You see, I'm a bit of a clothes-horse.
I like to dress up, and can usually be found rocking a sport coat or blazer and tie. I've spent quite a bit on my wardrobe, so you can imagine my concern when things no longer fit. My newly-sedentary lifestyle has taken its toll, and I gotta lose the gut.
But I covered that (largely) in my last post. It's old hat. I did, however, mention that I'd trot out my New Year's Resolution list, so without further ado...
CJ's New Year's Resolutions
1. Eliminate from my life all traces of snark, sarcasm, and passive-aggression: It may surprise you to learn that I am a great deal more sarcastic and passive-aggressive in person. In a world of snarky commentary, I alone am God-Emperor... in fact, things got so bad that some of my coworkers invented a new word to describe my own particular brand of sarcasm: Shauncasm. Looking back, some of the things I said (in jest) were pretty horrible. As a Christian, I'm supposed to love my neighbour, so it's time to clean up the act and be more respectful (and respectable).
2. Give up Facebook and Twitter for Google+: Believe it or not, I actually prefer Google+ to Facebook, especially on my Android tablet. The downside is few of my family or friends are on Google+. The upside is few of my family or friends are on Google+. However, all the businesses and magazines that I follow on both Facebook or Twitter are on Google+. So, it's off to Google+ I go, swapping one personal-data-sharing corporation for another.
3. Keep up the home improvements: Make room for baby.
4. Give up my both my computer- and video game hobbies: I've been collecting console video games since the late 70s, and still spend far too much time on my computers. Now that we have a baby on the way, I want to spend more time with/on our family.
5. Try different things: I admit to being fairly adventurous (sometimes to the point of madness) when it comes to cocktails and music, but I tend to play it safe when it comes to meals and restaurants. Ditto for my wardrobe - I tend to stick to a couple of different colours and styles, so it's time to diversify.
6. Finishing what I start: I'm notorious for letting myself get sidetracked, and I have more ideas on the go than can be realistically achieved by one man. At last look, I estimate I have over two hundred articles and/or blog posts in the works, and several multi-part posts awaiting conclusion. I'll have to come up with a better way of doing things and concentrate on staying on task. Speaking of which...
7. Amalgamate some of my blogs into the main site: I currently have no less than ten blogs going, under a few pseudonyms. Some see a few posts per month, others a few posts per decade. Each comprises a facet of my personality or concerns one of my many, many interests. I started moving some material to my main website, and perhaps it's time I started doing it in earnest, or eliminating some outright.
8. Read more (physical) books: I love my Kobo ereader, but I don't care for its battery life. You don't have to wait for the old-fashioned paper variety of book to recharge in the middle of an extended read.
9. Use more paper products: Seriously, our pulp and paper industry was hurtin' a while back. Besides which, if I need to consult my notes, it's just a matter of opening my Day-Timer and flipping through the tabs. Instant-on, and no need to worry about paper holding a charge.
That's pretty much it. Nothing too difficult!