Twelve Goals for 2012

January 3, 2012 · 5 comments

You may have noticed Fizgiggery’s new header, in celebration of the new year! In addition to slowly mastering the basics of Photoshop Elements, I’ve been doing a little bit of premature spring cleaning. I don’t usually set myself new year’s resolutions, but it’s made me think about what I want to achieve this year.

Here’s the [Bucket -- if the Mayans prove right!] list of 12 goals for 2012:

1.  Find a charming place to live.  Must be  large dog-friendly — none of that “oh, we’re dog-friendly, as long as your pooch is under 25 lbs” boolsheet.  I’m dreaming of a 2-bedroom cottage in an artsy neighbourhood near Balboa Park, like South Park, North Park, Normal Heights, Hillcrest.

2.  Pursue an education in Graphic Design / Web Design.  So far I’m self-taught, and I want to learn basic principles and fill in the gaps in my knowledge.  Hey, it might even boost my earning potential too!

3.  Start exercising AND learn to look forward to it.  As I’m 6′ (184cms) tall, my weight has never been an issue (*ducks*) but it’s things like stamina, osteoporosis, and flexibility that make me think about starting some sort of beastly regimen.

4.  Help my dog be calmer.  Banjo is highly-strung and suffers from isolation distress, which is different to separation anxiety. (SA has more to do with being separated from a specific person, whereas ID is more like a panic attack due to being left alone.)  Some things I want to explore include Ttouch, Reiki, and clicker training.

5.  Create more jewellery and re-stock my neglected Etsy store.

6.  Start painting again. I’m dreaming of finishing my painting of the Venetian skyline, that is a 60″x40″ canvas currently in storage on Long Island…

7.  Learn to take better photographs within the limitations of my camera.  Which only goes up to F-8.0.  Bugger.  (Otherwise, I think the Canon G11 is pretty rad.)

8. Practice living in the moment, made easier by neither dwelling on the past nor worrying about the future.

9.  Visit my mum, step-dad, and sister in Spain.  It’s been more than 18 months since I was last in mi patria, the longest I’ve ever been away.  And it’s been almost as long since I last spent time with my family.  That’s too long!

10.  Keep expanding my culinary repertoire.  Tomato-free vegetarian recipes! Lamb Rogan Josh!

11.  Read more offline…  If you’re reading this, I’m sure I don’t have to explain why!

12.  Discover “My” San Diego — I want to find a community of like-minded people:

artists, writers, creative geeks, foodies on an unpretentious budget, movie-goers who choose Landmark over Edwards, unpatriotic Brits, other Anglophiles, polyglots, Third Culture Kids, tongue-in-cheek Eurotrash, glamorous tomboys, large dogs who love the beach and their guardians, folk with dogs (or not) who enjoy walking, other ENFPs, colour mavens, and people who love playing games like Celebrity, preferably at informal dinner parties.

If any of the above sounds like you, let’s talk!

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1 Dan H January 4, 2012 at 13:08

Ok, I’ll bite … what on earth are Third Culture Kids?



2 Lauren January 4, 2012 at 20:25

I quote: “A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person who has spent a significant part of [their] developmental years outside the parents’ culture. The TCK frequently builds relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture may be assimilated into the TCK’s life experience, the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of similar background.”

Basically, you as well as me!


3 Jasmine January 5, 2012 at 11:53

Ah, I love these. It’s terribly unfortunate at how slow I am at catching back up to my life when Christmas vacation whirlwinds through my life… so I have yet to take a good look at what i want to accomplish in 2012. But it’s all marinating in my brain, and I am confident it will bubble to the top in the next few weeks. Specific comments on your list:
1. Yay, you! We love our area, and I’m rather ridiculously confident you’d love it, too. I’d be happy to provide tips/suggestions/encouragement/feedback if you are considering anything you come across online or something.
2. Well, pretty much the same as above. It’s my trade, so if I can help, let me know.
7. Well, same as above, again. God, I’m dull.
9. I long for vicarious stories.
10. Why tomato-free?
12. You know, we really ought to get together.


4 Lauren January 5, 2012 at 12:42

I can’t wait to see what you list! And yeah, Christmas is lovely, but I’m always relieved when its madness is over.

1. / 2. / 7. That would be awesome, thank you!
9. Good! Me too. Especially when there are frolicky photos to go with ‘em.
10. Allergic to them in their raw state; can have cooked tomato as long as it’s like a purée — think: bad pizza, ketchup.
12. I would love that! I’ll email you :)


5 Tina January 11, 2012 at 03:42

After being in a whole lot of states and dealing with various family members who are more entrenched in one part of my ancestry than another–I think I can relate to that TCK thing…Native-American, Irish, German, and god knows what else! I’ve never been to Ireland or Germany–but I’ve been to Oklahoma a few times.

I sat upon the mountains in Oklahoma after seeing a white buffalo once. I pondered that quite a bit…I know I will travel one day and there will be change. I knew it then, and it is strange to describe it but when I feel and see those things, they eventually do happen! Then two things happened that NEVER happen here. Snow on Christmas Eve (a lot of it…got stranded) and again two days ago. We got over 6.5″ and couldn’t go to work…I took pics of that snow! I actually loved it–and so did Buddy!

Other changes–are as follows: Buddy “converses” with me in the mornings more, Gizmo thinks he has to sleep on my bed, I’m gonna be a grandmother this year AND I got promoted again! EUREKA!!!!

I do have to get back to my physical routine–but I may have to relocate before starting up the regimen again. I’m still working on my goals but I’m hoping to be able to get an I-pad and/or a MAC this year. I am going to do my first anti-bullying video. I’ve been doing research and comparing/contrasting and I know my points will be valid.

As for what follows–I think it’s marinating too!

I may be returning to college to pursue some other stuff too that I never got a chance to study. Next immediate goal–to win at a local singing competition and it sounds strange but I’m getting a local fan base! It’s weird having people coming up to me after all these years from various age groups saying, “Lady, you kick a**!” Not bad for a soon-to-be grandma…I still don’t regret putting it behind me back when I had Eric though. It’s as if I’m enjoying a lost moment…

And my “dream board” is now 3D and growing! I’ll have to take a pic of it to show you…I’ve even stuck doll house stuff on it thanks to the miracle of 2 drops of “SUPER GLUE” for EACH item! :-D Now I need a heavy wooden frame! Have a great week, Lauren! Keep rockin’! You’ll get what you want! I just believe it!


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