Thursday, November 1, 2007

They tried to make me go to rehab, I say Nablopomo...

So, today is Day one of Nablopomo, or National Blog Posting Month.
In a brazen act of tomfoolery, I decided to give it a shot and signed up.

What this means is that, for the entire month of November, I am going to do my gosh diggity darndest to post every day. EVERY DAY. Even....the horror!.....Weekends!!!!

So, we'll see what I can do under such tremendous pressure. There are potential prizes for those that complete the mission, and lord I love me some prizes. Even odd things I can't use- I just like winning stuff.

I figure that by about November 27th, I'll start resembling Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day" when he has awoken to the same freaking day for the bazillionth time.

I promise I won't stage my own suicide though.
I am aware that my life isn't a movie and that in my world dead means dead. Unless, of course, you're this guy.

And so it begins...

Today I thought I'd do something out of character for me (If such a thing exists).

I thought I'd list some goals that I'd like to just put out there and see how I do. I usually hate writing down or even verbalizing goals, as this- for me- is usually the kiss of death for the poor, helpless goals. I tell someone I want to be a nicer person, and before I can even finish the statement I'm pushing old ladies into the path of oncoming vehicles and laughing maniacally.
I'll say I want to save more money, then I'll turn around and buy a hundred exotic live chickens.

Yup, that's usually the way it goes.

So, at the risk of cursing them, here are a few goals I have, with an accompanying timeline for achieving them:

#1) Learn conversational Spanish. (1 yr.) I took two years of Spanish in high school, and all I can remember is "Una limonada por favor", and "hola!". Oh, and "un cerveza por favor". I also know a few less-than-polite words from my kitchen days, but I don't think they'll help me find much beyond the Donkey Show in Tijuana.

#2) Get back to working out, in one way, shape or form, at least 5 times a week. (1 month)
I used to do this, but work got in the way and I haven't done much for the last month and a half. The clothes still fit, and overall I am happy with how I look. I just want things to be a little firmer. I would like it if, with the exception of the breasteses, things/parts stop moving when I do. That would be nice.

#3) Keep buying art I love, whatever the price. (infinity) I just picked up a piece from the amazing Angelo that I am so in love with, I walk by it several times a day just to stare at it. I've been picking up some photos and other miscellaneous pieces as well and I want to keep it up.
I used to see buying art as something for people who have trust funds and wear all black, all day, every day and did little more for a vocation than sip coffee and tell each other how fabulous they are. I could never justify the cash outlay- or so I thought. The way I see it now, it makes me happy, because I only buy what I love and want to have around me in my home. For me, at this point in my life, that is all the justification I need.
I deserve to do the things that make me happy. Dammit.

#4) As much as I love the sloth (and the sloth loves me back long time), I need to find something that motivates me a little more. I need to quit sleeping until whenever I feel like every day (I work evenings), watching morning t.v. for an hour (or more) and basically just frittering away my free time. (2 months)
Up until recently, I felt like my free time was so hard-earned that if I chose to lay on the couch staring at the t.v. with the volume off for a few hours (not that I have ever done this, no sir. Um... that's a lie. Of course I have) well, that was my business. So there. But lately I feel like I blink and another year has gone by without me having done anything significant. I need to make things more significant, more productive.
This is a pretty vague goal, but I think I'll know it when I'm on track.

#5) Go back to school part-time (6 months).
This is a big one. I can't decide if I should continue moving forward in my field or if I should go in an entirely different direction. Animal husbandry? Paranormal psychology? Pursue my dream of being both an international supermodel and internationally-known podiatrist?
Any ideas?
All I know is, I need to do this. For lots and lots of reasons.

#6) Quit using the word awesome so much (1 month). I blame my older sister for my abuse of this hated word. She uses it constantly and it rubbed off on me. Damn you, easily influenced monkeys and squirrels in my brain! Oh, I'm sorry my little dumplings. You know I love you and how well you make my brain run- most of the time. Keep up the awesome work! (Dang!)

#7) Cut back on the caffeine. (1 week) Yesterday I was shaking like a crack whore on Day one at the Betty Ford Clinic from how much I consumed. And strangely enough, none of it was in coffee form. I had 3 cups of green tea and some sort of energy water thingy.
Damn I'm old.

#8) Stop setting so many goals for yourself (immediately).


CDP said...

Don't post angry, WM! Don't post angry! (I love that scene). And shouldn't you pace yourself? You could have kept us checking back daily, posting one of those goals at a time, thus knocking off 8 days.

-R- said...

I am just waiting until my mom dies, and then I will get all her art. But I hope she doesn't die for like 50 more years, so I will be 78 when I get to start enjoying art in my home. I did not think this plan through very well.

nancypearlwannabe said...

The word awesome is super awesome. I'd like to stop saying super.

Happy first day of posting!

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

You go girl, I'm behind you 100% on the self improvement thingy. Until I found blogging and a local group of folks I could be an activist with I was prety much wasting away playing cards online for 8 or 15 hours a day, now I can make people laugh, think, and hopefully make this a better planet for all of us.

Lollie said...

Goals are good.

Eating peanut butter and carrots on the couch is better.

I noticed there was a lack of travel here. Are you over that now?

Courtney said...

...but I love the word awesome.

Butrfly Garden said...

Good luck with NaBloMoFo! Ya'll are going to explode my google reader this month!

Quite often, "awesome" is the only word I can find to describe something. Sometimes it becomes "awesomely awesome." Maybe I need a thesaurus.

I know what you should go back to school for! ! ! ! ! : Child development. Open yourself up a little daycare...(HAHAHAHAHAH!!)

I know the feeling of blinking a year away. I was actually brought to tears a week or so ago wondering what I've done with the past four years.

Gretta said...

Okay, I went and signed up for that NaBloPo business (even before reading your post - I swear), and it looked like they wanted me to just post on THEIR site? Whaaa?
Not doin it.
My blog or the high blog.
Or something else, less stupid.
You're awesome WM.

Stacey said...

My goal for the month:

To read every single one of WM's daily posts for Nablopomo and cheer her on w/a passion like none other.

There now I feel accomplished.

Katrin said...

My single sentence in Spansish: Quero acere del amor con tigo. No idea if the spelling is correct.
You could combine your goals: go to school for sports instructor and then teach pilates to poor elderly people from Mexico. Everything else will fall into place! :)

Rebecca said...

Such goals you have! I'm particularly interested in the fact that you long to be an internationally renowned this what working in hospitality has driven you to?

Lisa said...


If you look up undead in the dictionary I'm pretty sure the picture you posted is right there next to the definition.

Awesome!! ;)

Fran said...

cdp has a point!

oh well.

loving the buying art thing... in all my travels i have tried to buy a piece of art and now i have a lot and much of it not even all that expensive. just great!

anyway, from my place here on the sofa, i urge you on in your goals. you are old??? 50 in less than two weeks sister!

however, my life did not really improve until 40, so i see only good things ahead.

great first post. but from here on in, pace yourself!

Jon said...

Good luck, WM! I pledge to read your blog every single day.

Mariposa said...

Nice goals...though I can't imagine myself without coffee and coke (for caffeine), but I love collecting any shape, kind and form...good luck!

Nature Girl said...

I might have to try this posting every day thing. I don't know...somedays I can post 4, 5 times a day and then I'll go a week with nothing...

About spanish...don't feel bad. I helped my kids with their spanish homework for 4 years and the only thing I picked up that stuck with me, was a phrase on a note that made it thru the washing machine unscathed. I had to use a translation dictionary to figure out what it said "darme me cabasa" (sp?) I'm not going to translate it for you, but lets just say it's not a useful phrase even for a young teenage boy unless he finds that donkey show you spoke of and even then? EW! Needless to say he got his mouth washed out with soap, but I think the horror of having to explain what it meant to his mother and why he would need to know such a phrase was punishment enough...
I'll have to think of some goals for myself..maybe I could send you a postcard for every day of the month?'d be sick of me by week 2 if not before...

ps said...

i love it! you can do it, darling.

lizgwiz said...

The buying art you love goal is an excellent one. I'd like to do more of that myself.

Mommy Lisa said...

I am in school, I do it online--- and it is EXACTLY like blogging after you study some topic or other. I go to Capella University because I used to work there and got free tuition, now I don't but I only have 9 classes left. I do not think they have online animal husbandry though. ;)

Nocturnal said...

I totally agree with #3, good art is hard to find; therefore price is no issue.


T said...

Hey, good luck with all. Mwah!

Funny, it must be the time of year, but I just wrote out my '08s too ... learning a language is also mine. I remember NOTHING of high school French and kind of want to do Italian.

Amaya said...

About school - don't think about what you would do with whatever field of study you choose... just pick something you want to learn more about. That's my plan anyway. The rest will work itself out.

Cherann said...

Thanks for explaining nablopomo. Everyone keeps talking about it. Now I see why my google reader has been piling up.