While some of the life listers are moving happily through their goals, Emily and I have decided to mix things up a little. You now know some of our goals and interests, and we challenge you to send us some things to add to our lists. (Now we reserve the right not to do them, but we will give them every consideration.) In case you’ve missed them, here are some of our interests, although your suggestions don’t have to be in these categories:
- Learning French
Now, I think Emily chose this idea because we won’t have any suggestions and she’ll be off the hook. So prove her wrong, my friends!
Let’s look at this week’s lists:
Emily: See above challenge.
- Joined Yabla to learn French. This is a series of videos to improve listening comprehension. My goal is to feel comfortable enough with French by the time my subscription expires to understand a French film or actual French people.
- Bought a new camera.
- Read another book.
- Brought another selection to Writing Group.
- Socialized by going to happy hour with English faculty.
- Joined a weight loss challenge group to lose 10 pounds by the end of summer term.
One massive failure this week:
- While this certainly isn’t a bucket list item, I’ve been battling oversleeping for a very long time. At my age, I’m becoming more aware that I don’t have all the time in the world to waste. So I made a goal to get up on time each day. Monday was the first day. I did it. Started my streak. Tuesday, I overslept. So far, my streak remains at 1 day.
- Goal: To perform 20 shows this year:
When I made this goal, I had planned to get bookings with my new band. After much anxiety of trying to assemble a band, I have decided to, instead, book little happy gigs as duets, trios etc. Will be performing Sunday at the Presbyterian Church on Belmont with 2 friends playing banjo J.
- Goal: Walk 5 days a week:
I have completely failed again. I work hard in my garden, in my house, yard, etc. To take off walking is SO unappealing of late. I still plan to do this. I just HAVE to come up with a ‘plan’.
- Read 2 books a month:
Am absolutely loving Bill Bryson’s I’m a Stranger Here (listening to audio Cd), and have started The Last Child by John Hart. Very good.
- Trying to eat 6 fruits and vegs a day. Got burned out on the yogurt/fruit/nut blends and have been doing lots of simple dinners including raw cabbage, avocado, whole wheat crackers, radishes – that type of thing. Seems to be helping me thin down. Still eating fruitcicles and fudgecicles, but the lack of lots of more calories throughout the day is allowing for the extra calories in these quenching desserts!
ORGANIC FARMING / Farmer Gadd Chronicles
- Watering plants daily. Having trouble with something devouring cabbages and cauliflower. Plan to try baking soda; my hope is to use no artificial chemicals. The plants are growing sweetly, and I water each night when I get home. Such a delight! Have eaten fresh raw sugar snap peas all week-right off the plant.
KEEP HOUSE ORGANIZED
- Staying on top of this. It has made me so much more peaceful to keep it straightened.
OTHER LIFE GOALS:
- Learn to Scuba Dive
- Go to Hawaii with my mom
- Do a 25 mile day hike
- Go canoeing this summer
- Camp out in NC and see a billion stars again
- Set my telescope up and see Orion’s nebula where new stars are being born
- Make my office into a teaching studio
- See the pyramids
- See Machu Pichu
My leg continuing to get stronger. It still swells and feels numb, but today I rode for the first time from the downtown train station to work. It was going good, until I got a flat tire, but I was able to tell a couple of people who stopped to help me about MERLOT and TEL. One was a bike commuting molecular biology professor from Vanderbilt University. I like to look on the positive side of things.
Some new things I have learned:
- About 22 pounds is what $1 million in $100 bills weighs, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.
- The romantic song that was played during the opening credits of the 1964 black comedy Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb was. “Try a Little Tenderness.” A slow orchestral version of the song is heard as a nuclear bomber is shown being refueled in mid-flight by another aircraft.
- Queen Victoria, who wore white when she married her cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg in 1840, was the famous 19th-century world figure that made white wedding gowns fashionable.
- Helena, Montana was the state capital originally known as Crabtown. It was named for John Crab, one of four prospectors whose discovery of gold there in 1864 brought other fortune seekers to the area, turning it into a boom town.
- How to use LibGuides and SoftChalk to create library guides. They are both very easy to learn. TBR has bought SoftChalk for all the TBR schools.
I am continuing to work on my Cycling for Libraries pre-conference idea for next year’s TLA conference.
write some things I’m proud of
I spent the weekend formatting a lengthy draft for editing. I also printed the whole thing so that I won’t have to stare at a computer screen during this stage. I’ve decided to read through the entire draft to identify usable material and get a good overall view of the work before I dive in and wrestle with individual sentences and words. I’ve also spent some time reading works I’d like to emulate.
become more fluent in Spanish
In my first or second life list update, I mentioned I needed to buy a certain kind of electric cord so I could listen to Coffee Break Spanish podcasts in my car. Well, over the weekend I FINALLY bought what I needed, and I listened to a few episodes of Coffee Break Spanish during a long drive.
give my best to the ESL classes I help teach
Classes didn’t meet this past weekend, either. I’ve emailed my co-teacher about plans for our next class, though.