It's that time of year again, when bloggers look at the year ahead and try and predict what might happen. I did this last year, and my predictions were all wrong, so I've decided to change the format this time round.
I don't do resolutions, but I've come up with a "to do" list of twelve things that I'd like to get round to this year, if possible. I've put each one into a different month, but I may do them in a different order. If I can get them all finished this month, I might even take the rest of the year off.
All right, maybe not. Anyway, without further ado here is my list:
January - Get one of those picture driving licenses. I still have an old-style paper license because I haven't got round to getting the appropriate form from the post office, getting a photo, getting said photo signed by a pillock of the community who's known me longer than n years, filling in the appropriate form in the right type of blood, etc, etc. However, Helena bought me a new wallet for Christmas that has a space in it for just such a card, so I really ought to get this sorted.
February - Live to be 40.
March - Install a workable Free BSD desktop on my computer. The problem with my Ubuntu set up is that it's stable and does everything I want, which doesn't satisfy my urge to tinker...
April - Finish reading the 300-page Greek Grammar that I started in November. This is heavy going, but I am learning things about the language which I didn't know before.
May - Go to Athens again. It'd be nice if I could afford to do this twice a year.
June - Get my car washed. This is probably a bit ambitious, since it'll be less than a year since it was done previously. Last week they finally arrested the nutter who'd been driving round Athens randomly shooting people. Witnesses had described this guy and his black Jeep with tinted windows, so the police checked all of the vehicles matching this description. It turned out that his Jeep was green with clear windows, but he hadn't washed it for some time. Which shows an embarrassing level of neglect on his part. I'm not planning to get arrested, but just in case...
July - Reduce the piles of unwatched DVDs. There are several piles on the floor which I need to clear before they become a safety issue.
August - Buy an umbrella. I lost my umbrella ages ago, and I'm predicting that we'll have the usual let-down over the summer months, and that this will force me to get a new one.
September - Write that post about Glenn Gould. I've been meaning to do this for over two years now.
October - Tidy my flat. Assuming that they haven't evicted me by then, I'll have been there for almost six years, so it'll be time to at least run the vacuum cleaner round.
November - Visit Athens. Especially if I didn't manage to go earlier in the year.
December - Rest after all that work.
Whatever your plans are, I hope 2010 is a good year for you all.