Another month gone, another check to see how I’ve stacked up against those resolutions. While it may not be interesting for you, it’s a good way for me to keep myself accountable. Onward:

1. Jacob, Jacob, Jacob, Jacob.
Yes, still maintaining here. We have a date night every Friday night while Donna’s working, which I think Jacob enjoys. It’s hard to tell, though, since he’s totally hit that age where I can’t touch him, talk to him, look at him or walk anywhere near him in public, lest a child who appears to be anywhere near his age might see him. Good times. However, something fun: he is developing strong opinions about music, and though he predictably wants to listen to the standard pop-tart contigent (Katy Perry, anyone?), he also really likes Tegan & Sara’s “The Con.” Awesome.

2. Continue to write nearly every weekend.
Yes. I’ve worked through a couple of really new and unusual things lately, I think, a few of which are decidedly different from the mythological / urban legend / pop culture poems I was working on. Something I wrote this weekend was a pretty solid self-exploration, and the two people I showed it to had similar strong reactions. So I took that as a positive sign.

3. Submit manuscript to at least 5 contests.
Ooh, I’m well beyond that. Up to seven now, I believe, with two more on the books. So let’s count this one completed.

4. Send two submissions per month.
So far so good. Subs out in February to: APR (lofty but fun), Rattle, Third Coast and one I just identified today called The Splinter Generation. Hoping to get something out to them tonight.

5. Complete NaPoMo.
Again, not much to do about it now.

6. Spend more time geocaching.
Not yet! But hopefully soon. As part of spring cleaning, I’ve spent at least one day per weekend holed up in the house, which eats into geocaching time. But there are loose plans in the making as I write this.

7. Participate in Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck exercises.
This Saturday’s writing time was inspired by Donna’s PTT #9, Beginnings and Endings. I didn’t follow the prompt to the letter, and got off course from it within five lines. Then I abandoned that draft in favor of something more compelling (see #2, above), which had nothing to do with the PTT prompt. However, I was indirectly jumpstarted by the PTT prompt, so I feel like I’m still meeting this one.

8. Actually get back to Nic Sebastian on that Voice Alpha guest-blog invite. And maybe write a guest-blog.
Sigh. I literally just answered Nic’s email from November. If I can’t answer emails within four months, I think I probably can’t write the guest-blog. Sigh. Checking this one of as “half-complete.”

9.  School, school, school.
Yes, getting there. Need to call them today. Hm.

10. Think about finding a new job, or learn to balance work/life more appropriately in this one.
Again I say HAHAHAHA. However, some things in the works that could pan out to be incredibly interesting. That’s all I’ll say for now.

11.  Act less on impulse and more out of kindness.
Hm. February was a month of big change in some ways, and I think I acted on impulse a few times. I think this will end up being a resolution that I will continue to make each year for the rest of my life, and that’s ok with me.

12. Weed out the negativity.
As mentioned in #11, big change. But ultimately, I feel good about it. I took a stand on two issues that were really bothering me, and I think I communicated both pretty clearly. Also, have been working on calmly and carefully drawing people’s attention to the way they use language, and how it hurts others.

13. Make time to blog twice a week (it stimulates the muses, you know).
February was a much better month for this.

14. Take more pictures.
I bought film for the Polaroid and new batteries for the digital. I think I’m moving forward.

15. Stick with kickboxing.
Back on track. Also, Donna bought Just Dance for the Wii this weekend, and though I hate video games, I have a sneaking suspicion this one will make its way into regular rotation. A sweatable dance routine to Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back”? Yes, please! I think it’ll be a good, lower-impact partner to the all-out kickboxing.

16. Lose some weight.
A small start, but definitely a start. I have to start tracking this for real now.

With a few home improvement projects coming up (vegetable garden installation; reno of Jake’s room), I fully expect to derail myself at some point this year. But I’m feeling pretty good about the start.

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