It’s that time of the year again – time to come up with a list of To-Dos for the upcoming year.
2015 was the first year I didn’t get around to finishing the entire list, but that’s because it was a very busy year, complete with a new job, a surgery, and new priorities.
2016 promises to be the best year yet, and I’m more excited about some of the items on this list than I have been for past lists.
Let’s do this, 2016!
Go somewhere I’ve never been before.
It can be anywhere, from a road trip, to halfway around the world. All I know is that I have 5 weeks of vacation to take in 2016, so I should maybe go somewhere, right?
– Updated 7/9-14: Vancouver! Rocky Mountain High, Berry Delicious, No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem, Taco Tuesday Wars (+ Fish Wars), Airborne, and Cross-Country.
Take a bike ride on the Jail Trail.
Despite living in or near Pittsburgh for almost all of my life, I’ve never (knowingly) been on the Jail Trail. My plan is to rent one of those Highmark bikes and take a little spin on two wheels.
Update 07/16/16 – Pickles, Bikes, and Dogs (Oh My!)
- Make a seasonal photo “documentary.”
OK, documentary might be a strong word to use here, but I have something very specific in mind. I’m going to find a spot in Pittsburgh and take a picture there around the changing of every season, to see how the scenery changes with the weather.
– Spring: C’mon Get Happy
– Summer: Sneaky, Sneaky
– Autumn: Evergreen
Get ice cream at Antney’s.
I’ve heard such amazing things, but I still haven’t found my way there.
– Updated 4/10/16: Triple Double
Browse the Wood Street Galleries.
It’s literally right across the street from where I work, and it’s free to get in, so why haven’t I gone yet?
– Updated 12/01/16: Big Data
Crack the code on how to eat crab legs.
Come April, I’ll have spent 34 years on this earth, scared to try my hand at breaking open crab legs. I vow to not make it to 35 without facing this fear.
– Updated 11/11/16: Crabs & Science!
- Check out the Boyce Park Wave Pool.
Another place that’s pretty much in my back yard, and I haven’t been there. Friends say it’s a good time, even if you don’t have kids. Note to self: wear a one-piece.
– Updated: The summer went by too fast and I missed the season. 2017’s list, perhaps!
- Try SUP (stand-up paddle boarding).
Note to self: see note to self above.
Second note to self: Prepare to get wet since I’ll likely end up in the water and not just on it.
– Updated: The summer went by too fast and this one will need to move to 2017’s list.
Attend a 21+ Night at Carnegie Science Center.
It’s no secret that I’m a nerd and that I love the CSC (neither characteristic is mutually exclusive, but a happy coincidence). I’d like to check out one of their 21+ nights to properly enjoy the center without making room for (::shudders::) children.
– Updated 11/11/16: Crabs & Science!
Research and (potentially) get allergy shots.
I know, it’s a lame thing to do, but I’ve been thinking about it for a while now, and I haven’t pulled the trigger. I’m super-allergic to dogs, so every time I visit Taco and Tank, I look and feel miserable (but happy!) when I leave. I’ve been considering a puppy of my own for some time now, but I can’t do it without getting some more permanent relief than daily Claritin pills. Even without a puppy of my own, I still need to think about getting the shots.
– Updated 12/31/16: I did indeed do research, but I just don’t have the time available to go in for the shots to build up immunity. Instead, I’ll be sticking to daily Claritin pills and scratchy eyes on really bad days.
Do some Random Acts of Kindness.
I don’t plan for this to necessarily be quantifiable, and I don’t expect that I’ll be blogging much about what I do for this one (since the point is to just do something nice, not to get recognition for it), but I’m excited about this one. Some things I plan to do: buy coffee for a stranger, hold more doors open, buy a homeless person a meal, offer to help with something that isn’t in my wheelhouse… the possibilities are endless.
– Updated 12/31/16: Totally did this. Gave away money, held doors, did nice things for people I didn’t know (and for those that I do know), and generally tried to make other peoples’ lives better. ❤
- Continue 2015’s Surrounding Counties Series: Armstrong County.
Continue 2015’s Surrounding Counties Series: Beaver County.
– Updated 09/12/2016: Leave it to Beaver
Continue 2015’s Surrounding Counties Series: Washington County.
– Updated 10/16/16: Prehistoric
Continue 2015’s list – Take a Trampoline exercise class.
– Updated 12/29/16: Because I Got High
Get out of my own head and do more for others.
Like #11, this isn’t something that’s quantifiable, nor is it something I plan on blogging about a lot. But the world has become an ugly place, and I’d like to do some good to try to balance things out a bit. I’ve been thinking about putting this task on the list for years, but I always had so many other (selfish) things to do; 2016 is the time to make this happen. I know that I’m not always the best person I can be (and if we’re being honest, we can all stand to be a little better, a little kinder, a little more giving), and I’d like to try to change that a little. My plans for this one include (but are certainly not limited to) becoming a Red Cross volunteer (I’ve already started the process and taken some of the training), volunteering through Pittsburgh Cares for random events, and making some donations to causes I believe in. The goal here isn’t to seek any sort of recognition or kudos, so chances are, you won’t see much of the progress on the blog, but I plan on being able to truthfully cross this off by the end of next year (though it’ll be an ongoing goal, not limited to a calendar year).
– Updated 12/31/16: Totally did this one as well. I had a heck of an awesome year volunteering my time and my energy to several different causes, and I can’t wait to do more of this over the course of the rest of my life.
Bonus: I challenge everyone reading this to come up with some good ways to be nicer to others, or to go out of your way to do something unexpectedly kind. The world needs do-gooders now more than ever.