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Why don’t you do somethin’… [Updated]

So part of me living in NYC is that I’m attempting to live the life I always wanted to live. There is way too much opportunity here and I made a promise to myself a long time ago that I would take advantage of all I could while I was in this city (even though I may very well spend the rest of my life here).

Get ready, NYC…

I was recently out with my friend Chrissy and somehow in conversation she revealed that she compiles a yearly bucket list of sorts – things to do from birthday to birthday. She had really simple and accomplishable items on her list… the idea is that you actually DO the things… and if you don’t get to them in a year, roll them over into the next year – no pressure. And I suddenly got very excited.

So here’s my list… 34 things I hope to do before I turn 34 next September:

1) Go skiing – I have only been snowboarding… and that was just once.

2) Go on a sailboat – I feel certain I can make this happen next summer…

3) Try Ethiopian food – I have tried a lot of different foods since moving to NYC, Ethiopian hasn’t come up yet… and there are places RIGHT in my neighborhood… seems like a no-brainer.

4) Go listen to live jazz – again, so many good places in my neighborhood… why haven’t I done this yet?!

5) Go see a cabaret show – even if it’s terrible…

6) Go to an improv show – again, how have I not done this yet?

7) Take an improv class – because I know once I see a show, I will want to DO it.

8) Get drinks on a rooftop (swanky style) – no, I didn’t do this during my first summer in the city… I drank on my own rooftop, but that was beers on lawn chairs in my PJs… I want to get fancy.

9) Eat at a restaurant where reservations are required – this may involve saving some cash… unless I find a nice gentleman willing to take me out..

10) Go to the ballet – are you beginning to see a common thread with some of these?

11) Go to the symphony in Central Park – again, easy enough… why didn’t I take more advantage of CP last summer?

12) Get a bike – man, I wish I had done this earlier… could use one now…

13) Start learning Italian – but seriously and not just a word here and there.

14) Get paid to write something – this would be super… especially if it could happen sooner than later. And I’m not asking for much…

15) Go an entire weekend without the Internet – this could be tricky…

16) Take a cooking class – I can’t cook, but this would be fun.

17) Go speed dating – I’ve always wanted to do this and one of my guy friends has gone and will go again… I will make this happen soon.

18) Go to a magic show – wouldn’t that be hilarious?

19) Participate in a Hash – I saw one of these groups very early upon my arrival to NYC and have wanted to do it ever since.

20) Go to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – simple enough… of course it would mean not being with family – unless they want to come HERE… Thanksgiving in NYC sounds pretty awesome to me… And really, for this, I would settle for going and seeing the balloons being inflated…

20) Eat raw oysters.  (I’m allowed to make a change… there are no rules… only my rules… of which there are no rules)

21) Volunteer – yes, I have volunteered before… but it’s been a very long time… and this shouldn’t be difficult given the recent storm… but I’d also like to do something in my neighborhood if possible…

22) Take a dance class – tap would be ideal… but I’ll go for anything…

23) Go ice skating in Central Park – and this is already on my agenda for December… sweet.

24) Go to 10 different museums – seeing as how I have access to any museum through work it is shocking that I haven’t already done this…

25) Go to a midnight showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show – how I haven’t already done this, I do not know… but it must happen.

26) Go to a Yankees game – some of my family members will be disgusted with that… but I’ve been to a couple of iconic baseball fields already, I feel like I live too close to Yankee Stadium to not go..

27) Organize a picnic in Central Park – something I wanted to do last summer, but never got around to it…

28) Go camping – I am sure I will not like this, but I feel like it’s something I need to do…

29) Take an art class – preferably drawing or painting, but I’ll go for ceramics or something like that too…

30) Write every day for 7 days – I should write like this all the time, but I tend to lack motivation…

31) Go on a day trip outside of the city – there is so much to explore in the surrounding areas… I want to see what I can find.

32) Go to SantaCon (or Pirate Con… or both) – this city is so silly… I want to join in on the silliness more often.

33) Run a 5K – I’m not running a marathon any time soon… And I have participated in a 5K before, but I walked most of it. I want to RUN… then maybe next year, I’ll move up to a 10K… whaaaaat?

34) Go to roller derby (yes, this one was straight up stolen from Chrissy’s list) – and mark my words, if I get to go I will bet that next year’s list will include participating in a roller derby.

What’s on YOUR list?

Blog song title: “Do Something” by Britney Spears


Oh no not I, I will survive…

Sandy was a HUGE bitch

First of all, I know how incredibly fortunate I am to have made it through this storm unscathed. My power didn’t go out, my water is still on, no damage or injury. My only problem was missing out on a week of income since my office closed due to lack of power (which in my world is pretty devastating since I currently have $16 to my name, but I’m ALIVE). And I do know so many people who were affected negatively.

Many lessons are being learned, or even just reinforced, through all of this. Obviously, it’s a reminder to be grateful for everything I have. But it’s also a reminder to not take things for granted. Just this morning the wifi in my apartment went down (again)… my first reaction was to be really annoyed… but then I stopped and remembered that at least I HAVE internet access. Oh and a ROOF OVER MY HEAD. It’s so easy to forget how easy I have it. And while I certainly struggle financially, I still maintain a home (though ask me again after my next paycheck which will be one week short of pay… ouch).

Another thing I’ve learned is how amazing this city is. It was so hard to see a city that is so full of life and energy come to a grinding halt. But that didn’t last too long. People are back out in the streets, the subway is starting to run again and those without power should see the light tomorrow. Talk about getting right back up after you fall… I am so incredibly inspired by what a tough bitch NYC is.

Of course, that’s not the case for everyone… many places simply cannot return to normal… Sandy caused her fair share of death and destruction. It has been so disheartening… but again, I’m amazed at how this city has rallied and shown the true meaning of “neighbor.” I wish I could do more… but I’m doing what I can to help. Check out nyc.gov, newyorkcares.org, the Red Cross, Rockaway Relief, statenisland.recovers.org, or just Google “Sandy volunteer” and you can find ways to help too…

 

Blog title song: “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
Photo credit: Getty Images via telegraph.co.uk


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