la liste

In order to keep my sights focused on making the most of summer (and not letting it slip too quickly through my fingers as a result of getting caught-up in meaningless business), I’ve compiled a list of things to do between now and September.

Just about all of them would be improved with good company, so please consider this an open call for partners-in-crime.  Want to join me?  Send me a note/email (or comment on this post), and let’s go!

In no particular order…

  1. go sailing on Lake Ontario (nb)
  2. revise my MRP; submit it to conferences/publications
  3. build something
  4. visit Casa Loma (sc)
  5. visit Fort York
  6. go to a concert (crowdsurf?) (nb)
  7. bungee jump (ef)
  8. canoe/camp/portage in Algonquin Park (ch + mb)
  9. visit NYC
  10. ride a streetcar from one end of the line to the other; buy a snack/coffee at either end (tp + sc)
  11. get dirty.  really, really dirty.
  12. have a picnic in Trinity Bellwoods park (nc)
  13. stargaze from Riverdale park (nb)
  14. read 5 books from cover to cover
  15. take 50 terrific photos
  16. practice random acts of cheer
  17. fly a kite (bonus points if it’s handmade) (ch + mb) (nb)
  18. hike/walk dogs in the Don Valley (ch + mb)
  19. write 5 pen pal letters
  20. send 5 parcels to strangers
  21. paint something
  22. learn a new skill
  23. take the GRE
  24. sew something (ch)
  25. get rid of at least 5 boxes of clutter/things i don’t need
  26. teach someone something new
  27. go on an open-ended (no predetermined destination) road trip
  28. visit Toronto Island (rent a bike & explore Centreville) (nb)
  29. learn basic phrases in Hebrew
  30. become better at apologizing.  and admitting when i’m in the wrong.
  31. check out Doors Open Toronto (sc)

(parathetical initials are for potential accomplices)

I’m sure this list will grow as the summer progresses.  I mean, I really hope it does.

Summer 2013, you’re going to be awesome!


and so it begins

The summer is beginning and already I’m exhausted.

I begin to think about all the amazing things about summer – running barefoot through grass, lying on the sun-warmed earth, having time off to just watch clouds float by – and then I remember that I work full time, year round, now that I am an adult, and summer becomes an oppressive tease.  My mind skips over to the thought of leaving my job, moving to cheaper accommodations, and making it work with less so that I can enjoy more (time, flexibility, freedom).  Am I ready to make such a huge shift?

I think about all that I stand to lose – my ‘adult’ apartment that is all my own, my insanely fast internet (laugh, but having slower internet or less bandwidth would change a lot for me!), maybe my balcony garden… And then all that I stand to gain: a neighborhood that actually feels like one, real neighbors (not phantoms I sometimes – rarely – hear through soundproofed walls or – even more rarely – see in the hall), a sense of being surrounded by the city rather than residing on its outskirts, indie coffee shops on every corner, a dramatically shorter walk to friends’ places and cool hangouts… Maybe this is more of a no-brainer than I thought?

Before I am even remotely ready to make such a change, though, I’ll need to declutter my life and minimize, minimize, minimize.  Being settled in a long-term relationship somehow triggered my nesting instincts, and I’ve acquired a great deal of things that I no longer need.  Step one will be to divest myself of unnecessary baggage before having to pack up the more-necessary items to take with me to a new place.

Step one: de-clutter life.  make room for new possibilities.

Suddenly I’m feeling a little less exhausted and a lot more optimistic.  This will be a terrific summer.