by Nathan Stout (of AccordingToWhim.com)
I know I've had a couple of posts about what I have done in 2011 to the house and other projects I hoped to get done and ones I did get done. This post is about the stuff I hope to do in 2012 in terms of projects not related to According To Whim. Infact Chris and I haven't had our 2012 goal talk yet. I am sure that will be happening in the next week or so.
As you all know I spent a good amount of time getting my house prepped and painted last Spring through Summer. In the upcoming year I need to finish that job. You may have not noticed that I ever claimed victory in that particular goal. It is done for the most part but there still some places that I didn't get to do. The back porch hasn't been done at all. Most of the railings need replacing so I didn't think it wise to spend a lot of time painting if I was just going to tear them down.
I also plan to do some MORE house leveling this year. I spent money this last year having someone do it but they didn't really mess with the biggest offender which is one of the additions. If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself! I am going to just do it myself. It means a lot of time doing a lot of tedious house lifting in little doses so the addition doesn't crack too much inside. After that I am going to have to take some advice of one contractor and put a moisture barrier along the East wall of the addition.
I am of course going to continue working on my mom's rent house. I am getting there in little steps but I don't see it taking much longer than late Spring to have it completed (at least to point to where someone could live there).
I plan on selling one of the VW Beetles this coming year too. It is supposed to be the Super Beetle but I am not too sure now. The 70 Beetle is having issues that I don't know how to fix. We will just have to see. In order to sell the Super I will have first have to get it inspected (but I think I am ready for that now). The 70 Beetle is going to need some work with the brakes and get the engine issue taken care of. That shouldn't be too hard to do since the original owner likes messing with them and has offered to get it working nice again (for me for free).
My Anime model business will continue through the next year. EBay is going slowly but with great profit. The conventions are so-so except the May one which will look like another massive one so I might do well there. I am not selling my stock at 50% off this year though. My supply has dried up so I am going to try to get as much as possible with what I have left.
In 2012 I also plan to have the complete Robotech experience. You can read all about that in this post. I am going to have a separate blog for this so check it out once 2012 starts at: http://robotechnow.blogspot.com/.
The biggest thing in 2012 is of course my debt pay down. My wife and I are going to work towards paying off our debt. My immediate plan is to pay off credit cards and Chris' plan is to pay off everything but I am not so sure about that. I don't want to drive my life into the ground for that. We will just see how it all plays out. Chris will be posting the details as the year goes on.
I am planning on going back to college to finish my Bachelor's degree. You can read all the previous thoughts in this blog. A Bachelor's degree requires around 128 hours of credit. I already have 93 hours going in so it should be too bad.
So that's all for my personal goals for 2012 (for the moment at least). We will probably list some goals here on the blog for According To Whim stuff after Chris and I talk about it.