My goals for 2019 are:
HEALTH & FITNESS:
Although my weight's still down, it's not as "down" as I'd like, and I suspect it's sneaking back up - helped by the traditional dietary backsliding over the festive period.
My target weight remains 10-and-a-half stone - my pre-hospitalisation weight - but I think that might be overly optimistic, as I'm currently a couple of stone away from that.
I'm still regularly chugging down my daily smoothies - and getting my recommended shot of my "five-a-day" - but my general health has been pretty poor over the last few months, with a protracted cold that lasted about six weeks and a general wash of aches and pains that never seem to go away.
As you may have picked up from a few passing references, we're looking to move (hopefully soon) and the house we have our hearts set on will not only have room in its garden for a dedicated chalet to house the running machine, but is also located near to Rachel's old flat, where I found plenty of good roads for walking around.
I'm hoping that having a network of roads, rather than the straight down-and-back-again that we have where we are now, will encourage to get out walking again, getting more fresh air, and working off some of these ingrained aches.
- Carry On Carrying On: My personal ideas on what constitutes a satisfying roleplaying experience got totally upended last month with our first game of The Whispering Road, and this has prompted me to rethink my approach to the hobby. With the whole possible house move hoo-hah as well, it's probably not the time to be thinking about running anything and I'm really looking forward to some old fashioned tunnel grubbing and monster slaying in Simon's 5e Dungeons & Dragons game, which is scheduled to resume soon.
- Dawn Of The Dead: If all goes according to plan, zombies are going to be a big theme this year - with the resurrection of my PROJECT Z, which has morphed into a rediscovered passion for Mantic's The Walking Dead: All Out War skirmish game as well as The Walking Dead tv shows (I'm including the surprisingly good Fear The Walking Dead here as well) and comic.
- Kicking The Habit: My on-going resolution, when it comes to Kickstarters, of only considering backing things connected with campaigns I've backed in the past went pretty well last year, and I'm certainly not throwing money at Kickstarters without doing my due diligence these days. The main things I think I'll be going for this year are new products from Bloat Games (simply a great company producing some natty little roleplaying games) and characterful zombie miniatures.
- Read: I still want to read more comics - all my reading continued to take a battering last year, due to tiredness I guess. My "to be read" comics' pile continues to grow, but I'm already starting to prune my pull-list, in the vain hope that that will help me claw through my backlog easier. I'm trying to be more ruthless with my cuts, and not stick with titles out of "brand loyalty". If a title fails to engage for several issues, it's going to get the chop.
- Listen: Although the last season of Doctor Who was far from perfect (I'm still not sold on Chris Chibnall as a showrunner), Jodie Whittaker's effervescent Time Lord has reinvigorated my love for the show and I've found myself listening to more and more brilliant Big Finish audio dramas, featuring previous incarnations of The Doctor. This trend will continue through 2019 as Big Finish has a lot of very interesting new projects in the pipeline.
- Write: As my brain rots away, I'm more driven to write (other than this blog), but less able to focus on a single idea. In fact, this blog may be need to be curtailed to accommodate those other ideas. I'm already down to a "minimum of three posts a day" (from four or five, previously), and am considering reducing it to one a day, but then try and make it really good post - rather than filler.
- Hold: The impending, possible, house move hangs over everything like an anxiety-dripping sword of Damocles, putting every other decision (big or small) into a kind of holding pattern until that's resolved one way or another. Of course, if it does all tits up, then we're back (almost) to square one - with the added fun of the inevitable impact of Brexit on house prices, the value of the pound etc. If it does go ahead, the lovely house we have our eyes on requires a lot of work to make it our own (it's a magnificent property, but part of the appeal was that it had planning permission for a loft conversion, which we would hope to get to work on ASAP).