As I posted last week, it’s time for me to come up with a new list of new things to try in year #28. I was very happy with how last year went with the list, but I think I learned a few things about how to construct it. Goals can’t be vague. They have to have a very clear end point (this is why “eat healthier” is the worst goal on the face of the planet for something like this).
Also, they have to be at least somewhat fun to write about, because, I’ll be honest, this is one of my shortcut ways I get blog post ideas. No one really wants to read about me updating my paper filing system, even thought that really should be one of my goals.
Lastly, it’s OK to have some things on the list that I know will happen no matter what (this year, see numbers 19, 21, 22, and 25…all of those tickets have already been bought). There’s no shame in making the challenge a bit easier. And there’s also no shame in re-using some of the goals from last year that I didn’t complete (numbers 1-6).
I am experimenting with a few goals that have more parts (number 8, 9, 27), but those are basically my ways of trying to make “Watch more classic movies!” and “Cook more new foods!” actually attainable. I realize that there are more than 70 Newbery Medal winners, so as much as I’d like to read them all this year, I’m not sure if it will happen. Still, I’m going to try!
So, here we go! I’ll post the list without my commentary as a new page on the top of my site. Do any of you have similar lists? I’d love to see or hear what new things you want to try this year!
1. Bake a cake
I fail at this perpetually year after year after year. Why are cakes intimidating when cookies and pies aren’t?!
2. Volunteer! (Can’t be school or work related)
Austin Pets Alive has a program where you can walk their shelter dogs around Town Lake. I keep meaning to do that. I mean, cute dogs, good cause…how have I not done this yet?!
3. Attend a Nerd Nite Austin event.
Nerd Nite. These are my people.
4. Go to a UT football game. Hook em!
Football in Texas is really, really important. I live close enough to the stadium that I can hear the announcements. Um, I should go.
5. Go to a rodeo
I have been to small town rodeos before, but I feel like I need to see a big, Texas rodeo before I leave.
6. Buy real cowgirl boots
The ultimate grad school souvenir.
7. Find a red lipstick that I actually like. Wear it somewhere that isn’t my house.
I love red lipstick on other people, but always find it really intimidating to wear it myself. Time to stop being afraid and start being glamourous.
8. Watch 12 classic movies I haven’t seen from this list (and definitely The Godfather and The Godfather Part II. How have I never seen those?!)
Working at the the Academy this summer has really made me realize how ignorant I am of a lot of classic films. I think I have a good base…but I haven’t seen any of The Godfather films. Or any Stanley Kubrick films besides The Shining. I really should see these so I can stop nodding along during conversations where they’re being discussed. And I live within walking distance of one of the best ever DVD rental stores in Austin. No excuses.
9. Read ALL the Newbery Medal winners.
This may take more than one year. I’ll do my best. And hey, it counts as taking a children’s literature course, right?
10. Dance in Greune Hall, Texas’ oldest dance hall.
This hall looks so beautiful, and I love two-stepping. This has to happen this year.
11. Swim in Big Stacy Pool.
Big Stacy Pool is a completely spring fed pool in South Austin. I’m going to have to take some time to lounge there on one of these triple digit summer days.
12. Eat sushi at Uchi!
It’s expensive, but it’s so Austin. I have to do it.
13. Try three new BBQ places in Austin.
14. Visit the California Presidential Libraries – Reagan and Nixon
15. Visit the Little Rock, Arkansas and see the Clinton Presidential Library.
16. Visit the George W. Bush Presidential Library.
Um, yeah. I have a thing for presidential libraries. I’m going to try to see all the local ones this year.
17. See a Texas Rangers game.
Gotta hit up all the MLB stadiums in Texas while I’m there! Saw the Astros this year, so it’s just the Rangers left!
18. Try molecular gastronomy type food at Ink.
Molecular gastronomy! Top Chef connection! Need to try!
19. Hang out with a bunch of my college friends in a mansion for a weekend.
This is already happening for two weekends this summer – at a bachelorette party and during the weekend of the wedding. Yes, this is a cheating goal…but it’s going to be awesome nonetheless.
20. Visit the Museum of Tolerance.
I tend to put off visits to Holocaust museums. I always end up in tears and angry. The MoT though is a big one that comes up in my studies an awful lot, so I’m going to do it, even if it kills me.
21. Get a body scrub at a Korean spa.
A friend gave me this gift for my birthday, so it’s kind of cheaty…but I’m still into it. Apparently a ton of your skin gets sloughed off and you just feel amazing. Let’s do this.
22. Do a bunch of touristy stuff I haven’t done before in NYC (The Tenement Museum! The Highline! The Cloisters! The Guggenheim!)
A have a long, long overdue trip to NYC booked for the middle of September. I have a few good friends there, and yet, I’ve been so lazy about going. Now’s the time!
23. Go to Schlitterbahn!
Massive, crazy Texas water park. Oh my God yes.
24. Go to Knotts Berry Farm!
I’ve never been to Knotts, and I have some friends here in LA who are dying to go. I’m ready for a day of bad amusement park food, roller coasters and laughs.
25. Go to a music festival.
I already have tickets to ACL, so again, this is somewhat cheaty. It’s still my first music festival ever!
26. Learn how to do the splits.
I am so not flexible, and I’m always jealous in my dance classes when people can do this. I’m going to stretch all this year with the splits as the end goal.
27. Make 12 new dinner recipes from my Pinterest boards.
I’m the worst about making new foods, especially since I’m usually just cooking for myself. But I have these great Pinterest boards with all sorts of delightful recipes. Handling one a month shouldn’t be too bad, right?
28. Make some sort of boozy popsicle.
I am constantly linking to boozy popsicle recipes. I should probably just do this.
29. Memorize a poem that I love.
I love it when people have poems memorized, and I haven’t had to do it since my English major days. It’s time to try it again.
Alright 28. Let’s go!