Falling Down on the Job

Back in September, inspired by my success at nearly completing my entire summer activity list, I decided to make one for the fall, which – for purposes of having a specific deadline – I determined would end on Thanksgiving. Given that I ate the last of my leftovers today, it’s clearly time to check in on how it went.

Spoiler: It’s not pretty.

Here’s what did, and did not, happen from my plan for the fall:

1. Go for a hike. Nope. I think I like the idea of hiking better than planning or executing an actual hike. Sigh.

2. Watch baby James smash birthday cake all over his face. Alas, no. The whole house burning down on James’ birthday situation put the kibosh on that. Maybe I can coax him into making a mess again next year.

3. Go to the National Book Festival. Yay! I did this one! And while I slept too late to see Toni Morrison as I had hoped, I did catch several of the other authors I wanted to see, and some I hadn’t planned to, including Brian Selznick (author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret) who turned out to be the highlight of the day.

4. Have G for his first sleepover. This is still in the planning stages – G is not quite so adventurous about being away from home alone at age five as his brother was, so this might not happen for a few more months.

5. Go apple picking. Done! Though scheduling issues had us picking much later in the season than we have in the past, and therefore at a different farm, sprite, Rudi, and I managed to keep our tradition alive.

6. Find – and eat! – fresh cider donuts. On the same day as we did the pick-your-own, we also drove halfway across Montgomery County to go to Summers Farm, where we had gotten cider donuts last fall. They had them again, making both sprite and me very happy.

7. Take D to Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob. Done, the weekend before Thanksgiving. A photo-laden post all about our trip is coming soon!

8. Try at least three new-to-me restaurants. This may be the only thing on the list that I exceeded expectations on, since I made it to four: Souk, Pi, DC-3, and Kushi.

9. Go on a tour at one – or both – of DC’s new breweries. I had this in the back of my mind as an activity for when Wendy was in town, but the timing didn’t work out. (We did manage a great deal of other food and beverage related activities, however. Wendy’s got a full recap over on her blog.) I’m sure I’ll be able to convince a local friend or two to give it a whirl sometime soon.

10. Take in some art and/or history. Ultra-super fail-y on this one. Other than a quick spin through part of the Museum of the American Indian with Wendy, I didn’t make it to any other museums. I did buy a Groupon for the Newseum, though, so I’ll be going there soon.

11. Organize a get-together with the Pennsylvania cousins. Gah. Missed out on this one, too. Maybe before Christmas?

12. Read five books. Well, I managed three and a half, with the “half” being the still-unfinished The Game by Ken Dryden, which I’ve been reading in dribs and drabs since the summer. The three I actually finished were Room by Emma Donoghue, The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (yes, inspired by seeing him at the Book Festival), and Heat Rises, by Richard Castle.

13. Learn how to do crossovers. Nope. Tried, failed. Continuing to try.

Eh. My completion rate is somewhere south of 50% this time around. Winter is either going to need more tenacity on my part, or a shorter list. Perhaps both.

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3 thoughts on “Falling Down on the Job

  1. Eileen December 3, 2011 / 8:07 am

    Can I just say I’m sooooooo glad I didn’t publish my free fallin list (which incidentally had 17 items). Why? Because I only “accomplished” one – clean out the office – and it isn’t so much cleaned out as y’all know. Don’t fret big sis. There’s always another season. Hugs!

  2. Mom December 3, 2011 / 5:14 pm

    Boy, you said it all, Eileen.

    It was toooooo ambitious a list to begin with. And, Sarah, you didn’t mention ALL the other things you did that never made the list to begin with!! Que sera, sera….

  3. Mom December 3, 2011 / 5:17 pm

    P.S. listening to/watching a PBS 2-hour special of Peter, Paul & Mary — what a trip down memory lane. They are timeless.

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