Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Q2 Report

Now that the year is juuuuust over halfway done, how about we have a look at where I am with my 2012 Get 'er Done Goals.?

So far, this is what I've accomplished:

3rd Ward Goals:
Intro to HTML/CSS

Digital Strategy: Creating Synergy in Your Marketing Program
Web Analytics: Integrating Website and E-mail Data for Effective Digital Marketing Programs*
Strategic Search Engine Marketing Campaign Planning and Execution
E-mail marketing: Integrating Social Media and Mobile marketing for Optimal Campaign Results*

The GGs:
Ringuet, Thirty Acres 
Morley Callaghan, The Loved and the Lost
Colin McDougall, Execution
Malcolm Lowry, Hear Us O Lord from Heaven Thy Dwelling Place*
Brian Moore, The Great Victorian Collection
Jack Hodgins, The Resurrection of Joseph Bourne
Leon Rooke, Shakespeare's Dog
Josef Skvorecky, The Engineer of Human Souls
Guy Vanderhaeghe, The Englishman's Boy
Patrick DeWitt, The Sisters Brothers

Misc. Goals:
Get new glasses
Get a haircut
Southwest road trip!

* - these are actually in progress right now, so I"m generously considering them done, because they will be completed very shortly.

I'm pleased that I've almost finished my NYU classes - I'll be glad when they're done. Not that they aren't interesting - some of them are - but it's exhausting to be taking classes after work when you really just want to watch reruns of 30 Rock

On the GGs, I've mentioned before that I got pretty side-tracked by other books, but I'm happy that in these first 26 weeks I've crossed 10 off my list.

This is what I've still got to get done:

3rd Ward Goals::
Intro to Upholstery
Mystery Class #3
Mystery Class #4

Advanced Social Media Marketing
Developing Online Promotions That Get Results

The GGs:
Bertram Brooker, Think of the Earth
Laura Salverson, The Dark Weaver
Winifred Bambrick, Continental Revue
Hugh MacLennan, The Precipice
Germaine Guèvremont, The Outlander
David Walker, The Pillar
Lionel Shapiro, The Sixth of June
Adele Wiseman, The Sacrifice
Hugh Garner, Hugh Garner's Best Stories
Douglas LePan, The Deserter
Robert Kroetsch, The Studhorse Man
Dave Godfrey, The New Ancestors 

I've really not progressed far on those 3rd Ward classes. I think that they've been somewhat thwarted by other goals, particularly saving money and the NYU classes. However, even though I have managed to teach myself a few upholstery skillz, I'd still like to take a class and learn some things properly. And those other "mystery" classes? I'm thinking printmaking, and maybe evening knitting. Whoa.

As for the GGs I have yet to read. I think I can do it. I'm sure I can. **IF** I can find some of these books. They are getting harder to find, and Laura Salverson's The Dark Weaver seems impossible to find. So, we'll see. 

And these are too soon to say:

Misc. Goals:
Save money. Lots.
Go to the cottage this summer
Take more photos

We haven't saved as much as I would like, but I can't complain too much since I'm basically paying NYU a bazillion dollars for those classes. 

The cottage looks like a go, assuming I get my time off approved. Oh lordy, I cannot wait to sit by the lake and stare into space and maybe knock a few of those GGs off my list while I'm at it. 

Finally, I've taken more photos, which is largely thanks to my phone and ye olde Instagram (thecrabigail - follow me!). For you, a brief photographic tour of these first 6 months:

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