Remember the list of things I wanted to do this year? Even with the extension I gave myself my success rate is pretty low. I'm reporting just to be honest, certainly not to make myself look good. Frowny face here.
I pretty much know what I need to be doing to reach at least some of my life goals, but I'm doing a really poor job of acting on it.
For illustration I offer two childhood pictures that pretty much define the problem.
Here I am digging a hole. Yes, to China. Inspired by a Donald Duck comic book where Huey, Duey and Louie were digging such a hole. Yes, I would dig whenever the mood struck me. In ten years I got it about 5 feet deep and six feet across. In my defense, I will state that this was in New York gray clay, not Michigan sand. (I was quite shocked when I moved to Michigan and discovered that mere mortals COULD actually dig holes.)
Here I am fishing in a creek with no fish. Why? Because I had new rubber boots and a fishing pole. The presence of obtainable osteichthyes was irrelevant to me. I thought that with boots and a pole they would appear and beg to be caught.
You will notice that I look pretty happy in both instances. I was and am a process person. I care more about gardening than having a beautiful garden. I like to knit, etc, but care less about finishing projects. And on and on.
Yes, I know I was a kid. No, I'm not just being down on myself. I know my faults as well as anyone. You can draw your own conclusions as to whether I have improved on these childish methods of choosing activities. I will also draw mine.
Anyway, here's the report.
|54 in 300, report on day 427|
|1||WRITING||begin working on North Country Quest again||got briefly inspired, then got boggged down in reality again - still about 5 chapters done|
|2||WRITING||edit Kiss of the Butterfly, submit for publication||nothing|
|3||WRITING||100 NC History pages||just the planning in Nov|
|4||WRITING||blog about 8 wild foods||none|
|5||WRITING||finish Dead Mule Swamp Druggist||16 chapters added|
|9||WRITING||do 10 book promotion things||9 ish- I lost count|
|7||WRITING||writing schedule day 50 times (this refers to a particular disciplined schedule)||9|
|8||WRITING||5 entries in Off the Sanctuary Wall||none|
|9||WRITING||pursue a contract I can't name yet||didn't happen- but I tried|
|10||WRITING||talk to 5 bookstores about carrying mysteries||none|
|11||HOUSE||fix kitchen drawer||DONE|
|12||HOUSE||cut down 5 autumn olive trees||DONE|
|13||HOUSE||clean refrigerator twice||DONE|
|14||HOUSE||replace kitchen faucet||nothing|
|15||HOUSE||get lawnmower fixed||DONE- you heard about most of this. I get extra points|
|17||HOUSE||kitchen light electric box||DONE|
|18||HOUSE||replace faucet by washing machine||nothing|
|19||HOUSE||put away model railroad stuff||none|
|20||HOUSE||spend 10 hours sorting books||3 total- only managed to make a bigger mess|
|21||FITNESS||increase to 30 pushups||gave up|
|22||FITNESS||increase to 100 jumping jacks||gave up|
|23||FITNESS||increase to 2 min planking||gave up|
|24||FITNESS||walk, bike, ski or snowshoe 200 times||no clue- over 100|
|25||HIKING||NCT Hike 100 Challenge for 2016||DONE|
|26||HIKING||visit 5 new MI counties to explore trails||none|
|27||HIKING||hike 100 more miles of the Buckeye Trail||DONE, 230+ actually|
|28||HIKING||clear my trail better||DONE|
|30||PERSONAL||Financial Goal #2||nothing|
|31||PERSONAL||lose 10 pounds||lost 8!|
|32||PERSONAL||play music 50 times||20 ish|
|33||PERSONAL||other #1 (200 times)||40 ish|
|34||PERSONAL||other #2 (12 times)||2|
|35||MISC||make 21 quarts juice||14 total|
|36||MISC||try 10 new wild foods||none|
|37||MISC||some genealogy stuff||very little- found John's obit, tried to locate Ricky|
|38||MISC||100 more pix on Shark Shots||lost track, maybe 20|
|39||MISC||2 photo cards documented||got most hike pictures listed|
|40||MISC||give 10 gifts from my kitchen||5 ish|
|41||MISC||eat at Brenda's Burgers||DONE|
|42||MISC||eat at Country Critters||closed, but now open under new management|
|43||MISC||take my trailer on 2 trips||one|
|44||MISC||finish monkey booties||DONE|
|45||MISC||get two programs NCT and Kitchen Sink||none|
|46||MISC||get rid of 100 things||??? 20 ish|
|47||MISC||read or listen to 100 books||lost track, but way over 100. Most not very meaningful|
|48||MISC||move NCC from Josh's garage||nothing|
|49||MISC||short bios of 5 relatives||none|
|50||MISC||sort my fabric||nothing|
|51||MISC||do something inside my trailer||removed some things I don't want. Finished curtains. Have design plans for rebuilding. Visited Scamp and learned a lot|
|52||MISC||add 50 things to family heritage list||15 ish|
|53||MISC||some VCR tapes to DVD||none|
|54||MISC||some cassette tapes to CD||none|
There you have it. I probably would have done as much without the list...
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