Really feel the need to sort out me garden. it was kind of underloved last year, and really needs some work doing on it to make it look vaguely respectable. Its going to take a fair bit of effort, but I would like somewhere nice to sit out in the summer this year. There may be some before and progress pics to come soon I suspect. Got a nice little camera for xmas which will be put to use for such things. Even does video, but I suspect a five minute silent opus entitled “My garden past and present” could possibly be something approaching overkill. Wouldn’t rule it out yet.
Smoking and losing weight are on the to do list too. Would really like to finish the year under fifteen stone for the first time in, well, a long time, and knocking the smoking on the head would not hurt on this could, make me a bit more eager to exercise. I shall hold off on any commitment to getting back into cycling until I’ve got somewhere with the first two, but I would like to. When I was younger (cue up the hovis music) I really used to love getting out into the countryside on my bike. Even in my early twenties, before life’s ravages started to catch me up, I once cycled along the ridgeway from Swindon down to Avebury, and back. Awesome summers day, all on my own, just working my way slowly and surely through the countryside. Do miss that, and clearly it would be no bad thing for me to be physically capable of doing it again. Loved the feeling of freedom you get on a bike.
Have been trying to get rid of things. If you know me, you will know that I can have the tendancy to be the king of all hoarders, and its something that has to stop so we have space to move around our house. There are some things I can’t do without, like my collection of Daredevil comics (currently have a quarter of all that have ever been printed. Will, at some stage, return to building that one up). But do need the space. So have been removing junk from my filing cabinet, looking at old video tapes and throwing away anything not worth keeping. Did find citys of fire (the basis for reservoir dogs) and audition, a hong kong and a japanese movie respectively that definitely need viewings. Also my old tape of The King of Comedy, which I think is just one of the most perfect films ever, beautiful script with a great twist at the end of it. Must watch that again, that one has been years since I watched it.
I also think a scanner would be a very good thing, I have masses of scraps of paper and letters and newspaper clippings that I don’t want to lose, but could do without lugging through my life. You can get a nice little Canon scanner for about 40 notes that would do the job perfectly.
Obviously work is taxing me really hard today, going on what I have managed to write since I got in
Think that by proxy from setting up my old pc with linux, I stand to learn a bit more about that this year. It can be quite a fiddly thing to learn, but very beneficial, as I can only see companies moving over to it more and more. Other things for the year ahead are camera phones, quite fancy getting set up with one of those. The Nokia 6600 looks quite decent, except for it using a proprietory memory card rather than an sd card, which would have been nice. At some stage this year Apple are threatening to bring out a £70 ipod with a small hard disk, which will certainly be worth a look. We should hear more about the PSP, sony’s handheld competitor to the gameboy, and the N5, nintendo’s as yet unknown piece of hardware. Will be looking out for all of these with interest myself.