Monday, January 3, 2011

Top Ten: Things To Do To Kick Off 2011

Happy 2011, peeps!

Don't you just love a new year? All things seem possible. Everything seems new and fresh. Even the brown snow outside my apartment seems a bit less disgusting than it did in December. It is amazing how the hands of time are able to do that.

So, like any good type-A personality would do, I am making lists. Lists make my world go round. Lists make me feel like I have some semblance of control in my life (I think I just heard God laugh at me). And lists help me accomplish more than just getting up and eating oatmeal everyday.

So, here is my list of the top ten things I would like to do to officially kick of 2011:

1. Stop eating everything that comes in a shiny wrapper and looks like chocolate.

2. Make up with my treadmill. The distance between us has been weighing on me. LITERALLY. It is time to make things right.

3. Clean my house from top to bottom. I started this process yesterday and even busted out the ladder to clean the overhead light fixture in my living room. I also took out everything that resembled Christmas except for the poinsettia, which I am sure will still be alive in June. Those things just don't know when to quit.

4. Clean out my car. I would love to hire someone who all they do is make sure that everything is working smoothly with my car, and that includes keeping it clean. I used to call this person "Dad," but since I am knocking on 31, I figured I needed to become an adult in all things car-related. Adulthood is extremely overrated.

5. Plan 12 new things I want to do this year, one for each month. Thus far, they include travel to a new country, cook every recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks, take a photography class and wear shorts. That last one will only happen if I accomplish #1 and 2 on this list. I promise.

6. Renew my driver's licence and car registration. Don't you love that both of those came due right after I paid off my car? Oh, and not to mention the four new tires that I bought and a new something-or-other switch that went out on my transmission. If kids are like cars, then I am going to need to win the lottery if I want four someday.

7. Change out my passwords. For some reason I have become extremely paranoid about the passwords I use for all of my online accounts. I feel like internet pirates are lurking around every corner, just waiting to steal the $4.68 out of my savings account. On the other hand, I almost feel sorry for them because they are going to be extremely disappointed if they ever hack into my accounts.

8. Rearrange my bedroom. Don't you love doing this? Every time I do it I think: "WHY ON EARTH did I not have my bedroom like this before??"

9. Drink a cup of peppermint tea every night.  Yes, I am 80 years old and no, I don't know how to knit.

10. Get a physical. I loathe this one because I don't like going to the doctor. But I have two shoulders that don't work properly and I really want to be able to wash my hair without having to bend over.

So, what's on your list? Or do you even have a list? Or are you still recovering from New Years? Or are you stuck in a pile of shiny candy wrappers? If so, let me know how I can help.


  1. Oh my gosh - I DRINK A CUP OF PEPPERMINT TEA EVERY NIGHT! Actually, I think you probably could guess that I would do that - after spending the night at my house once before and seeing first-hand what my bedtime ritual consists of! And I don't know how to knit, either.

    And yes, I have lots of lists. As a matter of fact, my lists have produced new lists as I think of different areas/topics that need things done. But, really, is there anything so satisfying as crossing things off? Sometimes if I got productive before I wrote the list, I will write down what I've already done, just to be able to cross it off. Hmm. I may need to join a 12 step program for that. I don't know....

  2. Kel - I drank tea last night and thought of you. And yes, I do believe we have morphed into the Golden Girls. :) I miss you heaps.

  3. What a good list!

    While in CA I've been having a mug of mint tea just about every night. It's a nice thing to settle the tummy and cheer the mouth before bed.

    I'm not sure I've thought enough to make a list. Besides, I'm not Type A. When I make lists, I put them down and can't find them again . . . well except for the lists I plastered to my office walls last summer.