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January 1, 2007

New Year, Old Me

Remember the last sentence of my previous post? The one where I said I needed to step up my training? I should have post-dated that entry for today, and called it my New Year's resolution.

I haven't done much running since then. I caught a minor cold after the coyote run, and had a crazy week with work and family obligations. Not only that, but my pool has been closed for 10 days, and the weather has been too dang cold for me to get my wimpy tail on a bike in the morning. It's like the exercise fates have conspired against me this week - to which, honestly, I didn't really object too much. I've taken things very easy for the past week, and I haven't exercised at all over the weekend. My plan is to ease back into things tomorrow - but I'm still reserving the right to change my mind when the alarm beeps at me in the morning.

If you're a longtime reader of this blog, you know our family's New Year's Eve tradition (and if not, this post will bring you up to speed). So in addition to eating a lot of brownies, here's what I've spent the majority of the last two days working on:

It's one of those photomosaic puzzles, and this was our status as of about 9:00 PM last night. We've made a lot of progress since then, and I'll post a completed picture later, but you can probably tell what it is already.

That's all I've got to report for now, so I'll wrap up with a couple of administrative notes ...

First, I'm insatiably curious as to how people initially find my blog, and what cyber-vehicle they use to return (for those who choose to return, that is. I haven't been able to find stats on that one yet.) I tend to use Bloglines, but I know that others prefer Feedburner or Google Reader or something else. So I've added some subscription options on the sidebar at right, including a direct e-mail notification if people would rather receive posts that way. If there are any other servers that you would recommend, please let me know.

Also, I've decided to go ahead and turn comments back on, starting with this post. Actually, after an initial detox phase, I tolerated the comment-free days much better than I anticipated, and in some ways, I enjoyed the simplicity of having comments disabled. But I also realized that part of the fun of blogs is seeing other people's reactions to somebody's posts - especially when the somebody who wrote the post is me. So, what the heck - new year, new beginnings. Let's roll with the comments enabled again.

(And if you're keeping track at home .... yes, my wife predicted this about 3 months ago. One of these days I should just listen to her from the beginning, and save myself a lot of trouble.)

But finally, here's one disclaimer about the comment thing: I'm not getting around the blogosphere nearly as often or as extensively as I'd like to. So if it takes me a little while to reciprocate contact with you, please don't take it personally.

That's all for now. I need to get back to the puzzle before my wife takes too much credit for our progress. My plan is to finish early enough that I can get a good night's sleep, and be back on the road first thing in the morning.

But we'll see how I feel when the alarm clock goes off.


Updated 9:30 PM PST: We finished! Here it is:

Hopefully I'll be in bed in an hour, and running the streets by 5:30. Good night.


angie's pink fuzzy 1/1/07, 5:44 PM  

omg, thank you donald for finally re-enabling the comment feature!!

your posts usually provoke a reaction in me, and i kept wishing i could share it (okay, that sounds negative, but it isn't)

happy new year!

Backofpack 1/1/07, 6:53 PM  

Hey Donald, I'm glad you added comments back too. I've always got something to say about your posts. And, I have no idea what that puzzle picture is.

Susan 1/2/07, 5:46 AM  

YAY comments! Sounds like your New Year's Eve was as exciting as mine.

Love the puzzle.

olga 1/2/07, 6:14 AM  

And even if I don't have anything to say, I like to read what other's rection is:)
Happy New Year! Nice puzzle too.

Sarah 1/2/07, 8:56 AM  

Yay for comments! I would have never guessed that puzzle. Happy New Year!

Ps. I'm a google reader user.

robtherunner 1/2/07, 9:41 AM  

Glad to have you back Donald. You know with all the Britney news lately you must have something stirring inside of you. And maybe even some good photos.

Cliff 1/2/07, 9:53 AM  

Happy new year..

teacherwoman 1/2/07, 5:37 PM  

Happy New Year! Awesome puzzle!

Journey to a Centum 1/2/07, 7:36 PM  

Nice job on the puzzle! Sounds like you are easing into the workout routine again. Nothing wrong with that.


Thomas 1/3/07, 6:22 AM  

Comments! Yes! Finally! You've tortured us long enough. Nice puzzle btw, and Happy New Year!

matt 1/3/07, 9:35 AM  

awesome tradition, donald. we have always done a puzzle around christmas and the following days. it's a great family event. my dad always used to hide piece so that he could be the one that finished the puzzle.

i wish you are your family the best this year!

Kim 1/6/07, 11:06 PM  

Happy New Year.

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