- Knit more - After my initial potholder and 'dishcloth angel', I started working on something without a pattern- it began as a scarf, and then I messed up and decided to turn it into a bag/purse (still without a pattern) and I just finished it last night. I'm only moderately happy with it, so I'm going back to practicing with patterns before I try to make my own thing up again. I started on gloves today and am about 1/2 done with the pair. On my wish list: circular or double pointed needles. I have plenty of yarn, thanks to my dear husband and Christmas, but there are lots of round things I'd like to try to knit that I can't do with the one-pointed needles I have.
- Read my Christmas books before next Christmas - Last year, the only book I got for Christmas, I didn't pick up till the fall. I've started in on one of my two books I got this year - The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne and a Generous Orthodoxy by Brian McLaren. These are books that were first brought to my attention when they were quoted in various services at church, but moreso as I've learned more about the emerging church movement. We go to a fabulous service at Grace Community Church called Sojourn every week and love it. It is considered an emergent-style service, though isn't necessarily advertised as such. It is theologically sound, and the worship is creative and contemplative and like no other service I've been to. The catch: many well-meaning Christians (including a prominent Christian woman's blog, which I'd LOVE to participate in the Carnval of Beauty, but I can't in good faith right now, due only to #4) learn a little about the emerging church movement, as defined one way or another, and vilify the whole thing. I have limited experience with the worship style: what I've seen in Sojourn and what I've read on blogs. By reading these books, especially McLaren's (who is often pointed to as the father of the movement), I'll get an idea of the theory and ideas behind this thing, decide for myself whether I agree or not, and be able to form a well-informed defense of the movement.
- Make good use of the recent gifts of cookbooks - Josh and I have talked about cooking more and eating out less, to save money and be healthier. Over the course of the last half-year, I've printed out lots of recipes and my recipe box has turned into a mess of folded 8.5x11 sheets of paper. A project this weekend is copying those recipes onto easier-to-organize index cards. While copying the recipes, I was reminded of some I want to try again, and some I haven't tried yet but want to! And there's an 1,132-page Joy of Cooking book here just waiting for me to experiment on. As I mentioned earlier, I've been interested in growing a little bit on my own food/spices, and canning food. I'm primarily interested to do this for the health benefits of avoiding the pesticides, preservatives, and sugars in processed foods and being able to eat it fresh, and the economic benefit of not buying the food/spice, but instead having it in my own garden. The catch: I have no yard, just two apartment balconies. I need to find something to grow that doesn't need much sun, or I need to find a sunny spot.
- Get back into yoga or bike-riding or some kind of exercise - I really liked the yoga thing, but it was taking a huge chunk out of my work day that was becoming inconvenient and imprudent. Bike-riding, on the other hand, could become a regular occurrence in warmer weather, riding to and from work. Not only will I feel like I'm doing something good for my body, I feel like I'm doing something good for the earth, and I like that even more.
I realized while finishing this that these look very much like resolutions. I'm not into resolutions; I think this is more of a list of projects or hobbies I'm kind of in the middle of and want to continue for the next year. We'll see what happens.