1) Learn how to shoot a gun. Just waiting for the next Living Social deal so I can go again! 2) Graduate! (Again, this is something that should take care of itself.) Done! School’s out forever! 4) Practice Spanish enough that I don’t have to ask BNF’s family to hablar mas lentamente, por favor. This could always be better, obviously, but I’m crossing it off because I made it through Buenos Aires mostly able to express myself in Spanish. Even if I didn’t get all the verb tenses right. At all. 5) Plan the better part of a wedding (my own, this time!).
6) Visit friends in Colorado. Update: We were too late. They moved back to DC before we could visit!
7) Go to a Phillies playoff game. (This is assuming they make the playoffs, of course.) Update: Too painful to talk about.
8 ) Leave the country (and come back – probably). The coming back was borderline problematic, but we made it. 9) Seriously: learn how to change a tire. And PRACTICE. It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective. 10) Get another tattoo. 11) Donate to a charity every month. I haven’t yet decided if it’ll be 12 different ones, but I really liked Alice’s idea.
- June: ALS Association, for D.
- July: YCM, for camp.
- August: Hope and a Home
- September: The Bettye Epstein Beaton Memorial Scholarship Fund, for my big’s mom.
- October: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
- November: Girls on the Run! (also one I hope to be able to volunteer with!)
- December: Ronald McDonald House Charities, for family.
- January: Special Olympics, via the Polar Bear Plunge, for MeMo.
- February: Center For Progressive Leadership, for Staf.
- March: Back on My Feet, via Heather.
- April: JHU Tutorial Project.
- May: NK Smiles Scholarship Fund, for my 4th grade teacher.
12) Read more. Granted, I couldn’t finish seven books that I’d already started in the past year, but I’d like to dream big and set the bar at 10 new books this year. (Not including reading for school.) I’m starting with Seabiscuit. Just because I’ve hit my goal (which was, admittedly, low) doesn’t mean I’m stopping.
- Twilight (Yes, I caved.)
- New Moon
- The Mists of Avalon
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
- The Amber Room
- The Girl Who Played With Fire
- The Glass Castle
- The Help
- Breaking Dawn
- The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
- The Hunger Games
- Catching Fire
- Game of Thrones
- Clash of Kings
- Water for Elephants
13) Go on a Duck Tour!
14) Do some “spring cleaning” every other month (or so) and donate the casualties (instead of putting them in the hall of our apartment building with a sign that says “free.”) 15) Acquire a taste for scotch on the rocks. Turns out, I just like one rock (or a splash of water), but I’m happy to say that this has been accomplished, in part thanks to Jack Rose. 16) Hit a marathon time between 4:45 and 4:50. (This is most definitely a stretch.) Done and done! With time to spare!
17) Be slow to judgment.
18) Let go of old grudges.
19) Not turn into a bridezilla. ?
20) Learn to play golf not of the putt-putt variety – or at least go to a driving range.
21) Keep track of all the restaurants I say I want to go to and actually try them. (Recommendations welcome.)
- District Kitchen (which I have stuck in my head as District Chicken)
- Medium Rare
- Sorriso Ristorante (it wasn’t on the list before, but it was delicious)
- Napoleon (for brunch)
- Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse
- Mellow Mushroom
- Bistro du Coin
- Comet Ping Pong
- Jack Rose
Still on the list…
- Ray’s [any of them]
- All the ones that I can’t remember because I didn’t write them down…
22) Use my future mother-in-law’s recipe to make empanadas and orange chicken that would make her proud. There’s room for improvement, but both were tasty. 23) See the final Harry Potter movie – and try not to complain about how it’s not completely accurate. (Seriously, though, there is no point where Harry grabs Voldemort and falls over the edge of the building with him. Just for the record.) Done and mostly done.
24) Complete my DC list (minus the segway tour). I’ve already checked off Ben’s!
jazz in the garden(check!) eat at Ben’s Chili Bowl
- go to a DC United game (Added bonus: Santino Quaranta. Rawr.)
go to Arlington National Cemetery(Mama and Daddy went with me over graduation weekend. Beautiful and moving.) 25) Take a little more pride in my personal appearance. I’m too old to continuously leave the house with wet hair and to not own a curling iron. 26) Minimize job complaints. To stop them completely would be unrealistic, but over-complaining is (no longer) productive. (This one might also be a stretch.)