For the last two years I've tried to check off one item for every year of my life.
Somehow I've been too busy with other little people's birthdays and Life, etc to reflect back on my 39 items. This morning I woke up before the bambinos so here I type.
- Pimp my basement. For real this time.
Funny that this is on the top of my list. Once we received The Beatles Rock Band and it took up half the basement it deflated my ambition to redo the basement. My vision was uninspired and the basement looked hideous. That has all changed with the recent flooding of our basement. It is now a blank slate... with the Rock Band slated to go back in the basement... but who cares, I can still make it cute and usable.
- Ride bikes. This probably means I need to buy a bike. Anyone have one they want to sell me?
I biked through Amsterdam last summer and loved it, but have yet to do any biking stateside. I still need a bike. Maybe a Paul Frank picnic bike! I regret getting rid of my ten speed from 4th grade.
- Take the water taxi from West Seattle to downtown with the kids to meet the husband for lunch.
Check! My friend and I took our kids to meet our husbands for dinner on the Seattle waterfront. It was a beautiful night, and as I recall a monk wanted to take his photo with my costumed child.
- Go to Europe with husband.
Check! Amsterdam and Paris. Sigh. Fabulous.
- Go to Europe by myself for a few days.
Check! Krakow, Poland! Amazing! Next time I will lay off the Ambien though! (Lots of stories about getting rained on in the middle of the night and not caring; forgetting luggage in Amsterdam; and eating food but not knowing what I was eating.)
- Start Project 52 (Have a photoshoot with my camera once a week).
Check! It all morphed into a portrait photography business!
- Take the a boat out for a picnic.
Yes! These boating picnics (and boating everything) were my favorite memories from last summer. Unfortunately our boat is still in the shop this year. I'm really missing it.
- Have picnic dinners with friends at the pool almost every Friday night during the summer.
- Kayak home from the pool because I need more moments like this.
Sadly NO. The kayaking commute takes a lot of coordination but I'm still hoping to do this again. I haven't gone kayaking at all this summer mostly due to the stitches in my hand. Soon. Soon.
- Get a better lookin' blog!
- Create a website or an iphone app that is based on my vision, not anyone hiring me for their project.
Yep! I did two sites that I did not run by any committee. One for the PTSA and the other for my business (which still needs a portfolio section. I miss having someone to write custom code for me.) I also did some projects for the green dollar. One for the Gates Foundation : https://www.foundationregistryi3.org/ which was announced from the White House. Wow! And an iPad app for IMDb (that Steve Jobs praised! OMG!) and an Android app for IMDb. Not bad for not focusing on design this year! I hate to say that I'm starting to itch to do more design work.
- Go on class field trips with the kids.
I was able to go on three. The kids were really excited to have me there. I'm glad I was able to go while they still want me to go.
- Carve out craft time with friends (my busiest friends Shawna and Becca are on the hook again.)
Check. My mom and I did a whole crafting weekend.
- Take the boat to Blake Island or Vashon Island for an overnight camping trip.
Andy did this while I stayed home and worked on the PTSA website! Oh well. The plan is go again very soon -- if our boat is working.
- Have an outdoor movie night.
Check! I'm ready for another one.
- Make at least one video with my Nikon d90 HD video -- and put some sound to it.
Half a check. I recorded a few things but did not do any editing. I'm worried that would open a new can of worms for me in that I'd have to create professional level videos!
- Paint Britta's room pink.
Check. And now it is the prettiest room in the house. Her words! I agree!
- Take my kids to a concert.
Check. Recess Monkey!
- See something at SIFF.
- Volunteer with LB for the Salvation Army on the holiday gift selection day.
Sort of check. I volunteered but then my son came down with the stomach flu and no one would watch him and I had to cancel.
- Go shoe shopping and museum-ing with Becca.
Check! I love the Henry art museum. And I picked up a great sweater while shoe shopping.
- Create a photo album encapsulating 2008.
- Take each individual member of the family on a "date night."
- Frame pages of my vintage ABC books.
- Rent a lens for my adventure.
Check. What a great experience renting from them. Highly recommended for photographers wanting to try a new lens.
- Make more thoughtful gifts instead of last minute less purchased gifts.
- Create custom holiday cards.
Check. In fact I'd say I went overboard. I made custom mailing stickers even! I had to try it though so I could offer such services to potential clients. :)
- Dare I type it? Put something for sale in my Etsy store.
- Make a few baby blankets.
Check! I pre-made a few cute girlie blankets but then all my friends had baby boys. I bought material to make some boyish ones to have on hand.
- Cook with my kids.
Check. My son is getting into it, although his specializes in hot dogs.
- Finish my family friendly cookbook "Good with Ketchup."
Nope. We started trying to eat gluten and dairy free so that screwed up our typical menu. We're back to eating in a free-for-all state though so I might get back to this.
- Finish the effing bag I started sewing when I was 36 and tried to finish when I was 37.
NO.... hanging my head in shame!
- Make a pillow.
Nope, but I just received fabric to make a huge pillow yesterday, so there is still hope.
- Make homemade ice cream. Extra points for me if I figure out how to make them on the boat.
- See the tulips blooming.
- Find the ultimate summer chic lit book to read. Suggestions please!
Yep, just finished Shanghai Girls and loved it!
- Add pink highlights to my hair. Rebel mom!
Nope. Maybe later today.
- Read a classic book to my kids. Really this is for my pleasure more than theirs.
House at Pooh's Corner and The Nutcracker! Now we're reading How to Train a Dragon. Awesome.
- Sign Karsten up for music lessons and Britta up for dance lessons.
Done and Done.