Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Blog Project

Hi, I'm Hannah and I'm a chronic project-starter. Rarely a project-finisher. The other day I realized just how many plans and ideas I had in my head that I intended to start this spring. I am very good at beginning projects, even the planning isn't so's the follow-through that really sucks. Call it a short attention span, call it multi-tasking to the max... I don't know--I can't even finish a sentence. This is a problem of mine and one I plan on fixing, and perhaps this blog will help me. Here's where you come in reader, I need encouragement, tips, and the occasional scolding in my endeavors. I list the projects and detail the progress I make toward each little goal. You get to laugh at my failings (because I usually do), and celebrate in my triumphs (hopefully there some sort of triumph involved). Before you become really disinterested, let me tell you what I have planned this spring/summer/fall...

Project 1: Tennis Lessons. I have always loved watching tennis, and now I want to play. I'm not entirely sure what an adult beginner can do with tennis lessons, but I'd like to get involved in some sort of competitive sport. I like running but I'm not really any good at it on a competitive level. I am very good at ultimate frisbee, but until I go to school, there's really no way to play that for any glory either. (here's where you can tell me what people do with tennis skillz, or where you challenge me to a match or something)

Project 2: My very own, very first, I'm in charge garden. I've been spending a lot of time reading about gardening, gardening practices and tips in this big book I've got about homesteading--but I don't really know jack-diddley about gardening and probably won't learn anything until I get my hands dirty (literally). Initially the garden was going to be on my friend Anna's family farm out near Branched Oak Lake, but there's really no safe bike route out there, so it's not very practical for me. My friends Rachel and Marty offered up the gardening plot on their farm for me to use and I accepted. Their farm is equally far away (near Denton), but it's on a bike path and I think I can make the trek most days of the week. I'll just have to drag myself out of bed--which I find to be much easier when the weather is warm. I'm going to do some soil samples here pretty soon and decide what is best to grow there, etc. I'll keep you updated, and please, anyone who knows anything about gardening, chime in anytime.

Project 3: School. Oh, yeah, school. This fall. I just have to... a.) get transcripts, b.) apply c.) pay d.) take compass test (apparently, my ACT scores don't count after 5 years... ) e.)rock.
I don't know what I want to do, I just know I have to get the general crap out of the way and then figure it out. Maybe I'll be a pro-tennis player and horticulturist. We'll see.

Project 4: I guess this blog kind of counts as a project itself. I plan to include lots of pictures and whatnot. I mostly just need a means of being held accountable for what I'm doing, and a sort of creative outlet for all of it. There are more projects in my head, but, like in reading I try not to read more than 4 books at a time. Just too confusing.

Thanks for reading and look forward to a new layout (it's been tricky for me), lots of pictures and, hopefully, an accomplishment or two.

Yours, Hannah


Lily said...

I do hope this blog helps you with follow-though. I too have this problem. Tennis is quite fun. We should play.
I have a very long list of blogs that I read almost daily, and now you'll be one of them! Yay!
I'm excited for the pojects that will be done this spring. I think it will be a good spring.

Cody said...

Hannah, in the same boat as you on this one...I'm just chock full of projects. I have tons of horticultural experience, so rather than me writing down every little tidbit of information you should just have Katy pass the phone over to me when you have questions. I can tell you about methods for tilling, PH levels for certain vegetables...or even concerns about insects and weeds.

Let me know!


Cody said...

Oh and don't forget if you are looking for non-organic methods than I can't really assist ;).

Melia said...

Yay Hannah's bloggin' :) As for tennis, I'm digging it on the Wii :) but if I played for realz, you would witness epic fail. Good luck with the blog Hannah, I'll be an avid reader :)

shari bee said...

I have LOTS of cool gardening books (one of my favorites is titled "You Grow, Girl!") and LOTS of notions about interesting gardening methods I've tried over the years. You'll definitely have to come over SOON to discuss this stuff.
P.S. I, too, am a chronic project starter...mosaics, knitting, photography, found-object collage, etc, etc. Maybe I just have too many interests?

shari bee said...

Can I share a poem I love? Kind of related to your topic, kind of not. (I think most artistic people have the stop-start-stop thing going on.)

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
from Dream Work by Mary Oliver
published by Atlantic Monthly Press
© Mary Oliver

Gunter said...

Looks good, my beautiful seester.

Mose said...

Very nice, Young Person ... and maybe the best reason for a blog that I've seen: motivation and support for self improvement. I'm looking forward to it. Oh, and I garden too, but the climate's a little different. I have one word for you: Tomatillos.