Vanessa's 28 Things inspired list.

My lovely friend Vanessa has a list of 28 things she wants to accomplish in 2008. I was inspired by her list, and the idea of using my blog to track progress on things I really want to do. So, here is my own list, although I think this will end up as more of a running list, and I won't force myself to finish it by the end of 2008, since I'm officially starting in April, and I don't want to overextend myself, knowing we have a big halfway-across-the-country move to make again in August. I'll probably make more lists when I come up with things (but I probably should make myself finish one list before starting another set!), and I will try to post when I accomplish things (at least the more interesting ones). Also, I'll bold things I finish — if you want to track this list of projects from time to time, just click on concrete aspirations in the sidebar.
  1. Read all of Jane Austen's books — Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Lady Susan.
  2. Attempt all the recipes from mom, at least once. — bbq meatballs, biko, eclairs, beef brisket.
  3. Finish Mere Christianity.
  4. Read Velvet Elvis, Soul Cravings, and The Barbarian Way.
  5. Decorate my canvas bag.
  6. Finish our wedding thank-yous. — just need to sleuth out one more address.
  7. Catch up scrapbooking.
  8. Watch all of The Godfather movies with Ian.
  9. With Ian, complete, in order written, the Chronicles of Narnia. - finished The Silver Chair.
  10. Whittle down our collection of stuff.
  11. Write Grandma every month.
  12. Re-start our potted herb garden when we get back in August. — herbs are (hopefully) in winter hibernation!
  13. Finish the process of changing my name at necessary institutions.
  14. Attempt to do a folded-book art sculpture.
  15. Back up my photos to Picasa or Flickr (decide which one!).
  16. Learn Tagalog.
  17. Catch up in my journal.
  18. Keep up the habit of weekly meal planning.
  19. Clean the apartment at least bi-weekly.
  20. Improve my athletic skills (a.k.a. things like play catch with Ian).
  21. Exercise at least 3 times a week. — yay for Wii Fit!
  22. Get up in time to put on makeup and do my hair for work, if I want to.
  23. Work on my creative writing 2 times a week. — signed up for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month: 50,000 words in November).
  24. Finish knitting the scarves/hats I bought yarn to make.
  25. Pick out the wedding photos to order/have in an album and relay to Gina.
  26. Plan a creative, fun, inexpensive date once a month.
  27. Learn a really good bring-to-share homemade side dish recipe and dessert recipe.
  28. Hone in our budget and really stick to it.
concrete aspirations