Every year around this time I like to brew myself a cup of tea, curl up with a journal, and write a little “summary” of what happened during the year and write a list of what still needs to happen. (I say “summary” because how can you really summarize an entire year? My “summary” consists of a series of memories that have stuck their claws into the top of my memory hierarchy). I like to wait until this late in the year, with only two weeks until the New Year, to make my list of “must do’s” because it forces me to be reasonable. It forces me to do some of the little things that may easily be ignored (rather than, say, rock climb The Nose at Yosemite which I have to admit is a little out of my league). I decided to share my list on my blog with the hope that you’ll share your list and we’ll all do a few little things to make us a little happier during 2010.
Must Do 1: Bake a puffy chocolate soufflé
Soufflé comes from the French verb souffler, meaning to “puff up.” During my three attempts to make a chocolate soufflé, I impatiently crouched in front of the oven and peered eagerly through the glass to see my soufflé “puff up.” And during each attempt the timer buzzed and left my poor little ramekin looking just as pathetic as it did when I put it in the oven. My plan is to read up (rather than attempt in haste) and to puff up my soufflé before January arrives.
Must do 2: Learn basic bike maintenance
I cannot count how many times I have signed up for free bike maintenance courses at local bike shops and was a bratty no-show. My only excuse is apathy. I have desired to learn how to manage and maintain my bike for years—change tubing, patch, fix chains, etc. I even completed a triathlon with no knowledge on how a bike works. Not smart. It’s time.
Must do 3: Take up knitting
My friend Sarah is the most adorable knitter. Last year she conquered the fingerless gloves, and I am sure she’s on to something even more daring (and darling) now. In my attempt to be craftier this year, I have made pots in a pottery class. And that’s it. I neglected knitting, second on my list, and I have to break my promise of a hand-knitted Christmas scarf to my cousin. Well, with two weeks left and with a visit to Sarah next week, I am going to start my first knitted scarf (and I’ll probably complete it this time next year).
Must do 4: Call old friends
This one’s a bit cliché, but it is cliché for a reason. It always amazes me that a year can pass and although I’ve been stalking old friends on facebook, I realize I have not spoken to some wonderful people that have influenced my life. I will simply call them.
Must do 5: Read a sci-fi book
We all have a genre that we hate. Or, perhaps, a genre that we think we hate. I am such a book snob and getting my Master’s in English didn’t help my snobbery. Although I can never articulate a substantial argument for why I hate sci-fi, I hate it. I think it’s the same mental block that happened with Brussels sprouts; I hated them until I cooked them. Well, time to cook up a sci-fi book.