It's that time of year again, peoples. Time to take stock of the year and look at what I managed to accomplish from this list. In all honesty I'm not sure how I thought I'd ever get even half of this stuff done, and somehow a lot of it seems less important now. But in the spirit of honoring commitments, I'm making myself go through it again to see how far I went. Btw, if I blogged about it, I linked to it! See below.
Note to self: 2010's list will be much more reasonable.
- Summer weekend trip to Lake Tahoe. Wanted to do this for the past 4 years and still haven't done it. NEXT YEAR.
- One long-weekend domestic trip: New Mexico, Portland, New Orleans/Texas, Hawaii, Yellowstone, OR DC area. Went to Boston. Does that count?
Visit LA at least 2x and go to Magic Mountain. Actually went 3x, here, alluded to here, and here.
- Visit (or camp at) Muir Woods, Mt. Tam, Bodega Bay, northern CA (Eureka or Shasta), and one California destination I've never heard of. Addition: Getaway to Sonoma.
- Fall 2009 trip - China/SE Asia, Japan, South America, Costa Rica, Western Australia OR Spain/Morocco. FAIL.
Health & Wellness
- Sleep at least 7 hours/night (before 12:30am on weeknights). FAIL.
Wear sunscreen daily, and lip balm for my perpetually chapped lips. FAIL.
Move my bike from home (in LA) to the Bay Area. Got a bike from Jimbo. Doesn't mean I rode it, but I'm counting this one =)
Hike once a month. I probably went 1-2x/month in the warmer months so I'm counting this. Also, "urban hikes" count.
- Conquer my asthma and my gimp knee (so I can ski by next winter). FAIL.
...and get my weight back down to 120-125lbs., however that has to happen (gymming, walking, eating less). I hit 127, so I came close.
- Take a self-defense class. FAIL, but I got myself a new can of pepper spray.
Sewing (skills): Learn one new technique every month, things like: install a zipper, read/execute a pattern, tailoring techniques such as darts, princess seams, etc., create a pattern, smocking and shirring, install interfacing, create pleats, Hong Kong seams, linings for anything, make a pocket, and dye fabric. FAIL.
- Finish my fingerless gloves. FAIL.
- Alter the $5 sari dress and skirt that I bought at the Lotus Festival and never wore. FAIL.
- Make a sundress out of the pretty batik I bought in Malaysia last year. FAIL.
- Make an evening/cocktail dress out of the material I bought at Joann's + all the sewing ideas I've been collecting for the past few months. FAIL.
- Make an obi-style belt. FAIL
- Organize recipes and start recording family favorites and newly inspired creations in a journal or binder.
- Master my slow-cooker so I don't starve when I start my new job
- Recipes to master:
The 'One Great Cookie' recipe for browned-butter cookies in the 2006 issue of Gourmet Magazine. Still time to do this!
- The Google chef's recipe for madeleines
- My coworker's famous chocolate-chip cookie recipe
A really great gingerbread cookie recipe
- Addition: my old boss' wonderful recipe for blueberry scones
- Chili (this one was too tomato-y)
- Baked butterfish with miso glaze like they used to make in our cafeteria. OMG BIG FAT FAIL.
- Flan! FAIL.
Volunteering: Find one great organization/activity to commit to. FAIL.
- Learn about the import/export process and more about retail distribution. Working on it.
Read some of those motivational books and start a learning journal of sorts.
Just for Fun:
- Taiko drumming classes. FAIL.
Organize and post my photos from my trip to Asia last year Haven't quite posted all of them yet though.
- 3x the average traffic-per-post on my blog
Use my new 40-min. commute to learn some things. Get Spanish-language and Chinese-language tapes.
- Work on an indie film. Bug former coworker Tony about producing his next movie OR get involved in a theater production (ask Annie). FAIL, though I did talk to a girl once about putting on some kind of production.
- Film footage and piece together a 5-10 minute short of any kind. FAIL.
- Work with my mom to translate my grandmother's life story, and interview my dad about his family history. FAIL.
- Send out Christmas cards next year. THERE'S STILL TIME TO DO THIS!
- Take 1 class with Doc Wong, and learn how to drive stick shift. FAIL.
- Mail out DVD copies of the play I produced 5 years ago to the cast/crew, which have been sitting on my desk for the past 3 years -___- I gave some out in person but overall I'd call this one a FAIL.
Don't buy any more clothing or home stuff until my birthday (in February).
Pay off my car loan. I'm pretty close I think.
- Read www.fool.com or other other educational resources once a week and take a couple seminars about investing. Learn about stocks and all that, because it's Greek to me now. And identify 3 areas to invest in.
- Donate at least 10% of my net earnings to church and some non-profits that are doing great work. Still time to do this - stay tuned.
Spiritual, Personal Improvement, and Miscellaneous
- Develop a daily prayer life. Pray regularly for my daddy. Le sigh.
- Re-join a small group at church and go 2x/month. FAIL.
- Forgive and let go of some specific, debilitating things from my past
- Work on communication (synthsizing/clarity) and listening skills.
- Give up something that matters for someone who truly needs it
Buy only clothing made of natural materials: cotton, linen, bamboo, leather, silk, wool. This will force me to get fewer things of higher quality, rather than synthetic blends like the cheap stuff from Forever 21 that pills after 2 wears. I didn't stick to this 100% but have gotten much better, so I'm counting this.
- Clean out/reorganize my closet twice
Read: The Far Pavilions, Malcom X's Autobiography, and at least 2 other novels OMG I can't believe I forgot to read the Far Pavilions!
Watch: After Life, Carnivale Season 1, Hellboy 1 and 2, Elizabeth 1 and 2, It's a Wonderful Life, Waking Life, Slumdog Millionaire, the Orphic Trilogy, the Decalogue, Brazil, M, Wild Strawberries
- Organize my mp3s and create a handful of playlists so I can start using my iPod again
- ...and the one thing that will make it all possible: STOP WASTING SO MUCH TIME. Spend less than 1.5 hours/day online--do less online shopping and find a way to blog more efficiently! BIG. FAT. FAIL!