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Monday, January 22, 2007

Aspirational


The Christmas after my husband and I were married in 1975, his brother John gave us a small, flat circle of wood with the letters "TUIT" written on one side. He explained that now we could do all the things we'd put off until we got "a round tuit."

Very funny, John!

Now, 32 years later, I wish I had kept that little piece of wood. I'm 55, which is not old, but between work, house stuff, raising the kids, etc., I have begun to worry I will run out of time - not to mention money - for the things I want to see and do. I was reminded of this just now by an entry in Mary's blog about a scrapbooking convention. What fun! I wish I could get organized to display our lives in a series of lovely scrapbooks.

What do you want to accomplish or do?

Here is my list:

- The aforementioned scrapbooking.
- Never mind scrapbooking; I'd just like to get the family photos going back to 1994-ish in albums!
- Learn to use all the features on my digital camera and do more non-snapshot photography.
- Practice the piano so I can play songs for Caroline - and for myself.
- Art: drawing, painting, printmaking.
- Travel: At a bare minimum, Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, England, Scotland, the Holy Land (if it's ever safe), the Caribbean, California (again), Seattle, Vancouver, Colombia (again) -- the latter with Andrés and Melinda, the St. Louis area (ancestral interests), Nova Scotia. I would like to drive with Michael around the entire United States, rambling off the major highways à la Charles Kuralt. I hope to travel by rail across Canada and then down the West Coast, disembarking frequently to see the sights.
- Get to another Star Wars convention (I can't go to the one this May. Boo).
- See Prince in concert.
- Spend a week at a spa (ladies only).
- Take Melinda to New York City for theater and shopping and girly fun.
- Get back on my hockey skates.
- Related to previous item: Lose 50 pounds, permanently.
- Have a "bird room" at home with a parrot, some cockatiels, and some parakeets, as well as a tank holding several red-eared sliders (turtles).
- Earn or win enough money to make a large, meaningful charitable donation locally.
- See our kids graduated from college, launched on careers, and eventually married and giving us some more grandchildren. Yes, I want to see these things in person!

I guess I won't stress about my mortality. I have far too many things to do before I die.

8 Comments:

  • HAHA, he should have marketed "a round tuit."

    That is an impressive list. I had planned to try scrapbooking once, but after my first tag I got distracted by other things.

    I'm still hoping I can teach my puppy "down/stay" for more than a minute, but once I get that done, I have plans. :)

    I have photos to print and put in albums too, and there are some things I want to set up for my cousin's baby so she'll know who her dad's family NY is. I was pretty much the keeper of the photos and videos up until ten years ago, and I would love to convert all the family videos to DVD--just in time for the next format change.

    Have fun on the hockey skates! I used to love skating--sadly, I was a rolling danger zone.

    By Blogger BrideOfPorkins, at Mon Jan 22, 08:59:00 PM EST  

  • Believe me, the scrapbooking happens only a few times a year! I need those big events to get my butt in gear. But a week at a spa? Totally!

    By Blogger Bozoette, at Tue Jan 23, 09:44:00 AM EST  

  • I'm in it for the Prince concert if you are.

    By Blogger helenjane, at Wed Jan 24, 10:57:00 PM EST  

  • Did you really mean "aspirational?"

    ... or inspirational?

    By Blogger uknowwhoiyam, at Thu Feb 08, 11:01:00 PM EST  

  • Just last night we were going through old photo's and out fell my old "TUIT" chip I've had since about 1974! I had to explain what it was to my husband and told him to be sure to put it back where it fell out of... I still have my "round tuit"

    By Blogger Hollie, at Sun Mar 11, 10:20:00 PM EDT  

  • uknowwhoiyam:

    Yes, I really meant "aspirational." I choose words carefully and consciously -- an occupational hazard. :-)

    By Blogger AnneD, at Fri Mar 30, 11:00:00 AM EDT  

  • It's very hard to get anything accomplished when you're trying to put a round "tuit" in a square hole. There is a square just waiting to be sawed out of that round "tuit". That's the best I could come up with at my age! Let me sleep on it for a few weeks and I'll come up with something better. Maybe after a few beers on the deck with nothing but ocean waves to settle my mind.

    Your friend,

    Tony

    By Anonymous Tony, at Wed May 02, 10:49:00 PM EDT  

  • You have to run up the Art Museum steps in Philly and do and shadow box like Rocky!!! Liberty Bell? Independence Hall? 4th of July in Philly - Hall and Oates concert this year... I know. We're just a rest stop between DC and New York City. It could be worse. I could live in New Jersey!!!!

    Gonna Fly Now,

    Tony

    By Anonymous Tony, at Wed May 02, 10:52:00 PM EDT  

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