As I mentioned before, when New Years rolled around I had decided instead to set monthly goals for myself instead of doing any kind of resolution. So far so good. I considered my May goal of “Go on vacation” to be a short cut that I wasn’t too happy about, but in hindsight it becomes clear that’s about as ambitious as I should have gotten. May has been pure hell on all fronts, always with something right around the corner waiting to sink its claws into me. It’s left me all kinds of bitchy.
But in keeping with my looking forward, I’ve gone beyond the monthly goals and created a list of mini goals for the rest of 2012. Initially I had planned to squash 100 in the summer months, but that’s not going to happen no matter how determined I am. 100 things is a lot of things!
I won’t list them all here, especially since I’m still about twelve items away from actually finishing my list, but for fun, here are five of those things on my to-do list:
Make Maritime Brown Bread - Love this stuff almost as much as I love banana bread. I’ve never made bread before, so I might as well go for my favourite kind of bread.
Read one book by Jane Austen – I read P&P and enjoyed it for the most part, but overall I had no desire to read anything more by Austen. I prefer classics to be more dramatic, like Thomas Hardy, and I’d rather read something I know I’ll enjoy, but I’ll give it a shot.
Write a fan-fiction – There’s been a lot of talk in the last year about fanfic being turned into stand-alone works and I have to admit, I’m totally baffled unless we’re talking about fill-in-the-blanks books like Rhett Butler’s People, continuations like one of the 1,567,987 Pride & Prejudice adaptations, or re-imaginings like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I’ve written one fanfic before (based on The Iliad) so I can understand the motivation to want to make beloved characters fuck like monkeys, but overall I just don’t get working within someone else’s world when you can work in your own. So, what the hell, I’ll give it a try as a short exercise, and try not to cheat by writing something book-nerdish.
Go to a play – I haven’t been to a play in years! Not since I was bored to death during a performance of Blood Relations, and this coming season one of my favourites is playing at Neptune Theatre.
Read a book in one sitting – Another thing I haven’t done in a very long time. I’m pretty sure that book is going to be Wicked Business.
Ok, so they’re not so much goals but just things I want to do, and there will be 95 more of them by the time I’m done. Some will take time, but others can be done in a pinch. If nothing else, it’ll be an interesting exercise for me.