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2014 Can Officially Begin.

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I suppose it’s time I finally write my annual new years post.  I began writing them on my old blog as a way to record my new years resolutions and review the past year.  Traditionally, I’ve written the premier post on January 1st.  In the post, I recall my previous resolutions and how well those held up, as well as introduce new ones.  I’m quite late getting the first official post of 2014 written this year.  We’ll just say I gave myself a month to think about it.

I wrote a short post at the end of last year capturing some of 2013’s biggest moments for me.  I would like elaborate on each of those points to have them on record, but I’ll make individual posts for them.

Last year was incredible.  So many wonderful things happened and my world changed drastically.  For the last six months of 2013, I felt so alive in everything I did.  Electricity popped within me at every task I accomplished and every milestone I passed.  I’m convinced still that 2014 won’t hold a candle in many ways, but I don’t want to diminish the year’s light so early in.

As I was looking over last year’s post on the old blog, a few things really stuck out – things that weren’t even actual resolutions but observations or comments in passing that came to mean something later on.  Things like:

  • “I attempted to start writing at the start of last year, but couldn’t stick with it and eventually lost interest.  A resolution for this year is NaNoWriMo.”  This was part of a recap on a 2012 resolution to write more.  It’s interesting because NaNoWriMo wasn’t an actual resolution, it just happened.  I remembered it existed at the end of the year and felt like doing it.  I didn’t even remember making this comment in that post until I reread it in preparation for this one.
  • “Basically, I just sat back and expected good things to fall in my lap.  I’m a Christian, and I’d heard so many times to just “hand it over to God.”  But I think it’d be better if I met God halfway.  So this year, the mantra is, “Try Harder, Do Better.”  I want to give a better effort to things, and physically do more.  So there’s that.”  I couldn’t have possibly known what I’d accomplish or how far I would come from where I was.  I also think the “meet God halfway” strategy should stay in place.
  • In tandem with the previous bullet, “I’m on a mission this year to find a real job.  I’m tired of being a sell-out and a joke to everyone who looks at me and sees an unemployed job-seeker.  If it comes down to an unemployment agency, then so be it.”  My, how prophetic.  For it was exactly this act that led me to my dream job.

And now, a recap of 2013’s resolutions – the year preemptively described as “lucky” in that previous post:

  1. Do more.
  2. 1a.  Do less.  (i.e. Less whining, less complaining, less stressing, less lashing out, and less bad.)
  3. Lose more weight/run more.
  4.  2a.  Participate in another 5K.
  5. Take more pictures.
  6. Red Binder.
  7. Find a job.

How did I do?

  1. I like to think I accomplished a lot last year.  I went out of my way and sometimes out of my comfort zone to get the things I wanted.  So worth it.
  2. I don’t know that there was actually less of any of the examples I wanted to work on, but I did give an effort.
  3. I ran on a somewhat regular basis until I started my job.  It became difficult to balance the two, especially since I had to get up early to get ready.  I’m hoping to get back into running this year.
  4. That being said, I also want to run another 5K.  I didn’t run one last year, but I’m already looking at one for this year.
  5. At some point, I actually consciously calculated it and I take an average of 3 pictures a day.  I doubt that’s any more or less than what it’s been in previous years.  I also think the pictures mentioned in the resolution were in reference to Delilah, my big DSLR – a call to take more creative shots.  This did not happen.
  6. Yeah.  Still need to do this.  I’m tired of it taking up a resolution spot every year.
  7. Finally.

So, what’s next?

Here are the traditional 5 resolutions for 2014:

  1. Run again.  As already mentioned, I want to start running again.  I’m going to start training in mid-February for this 8K at the end of May.  I’m so excited – I’ve wanted to run this race since I moved here!
  2. Less sleep.  I made the executive decision that I need less sleep.  While some people require the exact opposite, I think I get too much sleep.  It’s a vicious cycle: I fall asleep super early, sleep through the whole night, wake up early, feel tired from getting too much sleep and acting sluggish, then fall asleep early because my body is telling me it’s tired when in reality it’s just over-rested.  I’ve already been making some strides to staying up later, so hopefully this will continue.
  3. Write more.  I may or may not do NaNoWriMo again, we’ll see how I feel about it in October.  For right now, this resolution will be slightly revised to, “edit and publish manuscript.”  I’m giving myself the month of February to edit it and create the cover.  Then all that’s left to do is publish it!
  4. Finish: Dresden, X-Files, Star Trek, KK.  This isn’t exactly a constructive goal as it’s purely for entertainment purposes.  I want to finish the Dresden Files series (up until the current book) as well as the Kingdom Keepers series, and I want to finish X-Files and watch all the incarnations of Star Trek.  I’m stupidly excited to watch Next Generation, but I feel it’s only proper to watch TOS first.
  5. Red binder.  Seriously.  In short, my mother-in-law gave me this red “binder” (which is actually a photo album) that had a lot of pictures in it from when Justin was a baby.  I wanted to scan the pictures and then return the red binder to her.  I think she gave me the binder back in 2010.  It’s time to cross this one off.

So there you have it.  That’s what I hope to accomplish/do/watch/read in 2014.  I’m sitting in my rocking chair with a red pen behind my ear, my manuscript on the floor next to me, and the sunrise illuminating my apartment.  For all intents and purposes, I can’t think of a better way to ring in the new year.



T is for Trekkie

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You guys…I think I’m slowly becoming a trekkie.

I don’t have a problem admitting that this transition came about thanks to Mr. Abrams.  Prior to 2009’s Star Trek, I never really had an interest in the franchise.  I of course knew about Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock and all the pop culture associations with them.  When Luke and I were little, our Poppy let us watch Next Generation and Deep Space Nine with him.  I guess I technically grew up with it, but I was never very into it.  As I got older and went though puberty, I was super girly and felt that things like sci-fi and video games were very boyish and didn’t want any part of it.  This same trend followed me for most of my life – believing that gaming and sci-fi and comics were “boy stuff.”  Sometimes I still feel this way, but I am hoping to acclimate myself more and more.  Marrying and living with a nerd who has nerdy friends really helps in that department.

Anyway, back to Star Trek.

When Justin wanted to see the new Star Trek movie that was coming out back in 2009, I just let out an exasperated sigh.  He is, after all, a boy and simply wants to see the movie as another check on his list of boy things, I thought.  But after seeing that movie, my world was rocked.  Did…did I just watch a Star Trek movie and…l-l-like it?  I wondered to myself.  I couldn’t believe it, but yes – I, Caty, officially liked some version of Star Trek.  I even talk about Zachary Quinto’s Spock back in this post on the old blog.  I could write an entire blog series on why I love Quinto’s Spock, but let’s just say it’s pretty serious.

And so it began.  My love affair with Star Trek.

After a long wait, Into Darkness finally came out in May of this year.  And then my love affair became a full-on obsession.  We saw it in theaters when it came out, and the only other time I got to see it (much to my dismay) was with friends at the $2 theater in Raleigh about two weeks ago.  Seeing it a second time just made it better.  I can’t rave about this movie enough.

Caty Loves Star Trek

This could become an obsession of X-Files proportions!

After watching the Trekkies documentary on Netflix and purchasing a T-shirt at Dcon that reads, “Keep Calm and Boldly Go,” I think I am starting to come to terms with this new fandom that I’m becoming a part of.  I have started watching Star Trek the original series on Netflix.  Let me just say – if you can get through the pilot, you’re good to go.  The pilot is rough.  But starting with the second episode, everything is back to the way it should be.

I’m enjoying this.  I like that this happened, and I hope this franchise holds good things for me.  I actually think it is really cool to refer to myself as a Trekkie, even if the transition is just starting.  Just another thing I never thought I would actually like!

Addendum: I remembered that I’ve also tweeted about Star Trek!  Gotta include everything for my Fangirl cred.