I asked myself, what do I want to do in this life?
In no particular order. Some are stolen from Birthday letters (3): the best of intentions, a little life list I wrote on my 27th birthday.
- Wrap my hands around a steaming cup of coffee while staring at St. Basil's in the snow.
- Successfully complete a Mariner's Compass quilt.
- Learn to read music.
- Finally, actually, really, and truly -- write the novel.
- Then write the next one.
- Learn to make the perfect biscuit.
- Finish off seeing all 50 states.
- Figure out why in the world I'd go to North Dakota.
- French Laundry. Dinner for one if necessary.
- Drive across Canada.
- See aurora borealis in person. Extra credit: aurora australis.
- Taste a real Kouign-amann in Brittany.
- Make a passable soufflé.
- Visit Glacier National Park.
Have a favorite bakery in Portland.
Knit something with qiviut.
Make a terrine. Preferably edible.
Pick a destination in South America and just GO.
Get Noah back to Nairobi.
Dust off my manual-transmission skills.
Make fewer lists. Live more.
- [Open for suggestions. Tomorrow's another day.]
Things this list encouraged me to do
Ride a horse and dismount in a controlled manner.Done in January 2012 at Disney World. Finally tour New England.Done in autumn 2011. Taking a job with a Boston-area company helped. See the Carolinas.Done in April 2013, on a sewing retreat with Jacob. Finally take that decades-delayed trip to London.Stayed there for two weeks in September 2012. Going back a second time in 2018. Go back for a master's degree. But in what?Not sure I really want to do this. Visit China.October 2016. Camp overnight within earshot of the ocean.Cape Blanco, 2015. Learn to drive on snowy roads.2011, we had a snowstorm. I learned. Successfully order beer. In German. In Germany.August 2012, DrupalCon Munich, in a beer garden. Learn to blow glass.November 2009. Learned the basics, at least. Learn to juggle.July, 2009. Thanks, Jacob. Go intercontinental.August 2009. France. Stand on top of Great Wall. Turn to $traveling_companion and say, "Once upon a time, a random raging Mongol horde looked at this and said, 'Hmph. We'll just climb over it.'"Done on my 40th birthday. Find some way of making the drink-and-snarkfest with Matthew a yearly event.We're managing. Spend at least half of dragon*con in costume.Did it a couple of years ago. Find out how billboards are put up. Continue to avoid going on a cruise of any kind.This is sort of an ongoing thing. Find out what the contents of a >$100 bottle of wine taste like.October 19, 2007. See the twitterlog. Occasionally buy a piece of clothing not because I'm replacing something similar that I just wore out, but because it was pretty and I liked it.I think I've finally hit that point. Finish Quarto.Done - and moved on to Drupal. Attend the Epcot Food & Wine Festival.Done in October 2013. Now that I finally have contact lenses again, go snorkeling.February 2014 in the Whitsundays. Do a work stint in Australia and/or New Zealand. (Preferably 'and'!)Worked from Australia and New Zealand from late December 2013 - March 2014.
Be adopted by another cat.Hi, Beryl and Kolohe.
Resume my Netflix DVD subscription in 2014.
Goal: watch at least 24 movies in 2014.Done, and Noah and I moved on to the Oscar Project -- watching all of the Best Picture winners in sequence.
Learn to set up a tent by myself.Crater Lake, 2014.
Hang fairy lights in my next home.
Learn how to use a camp stove.Crater Lake, 2014. Photograph the Alhambra.Done, and worth every penny.
- Get certified on a longarm machine in Portland. - Skipping this one. I made friends with professional longarmers. Leave this work to the pros, Q.