I did this last year, too, and it was a great, big, hilarious joke because I didn't accomplish one thing I really wanted. There were Reasons. Something in my body is failing (since last winter it has hurt throughout one arm, one leg, and part of another but without health care I don't deserve to be able to do anything about it) so there went the exercise/drop weight part of my resolutions (but in all truth, two+ miles of walking up to seven days per week for two jobs last year - some of it in all the pain I'm in right now - did not lead me to lose any weight, so exercise might not be the answer. I'd prefer to do weights, but will not dare, in case what I'm going through is joint-related).
I wasn't able to go back to school because New York lost any record of me graduating from anything, and without a diploma you don't pass Go. This means I can verify I went to high school - I actually called my high school last spring and cajoled them into finding my attendance records. But graduate? They were like...much more politely than this; the lady who investigated this did not really have to, was extremely patient and literally rifled through every attendance record my hometown had, with zero diploma results and it took her like a week to do that..oh heck no - who are you, again?
It was nice to hear my own accent, anyway; moving 1500 miles away, then calling my school after last hearing it 15 years ago, I recalled instantly from their voices just how particular my hometown's accent is - closer to Boston's than anyplace else. If you come from LI or NY, you might know Staten Islanders have an accent all their own - same for my hometown. I don't know why, though I'd speculate it has to do with that and nearby areas having an unusually high amount of English farmers/settlers.
As for coding, I made zero progress learning or using CSS3, since I see it as closer to animation than having any practical use (OK, so perhaps this is a bit sideways. It might be due to my instinctual and totally overwhelming disdain for Flash, ads, ad networks, spammers, popups, popdowns, popunders, popovers, Pop Tarts&Trade; or any kind of page-blocking join-my-newsletter, get-my-email bullshit, but regardless, my revulsion has proven a huge roadblock to using fancy CSS). I mean, I use CSS3 like crazy compared to maybe even a year ago (?) but it's for more backend objectives like doing calculations and measurements or getting around DW's convoluted HTML and CSS. I use it covertly!
But I'm so unimpressed by flashing/fading/blinking links, spinning circles, rotating images and multi-column pages (which aren't exactly pure CSS3, anyway; to do those right I think you need a good HTML5 framework, as well) and knowing DW's strong accessibility focus, I'm so afraid of someone having a seizure from something flashing, blinking or moving on my page, that I've made a very conscious decision to just pretend those aspects of CSS3 don't exist (I mean, even transitions on links bother me down at this level now. I just don't see the point).
OK, so with those three resolutions knocked clear off my plate last year, there isn't much left. I'm not going to cure cancer unless I do that in a next life. There will be a next life. But I'll have to think hard on that, because once reincarnation is possible curing cancer is just proof-of-concept grandstanding showoffish bullshit. If I could reincarnate and send the cure back to the past that might be worth wasting time over. I'm not going to buy Dreamwidth unless I win Lotto and then yes, if it's possible, I'm going to buy Dreamwidth, or at least invest so much we'll never lack for good code, good coders or most-requested items again.
I had something about becoming a pop singer on last year's post. That's more a bucket list item. Your hostess can sometimes carry a tune, but sometimes can't. That said, once I've exhausted...my life, I guess - but still think I'm in fairly good health, I'd like to maybe put a video or two down on YouTube. Covers. Whatever. 20 people might listen, ever, and I'll be happy. In fact, I might make it invite-only. Just for fun.
I did do one thing on last year's list - three real jobs in all, but with moving multiple times and hours getting cut and other hogwash they turned out to mostly not be so real. I don't know. I'm actually the kind of person that'd rather write or code from home than leave the house. I don't know what to do about that. Which brings me to this year's list, which is zero gravity, short and sweet, because I'm getting tired of this.
- Get the diploma straightened out. That might require time, money, and even the taking of a GED, if I've got this right, because I can't prove I graduated. Which you know, is like I fell into someone's black hole. This from someone who if she hadn't lost her hard-copy diploma about 20 years ago, and hadn't had her hometown lose any record of giving her one, could have technically completed college and graduate studies by now. I am pissed!
- Go back to school. Preferably online course work, preferably web technologies and writing courses. To do frontend, not backend work. I'll learn backend because it would be nice to just spit websites out like it's nothing. But I'm afraid of falling down the programming language rabbit hole and never crawling out again. And if anyone even says PHP to me...it's the one backend code I kind of taught myself parts of years ago and completely despise. I watched a website literally unravel last night over PHP errors. I made the same damn mistakes and watched my own website split its guts in exactly the same manner. I was Picard *facepalm* sad, looking at that, let me tell you, because PHP is a nightmare.
- Maybe quit smoking. I like smoking. But I've got a cold and the resultant bronchitis that I can barely control on more Mucinex than anyone should take is sort of a wakeup call that this is stupid. Someone in my house got diagnosed with COPD last week. He's 54. I mean, really.
- Win Lotto, win Lotto, win Lotto. All it takes is a dollar and a dream...
- Stop making lists still stands. I really hate these things*.
*Mostly because New Year's resolutions are more wishful thinking or things we should be doing all year long - though the year itself, it could even be argued, is an artificial, useless delineation. Like Christmas. Have I ever mentioned we save all the good stuff we could be giving people every day for just one day, and call it Christmas? Or that when we do it, we don't even get people what they want? It's such an inconsiderate, wasteful, stupid holiday
but think of the kids, MM...