I usually like to give myself until my birthday to make resolutions and to report in on those from the previous year. This year, however, I’m pretty set on my list, and if I post it today, that gives me almost 13 months to complete the following:
- Expand my bread repertoire by baking 2 new types per month. I can make a solid sandwich loaf, but there are many more loaves to try!
- Knit socks. I’m there. I can do this.
- Run the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler. If my knee, winter training, or finances prevent this, run at least one 10K.
- Continue saving aggressively for a down-payment on a house. We’re hoping to buy this summer, but it might be advantageous to wait another year, which is why this resolution is ‘save’ not ‘buy’.
- Complete the 25 Recipes challenge, in which we attempt to master 25 recipes that we’ve been intending to try.
- Learn to accessorize. I love the look of scarves, jewelry, and all of that, but haven’t spent much time figuring out how to work those things into my wardrobe.
- Make a decision about grad school. Do I need/want more of it? In what field? This decision will largely be influenced on my job situation.
- Sock away 3 months’ worth of my half of the household budget (approx $4500). I worked on this in 2009, was un/underemployed for a few months, and then got a job that pays $15,000 less than I was making when we established our budgets. I’ll be posting about this and other financial goals on How I Am Not Spending Money. Hopefully extra income from teaching will help with this.
- Survive my first semester of teaching. Can I tell you how intimidated I am about this? It’s a little paralyzing.
- Take a solo trip and a vacation with SB. We’re thinking Portland or San Francisco, and I’m thinking that my reward for #9 should be a trip to NYC.
What do you want to do in the new year?
Virtual Graduation: My 30 seconds of fame occur about 1:08:40. Congratulations to all my friends!
Started school, got a great job, felt like I’d finally figured it all out, took some library classes but was much more into the social informatics-type stuff and also my job my job my job. Went to France, dated some, felt pretty alone but also more like myself than ever before, applied to the doctoral program.
Started dating Shane, met a bunch of fantastic people, walked the Camino, lost weeks of my life to Moodle, started the doctoral program, got a for real job with the longest title ever, broke my arm, became a master of science!
Launched Moodle, left the doctoral program, walked at graduation, nationwide job hunt for both of us while working full time and taking three classes, moved to DC, started at the library, took a semester off.
Metadata, classes at GW, felt disconnected but actually able to do research at work, had an epiphany and put together a thesis project that addressed practical work and also my research interests, read and worked and collected data, hated job.
Last class, six weeks of frantic writing and revising, defense and Kams, and now….?
————— Forwarded message —————
From: Caroline Haythornthwaite
Date: Fri, Mar 6, 2009 at 5:47 PM
Subject: [Cas] Congratulations to Elizabeth Edwards
To: cas, itsupport_staff, all_faculty, phd
Congratulations to Elizabeth Edwards on successfully completing and defending her CAS project, “Examining the Preparation for Reference-Based Instruction Among Academic Librarians”. Committee members were Caroline Haythornthwaite (chair), Linda Smith, and Melissa Wong.
Raise a glass of (green) beer!
In truth, I’m not at all disappointed that my class registration was messed up (and by that I mean, not completed despite me doing far more than I should have had to do), as it meant that I got home at a normal time, and SB took me out on a date, and tomorrow we get to do fun things instead of me having to be at school all day. I’m feeling a strong urge to nest, so I imagine this weekend will be full of home-y things and also exploring Alexandria. Having an utterly free weekend is a wonderful surprise.
Also, happy #24 to my little sister!
So at the beginning of the month, I had good intentions to post every day. That very much didn’t happen. Instead, I bring you the always classic bulleted list of stuff that’s going on.
Things I’m excited about right now:
- Pimms & lemonade.
- The good planning meeting I had today – one of the first good meetings I’ve had in a while.
- Dinner, which is just waiting for SB to get home to eat it!
- Finally achieving “regular” status somewhere.
- New apartment!
- Erin Fae’s impending visit.
- Maybe volunteering for a farmers’ market event next weekend?
- Cait had her baby!
Things that are going on but I’m not so excited about:
- Crazy papercut on my index finger.
- Finally running out of bath bombs after my January buying binge.
- Having to pony up for various deposits almost 2 months before we recoup our old deposits.
- Homework. Augh. I’m trying to be good about pacing myself, but I’m falling a little behind.
- Cradle to Cradle is depressing me all to hell, but I’m reading it anyway.
What’s up with you?