Well, kids, here we are. Another hundred days gone by since we last touched base to see how things are going in the Land of Something New. And, as in any land, it’s not always sunshine and rainbows.
But first, let’s talk about today. In honor of Day 200 of The Something New Project (and also because it was a really nice day to be out and about), I saw several new (to me) things around town today.
First, a trip to the Nature Center at Rock Creek Park to see various stuffed creatures posed to look jaunty, scary or wise, depending on their personality as determined by Disney movies. Then a nice hike. We’d visited the park before, but only seen the roadside paths, not any of the hiking trails. It was lovely, and I would be thrilled to do that every day. Unfortunately, for the days I am available, my city girl tendencies prevent me from entering the woods alone. No one’s around to hear you scream….
On that lovely note, from there it was on to Union Market to explore the culinary offerings and attend The DC Scoop, the annual ice cream festival (popcorn caramel gelato from Amore Gelato – wow). Then a viewing of Chef (excellent, by the way) at Angelika Pop-Up, a micro-cinema.
Okay, so now let’s talk about how things are going here. This is a time for us to catch up since the last time we took pause. In some ways, the past 100 days have been quite eventful. I moved to a new city, got a new home — that’s pretty big. In others, however, it’s been a disappointing time.
I mentioned in April that one of my goals for the second 100 days of the project was to find a new job. This hasn’t happened, and it’s not only disappointing and disheartening in general, it also puts financial limits on new experiences. Shockingly, it is not cheap to skydive, even with a Groupon. I mean, really, how expensive should jumping out of a plane be? The other downside of being down is that it makes it tough to feel motivated to follow through on things. Most of my follow-through energy is dedicated to obligations like networking and job applications. So, sometimes my best intentions for this project fall by the wayside. I must admit, some of my goals here have been abandoned.
Like the raw food diet. That one was a conscious decision. Raw food is good. It’s great, actually. Nothing but raw food, however, is both time and cost prohibitive if I want to eat anything other than leaves, nuts and berries. I’m not a woodland creature.
Let’s see where else:
- I’m still on about page 40 of Infinite Jest. I keep saying I’ll give it to 100 pages. I go back to it every few days. I will say this is the first time my notes (yes, I’m a big notetaker in books) include my referring to an author as a “loquacious cocksucker.”
- I don’t really know much more than I did upon posting about my new camera, SEO, or monetizing blogs.
- Many days, my partner asks me what my new thing is, and I just say “I don’t know!” And then I end up with something like this. Not that I’m saying learning something related to Yoda is anything by amazing, but you know…
On the plus side, I’ve been motivated to explore my own backyard and beyond. I visited new neighborhoods. I saw exhibits. I went to towns that might have otherwise been nothing more than signs on a highway. I’ve had some very worthwhile cinematic and culinary experiences. I explored public art and dared to be ridiculous.
I’ve learned that learning new things is vital. However, if I had it to do over again, or if I were advising anyone else, I’d suggest a stronger focus. For example, choose one new goal, i.e. learning a language or a sport, or learning all one can about an historical figure or author. Spending a year reading The Complete Works of Shakespeare could be an interesting journey to follow, I suppose. So could renovating a house. Or perhaps a goal might involve exploring a new neighborhood or town within driving distance once a week. You could cook a new dish, or read a new poem, or even see a new (to you) movie every night. That said, I would not advise taking on an obligation to blog daily. Anywhere from one to three times a week seems like plenty to me.
So, the $64,000 question: Will this blog continue in the same fashion?
Despite the fact that I’ve come to describe it as “my self-inflicted, ill-advised project,” yes, it will. A big part of that is because I’m stubborn. I set a goal and I don’t want to give up on it. I need to follow through on this. A lot of the same roadblocks still exist – money and time, mostly. Also morals. And the law. Like I said at the beginning, nothing dangerous, stupid or harmful. That also means nothing illegal, in case you didn’t glean that. I’ve never been arrested or worked the pole, and I suppose that would make for more colorful blog posts, but there are limits, people.
But I’ll do my best. Help me out if you can. Suggest ideas, offer constructive criticism, ask questions, send encouragement.
And large wads of cash. Also, a zester.