Well, it’s Monday, so I guess I am officially back on the job and in the thick of things.  I’ve been off work for about two and a half weeks, but it doesn’t feel like I’ve been gone at all.  That’s probably because of the hectic holidays combined with lots of time spent on my thesis over the break.  As usual, I didn’t accomplish nearly as much as I wanted to over my vacation, but I made a nice dent in my thesis, and I managed to catch up on a lot of things that I’d fallen behind on, such as house maintenance (home ownership is for suckers; anyone who says otherwise is a homeowner and is lying to themselves and to you). 

Moving forward, I have set some pretty lofty goals for myself in the new year.  Some aren’t tech related, but here are the ones that are:

  • Get the new layout integrated into this blog.  A friend of mine was nice enough to do a sweet layout for this site, but now it’s up to me to turn it into a BlogEngine.NET theme. 
  • Learn Silverlight.  I have read quite a bit about Silverlight, but I’ve yet to write a single line of Silverlight code.  I want to change that in 2009.
  • Learn XNA.  Again, I have read quite a bit on XNA, and I’ve been in the XNA Creator’s Club since it was launched, but I’ve done almost nothing with XNA.  I really hope I can change that this year.
  • Continue to make three blog posts per week, minimum.  My goal since this blog launched was to make three ‘meaningful’ posts per week.  I’ve managed to do pretty well on that (not counting my recent vacation), and I hope to continue the trend in 2009.
  • Write more.  I want to expand beyond just blog posts, perhaps with a couple of Code Project articles or something similar.
  • Maintain a more positive attitude towards work.  I’ve become pretty negative with regards to my day job if you couldn’t tell by the frequent posts on the goings-on here, but I’m really going to try to turn that around this year.  Yeah, this place isn’t perfect, but no job is, so I might as well make the best of it.

Got any tech-related new year resolutions?  If so, please share them in the comments.