A New Year.

It’s 2004, a New Year for all. I’ve set some goals for myself to make 2004 the most productive and enjoyable year it can be. I began by shaving off my beard, completely. It’s something I haven’t done in a while, as I usually have a mustache or goatee, but I went for the full blown clean shaven look… well, I kept a “soul patch” under my lip because I have to have *something* on my face. Tomorrow morning, when I’m getting ready for work, I’ll start shaving my head again. It feels wonderful. I think my beard was making me feel ‘burly’ and subconsciously giving myself permission to eat more food than I should have.. Being clean shaven, I feel sleek and ready to get back into my fitness regimen. I’ve lost 50 lbs., now it’s time to start finding my abs. 🙂

Earl and I did a little bit of shopping over the weekend. I took the opportunity to pick up Visual Basic .NET 2003 – the Deluxe Learning Kit. My goal this year is to become very proficient in Visual Basic (a computer programming language). I’ve written countless programs in the ancient GWBASIC and it’s cousin, QuickBASIC, but I’m eager to start programming in something a little more current. I did look at Linux for a bit, but since corporations seem to be Microsoft-centric, it’s probably best for my career in the long run to continue to use a Microsoft Based product.

Tomorrow life regains normalcy. Work is a full week, routines will be re-established, social commitments settle down… it’ll be nice to be on pace again. I have a lot of plans for work during 2004, and I’m excited to delve into the projects I’ve laid out for myself.

Happy New Year to all.