These are not resolutions because I already know that there is no guarantee that any of them will be accomplished to the degree that I would like this year, though I do hold hope for several of them…extenuating circumstances (life) is already destined to get in the way, particularly in the budget department.
1. Painting – I do hold hope for this one because it is one that has already remained unfinished for most of 2007. Even if it takes me all year, I will complete all my unfinished rooms. Once they are complete, I will then move onto the rooms that have not yet been started.
- guest room (touch up patched areas)
- guest bathroom (touch up patched areas)
- office (paint ceiling, touch-up walls)
- dining room (third coat)
- master bathroom (paint)
- master bedroom – stain dresser (painting is done)
- entryway/hallway (touch-up patched areas)
- living room (paint)
- kitchen (paint)
2. Landscaping – This one I hold less hope for because of #1. The painting and interior takes priority…if I have time here and there I will work on small chunks of the yard. The only ‘must do’ for this project is to get the maples planted toward the end of Feb to mid-March (depending on weather). The yard and the house needs the shade as soon as possible and even the quick growing maples will take several years to produce enough to make a difference. Also, I am aiming to get a path of sorts cut through the brush down the hill to gain access to the creek that runs down there. If i get really lucky in February and March, I also hope to get the weed insanity under control in the gully along the fenced part of the property line…it will keep my neighbors happy and will make it much easier for me once I do get the time to work on some real landscaping.
- maples (plant)
- path (clear)
- gully (clear, remove builder’s errosion fence)
- patio (install minimum of grill area, expand entire patio)
3. Garage – If I can find the necessary help and fundage, I hope to get the garage insulated. Ideally, I would like to get it drywalled too, but that would be a project I would hire out…along with the installation of at least two more sets of electrical outlets.
- insulate (DIY w/ help)
- drywall (have installed)
- electrical outlets (have installed)
4. Photography – Neil has agreed to work with me on a 52 week project (instead of a 366 day one). It is much more realistic for my current schedule (and his). I intend to add to this a monthly “Day in Life” (DIL idea stolen from my Vox and Flickr friend, Amanda). I am sure there will be other random batches of photos since I intend to seriously continue working on my photography skills, but I am not scheduling any of them.
5. Cooking – I am going to make a concerted effort to cook at least one real meal a week. No promises that it will always happen, but I enjoy cooking immensely and am hoping that by getting back into it, that it will offer some relief from the stress that is ahead with travel and work.
6. Health/Animals/Sanity – I am going to try to get out with the dogs for a daily walk (each day that I am actually home)…no less than 20 minutes aiming for 45 minutes to an hour. The dogs really need it in addition to our daily play sessions (which are many!) and I need it. I am not making any real weight loss goals, but I am hoping that between the daily walking and cooking for myself more often that it will have some positive effect in that area as well. This, however, is going to be a real challenge in the summer – I have a hard time tolerating the heat and humidity here (as des Sadie…we’ll see how Marly does, though she is already showing major signs of being a water dog which will help her immensely), so we’ll see how it goes.
I guess that about covers it. Wish me luck…