Many things happened in August … a hurricane, an earthquake and an unforuntate tragedy in my hometown of Linwood, New Jersey… With that in mind, I want to take full advantage of every minute from this point moving forward. Sure, that’s overly aspirational… and most likely not going to stick more than a week or two but I WOULD like to hold myself to fufilling some if not ALL of my fall goals for my current Bucket List:
Take Up Watching A Spectator Sport
I will come right out and say it… I am not competitive nor do I take any pleasure whatsoever in watching sports on television or live. The ONLY exception is going to live basketball games – something about them have always been thrilling to me. My dad and I went to a couple Philly games and Boston games – they were great memories. I’d love to learn football – no, not learn how to play, learn how to watch and be an avid and smart spectator. My family are big Eagles fans… by “big fans” I mean they’re more or less fair weathered ones – if the Eagles aren’t doing well, they turn on PBS or Sunday Night Edition of CBS. If they’re doing well, the whole room is on their feet and the beers are a’flowin. I woud like to be the knowledgeable level headed one who sticks to a team, regardless of how they do. WISH ME LUCK with that.
Find A New Hobby – Exercise Wise That Is
As most of you know at this point, I’ve been a runner for 10 years now – weird to think about it but, regardless, I have been. I wouldn’t say I’m hardcore by ANY MEANS WHATSOEVER, let me preface it with that, but I do workout 5-6 days a week – it’s cathartic for me like sewing and needlepointing are for my mom. My only experience with non running related workout activites included three Spin classes over the course of my life. When the instructor screams at you to turn up the resitance and stand on your feet, I tend to do the opposite … I lower my notches and sit my butt back down due to exhaustion. I promise myself to do some classes this fall, perhaps at the oh-so-posh Soul Cycle, just to get myself out there meeting people who work out like me – I’m such an antisocial gym rat… who knew those even existed?
Host a Monthly Movie Night at My Apartment
I don’t ever host “soirees” it’s just… not my bag. I am not an entertainer nor am I good at multi tasking between cooking up good food to serve and being the hostess everyone wants me to be. I lived alone for three years in Boston with a great brownstone apartment and will soon be moving to my own place again in Midtown East Manhattan and yet? I just can’t pull it together to be that all-encompassing entertainer – my best friend, Ally, breeds domesticity – she is great with adorning apartments and throwing little cocktail parties. I clearly didn’t buy myself a mirror or put up a picture frame for 5 months, it wasn’t until I was told by my straight guy roommate that I need to add SOMETHING to my apartment, that it hit me just how bad I’ve become. I am hosting, starting this point on, a once a month movie marathon night. Whoever’s around can bring some food and booze (emphasis on the booze rather than the food part), and I will craft up some cocktails and food and well make a night of it. That’s my plan and I’m sticking to it!
Going To The Thea-tre!
Before I even knew what running really was, I was ALL about being a Broadway star. I’d spend money on singing lessons for years, only to be told down the road that I was wasting the instructors time and my money, took dance (that, my friends, I was good at thank you very much) and starred in a few local plays (ok, well perhaps I didn’t star, but I was definitely in the top of the masthead). I love seeing Broadway shows more than I love most things in NYC – I just don’t allocate the small amount of time that I do have to going to shows… I should though, because they make me happy. I cannot wait to see Book of Mormon and perhaps Lion King for like… the third time. Who cares, “The Circle of Life” never gets old in my book.
Branch Out of Plain Old Black