Last Year/This Year

I’ve never really been much of a New Year’s Resolution kind of guy. In fact, over the years I’ve become less and less goal oriented in general, other than for accomplishing a specific task.

Even still, I do have a habit of making up short lists of things I’d like to accomplish during the year–let’s see how I did for 2012 and what I have in mind for 2013…

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Another Milestone

Sunday night as I got off the freeway at Magic Mountain Parkway on my way home, I cranked over to 22,222 miles on my odometer. Missed doing it on 12/12/12 by just a few days. Oh well…

But now, there are only a few days left until Christmas. I did all my shopping over the weekend, now just need to do some wrapping. The biggest thing I’m looking forward to is that blessed week off between Christmas and New Year–only 3 more work days left this week, and two of them from home!

I really need the time off and believe it or not, I’m looking forward to my annual house cleaning that I missed last year since I was laid up with my knee surgery. And BOY, does my place need it!


This is the last time I’ll see a date like this in my lifetime. The next one will be 01-01-2101, and I’ll be long gone–hard to believe.

To celebrate (?), I had lunch at Egg Plantation and placed a large-ish order at Right Stuf during their annual 12+ Days of Christmas sale (which ends Friday, BTW–so get your credit card out).

But right now, I think I’ll have a nice cup of tea and slice of leftover chocolate cake…

En août, je vais étudier le français!

The other day, I was thinking about how long it’s been since my other, non-Japanese languages have gotten much of a workout. I’ve recently been watching YouTube videos in German and Italian and–thankfully–can still understand what’s going on in them, especially in Italian.

So on a whim I’ve decided to re-study some of my other languages, beginning with French. Some time ago I purchased a Berlitz book, French in 30 Days, which included an audio CD and workbook with 30 lessons–1 per day for a month. So that’s what I’m going to use. I also have one for German for next month.

Wish me luck!