Last night was very busy and a lot of fun. We’re on our way out soon to join friends for a New Year’s party, so I’ll write about it tomorrow. Today I’ll write about a bit more concise topic–New Year’s resolutions. Dear Reader, did you make New Year’s resolutions for 2006? I tend not to, because they’re usually too difficult to fulfill. I did last year, though. How did I do?
- Finish Korean language class with an adequate testing score
- Arrive in Seoul safely
- Take a real vacation
Well, two out of three ain’t too bad. I finished Korean language class last year with the required proficiency level. However, I should have resolved to maintain it, because my Korean language ability has receded precipitously. I am not taking any Korean classes right now, and I rarely speak Korean, unfortunately. I speak a little once in awhile, although I never carry on conversations in Korean anymore. Even my Chinese ability has decreased a bit. My German improved, although not by much. I plan to retest in German in January before I bid for my next assignment. If I test well, I would be qualified to bid on German-speaking locales early next year (read Europe).
We also made it safely to Seoul. However, we did not take a vacation this year. My wife and son went to Shanghai, China in April and May, but I haven’t left Korea since we arrived here. Interestingly, I feel like more of a homebody in Seoul than I did when we lived in the U.S. We spent a few days in February in Hawaii en route to Korea. We also made overnight trips to Gyeongju and Seoraksan National Park, but that’s all the traveling we’ve done together. However, none of these were really "vacations." We had planned to return to the U.S. over Christmas, but that trip has been postponed until next summer.
I thought about what resolutions I want to make for 2006. Here’s what I came up with:
- Lose 10 pounds. I need to lose more weight than 10 pounds, but I need to be realistic! I can never achieve unrealistic weight loss goals. Can you relate?
- Increase our net worth by 15%. By aggressively saving, I think we can do it.
- Spending more time reading for pleasure and reading what I need to read. I never seem to have enough time to read. It’s probably because I spend too much time on the computer.
- Improve my Korean. It would be nice to leave Korea speaking better Korean than I do now.
- Take a real vacation. This one carries over from last year’s resolutions.
So, Happy New Year, Dear Reader! I hope you have a wonderful and prosperous 2006. If you make any resolutions, I wish you all the best in fulfilling them.
From the "Things that Make You Go Hmm" Department: This morning I found my son in the pantry trying to reach something on the shelf. He was using a case of bottled water as a step chair. The first thought that crossed my mind was, "Wow, my son can even walk on water!" Now if he could just let us know when he needs to use the potty.