Way back in April of 2011, when there was a government shutdown threat that never came to pass, I detailed a list of what I would do in the event of a government shutdown—thus ensuring that there wouldn’t be a government shutdown (I didn’t do one this time around because, though I work for a government contractor at the moment, they were stubborn enough to stay open and burn through money [for overhead] they don’t have).
At the time, April 2011, I was working for the contractor that brought me to D.C., but was terribly frustrated by them because their career plan for me varied wildly from mine. (I have to note, I would have stayed with them if they had let me be a writer/editor and not have been hell bent on having me plan events instead. Seriously.)
Given that I’m about to have at least 30 days to myself (aside: does that make me kind of a temporary housewife?), I decided to pull out that old list and see if any of the activities still hold true.
- Number 1 was running every single damn day. While I won’t be doing that, I will be running, using the elliptical, and rowing, trying to go at least thrice per week. Since I’m easing back into a routine, I can’t do every day. But I can get myself training ready for Cherry Blossom (I’m assuming I’ll get in, which isn’t a guarantee).
- Number 2 was read like whoa. And, as I mentioned before, I want to do precisely that. My reading is at historic lows right now. I need to read some books—do you know I’ve only read one of the five National Book Award finalists? And it wasn’t James McBride’s NBA-winning The Good Lord Bird.
- Number 3 was master my mom’s Mexican rice recipe. I’m not so sure about that one; I may have her walk me through it again when we visit my family for Christmas, but I’m not intent on reproducing it at the moment. I do want to experiment with our slow cooker—maybe a few soups to start?
- Number 4 was to get back into lifting weights. Again, since I’ll just be getting back into cardio, I’ll probably hold off on lifting for a while.
- Number 5 was to continue applying for more jobs (see above for reason why). As I’m waiting for a new job to start, that’s not going to be on the list!
- Number 6 was to listen to Paul Simon’s new album on continuous loop. While I will listen to some Paul Simon (and will be seeing him and Sting [meh] at the Verizon Center in March), I probably won’t listen to So Beautiful or So What on loop. Instead, I’ll be listening to my workout mix, most likely.
- Number 7 was to take naps at 2pm each day because I can. Maybe not every day, but I can take a nap whenever I want, can’t I?
- Number 8 was to put together some nice dinners for the husband and me. See Number 3.
- Number 9 was to write. But of course! I’m hopeful I can write at least two short stories during this time.
- Number 10 was to persuade the husband to stay home with me one day. I have been trying to do that, but since he also gets a significant chunk of December off anyway, I’m getting some resistance.
So, those were the 10. Some still apply and I’m excited to do them. What do you think?
There are of course other things I’m contemplating. For example, am I crazy enough to actually do Christmas cards this year? Maybe I’ll trek downtown to meet the husband so we can take a look at some bookshelves we’re thinking of getting (we need to replace our Target ones since they’re sagging badly). I’ll probably plan some lunches with friends, and will most likely meet the husband for lunch one day. I’m thinking I’ll clean out our spare bedroom as best I can—we have so many books that need to be donated (and it’s going to be the nursery one day, may as well get a head start). I was also shaking my head at my closet the other day—so many things that need to go.
Oh, so much to do, probably not enough time, but more so than usual.