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New Years Update

I’ve never been the one to make new years resolutions, but this year, I thought I really needed to make some changes to my lifestyle and get out of the depressing cycle Waterloo has trapped me in. Here’s a quick summary of my major goals for the year:

1. Limit my expenditures

Rationale: Many of you who know me also know of my friend, conspicuous consumption. I like buying things. I also like having the best of things. My visa bills have been flying in the $1000 – $1500 range for the past half a year and my savings were going down.

Progress: After about five weeks, I’ve managed to recoup my savings to what they were about half a year ago. This meant making a bunch of sacrifices, and living “less baller”… as well as leveraging many options of obtaining goods and services which I’ll write about some other time… hopefully.

2. Start blogging

Rationale: I say “start blogging” because I don’t think my previous attempts were actual blogs by any means of measure. I am so ashamed of these attempts, that not only have I taken them down, I’ve also deleted them, and switched blogging services to ensure I sever all ties with the past

Progress: Today is post one…

3. Read

Rationale: I haven’t read a book since junior high school that wasn’t required reading. There isn’t really a good rationale for this… I just really miss reading a book.

Progress: Two books: The Watchmen, and The Alchemist…. Both are a bit short… but that’s still more than I’ve read in the past ten years!

4. Sync my circadian rhythms to EST

Rationale: I was running on PST most of 2008. That worked well when I was in Vancouver, but for the other eight months I was in Waterloo, sleeping at 4 did NOT work well. I was always tired during the day, and my school work suffered in relation.

Progress: Sleeping between 12 – 2, waking up between 8:30 – 10:30. Usually getting 7 hours of sleep =)

5. Get my driver’s license

Rationale: It’s about time… Also, my G1 expires in a 1.5 years, and I don’t want to go through the whole procedure of getting that again.

Progress: Playing GRID on PS3… Well, at least it’s pretty realistic.

It’s been a decent start… in most areas.