35 things

final 35 things update

1. Use my Kitchen-Aid once a month. I don't know that I used it every month but I used a lot this summer and I'd say I used it more than 12 times so I'm pretty happy that it got some use. I also loaned it to a friend who made some awesome cakes for a going away party so I'm going to say that the spirit of this goal was accomplished.

2. Hike I hiked some small trails but I'd still like to do a bit more, not anything crazy serious but something challenging. 

3. Take a road trip Definitely accomplished. I did a few of these and spent much of the summer on the roads. It's one of my favorite things so maybe I'll try to do more. There are many driveable places I want to go. 

4. Make 5 new recipes (and blog about them) I definitely tried a few new recipes but didn't always blog about them. So maybe half accomplished. 

5. Complete Project Life 2013  I pretty much gave up on doing this. I'm focusing on some other projects right now and I'm okay with that. 

6. Visit an aquarium  I'm a little disappointed that we didn't get to an aquarium this year. Maybe I'll put it on next year's list. 

7. Take a first-aid class I have some plans for this in 2014. 

8. Send Valentines.  Yes, accomplished! 

9. Attend yoga regularly. I've been going pretty regularly, and I really like the teacher. This is something I want to continue. 

10. See 8 live events. Accomplished. I've been to plays, lectures, Pygmalion music festival, and a few other shows. 

11. Eat more vegetablesI did a better job of eating more veggies this year than in the past, but I could always do better. 

12. Write a letter to Gran each month I think there were a few months I didn't send a card, but I tried to talk to her on the phone or visit when I was home. I plan to continue to send cards this year. 

13. Write an article and send it out for publication.  Have a plan in the works for this. I did have something I co-authored published this year so that's a win. 

14. Write 10 poems I think I have about 6 that I like but I did write 10. 

15. Photograph a covered bridge.  I did! It was beautiful. 

16. Vacuum Weekly Perhaps I should change this to monthly, ha. I could definitely do a better job of staying on top of cleaning. 

17. Visit Hueston Woods M and I went when she visited me this summer and it was a bit of a letdown because we didn't have anything specific in mind to do. 

18. Write more 35 things lists This goal was a bit vagueI did a few of these and found them fun to write, maybe I'll do some 36 lists this year. 

19. Volunteer. I did some, but not as much as I wanted. I'm looking for a more significant project to participate in. 

20. Watch 10 films on AFI's lists. As soon as classes started, this fell by the wayside. I watched The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, Frankenstein, and The Philadelphia Story. 

21. Take a photo/self-portrait a day. I don't know if I've done this each day but I've taken a lot more self-portraits each week and tried to take photos each day. I'm happy where this one stands .

22. Attend a local festival I went to Pygmalion Music Fest but that's not exactly what I'd had in mind. So I'll give myself a half-credit.

23. Be grateful every day (keep a gratitude journal) I'm pretty happy with how this worked out in 2013. 

24. Attend a charity event If charity runs count then yeah, but that's not what I'd intended when I created this goal. 

25. Try trail running Tried it, did not like it as much as I thought, but I've done a few trails with my running group, so haven't totally given up on it.

26. Make a monthly playlist This was perhaps one of the easiest things on the list that also made me really happy. If you follow me on Spotfiy you can see all of my playlists as well as my 2013 year in review playlist. 

27. Ride a roller coaster Not sure how up for this I am since riding The Tower of Terror was truly terrifying 2 years ago. 

28. Run a 5KTotally accomplished; I have run several, actually. I'm training for more miles right now since I totally slacked this summer. I'd like to do an 8 or 10K and then move up to the half-marathon but I've gotten so lazy lately. 

29. Bowl a game over 200 Nope.

30. Go to the beach. We did this on Spring Break and then again with my niece and parents and it was awesome. 

31. Read 20 books I finished the year reading 34 books. Not bad. I'd updated my goal to 50 but didn't quite get there. This will be a goal I repeat. Maybe 36 books for my 36th year. 

32. Be kind (Some days are easier than others)

33. Use office hours more effectively This goal helped me focus better and I think made me feel more connected to those students who utilized the office hours. 

34. Keep a succulent garden Not yet. I still want to do this one day. 

35. See my niece every few months I feel good about how often I've visited. Of course, I always want to do more. And every time I see her on FaceTime, I try to think of ways to see her sooner. 

Overall, I'm pretty happy with the way this year's list turned out. For 2014 I'm going to approach this project in a more focused way. I'll be posting the 36 list in the next few days. You can see all the lists here: 3534 , 33

35 (random and possibly secret) things about me

1. I read something about my Aquarian self every day. Sometimes this means reading my twittascope, which I highly recommend, by the way. But sometimes it means going deeper, reading detailed horoscopes or profiles

2. I believe we are complex arrangements of where we have been, who we have met, things we have seen, lessons we learn, and things we want to do and see.  

3. I have never seen the film Citizen Kane.

4. The only Jane Austen book I have read is Sanditon and that was for a class I took in my Master's program. I just can't get into it. Also, not a big fan of Bronte's Wuthering Heights, though I did finish it. 

5. I desperately want to go to Ireland.

6. I think sheep are really cool. (Though that isn't why I want to go to Ireland). 

7. I find it fascinating how we, as humans, adapt to situations, locales, routines. I found my old journals from when I was in England and it struck me how everything seems so amazing when you visit somewhere, the whole tourist on vacation thing but when you begin a kind of daily life in a place, it becomes something else. 

8. Which reminds me that being mindful is a practice. We have to practice awareness of the cool and great things in our lives every day. Sure, sometimes it feels like it's easier when there are actual castles and historic sites and things we've never seen before, but appreciating what you have and where you are is important, too.  

9. I have a secret desire to attend small town festivals. 

10. Sometimes when I'm having a really tough or crappy day, I think, "Well, at least I'm not living in the Supernatural/Lost Girl/Buffy universe, fighting some kind of weird demon/fae/vampire or trying to prevent the impending apocalypse." 

11. I didn't drink coffee regularly until I was in my mid-twenties and in my Master's program. Now, I can't survive without at least one cup a day.  (This could also be because I gave up soda a year ago, but still need the caffeine). 

12. I have been blogging, in some form, for almost a decade.

13. Even though it is a completely manufactured flavor, I love blue-raspberry.  

14. I love watches, which is funny because I am late a lot. I love big, bulky, watches. Currently I wear a DKNY watch that also tells me which day of the month it is and has some other features I don't know how to read.  

15. I have no interest in sky-diving. Ever.  

16. I do, however, want to zip line, but somewhere cool. And also safe-ish.

17. I am really glad I no longer get HGTV. In addition to being a time suck, it kind of makes me feel awful about the world and also my own decorating style, or lack thereof. 

18. I am sad, however, that I do not get the Travel Channel, anymore. They should make a service where you can just subscribe to the content you want. Or put Travel Channel shows on Hulu.  

19. If I could play any instrument it would be the harmonica. Or spoons. Both of which fit in your pocket. 

20. When I finished reading, Never Let Me Go  by Kazuo Ishiguro, I was really sad because I would never be able to read it for the first time again. I also felt that way about The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. (Please do not see either film before you read the books, if you are interested. In fact skip Never Let Me Go's film altogether). 

21. I like to talk through my ideas, and I thrive off of conversation, connection, collaboration. 

22. But I recharge like an introvert, alone and in the quiet.  

23. I adore handwriting, though I think my own is terrible. I love handwritten notes, cards, fonts that look like handwriting. 

24. If I were to go back to school or undertake serious study in something, I would want to study the brain, maybe neuroscience. 

25. I smile a lot. Though I can be way too serious for my own good, little things make me happy, so I smile. I won't notice I am smiling until someone smiles back or I see my own reflection, sometimes.

26. I love watching TV series, marathon-style, over weeks and months at a time. I have a Gilmore Girls marathon every year, usually in the Summer. I have also watched the entirety of Sex and the City more than once, though I exclude the films. I've seen every episode (except the newest season) of Supernatural at least 4 times if not more. I own all 3 of those series but have watched a lot of other series, including LOST on Netflix.

27. Every time I lock the door, I do a silly dance so that when I am anxious, later, about whether I locked the door, I can say to myself, "Remember, you did that silly dance?"  (I read about the benefits of doing these kinds of things to stave off anxiety, but can't remember where). 

28. The sound of a key turning in a lock kind of scares me. I don't know if it's the anticipation or if I've seen one too many horror films. Even when I open my own door, I hate the sound of metal against the lock.
29. Actually, I am not a fan of the sound of metal, in any form, crashing, clanging, or even magnets against metal. There must be some pitch it hits that bothers me. 

30. Sometimes I wish time travel were possible, so I could send a letter to myself through time and it would say, "Chill the f' out." And also, "You are amazing. You could have so much happiness if you could believe that." And definitely, "It's going to be okay."  

31. I have dreamt in black and white, and in French. It wasn't the same dream, thankfully. I have also had a dream narrated by Bill Kurtis (a CBS news anchorman and also narrator of Cold Case Files and other similar shows). It was a really weird dream, obviously, and involved zombies and fire. ( I almost wrote immolation instead of fire, and then wondered if that was the correct word so I looked it up, in an actual dictionary, and it wasn't exactly so I left it at fire). 

32. I am a terrible singer. And tone deaf.  

33. I get nervous on the first day of class every semester, every class. It's also one of my favorite days, when everything is new and you have a blank slate, especially in freshmen classes. 

34. I have a school supply/office supply fetish. Post-it notes and pens. Blank journals!  

35. I hate when people ask me my favorite book/song/movie of all time. I cannot choose.