Every year when I make this list, I print it out and tape it to the inside of my day planner. This was to remind me of the things I wanted to do, and to help me keep track of what I had done.
In April this year, one of my lunch containers exploded all over the inside of my bag and turned my planner into a soggy mass of post-consumer-recycled paper. I recycled the planner. I didn't print out the list again -- and I think that explains why I managed to stick with some big things, but a lot of the little things got lost.
I am still a bad online citizen -- and am thinking about just abandoning the stuff in myweb.yahoo.com entirely, since I obviously didn't use or miss that mass of bookmarks -- and I let a lot of fun experiences slide into the "not done" column while I worked on the house. However, in reviewing the list now, I have to wonder ... a statistics class?
Anyway, here is my reckoning for 2007.
1. Reduce one thing, re-use one thing, recycle one thing: January
2. Reduce one thing, re-use one thing, recycle one thing: February
3. Reduce one thing, re-use one thing, recycle one thing: March
4. Reduce one thing, re-use one thing, recycle one thing: April
5. Reduce one thing, re-use one thing, recycle one thing: May
6. Reduce one thing, re-use one thing, recycle one thing: June
7. Reduce one thing, re-use one thing, recycle one thing: July
8. Reduce one thing, re-use one thing, recycle one thing: August
9. Reduce one thing, re-use one thing, recycle one thing: September
10. Reduce one thing, re-use one thing, recycle one thing: October
11. Reduce one thing, re-use one thing, recycle one thing: November
12. Reduce one thing, re-use one thing, recycle one thing: December
13-24. Do one inside-the-house home improvement project per month. 25-36. Do one external, yard improvement/gardening project per month. 37-40. I need to entertain more. Hence: Quarterly Pie Fight Club. The first rule of Quarterly Pie Fight Club is that you must want to eat many delicious pies. The second rule is that you must want to eat them over at my house. (One out of four -- eh.)
41. Take a statistics class. (Again -- I have no idea what I was thinking here.)
42. Raft the American river out by Sacramento again. (This is one of the items I am most disappointed over not doing.)
43. Go to Kaua'i.
44. Take surf lessons down in Santa Cruz or out in Kaua'i.
45. Road trip! Go to Portland, Oregon for a long weekend.
46. Ride in a hot air balloon.
47. Suck it up, go through the e-mails and saved envelopes, and update my electronic and paper address books. Stick the electronic spreadsheet copy in my Google spreadsheets, so it's available online.
48. Go see the Dan Band in concert.
49. Microchip the cats already.
50. Get a grill on Craigslist. Learn how to use it. 51-54. I am now a Monterey Bay Aquarium member. I need to go at least four times this year.
55. Tack an overnighter in Big Sur to the end of one of those Monterey trips.
56. Participate in the annual block sale again -- and give the
sister-in-law plenty of heads-ups so she can unload some of her stuff
too. 57. Find a real volunteer commitment in Alameda. 58-69. Pitch one new story per month. No excuses.
70. Be a good little Netizen and put together a blogroll for this site.
71-94. Post in the Conscious Commerce category twice a month. 95. Go insane with the Halloween decorating this year. More fire! More tiki-o-lanterns! Shrunken heads in the windows! 96. Ramp up the Christmas decorating a notch -- lights on the outside of the house, all that business.
97. Suck it up and organize my shots on Flickr. Of the 3000 private
photos we have, more than handful should be publicly viewable, right?
98. Switch our digital cataloging system to Delicious Monster already.
99. Find a decent online file storage service.
100. Suck it up and finish tagging all my bookmarks in Myweb.yahoo.com. Then see whether I can move the whole schmear to del.i.ci.ous.
97. Keep up the swim-before-work habit for the year. (I was good with the regular swimming until about October, and then my schedule went to hell. This is another big disappointment this year.)
98. Go open-water swimming somewhere in the Bay Area.
99-105. Make at least one recipe per issue from Cook's Illustrated, as opposed to reading the magazine and saying, "Yeah. I should do that sometime." (I should just admit that I read this thing for the entertainment value, as I rarely cook, and Phil rarely makes recipes when I cut them out or request them.)
106. Get a new pair of hiking boots, then hit Redwood Regional Park again. (Ha ha ha haaaaa -- there is no hiking when nearly every weekend is spent working on a house!)
107. Maintain CPR/First Aid certification.