2014 in preview

Gasp! Did I just use a multi-word title for a non-reblogged post?

I thought I would start the year with a list of resolutions. But I’m not sure “resolutions” is the right word. The word almost connotes goals that are started but quickly discarded. Instead, this is my list of possible accomplishments for the year. I expect the list to change some over the next 365 days.

  1. Make an initial list of accomplishments to achieve for the year There, that wasn’t so hard!
  2. Read the Bible deliberately and consistently, and learn more of what it really says
  3. Get back in the saddle again, and ride my bike farther and faster than I ever have. Getting fitter than I have ever been would be an awesome side-effect
  4. Be a better husband and dad
  5. Reconnect with relatives I have ignored over the years, and connect with those I have never met
  6. Learn Czech and Hebrew, and improve my Norwegian
  7. Extra credit: build a simple conlang that incorporates at least one feature from each of those languages
  8. Clean off the keyboard and learn how to play a few songs with skill
  9. Run a half-marathon. There’s that getting fitter than ever thing again
  10. Tend to this blog more often
  11. Declutter

Alrighty then, let’s see where this goes.



Well, I seem to have been bitten by a new bug. Running. I am not even sure how it happened.

Maybe it was watching my boss go from having his chest cracked open for bypass surgery to gradually working his way to running 5K nonstop, and now to running 10K.

Maybe it was discovering web sites for various mud run events, and thinking they look like they could be a lot of fun.

Maybe it is finding out how many of my Sunday cycling cohorts participated in a recent duathlon.

Maybe it was all of the above and more.

I have never considered myself a runner. Yet eight weeks ago, I saw Galloway’s Book on Running, 2nd ed. in the bookstore near work. Six weeks ago I ordered it from a huge online retailer. (What can I say, the price was considerably better.) Four weeks ago I registered for a 5K run/walk event to take place this last Sunday. This last Sunday life bumped me out of the event, so I did a 5K run/walk on my own around the neighborhood. And I finished it in 31 minutes, without too much soreness. And yesterday I finally got around to reading the opening chapters of the book.

Now I have a dilema: ride or run.

Tomorrow it’ll be run. And I can hardly wait.