There’s something ultra satisfying about checking things off a list. Digging in that pen (or mouse) and saying “I OWNED YOU.” Or just “one more done!” if that’s more your style.
When I started listing out my Five Year Plan, I knew most of the items were a reach, even the ones that seem easy (there is no good way to cook a chicken in our stupid erratic oven. Allie, help!). But I also knew it would be fun to accomplish them, to know I could come back here and cross them off, and add new challenges to the list.
I was just looking at another blog I used, back in the day, and found this list of things I wanted to do in Boston. I haven’t seen it since I posted it in the summer of 2009, so I’m pretty happy with the progress I’ve made! It’s nice to see that I really am living the life I set out for myself. There are even a few things on there – the Mapparium, a tour of the statehouse, and the swan boats, for two – that I didn’t list there, but did care a lot about and recently checked off my internal list (more on that later).
Which of these things have you done?
Boston To-Do List (circa 2009)
- Take a tour of Fenway Park
Have drinks at the Top of the Hub(done! went with the NH gang) Visit Bunker Hill(done! and climbed all 294 steps – phew!) Go on the USS Constitution(done! Hit my head coming up from below deck, swung in a hammock, had a grand old time.) See the Boston Pops(July 4, 2010 – double whammy!) Watch the fireworks over the Charles(see above!) Volunteer for the Boston Marathon(done! cheered on runners as part the Dana-Farber team in 2010) Go out to the Boston Harbor Islands(done! gone three times now)
- Skate at the Frog Pond
- Walk the Freedom Trail
Cheer on MoHos at the Head of the Charles(done! – and even better, I got to cheer alongside my former teammates, some of whom are the best people I met at college) Host an awesome Oscar party(done! the red carpet stayed down for more than a month. I think that says it all.)
- Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity (not as easy as it sounded)
- Take a dance class (does a salsa lesson count?)
And now, on to the next challenge – just as soon as I decide what it is.