New Year's Resolutions for 2006
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING A LITTLE
Katerina Horackova of the Czech Republic (L) and
Aneta Kosciesza of Poland celebrate the first day of the new year at
the bottom of the Canyon outside of Dahab, Egypt January 1, 2006.
Geib's 2006 New Year's Resolutions!
What should I do? Where to go? How to live?
"I will seek elegance rather than luxury, refinement rather
than fashion. I will seek to be worthy more than respectable,
wealthy and not rich. I will study hard, think quietly, talk
gently, act frankly. I will listen to stars and birds, babes
and sages, with an open heart. I will bear all things cheerfully,
do all things bravely await occasions and hurry never. In a word
I will let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through
William Ellery Channing, New Year's Resolutions
YEAR OF 2006
- SURVIVE UNTIL THIS APRIL!
I will be working pretty much two full time jobs until
April with many depending on my performance! I would
like to survive the experience.
STATUS: I survived, but it was just about as ugly
as I was predicting. I survived.
- GET geibtechforlearning.org OFF THE GROUND
Cement your status as a worthy and trusted adjunct professor.
It is more than half done - just make the rest happen!
STATUS: I did it, but I have experienced
less fulfillment than I was hoping.
- PODCASTING, BABY!
You did the hard work in terms of figuring out the technology
and buying the hardware. Now just do the other part.
STATUS: Making adjustments along the
way for what works best and is most time efficient, a measured
success is this one.
- CHECK IN MORE WITH INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS
Take it that last 5% which makes the difference... "the
good is the enemy of the great."
STATUS: Doing as well as I can with
so many students and only one self.
- BE A READER FOR THE COLLEGE BOARD AP US HISTORY READING IN JUNE
Great opportunity for professional growth - be there in San Antonio,
if at all posible.
STATUS: Did it. Not enjoyable, but worth
doing once. Worked like a mule by ETS -
the "evil empire." Did it. Not doing it again.
- START A 457 SAVINGS PLAN
A couple hundred a month, tax deferred.
STATUS: Not done. Do this in 2007.
- PAY OFF REST OF CREDIT CARD DEBT
Finish it off and live with no debt on credit cards - you are
not far now, and just get rid of the last of it. Carry not debt,
other than mortgage.
STATUS: Done! Make this a habit.
- CHECK IN WEEKLY WITH JOHN AND BRENT
One word: Skype.
STATUS: Better with John
than with Brent. I should have remedied this with Brent's Christmas
- BE A GOOD HUSBAND
Patience, attentiveness, etc. Go above and beyond.
STATUS: 2006 best year of marriage
STATUS: Incredible success soon
to be realized in flesh and blood form.
- HOME GYM
Buy the high-tech barbell thing and a spin cycle - no need to
go to the gym in the crucible of early fatherhood, as I will own
everything I need by then. Move forward with big increasing in
weight lifted - approach benching your body weight.
STATUS: All items purchased and available,
now I just need to find the energy to use them after a full day
Figure out a better way to get nurtition and sustenance
during lunch at work. Half an hour is not much time, but
way too often you are headachy and weak from not eating at
all from 7 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon. Over
the long-run this is pretty unhealthy, and it has been going
on for years.
There has got to be a better way - a quick,
healthy, yet filling
way. Protein shakes?
STATUS: Pretty much a total failure
on this one.
- NEW RECIPES!
Experiment with some new and cool recipes - Thai food, cooking
in a wok, cooking steaks. etc.
STATUS: Doing better with the steaks
and other meats, but not terribly much success here. What a coward
- MAKE SOME KIND OF DENT IN THE "TO READ" BOOK PILE
I own all the following books and they are in a pile near
my bed, but when I will find time to read these entirely
escapes me... Nevertheless, here it is:
- "Reconstruction" by Eric Foner (DID NOT READ)
- "I, Caludius," by Robert Graves (DID READ)
- "Claudius, the King, by Robert Graves (DID
- "His Excellency, George Washington" by
Joseph Ellis (DID NOT READ)
- “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow (DID NOT READ)
- "Andrew Jackson" by W.H. Brands (DID
- “John Brown, Abolitionist," by
David S. Reynolds (DID READ)
- “The Warrior and the Priest" by
John Nilton Cooper, Jr. (DID NOT READ)
- "Things Fall Apart," by Chinua Achebe (DID
- "The House of Mirth" by Edith Wharton
(DID NOT READ)
- "Woodrow Wilson" by W.H. Brands (DID
- "The Unredeemed Captive" by John
Demos (DID NOT READ)
- "The Life and Times of Cotton Mather," by
Kenneth Silverman (DID NOT READ)
- "McTeague" by Frank Norris
(DID NOT READ)
- "Ulysses S. Grant" by Michael Kondar
- "The Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison
- "All the King's Men" by Robert Penn Warren
These books are still all next to my bed.
I did read in 2006,
however, a whole slew of books about raising babies and about
father-daughter relationships! And in the summer I also listened
to a huge lecture circuit on the history of Rome.
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