I hoard paper and notebooks. My pens/markers/etc are an organizational nightmare–there are so many, and I leave them scattered about my room. Lists are a nice, neat, small way for my organizational tendencies to come out. My room & my life are much bigger, harder organizational challenges, but making a list gives me a sense of accomplishment. To-do lists are obviously great for this, because I get to cross things off!
There are these bloggers out there in the intertubes that have made bucket lists (though most of the ones I’ve seen don’t call it that) and write about the experiences these lists lead them to have. I think it’s a pretty interesting idea, and I love lists (more on that later), but a bit more big-picture than I can handle right now. So, I’m going to do a pro-rated “22 before I’m 23;” my birthday’s only 4 months away, so 22 things seems a bit ambitious. I’ll call it 8 things and be done.
- Enroll in & begin a Master’s program to become an English teacher.
- Finish bookcase & desk projects.
- Find a second job.
- Declutter room! (Donate/trash lots of things.)
- Knit 5 gifts for family members. (Plus a sweater for me!)
- Read 6 books for fun.
- Read in Italian an hour a week; speak it monthly or more.
- Develop exercise habits: practice yoga and jog.
I just got back from a week-long beach vacation, and what’s there to do on those long, lazy do-nothing days at the beach house? Knit, that’s what. And read a lot. Actually, I read more than I knitted, and it was glorious.
I read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, and Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides, and started Tales from the 1001 Nights translated by Sir Richard Burton. I blew through the first three (I read Handmaid’s Tail in a day), but Burton’s old stuffy English is a bit slower to read. Plus, I was starting to feel poorly, so there was definitely a day of mindless stockinette stitch knitting and James Bond marathon watching.
Now, the knitting! I just finished a pair of armwarmers (on the right up there), with the help of Firefly. The pattern is A Friend to Knit With’s Toasty, in Brown Sheep Co.’s Lambs Pride Superwash. The color is a really beautiful bluish green, and the yarn is woolen, so the armwarmers are warm and cozy. I’m working on a baby blanket and a pair of socks as well, and have promised myself not to cast on any other projects till I finish at least one of these. Which is too bad, because I’m dying to try my hand at making a sweater!
PS – I did spend a lot of time at the beach, too! And in the pool. And in a rocking chair on our back deck, watching the waves roll in. It was bliss.