Sunday, January 2, 2011

Rearview Mirror - 2010

2010, also known by many as Year of Crap. I actually had a pretty good, and productive year, punctuated by a few sad events.

The ups
  1. Put myself back in a classroom, after many years, and it was wonderful. 
  2. Started volunteering as a tutor to newcomer kids at the library, and they continue to amaze and entertain me. 
  3. Got our darling Mister, and have thoroughly enjoyed having a kitten again. 
  4. Did not touch a significant investment for an entire year. 
  5. Saw more of our families. 
  6. Had my family, including my father, who hates pets, over for dinner.
  7. Refinished our damn stairs, which changed our lives.
  8. Convinced Sweetie that she will not be dog-napped from the backyard.
  9. Ran into an old friend, discovering that she has lived around the corner for years. 
  10. Took a break from having a cleaner, did it myself, and greatly improved our finances as a result. 
  11. Following various arguments with various doctors, I was finally diagnosed with a health issue, for which I am now medicated, and feeling better than I have in years. 
  12. Had the wonderful experience of having a visit from an online friend, who turned out to be just as amazing in person.
  13. Had a long overdue talk about family history with my uncle.
  14. Met up with a childhood friend, and was delighted to find that we still laugh like kids, at the same things we did then.
The downs, with some ups

Now, I can't close 2010 without documenting a few sad events.
  1. G20 - you were nuts, you hit us out of nowhere, and you forever changed how we feel about our city and our country, for the worse. On the upside, we're all a little more aware of how much we value our freedoms.
  2. Rob Ford - we saw you coming, Mr. Mayor, but it still felt like a punch in the stomach when the Greater Toronto Area seemed to give everyone who actually lives in Toronto the finger by voting you in. On the upside, we're all a little more aware of how much we value our lifestyle.
  3. I lost a great boss, and a couple of other fun people at work. I also had to leave the best workspace I've ever had. On the upside, I am starting to think about the future of my career.
  4. We lost our beloved yard for the entire summer, and it felt like such a ripoff. On the upside, I think we got out more.
  5. Finally, and most sadly, we lost grama. Since that night, I have realized there were a lot of conversations we should have had, and things I should have asked her to teach me to do, like knit.
So, there we have it, a year in 15 points. Let's see what my 2011 list will look like...


This is a collection of things I plan to do or make.

Soft Gingersnap Cookies with White Chocolate Chunks



Saturday, January 1, 2011

Uber List for 2011

UPDATED: April 4, 2011

I first came across the idea of creating an annual Uberlist when I stumbled on The Knotty Yarn blog. The blog owner told me that she was inspired by The Thrifty Knitter. I think making these lists is a great way to document your ideas, and try to keep yourself on track more throughout the year. I suspect my list will grow over the course of the year, but here's what I'm starting out with:
  1. Cooking - Go through To Cook list, and cook 5 new things
  2. Cooking - Learn to bake a decent cake from scratch
  3. Cooking - Learn to bake a great loaf of bread
  4. Cooking - Make fondue at least once
  5. Culture - Browse at the library - DONE - doing this weekly
  6. Culture - Do a couple of family/friend days at the AGO - 2 down!
  7. Culture - See 4 plays - 1 down!
  8. Culture - See more independent theatre
  9. DIY - Design and sew a simple cotton summer dress
  10. DIY - Learn to make simple sewing patterns - skirt, dress, top
  11. DIY - Make some sort of mat from scraps
  12. DIY - Try to make accessories before buying them
  13. DIY - Try to sew things with fabric I already have, or makeover old clothing, before buying new clothing
  14. Education - Take a class in collage
  15. Education - Read 1 non-fiction book a month
  16. Education - Read 5 business/productivity books
  17. Education - Take 2 remaining BA classes
  18. Education - Take a knitting class - DONE!
  19. Education - Take driving lessons
  20. Education- Write one short peice of fiction.
  21. Entertainment -Watch all The Exorcist movies
  22. Family - Call my mom more
  23. Family - Have a family picnic in the summer
  24. Family - Have a party
  25. Family - Host 3 family events - 1 down! 
  26. Family - See both sides of family more - this one was vague, but I think we've improved
  27. Health - Buy only organic makeup - so far, so good
  28. Health - Check out nutritional detox options
  29. Health - Do not consume artificial sweeteners or high-fructose corn syrup - so far, so good
  30. Health - Don't buy makeup unless I'm out of something
  31. Health - Drink more water and green tea
  32. Health - Eat meat only 3 times a week - so far, so good
  33. Health - Eat more beans  - so far, so good
  34. Health - Investigate alternative therapies for migraine
  35. Health - Watch the salt
  36. Health - Find a massage therapist
  37. Home - Brush all pets once a week.
  38. Home - Create a project space at home - DONE!
  39. Home - Do the photo wall in the living room. - changed my mind, now looking for art
  40. Home - Finish upstairs rooms
  41. Home - Organize craft and sewing stuff - DONE!
  42. Home - Play wii at least a few times a week
  43. Home - Shred old mail, and figure out something to do with the shredding. Stuffing for something?
  44. Home - Take all the old clothes etc. to Goodwill.
  45. Productivity -Pair down number of email newsletters to only those I truly read regularly
  46. Travel - Plan two weekends away - one planned!
  47. Travel - Take a trip
  48. Work - Create a portfolio of past projects
  49. Work - Do not check work email after hours or on weekends
  50. Work - Learn to market myself more at work
  51. Work - Only answer email a couple of times a day at work and close it the rest of the time  - so far, so good
  52. Work - Dedicate one day per week to working - no meetings, no calls  - so far, so good
  53. Work - Go through drawer of paper and get rid of things I don't need