As the soft whir of propellers from neighborhood drones drifts over the fence in the backyard, I’ve discovered that finally getting that hot tub does not attract space aliens. It attracts other things with cameras, spinning them into your orbit. And all you can do is wave and hope that the footage it produces goes viral enough that the face-recognition system at the airport sends you to the front of the line at the TSA—where you’re greeted with a hearty laugh—and a, “hey! You finally giving that hot tub a break?” from the stern-looking fellow at the shoe-check station.
So, yes! The “big” goal of 2022 (and 2016-2021) is finally done. The backyard is landscaped, with the hot tub and deck in place, and it has been a lot of fun to enjoy as a family. We do tend to visit the hot tub at night, when drone activity seems to die down—at least we’re too busy looking at the stars to notice.
Other Things Accomplished That Were on Last Year’s List:
–Join an Improv Club. I did it! I joined and attended a month’s worth of sessions online in the hopes of becoming more spontaneous at work. It paid off months later when I spontaneously pulled my back out and hilariously used people’s offices to roll around on the floor to stretch the muscles back into place. Oh, the fun! (My back is working just fine now. What a hoot!)
Things that Weren’t on the List:
–Took dance lessons with Nate. I actually dropped the improv lessons to spend more time in the dance studio with Nate, and it was fun. We learned a lot of new dance steps we can practice in the kitchen—when our backs aren’t hurting—and when we’re not recovering from surgery or some kind of plague.
–Went to a Monster Truck Rally. My cravings for dirt, noise, and gasoline fumes were completely satisfied for years to come. Monster Trucks rock, but I don’t need to go to another rally. This one is safely off my bucket list.
–Celebrated a one-year anniversary as a copywriter at my new job.
–Wrote 52 more short stories with 31 acceptances and one Best of the Net Nomination, which I’ve never had before.
Goals for Next Year:
–Attempt to Organize the Closets Again. If I use the word “attempt,” the goal is already accomplished because an attempt can be anything, such as opening a closet door and sipping a beer.
–See What Purple Hairspray Looks Like—on My Head.
And that’s it. I think that’s a sturdy foundation from which other goals can just explode like firecrackers and grenades of self-improvement and progress.
Happy New Year!
A Special Note: The Fixin’ Leaks and Leeks Family had to say good-bye to SeaTac “the action cat.” He was put to sleep shortly before Thanksgiving, and we really, really, really miss him—and his cute furry face, poking up over the countertops whenever we’d start a crafting adventure. He certainly enjoyed a good project, and he will forever remain a valued founding member of the Fixin’ Leaks and Leeks Team.
Your Turn: Do you have any goals for 2023? Feel free to share in the comments.