2011 To Do List

beautiful snowy road landscape

I don’t like New Year’s Resolutions. Too much pressure to have lofty and/or abstract goals. Like saying you’ll run a marathon–there are so many interim steps to being able to run a marathon. Saying I’ll run a marathon makes me instantly overwhelmed.

That said, I love making to-do lists of actionable items. So I’ll make a list of things to do for the first 6 months of 2011:

Miscellaneous Pleasures:

  • Get a kickass haircut. Done.
  • Celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary! Yay!
  • Kiss my husband every day (when possible, unless he’s traveling).
  • Cook a dinner for friends. done! it was a beautiful balmy NYC evening in July with a few good friends on the terrace.
  • Make an effort to meet new people. Make at least one new friend. You know who you are. This has been a year of amazing new friendships.
  • Maintain good friendships. Send at least one encouraging message to at least one friend each day.
  • Eat the early girl sun dried tomatoes that are in my freezer.
  • Laugh at least once each day.
  • Hug someone each day.
  • Parttake in some fantastic Dominican food. Margot’s in Washington Heights. It’s the only restaurant in NYC who recognizes me as a regular. Great dive.
  • Eat an arepa. Done! Thank you to Saeed for showing me your favorite arepa resto. 🙂 (don’t worry, I won’t tell).
  • Eat a knish. Amendment: Eat a *delicious* knish done right. Seriously, I have learned that knishes aren’t as good as I wanted them to be.
  • Learn to bake a new pastry/cookie.
  • Say yes more often (at least once a week if not more).
  • Find (and buy) a sundress I love. I found so many! And for the first time in many years, I actually NEED and wear them–everyday.
  • Wear skirts more often (i.e., more than once every 6 months). Pants are impossible in this summer heat. The skirts are happenin’.
  • When I’m sad, admit I’m sad.


  • Take a ferry around the San Francisco Bay (how is it that I’ve lived in SF for 20 years and never done this)?
  • Wave hello to the wild turkeys in Berkeley when they come out. Hello!
  • Listen to Pacific Tree Frogs in Berkeley. *ribbit*
  • Jog/run around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park
  • Walk Central Park on a fantastic Narnia-snowy Winter day Tremendous. Treacherous beauty.
  • Walk Central Park on a beautiful sunny Spring day. Was beautiful. All the trees in bloom!
  • Spend a day writing while riding the 7 to/from Queens.
  • Visit the MoMA
  • Eat at a Momofuku restaurant. Ssam Bar you are brilliant.
  • Eat at a Batali/Bastianich resto. Lupa, you are amazing.
  • Discover an abandoned, secret subway station. Wow, this was anti-climactic. The old City Hall stop at the end of the 6 line exists–but it’s barely visible from the train. But kind of cool. But still a let-down.
  • Learn a new neighborhood in NYC. Tribeca. Then SoHo. Then the East Village.
  • Go to Montauk. I don’t know, I just want to. Especially since I watched “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” Done. It was beautiful. The lighthouse! All the sea creatures on the beach!
  • Visit the Hamptons. Done. Kind of meh. But very pretty.
  • Drive up to Vermont for a visit.
  • Eat a Philly cheesesteak. In Philly. Done. Overrated!
  • Visit friends in Boston.
  • Visit friends in D.C.
  • Go to Korea again. Visit Cheonggyecheon and NamDaeMun market.
  • Visit Europe. London. Paris. (done, July 2011). Maybe Greece. Or Italy again. Or Spain

Writing & Fitness:

  • Get a seat at a Writing Space.
  • Keep up a writing routine.
  • Revise novel. Be super proud of at least 75 pages.
  • Channel all my creative reserves into the novel.
  • Apply to more writing opportunities with great hope.
  • For 2 weeks: run/jog/walk every single day.
  • For 6 months: run/jog at least once a week every week.
  • Eat more vegetables. Eat at least one protein each day (i.e., break the 100% carb diet).
  • Hydrate. Drink more water. Drink fewer sodas/sugary drinks.
  • Moisturize.

That’s it for now. And yes, I just realized, this is a lot inside of 6 months. So let’s just take it a day at a time. 😉


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8 responses to “2011 To Do List

  1. I love it. Especially as some of those seem so small individually (kiss your husband! eat an arepa!) but can add up to something much bigger when you take the time to appreciate what it is you’re doing and thinking about how it makes you happy.

    Naturally I really love “Apply to more writing opportunities with great hope”- great hope! Oh, how badly we all need that. 🙂

  2. Nate

    I’ll give you three more for NYC and its vicinity:
    -Read Joseph Mitchell essays while in NYC (at least “Up in the Old Hotel”, which was seemingly written with you in mind. I’ll send it to you if you can’t find it.)
    -Pomme Frites in the East Village. Sometimes there’s a little skin which, as you know, makes them vegetables!
    -Go to New Haven; wait in line; get Frank Pepe’s.

    • @Nate: Okay I really want to read Joseph Mitchell’s “Up in the Old Hotel”–googled for it, but can’t find a copy…and they don’t offer it in Kindle! I will try the Strand…but I would appreciate a copy of the essay if it’s not too much trouble?

      And yes to Pomme Frites and Frank Pepe’s. (Wait. Frank Pepe’s isn’t a sandwich place, is it)?

      • Nate

        Ha, technology loses another round to my dusty bookshelves! Er, sort of: try the collection “The Bottom of the Harbor” it’s on Kindle and the essay “UitOH” is in there along with some other gems. Enjoy.

        Pepe’s is New Haven style Pizza; furthermore it’s a big reason why we have “New Haven style” pizza. White clam is the signature pie, but you can’t go wrong (unless you don’t go ;-))

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