Here we go, a list of 42 new year’s resolutions, and an innovative way to keep from a complete self-sabotage; in other words, to avoid the epic Resolution FAIL of 2011. (Kept only eight of 42 resolutions). If it’s a repeat from ’11, I’ll note it in parentheses.
The key for 2012: Options. You’ll see what I mean.
#1. Limit my daily intake of Diet Coke to 32 ounces. With an option for 32 additional ounces. (See what I mean?)
#2. Catch a fish in Hinkson Creek. (15)
#3. Draft a 30,000 word non-fiction work. Maybe start that memoir?
#4. Play in the rain. Option: monthly, if possible.
#5. Draft a script and lyrics for eight songs for “The Tribune: The Musical.” (7)
#6. Lose 15 percent of my body weight. No questions, please. I’ll let you know when I’m there.
#7. Learn tablature guitar method.
#8. Make an origami mobile for Kianna.
#9. Sing Kianna to sleep and read her the book “Grandpas Are for Finding Worms.” With an option for multiple opportunities.
#10. Add four new foods to my diet. (18, modified). “New” will become official when consumption occurs a minimum of twice a month. Suggestions? (Anything green and/or leafy will probably be new).
#11. Blog everyday. That means WordPress (this one) or my Tribune blogs, “North County News” and “Charting Health.” (This announcement just made Tribune web editor Ginger “little g” Stringer all tingly).
#12. Catch a fish at Eagle Bluffs. (16).
#13. Kiss Kelly every day. (22) With options for … more kissing, of course.
#14. Find David Riddle, my high school English teacher. (29)
#15. Revisit and photograph all my old Wiffle ball fields in Belle, Mo.
#16. Ride my bike 10 miles per week. With an option for unlimited mileage.
#17. Write six short stories of 1,500 to 3,000 words. I’ll keep you posted.
#18. Learn to fly fish.
#19. Multi-layered resolution: finish novels “Chasing The Devil” and “Gone,” and begin prequel “Dixieland” during National Novel Writing Month in November. It’s a trilogy, so it’s one project, really. Option: Just. Do. It.
#20. Sleep in my hammock. Option: Multiple opportunities.
#21. Limit my Fantasy Baseball draft participation to 20 teams. With an option for 10 more.
#22. Cuddle a baby sloth.
To be continued …