|This year I discovered what kinds of crafts and construction projects survived in the tropics… and what didn’t.
This is an installation I put in on our fifth floor, viewed from the fourth floor.
My 8 Major goals for 2014 were:
1. Maintain myself like a real person
STATUS: Totally did this: you’re talking to a person that gets his hair cut once a week (let’s overlook the fact that this is only because my beard trimmer broke, and I can’t find another one, BUT STILL). Continuing to refine a schedule and goals into the new year.
2. Budget and a tighter grasp on my money plan
STATUS: Didn’t blog it, but I accomplished it. It’s not very interesting. The upshot is, if I continue in this vein, I’ll have no problems financially traveling as much as I like in 2015-16. Now to save for grad school!
3. Plan for the long term, live for the short term
STATUS: Count it. My god. Have you even seen where I’ve gone this year?? It’s been fantastic! I’ve seen so many friends and family, and so much of this wonderful country. Here’s to seeing the rest in the next 18 months!
4. Be able to basically communicate what I need in Vietnamese
STATUS: Barely… and that’s good enough for me, for now.
5. Make more mistakes… and learn from them
STATUS: Nailed it. Hoo boy.
STATUS: Ongoing! But I haven’t gotten around to finishing this post yet, so expect to hear more early 2015! Coming soon…
7. Delve into regional and national development and policy
STATUS: Sort of began this, but the posts I’ve written have been relatively outside of my actual area of interest (or maybe this is my way of telling myself that I need a new, more interesting area of interest?).
My posts on architecture, civic projects, English language learning, culture, and even my weird-ass book review were all policy- and development-adjacent, so to speak, but posts on transportation, pollution, and the new subway system never got off the ground. I’ll keep edging closer.
8. Maintain my blog and improve my writing
STATUS: Did I do this? I think I did… here’s to taking it to the next level in 2015.
Minor Goals in 2014 included:
DONE. It’s easy. Fruit juice twice a day, veggies with every meal!
NEVER MIND. Ugh. Life plans, amirite? eh?
GOT A PREVIEW, more happening this year (including a motorbike trip around the northern mountainous provinces with my cousin, and Ha Long Bay with my sister)!
DONE… BUT WHY WAS THIS SUCH A CHORE THAT IT LANDED ON A RESOLUTIONS LIST?? I mean, really, Ben. Get it together.
DONE! It’s less awful now, but it’s still very, very Vietnamese.
|It’s amazing what a coat of paint can do.|
|I did end up painting my own room… I was taking NO chances that the handymen would
just repaint my room another horrible shade of cat-tongue-pink. Got some decals too!
POINTLESS. PROJECT ABANDONED. Still soul-crushingly grim down there:
|Eww. To think I was going to spend a significant
amount of time on this. Sorry, Terra Nova.
Guess you’ll have to pawn it off on some other sucker.
My one contribution was this motion-sensing lamp for the garage.
DONE! Damn, Gina, lookit that.
|YEAHHHHHH! Grownup window dressings! Also, check out that lamp I made for my room!
(I was really into lamps this year, I guess…)
|Things that DID survive the water and heat:
Electronics (being careful to unplug them when not in use!), custom bamboo shelves,
most of the wire installations, the BBQ shelves and light thing (mostly).
|It’s a pretty decent hangout spot! And we’re headed into the dry months, once again… time to get weeding, I suppose.|