New Year, New Things to Try


I started this blog years ago as a way to connect with my students outside the classroom. In the beginning, I was great about writing every week or so, but I petered out as time went on. Last semester was my busiest teaching load of all time. I finally hit the limit of what I can physically do. My workload is going to be much lighter in the Spring. Although I’ll miss the extra funds, I hope to find more time for things like writing, maybe even daily writing. Here are some projects I am working on in 2018:

  1. Downhill skiing: I’ve been snowboarding, and I’m a pretty decent ice skater, but I’ve never tried skiing. This will be my year.
  2. Learn to play a song on the piano: I’m sort of cheating with this one, because I started learning Schubert’s Lilac Serenade this past summer. It’s beautiful. Mind you, I don’t actually know how to play the piano. I’m just figuring out where my fingers should go, note by note, verse by verse. I don’t have 10 years to master this skill. I just want to learn to play a song.
  3. Visit all the galleries in the Met Museum: I go here quite a bit, but I still get lost and forget where my favorite exhibits are. This place is HUGE, and I’d love to explore it more methodically.
  4. Read 15 new books: French & English, fiction and non-fiction. This is not too difficult, because I am a member of a serious, super exclusive book club.
  5. Learn to do a crown braid.
  6. Some physical activity every week day: Yoga counts. A brisk walk in the morning or evening counts, if I go for at least 30 mins. Getting 10k steps counts.
  7. Visit the largest planetarium in the western hemisphere: This just opened in New Jersey a couple weeks ago, and I am SOOOOO excited to check it out. The museum is located a short distance from the PATH train, so it’s doable.
  8. Experiment with new recipes at least bimonthly: I have a couple new cook books I need to crack open. This is my year.
  9. Do at least part of the DC Museum circuit: I only put this in because I’m for sure going over Martin Luther King Day weekend. 🙂 I’ve only been to DC to protest to government and attend a conference. It’s time to see what more they have to offer.
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