I realise none many of you have lately found yourselves wandering listlessly, stuffing yourselves with all manner of unhealthy concoctions to fill the empty void that’s opened in your hearts since this blog has come to an end. So I offer you this one final post to tack up on your wall and read over and over until the pain begins to fade. OR it will simply bore you to tears and you’ll feel immense relief at never having to subject yourselves to my banal meanderings ever again.
First of all I’d like to thank my family—particularly my mum and dad (when they weren’t cursing me for my stupid resolutions)—my friends and the occasional strangers for all your incredible support. I have felt astonished and touched (the good kind) by your positive comments and suggestions and I am very much looking forward to spending more time with you this year which is one of my (unofficial) resolutions. Amazingly I have even managed to inspire one of you to start a similar crusade of your own.
Some have asked me about my resolutions for this year and while I have delightedly answered that I have none, the truth is it’s difficult to separate all the things I want to achieve from the resolution tag. For instance I am thrilled about finally having the time to finish some of my Playstation games, complete my studies, establish our new business, go out more often, experiment with my camera and actually clean out my room (I can hear my parents gasping already), some of which I will only be able to bring myself to do by adopting the resolution approach and putting aside dedicated time for them. I’ve said it before and I shall repeat it this one last time—it is amazing what you can get done once you commit to making it happen.
An interesting side effect of these resolutions is a newfound bravery. Once I would have let embarrassment and inconvenience get in the way of things I wanted to do but yesterday at the Gallery of Modern Art my friend and I put aside discomfort to join long queues for the best and most memorable exhibitions and have a go on the large metal slide that joins the third floor to the ground floor. Normally I would have walked away from these experiences because they were too challenging but they ended up being the highlights of the day. I am so looking forward to enjoying life without having the resolution blog looming over me every second, but with the greater enthusiasm it has given me for adventure and new experiences. You never know, I may even come back to this blog if I find myself with some money to burn.
In the meantime I’ve started a new task which I may blogarise in the future if I can think of a way to make it interesting. I’ve begun entering every competition I find provided I’m eligible and the conditions aren’t too difficult. The idea started as a way to prove how unlucky I am but it occurred to me that maybe that’s because I don’t put myself out there enough. So if you’re lucky (or, more specifically, if I’M lucky) you may find resolution baby has turned into winner baby.
To end this blog I thought I would give an update on each resolution, perhaps unwisely because I found that writing the updates was almost as painful as actually doing them so only the truly committed amongst you should bother to read on. For the rest of you I hoped you enjoyed Resolution Baby. Thanks for coming.
1. Start a Blog.
Well, yes, I did start a blog and by some miracle managed to sustain it for 52 weeks. Sadly, now I am ending one.
2. Be a Better Photographer.
Thanks to the blog I finally feel as if I’m at a point where I can wrap my head around the workings of an SLR without having to continually reread the manual. Problem being, whenever I take my camera off ‘Auto’ the photos usually turn out terrible. In 2011 I plan to discover whether this is because my camera is faulty or if I’m simply not destined for photography.
3. Learn to Use Photoshop.
Earlier in the year I applied for a retouching job which initially resulted in a lot of interest from the employer but after sending them some of my Photoshop efforts I never heard from them again. I’ve barely used Photoshop since due to a lack of time and a lack of faith in my skills. I assume Photoshop can’t be faulty so I’m taking full responsibility for this one and will dedicate large portions of this year to being better with it.
4. Read 3 Books a Month.
I’m well aware I never posted my books for the final three months so here they are:
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Beautiful Creatures – Garcia & Stohl
Prophecy of the Sisters – Michelle Zink
Guardian of the Gate – Michelle Zink
Hush Hush – Becca Fitzpatrick
Crescendo – Becca Fitzpatrick (the worst thing I’ve ever read)
Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life – Bryan Lee O’Malley
Preincarnate – Shaun Micallef
The Countesses of Castello – Milena Agus
An Object of Beauty – Steve Martin
The Hundred-Foot Journey – Richard C. Morais
Nerd Do Well – Simon Pegg (I hate to admit it but I technically didn’t finish this until January so it doesn’t actually qualify for December. Therefore, I failed one resolution. That’s alright isn’t it?)
I’ve decided not to include reviews, however if you continue to be interested in my reading efforts you can find me devoutly using Goodreads at http://goodreads.com/Starlsy – a site I cannot recommend highly enough if you love to read. If you do decide to take a look you will notice I have 80+ books on my ‘To Read’ list. Sadly, at least 75 of these are already cluttering my bookshelf waiting for their turn to have their pages ruffled.
5. Make a Record Bowl.
It sits on my dresser holding my stuff.
6. Learn to Yoyo.
Suffice to say I have not decided to take yoyoing up as a regular hobby however I did recently have a go of my five year old second-cousin’s yoyo and, while I was still useless with it, it was much easier to use than the plastic hunk of crap I was trying to use.
7. Go to GOMA.
I’ve been back twice since. It never disappoints.
8. Register as an Organ Donor.
Still registered, although, thankfully, organs still intact.
9. Start a Trivia Team.
I have not been back to trivia since but am definitely keen to do so now I have a bit more spare time. I shall endeavour to drink less.
10. Become a Fictional Character.
Nick Earls’s next book is due out in July. No idea what it will be called. No idea if my character will make the cut.
11. Learn a Craft from Mum.
I am never sewing again.
12. Make a Terrarium.
The terrarium still provides a leafy home for my plastic figurines although it is looking a little sadder and sparser now than ever before. Unfortunately the smaller one died quite quickly, was replaced, and died again. Regardless, it was a fun and worthwhile task.
13. Explore the Rumour of a Local Beach.
I’ve not been back which I hoped to do come summer, but since Queensland hasn’t seen the sun for weeks it may have to wait a touch longer. I’ve added it to my ‘Things To Do’ file which is oddly labelled ‘Time Travel’.
14. Dress like a Geisha.
Even thinking about this makes my eyes hurt at the memory of the white gunk plastered on my face. The kimono is now safely tucked away until next time I get the urge to spend hours getting dressed.
15. Check out a Roller Derby Game.
I actually went to the second bout as well but it gets a little boring if you attend too regularly. Still, a fun night out and am looking forward to catching a game from a different league eventually. Also, a skate centre has opened up near my house so … well … I was going to imply that maybe I’ll get so good I’ll join a derby team, but who am I kidding right?
16. Make a 3-Dimensional Theatre.
Now lives in a box in the garage. I think. Where’d you put that Dad?
17. Learn About Nutrition.
Ahem. Oh hey, I did get a dehydrator for Christmas and I’m whipping up some tasty and healthy snacks as we speak. Hopefully this will offset the 10kg of Cadbury chocolate sitting in the fridge.
18. Make Homemade Ice Cream.
T’was delicious. Also made a second batch of sorbet that was pineapple and passionfruit flavour. Now that it’s summer we’ll undoubtedly finish that off.
19. Free the West Memphis Three.
As of November all three of the WM3 have been granted evidentiary hearings to decide whether a new trial will be ordered due to insufficient evidence being available in the original trial. The case is being given priority as the judge is keen to “get this done as soon as possible”. Damien’s wife delivered the news saying ‘this is the beginning’. He replied, ‘no, quite frankly, this is the end.’ Easily my most popular blog post.
20. Notice other Numbers.
The number 33 continues to plague me, in fact, more so now that my parents take photos of their own instances of 33 and email them to me. I just try to ignore it.
21. Attend Paniyiri Greek Festival.
This was my least favourite resolution of the year, and probably the weakest addition. I apologise.
22. Learn to Knit.
I never did wear that cowl.
23. Prepare a Four-Course Meal.
Is anyone still reading? Purple Monkey Dishwasher.
24. Attend Lifeline Bookfest.
I believe there’s another one soon. I was going to volunteer but the temptation to add more books to my collection would just be too great. My name is Hayley and I’m a bookaholic.
25. Make Preserves.
The jam was delicious. I’m waiting for the day my mother asks me to make more. The corn relish is too dry and chunky. Have never found a solution for this and as a result it’s slowly turning mouldy in the pantry. Sad face.
26. Go to Australia Zoo.
And I did. Writing a recap for all 52 resolutions was a bit silly really.
27. Wander Through a Cemetery at Night.
Looking forward to wandering through a cemetery during the day, equipped with camera, sometime soon.
28. Be a Tourist in my own City.
It would be too soon to do this again but it was a lovely experience and I’m looking forward to working with some of the photos this year.
29. Learn to Meditate.
Haven’t done any meditation since. I would like to though. I’ll stick it on that ‘Time Travel’ list.
30. Appreciate Past Achievements.
A few more to add now and hopefully the future will bring many more substantial ones.
31. Splendour in the Grass Music Festival.
Will I go again this year? Only time will tell.
32. Watch Movies I’ve Never Seen.
Now I just need to catch up on all the other movies and TV shows cluttering up the place. You can follow my viewing habits at http://gomiso.com/u/starlsy.
33. Catch Up With My Family.
Just got back from Adelaide having spent Christmas with the Southern relatives. It was a marvellous time. And not so fraught with drama.
34. Visit a City I’ve Never Been To: Adelaide.
Now I’ve been there twice!
35. Attend a Writers Festival.
I look forward to attending more now that my anger over the last one has subsided.
36. Go to Powerhouse Farmers Markets.
I haven’t been back although I’ve discovered a couple nearer to home that I’m looking forward to attending.
37. Eat My Weight in Chocolate.
Why did I think this was a worthy resolution? I do this all the time!
38. Get to Know My Local Area.
Now that the resolution challenge is over I’m immensely looking forward to spending more time in these newfound places.
39. Learn about Web 2.0.
Well, whaddya know? I finished this very worthy course from which I’ve learnt a lot. And I won a $50 WOW Sight and Sound GIFT VOUCHER. Awesome! They will be revising and adding new components to the course later in the year. And hopefully, more prizes.
40. See the Tim Burton Exhibition.
I did finally buy a copy of ‘The Art of Tim Burton’ from eBay for cheaper than from the publisher. It is the most beautiful thing I own.
41. Try Cake Decorating.
This just ain’t for me. I wonder if she ever ate it all?
42. Zombie Walk!
Already thinking about my costume for this year. Bring it on.
43. Make Something with Felt.
I haven’t made anything more yet (except a pouch to hold a present) but I’m always thinking of new things to make. Perhaps I’ll have a whole felt family by the end of this year?
44. See Monster Trucks.
From what I understand the Monster Trucks Association has since fallen apart (much like the trucks) so we may have been very lucky to catch this show. I might have my facts wrong though.
45. Start a Business.
This is still very much in the works, however after a few negative comments and a few timing issues this is probably moving forward slower than anticipated. It will be the first task I commit to this year.
46. Learn how to Frame Pictures.
No mat cutter for Christmas people! My birthday is in May. I did buy some frames from Ikea and have framed a few of my favourite pictures. If only the mats fit them properly.
47. Try Pumpkin Pie.
Most of this went in the bin.
48. Have Acupuncture.
I stopped having acupuncture and taking the Chinese herbs. I’ve barely had hayfever since. Stupid unpredictable condition.
49. See U2.
I saw Gorillaz the following week. U2 were good but the Gorillaz stage show was bloody incredible. If you ever get to see them, whether you like them or not, jump at the chance.
50. See The Nutcracker.
I was given a ticket to see Wicked the Musical for Christmas which I’m thrilled about seeing since I originally missed it in London. I didn’t get a nutcracker though.
51. Give to Charity at Christmas.
Well I’ve only just done this resolution. Gimme a chance! Am looking forward to seeing the RSPCA pet I sponsored after January 25th.
52. Celebrate the New Year & Reflect on the Last.
If you’re keen to do something next year get in touch and we’ll plan something BIG.
Anyone still with me? Hello? Is this thing on?
You’re the truly special ones. Thanks for taking the journey with me to …
The End. 🙂