12 Resolutions for 2012. Some will be tough. Advice is welcome.
1) Learn to drive.
2) Sell my house.
3) Write a book.
4) Run 5km without stopping.
5) Learn to code.
6) Compose at least one substantive post on G+ every day.
7) Create a personal image every week.
8) Lose 14kgs (31lbs) of weight.
9) Go somewhere awesome with the kids every week.
10) Do a clothes wash every day (where possible).
11) Upload a photograph every day.
12) Halve my gaming budget.
1) This is a no-brainer. It's reached that point in my life where I need to learn to drive. I've managed with Edinburgh's excellent local transport for almost two decades, but now I have kids that need to attend awkwardly located classes and want to visit distant friends. Further, I have far-off relatives that find travel to us difficult. A car would resolve this, so it's time to buy the driving gloves and goggles.
2) Because of a sewage flood, I've been out of my house for almost two years. Two fucking years. Currently, it's a mote-filled badland full of rubble and old tat. I hate the place. It's time to pressure the insurance to finish the bloody job, then sell, sell, sell. It was a lovely place, but now I can't even think about it without grinding my teeth in frustration.
3) With both kids at school I have the time to write a book, so I should, because I want to.
4) Running 5km without stopping. Really? 5 could as well be 50 for my current level of fitness. Time to fix that. I used to be able to run 5k with ease, but then that was two decades ago, and I could do pretty much anything I put my mind to with ease. Sure, 5k is no marathon, but running half a kilometer is enough to kill me just now, so 26 miles seems to be in the realms of utterly unachievable to me, where 5k seems worth a resolution.
5) I've wanted to learn how to code an app for a while, but never put time aside for it. Mostly, I want to support my rpg game with homebrewed apps, but I suppose there could be some money in it. Not sure where to begin here, but that's what the internet is for.
6) I need to keep myself in the writing habit, and avoid the misanthropy I covet, so feel posting regularly on G+ could help. Only one post a day should be easy enough to keep up with, surely? Stop laughing.
7) I draw less for myself these days. Commissions get in the way. I don't like this, as it makes drawing a chore, something only done for money, and that sours the arty joy. So, time to draw for myself more. This resolution's wording means very little to me -- I don't actually care if I create one piece a day, week, month, or year -- it's the spirit that's important: I resolve to draw more for my own enjoyment. Still, it's nice to have a target simmering away on the back ring of the hob.
8) I lost loads of weight in the latter months of 2011. Christmas came. I put almost all of it back on. Ooops. Back to stage one.
9) The kids are now at the age where they delight in visiting cool, interesting places. I'm innately lazy. I shouldn't allow the latter to influence the former. We recently visited the Camera Obscura in Edinburgh, and it was an awesome day out. I want more of those, please; at least 52...
10) I'm shit at keeping on top of the laundry. Really shit. It's time I grew up a little and stopped being so shit.
11) I have a camera that cost a gazillion pounds, and I hardy use it outside work, for all I love photography. Further, I'm constantly snapping images of the kids that hunker away on my iPhone, never appreciated by friends and family. I resolve to tackle this.
12) I spent, after trade-ins and similar are taken into account, about £1200 on video games this year. This isn't just for me, mind. +Lindsay Law
games as well, and so do my kids, and we have to fuel our habits on PC, iOS, PS3, and 360, but £1200 is still far too much money, and much of it was simply wasted. Steam Sales and PSN+ say 'Hi', Andrew. Stop wasting money on buying games at their release (which will be half the price within a couple of months), or buying any PSN or XBLA game (which will be free on PSN+, or a fraction of the price on Steam).
So, that's it. Comments, ridicule, suggestions, similar, welcome.