|By the end of the weekend we also had the coffee table completely covered with Christmas cookies. Of, course I pressed everyone in the condo into service -- here are Drisk and Siham helping out.|
All three of us are big believers in signs, and one of the signs came from the things that remained on all three of our lists of new things. A lot of the stuff that's left is hard, and will require some pretty serious time commitments. All three of us, for instance, want to learn a new language, and we're still planning our trip to Alaska by container ship in March, which is a bit more complicated than just hopping on a plane would be.
|One of our many signs -- in Quebec City, Siham and Leah spotted a container ship -- a clear harbinger of an upcoming adventure.|
|Happy smiles -- Colleen had just wrangled a commitment from Siham and me about the marathon, and the gravity of what she had agreed to hadn't hit Siham yet.|
So, now I'm in the position I was about a year ago (but this time thanks to Julia I already have a blog from which to write), asking friends and family for suggestions for challenging things for the coming year. The plan is to try to continue to do new things on a regular basis (hopefully at least once a month), but also pick some things that take a serious commitment in order to improve or become even minimally competent.
Here's what my list is looking like right now:
- The MDG book. This one has already been started, obviously, but now we need to spend the next year seeing it through It's simultaneously the most ambitious and most fun book project I've ever been part of, and it's going to be a front-burner effort in 2011.
- Run a marathon. I'm going to try to get Colleen, Siham and I all registered for the Burlington City Marathon (which will be May 21, 2011) before the new year so that we're all committed.
- The container ship trip to Alaska. Still planning to do it over spring break, and need to set up the logistics when I'm in Tacoma at Christmastime.
- Skiing. Loved it last winter when Drisk took me, and bought a Bash Badge for Smugglers Notch for this winter so I can work on getting better.
- Arabic. This language really intimidates me, probably because I don't even know the alphabet for it, and think it looks impossible to read. But I want to give it a shot to at least learn some basics.
|I won't be smiling like this when we do Hell Brook|
|One more weekend Christmas cookie shot, just for the fun of it|