So, what I have below is the list of all the New Things that have already happened, plus the list of things that hopefully still will.
New Things I've done in 2010 (all of them are linked to the pages where they are "written up"):
1. Start a blog
2. Go to Nepal
3. Try rock climbing
4. Try ice climbing
5. Try snow shoe hiking
6. Learn to make fresh mozzarella
7. Go cross country skiing
8. Take a Penguin Plunge
9. Go ice skating at Rockefeller Center
10. Hike Camel's Hump in all four seasons (winter spring summer fall)
11. Try skate skiing
See a Bar Harbor sunrise
13. Try snowboarding
14. Do a winter sport at night
15. Cook an Indian meal
16. Go downhill skiing
17. Participate in a contra dance
18. Visit the Vermont Veterans Militia Museum
19. Learn to change a bike tire
20. Learn to make a chocolate souffle
21. Visit the Washington Monument at night
22. Take a ballet class
23. Eat a Vermonster
24. Go bird watching
25. Spend an afternoon watching car racing
26. Learn to change a car tire
27. Visit the Dominican Republic
28. Visit the Basque Block
29. Try glass blowing
30. Visit Jordan
31. Visit Jerusalem
32. Give a talk in Uganda
33. Visit Egypt
34. See a band at Nectar's and eat at Pizza on Earth
35. Go to the Rokeby Museum
36. Try haggis.
37. Go sea kayaking
38. Go punting on the Cam
39. Visit Sweden
40. Visit Denmark
Go to Montreal for Roger's Cup and Poutine
42. Try paddle surfing
43. Go rock climbing OUTSIDE
44. Bike to Hero's Welcome
45. Go to a roller derby
46. Take a ride in a hot air balloon
47. Visit the Walter Reed Museum
48. Stay up all night in the City That Never Sleeps
49. Go to Quebec City
And here are a bunch of New Things that I'm hoping to get in during the next few months (not necessarily in this order and not necessarily a complete list):
- Learn to knit a pair of mittens -- I was well on my way on this one, and did a whole mitten but then forgot how to do the thumbs. But happily, I'm headed back to Tacoma to consult with my Knitting Coach (aka my sister Katrinka) for Christmas, so should be able to finish this one handily (couldn't resist saying that).
- Eat a meal at Sloan -- Did you know that Saint Michael's College has a sit-down restaurant of sorts? My students inform that it exists on North Campus, and so I am going with AIDS activist extraordinaire Emily and whoever else wants to before the semester ends.
- Get a tattoo -- I am increasingly thinking that this has "birthday activity" written all over it, so I think I'll be permanently inked with a 52 before the year is done. I know that Julia is just itching to do this one together if she can swing it.
- Sail to Alaska on a container ship -- Siham, Leah and I were already planning on going to Alaska (only state I've never visited) for spring break. But when my brother in law Brian suggested this means of transport we just knew we had to do it. Could there possibly be a cooler idea? Didn't think so.
- Go dog sledding -- While we were in Quebec City last weekend we found out that there are a whole bunch of places that take newbies out to try it. What better reason to go back this winter?
- Do nothing. Was going to do this on Thanksgiving Day, but instead am going to take Chris up on his gracious invitation to spend that at his mom's house in southern Vermont. But I will definitely find another day to officially do nothing (or something close to it).
- Jump and spin on skates -- this one has fallen by the wayside in a terrible fashion, but I'm going to pick it back up again and get going in December. Happily, Ali just got a new job at the skating rink in Milton, and I am going to be seeing if she's up for some skating together.
- Learn to make yogurt -- decided I needed to do this when Chris and I were in New York City for the Up-All-Night trip. We started it off at a Greek restaurant and I realized that I simply must learn to make my own yogurt.
- Learn to make croissants -- still need to take Dean up on his offer to teach me. It appears that it will be a several-day lesson, but even more reason to learn something complicated.
- Learn home maintenance -- this is one of the things I've been worst about this year. Of the things that intimidate me -- athletics, art and anything mechanical -- I think I've done okay on the athletic stuff and even delved into the artistic slightly (well, ballet at least), But except for Nigel's tire lessons, I'm way behind on this one, and thankfully Chris has offered to tutor me.
- Learn to say I love you in 52 languages. I won't quite hit it, but I have to say I've collected quite a diverse list of languages with my four phrases (I love you, May I have two beers please?, hello and good-by) over the course of this year. I'll definitely keep at it as long as I can.
- Have an astronomy lesson. Still going to take my colleague John up on his offer to show me and whoever else wants to some of the planets and constellations in the sky.
I didn't realize that I'd be sending this out a few days before Thanksgiving, but the timing seems very appropriate. It's been an amazing year, full of new experiences, new and old friends, and all kinds of life lessons. I'm especially grateful to all my family and friends who have taken the time out of their own busy lives to be a part of this project -- from making suggestions to climbing mountains (and walls!) to travelling the world together. At the end of the day, I think the only things that matter aren't actually things (as in possessions, anyway)-- they're experiences and relationships, and I've been abundantly blessed in the last year with both.