Tuesday, January 01, 2008

shit I want to do

Good morning. It's about 9 a.m. January 1, 2008, which seems as good a time as any to look back at 2007, and look ahead to 2008.

I didn't make any resolutions in 2007. Instead, I had a loose list in my head of general "shit I want to do." As it turned out, I did a lot of it. Some things on that list:
  • Learn something new
  • Pick up a hobby
  • Cook more
  • Join a dance class
  • Visit a new foreign country
  • Reduce my environmental whatchacallit--thumbprint? Footprint. Go green, as they say.
  • Get a new car
  • Get a new job

I did all of those things in 2007. I picked up embroidery, which qualifies for both a hobby and something new. I cooked and baked more, which I think could also maybe qualify as a hobby. I even won a bake-off (among friends, but still--competition was stiff). I learned how to play toy drums on Rock Band, which is a fairly small new thing to learn, but it's not easy and really super fun so I'm counting it. Mac & I also joined everyone else in the world with going green in 2007. We recycle, oh, EVERYTHING (did you know you can now recycle Styrofoam? True story), started using re-usable grocery bags instead of plastic ones, and switched to biodegradable poo bags for the dogs. Small stuff, but I like to think it helps. I also joined the Y and started taking Musical Theatre Dance class, one of my favorite activities of 2007. I went to London for the first time. We actually replaced my Jetta with a new Ford Escape Hybrid on Sunday, so that got done just under the wire.

And, of course, the new job was the biggie. 2007 for us McLeans will always be the Year of Click. In 2007, I didn't just quit Ticketmaster. (But, can we take a moment? Because, YEAAAYYY!!!!) I didn't just find a new job. I partnered with my hyper-talented husband and together we formed our own freaking company. Hi, big deal.

If I use Click as my reason for why I maybe didn't get some of the other things on my list accomplished, I think it's okay. This endeavor made us both just a wee bit busy.

So, what's next in 2008? Well, again, I think I'm going to stay away from resolutions. The only thing I'm truly resolved to do in 2008 is kick all kinds of ass. I think that when choosing which path to take, the truth is that there's the path everyone takes, the path less traveled, and then there's the Awesome Path. In 2008, I am resolved to take The Awesome Path whenever possible, whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Other shit I want to do:
  • Lose 30 lbs. Holy buckets that's a big number, but I think I can do it. Specifically, I'd like to have lost it by August 1, so I can wear something slinky and fabulous to my friend Kristin's wedding in Boston. I'd love to lose another 10 on top of that before October 1 so I can be in fantastic shape for my friend Anna's wedding, and rock the bridesmaid dress. And, no, that wouldn't reduce my total weight to Hollywood skin & bones because, y'all, I am just that overweight.
  • Run a mile. Right now, I can run/walk about 2.5 miles in 30 minutes. Hi, I'm out of shape. Of course, I'd like to eventually run 5 miles or 10 miles, but before I do that, I'd like to run one. Just one.
  • Keep dancing. There's, like, 3 people in my musical theatre dance class at the Y, which means it could easily get canceled. Which means I'll need to find another class to keep dancing. But, whatever, I love it.
  • Deliver something embroidered by me to each & every member of my family. I came close at Christmas, but I need to figure out things for the kids and the dudes. The dudes are, as you can imagine, the hardest to sort out.
  • Bake a cheesecake.
  • Play the drums for real. Not well, mind you, but after my Rock Band experience, I'd love to bang on some real drums for a change.
  • Play my violin.
  • Go to the LA Zoo at least once a month.
  • Visit the San Diego Zoo.
  • Visit a new foreign country.
  • Buy a Prius.
  • Commit both the McLeans and Click to some charities. Right now we donate goods and money to charities kind of here and there, and in 2008 I'd like to organize our efforts a little better.
  • Volunteer for something. I'm thinking maybe something with the Step Up Network.
  • Go to an art museum/gallery with my mom.
  • Take Mac to some attraction in Denver, like the zoo or natural history museum or art museum. He's experienced Denver bars, the Rocky Mountains, driving in snow, and lots of quality family time, but there's still a lot about Denver I'd love for him to see.
  • Take the dogs for walks in Runyon Canyon, maybe even eventually off leash.
  • Check out the mountains here in Southern California. I hear they're nice.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Go back to the California wine country with friends, either the Russian River Valley that we love or somewhere outside of Santa Barbara. Which, hi, it's not that far, and we go up there to visit Mac's family all the time anyway, and I hardly know a thing about pinot.
  • Continue to lessen our environmental impact. We really need to plant a tree in our front yard to create some shade for the house, and we could probably figure out a more efficient way to keep our house at an acceptable temperature without using heat/air as much as we do (maybe ceiling fans?). And we could be more vigilant about turning off lights & electronics when not in use. I'd also like to figure out how to make all of our parties a little greener.
  • Present a full-on summer season of Tiki Theater in the back yard. Already on deck: Back to the Future, Labyrinth, Hairspray (sing-a-long!).
  • Make my own ice cream.
  • Play bocce ball.
  • Grow my hair past my shoulders.
Aaaaand that's all I can think of right now, so I'm ending on that superficial note. But see? No resolutions, just stuff I want to do. I'm looking forward to it.

Here's to a fun, prosperous, healthy, and fabulous 2008 to you and yours!


Anonymous said...

Those are impressive lists, both 2007 and 2008. Congratulations on starting what sounds like a successful business and on reducing your environmental "thumbprint." It looks like a promising year ahead; I look forward to reading more about it as it unfolds. :) Happy New Year.

- The M.A.D. Hapa said...

Right on, woman! That is quite the list of accomplishments. Thought you might want to know that you can make that drum-playing dream a reality - Ladies Rock Camp, homes. I'm doing the April session: http://www.girlsrockcamp.org/programs/ladies-rock-camp

Regarding the running thing . . . eh. I think running is over-rated. I dunno, maybe you used to be a runner. I never was. I gave it a go last year, stuck with it for six months and you know what? It made my knees hurt and I never found a sports bra that "worked." In other words, living where we do, there are so many cardio options besides running if that doesn't turn out to be your bag.

Also - 30 lbs? WTF? There's no way you need to lose that much weight.

robot said...

Oh man.
That's a great list!
I've tried to get my down to one or two simple phrases like, "be less lame" or "show more love to my west coast friends".

This message is an attempt at the latter. Miss ya!

mAc said...

Actually, you got to do everything on your list! You went to London, remember? Granted, technically we'd been there before, but we never left Heathrow, so indeed, you did get to see a foreign country! In all it's over-priced, torture-y goodness. (I can't decide if having a million horror-based attractions about the dungeons in London is super-awesome or super-creepy. What would the US equivalent be? Salem Witch trials?)

Vitamin Black said...

Buy a Prius? What about the eco-friendly V-8 GT Mustang? It also good for the environment. It uses 7 gallons less per mile than an SUV...hauling a boat...with a full load of bricks in the bac.

amy said...

Love the list! Inspired by you, I'm working on my own. All I have so far is "try to enjoy pickles" and "learn how to bake bread" But it's a start!