cabosunsetI’ve made my resolutions, I’ve posted them and there are people who are holding me to them. How am I doing? Well, I’m working at it. But that was the point of my first resolution — which was to start all resolutions in December. Because you can fall off the wagon as many times as you want and it doesn’t count in December. So I can admit without shame that I’ve definitely gone off the rails on nearly all my resolutions. But I’m climbing back up and getting in the game. Let’s give me credit for that first one.

The second one? That run a half marathon thing? Well, I am signed up for the April San Francisco Rock and Roll Half Marathon. But I’m still only at Week 7 of the 13 week Couch to 10K training program. Of course, I have all the excuses — Christmas, holiday stress, extreme rainstorms in Northern California… But I’ll get right back to that. I promise I will. Even though I’m now on vacation in Cabo San Lucas, I have a plan. The college age daughter of one of my friends is coming down. She’s said she’ll run with me. Now she was on the UC Berkeley track team and, at one point, was the fifth fastest girl in California. So “running together” translates to seeing her rapidly become a speck in the distance. But it still counts if I keep moving, right? Let’s give me early credit for this one.

I warned you, I was setting the bar low this year and moving the goalposts closer.

Next. That one about the hiking and that other one about the house clean out. Hmmm. No progress.

But the picture a day for a year thing. I’m feeling good about that. I’m poised, I’m ready. I’ve pulled my Nikon D90 out of the closet and I’m toting it around in a backpack instead of relying on the lazy happy snaps iPhone photography I’ve fallen into. I’ve even thrown up a companion website, A Year of Pix. Come New Year’s Eve, I’m ready.

Then there is the one about getting back to my Spanish studies. I’m in Cabo San Lucas. Does that count? Let’s count that as progress.

In fact, let's drink to that! Except wasn't there that other resolution about a month without alcohol? Well, not this month.

In fact, let’s drink to that! Except wasn’t there that other resolution about a month without alcohol? Well, not this month.

Then there was that resolution about going vegetarian for a month. This will be the real challenge. Andy’s decided to revive his latent interest in cooking.

So we had duck breast for Christmas Eve.

So we had duck breast for Christmas Eve.

And Beef Wellington for Christmas dinner.

And Beef Wellington for Christmas dinner.

And yet more duck for Boxing Day.

And yet more duck for Boxing Day.

Clearly, this whole thing is going to be a little tougher than I’d envisioned when I was first lowering that bar and moving those goal posts in.

 

 

 

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