I’ve done a sucky job keeping up with this list I have been working on some items, though!
I’ve completed one item. A couple months ago I got up in front of other people and did Karaoke! I have to thank my sister and husband for giving me the kick in the pants to get it done.
It wasn’t as bad as I’d thought it would be. My husband agreed I shouldn’t give up my day job and go chasing stardom, but no one ran from the room screaming in horror so I’d say it was a positive experience.
This did get me thinking about putting myself out there. The point of this goal was not actually karaoke – it was to be comfortable enough that I’m willing to make a spectacle of myself in front of others and not care. I wonder what the next step would be? I don’t see myself suddenly jumping on the stage at Open Mic Night… but maybe one of these days I’ll manage to get through a game of Charades without spending the entire time giggling instead of miming.
The most important bit of progress for my list is our adoption. Like I said before, I am not sure how much detail I want to go in at this point… but it is moving along. We’re hoping to be done with our homestudy in the next couple weeks! I’m beyond excited about this
Artsy Wall Painting
No, I haven’t actually done this… but now I have plenty of walls to do it on! We closed on a house in May and are in love. The area is lovely and the house itself is perfect for us. I’m overwhelmed just thinking about how much we need to do to really make the space reflect us… but I’m in no rush
What’s funny is I always thought the significance of homeownership was the ownership. The idea of having this sort of responsibility has always terrified me but I figured people did it so they could have a roof over their head that was theirs. I figured there was (ideally) security in this as well as the freedom to do what one pleases. That’s why I always figured I’d be quick to personalize everything about my space as soon as I’m able.
But now that I have a home of my own I feel like I was being very superficial. The point of this isn’t to have walls I can destroy without having to deal with a landlord. The point is the home. We aren’t big entertainers but every time I’ve had people in my new home I’ve felt this wonderful sense of peace. The joy I feel at having the people I love in my space is so different now compared to when we were renters. I love looking at different areas and and imagining them in 5, 10, 15 years. It’s not pride I’m feeling but peacefulness. I’m very much a fan of the feeling
Now, if only I can embrace vacuuming/mopping my @%$@$#$^ white tile floors I’ll be all set.
I looked in to wine appreciation classes and very quickly became very overwhelmed. So, I’ve decided that before I can appreciate something I need to educate myself on it. As a result, we split a bottle of something once a week and keep track of our opinions to get a better handle on what we like/don’t like. I’m easily overwhelmed so the selection at an actual wine store was out of the question right now. Instead, I’m relying on Costco. Does that make me a dork? I think it might. Anyway, we’re working our way through the suggestions on http://costcowineblog.com/. We’ve tried a Malbec, Pinot Noir, and Souvignon Blanc. Next on the list is a Cabernet Sauvignon.