late, and only got two “emergency” texts and one “emergency” phone call. I dealt with them as best I could, remotely. I continued on to the gym.

I pulled into the parking lot, checking out the underground lot. The sign was confusing, so I parked above ground.

I went in and did my planned workout, slower than I had hoped, but I did it. I asked about the underground parking lot on the way out. I’ll know for next time. I am all about the dumb question.

Looking Towards 2020

Every year, I set goals. Health goals, general life goals, reading goals, etc. This year, I’m starting to think about them a little earlier than New Year’s Eve.

I have set a goal of 1000 miles between 1/1 and 12/31 this year. It breaks down to just over 2.5 miles a day. Doable. The challenge here is to remember to log the miles.

I am setting my book goal at 100 books for 2020. I easily hit my goal of 75 books this year. I can do this.

I am going to seriously work on shrinking my book stack. My plan of attack is to have a book stack book, a kindle book, a library book, and an audiobook going constantly. This sounds impossible, but I pretty much do this anyway. I also have to add in the bookclub books, which have deadlines. I am going to try harder to get my “What Are You Reading Wednesday” blog posts posted weekly, and on time. We’ll see.

I have a general organization goal. I still have to define exactly what I’m trying to get accomplished, so I am still thinking on this one.

I am going to attempt exercise 5 days a week, which involves getting my daughters and the dogs involved. I also have to get myself up and out of the house early to get to the gym and showered before work. This is a two part project. Organization the night before, and getting to sleep on time. I know I feel better when I’ve been to the gym. I have managed to get the majority of my foot pain under control, so that helps a lot.

I have signed up for a 5k in January. At this point, I’m walking it. I have also signed up for a half marathon in November, which means I need to get myself moving, soon, to train.

I have a lot of big plans for the year. Let’s hope I can take chunks out of the goals and make it happen.

Shakespeare in a Year

Shakespeare in a Year

The above linked website talks about how to read the entire works of Shakespeare in a year. It seems like a lofty goal. I might try to do it at some point, but in a year seems difficult.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare is a website that has Shakespeare’s complete works for free. It may be useful if you decide to attempt the Shakespeare 2020 project.

SHAKESPEARE 2020 PROJECT SCHEDULE

[Click here for a PDF of the schedule.]

Twelfth Night: January 2-8 

Henry VI Part 1: January 10-16

Henry VI Part 2: January 18-25

Henry VI Part 3: January 27-February 2

Comedy of Errors: February 4-8

Taming of the Shrew: February 10-15

Titus Andronicus: February 17-22

Romeo and Juliet: February 24-March 2

Richard III: March 4-12

Julius Caesar: March 14-19

Two Gentlemen of Verona: March 21-25

King John: March 27-April 1

Richard II: April 3-9

Venus and Adonis: April 13-17

Hamlet: April 19-28

The Rape of Lucrece: April 30-May 4

Sonnets 1-80: May 6-8

Othello: May 11-18

Sonnets 81-154: May 20-22

Love’s Labour’s Lost: May 26-June 2           

Pericles: June 4-9

Cymbeline: June 11-18

King Lear: June 22-30

A Lover’s Complaint: July 2

The Passionate Pilgrim: July 3

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: July 6-10

The Merchant of Venice: July 12-16

Much Ado About Nothing: July 20-26

As You Like It: July 28-August 3

Macbeth: August 5-10

Troilus and Cressida: August 12-20

Antony and Cleopatra: August 22-29

Coriolanus: August 31-September 10

All’s Well That Ends Well: September 12-19

Measure for Measure: September 21-27

Henry IV Part 1: September 29-October 5

The Merry Wives of Windsor: October 7-13

Henry IV Part 2: October 15-22

Henry V: October 24-31

Henry VIII: November 2-9

Edward III: November 11-17

Timon of Athens: November 19-24

The Winter’s Tale: December 1-7

The Tempest: December 9-14

The Two Noble Kinsmen: December 16-23

The Phoenix and Turtle: December 27

A Funeral Elegy: December 29-30

Catching up

I am working on getting some of the draft posts actually posted onto the blog.  Most have just needed a little work before they get out there, but some are still sitting as drafts.  Those that are ready are getting published.  Check!  Check!  Check!

My annual challenge is still alive and kicking.  I am 11 books ahead of my adjusted goal of 100.  I have read 61 books this year.  I was so far ahead because of the pride month children’s books, I felt I needed to adjust it.

As far as my other goals go, one bite at a time.  Getting there!  Slowly.

Adjusting the goal

According to my Goodreads account, I have completed 60 of my 75 books for my annual goal.  I went and counted and I have read 15 children’s books so far this year.  I wasn’t expecting to read that many when I set the goal.  Adding the 15 to my originally planned 75 books would make the count 90, so I’ll be changing the goal to 100.  It shows that I am 24 books ahead, so I’ll be ok, I think.

Changing the goal to 100 makes me only 12 books ahead of schedule.  Still well above where I thought I’d be.