january 1st, 2022
Five or six years ago i took the 6 bus from downtown Chicago to Hyde Park and sat next to a middle-aged duo talking about climate change.
“I'm not afraid,” said one. “We'll just grow oranges in Montréal.” That's what climate change meant to them: that the equator would get inhabitably warm and we'd shuffle ourselves closer to the poles in a calm and orderly fashion. Enjoy the novelty of Hot Canada.
i think about that couple on the bus a lot. i think that the people around me won't really understand what climate change is until there isn't food at the grocery store.
And with that! How'd i do on my 2021 goals ??
goals for 2021
- get the COVID-19 vaccine
Did this in April and May of 2021, and boosted in November 2021.
- run again
No. Although i had two periods of daily cardiovascular workouts, one in January and the other in April.
- celebrate nine years of sobriety
- prioritize eight hours or more of sleep per night
Most nights, yes! Damn, yes! i look tired and i am tired. But i'm disciplined about sleep!
- prioritize drinking 96 ounces or more of water per day
Damn, yes! Yes i do this!
- finish a first draft of ECCENTRIC, my next feature project
No, not even a little, not even close. i *thought* about ECCENTRIC and read a spiritual sister screenplay, Marie Antoinette.
- improve my charisma
Didn't move the needle on my charisma, but i got a new therapist in September and am confident that she finds me extremely charismatic, or at least pretends to as a theraputic technique.
- keep up with my diary, keep up with my comics
Yes! The diary remains a lifeline, a vital way to avoid time dilation.
- read twenty books
No, not even close. Read The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw. Read *some* of Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Read The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet by Eleanor Cameron.
- hang out a lot with Vlad and our roommate
Yes obviously, yes inevitably.
- ericadreisbach.com and Wordpress code refactor
Got to 100/100 on Google Lighthouse for my raw PHP build on ericadreisbach.com. And am getting close to 100/100 with a basic Wordpress build, altho am discouraged about working much more on it having seen that certain CDNs can essentially buy a near perfect score.
- watch and understand Romanian cartoons
Moved the needle from understanding maybe 30% of the average cartoon to understanding 50%.
goals for 2022
- do some mycoremediation - link
i'll start with oyster mushrooms in the basement, see how much of the heavy metals in a typical sample of our backyard soil that they can clear. What i'd really *love* is to get hold of strains that break down plastic and use mycoremediation to eat up our plastic waste instead of Terracycle Zero Waste boxes.
- learn more about Chicago recycling
i have a lot of questions about the recyclability of edge case materials. Paper that's smaller than 8.5"x11", for instance. The ring left around the bottle neck of plastic twist-off bottles. Clean metallic to-go containers. i want to know about their downstream recycle life! Different, but related: combination paper-bubblewrap mailers … can anything be done with them aside from re-use? i'm still working toward zero waste life. Maybe 2022 is the year we finally visit Dancing Rabbit.
- go to the beach a lot
What's “a lot” i dunno, twenty times?
- create some TikTok channels
One that's just close-ups of me peeling labels off of my plastic recycling,
one that's close-ups of me freehand drawing maps,
and one for unsolicited advice
- prioritize eight hours or more of sleep per night BUT EVEN MORESO than last year
- celebrate ten years of sobriety
- develop more charisma
And make some new friends this year!
- avoid despair
Therapist Catherine will be vital toward this one.
- write more
Even if nothing comes of it. Write more (write gooder)