I had no idea how to set the time frame for this list. Obviously a lot of the following things I could begin to do immediately. But others are larger and involve more work, planning, or saving. I finally decided on five years because I'm very low stress these days.
1. Take a dance class. Nothing real intense-just a casual, fun dance class. And nothing stripper-y. (So Jay if you're reading this and thinking of gifting me with pole dancing lessons, scrap that idea.)
2. Sew one garment (from a pattern) for myself. And wear it.
3. Eat in a restaurant by myself. I'm definitely a solitary individual and I don't mind being alone, but I've never eaten in a restaurant-other than a coffee shop-by myself. Have any of you ever done this? If so, did you bring along paperwork or a book or did you just sit there and focus on your meal? Did you have to work to avoid making eye contact with other diners? What did you do while you were waiting for your meal to arrive?
4. Buy a fancy dress (Loving the ones from here.) and wear it while out on a date with Jay. We have date night all too rarely around here. And when we do, our dates are usually pretty quick, casual, and over before the sun goes down. I want to get dressed up, put on some high heels and go somewhere nice after dark.
5. Have a picnic in Washington Park.
6. Walk the streets of Portland by myself.
7. Take the family to the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
8. Take a baking/cooking class. It's strange, but when I think about the me of the future, I'm usually baking. I wonder if this is the me of now trying to tell myself something?
9. Walk more. Realistically, I could walk to the grocery store, the park, possibly even the library or the fountain the girl loves to splash in. But I usually take the car. When did a mile or two start seeming like such a long distance?
10. Learn more about my camera.
11. Make creme brulee. This will involve buying and skillfully using a chef's torch. (I actually can't stop thinking about this one and it may be the first to get crossed off the list.)
12. See an Improv show at The Brody Theater. Yay improv.
13. Get better at crochet. (I want to make a table runner like Jodi's and pot holders like Dani's.)
14. Bake cookies and share them with all the people living in my building.
15. Make sushi at home.
16. Get a job outside of taking care of the children. Most days, I love being with them. But I've been doing this gig for a while now and am definitely wanting more for myself. I don't even care what kind of job it is, I just miss interacting with other adults-even the ones that are assholes.
17. Have something I've written published somewhere other than this blog. There are a lot of really good zines and small publications out there that are always asking for submissions. (I'm thinking I could do a book review. Maybe?) This is sometimes in the back of my mind as I sit here and pound out my silly thoughts. I have no idea if I'm cut out for it though. Of all the things on the list, this is probably the one I'm most terrified of because it will involve putting myself out there in a way I'm not entirely comfortable with.
18. Visit the San Francisco area.
19. Visit Seattle.
20. Own an English bulldog.