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Movie Musicals Challenge –
On the Town

January 26, 2016 Just for Fun, Movies 0

This is first musical film I’ve watched for my Movie Musical Challenge.

I chose this one to watch first for a couple of reasons: (1) I’ve never seen it before, even though it features both Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, whom I love in just about everything I’ve seen them in, and (2) it was on Netflix.

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On the Town is the story of three sailors who have just 24 hours of shore leave in New York City, which none of them have been to before. They start off sightseeing, but soon get distracted by all the interesting girls that cross their paths.

Gabey (Gene Kelly) becomes obsessed with Ivy Smith, a.k.a. “Miss Turnstiles” (Vera-Ellen), who he mistakenly thinks is some kind of big celebrity. Ivy Smith is ridiculously described as a homebody who likes high society, goes out with Army boys but really likes the Navy, paints while she dances ballet, a frail flower who is also a great athlete… who apparently spends her free time beating up piles of dudes while wearing short shorts, in Gabey’s imagination anyway.

(Which, can I just say, I super admire the athleticism required for her intro dance routine!)

Gabey’s obsession leads the boys to scramble all around town looking for the illusive Ivy Smith. The three sailors pile into the back of a taxi driven by Brunhilde (Betty Garrett). Her shift is over and she isn’t really supposed to give them a ride, but she takes an immediate liking to Chip (Frank Sinatra) and decides to try to get him to go out with her. She protests at first that her intentions are entirely innocent, but then she pretty much immediately plants a big smooch on him and starts up a super goofy song’n’dance routine about how attractive she thinks cavemen are.

OK, the bit in the museum was quite cute until all the vandalism and racist caricatures started happening. I mean as much as I would like to have a sexy dance party in that outfit in a museum….

Anyway, after knocking down an entire dinosaur skeleton, the group decides to split up to “look for Ivy” in three groups: Chip and Hildy, Ozzie and Claire, and Gabey on his own. Of course, Chip and Hildy head back to her place and apparently have a fine time (after she kicks out her annoyingly oblivious roommate). I guess and Ozzie and Claire found some place to do a bit of necking, too.Gabey finally tracks down Ivy while she’s taking a dancing lesson, and proceeds to be a complete creep.

He apologizes and starts telling her all about his hometown, which she finds charming (because, spoiler alert, she is also from his hometown). They have a really, really cute little dance scene together and agree to meet for a date later that night. The pals all meet up at the top of the Empire State Building, where Frank Sinatra sings one of my favorite songs in the whole movie, “You’re Awful” (which is really more romantic than it sounds).

The group then decides to go out for a bit of evening fun, and does a really crazy number called “On the Town” which was honestly not my cup of tea. Did MGM have some kind of military-promotion agreement left over from WWII or something? The song started off being about how cool NYC is, and ended up being basically a derpy commercial for the Navy.

All the themed clubs with the cute little dancers were sorta fun but also sorta… racist? Black girls making that minstrel show mugging face during the “Dixieland Review”? East Asian girls singing with a stereotypical accent at the “Shanghai Floor Show”? Ew. I mean, I know it was 1949 and that’s just how things were, but it makes a modern viewer a little uncomfortable.Sadly, Ivy has to ditch her date at 11:30 pm in order to be on time to her job as a dancer at some kind of burlesque show. She can’t bring herself to tell Gabey about it and she just disappears, throwing him into another obsessive spiral of despair over her. His distraught imagination takes us into a weird little musical-within-a-musical recap of the whole story so far, which did feature some extremely impressive dancing (including the sexiest damn barre session ever) but otherwise seemed kind of out of place.

But the “You Can Count on Me” song that Gabey’s pals (+ Hildy’s awkward roommate) perform to cheer him up was pun-tastic and hokey and derpy and amazing. It definitely ties for my favorite number with “You’re Awful” except that it’s less romantic and more slapstick.Ozzie and Chip can’t stand to see their friend so depressed so they decide to chase after Ivy. Unfortunately, it turns out that the police are after them because of the aforementioned destroyed dinosaur, plus Hildy’s cab company owner is accusing her of having stolen the taxi… which she proceeds to drive like she did steal it to get away from the cops.

They do eventually manage to find Ivy, who is embarrassed that Gabey has now found out that she’s just a struggling small town girl instead of a high society big city dame.

And then we turn to cross dressing for the lulz. Our trio of sailors tries to get away from the police by joining the “cooch dancers” but they don’t manage to get away with it for very long. They end up in the back of the Navy’s very own paddy wagon. The show concludes with the girls begging for leniency and singing the praises of the United States Navy, which I guess somehow works because everyone is still in that WWII era “anything for the boys in uniform” state of mind.

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Overall, I’m VERY glad I watched this. What a great movie to start this challenge with!

If you’ve seen this one, what did you think of it? And if you haven’t seen it yet, do you think it sounds appealing?

 


The Movie Musicals Challenge

January 4, 2016 Just for Fun, Movies 0

This year, I’ve decided to try a fun challenge that has nothing to do with reading:

The Movie Musical Challenge!

Hit that link to learn more at Bookish Whimsy, the creator/host of the challenge. Basically, the goal is to watch the films on the AFI’s Top 25 Greatest Musicals list over the course of a year.

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Check out the full list at the AFI website.

Here’s the list….

  1. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  2. West Side Story (1961)
  3. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  4. The Sound of Music (1965)
  5. Cabaret (1972)
  6. Mary Poppins (1964)
  7. A Star Is Born (1954)
  8. My Fair Lady (1964)
  9. An American in Paris (1951)
  10. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
  11. The King and I (1956)
  12. Chicago (2002)
  13. 42nd Street (1933)
  14. All That Jazz (1979)
  15. Top Hat (1935)
  16. Funny Girl (1968)
  17. The Band Wagon (1953)
  18. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
  19. On the Town (1949)
  20. Grease (1978)
  21. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
  22. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  23. Guys and Dolls (1955)
  24. Show Boat (1936)
  25. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

The ones in green type are films that I’ve seen at least once in the past. I’m looking forward to viewing some of them again –in fact, I even had a part in a community theater version of The King and I — and I’m also looking forward to seeing some new shows!

(Check out my Current Projects page, where I’m keeping track of this challenge.)

 

 


Fickle Attention Span

November 4, 2015 Just for Fun 0

Does anyone else out there go through hobby phases?

My “usual” hobby (if by that we mean that if you surprise me during my free time, there’s a 50% chance I’ll be doing this) is obviously reading. As evidenced by this blog being mostly bookish in nature.

But there’s lots of other stuff I like to spend my free time doing… and never enough hours in the day! In order to keep from going completely bonkers, my brain’s coping strategy seems to be phases of obsession on only 1 or 2 hobbies at a time.

If I were to sign up for some new social network and wanted to look as impressive/crazy as possible, I’d list all of the following as hobbies:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Painting
  • Knitting
  • Sewing
  • Cooking
  • Theology
  • Natural sciences
  • Makeup and beauty products
  • Genealogy
  • Video games

See what I mean? There are not enough hours in a day to pay attention to all of these things. There are not enough hours in an eternity for me to be able to pay attention to all of these things to my satisfaction. Alas! Such is life.

Instead, I tend to focus on just a couple of these things at a time over 2 – 3 months. It’s actually been over a year since I’ve done any knitting, but I still think of myself as a “knitter” for some reason. I haven’t even finished unpacking my sewing room in our new house yet, but you can pry my fabric stash from my cold, dead hands. (And I will come back from the dead to haunt you, you grave-thieving bastard.)

So if you see me go quite on this blog or in a particular hobby-focused webosphere for a while? I probably haven’t died yet (so stay away from my fabric stash)… I’m just going through another phase.


30 by 30 Project Check-In

March 21, 2015 Just for Fun 0

It’s hard to believe, but my little corner of the Internet is now 4 years old! I started writing here in March of 2011. A lot has changed since then.

The design has changed, as has the typical content. As I’ve gotten more comfortable with a little bit of blending between my online and “real” lives, and as I’ve been increasingly active in certain communities, I’ve really had to clean up around here! Many of my older posts have been scrubbed away. Right now I’m working on bringing back some of the decent content in a way that jives with the current purpose + atmosphere of Lone Star on a Lark.

In real life, the past 4 years has been a whirlwind. I gained a Master’s degree and a new librarian job (plus 2 accidental promotions) and lost a faithful old vehicle. My husband got a new job, too. And I picked up a couple of new hobbies: sewing and genealogy (though I’m still very much in the beginner stage of both). I’ve made new friends and really settled in to our new post-college life here.

I’ve been in kind of a funk these past 2 weeks, but I’m planning a big “blog birthday” giveaway soon, so keep an eye out for it!

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Many people like to make New Year Resolutions. I totally admire that, but for some reason I always feel more comfortable doing the whole yearly review and planning thing around my birthday at the start of spring.

Last year I started a new set of goals: my 30 by 30 Project. Here’s what it looks like as of today:

  1. Read at least 250 books
  2. Read at least 20 new-to-me classic books
  3. Participate in SpoT High 2014-2017
  4. Write at least 40 book reviews
  5. Write at least 100k words for my multi-year NaNoWriMo project
  6. Finish cataloging our home library
  7. Research my family tree
  8. Build a genealogy website to share with my family
  9. Organize + digitize all of our personal photos
  10. Organize and back up my hard drives
  11. Have a movie marathon
  12. Visit a vineyard or attend a wine festival
  13. Go on a picnic
  14. Go to a geekish con or fest — bonus points for cosplay
  15. Leave the state for a vacation
    ✓ Grade: A

    We went to San Diego in October of 2014.

  16. Spend a day at a spa
  17. Have a party at our place
  18. Write a fan letter
    ✓ Grade: C

    I wrote a letter to my all-time favorite author, Terry Pratchett. Knocked off a few grade points because I only managed to write it after he died.

  19. Give up video games for good
  20. Lose weight — ideally, about 50 pounds
  21. Go a month without fast food or delivery
  22. Visit a dentist
  23. Stitch at least 10 wearable/usable things for myself
  24. Sketch or paint at least 10 things
  25. Craft at least 5 gifts for other people or pets
  26. Cook, really cook, at least once per week
  27. Cook my way through a cookbook or food blog
  28. Start a custom recipe book
  29. Vote at least once
    ✓ Grade: A

    Voted in the Texas state + local elections in 2014.

  30. Buy a house

It might not look like a whole lot of progress, but I think I’m doing OK so far. Many of those goals are “in progress” and a few others can easily be accomplished within the next year or so. Wish me luck!


Spring Again

May 21, 2014 Just for Fun 0

You know it is officially spring in Texas when. . . .

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Also: my blog is 3 years old now! It’s hard to believe I’ve kept it up this long.

 

 


30 by 30 Project

March 22, 2014 Just for Fun 0

I started this blog a little over 3 years ago, on my 24th birthday, with a 25 by 25 Project.

My last birthday came and went with very little fanfare, but I tend to see my birthday as a “new year” marker — instead of evaluating successes and failures of the previous year or thinking of improvements and adventures for the coming year on January 1st, I tend to get all goal-oriented on the 1st day of spring (that’s right, I have an AWESOME birthday).

The 25 by 25 list wasn’t a completely failed experiment. No, I didn’t achieve all of those goals, but I did manage some of them and I did work towards others and, overall, I think it was a good way to guide my actions for the year.

Now, though, I’m thinking about the next few years of my life (and this blog)… which brings me to my new 30 by 30 Project. In another 3 years I’ll hit the big three-oh, and there’s plenty of stuff I want to accomplish during that time.

  1. Read at least 250 books
  2. Read at least 20 new-to-me classic books
  3. Participate in SpoT High 2014-2017
  4. Write at least 40 book reviews
  5. Write at least 100k words for my multi-year NaNoWriMo project
  6. Finish cataloging our home library
  7. Research my family tree
  8. Build a genealogy website to share with my family
  9. Organize + digitize all of our personal photos
  10. Organize and back up my hard drives
  11. Have a movie marathon
  12. Visit a vineyard or attend a wine festival
  13. Go on a picnic
  14. Go to a geekish con or fest — bonus points for cosplay
  15. Leave the state for a vacation
  16. Spend a day at a spa
  17. Have a party at our place
  18. Write a fan letter
  19. Give up video games for good
  20. Lose weight — ideally, about 50 pounds
  21. Go a month without fast food or delivery
  22. Visit a dentist
  23. Stitch at least 10 wearable/usable things for myself
  24. Sketch or paint at least 10 things
  25. Craft at least 5 gifts for other people or pets
  26. Cook, really cook, at least once per week
  27. Cook my way through a cookbook or food blog
  28. Start a custom recipe book
  29. Vote at least once
  30. Buy a house

Some of these goals are repeats from the previous list, and that’s OK. Those are still things I want to do, after all. Some things involve long-term commitments or new habits, so it will take a while for me to feel comfortable counting those goals as accomplished. Some goals are a little silly or frivolous, but percentage-wise I think this list is a little more serious than the old list.

Maybe not every goal is attainable, but I think most of them are, and I’m certainly willing to try.


25 by 25 Year-End Review

March 18, 2012 Just for Fun 0

It’s been nearly a year since I started this blog.

And by this time next week I’ll have been on this Earth for 25 whole years.

It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long already. Wait, I’m actually an adult? Since when?!

So, how did I do with my 25 by 25 goals?

Well, the checked items are things I feel like I at least kinda-sorta succeeded at or completed. X’d items are total failures. Mostly, these are what you might call qualified or partial successes. And I’ve graded myself, like a good little self-despising grad student.

  1. Set up exercise, housework, blogging, hobby, and study schedules — and stick to them!
    ✓ Grade: B

    I’ve done OK on the schedules. There’ve been a few days… fine, weeks… when I’ve just given up on doing exactly what the calendar tells me to do, but for the most part I’ve done OK. It has actually been really useful for setting up study times, social plans, and exercise classes.

  2. Read 75 books.
    ✓ Grade: A
  3. Write in my journal at least 3 times per month.
    ✓ Grade: C
  4. Find a full-time job or a second part-time job or an equivalent income-earning activity.
    ✓ Grade: B

    I do have a full-time job now. Same job I was doing this time last year, but for 40+ hours a week. Actually almost every week I’m doing overtime, which is great for the paycheck but hard on my schedule. But… it isn’t what I what I want to do for the rest of my life. I want to be an actual librarian (or archivist, or curator, or… you get the idea) and circ clerk work isn’t going to cut it. Plus the Mr. has put his own job search on hold for the next few months while I finish up my degree. I guess I can mark this goal as accomplished, but not spectacularly so.

  5. Refresh my French.
    ✓ Grade: C

    I did put some small amount of effort into improving upon my sadly atrophied French skillz. Not as much effort as I had in mind, and not enough to get me back up to par, though. This is something that I want to continue to work on over the following year.

  6. Fix up my garden.
    ✗ Grade: D

    The garden is… meh. Well, right now it really does look like utter crap. But Gary and I (well, mostly… almost entirely Gary) did fix it up a little bit over the summer. Some of the things that I planted back in 2010 when we first moved in have survived/thrived… plus we have all those surprise lemons. So overall this is barely a pass, and really that’s mostly thanks to my husband.

  7. Do something artsy/craftsy.
    ✗ Grade: F
  8. Get good enough at knitting to produce a sweater for the dog.
    ✗ Grade: F

    Total fail. I didn’t even get around to making another crooked scarf, yet alone figuring out how to produce a Sneakers-sized sweater. It’s been a warm winter anyway. Maybe next year?

  9. Take at least 5 “good” photos per week.
    ✓ Grade: B
  10. Organize digital and physical copies of photos; begin gathering photos from friends and family.
    ✓ Grade: C
  11. File/recycle all of this old paperwork that’s clogging up my desk drawers.
    ✓ Grade: A
  12. Convince the credit card companies to reduce my APR.
    ✗ Grade: F
  13. Organize the closets. Properly this time.
    ✗ Grade: D
  14. Try at least one new recipe per month.
    ✓ Grade: A

    Passed with flying colors on this one! I tried at least one new recipe every month — usually more than one, though I didn’t always keep track.

    • Hamburger Lentil & Bean Stew
    • Spätzle — a terrible failure, by the by
    • Banana Bread
    • Salted Chocolate Caramel Cookies
    • Bell Pepper Chicken + Rice
    • French Toast Casserole
    • Zucchini Bread
    • Shepherd’s Pot Pie
    • Lemon Cake Cookies
    • Pumpkin Spice Muffins
    • Whoopie Pies
    • (Not-a-Tequila) Sunrise
  15. Learn how to bake bread. Edible bread, I should say.
    ✗ Grade: F
  16. Lose those last 10 pounds (in a healthy way, of course) and maintain that weight.
    ✗ Grade: F
  17. Properly fix up this current computer or build a new one.
    ✓ Grade: A

    Big win. My new little beauty has been running like a dream since June.

  18. Donate to at least one charity.
    ✓ Grade: A
  19. Patronize small and/or local businesses often.
    ✗ Grade: D

    Not so much. We have been to a few local cafés, and I got a couple of gifts from crafters on Etsy, but beyond that… not so much. I would seriously LOVE to get back to a farmer’s market, but so far I haven’t found one that’s consistently available when I’m off work.

  20. Obtain a vintage (or well-made vintage repro) dress.
    ✓ Grade: A

    Well, it isn’t strictly vintage, but I did get myself a semi-vintage-style dress as an early birthday present (using Christmas gift cards, but still). It’s a bright coral color with a big bold print of black & white flowers (roses?) all over. It’s kind of a mid/late 20th century style — not over-the-top ‘50’s fem but not quite ‘60’s mod. The knee-length skirt’s loose enough to have a petticoat under, but the extra poof isn’t necessary. The low wide neckline and a couple of bits of boning in the bodice make for a very alluring décolletage.

  21. Figure out how to curl my hair so that it will stay curled for more than 5 minutes.
    ✓ Grade: B
  22. Learn how to wear liquid eyeliner and/or red lipstick.
    ✓ Grade: A
  23. Keep nails (fingers and toes) fixed up.
    ✓ Grade: C
  24. Go somewhere fun for a weekend.
    ✓ Grade: A
  25. Learn to be genuinely kind.
    ✓ Grade: C

    Am I a kinder person now? I don’t know. I mean, I have tried. And I have been called “kind” by others, which was a nice boost to the ol’ self-esteem. But I also feel like my customer service-esque job seriously saps my patience and has really lowered both my tolerance for idiocy and my level of hope for humanity as a whole. I guess this calls for a pass-ish grade?

Sooo… that’s like a C average. Story of my life.

Tune in next week for more naval gazing/pie-in-the-sky expectations!


25 by 25 Project Update

September 18, 2011 Just for Fun 0

It’s been nearly 6 months since the first post. I’m still working on those 25 goals that I want to accomplish by the time I turn 25, which will be just over 6 months from now. So, here’s a progress report…

  1. Set up exercise, housework, blogging, hobby, and study schedules — and stick to them!

    I’ve been waffling with the schedules. I mean, I was doing pretty well for a while there, but then school started kicking my butt this summer and I’ve basically been in an unscheduled, unproductive stupor since then. But I’m getting back on track — just fixed up my schedule for the next 2 weeks this morning.

  2. Read 75 books.

    Doing really well with this goal, actually! On track to have 75 books completed by the end of the year!

  3. Write in my journal at least 3 times per month.
  4. Find a full-time job or a second part-time job or an equivalent income-earning activity.

    Yeah, still working on it, but yeah, the economy is still crap, and yeah… not going so well. It’s really getting depressing. On the plus side, my spouse and I will both be getting lots of worthwhile experience while volunteering at the museum. But that’s, y’know, volunteering.

  5. Refresh my French.
  6. Fix up my garden.

    I do feel bad about this. Last year I planted a bunch of stuff but most of it was lost to either the freak freeze last winter or the freak drought this summer. There are a couple of bushes and a Canna that are still doing OK, plus the lemon tree in the back yard, but for the most part the garden is bare. And even then, my spouse had to be the one to dig out most of the dead detritus. Maybe since it’s starting to cool down a bit I’ll take a trip to the garden center soon for some hardier replacements.

  7. Do something artsy/craftsy.
  8. Get good enough at knitting to produce a sweater for the dog.
  9. Take at least 5 “good” photos per week.
  10. Organize digital and physical copies of photos; begin gathering photos from friends and family.

    This is an ongoing project because the photos just keep piling up, but it’s also a lot of fun to dig through them all. Pretty sure that by the end of the year my entire external hard drive will just be filled with photos.

  11. File/recycle all of this old paperwork that’s clogging up my desk drawers.
  12. Convince the credit card companies to reduce my APR.
  13. Organize the closets. Properly this time.
  14. Try at least one new recipe per month.

    Doing really well with this goal, actually!

  15. Learn how to bake bread. Edible bread, I should say.
  16. Lose those last 10 pounds (in a healthy way, of course) and maintain that weight.

    Ugh… in progress, still, but it shouldn’t be. Actually I gained a bit of weight over the summer. School stress, I guess. But I recently joined a gym with the idea that the guilt over the cost of membership will induce me to utilize it as often as possible to justify the monthly fee, and so far that’s actually working. Now I just have learn how to stay away from my precious, precious butter.

  17. Properly fix up this current computer or build a new one.

    Yes, the old one finally kicked the bucket. The new one is way more awesome than I strictly needed, but the old one was too when I first bought it and that thing lasted me 6 years (and might have lasted more if they still made parts for it). So hopefully my new baby will be blessed with the same sort of longevity.

  18. Donate to at least one charity.

    Giving a buck or more to the food bank almost every time we hit HEB. Bought a friend a present from an organization that donates all profits to charity. Donated canned goods for the victims of the recent nearby wildfires. It isn’t the same as writing out a 3-figure check, but we try to do a little bit of good in a world that badly needs it.

  19. Patronize small and/or local businesses often.
  20. Obtain a vintage (or well-made vintage repro) dress.
  21. Figure out how to curl my hair so that it will stay curled for more than 5 minutes.
  22. Learn how to wear liquid eyeliner and/or red lipstick.

    Red lipstick: check! It was scary at first, but I got lots of compliments. I’m not brave enough to wear that look all the time, though.

  23. Keep nails (fingers and toes) fixed up.

    Perhaps I ought to have defined “fixed up” for this goal. Are my nails painted perfectly all the time? Uh, no. They’re naked right now, in fact. But are they kept at a reasonable length, in reasonable shape, and in a reasonably clean state? Yup. Hooray for small victories!

  24. Go somewhere fun for a weekend.

    Our trip to Austin definitely counts as fun!

  25. Learn to be genuinely kind.

    I guess this isn’t something that can be objectively measured, is it? But still, I try. And I’m getting better. As an introvert in a customer service position, as someone who just doesn’t really like our human species all that much anyway, it can be really hard sometimes. But I do try.

So I’ve still got my work cut out for me. 9 goals still unattempted and 13 still in progress. Only 3 goals really and truly completed. That’s kind of pathetic for half a year’s worth of work, isn’t it? But going over it all again has renewed my dedication to the idea. I’m trying to be optimistic, hoping that it will all work out in the end.


25 by 25 Project

March 20, 2011 Just for Fun 0

This is, quite obviously, my first post.

I’m Louise. Some of you know me by my real first name, but I prefer not to use that name online (so if you happen to leave a comment, I’d appreciate it if you didn’t mention that my real name is Rumpelstiltskin). And today is a special day for me. I’m 24 years old as of today.

So what? It isn’t as exciting as, say, an 18th birthday. I mean, OK, 24 is kind of an interesting number in a mathematical sense, but I’m not big on math. So how should one celebrate turning 24?

By preparing to turn 25, of course.

So I’ve set myself a list of 25 goals that I’d like to accomplish within the next year or so. Some of them are easier than others. Some of them are more concrete than others. Some of them are more likely to happen than others. But overall I think I’ve come up with a pretty good sampling of stuff that I can accomplish in a year.

  1. Set up exercise, housework, blogging, hobby, and study schedules — and stick to them!
  2. Read 75 books.
  3. Write in my journal at least 3 times per month.
  4. Find a full-time job or a second part-time job or an equivalent income-earning activity.
  5. Refresh my French.
  6. Fix up my garden.
  7. Do something artsy/craftsy.
  8. Get good enough at knitting to produce a sweater for the dog.
  9. Take at least 5 “good” photos per week.
  10. Organize digital and physical copies of photos; begin gathering photos from friends and family.
  11. File/recycle all of this old paperwork that’s clogging up my desk drawers.
  12. Convince the credit card companies to reduce my APR.
  13. Organize the closets. Properly this time.
  14. Try at least one new recipe per month.
  15. Learn how to bake bread. Edible bread, I should say.
  16. Lose those last 10 pounds (in a healthy way, of course) and maintain that weight.
  17. Properly fix up this current computer or build a new one.
  18. Donate to at least one charity.
  19. Patronize small and/or local businesses often.
  20. Obtain a vintage (or well-made vintage repro) dress.
  21. Figure out how to curl my hair so that it will stay curled for more than 5 minutes.
  22. Learn how to wear liquid eyeliner and/or red lipstick.
  23. Keep nails (fingers and toes) fixed up.
  24. Go somewhere fun for a weekend.
  25. Learn to be genuinely kind.

So… what do you think? No, no, wait a second. If you think my goals are lame, don’t tell me. They’re personal and even if some of them are vain or unobtainable, they’re mine. So if you don’t like ’em, just nod and smile and walk away.

Anyway, it’s something to start with.