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!
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:
- Complete a workbook I got on how to be better in the workplace when you have Asperger’s.
- Lose the 25 pounds I gained after my grandmother’s death.
- Finish items on my weekly To Do lists.
- Complete the WWD modules.
- Learn another Sudoku trick.
- Play bassoon or sell the damn thing.
- Make 1 playable oboe reed.
- Go to at least 1 audition.
- Pick either mayonnaise OR cheese for my salads.
- 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.
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 http://jennyconnors.com/docs/recitalflyer.pdf.
Hope to see you there!