Monday, December 26, 2011

Looking forward

Today is Boxing Day in Canada and also the day of my last post for the year 2011. This year, I won't bemoan the speed at which the year passed by (because I think I'd already done it enough during the year, and in most of my emails to friends).

Instead, I'll leap right to the part where I publicly humiliate myself again by telling you what I intend to accomplish for 2012.

I'd already mentioned one of my plans on my other blog (which is not as scary as Coraline's Other Mother) - to take the entries in the book "The Skeptic's Dictionary" and write a speculative-fiction (the genre formerly known as science fiction in my world) short story inspired by each entry.
Another plan I have for the year is to do a bird drawing each day. A colleague of hubby's gave our boys an old page-a-day calendar a couple of years ago thinking that the boys would like to check out those birds. We have about 6 bird identification guides (and many more encyclopedic bird books that weigh enough to kill small animals) that Son1 studies religiously, so the loose pages of an old calendar doesn't do much for him. Therefore, I'm going to use those pages to sketch a bird a day from, like artists go to the Louvre to copy the works of old masters to hone their own skills by. The art in this calendar is by David Sibley, and he's considered a master in the bird art world. I'm really bad about knowing what to draw and being inspired enough to do it, so this should work out well for me...provided I actually keep up with it.
As for knitting, sewing and crocheting, I'll go easier on myself this year: if I finish 4 projects total, depending on the size of the project, I'll call it a good year.

Hubby has grand plans for 2012 too, not the least of which is eating Vegemite every single day. It's good to dream big.
How about you? Any major goal(s) you want to accomplish for the next year?

Have a safe and fun New Year's...and see you on the flip side!

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." ~ Douglas Adams


Maureen said...

I can comment! Why would he want to eat Vegemite everyday? Is it good for you? Like better than peanut butter? I wonder if Australians are having lots of Vegemite allergies, liked we have so many kids becoming allergic to peanuts.....It's food for thought! Ha, I am so punny! I think you have some great goals. I also love your new header! I feel like I should be more profound, it being more first comment in a while and all....hmmm...I got nothing. Happy New Year!

Epicure68 said...

Maureen's hilarious! I plan on being more organized with the biz this year and maybe do a few more craft shows, but we'll see how good I am at keeping resolutions.

Did you guys buy Kraft vegemite shares , is that why hubby plans on eating so much of it?

Alli said...

My goal for 2012 is to finish my PhD!!! I think that is big enough for one year! :)

Michelle said...

Educate me my dear friend. What is Vegemite? I've heard of it before but never inquired as to what it is.

You are an amazing artist, I hope you will be sharing some of your bird sketches.

Good luck with all the writing and I wish you an awesome, productive 2012!!

Anne-Marie said...

Happy New Year! I've been working on laying out my goals for 2012 as well, both personal and professional. Setting goals can be super exciting!

Sherrie said...

Merry, Merry Christmas, and happy Boxing Day! Good luck with all of your goals. I can't wait to see how your hub makes out on the Vegemite front, and to see some of your bird drawings! I need to put some more thought into my goals, and they won't be crazy huge. But I think 2012 will be a good year. :)

TeresaR said...

Maureen, so good to see you! Thanks for coming by and making me laugh. ;) And since I already emailed you, I won't bother repeating myself here.

Monica, I agree: Mo is hilarious! Good luck with the biz and your plan to be organized! Nope, we don't have shares but if Kraft weren't so evil, I'd think about buying shares. ;D

Alli, that is a huge goal, but I know you'll be able to do it and do it splendidly!

Michelle, Vegemite is made from the byproducts of beer making, so I believe it's got malt and yeast. I'd have to look it up myself to get the exact process and ingredient list. :} But it's huge in Australia! I don't think hubby liked it at first, but now he gets hankerings for it. LOL! I'll try and remember to post some sketches...if they're any good.

Anne-Marie, you are the one who inspired me to set and post goals last year! You are my role model. :)

TeresaR said...

Sherrie, thank you and I hope you'll be successful with your goals too! I think hubby will have more luck with eating Vegemite than I will at writing or drawing. ;D

. said...

Vegemite every day? On purpose?? That seems ;) I have so many goals that I won't bore you with them here. I'll be boring you with them soon enough on my blog.

Amber said...


I love it all, but I must admit I am most tickled by the Vegemite every day goal. LOVE the stuff on a generously butter slab of crusty bread...

Here's a toast to a 2012 we all want and deserve!

Name: Holly Bowne said...

You have some great goals, Teresa! As for myself, hmmmm....

Perhaps actually reading my virtual friend's blogs within the month they were actually written! (Boy am I ever behind!)

Catch you on the flip side as well!