I think 2013 can be more fabulous than 2012 was. A bunch of us made a list to make it so. We’re working on it. C’mon in. Pull up a chair.
- everyone does something
- nobody has to do everything
- everyone can do anything.
- one point per success, no matter who achieves it; ten point grading scale, extra credit encouraged.
We shall collectively Ace This Year.
Score to Date: 99 (as of December 29. We totally won.)
eat at Poole’s take the dawg to a show at Sadlack’s take a class at the cookery
- visit the lemur center
- visit the Devil’s Tromping Ground
attend a service at Duke Chapel eat at SoCo in Wilson have breakfast at Oakwood Cafe
- visit the tiger center in Pittsboro (Carnivore Preservation Trust)
have a cocktail party have a successful First Friday
- go sketching with CAM
compete in/ attend Kirby Derby visit Monuts have pizza at Pizzaria Toro win a rock-paper-scissors tournament (you know who you are) attend the Beaufort Pirate Invasion go to a Fire Pit picnic attend Merlefest attend Hopscotch immerse fully in March Madness write a new honky tonk song see Aretha Franklin see Calexico attend a house concert see an ACC basketball game see an ACC football game take an Oakwood Christmas walk- cocktails and Christmas lights attend Fire on the Mountain have a milkshake at Person Street Pharmacy see Graceland eat at Mitch’s Tavern walk the longest Art Trail at the NCMA tailgate at the Roller Derby get a new job (four entries) date someone great (three entries) get the best hair guy in the Triangle to teach me how to do an updo find the best empanada in the Triangle ride a rickshaw go visit the “new” Pullen Park area hear the Carolina Chocolate Drops see a movie on the lawn at NCMA
- visit the Cone home in Blowing Rock
bike the Greenway and/or the ATT visit the Mint in Charlotte Go to Pullen Park eat dinner at the Umstead/Herons
- visit Grandfather Mountain
- camp at Ocracoke
camp in the Shenandoahs
- camp at Assateague
get a bunch of people involved in a single art project so awesome you could cry do Andrea Reusing’s paper bag/bacon/egg thingy
- find appropriate way to express gratitude to the Wake County Library System
- finish damn book get agent sell book start new damn book
sing The Weight around a fire with a bunch of friends, FOR REAL, and LIKE WE MEAN IT
- attend Floydfest
see a favorite band in an entirely new venue make an amazing group Halloween costume craft project visit the Saturday Market at RebusWorks
- Take the Triangle Segue tour of downtown Raleigh
Make my aunt Wendy’s Turtle Candy Tart (most amazing dessert ever) and share with all of you finish my MBA!
- make Jeni’s goat cheese w/ cherries ice cream from scratch (and share)
- conduct a massive snowball fight
- play a game of ice hockey
walk to work at least 5 times visit the NC Museum of History visit the NC Museum of Natural Sciences kayak down the Roanoke become an awesome fly fisher
- surf more
camp/hike more do something at Duke Gardens eat at J. Betski’s eat at Watt’s Grocery go to another concert in Saxapahaw get my acidic foods/pickling certification come up with some sort of food related side business
- resume my botanical sketching
do another triathlon
- eat tons of smoked shad
build a new composting system
- make one new dish a week from my multitude of cookbooks
explore more of the tiny ethnic markets dance at Neptunes (note: I added this for the young uns) organize this damn list into a reasonable interactive document, bringing to bear all of our modern resources of technological collaboration get married (note: the person who wrote this one is already engaged. So that’s not as crazy as it sounds.) take a gourmet cooking class host a dinner party take White Horse to/from a fabulous night out in Durham stop getting slightly freaked when walking by Oakwood Cemetery after dark brew a batch of beer
- go to a NASCAR race
make a successful artisan loaf in my Dutch oven make a non-disastrous batch of eggnog burn my NaNoWriMo novel ceremonially Stay up all night create a new drink- inspired by a person not cuss for two weeks go over 100 on the list take a hip-hop dance class at ADF
- host a backyard movie night
- write a children’s book featuring Granta
do a canvas framing tutorial eat at Saltbox kayak on the Haw bike to work actually style my hair in the a.m. (once)
- have an Oscar viewing party where we all wear our shiny dresses again
run a 5K listen to WKNC once a week to learn about new/local music start a nature club- hikes, outings, camping, etc.
- Develop lyrics for a song possibly entitled “Oak City Type of Mind” set to the beat of Jay Z and Alicia Keyes version of “Empire State of Mind” with the hook starting with, “In RALEIGH, Oak City Where Dreams are Made, Oh…There’s nothing you can’t do.. ” Cruizin’ down Glenwood…. and so on..
- Go to ATL to watch the Heels continue their trend of winning a Basketball National Championship every four years (2005, 2009, and wait for it – by some form of divine intervention and one of the largest miracles ever, 2013 National Champions).
- Ride a bike all the way to Umstead from home/downtown.
Celebrate something at the Wild Turkey Lounge with a round of shots. Visit the new library on Centennial.
- Drive a bucket of balls at the Lonnie Poole course on Centennial.
Enter Beaumont into some sort of competition. Concoct a signature drink for FOTM. Learn more about Raleigh history- Civil War, architecture, etc. Enough to mildly impress someone while walking through downtown. Go to 4-5 local brewery activities this year. Big Boss has an Octoberfest block party, etc.
- Go to a Crawdads game.
- Serve oysters on the street whenever we get enough snow to close schools.
- Dream up the next Krispy Kreme challenge.
- Go to the country medical museum out near Zebulon.
- Go sailing on Jordan Lake and camp on an island.
- Go to a Friday night race at the Wake County Speedway.
- Actually use my couchsurfing.com account.
- Take a bike on the Amtrak up to DC when the Cherry trees are in bloom and ride around our nations Capitol.
- Find Tracy a nickname.
- Take a bartending class at the Crunkleton
have a drink at the Crunkleton see the Felice Brothers music night to work through both kinds of songs: country and western