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Mon, Jan. 9th, 2006, 11:15 am

After the excitement of the weekend I'm back in work without the feeling of stomach churning dread and musings about self harm as a method of getting another few days worth of sick cert that I remember from previous years in my last job. Glad as I am to be back in a sane routine I'd still love a day off where I could leave the house and do something fun without pain, antibiotics or wheezing being a feature of the day.

cartographer is off in America so I have a few weeks to spread my belongings around the house as I sort through them in an effort to see what I don't give a crap about any more (my "Magic the Gathering" and "Legend of the Five Rings" card collections are top of that list and once I put a value on the cards they're outta there though I'm oddly attached to the Star Trek CCG so that stays). Last year my resolution was to reduce the *volume* of my belongings and I did quite well there so this year I want to keep at it and reduce my stuff down to the "essentials" as it were.

Resolutions for this year include (but are not limited to)

Cut back on the smoking big time - if it turns out I have Asmath, this one should be a bit easier but either way I want to cut back to maybe five or six a day.

Back to the Gym, more weight loss - I lost two and a half stone last year bringing me down to fourteen stone which is half a stone more than my beanpole of a brother, which is a bit strange since he's only an inch or three taller than me but a damned sight thinnner. I've not been to the gym in a while with everything thats happened and with the weather getting so hellishly cold so once it warms back up a bit I'll be back at that.

Reduce the amount of crap I own - see above. I own too much crap I never use any more so my goal is to reduce it by about half or at least reduce it to the point where the remainder can be packed into half the space. For example, it'll be a cold day in hell before I need easy access to my Limp Bizkit CDs.

Be a big creative genius - I've more or less restored everything I lost the last time I was a moron about backups. I'm established in a job I like that doesn't drain my will to live, I figure I can finally get to finishing at least one project this year, preferably more because focusing on these things means I don't spend money on new nonsense. So I have the annual classic about finishing Unholy Wars, the ongoing 3D stuff, learning the Bass guitar, painting miniatures and I'd like to get back to pen and paper gaming because Warcraft isn't quite enough social interaction and frankly people, its unhealthy. Before long I will be coercing some of you into playing something good.

Be sensible with cash - between burglaries, illness, depression stemming from an awful awful job, degenerating eyesight that requires hundreds of euros worth of glasses, massive rent deposits, realising that ALL my clothes have holes in them and need replacing and other expenses the past year and a half hasn't been kind to my bank balance so this year I have to be sensible. I have a new personal rule that says I have to wait 24 hours before buying something I like the look of. Thats usually long enough for me to get bored with the idea.

I'll refrain from the full on 2005 meme thing thats doing the rounds, mostly because I lack the attention span to fill the thing in properly but also because if you were paying attention up until now you'd know everything that happened. 2005 was not the best year ever but not the worst. I give it a C+ - could do better.
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Mon, Jan. 9th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

and yet thats how I spelled it in my head. Evidently my fingers had other ideas.

I'm not sure about bothering with ebaying the cards and I'm definitely not pushed on selling them as singles. I'm going to stick the lot on boards.ie and people can take the whole lot or leave it.

Mon, Jan. 9th, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC)
specky_ie

Avoid clothing with no holes at all. You can't get your arms and legs out without tearing them and that just makes you look plain scruffy...walking around in torn clothes and a sack over your head. Disgraceful!

That 24 hour cooling off period sounds totally unworkable. All purchases are surely made compulsively. Beans....NO!!! PEAS!!!!!

Mon, Jan. 9th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

Nope, I'm going to be making lists. Shopping lists! before going out to buy food. I have recipe books aplenty so I can easily plan out what I'm going to eat on a given week and buy only what I need for that plus a fivers worth of snacks.

Mon, Jan. 9th, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
gwennie

Yes lists! Lists are good. And Liszts.
But anyways, are you in the UCD gymnasium, or of which fine establishment do you partake?
I just cancelled my crappy-gym membership. Obviously as I never go heh. I still like the idea of a gym though. With a pool!

Mon, Jan. 9th, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

Yeah, I'm in the UCD one. Its a 15 minute walk there, which is a good warmup, and about 20 minutes back. Normally I'd spend about 40 minutes there three times a week - not in the last month or two obviously, but thats my usual regime.
I only ever used the machines though, I didn't bother with the squash courts or pools or nothing, I didn't really have time for anything other than the lifty-up, putty-down machines if I wanted to get some quality vegging time in that day.

Wed, Jan. 11th, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
gwennie

*impressed face*

Mon, Jan. 9th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
brucius: Cards

If you get around to placing a price on your L5r cards, I'd be interested in getting them from you. I don't play any more, but I do like to collect them.

Gotta get 'em all, l5r-eh-mon