I did a LOT in 2010. When I start to think back about what I accomplished last year compared to the year before, I’m actually quite proud of where I ended up.
In 2009 I racked up 68,000 frequent flyer miles with Star Alliance (United and Continental) and about another 32,000 with Delta/Alaska for about 100k in a year. It was miserable. There isn’t time for much in life when 80% of it’s spent waiting to board a plane, flying on a plane, or travelling from an airport to a hotel.
In 2010 I traveled to Chicago, Columbus, Minneapolis, Chicago, Bentonville (for the better part of 6 weeks on three subsequent round-trips), Dallas, San Francisco/Oakland, Huston…and then no more. In June we moved from Portland to Atlanta and I traveled exactly once since we got here, the first week we were here, for that final trip to Huston. For the last six months I have worked from my home office, and it has been wonderful.
At one point in March I was flying through a connection (in Huston) and realized halfway down a concourse that I had no idea where I was. Not just “where in the airport” but actually “where in the country” based on my unfamiliarity with the layout. It was a shock. Riding down an escalator I found myself asking a fellow business traveler what airport we were in. A dozen people around us laughed the uncomfortable laugh of people who travel too much and barely remember their homes. I do not want to go back to that again. I like waking up at home. I like working from home. The road is great, and travel was a perk for years, but I’m ready to travel less.
While a lot has happened in the last year, this will always be the year that we “moved to the south” in our minds. We left our very beloved farm among the vineyards, sold our chickens and re-homed our goats. That same day in Huston, when I realized I had no idea where I was, was the day my boss’s boss called my cell phone as I sat waiting to board my connecting flight and asked if I’d consider a relocation to Atlanta. Three months later, we were in a Ryder truck moving across the country. Despite some hiccups, it’s been a good thing. There are many things about being here we want to “fix” but overall, I feel very good about Atlanta and Georgia and being on this side of the country.
And flying less. I feel very good about flying less.
Books I Read:
- Russell T Davies – Writer’s Tale: The Final Chapters
- Lars Brownworth – Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization
- Robert Strassler – The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories
- Gordon Dahlquist – The Glass Book of the Dream Eaters, Book 1
- John M Ford – The Apocalypse Door
- Johnathan Barnes – The Somnambulist
- Johnathan Barnes – Domino Men
- Jane Austen – Persuasion
- Neil Gaiman – Fragile Things
- Edgar Rice Burroughs – The Land that Time Forgot
- Edgar Rice Burroughs – The People that Time Forgot
- Edgar Rice Burroughs – Out of Time’s Abyss
- Charles Dickens – The Pickwick Papers
- Charles Dickens – Sketches by Boz
- Charles Dickens – Edwin Drood
- Dan Simmons – Drood: A Novel
- Vitruvius – The Ten Books on Architecture [Granger Latin/English Interlinear Edition]
- Moses Maimonides – The Guide for the Perplexed
- William Prescott – History of the Conquest of Mexico c.1843, B&N Library of Essential Reading; 2008 Paperback Edition
- Samuel R Delany – Dhalgren
- M. John Harrison – Virconium
- Gail Carriger – Soulless
- Gail Carriger – Changeless
- Ekaterina Sedia – Alchemy of Stone
- Dante Alighieri – The Inferno, Translation by Robert and Jean Hollander
Movies I Saw – How I Saw It – Rating:
- Sherlock Holmes – Blu-Ray – 8
- Easy Virtue – In-Flight Movie – 9
- Alice in Wonderland – Theater – 7
- When in Rome – Theater – 8
- Kick-Ass – Theater – 8
- (500) Days of Summer – Blu-Ray – 5
- Food Inc. – Dish Network – 8
- The Boys are Back – In-Flight Movie – 8
- Dear John – Redbox – 6
- The Time Traveler’s Wife – Redbox – 7
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Theater – 7
- How To Train Your Dragon – Theater – 9
- Iron Man 2 -Theater – 8
- Despicable Me – Theater – 8
- Killers – Redbox – Blu-Ray – 5
- Leap Year – Redbox – 10
- The Bounty Hunter – Redbox – 8
- Letters to Juliette – Redbox – 9
- Clash of the Titans – Redbox Blu-Ray – 6
- Temple Grandin – Redbox – 10
- The Back-Up Plan – Netflix – 5
- Hamlet (BBC w/David Tennant) – Netflix – 10
- Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) – Netflix – 9
- Changeling – Netflix – 8
- Fanny Hill (BBC Miniseries) – Netflix – 10
- August Rush – Netflix – 8
- Did You Hear About the Morgans? – Netflix – 7
- The Blind Side – Netflix – 8
- New In Town – Netflix – 7
- G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra – Netflix – 8
- Young Sherlock Holmes – Netflix – 10
- Firefox – Netflix – 10
- The Phantom of the Opera – Netflix – 6
- Chicago – Netflix – 9
- Nine – Netflix – 5
- The Governess – Netflix – 9
- The Duchess – Netflix – 7
- X-Men – Netflix – 8
- Mama Mia! – Netflix – 8
- In the Name of the Rose – Netflix – 10
- Prince of Persia – Redbox Blu-Ray – 10
- The Last Airbender – Redbox Blu-Ray – 6
- X-2 – DVD – 8
- Sweeny Todd – Netflix – 6
- A Shot in the Dark – Netflix – 7
- 84 Charring Cross Road – Netflix – 11
Games I Played – Platform – Rating:
- Mass Effect 2 – Xbox 360 – 10
- Crystal Defenders – iPhone – 8
- Brutal Legend – Xbox 360 – 6
- Dragon Age: Awakening – Xbox 360 – 8
- Bioshock 2 – Xbox 360 – 9
- Limbo – Xbox 360 Live – 9
- Braid – Xbox 360 Live – 8
- Dragon Warrior VIII – DS – 8
- Fighting Fantasy – DS – 5
- Angry Birds – iPhone – 10
- Cut the Rope – iPhone – 9
- Halo: Reach – Xbox 360 – 10
- Halo 3: ODST – Xbox 360 – 9
- The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition – iPhone – 8
- Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge Special Edition – iPhone – 8
- Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition – Xbox 360 – 10
- Minecraft – PC – 20
- Infinity Blade – iPhone – 8
- Dungeon Hunter 2 – iPhone – 8
- Robot Unicorn Attack! – iPhone – LOL
Goals for 2011:
One year from now, you will wish you had started today.
I know that resolutions don’t tend to work out for me. Â I make them with the mental equivalent of crossing my fingersÂ becauseÂ I know that sixty days from now life will be so different from life today that resolving to do something is essentially an unpredictable crap-shoot. Â So I will not “resolve” to do things, I will simply put out to the universe the following desires and hope that the Law of Attraction (which I don’t “really” believe in as anything more powerful than the placebo effect) will convince me that some of these things might be improved over last year.
Yeah, yeah; this is a bit of an old saw for me at this point. I get that. But I’d like to get better about this now that my time on the road is greatly diminished. Blog more, write more fiction, comment more on the blogs I read, etc.
I realized late last year that I had stopped drawing out of fear. I was more afraid that I would discover how bad things had become than I was of the actual limitations I face. That’s just stupid. The other day I saw Don Kenn’s Post-it-Note gallery, and I was in awe. I love this SO MUCH it hurts. The guy just draws on what he has when he has almost nothing at hand to work with. I have about $5k in professional art supplies sitting in a corner of my office that I haven’t actually used in half a decade. I just schlep it from place to place, house to house, pretending that someday I’ll magically be better and use it again.
This year I want to use it, limitations and all, and let the results fall where they may. Create for creation’s sake, and not refuse to try because perfection isn’t guaranteed. I forgot that art isn’t about making it perfect, it’s about making the mistakes beautiful. I just want to make a tiny bit of beauty again.
I have a camera that I love, some nice glass, and a bag to carry it in. I have reasonable Photoshop skills and I know how to get the most out of my photos when I try.
Again, I just haven’t bothered. Some of this was depression after leaving Oregon, but for the most part it’s just sitting beside a bookshelf waiting to be used. I want to have a collection of photos at the end of the year that I can actually look back on and pick from. I’ll blog a few of the best as time goes by. I won’t turn this into a photoblog by any means, but pictures always make a blog post better.
I read quite a bit in 2010, but I’d like to be more consistant. A lot of my reading went in chunks depending on my travel schedule. The one good thing about all that travel was all the reading I did. The last half of the year slowed down considerably, and I want to reverse that trend as this year starts. I’m leading off with “The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo” as it was a Christmas gift, and I already have a large queue to work through, which makes me very happy.
Eat Better and Exercise more
Last year I wanted to lose a ton of weight and run a triathlon. Which might have been doable if we hadn’t uprooted our lives. My goals this year are a bit simpler. I want to exercise more (running is my prefered exercise, but just more of anything would be a good start) and I want to eat better.
Eating better is actually more nebulous for us. I’ve started to feel pretty strongly about moving away from a preservative filled, over processed, globally produced diet and more towards a natural semi-locovore diet. I’m not exactly on a high road here, I still eat danish butter cookies and drink coffee from columbia; but my coffee is fair trade and preservative free and when I cook I try to use the entire animal and get it local. I am trying to move towards more natural ingredients and experimenting with more types of food.
Oregon Sunshine and I have decided to start a blog specific to our culinary adventures. It’s up, but we have almost no content on it yet. We’ll be posting recipies, photos, and our reviews of how it tastes and how cost effective it is to eat more local and less processed.
Wear My Contacts More
I can actually hear the collective “what???” from the five of you that read this…so let me explain. I have slightly different perscriptions for my glasses and my contacts. I notice that I have fewer headaches when I wear my contact, and I feel better about my appearance. I have nothing against my glasses, they make me look professorial and bookish and whatnot, but I like the look of my face without them on just a little bit better. Not wearing my contacts is essentially pure laziness. It’s just “that thing” that I never bother to do. I’d like to get better about putting in my eyes instead of just putting them on.
The more things change the more…no, that’s not it…
The more things stay the same, the more likely it is that a major change is about to sneak up and whack you in the back of the head.
-Me, and you can quote me on it.
What amazes me about life, is that I know that I have NO IDEA what will happen in the next twelve months. I might want to accomplish or change a lot of things, but I know that the only thing I’m resolved to do is roll with what life throws at us. It’s what we did last year, because change is the one thing that never seems to go away.
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