Well, that was embarrassing.
I just remembered that I was “actively” engaged in the big 101 in 1,001 List project I set out for myself in August of 2012, just a few months after we relocated to Wichita with a newborn in tow. It’s so funny, because I can picture where I was (waiting in the minivan while Ryan looked at a used car to buy) when I started drafting the list, and even remember the excitement of pushing Publish on the post detailing my list.
But now, I review the list, and can’t help but snort (frequently) at some of the lofty goals I had set for myself-
No. 86- Watch AFI’s Top 100 Movies of All Time? Fairly cool in theory, but what do I do if they’re not on Netflix? It’s not like I have a Blockbuster around the corner anymore, and I certainly don’t have the motivation to start stalking them all on the local library website.
No. 87- Read 25 books from my AP English book list from 2000? Another goal I’ve had since… well… since I actually took AP English in 2000. But I can’t even re-prioratize my time to get through the pile of 50+ “I traded frequent flier miles I couldn’t use for free subscription” magazines I’ve been hoarding in the garage for the last year. And let’s be honest- if I finally did carve out some reading time, the October 2014 issue of Food & Wine magazine would easily trump Dostoevsky.
Many of the items were centered on getting to know our new-to-us-at-the-time state of Kansas (visiting the Plaza in Kansas City at Christmastime, drive through the Flint Hills, take a family river fishing trip to Missouri like we used to do when I was a little kid). We were actually able to hit more of those than I expected, but the rest went out the window when we relocated to Phoenix a year ago.
I’m a little bummed that some of the ones focusing on philanthropy (No. 65- donate to a diaper bank one a month) Waverly (like No. 49- save $100 a month for the baby, or No. 62- writing a letter to the baby every month on the 31st) all fell WAY short of expectations. But I’d say that the (wonderfully) impromptu addition of No 102 to the list – Have a Second Baby- kind of threw everything out the window there.
For you-know-whats and giggles, I think I’m actually going to try and finish out the last month as strongly as I can. I’m hoping to catch up on blogging about the other items I did manage to cross off my list, because a) that’ll be fun to look back on in 10 years, and b) it will make me feel slightly better about one more grandly drafted list that I was too lazy/busy/overwhelmed to complete. C’est la vie.