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Checking in on the New Year’s Resolutions

We are almost half-way through the new year (where does the time go!?). So how are my New Year’s Resolutions holding up? Actually, I’m pleased to say better than I imagined! Some are ongoing, but aside from #3 (finish items on my weekly To Do lists), I’m doing pretty well.

I have lost half of the 25 pounds I have set out to lose! I’m sure 1 or 2 might have been when I had my gallbladder out in March, but since May, my metabolism seems to operating faster. In addition to being able to drop pounds easily (perhaps a bit too easily), I’ve had way more energy, I’m sleeping less, and I’m not so darned tired all the time. I have been very diligent about choosing either mayonnaise OR cheese for my salads too, although that didn’t seem to matter until last month.

And while I haven’t learned to operate the TV yet, I have been embracing gadgets everywhere! Not literally, but I have not shied away from doing anything that involved “hardware”. Or wires.

But the biggest surprise to me was that I have decided to play the bassoon! This time, I will be careful so I don’t get any hand or repetitive motion injuries, and I actually have a goal in mind, so I think I’ll stick with it. Maybe if I’m lucky I’ll get a new bassoon out of it!

New Year’s Resolutions

I don’t usually “do” New Year’s Resolutions, because it always seems pointless to me to write up a list without any real intention of being able to check off things as being “done”. Not that I have never kept a New Year’s Resolution…well, actually, I don’t recall ever really keeping one.

I think it’s because I was doing it wrong. I think New Year’s Resolutions should be as practical as all of my To Do lists. Not that those are 100% practical; sometimes I have entries that get passed on from one list to the next until it’s going on 3 years that I haven’t completed a task I set out to do. (But I am going to address that matter too.)

So, with all due practicality in mind, here are my New Year’s Resolutions for 2014 in no particular order:

  1. Complete a workbook I got on how to be better in the workplace when you have Asperger’s.
  2. Lose the 25 pounds I gained after my grandmother’s death.
  3. Finish items on my weekly To Do lists.
  4. Complete the WWD modules.
  5. Learn another Sudoku trick.
  6. Play bassoon or sell the damn thing.
  7. Make 1 playable oboe reed.
  8. Go to at least 1 audition.
  9. Pick either mayonnaise OR cheese for my salads.
  10. Become a “gadget girl”, including learning how to operate the TV.

I think I have a really good chance of accomplishing these! Except maybe #3. I guess I’ll find out when I make up another list next year and see how many of these items I carry over to 2015.

Clarinet Recital

I am having a clarinet recital! My first ever. My pianist is Tim Blalock. We are playing on Saturday September 21, 3pm, at the Tabernacle Church, 50 Washington Street, Salem MA. I will be playing these 4 pieces for clarinet and piano:

As Desperation Sets In by Caleb Burhans
Pastorale Variee by Paul Ben-Haim
Five Bagatelles For Clarinet And Piano by Gerald Finzi
Clarinet Sonata, Op.167 by Saint-Sains, Camille

A pdf flyer is available at

Hope to see you there!