New Year’s Eve and Day found me, with the assistance of Col and Jo, making a list of 12 things I’d like to do in 2013. I know, if I was cooler it would be 13 things for 2013. But I’m not cool, I’m awesome. On the whole, these are things I sporadically think I’d like to do and then forget about, or never quite get round to. There are a couple which were influenced by the company I kept while making the list (numbers four and seven) and one which is not something I’ve ever aspired to but seemed funny at the time. I’ll leave you to guess which one that was.
So here’s the list. It’s not exhaustive (I expect to do other fun and interesting things in 2013) and it’s not a commitment (don’t come here complaining in 2014 that I’ve only done half of them) but I’m hoping it will encourage me to try some new things:
- Make a souffle: It’s one of those things which is supposed to be slightly tricky to get right; therefore, of course, I want to try it. Unfortunately I may need to buy a new oven first as mine is temperamental, which makes it a bit more of a big thing than just mixing together some eggs, milk and flour and putting it in the oven (I know. I don’t even know what you put in a souffle. I’m just guessing really).
- Watch a 3D film
- Go to the opera: I was supposed to go and see Don Juan when I was at school but I was ill. I think it would be interesting. Any recommendations for a good starter opera, if such a thing exists?
- Climb a Wainwright: There’s a collection of mountains and hills in the Lake District which someone called Wainwright climbed and then wrote about. Or something. I’m hoping to climb a small and easy one and then make it sound really impressive.
- Become a dancing bear: Put on a bear suit and dance. And this was suggested before we’d started drinking.
- Go on a narrowboat: I’ve fancied, for a long time, going on a narrowboat holiday. I can’t see that working with Big Girl and Small Girl but I’m sure I can find some sort of narrowboat activity to engage in.
- Eat goulash at the Dog and Gun: Col posts pictures of the food he eats after he walks and this is particularly highly recommended. I have no idea where the Dog and Gun is, but I’m fairly sure Jo and Col will be happy to show me.
- Go to an outdoor film: Each year Spinningfields in Manchester hosts a series of films on a huge screen outside. People sit in deckchairs and watch them. I have really really wanted to do this for quite a long time. 2013 will be the year I achieve it.
- Use a she-pee: It’s possible that I only added this to the list after I’d drunk enough to forget that I would then have to tell the entire internet about my plans. Still, I’ve been curious about she-pees since I first heard about them. I’ll give it a go.
- Make bunting: Lots of people have lovely bunting decorating their houses. I would like to have some but have never got round to making any. Also, it’s something that requires less organisation or purchasing of major household appliances than a lot of things on this list, so there’s a chance I might actually make it in 2013.
- Sell something on ebay: I love buying things on ebay but I’ve never sold anything. It looks like slightly more effort and commitment than I’m ever willing to put in. I’m going to give it a go. One day…
- Go skiing: While a trip to the Alps would be lovely, it’s more likely to be Chill Factore. Just as long as I don’t break my leg – my life is challenging enough.
So, that’s my list. If you’d like to join in, let me know – I’d love to have company! What new things would you like to try in 2013?