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Resolution 2012 and 3 month goals

After a week of deliberating, I’ve managed to settle on RESOLUTIONS FOR 2012/LIFE:

Set fewer, smaller goals (dare I say SMART goals) and celebrate the small stuff.

It doesn’t necessarily sound like much in the way of world-domination, but I expect it’s gonna make a huge difference (positive direction) in what I accomplish and how I experience life in general.  So, instead of making an 8 item todo list every morning, getting only 4 things done, and then having sleepless bed-rage nights, I’m going to start off more realistically by putting just 3 items on the list.

Today for instance, I didn’t manage to get images to render on my iphone app, but that wasn’t on the list anyway!  I did, however, obtain apple dev certs and install the test app on an iTouch (translation: 1 hour research, 10 minutes typing, 1+ hours debugging to figure out I had to rename a file).  Under perfect world/maryann conditions the day could have gone better, but honestly, it could have gone a lot worse.

After all, tomorrow is another day.

Won’t win hacker of the year, but at least I can sleep at night.

In the spirit of SMART* goals, this year I’m teaming up with my oldest friends (duration, not age) to set 3 month goals that we can actually do and measure.  This sounds like a corporate construct, mainly because it is – but hey, I’m still kind of excited about it.  I’m totally ready to be held accountable to my Feats of Fun (keep reading)!

*In case you haven’t clicked through the link yet, SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound

Without further ado, I give you – Goals: January through March 2012

Some notes:

Feats of Strength: Do 1 (one) pullup
Yeah, I haven’t done one since the fourth grade, so… yeah.

Win Friends and Influence People
I haven’t read the book, so… don’t go around thinking that I have.

Get 50 Unique visitors to this blog
I’ve already got 20, so… this should be totally doable if I’m not too shy about it.  Between all the phones, computers, and tablets we’ve got going on in our apartment I would guess 11 of these 20 are from my household.

Photo Credit

Amass weapons for musical arsenal
Writing and performing songs was something I was doing in Seattle when I was under the tutelage of the inspiring and sage Sue Carr.  I haven’t done it for over a year though, and I’m looking to get back into it in my new city.

Feats of Fun
Call me what you will, but I have a really hard time actually relaxing at play-time.  I get stressed out at the “what should I do?” decision process, and since I’m always behind on my todo list I feel guilty not working.

Enter: my best idea of the week - I created a short list of fun things that I have to do.  This solves all** my problems 1) I won’t have to wonder what I should do – I’ll do one of these things!, 2) actually doing them will feel like an accomplishment not a waste of time, and 3) it’s a short list and totally doable in three months (if not in one weekend), so (almost) guaranteed success!

**ok, maybe not all of them

In Summary:
I’ve got three months to do 1 (one) pullup.  I welcome any pointers you may have, and possibly steroids.


Today I came out and commented on a blog I’ve been lurking around for a year or so.  I felt super-lurker-y because 1) I knew the author a little bit in high school, and 2) most of the topics (babies, crafting, sewing, cooking) have pretty much no relevance to my life.  The longer you lurk -> the more lurky you become -> the more embarassed you are to delurk -> you see where this is going.

Anyway, today I tore that vicious cycle to shreds with a comment with one too many exclamations points (trying too hard!).  That was today’s contribution to bloguary.

And check it!  Without even meaning to, I got another blog post out of the experience.  Way to dovetail your strategies into a snowball of awesomeness, bloguary-style. #legen….dary

A Portrait of My Dream House (words and pictures)

Let me tell you a little bit about where I hope to live one day.

First of all, this is a single family home with no upstairs/downstairs/sideways neighbors – allowing me the all-important luxuries of exercising plyometric-ly, belting pop songs, and watching epic action flicks at all hours.

I’m allotting an extra room for a home office.  If N>3, I’d also like an extra extra room for a second office/play room/living room…

I was going to paint you a drool-worthy word picture of my dream house, describing its luscious laundry room, delectable dishwasher, wondrous one car garage with bike space, satisfying cement backyard with no lawn (it would die/take over), and wacky(?) walk-in closet.  But then I realized that the only reason I don’t already have a place like this is because, more than all that, I want to live here:

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If you’re a CSI, you can tell from the glare in the bottom right that someone was playing the Battlestar MMO.  And you might even see the face reflected in the computer screen reflected on the board.

BTW, my house needs to have an entire wall made of whiteboard.

The first draft of this picture was missing the sunlight and the short commute, and so was suspiciously similar to where I used to live in Seattle.  On the off chance that kids occupy this home, just imagine adding a swingset to the park and a karate studio next to the indoor pool (and no, even then I won’t want a lawn).

To recap:

  1. Sonic isolation from neighbors (for their own sakes)
  2. Laundry room
  3. NO lawn
  4. Pizza Joint (Thin Crust)
  5. Park with Awesome Summer Festivals
  6. Skirt Weather!

It’s good to have goals.  Onwards!

Bloguary 2012!

Hey party people, you can stop holding your breath… I’m here to let you know that the rumors are true – it’s bloguary 2012!

January is going to be a massive moderate blogfest that will blow your my mind, and help us figure out what this is all really about.  I know this site is a side effect of kicking ass, but what is it?  Is it a personal blog – a place for me to record my life happenings for my family and friends?  A way for me to share my (incredibly scientific) research on random topics?  Will it be entertaining, thoughtful, inspirational, or new age-y?  Or perhaps it’s just a means for me to practice my writing?

Up till now, I’ve been shooting for approximately 1 post per week.  Just for this month, I’m going to amp that up, like woah.  By forcing myself to write early and often, I’m hoping a pattern will emerge and we’ll see what the universe/force/destiny has in store for MadEyeMaryann.

Either that, or we’ll end up with a series of tweet sized posts linking to funny videos like this one, this one, or this one.


In no particular order, here are some topics you might see from me in Bloguary:

  • Personal finance for dummies by dummies
  • Tricks to fitting your workout into the morning
  • How to make an edible Christmas tree: A Case Study
  • The 5 essential elements of the Perfect Brownie Sundae
  • Personal Hero Profile Series (Fictional): Elizabeth Bennett
  • Personal Hero Profile Series (Non-fictional): TBD
  • Dream Sequence: Things I write down when I wake up in the middle of the night
  • This Day in History: Things I wrote in the nineties
  • This has all happened before, and it will all happen again: How we are reincarnating all the time
  • Nutritious and Delicious: Adventures in Foodland
Till next time tomorrow!

Holiday Highlights

My family and friends have been visited, the new year has been wrung (rung?) in, and it’s high time to move onward and upward.  But before we do that, here are some of the highlights from the holiday season:

1. Die Hard Marathon
Die Hard, Die Hard 2, and Die Hard: With a Vengeance
In honor of Christmas, we watched these timeless holiday classics.  Informal polls show that people think Die Hard: With a Vengeance is the best, but I have to favor the original for character development, suspense, and villain scariness.

2. Edible Christmas Tree
Look!  I made a completely edible tree, in the loosest most post-apocalyptic sense of the word “edible”.

I’m assuming you’re willing to eat floss, toothpicks, and ornament hooks during the zombie seige.  And that protein and fiber are of no use to you.

3. Jack Sparrow

It’s hard to believe that a mere 2 days ago, this video wasn’t in my life.  I haven’t been able to get over it, what with that big sexy hook and the subtle but unapologetic guyliner.

How could the universe have kept this from me all this time?

4. Lime brunch

Breakfast biscuits, bottomless mimosas, and insanely loud dance music all before noon?  Done, done, and done.  Check it out at LIME – 2247 Market St., SF, CA.

Happy New Year everyone!