The year is more than half over and I am at 40% completion on my resolutions. That sounds good until I look at the difficulty level of the ones that are left. There’s no guessing what July will bring. I never would have predicted when I started June that I would have 2 of the last essential Highway 89 project images in the bag. June was a hard month on vehicles: I was hit by a deer in Choteau, then totalled my own car, so I haven’t been ranging as far as usual. So goal #1 for July is a new craft to bear the HWY89 plates. With the price of gasoline, Toyota ought to be on their knees when they see us coming. As for the rest of the year’s resolutions:
- Get in shape More biking, gardening, life. Heaving a 30 lb camera bag through airports does wonders for your triceps. Not sure how to declare this done.
- Baseline mammogram done.
- Find a publisher I need to send out another round of queries, now that the next two chapters are done. I’m working hard on the remaining chapters, which are coming together very well. Lots of library time in my future.
- Learn to ride a horse I have ridden in the arena, from walk to trot. More importantly, I have saddled and bridled and unsaddled Barney. I learned that some horses are direct reined (pull on side to turn) and some are neck reined (rein pressure on opposite side from direction of turn), and that switching is like learning to drive in New Zealand, which I accomplished once too. I’m going to cross thisone off the list, even though it’s going to be a life-long pleasure to achieve greater competence in the saddle.
- Take more salsa lessons Done, but more of more would be (still) fun.
- Install CS3 done.
- Establish a systematic keywording workflow I have actually done some keywording in the last month. Uploaded about 400 keywords, so far so good, but not systematic yet.
- Launch snappola.com I might just leap-frog right over this one. Working on a plan right now.
- Shoot the wedding dress remix Last month I did a test in the basement. Then I went to Arizona somewhat unexpectedly at the time I would have made the photo at my outdoor location, which means I will wait until location number 2 is prime and hope I am in town for that
- Make a Turducken it is way too hot to cook. Shelving this one until fall.
I made progress, but 40% still isn’t a passing grade. Likely I have almost six more months. Next year, I will better define binary questions for my resolutions: done or not done. “Get in shape” vs “do cardio x times per week”. Clarifying exactly what the goal is helps focus the efforts to achieve it.