Draft clean-up day, part 3: I started writing this June 26th.
Last year, I read an article on Lifehacker about creating a summer manifesto. It seemed like a good idea, a way to perhaps not forget those few dozen cool things I want to do before they become like so many of my good intentions, filed under Hey, I forgot about that!
And it worked. the only thing I didn’t do is go to a drive-in movie, so it’s back on this year’s version. Other things are back on it, just because they were awesome the first time around.
A List of Shit I Want To Do This Summer So I Don’t Forget, 2013 edition.
- Knit the Nennir cowl. Small enough to be transportable, complex enough that I won’t get bored.
- Knit some socks. Ankle socks for some instant gratification and knee socks because after summer comes fall. After fall, comes winter. And winter means cold feet and legs.
- Get out the Flora soft circuit microcontrollers and maybe make this colour changing scarf
- Dust off the sewing machine. Why pay $20 for knitting project bags when I can make my own?
- Learn how to do a proper crossover and jump on roller skates, finally. Learn and remember the rule changes, the ones that were put in place in January.
- Learn Ruby on Rails if time permits.
- Learn about beer. While I am not sure just how practical it is in the long run, making beer part of my future career plans, I do want to learn more about it, to appreciate the flavours more and to make my own.
- Read more books for fun this summer. I still have some to get through from this list, plus I’m finding I keep reaching for more books in the Culture series from the late Iain Banks. I’m currently 3 books behind in my 2013 reading challenge on Goodreads (4 books/month), but I hope to more than make that up when I’m away at the cottage for a week.
- Try reading more non-fiction. Usually non-fiction makes me zone out, but I am hopeful that Tasting Beer by Randy Mosher will be an exception.
- Read outside. In the park. On a dock at a northern lake. In a hammock. On a blanket in the park. In bed. Just read.
- Be more active. Walk, swim or hit the gym around four times a week.
- Stay in better contact with friends. Call them. Meet local ones on a patio somewhere.
- Go skating! Practice stopping and turning. And not falling. (See first point under Learn Shit)
- Write. Write new things. Edit some older things.
- Cook hot dogs over a campfire.
- Experiment with beer and food.
- Do the Pantone Project on Instagram. I got the postcards a few weeks ago, and have yet to take even one.
- Eat more fresh and local. Go to farmer’s markets and roadside fruit stands.
- Go swimming. And even more importantly, don’t care about how I look.
- Journal more. Wriitng by hand only hurts because I don’t do enough of it.
- Go to a drive-in. The one near where I grew up is still open.
- Go to Manitoulin Island, Tyson Lake, Port Dover. Watch the sunlight sparkle on the water and ignore everything else.
- Spend a day on Toronto Island by myself.
- Go on directionless road trips with Keith whenever possible.
- Visit Moreland House finally, rather than just driving past it.
Chill the Fuck Out and/or Do Sweet Fuck All
- Go offline for a week minimum.
- Drink a cold libation on a patio and people watch.
- Blow some soap bubbles. Wave sparklers around after dark.
- Turn off everything and watch a thunderstorm should the opportunity arise.
- Watch a sunset.
- Spend time with Keith.