Posted by: Mark | September 10, 2015

Resolution Update XXXVI

Cancer, school suspension, job loss–this has been a week to remember. Resolutions did not do well.

1. Blogging. Goal:  300 posts for the year. What I did: I needed 207.95 and this is #264.

2. Writing. Goal:  100,000 words for the year. What I have: Needed 72,230, have 69,315.07.

3. Running. Goal: 2,200 miles for the year.  What I have: Still 1,384.9 miles, not an inch in the whole week.

4. Publishing. Goal : 105 manuscripts sent out: Needed 72.78, sent out 78.

5. Video. Goal : five video projects.  What I did: completed.

6. Weight. Goal : lose 35 pounds. What I did: God knows. I can’t bring myself to see.

7. Art. Goal: Photograph 100 species. What I did : 80:

Mammal (7)  Gerbil, Robo hamster, Campbell’s hamster, Syrian hamster, Domestic rabbit, Gray Squirrel, Eastern cottontail

Bird (23): Budgerigar parakeet, Rock doves (pigeons), Northern cardinal, House sparrow, Mallard duck, Canada goose, House finch, American robin, Red-tailed hawk, Common crow, European starling, Tufted Titmouse, Ring-billed gull, Swan Goose, American tree sparrow, Herring gull, Downy woodpecker,  Red-bellied woodpecker, Northern mockingbird, Mourning dove, Red-winged blackbird, Killdeer, Great blue heron

Reptile (3): Red-eared slider, Leopard gecko, European wall lizard.

Amphibian (2): Dwarf aquatic frog, Fire-Bellied Toad

Insect (29): Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, Stink bug, Wax worm, Mealworms, Cricket, Hister or Oil beetle, White grub, Termite, Formica ant, Bumblebee, Varied carpet beetle, Field cricket, Common red soldier beetle, Leaf hopper, Superworm, Box elder bug, Lightning bug, Japanese beetle, Ladybug, Zale moth, Ailanthus webworm moth, Dark spotted Palthis moth, Honeybee, White cabbage butterfly, Mosquito, Dusky cutworm moth, Green Cloverworm Moth, Katydid, and Ensign wasp

Arachnid: (9) Common house spider, Dark fishing spider, Tan jumping spider, Orb spider, Crab spider, Grass spider, Bold jumper spider, Putnam jumping spider, False black widow

Crustacean: Pillbug

Myriapod (3): Millipedes, Garden centipede, House centipede

Annelid (2): Canadian nightcrawler, Red worms

Planaria (1): Planaria

8. Kids. Goal : 300 events.  What I did: 199 (Karate, tennis, and swimming).

9. Exercise. Goal : 8,000 leg lifts and 5,000 push ups.  What I did: Needed 5,545.2 leg lifts and 3,465.75 push ups and have:

Leg lifts: 5,321 (224.2 down)

Push ups 3,539 (73.25 ups

10.  Nothing for weekly goals.



  1. Who has cancer? Did you lose your job? Everything okay?

  2. When I wrote this, I thought both of my wife’s parents had cancer. Now it looks like her mom just had a lung infection. Her dad is pretty serious. My wife had to take him to the hospital several times this week.

    It looks like I went from four part time Jobs to three. I’m still at NKU and I’ll be able to get by.

    I’m hoping to finish a novel and get a few bucks for it. It could be a while.

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