From last year: Goal for 2015: good health and happiness, being a good friend, being a better teacher and colleague.
I think I did pretty well on those.
Goal for 2015: good health and happiness, more biking, more time outdoors
Personal: I want to keep a budget; I think it will help me as I think about retirement.
The last year in review:
Biking: disappointing. Lots of reasons, none of them good. This past semester has been nearly exerciseless, and that needs to change. I can really tell in how I feel.
Bike Odometer: 11531
2015: 738 (50 hours)
2014: 1022 miles (76 hours)
2013: 700 miles (52 hours)
2012: 1296 miles (89 hours)
2011: 460 miles (29 hours) (in UK from July to December)
2010: 1020 miles (66 hours)
2009: 2380 miles (166 hours)
2008: 1425 miles (97 hours) (in Japan from January to early June)
2007: 2011 miles* (There may have been more miles, before I started using the bike journal thingy, but I seem to have started using it in mid-May, so probably not tons of miles.)
Birding: The highlight of the year was a trip to see Kirtland's Warblers. I saw, I heard, I was happy. (May 16)
I also saw a Northern Mockingbird!
And s/he had lunch.
I also saw my first grizzly bear! (not a bird, but cool!) At Yellowstone. (Long distance, and cropped picture. I find it best to keep my major predators a long ways away.)
A bison, also at Yellowstone
And the white thing in the center is a wolf, also at Yellowstone (other observers had a digiscope, but this is the best my camera can do).
Professional: I taught a new upper level Shakespeare course (Shakespeare and ecocriticism), a new intro to lit course (for me, anyway, all the writers were people of color, pretty much).
From last year: Goals for 2015: Finish two current projects, teach better
I have an essay coming out soon, and a book review. (One of those is one of the projects I had listed, the other was a new project. I still have the old project on my list.)
I'm chairing a program's curriculum committee, and I think we've done good work so far.
Goals for 2016: Teach a new senior seminar (race in/and early modern drama), revise the project from forever, write a good SAA paper. Start working on a Winter's Tale paper I'm thinking about.
Garden: I was a lot more realistic this year, and really enjoyed the garden. I harvested four or five pumpkins, which are frozen mush in the freezer now, waiting to be baked into muffins or bread.
I have five artichokes inside, and my new bonsai tree, but the artichokes are looking iffy already.
All in all, what with the budget crisis around here, it was a tough year in some ways, and a very good year in others.