Sunday, January 2, 2011

The New Year 2011! Parts I and II Resolutions Past and Present

The number 2011 is written in the air with a sparkler in front of Stephansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral) during New Year's Eve celebrations in Vienna, Austria on December 31, 2010. (REUTERS/Lisi Niesner)

As I did last year, I am posting New Year's resolutions here, both blogospheric and real life. There is general skepticism about the value of making New Year's resolutions, as often so many of them have fallen by the wayside as early as the end of January. However, there is evidence that those who make resolutions are more likely to accomplish changes. The key is to make the resolutions specific, attainable, timed, and measurable, and then to monitor one's progress. A full year is perhaps too big a benchmark except for certain types of resolutions, and still benefits from stepped progress along the way. Sometimes making progress on a resolution is a marker of success, and a reason to re-confirm and refine it for the next year. In that spirit I have both evaluated my progress on last year's resolutions and rolled the blogospheric ones over as part of this year's.

Also I have once again done a review of my year in blogging, "Another Year of Blogging Dangerously", to complement last year's "A Year of Blogging Dangerously", which follows in the next post, "The New Year 2011! Part III Introduction to Blogging Dangers; Another Year of Blogging Dangerously".

New Year's wishes for 2011 are tacked on the Carnival Cruise Lines Wishing Wall at the Times Square Visitors Center in New York, December 20, 2010. The slips of paper with people's wishes on them will be included in the confetti that will fall from the tops of buildings around the Square on New Year's Eve. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine/Carnival Cruise Lines)

Part I New Year Resolutions: Blogospheric and Real World from 2010--Evaluation Time!


1) Reflect on moving to Wordpress--ratiocinate, cogitate, consult, debate--get mad at Blogger jinns and move. Maybe. DONE! The reflection continues, the dream lives on...!

2) Mark the other 3 planetary confluences that unite us all ultimately--the Vernal Equinox, the Summer Solstice, and the Autumnal Equinox (Winter Solstice) DONE!

3) Hold to Ramadan Resolution regarding the obviously “special personality” commentators on other blogs DONE!

4) Tame all jinns: computer, posting, commenting, email, chat--by being nice, firm, creative, wrapping a garlic lei around the computer, whatever it takes. FAIL! :(

Real World

1) Maintain good library buddy relationships. You never know when you will need some aspiring psychiatry resident to yell “What are you doing to Dr. Chiara’s computer?” “I’m Dr Samir, and that is Dr. Chiara’s computer. Leave it alone!” Thanks again, Samir.
Poor guy was trying to delete the “screen saver” picture of a gangrenous ulcerated burn that was making him sick, but that he couldn’t stop looking at anyway. However, you never know what he might have deleted in the attempt Relationships Maintained!"Screen saver" changed to ophthalmology as a preventive; no further incidents

2) Resist temptation to say to next student who steals “my spot” and LIES about it: “Liar, liar, pants on fire! I have lived in your country (including Canada) and know the ways of your people! Have you no shame?” Temptation Resisted-Barely!

3) Get better at identifying the “students” who are really “perverts” (by choice of type of p*rn, rather than the fact of watching p*rn) taking advantage of my 3 minute absence from the computer to get on line and view their favourites; and, at helping them feel comfortable enough to click out fully from all their sites before leaving Unable to Assess; this blog post seems to have scared them off, HAH!

4) Resist the temptation to leave a note when briefly absent from computer:
Dear Pervert--you are welcome to use my computer--unlike the liar liar pants on fire thieving students who close out my documents, because you never delete my files, and I thank you for that. However, please do click out from your own sites thoroughly as you see me returning, because, as you know, your sites have a magic way of popping up when one least expects it. Imagine my surprise when I think I am re-visiting Nino Ricci’s The Lives of the Saints and/or hagiography, or comparative translations of the Quran, and instead I land on your preferred “ex exTemptation Resisted!

5) Resist the temptation to research why white library perverts prefer non-white p*rn, and African Canadian library perverts prefer white p*rn. Remember that a research grant and multiple peer-reviewed publications under the heading “Cross-racial p*rn viewing habits of library perverts” will do little to advance your career in a direction you will like Temptation Resisted!

6) Remember what the nice library lady said about how you crashed the computer and lost 5 hours of work (thank you Ken and friend for trying to recover it for me and for keeping me from hysterics; let me know if you need a reference to a mental health professional program):
“Up to 5 screens including tabs open at once is okay but above that you risk a crash. 15!!!??? Routinely!!!??? Oh, 15 is too many. That is how it happened”
“Well, actually it was more towards 25 that night. 5? You want me to make do with 5? Okay I can manage with 10--maybe, or 12, or how about a baker’s dozen, 13? No, I don’t have ADD. And yes, I recognize I am my own worst computer jinn.” Memory: Excellent; Compliance: No Comment

A child wears a pair of 2011 glasses during New Year Eve celebrations in Hong Kong's Times Square December 31, 2010. (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu)

Part II New Year Resolutions: Blogospheric and Real World 2011


1. Continue with 2010 blogospheric resolutions; make special effort to improve relevant jinn taming abilities.

2. Pay extra attention to the least drafty of the drafts; and publish them (making room for new draftier drafts :D)

3. Return to more diligent replies to the comments--see health advice below--even though all are read and greatly appreciated!

4. Give priority to follow-up and announced posts.

5. Continue with planned innovations--surprise! :D

Real World

1. Continue "normal grieving" for my Dad, and helping family through theirs, while remembering that normal grieving has truly awful moments though they are less frequent and less intense over time.

2. Remember my gender; how incapacitating a recent bout with iron deficiency anemia has been, and how long it takes to correct an iron deficiency (3-6 months); take iron (Fe) supplement as prescribed; and repeat to self at least 4 times a day:

I am ♀ I need Fe
I am ♀ I need Fe
I am ♀ I need Fe
I am ♀ I need Fe

3. In the spirit of maximizing iron absorption, and minimizing iron washout, time intake of brown caffeinated substances with tannins (tea, cola, coffee, chocolate) to 1hr before or after iron supplements or iron-rich foods; take Vitamin C in beverage, food, or supplement form with iron; and repeat at least 4 times a day:

Vit C Good; Tannin Bad
Vit C Good; Tannin Bad
Vit C Good; Tannin Bad
Vit C Good; Tannin Bad

4. Remember the concomitant diagnosis of Vit B12 deficiency anemia; take B100complex as prescribed; and repeat at least 4 times a day:

Vit B12 Good; Megaloblastic Anemia Bad
Vit B12 Good; Megaloblastic Anemia Bad
Vit B12 Good; Megaloblastic Anemia Bad
Vit B12 Good; Megaloblastic Anemia Bad

5. Continue tentative progress in the acquisition of 21st century technologies. A new laptop, now that wasn't so hard was it?

What are your New Year's resolutions?
How did you do on last year's
How have you celebrated the New Year so far?
For those suffering from the mornings after the nights before, did you have fun? Tell (almost) all!
Any other comments, thoughts, impressions, experiences?

Fireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight on January 1, 2011 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames in central London to see in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Related Posts:
Happy New Year 2010!
Happy New Year 2011!
The New Year 2011! Part III Introduction to Blogging Dangers; Another Year of Blogging Dangerously

*Pictures in this, and the following post are from The Big Picture: A New Year Rolls In which includes many other pictures of New Year's celebrations 2010-2011 from around the world.


Anthrogeek10 said...

I believe I am the first commentor on this post Chiara. Your resolutions seem quite attainable. I myself never make them. I find I lose interest once the clock turns to the next day. Now, that said, I have made some fab progress this past year. I have earned all A's Spring of 2010 and Fall 2010. I am wondering how I did it.:) I quit smoking; made a boo-boo in New Orleans with that issue but it is behind me once again. lol Speaking of New Orleans, I presented at the conference (poster). What else...oh yeah, almost forgot that I should be published by the summer is here. I am second author on an article in a archaeology journal. I sent my draft to the first author and he is sending it off today or tomorrow. The editors have already seen his first draft and wanted changes. Now for the waiting game......I will keep you abreast.
Oh, began a walking program and things are ok.....really almost perfect. Life is good. :)

Susanne said...

OK, your choice of screen savers makes me wonder about you! :-D

I love reading how you either failed or accomplished or resisted temptation successfully on your resolutions from last year. I was smiling quite a lot as I read the list!

Fantastic post!

I won't rehash my New Year's Eve since I wrote about it here for anyone who wants to read it. I'm pretty boring and don't drink so no hangover the next day. I did drink sweet tea past 7 PM and couldn't fall asleep until about 2:30 on January 1. That is VERY odd for me. I am not a night owl like many of my Syrian friends! :)

Hope this year is full of lots of joy for you. And take your vitamins so you will be strong and healthy! :)

Anthrogeek, glad to read about your wonderful year -- wow all A's and you quit smoking! Congrats!!


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