I hereby assign myself the following missions to be accomplished during the year 2013...
1. Finish my book.
I am writing a novel. A young adults novel. I haven't been talking about it, because I feel that talking dispels my focus. But I have written more than 15,000 words so far, and I feel that it's going well. I need to be writing every day, but it just doesn't always happen. I believe that if I can write a couple of hours a day, I can finish the first draft in six months or so. I am pretty determined to make this happen.
2. Get our house painted.
Yes, this was on my list for last year, and no, we still haven't done it. I'm afraid the paint on the sides of the house is actually peeling - we're talking ghetto stuff here. It's going to cost a lot, and we're going to have to take a chunk out of our savings, and this whole last year just didn't seem like a good time to be doing that. But it simply MUST be done. And maybe it will get our house more location work and pay for itself, and it can start playing the role of Cute Bungalow instead of Sad Tenement House. Color swatches anyone?
3. Make things in our house work.
You know how it is. Something will break, and you never get around to fixing it, and then you get used to it and find odd ways to rig it and eventually you kind of forget it's even fixable. No? That doesn't happen to everybody? Well, our house has become filled with these little boobytraps. When people come over, I have to walk around and explain things. Example: The bathroom doorknob is broken. Once you have closed the door, the only way to open it from the inside is to wrap your hand in a towel, and turn is REALLY HARD. And the only way to open it from the outside is with a pair of pliers. So if you are a small child, or someone of less than Superman strength, this is difficult. We just never shut it, so there's a lot of shouting of "Close your eyes, I'm on the potty!!" I can't tell you how many times someone has gotten stuck in the bathroom. It's ridiculous. Other things that don't work - the water/ice dispenser on the refrigerator, the light in the bathroom, the light in the kitchen and the ceiling fan in our bedroom. I am determined to remedy this situation.
4. Go to see movies I want to see.
I know this sounds pathetic. But back before Jude came along, Jimmy and I saw everything. I mean, we were at the movies every weekend. I made a point of seeing EVERY Oscar nominated movie in the theater EVERY year. Since Jude? Not so much. We're lucky that the Screen Actors Guild sends out free screener DVDs of many of the SAG Awards nominated films, so we get to watch them at home. But it's just not the same. Now, I must add that at the same time, I have seen every single animated children's movie that has come out in the last 9 years. I have taken the kid to everything from the sublime (Toy Story movies, Fantastic Mr. Fox) to the ridiculous (the horror that was Space Chimps and the dreaded Squeakquel). I would like to see grown up movies now please. We did take a giant leap last week and we took Jude to see Lincoln. I adored it - wept throughout the whole movie. But as we were leaving the theater, Jude pronounced in an incredibly loud voice "Just so you know, I didn't understand ONE THING in that movie!" But despite that, I feel that I can take him to some PG-13 movies now, and maybe that will help. But it would be even better if Jimmy and I went to the movies alone. I will make this happen.
5. Run two more 5Ks.
After running the Epilepsy Run/Walk back in October I have gone running exactly...twice. And my waistline has grown accordingly. Pathetic, right? So I think what I need to do is sign up for more 5Ks throughout the year to keep me accountable for being in shape. Now that I've done one, two more should be completely doable. I can even work on improving my time. And I could raise money for a good cause at the same time. This is a productive mission. Anybody know what 5Ks are happening in Los Angeles in 2013?
Alright, those are my missions for the year. I think that I can get these done. What do you want to accomplish in 2013?
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