As last year came to a close, and everyone started posting their annual “This is what I did” recaps, I felt like because I didn’t blog nearly as much as I have in previous years that maybe I didn’t really do all that much last year. But, as I reviewed the list of goals I put together for myself and my family for the coming decade, I quickly discovered that I (well, we) managed to cross many of them off the list in the first year, and perhaps our 2010 was far better than I immediately remembered.
Additionally, I traveled quite a bit last year for work, to New York, Orlando and Dallas. Rowan and I flew to California by ourselves twice, and once with Roth. We went on a mini weekend getaway to Victoria, BC on an unseasonably warm February weekend. I made the trek down to Portland twice on my own (to see Kerri and other blog pals) and once with Roth, Rowan and my mom in the summer. And most recently, we drove through Washington and Oregon to Redding to be with Roth’s family for Thanksgiving. Again, nothing to snuff at.
Two-thousand and ten was a good year.
And since several of my decade goals were completed, I’ve decided to add to my overall list (I suppose one might call this a Life List *eye roll*), for this year and beyond, and to bring a few items from the initial list into sharper focus for 2011, specifically.
New for this year (or the next — there’s really no pressure to perform here):
Use up all of my Groupon and coupon site vouchers before buying another one
Find and try a spin cycling class (I’ve done spin before — just not up here in Seattle.)
Unsubscribe from daily e-mail newsletters I never, ever look at before hitting delete every morning
Ditto blogs I never, ever actually read that fill up my Google Reader, making me feel anxious upon seeing that un-read number
Get a passport for Rowan
Lose 25 pounds
Master the perfect pizza dough
Sign Rowan up for swimming lessons
Go on at least one date with Roth every month
(Find a regular babysitter!)
Get a promotion at work
Make more soups and stews
Organize our garage (and subsequently, get rid of a lot of crap in there!)
Paint our living room and dining area
See a band or musical act we’ve never seen live before (Am thinking Damien Rice, Iron & Wine, Mumford & Sons)
Set aside a half day every month just to write, alone
Write more, period
Specifically for this year, as taken from my initial list:
Take a dance class
Take the train to Vancouver with my boys for a weekend getaway
Start a college fund for Rowan
Save for and buy a DSLR camera
Read a book every month
Grow my hair out
Remodel the laundry room
Get back into hiking
Plan, save for and take a family vacation to Hawaii Mexico (Looks like we’ll be going on a cruise to Mexico for my in-laws’ 40th wedding anniversary in June. Ole!)
Host another fancy, themed dinner party
*This is already in the works for the immediate future. Oh yes, it is.