Since this the year of the never-ending winter I thought for sure I would accomplish number 11 on my List of Life Long Dreams (walk in snowshoes). But while that one didn’t work out despite all the snow, I did manage to cross off a rather big one:
Number 10: Visit Machu Picchu (and hike the Inca Trail)! It was an exhausting trip, but definitely a once in a lifetime experience:
The days are long but the years are so short. Sometimes, even as you get older it can feel like you have plenty of time left. Plenty of time to do all of those things on the long list of life long dreams. But really no matter how you slice it, our time is so so short.
I found this short video it be a bittersweet reminder of that.
I recently returned from a wonderful vacation to an all inclusive resort in Jamaica. While there I accomplished two more of my life long goals: I swam with dolphins and went parasailing. Both were amazing (photos below).
The full list is here, and for anyone keeping track, that’s 5 out of 28. These are the first two goals I’ve crossed off in 2013 (although I technically did write my name in wet cement on 6th ave in Brooklyn a few months ago, I don’t count it because the construction crew covered it up). I will be crossing another off my list in a couple weeks when I cash in the gift certificate for a flying trapeze lesson that my lovely friends got me for my birthday. Last year I accomplished 3 goals, so I’m right on track!
Remember me? It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post, but I swear I have a good reason. I got a new job!! On August 1st I started as an Associate Editor at Entrepreneur.com . I’ve very excited to be working full time again, and I’m really enjoying it so far (I must know what I’m doing with this whole blogging thing, since a large part of my job is editing their blog!).
Of course this change in my schedule means that I probably won’t be posting here as much, but I love having an outlet for some of my many Katastrophic Thoughts, so I’ll try to make and stick to a revised posting schedule. I’m thinking twice a week is probably doable.
Anyways, aside from the new job, I’ve been pretty busy enjoying life:
1) I have crossed TWO more Life Long Goals off my list
I took a 5 week sewing class at Brooklyn Yarn Cafe, and learned to make a tote bag, pajama pants, an apron, and a skirt. I even bought a sewing machine and have been doing a few simple things, I’m by no means even intermediate, but I know how to sew a little now.
this is the skirt I made!
I also FINALLY convinced Mark to ride a bicycle built for two–we rented one on Govenor’s Island, but another couple stole it from us and we almost missed our chance–until Mark said “but it’s her life long dream!” It was fun, but it turns out tandem bikes (or at least this one) are inherently sexist–the woman HAS to ride in the back (talk about a metaphor on wheels) I will now make it my person mission to have this injustice rectified.
another life long dream–check!
2) I participated in The Great Urban Race, it’s a large scale scavenger hunt all around the city–nearly 900 people competed. My team was the “Pre-existing Conditions,” it was disappointing compared to years pass since two of the clues were printed wrong leading all of those 900 people to the wrong locations (this is why editors are so important!) and a lot of the challenges were more about the sponsors’ products than mental or physical challenges.
Our Team: Shawna, me, Mark and Bryan: Pre-existing Conditions
It was still a fun day, and even though we finished in a not so great time, we won 64th place which because of a deal with a sponsor who I am not getting paid to name, means we could go to the national championship in Las Vegas (if we pay for ourselves…so no thanks). Since the race hasn’t owned up to or apologized for how they botched this year’s race, I think this might be our last year.
3) I attended my first roller derby! It was a double header starting with the Men’s team the New York Shock Exchange vs. some team from St. Louis that won, and then the main event: the Brooklyn Bombshells vs. the Bronx Gridlock. I loved it! I made a sign and cheered and had a fantastic time. The Boombshells won, and we plan to go see them in the League Championship in October. Also I may be adding another life long dream to my list: Becoming a Roller Derby Jeerleader
4) I’ve been teaching yoga in the park. I’m teaching open level donation based Vinyasa classes in Prospect Park every Sunday afternoon in August at 3pm. If you are in the city, click the link for all the details. I’m donating all the money to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.
5) I’ve been doing lots of other fun New York City summer stuff, including seeing Into the Woods at Shakespeare in the Park in Central Park. It was the best play I’ve seen in recent memory, if you are in the city, brave the early morning lines and get FREE tickets!
We also got our wedding pictures back–more on that over on the wedding planning blog eventually, but in the meantime here’s one.