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January 19th, 2006

goals for 2006

  1. Create a film for the Stockstock Film Festival.
    In 2004 I planned to do this, but first I needed some computer upgrades, and by the time I got them, I didn't have time to register and make a film. Last year I actually did register (though I never sent in my fee), but with my parents' and sister's visits at either end of the filmmaking period, I didn't have time to make a film. This year, though...!

  2. Learn to use GarageBand enough to make my own soundtrack for the Stockstock film.
    I figure, why not. I've got it, and if I can make my own little tune, then there are no copyright issues with my final film.

  3. Develop my 'Monsters Outside the Polis' concept into an actual complete game.
    This is arguably the biggest challenge I'm setting myself for the year. I'm a great one for imagining and talking, not so good for doing. But everyone else is making their own game, why shouldn't I?

  4. Earn a serious raise at work.
    This was discussed a few months ago with one boss and again in December at my performance review. I'm still not being proactive enough. It's a tough habit to develop. Say, didn't I earn a black belt once? Now where'd I put that discipline...?

  5. Reduce my credit card debt.
    This is largely contingent on meeting the previous goal, as my mortgage payments have taken away just about all the spare income I previously had. However, there've been some claims that I can expect a "large" return on my income taxes as a first-time home buyer; it remains to be seen whether I do get a refund and how large it actually is. Still, I may get some help there.

  6. Visit at least two of:
    • The Olympic Peninsula, up in the mountains and rainforest.
    • Mount St. Helens.
    • Portland.
    • The Pacific Ocean proper, on the other side of the Olympic Peninsula.
    • Victoria or Vancouver (return visit).
    These are the 2005 goals that I forgot to write about in my previous post. I'm leaving out "Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, or otherwise across the Sound" from the previous list, because I did visit Marrowstone Island and Port Townsend last August, when I went with Andrea, Jen, and Jen's parents to Jen's aunt's cabin.

  7. Resume martial-arts training and attend weekly.
    I'm generally healthy, and I'm thin. However, I'm not really that fit - I have little stamina or strength. I really need to resume some regular exercise, and martial arts is something I enjoy. As John commented to my previous post, he wants to resume the aikido training, which is fine. I'm not sure though that it's really giving me the right sort of workout; the trouble is, doing something else like tai chi means signing up somewhere for classes, and I'm concerned about being able to afford it. John did say though that $80 a month is typical for schools around here, and that should be feasible (not to mention a lot more affordable than the chung moo doe training I used to do).

  8. Continue writing at least once a week in this journal.
    I believe it's safe to call this an established habit now, but still allowable as a goal.

  9. Continue attending at least one club show a month.
    Boy, I'm already finding it difficult to meet this goal: I've had a hard time finding any shows this month with a band I know and want to see. I'll have to find something, though.

  10. Play some violin.
    Actually I'm thinking about getting a microphone to patch into my Mac so that I can record myself for the Stockstock film. I'd also like to do some more jamming with Tony S, once things with the Saccos' new baby have settled down.

  11. Make a new recipe each month.
    The recipe doesn't have to be something I've never had, just something I haven't made. Arguably this should be a weekly goal, but I know better. This month's recipe was sent to me by Andrea, and was a homemade pizza crust. It came out well.

  12. (insert goal about meeting new people, starting a relationship, or learning to be content with being single)
    Yeah. I don't know what to do about this anymore. I never did that much with the online personal sites, and I am still signed up to them, so there's still some effort to be made there. But I also haven't tried joining some kind of group, class, or activity, as I've been urged by several people. The problems there are still deciding on something that I'm interested in for its own sake, being able to afford it if there's a cost, and having the time to participate. Returning to a regular martial-arts school, rather than just training independently with a couple friends, would be a step in that direction, though seven years at my previous school did not net me a single date. (This is the sort of experience that makes me argue that I have to join an activity for its own sake, because I enjoy it, not because I'm hoping to meet someone; the latter will just lead to further disappointment and bitterness.)

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