A lot of people make resolutions for the new year. Lofty goals, sweeping life changes; things that are intended to make them a better person and/or make the world a better place.
Me? I’m not that ambitious.
Sure, I could drone on about chasing those pesky PRs, but I feel like I do plenty of whining about my running goals (and lack of achievement thereof) as it is. Or I could officially resolve to drop those few pounds that have settled on my belly over the last couple of months, but that’s not very interesting to write about, and anyway, I’m hoping they’ll scram when I up my running mileage next month.
Instead, I’m going to post 11 things I’d like to learn to do next year. They are small, meaningless lessons: none of them will make me a better person, or affect my path in life in any significant way. And most of them are things that I probably should know how to do anyway.
So here’s to continuing education, and 11 things to learn to do in 2011:
1. Bake bread
So I’ve got beer bread down. And now I’m ready for the next step: I’m excited to sink my fingers in to some yeasty kneading projects! I’ve never been a huge baker, partially because I’m not a huge sweets person (too busy eating potato chips to develop a sweet tooth, I guess) but freshly baked bread is something I cannot resist.
2. Drink Scotch
The hubs loves scotch. I love the idea of scotch: something nuanced that you can sip in front of the fire while discussing malt and peat content and generally sounding like a badass. However, it’s hard to sound like a badass when you’re making a puckery face and smacking your lips distastefully as long-dormant memories of shooting Wild Turkey in the bathroom of your dorm suddenly present themselves.
I’ve been told that I just don’t know how to drink scotch. I believe this. And I’m willing to learn.
I’m not a terrible speller. In fact, I used to be a pretty good speller. I even made it to State Spelling Bee in third grade, whereupon I was eliminated on the word “several,” for which I will never forget that second “e” again.
But spell check has made me lazy. Admittedly, when I want to write a word that I’m not sure how to spell, I just make a rough guess, then right-click on the red-squiggled word and select the correct spelling. Lazy. Things hit rock bottom the other day when I was handwriting a note and couldn’t remember how to spell something dumb, something that I should know – and I actually went over to my computer and opened a blank Word window so I could take a red-squiggled guess and let the computer figure it out. LAZY.
I need to re-learn spelling and stop letting spell check turn my brain to mush.
4. Fix a flat.
It is completely idiotic that I’ve owned this thing for almost five years and yet – if I got a flat while riding, I’d be completely screwed. I need to learn basic bike maintenance like yesterday.
5. Jump turn
I guess this depends on whether I get out to the mountains this season. It’s not looking good, unless I win the lottery.
But I’m gonna stick it in here anyway. I love skiing and do alright on groomers, but put me on moguls and I’m an extra-hot mess. Last year, I took a couple of lessons and it helped a little. I have a long way to go, though.
6. Carve a bird
I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I really have no idea how to carve a roasted chicken/turkey. I usually end up picking it apart with my fingers. Not the most efficient (or sanitary) way of doing things. Time to fix that.
7. Taste wine
Of course, I drink a ton of wine. But I don’t actually know that much about it. I’d love to educate my palate (good lord, that sounds pretentious) and be able to present the stuff I drink here with better details…not just like, “It was fruity and I liked it.”
8. And beer, too.
Actually, I am thinking that 2011 will be the Year of Beer for me. Raleigh has a pretty awesome craft beer scene and I need to take better advantage of that. And beer is more fun to play with than wine, anyway.
9. Apply mascara
I’m not a big makeup girl, but you know what? It would be really nice to leave the house without black flecks all over my eyelids, on the occasions that I do decide to pretty it up. But somehow, no matter how careful I am, I end up with mascara all over my face. (Anyone have any tips on this?)
10. Poach an egg
You know those perfectly puffy, whipped-cream-looking poached eggs that are so prevalent while out for brunch? I want to learn how to make those.
11. Do a headstand
Because this is, by far, the most humiliating part of yoga class. How hard should be to vertically launch my rear and balance it in the air above my torso? Why can everyone else do this but me?
Well, there they are. If I can learn to do, like, six out of eleven, I think that 2011 will be a success.
So, yo: What’s one small and ultimately meaningless thing that you’d like to learn to do in 2011?