Friday, December 16, 2011

How'd I do?

HT to ~C, who just updated her 2011 goals.

Here's what I posted almost a year ago. Get ripped, cook new food, complete a 50, make my house look cool, start a DIY blog, and stay happy.

Well, I didn't get ripped, but I didn't get fat again either. I am still eating mostly-primal. I still stubbornly cling to my love of dairy (any and all cheese, and heavy cream in my coffee), but I almost always avoid the grains. I don't have a clue now what I meant to cook new in January, so I don't know if I did it or not, but I probably did.

And there's always the future for getting ripped! I built the home weight set and had almost gotten in the habit of working out again when my knee got wonky. Like I'd be walking around the house and it'd sort of pop like it sort of wanted to quit working right? I laid off the squats and deadlifts, then I got a cold. Now that I've recovered from the cold and the knee mystery, I'm trying to get back into the groove.

We did complete a 50! I'm still so proud of Dixie, and of myself. We rule. Even though I broke my horse on our very next attempt. She's recovered really well - no lameness at all after the first two weeks. I periodically made poor decisions and asked her to do things you shouldn't ask a rehab to do, and she's been fine through all of it. We just hit the six-month mark so I'm starting to leg her back up, in a halfass manner because it's December and it's only light for like four hours a day.

I think I did make my house look cool, and I did start a blog about it. I put hardwood in the hall and redid all the hall trim, then painted/retrimmed the front room. The master bathroom got a new coat of paint, the cats' room got ceiling and trim paint, and the Dr. Seuss Room became the Beige Room. I fixed various electrical and plumbing calamities - swamp cooler, frost-free hydrant, power to the fence/deicer, water heater. This week I've been fixing the janky idiotic trim around the kitchen pass-through window (post coming soon!).

I will say this hasn't been one of the happiest years of my life. I've had worse - oh trust me, I've had far worse - but I won't be sorry to see the last of 2011. Maybe next year will be better than the last.

I suppose I'll do more New Years Resolutions in a couple weeks. Stay tuned :)


  1. Well, that's the good thing about 2012: we haven't completely screwed it up yet.

    I'd love to get "ripped." Oh, you mean "muscular"? I thought you meant "fall-off-the-horse-intoxicated." I guess being muscular would be okay. Want some hot chocolate and coconut rum drinks before we get started?

  2. Sounds to me like you did a pretty good job of meeting - or at least moving towards - your goals. A lot better than I did. But we won't go there.

  3. Hey, sounds good to me! I love Aarene's comment btw, though having just had my annual night of drinking too much I'm not ready for any more alcohol for a while..

    You're a badass for doing all that home maintenance stuff yourself, and toughing it all out with your man away, too.

    My goals for next year are all about 50s: my first 50, mainly! And we'll see from there.

  4. As soon as you set goals, you were way ahead of me! Good job reaching/approaching most of them!

  5. Ha ha! I read "get ripped" and thought you meant get inebriated too- and was thinking that's an odd new year's resolution :)

    Sounds like you had a productive year despite the injury!

    Here's to a great 2012!!

  6. I want to get ripped in 2012 too! :)

    Congratulations on meeting your goals... I consider progress towards achieving them to be a success too.

    Here's to an even better 2012!

  7. I read that as "make my horse look cool", and you certainly did that!

    I hope 2012 is a great year for you.

  8. You did pretty good with your goals. Jealous of the 50. And enjoyed following your rides.

    Oh... to good health. I did the reverse rip this year and need to make some changes for next year.

    Not the happiest of years for me either; seen better, seen worse... but like you, ready for the new one. Let's ride!

  9. I hear you on the crappy year; my 2010 was like that. Or was it 2009? I must have blocked it out.

    Ride on. 2012 has every chance of being better! :)

  10. 'Getting ripped' made me think of an unfortunately located tear in my trousers when I climbed aboard Brena last summer. I hope that does NOT happen to you in 2012.

    Have a great 2012!

  11. Seems to me like you met and/or exceeded your 2011 goals! Congrads! Here's hoping 2012 is even better.


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