Thursday, March 01, 2012

February - BC2012 and Other Goals

February wasn't as productive as January. The obvious excuse is that it was two days shorter even with the leap day, but ultimately the month was defined by Gracie's rapid decline and death, which didn't make me feel like achieving much of anything.

1. Book Challenge 2012: Maybe I got a little cocky after such a good start in January. Not only did I finish fewer books in February, but I bought almost as many as I read. At least I had been hunting a long time for one of the books I bought; I've been searching for John Drummond's Thirty Years in the Trenches ever since I read his other book three years ago. February totals: 7 books finished, 6 books purchased. Overall totals: 18 books finished, 13 books purchased.

2. Cut down on e-mail: I cancelled a couple of infrequent subscriptions.

3. Drive less: This one is still going well. I combined a bunch of errands into a couple of trips, and I resisted the urge to just get in the car and drive after Gracie died.

4. Physical activity: No progress. Actually, one could argue I took a big step back. I had been planning to take long, vigorous walks with Gracie more frequently, but I guess it wasn't meant to be. Rosco stops and sniffs too much to provide much exercise.

5. Drink more: I'd say I held steady on this one -- I drank a little more water but a little less booze.

6. Dine and shop locally: I'm doing better with this. I ran a bunch of errands on foot last Sunday when the weather was nice.

7. Clean and declutter: I'm still just chipping away at piles here and there.

8. Enhance and expand my web presence: No progress.

9. Figure out my professional future: While watching the Super Bowl, I had the revelation that I loathe the manipulative nature of advertising. So why the Hell did I want to be a copywriter? It was a real "duh!" moment. This insight doesn't rule out all business writing, but it's clear that ad copy will not be my path to happiness.

10. Floss regularly: I resisted keeping some sort of "potty chart", but I managed to floss about 15 times in February. "Every other day" is quite an improvement over "once every couple weeks", but I can still do better.

It's too bad I didn't set a goal this year for catching mice. I killed three of those furry little bastards in February.

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