Looking at the List #11

137. Go on a New York Times “36 Hour” trip.

The New York times has been publishing 36 hour trip itineraries since 2002. Recently, they’ve compiled the columns into books by region. I bought the USA version as a graduation gift for someone and I bought myself the Northeast edition. I do want to travel more and I like that these trips can be done with limited vacation time. Maybe I’ll use my copy of the book to explore a city right here in Pennsylvania!

 

140. Donate to RIT.

This picture is from 007. It was on RIT’s website until very, very recently.

About once a week, I get a phone call from RIT’s Telefund Office asking me to donate money. Well, at least that’s what I assume they are asking, I’ve personally never picked up. I know, I know, it makes me kind of sound like a jerk, but I really hate talking on the phone. I really did enjoy my time at RIT and at some point I do want to give back. I’ve helped in the past with different volunteer events, but hopefully in the next few years I’ll be at the place where I can support the school financially. My plan is to donate to a specific department or organization…maybe I can get together with some of my sisters to do something really great for the house!

142. Do the whole tropical vacation thing.

There was a period of two or three weeks this winter where EVERYBODY I knew was on some awesome tropical vacation. The only thing that kept me sane during that time was that I got to go on vacation as well…to Missouri. I’m not the biggest fan of tropical vacations, but in the middle of this crazy, snowy winter, the idea of laying on a beach doing nothing for a week sounded FABULOUS. I added this to the list during that time and since then I found out that one of my cousins might be planning a destination wedding…so this goal might be a bit easier to accomplish than I imagined!

Looking at the List #10

It’s been nearly a month since I wrote a “Looking at the List” post. I should probably get these posted…you know, before I actually accomplish these things! I’m cutting it close with one of these…

124. Create a display for my nail polish.

I love nail polish. It might be fair to say I have an obsession. I used to hate painting my nails because it would look terrible from the start and then chip and look even worse. As I got older, I started buying nicer polish and became more patient when actually painting my nails. Now, my nails are painted almost 99% of the time! Of course this means that I have a rather extensive nail polish collection…currently they live in a box in my bathroom, but I would love to be able to showcase them in a creative (but functional) way.

131. Test drive a car.

I’ve never owned a new car. I’ve never even had the chance to look at cars…all have mine have come from family members, co-workers, and family friends. The only time I have ever “test driven” a car was when I was sixteen. My parents were about to purchase a third car and were going to buy one off from one of their friends. It was his mother’s car and she was no longer able to drive. The car was in decent shape and we met up with them at a local catering hall (the Amber Room for you Connecticut folks) and because the original idea was for me to drive the used car, they let me test drive it around the neighborhood. Clearly I was a cool sixteen year old. Right now, I’m hoping I WON’T need to buy a new car before I’m thirty. I drive a Corolla right now and those things seem to run forever. I do think it would be fun to visit a car lot and take something fancy out for a test drive…but I don’t even know how that process works! 

133. Volunteer with Art Feeds again.

Last year I traveled to Joplin, Missouri with an Alternative Spring Break group. We volunteered with two organizations – Art Feeds and Rebuild Joplin. I absolutely loved my trip there and I especially loved working with Art Feeds. I would love to someday start a chapter wherever I am living. When I was coming up with my list, I knew that I wanted to go back and help out again some day – I just didn’t think that day was going to come so soon! Shortly after I added #133 to my list, I was approached by students asking me to be a trip advisor for Spring Break 2014. I’m so excited to head back and I can’t wait to see what we will work on this year!!

#23 – An Update

Back when I started my list, I had the grand idea to put $30 in savings for each item that I accomplish. Unfortunately with my student loans, my current budget, and my once-a-month paycheck, this was really not a realistic goal.

Let’s take my first goal, for example. Eat a lobster dinner. Well, in order to prevent a recreation of “Annie Hall” in my kitchen, I’m most likely going to a restaurant to accomplish that one. My monthly restaurant budget is $100. That lobster dinner plus the $30 I would put in savings would wipe almost all of that out!

I’ve decided to put $10 away for each item I accomplish instead. If I accomplish all 300 goals, that would mean $3000 saved which is still a decent chunk of change. I’ve reworked my little savings account already and used some of the original money to go towards student loans and other bills. Yes, it kind of sucks that I won’t have $9000 saved…but I’m still saving something and I’ll have a little bit more to pay down that debit AND to accomplish all 300 things on my list.

Looking at the List #9

110. Watch every single Daria episode AND made-for-TV movie.

Daria finished its original run while I was just starting high school. How depressing. LUCKILY the N (home to some of my favorite high school shows, like Degrassi) showed reruns on a fairly regular basis. I spent many a track bus ride imitating many of the shows’ characters. Last time I checked, the show wasn’t on Netflix, so I eagerly await the day that someone gifts me a box set of the DVDs.

113. Visit Ground Zero.

I grew up outside New York City. I did all the “tourist” things as a kid. I avoided them more and more as I got older. As a result, I don’t remember the last time I saw the Twin Towers. They were just always in the background and then one day they weren’t. I haven’t been to Ground Zero yet and not because it’s a “tourist” thing. I view it as the opposite. It’s a New York thing. It’s a home thing. It’s a thing for all the people that lost their people that day. I was on a bus that rolled by once six years ago, but that’s the closest I’ve gotten. Now that I live farther from Manhattan, I don’t visit as often. I have a few New-York related items on my list, so hopefully I can find time to visit and knock all those items off my list!

122. Learn to pack like a pro.

I have two ways of packing. I either overpack or underpack. If I overpack, I wind up bringing tons of stuff that I won’t wear or use with me on my trip. If I underpack, I bring the same two sweaters with me and don’t have enough to put together a full outfit. I tend to pack more if I’m going somewhere farther away or plan on being gone for a long time. I’m incredibly jealous of the people walking through the airport with only a small tote. My next big trip is in two months and I’ve already started looking up packing tutorials so it doesn’t feel like I’m a pack mule in the airport. Let me know if you have any tips or tricks!!

Looking at the List #8

89. Frame my diplomas.

I always joke that my RIT diploma is the most expensive piece of paper I own. And since that piece of paper arrived at my house, it’s been sitting on a shelf in my dad’s closet. I had every intention of ordering a nice frame, except I didn’t have the money for a nice frame. So then I started saying that I would frame my diploma when I had my first office. Well, now I have two offices and two diplomas and no frames. The frames aren’t any cheaper, but I think I could swing it if I made it a priority.

90. Attend a Maury taping.

There are three things that I’ll watch when I’m home sick: The Price is Right, Law and Order SVU, and Maury. I’ve included my FAVORITE Maury clip ever…make sure you watch it! Anywho – the studio that they tape Maury episodes in is MAYBE a five minute walk from my uncle’s apartment. The Jerry Springer show tapes nearby too. Maybe I’ll take a day off and watch both shows get filmed!

95. Live somewhere with in-unit laundry.

I have trouble doing laundry. I will try to go as long as I can in between loads. It’s not that I hate doing laundry, I really don’t mind it. It’s that I can never find TIME to do laundry. My apartment doesn’t have it’s own washer and dryer so I use my dorm’s laundry room. Pros? I can do multiple loads at one time. Cons? There’s never multiple machines open at one time. Honestly, I would LOVE to be able to throw a load in, go run some errands, come back, and switch my laundry out but I can’t do that because if my laundry is in the machine more than a minute past the buzzer, some student will remove it and put it on the table. I try to do my laundry late at night on the weekends since that’s when most students are out and about. One of the apartments on campus has in-unit laundry and I’m soooo jealous.

101. See five movies in theaters.

I maybe see one movie a year in theaters, so this one might be a bit of a stretch. Seriously. Unless I go to the movies again before the end of the month, the only movie I’ve seen in theaters this year is Gatsby. It’s just so much easier to watch a movie at home. I can eat whatever, I can pause it, I don’t have to put on pants… Since I’m trying to be a more social and outgoing person, I’ve decided seeing five movies in theaters in the next three and a half years shouldn’t be too hard. I even have a gift card to the local theater! Anything good out?

Looking at the List #7

78. Use up my tanning credits.

I am a pale, pale person. Normally I get some color during the summer, but last year I started working full time and got NO color whatsoever. Fast forward six months and I had a wedding, a formal, and cheerleading tryouts coming up and I looked like a very blonde ghost. I went to the local cancer box tanning salon and purchased I think something like ten sessions. I went once or twice before each event and then forgot about it for awhile. I went again during the summer, but I just haven’t found the time since. When I do go, I go to one of the less powerful beds and I don’t tan for very long. I actually find it super relaxing and kind of miss it! I’m not sure if I will buy another package, but I should at least finish what I bought!

80. Go ice skating.

Recently I made a goal to be more social and get out more. I get bored with just going out for drinks, so I started looking back on things I did before I was of legal drinking age – bowling, ice skating, and sporting events were how I spent many a weekend during high school! I haven’t gone ice skating in FOREVER…hopefully I can go this winter! Bonus points if it’s on a lake or outdoors!

84. Come up with a workout routine that works for me.

Last year I was in the best shape of my life. I had been going to the gym regularly. I got all these workout videos to get ready for cheerleading. I was able to run three miles in 21 minutes…I’m pretty sure that’s faster than I was able to drive to work this morning. So what happened? Cheerleading ended and I “took a break”. A long break. I mean, I still walk my dog daily, but I don’t go to the gym. The other day, I tried to do one of the workout videos, but Lilly just climbed all over me. Going to the gym doesn’t work because I feel bad leaving the dog at home. Working out in a traditional way at home doesn’t work because my dog is apparently morally against it. I need to find some creative way to get my exercise. Suggestions?

87. Properly recycle my old laptop.

Before I left for college, my dad’s siblings all got together and bought me my laptop as a graduation/birthday present. Unfortunately, that laptop didn’t survive too long, but Apple replaced it! That one did manage to make it all the way through grad school before finally succumbing peacefully refusing to turn on one day. By this time not only was my laptop WAY out of warranty, but it was so old that Apple wouldn’t even fix it. So I did what any sane, cash-strapped twenty-something would do and bought an iMac. The only problem is that I still have this dead laptop taking up precious storage space in my closet.

Looking at the List #6

59. Plant something and have it grow.

I have a distinct memory from when I was about seven years old. My dad wanted to plant flowers in our yard and he let me pick them out. I was really excited to do this. I chose all purple flowers (future Deepher problems). I even got to help my dad plant them. One day, we finally saw one shooting up. Unfortunately, so did my dog, Harry, and he proceeded to dig our “garden” up. And that was the end of that. I’ve lived in apartments since I was eighteen and those don’t make the best growing environments for plants. I currently have a basil plant in my kitchen, but his days look numbered. I would love to be able to grow my own vegetables.  Over the summer I was able to “borrow” some garden space, but since I wasn’t out there all the time, I didn’t really feel like I grew them.

Spaghetti squash I planted this year.

Spaghetti squash I planted this year.

60. Read 100 books. (10 down, 90 to go!)

I actually like to read. I can completely lose myself in a book. One night in college, I started reading some Jodi Picoult novel around 6 pm and the next thing I knew, my roommate Pam was in our room in her pajamas. I hadn’t realized she had come in or that it was past 10 pm! In October I read 10 books, but the past few weeks my reading has been limited to BuzzFeed articles.

68. Eat duck.

We used to go to this restaurant in Connecticut called Cobb’s Mill Inn for every family event. It was definitely a fancy place and I remembered that a lot of my uncles would order duck off the menu (meanwhile I was trying to find the closest thing to mac and cheese on the menu). I feel like duck shouldn’t taste too different from chicken or turkey. This is me being adventurous with my food…trying duck.

When I’d get sick of hanging with the adults, I’d go outside and play by the waterfall.

75. Make a vegan meal.

On the opposite end of the spectrum…my former boss and current friend Becca was the first vegan I ever met. I had plenty of vegetarian friends, but the no dairy thing completely through me for a loop. I learned a lot that first year – did you know that Oreos are vegan? That fact frightened me a little. We had a Christmas dinner at my apartment that first year and I volunteered to make vegan mac and cheese and it was a major fail. It just doesn’t translate well. BUT there are plenty of other tasty-sounding dishes out there and I’d love to try and make a few of them. If you have any recommendations, send them my way!

Looking at the List #5

49. Apply to another job.

People keep asking why I have this on my list. This isn’t a goal I have for right this very minute, but at some point before I’m thirty, I would like to (and am pretty sure that I will) apply for a different job. My current job is entry level – most only stay for two or three years. I’m halfway through that already! Co-workers have already started to ask if I’m looking again and I’m not at this moment. It’s weird to think that I might not be here for a third year and that I’m  planning events that someone else will run. Another weird thing – this is the first job in my life that doesn’t have a set “end” date. This is also something a lot of my friends will be going through around the same time, so I’m glad I won’t go through it alone!

52. Visit a neighborhood in NYC that I have not visited before.

Even though I grew up going into Manhattan regularly, it’s a big place and there are plenty of areas I’ve never visited! When I was younger, I’d go wherever my parents wanted to go. As I got older, I sort of created a “routine” for going into the city – head up 5th Ave to Central Park then wander around the Upper East Side. I don’t have any plans to go Manhattan anytime soon, but next time I do, I’ll be sure to ask for suggestions!

53. Buy my dad Yankees tickets for his birthday.

My dad’s really into sports. Football and baseball are his favorites, but he willingly came to hockey games with me all through high school. My dad and I do not see eye-to-eye on football teams (Go Patriots!) but we DO share a favorite baseball team. My dad’s birthday is also just days before baseball season starts. There have been a few years that I’ve looked into getting him tickets for the home opener, but I can’t afford that. Sorry, PJ. However there are a bunch of other games each season that I’m sure he’d be happy to receive tickets for…I also want to see the new stadium…yes that’s how long it’s been since I’ve been to a game.

55. Watch the entire series of “Friends”.

One of my neighbors was really obsessed with the TV show “Friends” when we were in middle school. I watched a few episodes here and there so I had something to contribute to the conversation. She was also obsessed with Backstreet Boys but that was not a path I was willing to travel. I’m sure that I would appreciate the show much more now as a twenty-something. Is it on Netflix? I don’t think it’s on Netflix…that means I have three and a half years to find the DVDs and watch it.

Looking at the List #4

31. Get the balance of my student loans under their original amount.

Like most twenty-somethings out there, I had to take out student loans in order to fund my four five seven years of higher education. I pay a lot towards them each much so I can pay them off as soon as possible, but I swear it seems like I haven’t made a dent. I currently owe more than I took out in the first place thanks to interest. It’s hard because at this point, my payment isn’t much more than the loans accrue in interest each month. Every month I look to see if my loans have gotten below that magic number and I plan on celebrating once this happens…maybe a $12 bottle of wine instead of a $6 bottle!!

37. Buy the rest of my bedroom furniture.

Many entry-level student affairs positions require that you live on campus. Mine is one of them. Most schools provide furniture for your apartment. Mine is only sort of one of them…when I moved in, the only furniture was the same type of furniture that you find in a dorm room – desk, dresser, and a twin XL. My boss told me that I could have this furniture removed and bring in my own, which I promptly did. I spent a wonderful day at Ikea picking out everything I wanted for my apartment, but only left with a few things. Currently, I have the bed and the vanity from my bedroom set. I still have the school-provided dresser in my apartment and probably will until I leave (which will hopefully be sometime before I’m 30!). I can’t wait to have the matching dresser and nightstand!

I already have the vanity on the left…can’t wait to have a matching set!

42. Be a bridesmaid. (October 2014!)

While I’ve had plenty of friends get married, I’ve never been a bridesmaid. The closest I’ve come is being a flower girl when I was seven (no I don’t have pictures). Next year, I will get the chance to be a bridesmaid! Ashley, my friend that I met the first day of kindergarten, asked me to be in her wedding! I’m super excited for her and super excited for the wedding!! We’ve already picked out our dresses and shoes – now comes the fun part…planning the shower and bachelorette party. The other bridesmaids are Ashley’s sisters and some of our other friends, so there won’t be any crazy Bridesmaids-style drama.

Trying on bridesmaids dresses for next year!

Trying on bridesmaids dresses for next year!

44. Visit a farmer’s market.

When I lived in Rochester, I was lucky enough to have the Public Market a short drive away. On Saturday mornings, I could head out and pick up food for the week for a fraction of what it would cost me in the grocery store. There would be farmers selling fresh fruits and veggies, Mennonite families selling baked goods, and plenty of stands on the side where you could get crepes or empanadas so you didn’t hungry-shop. Apparently there’s something similar in Reading, but I have yet to check it out. Maybe this weekend…

Looking at the List #3

It’s been a busy week with Homecoming and all, but my ultimate goal is to get on some sort of regular posting schedule…of course I say that with ONE WEEK TO GO until I’m in Florida…so we’ll see how this goes…

24. Find out my blood type

I’m adopted which means there’s a whole slew of stuff  about myself that I don’t know. Medical history? No idea. Where my curly red hair came from? A friend’s mother joked that it came from the JCPenny’s catalog. I probably won’t know a lot of that stuff…but there is a test to find out my blood type. It’s just that that test requires a needle. To draw blood. Clearly you can see why I’ve put it off.

My REAL hope is that sometime in the next three-ish years, technology creates some cheap, easy, and pain-free way for me to know my blood type. If not, hopefully I can suck it up and go get the test done!

25. Watch the post-Elliott Stabler seasons of SVU

I first watched Law and Order SVU when I was in middle school. No, I didn’t have irresponsible parents…my religion teacher’s daughter played one of Detective Stabler’s daughters, so of course I wanted to see her on TV. Other than that, I really had no interest in the show. Later in life, I fell captive to one of USA’s SVU marathons. And by one I mean MANY. Seriously, if you find that USA is running a marathon of SVU and there is something that needs doing, do NOT turn on the TV.

One winter session, I decided to watch all of SVU on Netflix. By some miracle, it did NOT negatively affect the grade I got on my comprehensive exam. At the time, Netflix ONLY had the Stabler episodes – he had just left the show. I could have easily started watching the current episodes on whatever channel they air, but I liked Stabler, I didn’t want to see the show without him. I was afraid it would suck. However, it’s still on the air and I’m sure they’ve updated Netflix so I should probably check it out.

27. Have a conversation in ASL

RIT has NTID, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, on its campus. About 10% of the student body was deaf or hard-of-hearing. I was used to classes with interpreters and c-print, captioning on all of the TVs, and seeing groups of students speaking with their hands. It wasn’t hard to learn ASL (American Sign Language) at RIT. They offered classes – both for credit and not-for-credit and had weekly “No Voice Zone” sessions. Additionally, everybody learned the “dirty” words quickly. I took the not-for-credit courses offered through NTID. They were $15 each quarter and were taught by NTID students. Fun fact – my ASL instructor later went on to become the first deaf contestant on Amazing Race!

While I was at RIT, my sign was okay…I’m not going to say I was good by any means…I have several friends that are interpreting majors, they’re good. I was able to practice signing frequently by talking with co-workers, sorority sisters, and classmates. Since leaving RIT, I really haven’t had the chance to use ASL. The local community class has ASL courses that I’ve thought of taking, but they’re a bit pricy.

Really, RIT is the only place that I know I can sign. The last time I visited, I wound up running into a sorority sister outside of the house and even though I had never met her before, we had an entire conversation in ASL. Granted, there was a lot of finger spelling on my end. Getting back to RIT is already on the list so hopefully while I’m there I can kill two birds with one stone!

29. $5 for every task NOT completed to charity

This one was definitely spotted on other lists! This is one that can’t be crossed off until the end and I have no clue what the amount is going to be. I’m also not sure of what charity I’m going to donate it to. Through Junior League, I’ve gotten to learn about local organizations that help the Reading area, so if I’m still in the area, maybe that’s where it will go to. Or maybe I’ll FINALLY answer RIT’s request for donations…HA!