Friday, 30 December 2011

30 Things I Want To Do, Coda

Exactly two years ago I posted a list of 30 Things I Want To Do.

I thought it might be fun to revisit the list and see if I've done any of those things or if I even still want to do some of the items...

1. Find an agent for my novels! [this is still top of the list!]

2. Pick out and decorate a real Christmas tree [hmm... Talli Roland picked out a real tree this year! But not me...]

3. Visit all 50 states (15 down, 35 to go) [27 to go! I've seen 8 new States in the past two years]

4. Drive from London to Istanbul (taking the Dover-Calais ferry, not the Chunnel, natch) [definitely still on the list, this one]

5. Actually finish reading all the books I own (see 180 list below) [I'm working on it, I swear!]

6. Have a proper English library [yea, this will take some time]

7. Spend some time being a boat and fishing person [someday...]

8. Snowshoe [someday soon?]

9. Travel more in Europe. Actually use all the German and Welsh and Swedish and Russian and Spanish I've learned [this might be on the agenda for this coming spring]

10. Ride on a fast horse [anyone own a ranch?]

11. Practice archery [or a bow and arrow?]

12. Play more golf [you'd think this would be easy to do]

13. Milk a cow, make yogurt, churn butter, that sort of thing [anyone own a farm?]

14. See The Divine Comedy and Gyllene Tider and Runrig in concert [I wish!]

15. Attend the Surrey International Writers' Conference [this is a tentative plan for this year, since it's the 20th anniversary of the conference]

16. Stay at the Algonquin Hotel, NYC [especially now that Matilda needs more kindness!]

17. Watch more old movies from the 50s and earlier [hmm...]

18. Get a Master's Degree and write my thesis on Tolkien [ah yes. Still a goal.]

19. Subscribe to the NME or Q or Mojo or the New York Times [only if the price goes down]

20. Use my CrockPot and juicer [juicer yes, crock pot fail]

21. Grow a garden [not with my black thumb!]

22. Complete my state coins collection (only missing Texas, California, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Washington and Alaska!) [I've got Minnesota and South Dakota now!]

23. Ski [this is never going to happen. No one ever wants to go cross-country skiing with me]

24. Learn how to cure olives and attend an olive pressing (for oil) [anyone own an olive farm?]

25. Read more books in different languages [see number five]

26. Attend Festival in the Shire in Machynlleth! [unfortunately we might visit the UK in spring and the festival's in August!]

27. Visit Saint Catherine's monastery at Mount Sinai and Sumela monastery at Trabzon [someday...]

28. Watch a cat give birth (or another animal) in real life and not on YouTube [see number thirteen]

29. Visit Patagonia and Antarctica and Australia and other far places [see number nineteen]

30. Really learn how to crochet and spin [I'm trying!]

What's on your list?

12 comments:

Misha Gericke said...

Ooh... I actually don't have a list, but maybe I should make one.

Favoriting this page so that I can get onto it. Will even send a link if it's done. ;-)

Colleen Chen said...

Great list! I have some overlap--#1, #10, #13, #21, #25, oddly enough--#28 (I specified watching a horse give birth, but yeah, another animal would do too!), and #29!

My travel-related goals are different since I'm in South America, so mainly looking to explore around here. I did always think, when I was in the US, that I ought to visit more states--most everything between the coasts remains in the realm of myth for me.

Zan Marie said...

Nice list, Deniz!
We have a list of 30 U.S. cities we want to vist and if we every to back to Europe, we want to spend two weeks in Paris. I need to brush up on my French, don't you think? ; )

Michael Offutt, Visitor from the Future said...

That's a huge list.

Ann said...

Your list has encouraged me to make one!! I think you did great. All you need to do is revise the list and let the year begin!

The Golden Eagle said...

That's an awesome list! :)

Why is it so hard to find state coins? Sigh. I've needed Washington for over a year . . . LOL.

Happy New Year!

Trisha said...

Fabulous list Deniz, I think the only one of those I've done (aside from travel Europe...but yours was "travel more in Europe", which I haven't done lately :D) is snowshoe! Pretty sure I watched a cat give birth at one point though, come to think of it.

Joshua said...

1. Have fun.
2. Pay off all debt.
3. Finish draft one of current WIP by January 31, 2012.
4. Finish draft one of second WIP by December 31, 2012.
5. Don't cry when The Girl starts Kindergarten.

That's all I need.

Nas Dean said...

Nice list, Denise. I want to try that London to Istanbul route now.

Happy New Year!

Kate said...

That is a very interesting list! First, good luck on finding an agent. I hear it's pretty hard, but I'm sure if you work at it, you'll succeed!

Second, if you suck at gardening, I have one word for you: radishes! You can't kill them, they grow really fast and even black thumbs can impress themselves.

Third, WOMAN HOW CAN YOU NOT HAVE USED YOUR CROCKPOT?!?!?! They are GENIUS! I use mine for EVERYTHING, including making jam and applesauce for canning. Here is a foolproof recipe to use in it: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2008/11/crock-pot-chicken-taco-chili-4-pts.html

Yum!

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Deniz Bevan said...

I'd love to see your list, Misha!

Neat, Colleen - you come up to Montreal, and I'll go down to South America!

Bien sur, Zan Marie [g]

I know, Michael, I know. No wonder I've barely gotten to any of it!

Thanks Ann and Eagle! Happy new year!

My uncle has snowshoes, actually, Trisha. I ought to get down to Washington before all the snow melts...

Sounds good, Joshua! But hey, I didn't even begin to include writing goals in this list. Er, well, except for #1...

Happy new year, Nas!

Wow, thanks so much for the recipe link Kate! I'm on it, I swear. Even have my slow cooker recipe book out on the counter. Radishes, really? I'll try it!

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King
  • Beowulf and Sellic Spell by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • The War of the Ring - Book 8 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • What to Expect in Baby's First Year
  • Baby's First Year for Dummies
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
  • The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
  • The Murder Stone (A Rule Against Murder) by Louise Penny
  • Emily's Quest by L.M.Montgomery
  • Emily Climbs by L.M.Montgomery
  • Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery
  • The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
  • A Rose for the ANZAC Boys by Jackie French
  • The Adventures of Tom Bombadil by J.R.R. Tolkien (expanded edition; reread of some)
  • Married by Midnight by Talli Roland
  • Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman
  • The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
  • The Cruellest Month by Louise Penny
  • Dead Cold by Louise Penny
  • The Banks of Certain Rivers by Jon Harrison
  • Lessons for a Sunday Father by Claire Calman
  • The Magician by Somerset Maugham
  • Rogue Spy by Joanna Bourne
  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (annual reread)
  • The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving (skimmed last third)
  • A Matter of Grave Concern by Brenda Novak
  • Fatal Fallout by Lara Lacombe
  • secret beta read!
  • The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak
  • Deadly Contact by Lara Lacombe
  • Carry On, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
  • The Floating Admiral by the Detection Club, including Christie, Sayers, Chesterton, etc.
  • Brief Lives, Sandman 8 by Neil Gaiman
  • Liza of Lambeth by Somerset Maugham
  • The Mapmaker's Daughter by Laurel Corona (I give up on finishing this; skimmed to the end)
  • Childe Harold by Lord Byron (listened to the parts of it set in Switzerland read aloud)
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  • My Dancing Bear by Helene de Klerk
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  • The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
  • Jane of Lantern Hill by L. M. Montgomery
  • Tu Vas Naitre by Sylvia Kitzinger
  • Goodbye To All That by Robert Graves
  • secret beta read 2!
  • Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
  • The Caliph's Vacation by Goscinny (Iznogoud series; Canadian translation) (reread)
  • Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
  • Le Tresor de Rackham le Rouge by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • Le Secret de la Licorne by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • L'Affaire Tournesol by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • The Bum by Somerset Maugham (short story)
  • The Colour of Magic, Discworld 1 by Terry Pratchett
  • Fables and Reflections Sandman 6 by Neil Gaiman
  • Doctor Fischer of Geneva or The Bomb Party by Graham Greene
  • Once Upon an Heirloom by Kait Nolan (novella)
  • The No-Kids Club by Talli Roland
  • Snip, Snip Revenge by Medeia Sharif
  • Journey to an 800 Number by E. L. Konigsburg
  • various Neil Gaiman short stories on the An Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer album (reread (well, this time in audio))
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (reread; actually this was an older edition, published under the original title of Ten Little N******)
  • Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie (reread)
  • Never Saw It Coming by Linwood Barclay
  • How To Fall In Love by Cecelia Ahern
  • biographical note on Lord Peter Wimsey in reissue of Clouds of Witness by Dorothy Sayers (on Gutenberg)
  • One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern
  • Notwithstanding by Louis de Bernieres
  • The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
  • Temptation by Sandy Loyd
  • The Incorrigible Mr. Lumley by Aileen Fish
  • Effie's Outlaw by Karen Lopp
  • Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
  • The Christmas Crossing by Bev Petterson (short story)
  • secret beta read!
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
  • Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie
  • Arranged by Catherine McKenzie
  • Emil In the Soup Tureen by Astrid Lindgren
  • Whales by Jacques Cousteau (excerpt essay from his book)
  • Tutankhamen's Tomb by Howard Carter (excerpt essay from his book)
  • Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson
  • Everything's Eventual by Stephen King
  • Go the F*^$ To Sleep (board book)
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss (reread) (brought to you by Neil Gaiman: http://www.worldbuilders.org/our-next-stretch-goal-unlocks-at/neil-gaiman-reads-green-eggs-and-ham)
  • The Sagan Diary by John Scalzi
  • mini Twitter stories by Talli Roland (available here: http://advice.uk.match.com/dating-advice/enjoy-valentine%E2%80%99s-day-and-get-mentallydating?utm_expid=55691082-15.2L0G0ictTcSJ4BI9Srh77A.0&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fadvice.uk.match.com%2Fdating-advice)
  • The Book of Jane by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada The Wonders of Winter
  • Beloved Demons by Anthony Martignetti
  • Hands-on Therapy by T L Watson
  • Let Me Make Myself Plain by Catherine Cookson
  • The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maugham
  • Mystery of the Fat Cat by Frank Bonham
  • Spin by Catherine Mckenzie
  • Virgins by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen (reread)
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
  • The Ghost in the Window by Betty Ren Wright
  • The Progress of Love by Alice Munro
  • The Treason of Isengard - Book 7 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling (reread)
  • Behind the Lines (poems) by A. A. Milne
  • the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (reread)
  • Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother's Soul
  • see the 2013 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2014/01/toast-to-professor-books-read-in-2013.html
  • see the 2012 list and statistics here http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-hobbit-review-and-year-end-books.html
  • see the 2011 statistics on http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011-statistics-fourth.html
  • see the 2011 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011.html
  • see the 2010 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2010/12/books-read-in-2010-listed-here.html
  • see the 2009 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-ii.html
  • also in 2009 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-iv.html
  • see the 2008 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-ii.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-vi.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-iv.html