Earlier this week I wrote about the goals I was definitely not going to cross off this year, and now it’s time to talk about the ones I still have time to check off.
4. Try six new types of massage
I’ll be honest – when I wrote this goal I thought it would be a creative way to sneak in some more self care, and I CAN’T BELIEVE I HAVEN’T DONE THIS YET. In truth, I’ve gone to the same massage therapist for six years and the idea of doing something different feels like I’m cheating on him. I might try something different around the holidays, but cramming in six new massages is…unlikely…
6. Get my flute a professional tune up
Last year, Thor made a flippant comment that I couldn’t play the flute (which is factually untrue). My flute is desperately out of shape and out of tune, and I had this grand plan to get a tune up (which can run a few hundred dollars), practice the shit out of an advanced song, and then blow his mind with my flute skills. At one point, I even thought that I might just bust it out at a party and blow the mind of all my friends. I’m not saying this isn’t going to happen, but it’s looking less and less likely…
8. Take three art classes
One of the biggest voids in no longer being a classroom teacher is not engaging in drawing/art on a regular basis. I thought that taking a few classes would get me back into a routine, and I’ve identified several online classes that I can take at my own pace. This does NOT mean that I want you to invite me to a wine and paint night. I’m talking REAL art. This one is in the works…
10. Learn how to make a prime rib
I can bake one helluva turkey. I save this savory experience for late December and basically gorge until I want nothing to do with turkey. This year, I’d like to expand my holiday baking into prime rib. Now that we are in our new house with a Wolf Gourmet Convection Oven, it’s time to earmark an afternoon for the task.
11. Have a holiday night
at the Crystal Ballroom downtown Portland
Last year, my friend, Kylene, told me that she and her husband have an annual tradition of booking a night at the Crystal Ballroom and having a holiday-themed get-a-way; they go to dinner, do something festive, and enjoy the holiday spirit. I immediately stole this and put it on my bucket list. When I went to book a room, I realized that Thor and I already have “our” place at the Hotel Monaco. We spent our wedding night at HM and also threw a penthouse pizza party on our 10th anniversary. It seemed appropriate to return. Stay tuned.
17. Learn how to make fortune cookies
Ugh – this stupid goal! I failed to check it off in 2016 and thought it was worth a revisit. When my friend, Darcy, recently told me a story about keeping her cookie fortunes, I convinced her to try this with me next month, which will inevitably make it way more fun.
19. Cycle 2000 miles
Ugh – another stupid goal! In reality, I’ve cycled over 1600 miles this year, but at this rate I’ve got to cycle about 70 miles a week in order to make it to 2000 by NYE. I have a feeling that I’ll be living on my Peloton bike during winter break – which is probably a good thing since I’ll have a million fortune cookies to eat.
Basically, what I’m saying is that December is going to be one busy month.