I will, JGL. I will.
Anyway! This post is basically going to be a big list and then a bonus list, so I'm not going to keep you in suspense any longer. ONWARDS WITH THE LISTING!
24 Before 25
- Go vegan for a month- I want to try it, definitely. Aaaand now I have all these vegany books, I think I kind of have to! Even if it is just, you know, February.
- Get a Lush Spa Treatment- I clearly mean, 'save all the money ever and get a Lush Spa treatment'. But I reeeeeally want one.
- Take a photo-a-day for a year- I have succeeded with this for 6 days already. This is good. Clearly I will keep this going for always. Definitely.
- Learn how not to be scared of my sewing machine- I don't exactly know how to measure success with this. But USING IT would be a start.
- Learn all the US State capitals- I don't know why. But I want to.
- Re-read Gone With The Wind this summer- This is a disturbingly specific goal, but basically I have only read Gone With The Wind once, and it was in the summer and it was WONDERFUL and I kind of want to recreate that. Which could be impossible, but we'll see.
- Attempt to do a Couch-to-5k Thing- Look, everyone ever keeps going 'running is awesome!' and I'm like 'is it..?' but I want to give it a try, and I already have a podcast thing, so. This could be the year of running!
- Make at least 1 item of clothing- This is connected to the sewing machine thing.
- Look for a new job- It's kind of a policy that I don't put anything on this list where the outcome is not entirely under my control. So GET a new job isn't something I can definitely do, but looking absolutely is. (By looking, I mean looking with further action, obviously. Not just, like, 'oh look, a job!' and that's it!)
- Read 20 classics from Classics Club list- Weirdly, this is one of the only goals I failed at from the last list. Must do better this year.
- Visit another country- This June, it'll be FOUR YEARS since I left England. This is RIDICULOUS. Action must be taken.
- Do a pilgrimage to Wilkie Collins' grave- I'm seriously going to do this. I'm going to wear my best mourning clothes and take a tract to put on the grave. It's going to be AWESOME. And weird.
- Have (at least) one internet-free day per week- I actually mean this one, and I mean for EVERYTHING except receiving emails and twitter messages (but no actual reading of ALL OF TWITTER). I think it'll be good for my brain. Probably. *clutches at computer like an addict clutching at her stash.*
- Get a tattoo- Might happen this year? I have a really good idea, but almost no courage. We shall see.
- Go and see Les Miserables on the stage- SO. I made this list aaages ago, and its final version more than a week ago, but for my birthday my sister bought me a ticket to go and see Les Mis in May! So, I know this one is definitely going to happen! Also that my sister buys awesome presents.
- Edit my NaNoWriMo and...
- Participate in NaNoWriMo again this year- Honestly, of all the things from last year's list, I think that taking part in NaNoWriMo was one of the best things I did. It feels very very achievementy, and it should because you've written a novel! In a month! Regardless of, you know, goodness... So I'm scared to look at what I wrote, but also I really want to, AND I definitely want to do it again this year.
- Try 26 new foods- I've tried more new foods since I stopped eating meat (14 months ago) than I have in maybe my whole life. And, I want to try even more! I don't know exactly which new foods they will be, but aubergine, avocado and blueberries are definitely on my list- and suggestions are totally welcome!
- Read some Dickens- I'm really throwing down the gauntlet to myself. But this year could be the year for Dickens. COULD be...
- Go somewhere new in England- Going to Yorkshire was a roaring success, so this year somewhere new is definitely in order. And I've never been to Derbyshire OR Kent, guys...
- Explore the British Museum- I've only been there twice and once was (I shit you not) so that my sister could get things from the gift shop, and the other was to go to a specific exhibition (about Shakespeare. It was awesome.) so I want to go and have a proper nose around.
- Get rid of some stuff- Just, like, in general. Things I don't use, DVDs I don't watch, books I probably won't read again... That kind of thing. I try to do this as much as possible, anyway, but I'm going to try harder still!
- Find a book club to join- SCARY but exciting prospect. I'm on the lookout!
- Make 12 new savoury dishes- Last year I made 52 new things (to call them all dishes would be kind) but the VAST majority of them were sweet things. I can make almost nothing that would constitute an actual meal, so... This is kind of important!
You all wanted me to explain EVERY. POINT. didn't you? I know you did. Since this is officially my SIXTH POST THIS WEEK (*bows*) you'd think I'd have run out of steam, but apparently nope! Still, that's why you all love me, right?!
FINALLY- I think that sometimes I choose books to read that I'm just reading because I think I might not like them so they'll be able to go, or because I've had it for SO LONG, and that when I do that, I avoid the books that I actually REALLY REALLY want to read because, well, I know I'm going to like them, so they can wait. I want to not do that anymore (or at least to have a better balance or something) so here are 24 books that I really really want to read this year, although it's obviously ok if I don't but I really do want to read them at this present moment. For the sake of simplicity, I'll just call it:
- The Wind Up Bird Chonicle- Haruki Murakami (I'm actually reading this already. And I just figured out that it's making me have the WEIRDEST dreams...)
- My Life in France- Julia Child
- The Year of Magical Thinking- Joan Didion
- Wild- Cheryl Strayed
- What Maisie Knew- Henry James
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall- Anne Bronte
- Great Expectations- Charles Dickens
- Fingersmith- Sarah Waters
- The Railway Children- E Nesbit
- Wicked- Gregory Maguire
- Middlemarch- George Eliot
- Man Walks Into A Room- Nicole Krauss
- When We Were Orphans- Kazuo Ishiguro
- What I Loved- Siri Hustvedt
- The Fault In Our Stars- John Green
- Much Ado About Nothing- William Shakespeare
- Wallflower At The Orgy- Nora Ephron
- Alice in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll
- At Home- Bill Bryson
- America- Jean Baudrillard
- Alias Grace- Margaret Atwood
- Little Men- Louisa May Alcott
- The Corrections- Jonathan Franzen
- Slammerkin- Emma Donoghue
If you made it through both lists, then you are awesome. You get a gold star, and also I give you this Depp-gif of adorableness. You're welcome!