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Monthly Checklist Follow-Up January 3, 2012

Posted by indigobunting in Uncategorized.

A year ago I wrote a post about not making resolutions (I don’t). Despite this resolve not to make resolutions, in that post I noted that I would (monthly) be decorating my refrigerator door with a list of a dozen mostly outdoor activities that make me happy. With luck, the list would remind me to actually do some of these activities. It is easy to get lazy about one’s own happiness.

Many of these activities are seasonal, so there would never be a month in which all activities were checked off. In fact, I never checked off more than six (in March, June, August, and September). Unfortunately, there were a couple of months during which I accomplished only three (April, December).

I thought there were at least two activities I would have checked off every month. In fact, on December 31, when I visited the swing set next door, I was convinced that I had been on that swing every single month. Alas, according to those little boxes, I skipped March altogether. And birding? I didn’t check the box in January. That’s a bit ridiculous. I feed birds. I see birds. Birders are always birding—it’s like breathing. I think the first month I must have decided that if I didn’t go out into the world armed with binoculars, I wasn’t birding. So birding only got eleven months too.

Here is the list and the crazy-list-lady results:

  • Cross-country ski—January, February, March
  • Snowshoe—January, February, March
  • Ice skate—January, February, March, June, July, October, November, December (obviously an indoor rink!)
  • Fly fish—May, June, August, September (a pathetic showing)
  • Hike—January, March, September, October, November (I can do better than this, certainly.)
  • Bike—April, May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Bird—February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
  • Canoe—August (I have a canoe. I took it out once. This is beyond shameful.)
  • Swing (on the swing set next door)—January, February, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
  • Hang out at the swimming hole—March, May, July, August
  • Read in the hammock (Apparently this did not happen a single time. I remember getting the hammock out of the closet one weekend, going out the front door to set it up on the hooks on the front porch, and spotting an annoying neighbor out and about who would definitely ruin my attempt at relaxed solitude. It just wasn’t worth it. I went back inside to read. A sad state of affairs.)
  • Take a vacation—June (Indiana!), September (California!)

On January 1, I got on the swing set. And, as you know, I’m birding too.

I wonder when it will snow?


1. Eulalia Benejam Cobb - January 3, 2012

Clearly, you need more discipline in your life….

2. Mali - January 4, 2012

I’m very impressed at this list. It puts my list of outdoor activities to shame. In fact, my list doesn’t even qualify as a list. So don’t be too hard on yourself for the canoe!

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