Mission (Mostly) Accomplished

The week of Memorial Day, I posted a list of 10 things I wanted to do over the summer, based on a suggestion from the Daily Post site. It was, I thought, fairly ambitious for a three-month season, given that it involved a fair bit of travel, but I was determined to give it a try. I checked in on the list once in July, and again in August, each time making a decent amount of progress. Now that Labor Day is drawing to a close, and with it, the summer, it’s time to take a final accounting and see how I did.

1. Go to the beach. DONE! I went to Cape May in August.

2. Go to the Adirondacks. DONE! I took a day trip to Lake George and Prospect Mountain in July.

3. Eat steamers (with beer). DONE – TWICE! I had steamers both on my trip to New York and while in Cape May.

Aaaand they're off!
Aaaand they're off!

4. Go to the races. DONE! Last weekend when I went to my mom’s in Binghamton, my sister was also visiting from Texas, so we took a quick day trip to up to Saratoga for the races. We had a ton of fun, though we both lost more money betting than we won – as usual. (Neither of us inherited our dad’s knack – or patience – for handicapping.)

5. Have drinks down on the waterfront. DONE! But not, I’ll admit, in the way that I planned. I had envisioned going to one of the bars down on the Potomac, but instead, I did a fair bit of drinking along the Hudson on my trip in July, and here in DC, I (finally) discovered the joys of happy hour along the Anacostia in Yards Park.

6. Go to a Caps rookie or training camp practice. DONE! I went to development camp not once, but twice – on a Wednesday afternoon before my skating lesson, and again on Saturday with my brother and nephews for the final scrimmage and fan fest.

7. Read five books. 80% DONE! I read four books, and am (so says my Kindle) 15% of the way through the fifth. The completed books are A Game of Thrones, Naked Heat (Nikki Heat #2)Thursday Next: First Among Sequels, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I’m currently reading The Game by Ken Dryden, which is supposedly the best book ever written about hockey.

8. Buy a new grill. DONE! I bought a little (think camping-size) propane grill in July. It has done good work ever since, most notably in grilling lots and lots of sweet corn from the farmers’ market.

9. Start doing yoga again. DONE! I still have a ways to go to getting a regular practice going again, but I’ve almost used up the first pass (six classes) I bought.

10. Go to outdoor concerts. DONE! As planned and ticketed, I saw Arcade Fire down in Charlottesville with my brother and Mumford & Sons with sprite and Rudi at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

If my math is correct, I think this list is just a hair over 98% completed, which I think means my summer was pretty damn great, overall. (It ended on an awfully sad note, of course, but I am going to block that out for now, if no one minds.)

I don’t know if having a list actually made me do more with my summer, but it kind of feels that way, so I’m thinking of making a similar plan for fall, to run from now until… Thanksgiving? December 1? (When is the transition from fall to winter, anyway? I’d say it’s before the solstice, but not as cut-and-dried as Labor Day is for summer, that’s for sure.) If you’ve heard me mention something I’d like to accomplish, please remind me of it in the comments – or suggest something you think I’d like.

And, of course, tell me what you did this summer!

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4 thoughts on “Mission (Mostly) Accomplished

  1. sprite September 5, 2011 / 10:19 pm

    Yay! You did much better than me.

    I’d say if you’re going to make a fall list that apple picking ought to be on it. And eating cider doughnuts. And going to the National Book Festival (it’s the whole weekend this year, rather than just one day). I mean, sure, I could just be suggesting those things because they’re all things I’d like to do with you, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still good suggestions.

  2. Common Loon September 5, 2011 / 10:24 pm

    I’d attempt your Fall list prior to Thanksgiving (as opposed to the winter solstice on Dec. 22nd, the first day of winter) as the holiday roller coaster ramps up to crazy speeds from Thanksgiving through New Years…or is that just me? Congratulations on your summer fun!

  3. susan September 6, 2011 / 7:11 am

    If I complete 98% of anything, I’m feeling pretty good…so congrats! I’m a little self-serving, but a family get together? In Virginia or Pennsylvania, I’m not picky!

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