Resolutions Revisited

27 03 2010

Like many others at the start of the year I earnestly made a list of resolutions for 2010.  I ended up with a list of fifteen.  It wasn’t an exhaustive list, but did cover a lot of what I wanted to achieve this year. 

With Spring beginning to break through in shades of crocus and daffodil and enliven the otherwise grey surroundings, I decided it was the right time to assess how well I was doing with my resolutions – to have a spring clean of sorts.  I broke the resolutions down into those I’ve started, and those I haven’t, and got the following percentages:

Resolutions started – 13%

Resolutions not started – 87%

Hmmm.

Numbers like these can strip a situation down to its irrefutable truth: 50% or more resolutions started would be a success (though closer to 100% would be better) while less than 50% isn’t, and should set off warning bells.  These results definitely set off some warning bells!  It appears that I have been a little lax in the life improvement department, and that I haven’t done as well with my resolutions as I had thought.  So it is time for some affirmative action to be taken and for some accountability when it comes to these resolutions.  This is where this blog comes in rather handy.  What better place to be held accountable than in the public arena of the blogosphere?  Some of my resolutions wont make it to blog, being that they’re too personal (even for a personal blog), but most of them will and I’ve set aside a new page for this purpose. 

Some resolutions that haven’t been started yet are due to current personal circumstances.  I’m not beating myself up over these, I’ll just start them once the circumstances change to be more favourable.  Other resolutions I’ve had to amend in order to make them more realistic.  One of these amended resolutions was to read a book a week.  Well, that’s what it was to start with.  For the first month it worked really well, and then two factors started to impede my progress: 1) less time became available to read and 2) I developed a habit of selecting books that are long, and/or complex.  So I changed the resolution.  I’m now aiming for a book per fortnight, as a rough guide.  As I finish books I’ll add them to the list.

A couple of my resolutions were blogosphere related.  One of these was to post more (which I mentioned in this post’s introduction).  This resolution came with the caveat that I had to have something to actually write about, whether it was an idea, or an event or something – as long as it was a something and not a nothing.  The second of these resolutions was to find more new blogs to read.  This is the reason behind the newly added blogroll, listing some of the blogs that I check out at the moment (any suggestions for new blogs are most welcome).

Another resolution was to introduce more new recipes into my diet.  This was inspired in part by this blog, and in part for my love of food…and cooking…and eating.  So expect to see more ‘Lizzie in the Kitchen’ type posts in the future as I work on this resolution! 

I plan to update these resolutions as the year progresses, and to introduce some other resolutions in later posts, so keep tuned.

Lizzie x





Lizzie lets loose her inner Rock Chick

13 03 2010

Golly a whole month and no post.  Considering one of my New Year Resolutions was to post more frequently, this is not so good.  Will have to be more proactive on the blogging frontier! Here’s an update from the past week.

Last week started out as one of those weeks that just promised to drag.  Exacerbated by a period of poor sleep, Monday and Tuesday felt like an age, a veritable eternity, instead of just two days.  It was perfect time then for a pick-me-up on Wednesday night in the form of another excellent concert by the Stereophonics.  Standing in my favourite spot, watching one of my favourite live bands, letting my inner Rock Chick out for a couple of hours, was the perfect remedy for an otherwise totally forgettable week. 

One (of the few) downsides of living in New Zealand is that it is a long way from pretty much everywhere, including for bands to come and play. I missed the Stereophonics the first time they came to Aotearoa, not quite making the age restriction for the gig.  Needless to say when they finally returned ten years later I toddled along to Auckland’s Powerstation for the show (this time I well and truly met the age restriction). Since moving to the UK I’ve made up for lost opportunities, taking the time to see them live a further three times: at London’s O2 Arena in December 2008, Cardiff Castle in October 2009 and last Wednesday (also at the O2).  

Not known for being one of the darlings of the music critics, I’ve seen the Stereophonics been described as ‘workman like’ in their approach to music.  I don’t think this is a bad thing.  In fact, it can be a very good thing. There is no pretence at a Stereophonics’ concert, no smoke and mirrors, you know what you’re going to get – and that’s a 20-something set list of bloody good live music.  Not that I have anything against the more theatrical type of concert (I am afterall a Floyd fan), but it’s important that the music takes centre stage.  Theatrics are great, especially when they enhance what’s being played or provide visually what  the music’s saying. However, sometimes it seems that acts use it to cover a weakness in their music – they’re all flash and no substance.  It’s musical malnutrition if you like – it fills you up but doesn’t nourish you. 

Anyway, come Wednesday evening I ambled along to the O2, dressed in black (black jeans, black t-shirt, black biker jacket – it’s a uniform of sorts for the rock orientated isn’t it?) and ready to have a good time.  Which is to say, ready to sing along to all songs in a voice that is best not to be heard, and dance in a way that best not to be seen (not that either of those considerations stop me).  The set list in its entirety follows, but here are my top three songs of the evening:

  1. Maybe Tomorrow – only ever seen it live with just Kelly and his Strat.  This time it was the whole band, and I loved it.
  2. Stuck in a Rut. I like this live, a lot.
  3. Bartender/Local Boy/Just Looking. Yeah, I cheated, there are three songs here, but I always look forward to these three (in that order), so it was a given that they’d make the list.  Bartender was especially stomping though.

Set list:
Innocent/A Thousand Trees/More Life in a Tramps Vest/I Got Your Number/Superman/Pick a Part/Uppercut/Stuck in a Rut/Same Sized Feet/Maybe Tomorrow/Live n Love/Traffic/Trouble/Could You Be The One?/Radio/Beerbottle/Mr Writer/Have a Nice Day/Caravan Holiday/Just Looking/Local Boy
Encore: She’s Alright/Bartender & The Thief/Dakota