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Ecstatic Dread

So here we go again. Another new year. I am still refraining from making any resolutions. No need to set myself up for failure. But I do have a handful of solid, achievable goals. And I’m already making some headway with each:

  • Continue helping my son, as best as I can, in becoming more comfortable with and excited about reading. Recently a combination of Mad Libs and scavenger hunts around the house (with progressively more verbose clues) have been helping him a great deal.
  • Begin baking my own bread regularly. Necessary ingredients have been procured.
  • In the Spring, do some raised bed gardening in my yard instead of spending more money on a CSA share (as much as I loved last year’s CSA farm and farmers).
  • Finish writing my werewolf cop novel and get it into a readable format to share with friends and my Dad.
  • Get in touch with my inner Strobist. I’ve always gotten by with natural light photography and have played around a bit with my external flash, but I need to learn and grow to work well with off camera lighting. It’s been on the To Do list for a while now, but 2010 will be the year I really have at it.

This year has already had a better start than last. On New Year’s Day 2009 the little man managed to break the living room picture window with his head. Or possibly feet. I was in the other room when I heard the crash and his “uh oh.” He came away unscathed thankfully but it was a huge scare, freezing cold and expensive to repair. The beginning of twenty ten has been far more relaxed. We’ve already spent a good deal of time with friends, sharing meals and hanging out, while also lounging at home and playing Wii. Not too effing bad. The chaos kicks in again tomorrow with the return of the dreaded alarm clock, wrangling the boy out the door earlier than we’ve been waking up lately, getting him back to school and myself to work. And posting to flickr again! My account has gone stagnant as I managed to leave both of my functioning USB camera cables at the office last week. Doh.


Bonus: Some twitter folk gave me the heads up…that Wired’s Geek Dad used one of my photos in a post the other day. Not one of my best, but still kinda neat.
Plus: You know you live in Minnesota…when January’s sub-zero temperatures strike and you spend a good chunk of a Sunday morning looking around online at insulated window coverings - oh the excitement - but would rather be out sledding, only it’s too cold for sledding. Bah.
And: Pink Tentacle’s Greatest Hits of 2009 is worth taking a gander at.


  1. mk wrote:

    The MN strobist group has been debating what to do in order to get more female attendance, maybe you should drop in on them.

    Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Permalink
  2. Sharyn wrote:

    Not a bad idea! And an old high school friend participates in their shenanigans. I’ll have to check in on them, for sure.

    Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Permalink
  3. Scott Strehlow wrote:

    I just got this newsletter from Instructables and it had a plan for a twig-and-post approach to raised beds. I love it. No need for treated wood in contact with the dirt. It looks nice too.

    Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Permalink
  4. Sharyn wrote:

    Hmm, those are pretty neat looking. I’d been planning to avoid treated wood, for sure, but was considering concrete blocks:,,20220421,00.html

    Not as attractive, but durable and cheap. We’ll see.

    Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 11:15 am | Permalink

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