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So, I made three resolutions last year. How did I do?

First, I resolve to work on at least one home improvement project each weekend this year.

Well, ummm, not nearly as well as I could've. I still haven't finished the set of bookcases I started last January, and I let them get in the way of a lot of other projects that needed doing. The first order of business this year is to finish the last batch of shelves, then start working on the living room.

Second, I resolve to lose some more weight, and to exercise more.

This I actually did pretty well on, despite it being my worst year for health problems ever. I rode the bike a lot, my second highest yearly mileage total ever, and if it hadn't been for the layoff in the middle of the summer because of the heart concerns, it probably would've been the highest. I lost twenty-five pounds, although I did gain five back recently, and I'm in better shape right now than I've been in a while. Still need to lose more, though.

So I plan to try to read more, which really means spending less time here on the net late in the evening.

Okay, I didn't spend less time on the net, but I did spend more time reading this year. Read twenty-four books on the year, far more than I'd read the last couple of years. The List:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J.K. Rowling)
Sandy Koufax, A Lefty's Legacy (Jane Leavy)
The Silmarillion (J.R.R. Tolkein)
War of Honor (David Weber)
Lord of Light (Roger Zelazny)
Lt. Leary, Commanding (David Drake)
Master and Commander (Patrick O'Brian)
Murder Must Advertise (Dorothy L. Sayers)
Needle (Hal Clement)
X-Ray (Ray Davies)
In Death Ground (David Weber and Steve White)
The Shiva Option (David Weber and Steve White)
The Golden Compass (Phillip Pullman)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Michael Chabon)
Sharpe's Rifles (Bernard Cornwell)
Sweet Silver Blues (Glen Cook)
Bitter Gold Hearts (Glen Cook)
Cold Copper Tears (Glen Cook)
Brittle Innings (Michael Bishop)
The Tough Guide to Fantasy Land (Dianna Wynne Jones)
The Thin Man (Dashiel Hammett)
One Corpse Too Many (Ellis Peters)
The Long Goodbye (Raymond Chandler)
Return of the King (J.R.R. Tolkein)

Lots of genre (no surprise), and a couple of biographies. I'm currently working on The Service of the Sword, a collection of stories set in David Weber's Honorverse.

So for the coming year, I think I'll go with the same three resolutions, with emphasis on the first, since that's where I had the most problems in 2003.

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