Monthly Archives: December 2011

2011 New Years Resolutions update

Well, 2012 is only 52 hours away and I think that means I should have completed my new years resolutions for 2011.  I am currently tucked cosily into my bed as it’s about 40 degrees fahrenheit in my house. I think my feet are hovering around 45 degrees.
Let me recap what my resolutions were for 2011 and then I will chat about their progress.

1.Read not-yet-read 10 books from that BBC list. To be quite honest, I haven’t looked at this list since January as I usually have a good memory of what my goals are. On this occasion though, my memory failed and I don’t remember writing this at all. I created another goal of reading 30 books (which got inflated to 38/39 due to sibling rivalry) and only focused on that. So mega fail. I managed to read zero books from this list. I think next year this goal will be achieved. More details on that in a couple days. But that’s beside this point.  RESOLUTION FAIL 

2. Do 25 real push ups. I was worried for a few months about being able to do this. But within the last week I am happy to announce that I have done 25 pushups TWICE.  And I will try to do it again before the end of the year. My arms are feeling great. I can honestly say I couldn’t have done 25 at the beginning of the year, so this is a proud moment for me. RESOLUTION WIN 

3.  Get an MSc in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. At a few tenuous moments this summer, I wasn’t sure I’d finish my dissertation on time. It was not the beautiful prose I envisioned at the start of the course. Yet somewhere in my hobbled sentances and feeble conclusion, my supervisor found something redeeming enough to give me a passing grade. And I somehow passed the rest of my assignments as well.  Thank got that shizz is done.  RESOLUTION WIN 

4.  Move to London. After an epic effort on my part to get down to London as soon as I could after a full day of traveling back to the UK from Indianapolis, I signed my lease for my first home address in London in 7 years on June 1.  Huzzah.  RESOLUTION WIN 

5.  Bike 1500 miles. I think I may have scratched this off my new years resolution list after getting my odometer stolen off my bike.  And although I couldn’t verify the achievement of this goal with an accurate numerical figure, I’m pretty sure I’ve smashed this goal.  Just in the last month alone since getting the Pashley, I’ve cycled 350-400 miles. I should get a new odometer and see how many miles I do next year. I bet it’s over 2000.  RESOLUTION WIN 

6.  Give more love to the world. I think I’ve done this. I’ve tried to be nice and more compassionate. And most importantly, love myself more. And if you love yourself you’re capable of giving away more love! RESOLUTION WIN 

7. Chew my nails less.


5 out of 7, not bad!  I’ll be back in the next couple days with a recap of the year and my resolutions for 2012. Cheers all.

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‘Nother Saturdizzy night

That must be the whisky coming up with that well creative title for tonight’s post. Or I’m just that bored. I’m coming into this post with no agenda or plan on what I’m going to say. So if it seems a bit more stream of consciousness than usual, you know why.  And I almost just slipped onto the floor from my bed. It may be that I need to stop drinking the Bunnahabhain. Or maybe I’m alright. It’s when I actually slip and fall on my face that we should start to get worried.

A tree I made a decision about.

So life’s been ticking along here. I feel a bit like these days that I have nothing worthwhile to report on the blog. It seems like everything is work related and I don’t think most of you are interested in reading about such things. But I’m going to pretend that you are totally enraptured by tree work here in the UK. So here’s what I do most days. Log onto my computer, look at maps of where trees are in the borough.  Look at a database of information which pertains to those trees. Print maps. Circle trees.  Go look at trees and make decisions about those trees.  And then sometimes I take phone calls from people who would be happier if they called at a different time than when I was on phone detail. I am so amazingly awkward and  horrible on the phones. I think it has something to do with me feeling really uncomfortable being an American answering the phone at the council. It just doesn’t seem right. And there are at least a couple people out there who hate me and my inability to give them a satisfactory answer. So far though I have not been fired nor reprimanded about my phone etiquette, so I must be doing ok.

Besides that, I’m eating a lot of cheese and butter. That’s not really new news though. That’s bog standard for me. I am however happily losing fat off my body, contrary to what you’d think from a high cheese and butter consumer. And even more promising is the large amount of muscle I’ve developed. That’s right folks, don’t even think about fucking with me, because I will fuck you up. Fo realz. Or at least I can cycle away really fast before you’d have a chance to do anything for me. That’s actually much more likely. Also, you may remember my new years resolution involving 25 pushups before the end of the year. Well I did slack off severely for a few months, but I’ve really ramped things up in the last month. I can do 20 push ups now without my arms giving out. Give me another week and I’ll be up to 25. They may not be very pretty but there will be 25 of them in one go before the new year.  Maybe I’ll video tape it so you can tell me whether they are good enough.

Besides that just looking forward to the Christmas break. I’m off from my normal job for a week, but I’ve got a huge project to finish over that time. I’ll be heading out of London town a couple times over the break as well. That’ll be nice as I haven’t been out of London and into other bits of England since I handed in my disso!  So yeah, I am looking forward to that quite a lot. I’m realizing I am getting a bit stir crazy and may need to get off this island sometime soon as well. Could be booking a trip to the mainland for Jan/Feb.

I’m going to put you all out of your misery and stop writing. It’s the best thing for the both of us.

Ahhh Southwark. At least I think it's Southwark.


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