Goals for 2009

Somehow I didn’t set up goals for 2008, which may have worked out because I guess I would have been disappointed to miss them.

This year I am setting up goals.  So here they are in random order:

1. Break my addiction to online gaming. There is one online game in particular that I play.  Its a RPG and it is indeed fun at times, but the majority of time is spent just building up your player.  You log in every few hours or so, do some stat building and then log off.  There is a brief period during the day when you get to actually do something, but after about 20 minutes, it all over.  Its addictive because you want to build up your player more and more, and you hate to just dump it after all that “work”.  But it isn’t real work, and it wastes time in my life when I could be with my family, fixing things in my house, or running.  I need to stop, but it will be hard to do.

2. Get to bed by 9:30. My new job is over an hour from my house.  I have to get up early to get there on time, so I need to get to bed early.  Well, since I am up late doing things (see online gaming above), I get to bed late, and then its hard to get up early, and then I am late for work.  I need to be at work at a good time.  I would like to be at work by 8 AM, but I will settle for 8:00 – 8:30.  This means I need to leave the house around 7 AM, which means get the heck out of bed by 5:45.  It also means don’t play on the computer until its very late.  Also, lack of sleep hurts my body too.  It makes me gain weight and it ruins my recovery from long runs.  So, an early bed time for me.

3. Friday night workout with the wife. Yeah, it sounds rude, but I mean an actual aerobic workout.  No.  That sounds rude too.  I mean with a video.  Er.  Sweating?  Um.  Lycra?  OK, we are going to do cardio on Friday night because we need some activity time together and I need another workout during the week so I don’t get fat(ter).  And a recent study found that couples who did hard physical work together had increased attraction between them.  Maybe if the Friday night workout does well, I’ll get a Saturday night workout too.

4.  Weekly activity with the kid. We already have a lot of activity with Boy Scouts, but I think my son and I need some time by ourselves, to fix stuff, break stuff, shoot weapons, things that guys do for fun.  Winter makes it tough.  We have a BB range in the basement already, but you can only shoot so many BB’s at a milk jug before it gets boring.  Tried the CO2 pistols too, but again, it gets old.  So maybe we’ll build some monstrous and fantastical contraption from old machines and appliances.  Something that plugs in a moves and throws stuff, and maybe shoots fire.  Well, maybe not the fire part because my insurance agent might be reading this.  Its, ok, Jennifer, no fire.  Not in the house anyway.

5. Speed. I am going to break my personal 7:00 pace barrier in a 5K.  Mark my words.  It will happen.

6. Run a marathon. I’m running another one this year.  Probably in the fall.  Maybe I’ll run two (heh, just kidding, Honey).  This year I may be running it with my running partner, who has never run one in her life.  So I may be doing some pacing but (and let’s be honest about this), it may be all I can do to get my butt across the line because my track record in marathons is not so stellar.  But a marathon I will run.

7. Write for CRN. I used to write for CRN.  I liked it a lot, but I had a hard time coming up with things to say about running.  I can talk a lot about other junk, but its hard to talk about serious stuff.  I think CRN needs some new articles.  I don’t know what is happening for 2009 with them, but I have an idea that I’m going to put forth and see how they like it.

8.  Raise my HDL to 50. OK, this is what we call a “stretch” goal.  Raising your HDL is tough to do.  Right now I’m at 36.  There’s not a lot of things (aside from drugs) that do it.  But my plan is to use every little technique I can find and see if we can’t raise that sucker up.  Cut out the saturated and trans fat.  More mono- and polyunsaturated fats.  More fish.  Less refined sugar.  More fiber (OK, I already get over 50 so maybe I’m good to go there).  Cranberry juice?  Dark chocolate?  I might go to straight cocoa powder.  We’ll see.  50.

9.  Take charge of my job. I am supervising two people now and I seem to have once again taken on a reactive role, rather than a proactive role.  I wait for things to come to me.  I need to be the one who goes looking for trouble, rather than letting trouble find me.  In other jobs, I was pushed down and not allowed to go and fix things that need fixing.  Well, here I’m told to go do that.  They want me to find problems and they want me to be the one who just jumps in and fixes it.  So that’s what I’m going to do.  No measurable here, really, so we’ll just see what happens.

10.  Build a wind turbine.  I’ve always wanted to do this and I think this would be a marvelous science project for the kid.  Make it out of mostly junk, just to see how much voltage we could generate out of garbage parts.  The trick will be to find an old car alternator, but with copper prices through the roof, we may have to lay out some dough.  We’ll see.  I’ll be off the grid by December.  :)

11. Build a time capsule. This one I have been thinking about for a long time.  I need some very wide PVC pipe (8 inch?) and threaded end caps.  I have a lot of things I want to put in there, but mostly I want a way to store voice recordings that will last 100 years AND have something to play them on when its opened.  Maybe an MP3 player, but I need to make sure it has a power source.  Anyway, lots to think about and it will be fun to documents the contents here.

So there they are.  My 11 goals for 2009.  We’ll see how far I get.  After all, I think I hit every single one of my goals for last year.  ;)