Well I've finally pulled together checklist #38. It isn't terribly exciting this year, but if the year passes and I have checked off all these things then I will be ahead of where I am now. The checklists are concrete things that I can check off easily versus my new year's resolutions which are a little more broad. Here we go.
1. Find a new hair salon - For many, many years I got a $12 haircut from places in my area. I am really not comfortable in places like salons or in make-up stores, because I am actually a bumpkin in disguise and fashionable places are so out of my element. Last year I was in a mood and I decided to try the Ulta salon on Richmond. That haircut was $50. A big step up for me, but it was worth it. I continued going there for several months, but my stylist called me in March and said he was moving out of town. I could always just get another stylist from Ulta, but I think I am ready to try a real salon. At least I think I am. But I need to find a place that isn't too trendy because that will just make me uncomfortable. And I need to find a place where the stylist won't insist that I get my hair colored, because I don't want to color my hair. I have no idea where to start, but I'm going to have to find one soon since my hair is getting long. Or I could get a $12 as a temporary fix until I find a permanent place.
2. Go to the doctor for a check-up - I'm terrified of going to the doctor. I'm convinced that I'm going to get horrible news and die within a few years. I know this isn't logical, but it doesn't matter, because it is how I feel. I don't like going to the doctor unless I have to. I would like to eventually be on the yearly check-up schedule with a doctor, but I have to work up to it. So hopefully sometime this year I can go to the doctor for no reason other than a check-up. This by far the scariest thing on my list.
3. Posting schedule at Assignment: Houston website - I really need this. I know people have discovered the Flickr group through the website and I know that the website could really be a resource for local photographers looking for things to photograph in the area, but I neglect the site terribly. Every great blogger I know budgets time for it and I need to do the same. So I must set up a schedule for when I'm going to work on the website and I need to stick with it.
4. Get fitted for a bra - I think every woman needs to do this, but many don't. My bras are starting to look worn and there are a few that are falling apart. I'd like to buy some new ones, but I am resistant to buying more ill fitting specimens. Lane Bryant has free fittings at their Cacique locations and I just need to go and do it. Once I have the right size I can buy whatever I want.
5. Buy new bedding - My bedding is shameful. My sheets are a hodge podge of mismatched colors and styles. I hear people talk about thread counts, but I bought these before people paid any attention to things like that. My comforter on top of that is not pretty and has also received the loving attention of my cat who likes to pull threads out of fabric. So I want a new comforter package and at least two new sets of sheets. Without breaking the bank.
6. Hang curtains in the living room - Yeah, I'm not a very good girl. I'm not comfortable at salons or make-up stores, I don't have a good sense of fashion and I can't cook. I also don't do things like hang curtains in my residence. So when I move to my new place I'm going to hang curtains in the living room.
7. Hang artwork in the living room - Related. All my walls are bare. Preferably my artwork, but it doesn't have to be.
8. Netflix at least twice a month - I am the kind of customer that Netflix loves. I get a disc and then it sits in my mail stack for months at a time, all the while I'm paying Netflix for the privilege. But I don't want to cancel Netflix, because I like it. I just want to actually start watching my discs on a more regular basis. So kicking it up to at least two discs a month.
9. Send at least one card/postcard a month - During Spring Break I discovered the fabulous stationery store Papyrus in the Rice Village. They have beautiful cards and I lingered over the boxes and bins and wished that I had someone to send a card to, but who sends cards anymore! I am a big proponent of email so I certainly don't, but there is something wonderful about a card. A few weeks ago my friend sent me a card that had the same sentiment in it. Wouldn't it be nice to get something in the mail other than junk or bills? And I think the hunt for zany postcards would be just as fun as the hunt for beautiful cards in fun stationery stores (love stationery stores!). So, I'm going to buy some stamps and dust off the pen and send some cards. But first I'm going to have to get everyone's address again. If you want a card send me an email (don't post it in the comments) with your address and I'll add you to the list.
10. Read 15 new books this year - I'm not ready to declare my love yet for the Kindle, but I am enjoying it quite a bit and I am already on my third book. That is a nice uptick in my reading which has fallen by the wayside in the last few years. I got to the point where I was reading maybe two new books a year. I was re-reading a lot of books, but not reading new ones. So 15 new books in year 38. The one I'm currently reading now will count as book 1 since I started it after my birthday.
So that's it. Checklist #38. I'm looking forward to some and terrified of others. Should be an interesting year.