Even though the change in Official List Name Style makes me cringe a little, I wanted to make this year’s list a little different. Three years in a row of birthday lists means three years of accomplishing some pretty awesome stuff, but I think I can go one more list-driven year, and then I’ll be ready for something different. The previous two lists were spontaneously written on the eve of my birthday, but I’ve been working on this list in draft form since the beginning of June, trying to come up with concrete, fun, perfect things. I’m really excited about the year to come, and I think 29 will be full of some pretty great things. Isn’t that the whole point?
- DO NOT start another daily photo project. (Really. I mean it.)
- Add some colors to my converse collection, and take pictures of the adventures I have in them.
- Go swimming.
- Play miniature golf.
- Shoot more film. (Or, stop being afraid to try the Polaroid.)
- Make homemade pizza. (Making my own pizza dough is extra credit.)
- Visit the Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Go through my clothes and shoes really honestly and donate what I don’t, won’t, or can’t wear.
- Enjoy now instead of worrying and planning for things that aren’t here yet.
- Cook something (or several somethings!) in my newly inherited crock pot.
- Get new glasses.
- Make garlands or paper flowers to hang in my apartment.
- Keep learning how to cook new things.
- Work on organizing my grandmother’s old photos.
- Decorate the blank walls in my living room and bedroom.
- Go on a fancy date.
- Spend at least one day at the beach (and not the kind of day where I’m wearing jeans).
- Go on a picnic.
- Play with sparklers.
- Try to tame the mess contained in the Black Hole Closet.
- Make a photo book out of Project 365 photos.
- Get a tattoo.
- Make a change.
- Knit something.
- Don’t spend the year worrying about turning 30.
- Eat at Harold’s.
- Do something completely touristy. Extra points if it’s local and therefore embarrassingly touristy.
- Wear heels more often.
- Bake something just for me, without an occasion.
- Consume beer samplers as often as possible.
(28 Things To Do While I’m 28)
(27 Things To Do While I’m 27)
(Confessions One) (Confessions Two)
- As a music fan, I feel like I am incorrect somehow because I don’t like Radiohead. Or Pink Floyd. (And don’t even get me started on the NJ superstars of music.)
- My favorite pasta shape is rigatoni. Because I secretly love spaghetti best, but am embarrassed to eat it in public because I still cut my spaghetti.
- I listen to AM news radio almost always in the car. As a twenty-something, this makes me feel like I’m rushing the aging process. But I like to know what the weather will be. Every ten minutes. Because sometimes I forget to listen the first time. (Sometimes I do listen to sports radio, but this is much less frequent during the baseball off-season.)
- I strongly prefer meals that can be eaten out of bowls.
- I’m still not interested in learning how to cook meat. Unless it can be mixed in with rice, chili, pasta or other such stew and I don’t have to touch it or do anything to it beyond stirring. And I can eat it out of a bowl.
- Piles on desks and tables bring out my compulsive need to straighten said piles. In a department meeting last week I was strongly tempted to line my boss’s inbox tray to be parallel to the corner edges of her desk. I refrained. It was hard. I straighten piles in stores, often without realizing it until afterwards.
- I drink too much diet coke. I don’t buy it for my apartment, thinking I’ll drink it less if I don’t have it, but that just leads to buying it in 20 ounce bottles when I’m out.
- I still look at the pictures from my car accident sometimes. To remind me that I’m so lucky.
- I spent a lot of time thinking philosophically about shoes. Like, if I were going to spend $300 on a perfect pair of Frye boots. which pair would I get? Or what my shoe “style” should be. Am I casual and funky? Brightly colored? Converse all the time? Should I transition to wearing cool heels with jeans and blazers now that I’m an “adult”?
Books Read in 2009:
- Paper Towns by John Green
- The Stupidest Angel: A Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore
- Double Whammy by Carl Hiaasen
- Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
- Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
- Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty
- Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty
- Fourth Comings by Megan McCafferty
- What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
- Wake by Lisa McCann
- Fool by Christopher Moore
- The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton
- The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke
- Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty
- Fade by Lisa McCann
- Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
- The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
- It Sucked and Then I Cried by Heather B. Armstrong
- The Ticking by Renee French
- The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 1: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson
- Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
- Deadline by Chris Crutcher
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
- Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
- The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
- The Frog Princess by E. D. Baker
- Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
- Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
- The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
- The Shadow in the North by Philip Pullman
- Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
- Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
- Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (again)
- All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris
- From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
- Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
- A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
- A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
So apparently, last year, I resolved to read 52 books this year. I might have come closer if I didn’t read so many giant, hulking books (see: the Martin series, and Harry Potter #7). But I suppose that’s not much of an excuse. Looking back, it seems I powered through (or re-powered through) several entire series. There were some books in there that I enjoyed in spite of them (Charlaine Harris’s books), some that took effort to get through (Octavian Nothing, the Amulet of Samarkand, and the Angel’s Game), and a few stunners I’d recommend in a heartbeat (the Martin series, and Life As We Knew It). Honestly, this list doesn’t look like much to me now that I’m looking back at it. Maybe my resolution for 2010 should be to read more than 40 books, and to read some of those books that everyone recommends but that I haven’t gotten to yet. But really? Just to keep reading. Always just that.
In Previous Years…
Books Read in 2008
Books Read in 2007
Books Read in 2006
Books Read in 2005
Christmas lights, everywhere. Christmas light bokeh.
Stockings, handmade by my grandmother as we three were born. I have to learn how to knit so I can make them for our future children.
The growing nutcracker collection in the window, arranged by size.
Wrapping presents. Using real ribbon instead of that crappy curling kind. Even if it’s a bit indulgent.
Making shortbread with Dad. Eating shortbread.
The advent calendar my mom made when we were kids, still kickin’.
Big, fat Christmas trees. The icicles we hang once the tree’s decorated. Towering piles of presents.
Starting my own Christmas collections and traditions.
- Take pictures in a photobooth. (done!)
- Visit local breweries. (Defiant and Triumph)
- Complete the Couch to 5k program for real this time. (finally)
- Learn how to knit. (with only days to spare!)
- Bake cupcakes. (Carrot cake cupcakes for Dan’s birthday)
- Relax. The real way other people do, instead of the way where I force myself to.
- Take more pictures of people.
- Go on a trip.
- Write a list of 365 things that make me happy. (in progress)
- Have people over.
- Watch some of those movies everyone thinks I should have seen but I haven’t. (done)
- Have plants. Don’t kill them.
- Finish those damn cross stitches for my mom already! (done)
- Take a good picture of me and Dan.
- Go to as many baseball games as possible.
- Make my new apartment feel like home without spending too much money.
- Don’t let my handwriting go to waste.
- Write 28 lists. (working on it)
- Spend more time outside.
- Banish my beer-sponsored belly and fit into those skinny jeans after all.
- Learn how to cook at least three new things. (roasted sweet potato salad, three-bean super stew, pasta with tomatoes, mozzarella and chickpeas)
- Say what I think. Ask for what I want.
- Love the people who matter to me.
- Go on interesting photo-taking excursions. (the balloon festival, Coney Island, the Met, Princeton, crafts in Philadelphia, Asbury Park, the Museum of Natural History)
- Take a risk or two.
- Work toward completing a rainbow of shoes. (Love it.)
- Lie in the grass, look at the sky, and feel the wind.
- No really, age is just a number. Grow up. Stay young. Be silly. Talk a lot. Take pictures. Hug more. Be happy.
(27 Things To Do While I Was 27)
So back on my 27th birthday, I wrote a list of 27 Things to Do While I Was 27. Yesterday, I finished the minibook I’ve been working on for a few months documenting my progress through the list. Having a list of goals for the year, some silly, others more serious, has been a lot of fun. I didn’t finish everything on the list, and that’s okay. I’m really proud of this little book, and I’m sure I’ll love having it when I’m older as a time capsule chronicling my 27th year.
Because it’s more fun to see the book in person, I’m only posting photos of my very favorite pages here. I blogged about the minibook a few months ago, though, and you can see a few more pages over there. These minibooks are quite possibly the most fun thing to make ever.