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2019 Three Weeks To GO

Let’s See What’s Out Their.

Captain Picard (TNG: Encounter at Farpoint)

At the end of the year many people set resolutions and review all that has happened in the year. We see the new year as fundamentally different than the one before when, in every meaningful sense, it is not. 

Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.

Captain Picard (TNG: The Inner Light)

A yeah can begin at any point at all. So can a week. We don’t have to wait until January or Monday to begin the new diet, life plan, or exercise regime we can start now. In the western world we are approaching 2019 – other calendars are on other years and indeed start their years at different times.

If I was designing the calendar I think I would separate Christmas and New Year. I think March would be a far better place to start the year – as in fact it once was. Then the year would start when the weather had started to improve and maybe it would feel more like a new beginning. With our calendar we have Christmas and Boxing Day – then three normal days before new year. I know I am not the only one who finds this a bit weird.

This must be Thursday,’ said Arthur to himself, sinking low over his beer. ‘I never could get the hang of Thursdays.

Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

I am writing this on Thursday and it is a good excuse to use that quote because, oddly, I know what he means:
Monday is the start of the week.
Tuesday is the continuation and not very important.
Wednesday is midweek and the weekend is in sight.
Friday is the end of the week – just one more shift!
Saturday is a  day off and you can sleep in!
Sunday is a day off but you have to prepare for work and try to get to bed at a good time.
Thursday is just sort of there.

This year I am not making resolutions as I always fail. There are also two things, no I won’t be more specific, that I have not got around to that I have been meaning to do for a year. It is a bad habit of mine. If it is not on the to-list it doesn’t get done. Sometimes it doesn’t if it is on the to-do list but that is a separate problem.

The one thing I have managed to achieve this year is being consistent hear! There was a bit of a shaky start but for most of the year I have posted every week. And that is something I am pleased with. 

So what have you achieved this year? I hope it has been a good one. See you next week.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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2017 – The Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions are doomed to failure. For proof you only need to go to a gym early in the new year and then again in March – or so I’m told since I’d be more likely to be the one not there.

I have failed before and I have said I have failed before and said that this year will be different before – if you can follow that you might be deserving of a medal.

This year I have a slightly different plan. I’m going to try to relax just a bit. I’m terrible at relaxing. In work I’ll be worried that I’m not going to be ready for the day and if I am ready I’ll be worried that that means I must have forgotten something. I can’t control work but at least I may be able to control the rest of my life.

In the rest of my life I have a to-do list. And I used to set it up to repeat necessary tasks. This year I haven’t done that. This year I have a cunning plan…

It’s not as cunning as a fox who went to oxford but it will do…

I’m adding all new tasks manually. So when there is a day when I can’t do stuff, for wherever reason, I don’t schedule stuff. So far it seems to be working. I’m scheduling less and getting more done.

So have I made any resolutions this year?

Kind of…

Sort of…

Your mileage may vary…

Finish my novel (which has been here for the last umpteen years)

Finish another secret novel.

Submit 12 short stories.

And help a very special woman in my life in any way I can.

Will I succeed who can say?

I will know in time.


I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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The End of It

This is the last post of 2014. When 2015 comes around it will feel, once again, like a new period of hope. Then, before you can look round, you realise it’s February and you’ve already failed to keep up with any new year’s resolutions.

This blog is my success this year. I have posted on it every week. I think one or two posts were a little late but the average was one a week. I didn’t however manage to start doing You Tube. With that I was doing the classic thing of the procrastinator – waiting for the right time and thus never doing it.

Exercise is another slight fail. I went to the gym for a while, I joined in June, but lately I haven’t been using it so much. To be honest I live too far from the gym. It takes three hours to do a one hour gym session. That’s when you factor in the train journey, waiting for the train, showering, and going to and from the station. I realised though that if that is the case I could just go for a walk for a couple of hours. Two hours of walking would probably equal the exercise of half an hour on a rowing machine.

For the new year I’m not sure I want to codify my resolutions. One thing I have thought about is learning to drive.

Leaning to drive has never been a priority to me. Until the beginning of this year I was within cycling distance of anywhere I wanted to be. Now I live further away and have to rely on trains. That is fine most of the time. The only exceptions are: Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, the occasional Sunday, and when I want to be out later than the last train. Having a car would be more convenient. If you leave five minutes late, when getting a train, you miss the train and have to wait for the next one. If going by car you can basically stay five minutes late.

The idea of learning to drive though is rather terrifying. I might just be better off putting some money aside to afford a taxi now and then.

And I know I say this every year but finishing my novel is a priority too.

Happy New Year!

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