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January 3, 2012

ten on tuesday: things to do in 2012
posted by soe 6:29 pm

This week’s Ten on Tuesday list is 10 Things I Want to Do in 2012:

  1. Knit myself a sweater this winter. I have two yarn possibilities in contention and about a dozen patterns. You may see more about this later this month. Of course, the rest of my knitting resolutions for this winter would also be nice to get through.
  2. Bake — at least once a month. I gave some baked Christmas gifts this year and then made some quick bread (double chocolate cherry) for Rudi and me to eat while watching the Rose Parade. I like doing it. I’m not always good at it, but even when you mess up baking, it’s still usually tasty.
  3. Read. I stalled out at just over 40 books for the year, well under last year’s number. I’d like to get back to reading one a week (and then quickly blogging about it).
  4. Have people over. I think we fell to an all-time low for entertaining last year. I’d like to get this number back up to once a month. Maybe a potluck? Or a movie night? Or a way to not eat all of those baked goods mentioned above by myself party?
  5. Focus our cleaning efforts on one major thing a month. I’d like to keep the Burrow generally tidy, but we have way more than we need, and (I hope) it’s just a state of being overwhelmed that keeps us from dealing with it. If we divvy it up into reasonable chunks — like a month to deal with our two closets — maybe it would seem more manageable.
  6. Plan our next big trip. It would be nice to plan another big trip like Iceland for 2012, but it may be that we can’t take it until next year. Either way, I think it would be good to figure out where we might go next.
  7. Start going to yoga again. I vowed early this fall that I was going to go to yoga every week and then I didn’t go to a single class.
  8. Explore four new-to-me restaurants. We get into a bit of a rut. But given I live two blocks from a plethora of restaurants, it’s a real shame I haven’t explored more of them, no matter how much I love Pete’s.
  9. Gain access to the Library of Congress. Apparently the LOC allows people to get a card. It won’t let you take books out, but you can request them and then peruse them in the reading room. I want to be one of those people. Because how cool would that be?!?!
  10. Go dancing at Glen Echo Ballroom. Sarah mentioned in her list this afternoon that she wanted to dance more, and that reminded me that several friends and I have thrown around this possibility for years now. 2012 is the year to make it up there and swing dance our feet off for the night.

How about you? What are some things you’d like to do in the next 12 months?

Category: life -- uncategorized. There is/are 5 Comments.

#9 is REALLY easy! You can even submit the form ahead of time (up to 2 wks before you go in I think). http://www.loc.gov/rr/readerregistration.html
I need to go re-validate. Also need to read the book written by Thomas Mann (their Chief Librarian) about how to do research. They also have tremendous in-house collections of non-book items and photos, maps, recordings, many of which are available digitally.

Comment by MJ 01.03.12 @ 8:04 pm

I will be SO jealous if you get to use the LoC as a library!!

Comment by jenn 01.04.12 @ 7:18 am

check this out if you’re interested in decluttering. J and I are and I like that these daily tasks are definitely doable on even a busy work day http://www.mysimplerlife.com/2012/Decluttercalendar2012.pdf

Comment by laura 01.04.12 @ 7:56 am

I spent six weeks with the hubster in DC when he was on temporary assignment and spent many a day at the Library of Congress doing genealogy research. A very cool place! And, only they had what I needed. Sounds like you have some wonderful goals. That is AMAZING that you read 40 books last year!

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