Sunday, November 14, 2010

Oh Say Can You Yes?

While I'm out and about doing a bunch of stuff this weekend I figured it was a perfect time to update my list for The Year of Yes. Seems I haven't updated it since the end of August. Good thing I've actually got more things to cross off or I'd feel really lame. All new information is in italics.

1. Say yes - I'm trying. Fall and a complete lack of daylight are slowing me down but I sure have done a lot of it this weekend and it's been awesome!

2. Buy Flash - DONE

3. Write a book - Progress has been made. It won't be done by Jan 1, 2011, though.

4. Singing lessons regularly

5. Perform - Working on it.

6. Fix house - DONE  - AGAIN, there are now other things I'd like to do but we're at least back to where I was when I posted this as done originally.

7. Commit to writing and administration work for The Women's Colony for one year (I write twice per week and have agree to set up and oversee Twitter & Facebook for the site.) - DONE, since the site has dissolved I can call it that, I guess.

8. Plan Italy trip - Postponed until October of 2011, but I'm committed to that time frame and need to start planning in earnest.

9. Renew passport - DONE, I even know where my passport it right now.

10. Go to Blogher - DONE and so glad of it! It brought me so much.

11. Write Aunt Rena once a week

12. Sign up for some online dating site - I have followed the letter of this law but not the spirit, more work to be done, more yes to be said.

13. Go on enough dates to judge the dating site

14. At least one session with the fabulous PT, Shelley

15. Write a Life List (per the Maggie Mason model) - In progress

16. Take Flash class - DONE I took it and I loved it!

17. Attend live theatre - already seen Let Me Down Easy and In The Next Room, a Ping Chong piece. Saw Reduced Shakespeare with Carmencita & Alita. Saw Glee Club, which was a delight. Saw Race by David Mamet and Addams Family with Bebe Neuwirth and Nathan Lane. Saw a big old wedding that was pretty theatery. Now I've also seen Next To Normal. Saw Eddie Izzard do stand up, also Craig Ferguson. I saw Language Archive on Thursday night and am going to see something else tonight but it's a surprise for Misti so I won't say what it is. 

18. Mermaid Parade - DONE and I love it more every time we do it.

19. Take Alita bowling

20. Composting - I've been doing this. It's not so bad.

21. Lose 10-15lbs  - Scale is back out. News is not fantastic but changes and loss are occurring. 141 as of last weighing.

22. Visit Governors Island - DONE and I'd like to go back. Went to a food festival for a friend's birthday. The festival itself was a total clusterfuck but the island is really nice.

23. Sushi class with Chrome - DONE

24. Attend Charlie & Spoon's wedding - DONE

25. Write an article to submit to magazines - Stalled.

26. Get a massage - DONE Got one on Labor Day weekend that was just DIVINE. Had another one yesterday and it was a source of great comedy. But even a mediocre massage is still pretty good.

27. Dental appointment - DONE

28. Gyn appointment - DONE

29. Move this blog to its own domain name. - DONE! Yay!!

30. Buy new rolling carryon luggage

31. Attend Blondie's graduation - DONE

32. Buy and assemble new furniture to make storage and filing more efficient in my home. - DONE, I have even put a bunch of files in the cabinet and books on the shelves.

33. Upgrade to a smart phone - DONE

34. File all my papers and whatsits/use the new furniture to its fullest potential. - In progress

35. Create new housekeeping routines a la Flylady - I'm working on that again now that the repairs have been made but between having a houseguest this weekend and my post-Thanksgiving open house coming up soon it's mostly crisis management.

36. Celebrate my 40th birthday with Kath & Alex - DONE

37. Hang my pictures.

38. Acquire a dog. - DONE, neither the dog nor the process I expected but done and good.

39. Dermatologist appointment - DONE, 2 of them actually since I needed a follow up but don't have to go back for another year.

40. Mammogram - DONE

41. Change to more affordable health insurance - DONE and the best part is that my employer has to pay the premium every month so I don't have to worry that I'll forget and lose my health insurance because I'm an idiot who doesn't have a bill paying system.

42. Train dog sufficiently that he can participate in off leash hours - In progress. We took a class. We will probably take many others. He needs a lot of instruction and I need more in order to instruct him. It's possible he'll never be fully off leash. We'll see. He's going to get into scraps and I don't have the constitution for handling those. I come from a small town where everyone remembers all the stupid shit you do so I feel every transgression a little too acutely. Maybe I'll learn my lesson, we'll see. And he's young. It's going to take a lot longer than I first hoped to reach an understanding with him. He is getting plenty of exercise and socialization, though. And I'm getting all the dirty looks from other people that I can hack.

43. Submit a photo and blurb to The Beauty of Different blog.

*Photo of Lee Tergesen is not necessarily relevant, I just needed a dose of him. Though perhaps it need not be said yet again, I would say yes to him any time.


  1. Congrats on the progress on so many fronts (and on your swell weekend)!

    Re: writing Aunt Rena, I see from going through papers (an item that would be 'in progress' if I had a list as good as yours) that I was more successful at writing to my grandmother than I remembered. I had several low-tech tactics - but I also have a nasty habit of slinging unsolicited advice ;) Let me know if/when this one pops up as the next thing you're upping the ante about, and I will ply you with wine and advice.

  2. I love this list! How did you get the idea for The Year of Yes? I think I have to start one of these myself. I just went to Italy for the first time myself this year and it was AMAZING. I was in Tuscany and Florence. Any ideas where you want to head? Happy planning.

  3. Anonymous9:34 PM

    Staggering and enviable ambition! Solid accomplishment! Keep going, especially to Italy. I'm interested in the book, having always admired your writing.