Thursday, January 01, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

In a departure from previous years, I'm keeping my resolutions relatively simple (and achievable) this year.

1. Lower my cholesterol: exercise at least four times a week and cook at least twice a week.

2. Improve my Spanish: study ten minutes a day.

3. Remember birthdays.

4. Write at least ten pages of fiction or non-fiction a week. (Blog posts do not count.)

5. Volunteer at least four hours a month.


David said...

yeesh--how many languages do you intend to learn?

Octopus Grigori said...

I know that I have an ADD problem with the languages -- I do worry that I'm a diletantte and will end up speaking several languages very poorly.

That said, I'm trying to prioritize Spanish this year since it's probably the most useful for living in L.A., future work opportunities, etc. I've probably studied Spanish the longest of any language that I've been trying to learn. They started us on Spanish in second grade in Glastonbury -- I took it straight through senior year in high school. Sadly, I didn't have the foresight to continue with Spanish in college.

Anyhow, I'm going to try to really improve the Spanish this year. I was going to put JLPT 2 as one of my resolutions, but I didn't want to clutter things. I do think I will sign up for that test in December.

Finally, I'm starting to really enjoy Vietnamese, since I can now have sort of sensible mini-conversations with Mrs. Octopus's family.

I've been mulling a post about my compulsive need to learn lots of new languages -- but master none of them. I'll post about that soon.

Happy New Year!

Octopus Grigori said...

diletantte = dilettante

I should work on English first.

David said...

you and bloomberg both resolved to improve your spanish.