My 2013 Things to Do List

We celebrated New Years six times – once for each person’s home province/country – starting with a Spanish tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight (4pm our time) and finishing in Alberta with glasses of bubbly at our midnight. That brought us out of 2012 and into 2013.

Now that it is a new year it is time to post my 2013 “Things to Do” list. Some people love new years goals and some people hate them – I’m one of those who enjoys setting goals at the start of a new year. While I don’t think my year needs to be dictated by a list I like having a little direction. I’ve picked a few goals for

Health and Fitness

  • Participate in two races: I didn’t race at all in 2012 and I think it might be more motivating to have a couple of races on the calendar.
  • Complete a triathlon: yeah, I’d like to try one of these. Probably a sprint. It will provide a new training challenge and a reason to continue my Sunday morning swim sessions.
  • Finish NROL: My early morning weight lifting sessions dropped off this fall and I can tell from my diminishing arm muscles that I need to start up again.
  • Run new routes: I get into a rut of running the same trails over and over again. I would like to try to explore some of the other routes in my area. I’ve got one picked out to try already – a loop through Baker and Bowness Parks
  • Run 1000 miles
  • Floss more: I had this on my list already but also picked in our New Years Eve resolution draw this year too!
  • Make my current running streak into 50 days:I’m at 41 days after my holiday running streak so this will take me just until the end of vacation.
  • Complete another running streak


  • Take at least two (week long) vacations: We took a couple of vacations last summer and it was great to get away. This year I’d like to make sure we get the same opportunities to hang out and see/do some new stuff.
  • Use my passport again: I haven’t travelled out of the country in a while and there are lots of places I’d like to go. I’d like one of my vacations to be somewhere outside of Canada.
  • Take a spontaneous vacation or trip: Go somewhere with minimal planning.
  • Visit one new place in Alberta
  • Take a weekend trip somewhere


  • Day hike three new trails
  • Go on a canoe trip
  • Go car camping for a weekend
  • Do some outdoor winter activities:I don’t love winter but since I live in a place that has winter I want to at least to like it. Maybe playing outside in the winter will help that.

Around the House

  • Fix nagging home repairs: these are things like finishing the dishwasher cupboard, tightening the hinges on a few cupboards, putting on magnetic door closers, painting the cupboards and a few other small projects that really should just get finished.
  • Improve how our yard looks: it is never going to look incredible but we let a lot of it go last summer and we could spend a lot more time on it.
  • Declutter: I have already started this today. We have too much stuff in a tiny house.
  • 15 minutes of tidying a day: I find that when we do this our house stays way cleaner. I have a 15 minute music playlist that makes the time fly by.
  • Grow veggies we actually want to eat: The past couple of years we have been experimenting with growing various veggies. Now that we’ve figured out a few things that grow it’s time to grow the things we like.


  • Read 20 non-fiction books: I only read 2 or 3 non-fiction books in 2012. I’d like to give them more of a chance.
  • Read 5 books I already own: I bought them, now I should read them.


  • Call my sister more often
  • Get back to regular blogging
  • Take a mid-week break: from doing school work, surfing the Internet, and other distractions to hang out with my husband and pets.
  • Bake a loaf of sour dough bread
  • Make wearing sunscreen a habit: this could maybe go under health but I’m putting it under personal since my motivation right now is mostly to prevent sun spots.

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