Winter Break: An Overly Optimistic Agenda

[BTW: Updated with my conversion percentage.]

Not that you asked. Alpha order:

  1. add an Author’s Choice index to the blog; [100%]
  2. complete an assortment of honey-do’s; [100%]
  3. design my infographic review of 2008 a lá Feltron; [50%]
  4. exercise hella, or at least daily, enough to offset Christmas-related damages; [5%]]
  5. finish my (really disconnected) thoughts on curriculum design; [100%]
  6. grade/plan for 05 January 2009; [100%]
  7. one New Year – Morro Bay; [100%]
  8. outline Making Meaningful Vodcasts [100%];
  9. outline The New Teacher Lab [0%];
  10. retag every post in the archives; [100%]
  11. shoot & edit dy/av #11; [0%]
  12. two Christmases – Ukiah & Pacific Grove; [100%]
  13. watch hella movies – talking about In Bruges, the first twenty minutes of which didn’t keep me but which comes highly recommended by reputable sources, and a second pass at The Dark Knight, The Wrestler; [33%, Dark Knight only]
  14. watch hella tv – talking about The Shield & Generation Kill; [50%, finished all seven seasons of The Shield]
  15. write grant. [0%]
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  1. Sounds to me like you’re going to need an eight-week Winter Break. With the way our CA budget crises is going, that just might happen.

    Enjoy your time in Morro Bay. I live on the other side of “The Bay” in a little bedroom community called Los Osos. You’ll enjoy the “SLO life” down here as long as you cross off about fourteen of your to-do list entries.

  2. Can’t recommend Generation Kill enough. My agenda is finishing up Rise of Teddy Roosevelt and dive in on the book “Generation Kill”.

  3. As a thirty-(mumble, mumble) year-old parent, when I make time-sensitive lists now– which I love, since it’s insidiously like actually accomplishing what’s on them– I go hog wild, and then automatically and ruthlessly eliminate 2/3 of the items. (This proportion is quite important. 1/2 doesn’t work.)
    It cuts down on the crying.

  4. Even 1/3 seems overly optimistic to me at this point, but I’d far rather this than the alternative, sitting around, watching hella daytime TV, changing out of my pajamas somewhere in the afternoon, eating takeout, falling asleep at 8PM only to do it all over again.


  5. Oh, and by the way, the image of you with your precious Mac on your lap, starting up in dismay and dumping it at some unpredicted twist on “Days of Our Lives,” is quite, quite entertaining.

  6. You need to have the three weeks we have over here in Central CA. Even with three weeks I couldn’t finish all those tasks you’ve assigned yourself. Being considerably older, though, I am going to get lots of rest and not run around much. We will be in Cayucos after the New Years just to walk on the beach before heading back to the classroom

  7. Dina, that mental image made me laugh. It is amazing how much of a story I build about around you online folks.

    Personally I’ve been in crash zone. Early bed. Sleep in. Read. Nap. Read more. Repeat. The blog posts and planning that should happen may end up delayed again in an effort to maintain sanity.

  8. Nice to see some movies on your list, reminds me of the cineme days. I just saw Charlie Kaufman’s latest, Synecdoche NY, not very accessible to me. Anyway, good luck with the list. Wedding planning is on my list.

  9. @Brian, kind of a wedding reception part deux, some good friends renting out a beach house, acting nowhere near our ages.

    @Vincent, saw the trailer awhile back and dug the visuals a lot. Tepid reviews scared me off but with your recommendation I’ll add it to the list. (I mean, hell, I’ll add the entire IMDB top 250 to the list ’cause odds are against me getting around to any of them.)

    @Steve, dang, homey. That’s coming down fast. If you stop down to Santa Cruz, let me know.

  10. Fantastic! Some of my best memories come from times where I was acting nowhere near my age. I developed my passion for surfing in the “Jetty” next to the “Rock” in Morro Bay. 12′ double overhead. You learn to surf quick in those waters.

  11. Morro Bay is good fun. There is a little cafe down near the golf course that makes the best black bean nachos you have ever tasted. Do yourself the favor and sample them. We are central coast vacationers too, Cambria for us, but we always make a jaunt to Morro Bay. Not this year however, as we are new baby +2 days. Can’t say I am going to miss the coast much this year :-)

  12. In Bruges is a very fine film – hilarious and incredibly violent if you like those two things together. I’ve been to Bruges, so maybe that helps.