June Check In / July Plans

“July 1st (the 182nd Day of the Year) marks Second Second Half of the Year Day – a chance to step back, evaluate your year so far with your goals and objectives (never mind the new year’s resolutions which likely didn’t last until February…) and to take action to get back on track if necessary.

It’s a great opportunity to do some hard thinking over your finances, your diet, your career and other aspects of your life that you might want to improve. Make the second half of the year count!”

Those comments were found on the site Days of the Year about July 1st. They fit perfectly with my thoughts as I look back at yet another month of still doing the same old routines and nothing new. Work, home to read or watch tv, grocery shopping and once in a while taking a drive for different errands. Oh yeah, and being online reading blogs, watching videos, Facebook & the other media sites. So, I’m taking today to heart and really re-evaluating what I want to accomplish this year, even with all that has changed in our regular way of life. I might work on the lists below or decide to do different stuff, but either way, I WILL get out of this rut I got into this first half of the year. Time to embrace the new and work on living life to the fullest.

(read about my “Starting With a Dozen Each” here)

General Things to Do:

  1. note to self: Go back through photos and find memories to post
  2. 30 day exercise challenge
  3. do a wine cork craft project
  4. spring clean some (store items for a garage sale later)
  5. master the art of letter writing – write some letters
  6. listen to Mozart’s Requiem without interruption
  7. learn the names of ten constellations
  8. plan a picnic for one
  9. make the perfect souffle
  10. take up knitting
  11. listen to all of Frank Sinatra’s recordings
  12. Wear pajamas all day long

Music: current music challenge: “1001 Songs to Hear Before You Die”.
Trying to post on Mondays and listen to 20 songs each week.

Breweries, Cocktails, & Wineries: See posts over at “My Drinktopia”
Didn’t go to any in June. I should take a look at the cocktail list and be my own bartender to try some of those.

Movies: current movie challenge: “1001 Movies to Watch Before you Die”
New plan, I’m not going to list 12 at a time here anymore. You’ll see a list of the movies I had watched in June.

Books: current book challenge: “1001 Books to Read Before you Die”

Currently reading  = All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

I’m always open to suggestions for any of these categories.

May Check In / June Plans

It’s June already? Halfway through the year?

Not sure what happened. I wrote out my May plans and was all ready to start getting “new” things done and posted. And that was my last post? Guess it was all about going work and home, going to the grocery store as little as possible, take out a few times. Read more of the Wheel of Time books by Robert Jordan. I did watch a few movies from the 1001 list. Pretty boring.

Things are opening with restrictions, and then we also have chaos happening. Let’s see if I can do more than just a recap/plan post for the month of June. Stay Safe everyone!

(read about my “Starting With a Dozen Each” here)

General Things to Do:

  1. note to self: Go back through photos and find memories to post
  2. 30 day exercise challenge
  3. do a wine cork craft project
  4. spring clean some (store items for a garage sale later)
  5. master the art of letter writing – write some letters
  6. listen to Mozart’s Requiem without interruption
  7. learn the names of ten constellations
  8. plan a picnic for one
  9. make the perfect souffle
  10. take up knitting
  11. listen to all of Frank Sinatra’s recordings
  12. Wear pajamas all day long

Music: current music challenge: “1001 Songs to Hear Before You Die”.
Trying to post on Mondays and listen to 20 songs each week.

Breweries, Cocktails, & Wineries: See posts over at “My Drinktopia”
Didn’t go to any in May. I should take a look at the cocktail list and be my own bartender to try some of those.

Movies: current movie challenge: “1001 Movies to Watch Before you Die”
New plan, I’m not going to list 12 at a time here anymore. You’ll see a list of the movies I had watched in May.

  1. The Big Short
  2. The Greatest Showman
  3. The Jungle Book (2016)

Books: current book challenge: “1001 Books to Read Before you Die”

Currently reading through the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (this series is probably on a list of top fantasies to read) I’ve read 5 of 14 books. I got really invested in the characters that I blew through the first 3 books pretty fast. I think I might start alternating one of these books with a classic one, because I would still like to read 12 of those for the year.

  • The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan (book 5 of the Wheel of Time series)
  • All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

I’m always open to suggestions for any of these categories.

April Check In / May Plans

I did not get to doing anything this last month. A lot of it is because of the stay at home order we’re having to do right now. Part of it, I think, is that I got a little depressed and didn’t want to do anything. I take that back, I started reading the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Always heard that it was a great fantasy series. And I agree, it is great. So that has been taking up most of my evenings after work and weekends.

It jumped from nice spring temperatures to almost beginning of summer weather (90’s) and that takes some getting used to. We took off the covering of our patio table and chairs, hopefully will enjoy some backyard evenings.

I came across some Blogs & Instagram accounts about a new thing to do each day challenge. Reading through them, has inspired me to get out of my funk and start trying to work on my own new things to do. Hopefully I’ll be posting more in May. (read about my “Starting With a Dozen Each” here)

General Things to Do:

  1. note to self: Go back through photos and find memories to post
  2. 30 day challenge of yoga & working on the core of the body (also go for walks)
  3. do a wine cork craft project
  4. spring clean some (store items for a garage sale later)
  5. master the art of letter writing – write some letters
  6. listen to Mozart’s Requiem without interruption
  7. learn the names of ten constellations
  8. plan a picnic for one
  9. make the perfect souffle
  10. take up knitting
  11. listen to all of Frank Sinatra’s recordings
  12. Wear pajamas all day long

Music: current music challenge: “1001 Songs to Hear Before You Die”.
Trying to post on Mondays and listen to 20 songs each week.

Breweries, Cocktails, & Wineries: See posts over at “My Drinktopia”
Didn’t go to any in April. I should take a look at the cocktail list and be my own bartender to try some of those.

Movies: current movie challenge: “1001 Movies to Watch Before you Die”
I started out going through the list alphabetically and picking one movie for each letter of the alphabet. Then I thought I should probably start from the most recent movie and work my way backwards. Changed my mind again and have decided to find the ones I have watched already and re-watch or just take notes about them first and then start working my way backwards on the list. With that new plan, I’m not going to list 12 at a time here. But I might start doing a recap of the ones I post about for the month.

April posts:

  1. Pan’s Labyrinth
  2. Lady Bird

Books: current book challenge: “1001 Books to Read Before you Die”

Currently reading through the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (this series is probably on a list of top fantasies to read) I’ve read 4 of 14 books. I got really invested in the characters that I blew through the first 3 books pretty fast. I think I might start alternating one of these books with a classic one, because I would still like to read 12 of those for the year.

  • The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan (book 4 of the Wheel of Time series)
  • All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

 

I’m always open to suggestions for any of these categories.

March Check-In / April Plans

found on internet

March seemed to get very chaotic and everything went crazy with having to change ways of doing everything. I really kinda wish I had started saving all the meme’s and headlines from each day from the start of being told to stay at home and not venture out to group outings, and all the events that got canceled. So much for my getting out of my rut of doing more than just work and home plan. Several of my General things to do for March was getting out to places and events. And since April is going to be more of the same “stay at home” timeline, I’ll have to figure out some other things to do for the month. Maybe DIY projects? Yay for more sunshine in the day and warmer weather? And thank goodness for the internet / phone to stay connected (won’t have to be as isolated as those were in the black plague, right?) and TEN TIMES THANKS for our health professionals.

I managed to get 1 thing done in March. I crossed off eating a raw oyster (I’ve done it a few times, but the most recent experience was in February so I listed it to make sure to write a post. Might be that’s what I’ll end up doing for April, write about past experiences that I’ve been meaning to do.
(read about my “Starting With a Dozen Each” here)

General Things to Do:

  1. note to self: Go back through photos and find memories to post
  2. 30 day challenge of yoga & working on the core of the body (also go for walks)
  3. do a wine cork craft project
  4. spring clean some (store items for a garage sale later)
  5. master the art of letter writing – write some letters
  6. listen to Mozart’s Requiem without interruption
  7. learn the names of ten constellations
  8. plan a picnic for one
  9. make the perfect souffle
  10. take up knitting
  11. listen to all of Frank Sinatra’s recordings
  12. Wear pajamas all day long

Music: current music challenge: “1001 Songs to Hear Before You Die”.
Trying to post on Mondays and listen to 20 songs each week.

Breweries, Cocktails, & Wineries: See posts over at “My Drinktopia”
Didn’t go to any new ones in March

Movies: current movie challenge: “1001 Movies to Watch Before you Die”
(Picking ones I am finding on Netflix streaming. At least for right now)

  1. 13th
  2. Avengers: Infinity War
  3. Babel
  4. Dark Knight (I own this one)
  5. Hell or High Water
  6. I, Daniel Blake
  7. Kings Speech
  8. Life of Brian
  9. Moonlight
  10. Once Upon a Time in the West (C’era una Volta il West)
  11. Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno)
  12. Raging Bull

I might first look through the movies I own and watch those ones again to cross off here.

Books: current book challenge: “1001 Books to Read Before you Die”
These are the dozen I want to get through reading right now

  1. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (- currently reading)
  2. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  3. Divine Comedy by Dante
  4. Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald
  5. Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison or H.G. Wells
  7. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  8. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  9. Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke
  10. Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  11. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  12. Ulysses by James Joyce

I’m always open to suggestions for any of these categories.

February Check-In / March Plans

It’s not quite the end of February, but I still seem to be in a “doing nothing” rut, so I have decided to do this recap/planning for next month early. I did go to a crab feed and to a play, but other than going to work and home, zip. Now is a good time to take a look again at the 12 items lists here and start planning for March. I think I will also print it out and put it by my door so I am always seeing my goals. Hopefully that, and the sun shining for longer hours each day will be the inspiration kick I need.
(read about my “Starting With a Dozen Each” here)

General Things to Do:

  1. 30 day challenge of yoga & working on the core of the body
  2. Boil and eat a lobster
  3. Eat a raw oyster
  4. Get a professional massage
  5. go check out the new Hard Rock Casino
  6. Go on a art walk and check out the wide open murals
  7. gun range – get lessons in shooting
  8. Museum exhibits – Movie cars at the Auto Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Hall of Fame gallery & the Chinese gallery at California Museum,
  9. Play bingo
  10. Send a friend a gift, just because (something I made)
  11. Walk on the beach in winter
  12. Write a letter

note to self: Go back through photos and find memories to post 

Music: current music challenge: “1001 Songs to Hear Before You Die”.
Trying to post on Mondays and listen to 20 songs each week.

Breweries, Cocktails, & Wineries: See posts over at “My Drinktopia”

  • didn’t go to any new ones in February

Movies: current movie challenge: “1001 Movies to Watch Before you Die”
(Picking ones I am finding on Netflix streaming. At least for right now)

  1. 13th
  2. Avengers: Infinity War
  3. Babel
  4. Dark Knight (I own this one)
  5. Hell or High Water
  6. I, Daniel Blake
  7. Kings Speech
  8. Life of Brian
  9. Moonlight
  10. Once Upon a Time in the West (C’era una Volta il West)
  11. Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno)
  12. Raging Bull

Books: current book challenge: “1001 Books to Read Before you Die”
These are the dozen I want to get through reading right now

  1. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (- currently reading)
  2. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  3. Divine Comedy by Dante
  4. Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald
  5. Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison or H.G. Wells
  7. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  8. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  9. Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke
  10. Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  11. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  12. Ulysses by James Joyce

I’m always open to suggestions for any of these categories.

January Check-In / February Plans

End of December I created different category lists with only 12 items each to help work on marking off things to do and get out of a “doing nothing” rut. (read about my “Starting With a Dozen Each” here)

Well, looks like I had a good idea but didn’t really get around to implanting the plan and making it happen. Now we are at the end of the first month of the year. I was inspired from reading other blogger’s monthly recap posts, and decided to start doing that for myself. It’ll be good to look over what I’ve accomplished during the month and be a good refresher of what goals are still ongoing, or ones that get newly added to the different dozen.

Since I pretty much didn’t do anything with my lists In January, let’s just give ourselves (or mainly, myself) a refresher of what I currently have. When looking at all kinds of “things to do before you die” it gets overwhelming. If you break it down into smaller lists, you feel so much better and reason that you can get it done. I also hope to incorporate this graphic into my “things to do” goals.

Music: I’m already working on getting through the “1001 Songs to Hear Before You Die” and like how I have it set up to listen to twenty songs each week. By doing it that way, I can get through the list in a year so I’ll leave that to it’s own posts.

Breweries & Wineries: Go the places that produce that specific liberation and check off the lists that I have created for the different areas.

  • I did go to a few places in Lodi, California in January (3 new places)
  • Lodi Wine & Visitor Center – they change up the local wine list each week, went to check it out since it’s on the Lodi Winery list but didn’t try any wines
  • Paskett Vineyards & Winery – loved it there. and was informed there is a house you can rent through Airbnb right on the property.
  • LVVR – been there before, but the friends I was with hadn’t yet. Good sparkling wines
  • Durst Winery – was okay

Movies: watch movies from “1001 Movies to Watch Before you Die” list (these ones can be found on Netflix streaming)

  1. 13th
  2. Avengers: Infinity War
  3. Babel
  4. Cool Hand Luke
  5. Dark Knight
  6. Enter the Dragon
  7. Forbidden Planet
  8. Gangs of New York
  9. Hell or High Water
  10. I, Daniel Blake
  11. Kings Speech
  12. Life of Brian

Books: read books from “1001 Books to Read Before you Die” list

  1. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (- currently reading)
  2. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  3. Divine Comedy by Dante
  4. Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald
  5. Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison or H.G. Wells
  7. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  8. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  9. Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke
  10. Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  11. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  12. Ulysses by James Joyce

General Things to Do:

  1. Walk on the beach in winter
  2. Have a picnic on the beach in February
  3. 30 day challenge of yoga & working on the core of the body

Looks like I still need to work on having a dozen general things to do. I’m always open to suggestions. 

Starting with a Dozen Each

As we get ready to begin a new year, I’m looking over my blog and it seems my journaling has slacked way off. In pondering how to get myself excited again to “check” things off, I plan to start with a dozen items for different areas in life. Why start with 12 things to do? Well, I hope to accomplish 12 things pretty easily and then come up with 12 more things. If that doesn’t quite work out, I can at least aim to get 1 thing done each month. It gives me a whole year to complete this task and will feel good accomplishing the goal I set myself at the beginning of the year.

When looking at all kinds of “things to do before you die” it gets overwhelming. If you break it down into smaller lists, you feel so much better and reason that you can get it done. I also hope to incorporate this graphic into my “things to do” goals.

Music: I’m already working on getting through the “1001 Songs to Hear Before You Die” and like how I have it set up to listen to twenty songs each week. By doing it that way, I can get through the list in a year so I’ll leave that alone.

Breweries & Wineries: Go to 12 places that produce that specific liberation and check off the lists that I have created for the different areas.

Movies: watch movies from “1001 Movies to Watch Before you Die

  1. 13th
  2. Avengers: Infinity War
  3. Babel
  4. Cool Hand Luke
  5. Dark Knight
  6. Enter the Dragon
  7. Forbidden Planet
  8. Gangs of New York
  9. Hell or High Water
  10. I, Daniel Blake
  11. Kings Speech
  12. Life of Brian

Books: read books from “1001 Books to Read Before you Die

  1. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
  2. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  3. Divine Comedy by Dante
  4. Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald
  5. Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison or H.G. Wells
  7. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  8. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  9. Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke
  10. Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  11. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  12. Ulysses by James Joyce

General Things to Do:

Walk on the beach in winter
Have a picnic on the beach in February

Create a Hometown Bucket List

I saw a post on a blog (can’t recall who this was, otherwise I’d give credit here) where they made a bucket list of items to do in their own hometown. I thought this a great idea!! I mean, how often do you really look around where you live? Usually, it’s to go to places out of town to do adventures. But there are so many great events or places in town that are just as unique and “bucket” list worthy.

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Sacramento

Is my hometown. In just the last few years, they have worked hard to create great events throughout the year. And there are lots of places that are worth putting on a list and check off going to at least once. I think I’ll start with 50 things to go to this year.

  1. Experience Dine Downtown Week by going to one of the restaurants (occurs about the 2nd – 3rd week of January)
  2. Stroll around Old Sacramento (play tourist)
  3. Tour the Capitol (can’t recall the last time I saw the dome from the inside)
  4. Sutter’s Fort (play tourist)
  5. Go to at least one drive-in movie
  6. Experience Beer Week (February to March)
  7. Go on an underground tour
  8. Go on a Halloween Lantern Tour at the Old City Cemetery
  9. Go across the Golden Tower Bridge
  10. Go have a beer in The Trap (bar)
  11. Attend a Shakespeare play in the park
  12. Bike the whole American River trail
  13. Raft down the river (or go boating)
  14. Browse art galleys during Second Saturday
  15. Museums
  16. Specific foods/drinks special to Sacramento (come back for a few of these)
  17. Visit El Dorado and enjoy a Golden Cadillac at Poor Reds (this is just outside of Sacramento)
  18. Go on a dice walk downtown
  19. Attend concerts in the park & Pops in the Park concerts
  20. See at least one play and one musical
  21. Festivals (come back to this)

I am going to have to come back and finish creating the list. If you have ideas to help, I’d love to hear.