Superfluous Matter
2010 Retrospective

At the beginning of 2010 I posted a set of goals for the year. Now that the year is over, I should probably review those.

I'd say the biggest accomplishment of last year was finding, buying and moving into our new home. As I mentioned in the original post, the process of buying a home would quite possibly conflict with many of the other goals. The house plus Kim's cancer diagnosis did kind of put a hold on most things in November and December, but overall I'm really happy with how last year went.

Anyway, last year I managed to blog 65 times while my goal was to blog once a week. I didn't quite manage to accomplish that frequency, but I did far surpass the implied quantity so that is pretty good.

As for climbing I did get out a bunch and I did do five times a month for more than half the months of last year. However I did not get out as much as I would like. I managed to place second in my division at a bouldering competition at John's new climbing gym. I was really happy with that and am looking forward to competing in another comp at the same gym next weekend.

I had a lot of fun taking photos last year and am happy with the results. I haven't really even picked up my camera since last October though so I really need to get back on that.

I did a lot of new cooking last year and as a result I feel much more confident in the kitchen now. This is another area of my life that I have neglected recently though and I mainly blame the new house for that problem. I tend to get home later at night now so I don't do as much cooking during the week. I think I need to shift to cooking more on the weekends so that there are delicious leftovers for week nights.

I started a personal programming project last year, a web-based recipe storage app as I suggested in my original goal list. I did not finish it, but I had fun playing with databases, AJAX and the Prototype library. I also did a lot of good stuff at work so I'm not too worried about missing this goal. The point was to do some new software dev stuff and I certainly did that.

Although moving to a new house has had a negative effect on some of my goals, it has definitely improved my reading. I've finished almost two dozen books since moving in December and I'm so happy to have done so. Yay for the TTC!

My travel last year didn't involve any fun Canadian trips, but I did go to China which was awesome! Our travel plans this year are obviously going to be affected by Kim's recovery, but I think we'll ease back into the travel stuff with some smaller trips within Canada so I'll get to do the Canada thing eventually after all.

The other big deal from last year was Kim's diagnosis and original hospitalization and treatments. I can honestly say I wasn't prepared for anything like that, but I guess it was one of those "life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans" events. It definitely provided me with new perspective on life and my own long term plans for it.

Anyway, that's my review of my 2010 with respect to my goals. I plan on posting again soon with new goals for 2011.

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