I have a bunch of aches and pains. I report this with a sense of surprise, because I don’t think I’ve done anything to warrant aches and pains. And yet my back hurts, my shoulders hurt, my neck hurts.

Maybe I’m getting old.

As to my goals and resolutions, the importance of planning continues to be apparent. I didn’t pack my gym bag on Tuesday, so I didn’t have my gear with me when I passed the gym after class, so I just went home. Fortunately, I had a call from the nice woman who cuts my hair, saying she had an opening for me, so I quickly packed said gym bag up and went and got my haircut and went to the gym. Thus, when I got home, it was quite late for me to be starting my computer work, so when my son assured me that we had Nothing In The House To Eat, I sent him out for pizza.

Apart from these slips, I’m keeping up with the health parts of my New Year’s Resolution fairly well. Today I think I’ll do some good stretching — the NTC Ballet DVD or Pilates On the Ball or something like that.

I asked the hairdresser about my hair, which is getting gray. Overall, I think this is okay, because it’s graying nicely, but I think it does make me look older. I had toyed briefly with the thought of some very natural-seeming coloring, like the commercials in which men color their hair and everyone thinks they look well-rested. In fact, I think that the commercials for the men’s haircoloring and the commercials for “natural male enhancement” are now both suggesting that the users do whatever it is that they do with the products, and people are just struck by their new wonderosity without any particular awareness of what has happened to them. Sort of like what really expensive lingerie is supposed to do for women.

She assured me that I couldn’t be trusted to do the kind of upkeep involved in hair coloring, and regaled me with horror stories of people who didn’t keep up with their hair coloring and had to go around with bandanas on, crying. “Hollering,” in fact, was the word she used.

I’m also keeping up with the billable/unbillable hours part. I’ve been spending a good deal of time in client communication as people get back from their holidays and decide they need things, and there was all that extra time in course prep, but my billable hours are rising.

I have a phone interview this morning with an engineer who’s starting up a sensible service. You can post jobs you need done, like plumbing or fixing your garage door, and people who do plumbing or garage door fixing can bid on the job for you.