Year Lists

Aug. 11th, 2013 03:52 pm
metawidget: A platypus looking pensive. (Default)
[personal profile] metawidget
Well, I think I managed on average to floss about half of the days in year #33, and I've had a lighter touch with the filters online and in person. I think this was a four- or five- massage bar year and I got somewhat better at bringing back beer bottles. The mortgage breathed its last in May, and now our "make the house warmer and the kitchen fit us better" fund is growing fast and I'll be closing in on my RRSP deduction limit. We have a six-foot wooden fence with a gate that Oscar keeps figuring out as we secure it better (now he just wriggles under it), but at least he's down to one choke-point, and we did try! On the stuff I didn't do so well in from last year's list, I didn't get that check-up (no family doctor and not quite enough drive to get it done at a walk-in clinic), and I don't know that I made any big strides in relationship communication — appreciation, I think, and adventures, for sure, and some fine-tuning in timing and medium, but it's something I can still try to work on.

In the no-deadline parts of the list, we increased doctor coverage from zero of us to Vivien, and maybe Oscar in the fall. I started a new position, for which I'm learning a bunch of stuff and alternating between feeling competent and feeling like I just opened an overstuffed closet and the top shelf fell on me. My aches and pains had a good go at me in the spring, but I think I'm done with sciatica for a while and feeling generally as good as I was at last list time. In improving the house, we got a dishwasher, which might count, and I fixed the back stairs last week — their surprise collapse would've been hard on the comfort of whoever was on them at the time. The kids are gaining competence at a frightening pace and Oscar declared he wanted hugs and fire for his birthday party, so we're doing something right even as I feel I could use more patience and humour sometimes.

Here's what I would like to achieve in the next year:
  • Keep up the flossing.
  • Communicate better in relationships.
  • Continue to wear through massage bars.
  • Make the house cheaper to heat, either with insulation or a heating system upgrade, or both.
  • Getting a GP and a checkup/vaccination update might be a tall order, but I will attempt to start allergy shots so I'm popping fewer antihistamines next summer. If I can do allergies and deferred maintenance, all the better.
  • Somehow fix the Wike's stroller mode. As it is, the walking wheel doesn't hold up under our frequent use — three bolts to one frame member is no match for the leverage exerted by bumps and curbs.
  • Give the promotion process this fall my best shot, and accept whatever comes of it gracefully.
  • Reach out to a few more people at work in the hope of developing a new friendship or two.

Here are some longer-term things:
  • Round out home heating improvements and make the kitchen suit us better.
  • Raise competent, well-adjusted kids. Do so with good humour, love and trust in them.
  • Take care of my body and try and make my list of aches and pains not increase monotonically.
  • Get family doctors for all of us in the household.
  • Continue to like my job, be good at it, and be worthy of the respect of my co-workers.
  • Keep learning new things, and consolidate dabbling into competent in new areas from time to time.

I hope I'll do at least as well between now and next birthday as I did in the last year or so.

Date: 2013-08-17 08:30 pm (UTC)
deakat: (Default)
From: [personal profile] deakat
That sounds like a fairly good year to me; congratulations on the vanquishing of the mortgage!

Also, belated birthday wishes to you! I hope that I can get out to a family dinner again someday. Work, unfortunately, has not been co-operating with my desires in that regard.

Date: 2013-08-17 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If your insurance covers it, I highly recommend acupuncture to reduce/eliminate allergies (well, at least seasonal ones, in my case). Despite having a yard and a garden, I have none this year.

Date: 2013-08-17 07:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Also, what year is your house? Mine is 1942 and I'm just curious. Since I can see inside my walls, I can see the old insulation. We're getting it fixed before winter, so we won't know how cold it can get in here. At least not in the top part. There will still be a few walls without new insulation, but they're not in rooms we use all the time.

And hey, you never answered my questions! ;p

Date: 2013-08-17 08:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, they can just make a small hole and blow that stuff in, right? That's probably what we'll end up doing next year.

We decided to put the baseboard heaters in the crawlspace (also to keep the pipes warm), then use only convection heaters in the main rooms. And I'm putting heated floors in the downstairs bathroom. That way all the heat will radiate from the bottom up and the roof will be new and well insulated, so I'm hoping for the best!

Fun to talk old home reno with someone!


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