My 2011

January 27, 2012

Better late than never I decided to publish my 2011 highlights and low low lights.  There weren’t many lows and none worth publishing.

  • Gwen beat breast cancer starting in April.  In her words it was a bump in the road.
  • Mavericks beat the Heat in 6 games in June to become the CHAMPIONS of the NBA.
  • We all survived the hottest Summer and the driest year on record in Dallas.
  • Installed GRM 683 at 3 locations which was a major achievement at work.
  • Attended my first ever Opera – Rigelleto – I was not impressed.
  • We bought a used 2007 MDX and gave away my 11 year old Xterra with 226K miles and a bad transmission.
  • Vacations:
    • Las Vegas – February
    • San Antonio – March
    • Marble Falls road trip with Mike Allen in April
    • Pagosa Springs in June
    • Seattle to visit Mike’s parents and then Victoria Canada in September
  • Tech
    • I started using Tumblr and Instragram on my way to social networking nirvana
    • Gwen became the owner of an iPad and I decided it is the greatest invention since sliced bread.
    • Steve Jobs passed away on October 5.
    • Installed a sling box and can now watch home TV from anywhere I get a wifi signal
  • 2011 goals
    • I lost 2 pounds.  I wanted to lose 20 but at least I did not gain any weight.
    • I blew away my goal of reading 12 books this year – did 24.
    • I had a goal to become a PHP expert but I blew that goal.
    • I achieved my goal of becoming VM knowledgeable.
    • We did make-over the hobby room at least in the sense we put up a lot of selves and free standing units to hold Gwen’s hobby material.

Marv’s 2012 goals

January 1, 2012

This year I am publishing my 2012 goals for the World to see not that anyone reads my blog.  I am doing this because publishing goals is supposed to be a great method to ensure you actually try to meet your goals.

I tried to keep the number down to 7 which is supposedly all one person can keep track.  However, I ended up with 11, but I could not choose 3 to throw away.  Since the last two are more like resolutions than goals feel I don’t feel bad about signing up for 11.  I will visit them from time to time with a blog post and next Christmas season will post a year end – how did I do.

2012 goals in no particular order:

  1. Get completely out of debt – pay off the house and the Acura TSX.
  2. Lose weight – weighed 228.5 on January 1. Goal is to weigh less than 215.
  3. Go back to school – never quit learning. Register at CCCC and take a class.
  4. Volunteer – Sign up for and perform some form of community service.
  5. Post to my blog at least once a month.
  6. Travel – take at least 3 vacations and and go somewhere.
  7. Learn PHP and do a project.
  8. Makeover the garage.
  9. Participate in 3 bicycle rallies including the HHH.
  10. Cut the stress – work fewer hours, get more sleep, exercise. This one is pretty vague.
  11. Spend more time with family and friends. This one is also pretty vague and may be hard to quantify.

January 8 Update: Added do 3 bicycle rallies and exercise in the gym 3 times a week.  Adding is okay

January 27 Update: Removed exercise 3 times a week in the gym.  This is really a sub-goal of 2 and 10.