Hey everybody, did you know it’s February already? I certainly didn’t. Sadly, this is not because I spent the entire holiday season sitting on a beach somewhere with an incredibly attractive, shirtless young man, sipping tropical cocktails and wearing an appropriate level of sunblock.
No, once again a lethal combination of personal qualities – laziness, love of food, and a tendency to procrastination – combined with a number of other events – namely an existential crisis brought on by the realisation that I had no idea what to do with my life now that I had finished university – to create an atmosphere of relaxation punctuated by moments of blinding panic as the old year wound to a close and 2015 took over. Also, I really got into Battlestar Galactica.
But fear not – because somewhere inbetween researching postgraduate degrees and complaining about the heat I did make a short list of resolutions. Well, I actually wrote the list in November, after I handed in my final assignments, so if you think about it I really got in early. I didn’t call it a list of New Year’s Resolutions, of course, because there’s a part of me that’s beginning to think that’s just a little bit cheesy.
I won’t bore you with the full list, which includes some old favourites – learn to touch type, fix the weird squeaking noise on my computer keyboard, finally dust my room so that it stops looking like the Temple of Doom or something out of one of the Mummy movies – as well as some new, somewhat weird ones – like ‘learn Latin’, for example (what can I say, November was a weird month for me). So I’ll just share some of the reading-related ones (and there are some good ones!).
- Join the Back to the Classics challenge. I miserably failed this one last year because I was supposed to watch Mary Poppins before the end of the year. I borrowed the DVD, had it sitting by my TV all Christmas, and could not bring myself to watch it. I know – pathetic.
- Read more feminist texts. It’s time to finally dive in and read about feminism. I’ve called myself a feminist for years, but I’ve never really stopped to consider what kind of feminist I actually am. So it’s time to read a little about women and gender. Contemporary writing as well as old classics; it’s kind of shocking that as an English major I’ve never read A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
- Read all the books I’ve squirrelled away to do with language, grammar, and general usage. Because by the time you reach the age of twenty-three there’s no longer an excuse for not knowing how to use ‘who’ and ‘whom’ properly (incidentally, that’s one of the things I do know how to do. Ask whomever you like. Or should that be ‘whoever’?).
- Make a list of all the unread books on my shelves. And, moreover –
- Read all the unread books on my shelves.
All things considered, that shouldn’t be too difficult to do. In fact, I’ve already made a list of the unread books on my shelf. I even colour-coded it and everything. Although, to be honest, I probably spent so much time making a nice list that I could have read about a hundred pages from one of the books on the list.
So stay tuned! I’ve got some big plans for this blog. A new layout, for one thing – I just got a new computer with a shiny up-to-date screen and realised that the layout looks terrible on one of those newfangled gizmos. Not to mention that I’d like to do a few more posts that aren’t reviews, and some more lists. Because I just love lists.
What are you planning to do in 2015?
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