I’ve got that “The Holidays” style funk where you think you should really be feeling much happier than you are, and so you get to feeling down just about the discrepancy. Blasted introspection, sometimes I think I’d be better off without my frontal lobes.

And incidentally, I’ve decided that I whine way too much in here, which arguably indicates that I whine way too much in general. When will I do something about that? Apparently not today. 😛

haiku time

Know what today is?
Just in case you weren’t aware:
World Blog Haiku Day

Not doing that much
Just sitting, barely moving
Still sticky with sweat

They Might Be Giants
New album eight days away
They’ll pass too slowly

Next Maryland trip
May now be delayed one week
If colleagues consent

This week Laura takes
Step three of medical boards.
I don’t envy her.

Perfectionist’s fear
Growing moment by moment
Yet unjustified

Precision, balance,
Economy of language:
Haiku teaches these.

My number one resolution this year is to keep in better touch with my family. This is extremely similar to last year’s resolution, the main difference being that it’s vague enough to be easily attainable. Last year I made very specific goals, and then basically forgot all about it. Which brings me to my next topic: memory.

Visiting with my grandparents over Christmas, I listened to them telling stories of things they’d done years ago. Grandpa quoted a few lines from a speech he had given while taking the Dale Carnegie course. My grandma talked about the time they were flying back to Kansas in grandpa’s plane and had to make an emergency landing in an alfalfa field.

It occurred to me that I won’t have as many stories of this type when I’m their age, partly because my memory is kind of leaky. I don’t really understand the algorithm it uses to determine what’s forgettable (e.g. entire years of childhood, apparently) and what must be kept (e.g. names of members of the A-Team), but there’s got to be a misplaced decimal in there somewhere. So I’ve decided that I need to be posting here more often, just as a memory aid.

However, the other reason I won’t have as many good stories is because I don’t exactly generate a lot of good story material sitting at a computer all the time. So I’d also like to get out more and have more experiences that would actually have some meaning to someone else if I were to explain them. So hopefully, my posts won’t be as dull as they are frequent. I don’t think I’m off to much of a start on this one.

I’m usually kind of noncommital when New Years’ rolls around, but this year I’m considering these to be secondary resolutions. Wish me luck.