‘Ask Me’ End of Year Recap

Back in March I posed the question to friends and family: what would you recommend I do? I wanted to push myself to try new things, but not just the easy things that I had on my own list. Suggestions for books, recipes, trips and activities flooded my inbox. Initially my goal was to finish my full list by the end of the year.

My life was derailed just a wee bit along the way, so I definitely didn’t get as much done as I wanted, but I guess that’s to be expected. I’m trying to not beat myself up, because I took some time away from this project starting in August to take care of myself and do the things that I’d been burning to do.

I did manage to get a number of good asks in, and I’m going to keep going through the list in 2015! I want to inject some new life into it, so I’ll be asking for new submissions, but in the meantime wanted to recap all of the things I did off my list.

Top 5: The Asks I Loved

  1. WATCH Before Sunrise/Before Sunset/Before Midnight
    • Courtesy of Film Guru Feinstein, this suggestion came at a perfect time when I was looking for movies to escape into.
  2. LEARN to make donuts
    • This one required a bit of an investment because I didn’t have a rolling pin, cookie cutters or a thermometer. Once I got the goods together, though, I was unstoppable. It definitely requires a lot of time (8 hours of rising dough) and a messy kitchen but donuts have become my new favorite party favor.
  3. READ something important by a WOC
    • I think I might’ve cheated on “important” but I used this as an excuse to read Bad Feminist. While it’s not the best writing out there, Gay has important things to say. Already wrote some brief thoughts about it here.
  4. MAKE Eastern European Cuisine
    • I made borsht. Turns out I love borsht. My roommates probably weren’t pumped that my cutting boards were all dyed bright pink but it was worth it. I also made blinis and chicken schnitzel, and I’m not sure if they count but were delicious as well. (It was a bad day, I got bad news, so I cooked all three at once.)
  5. WATCH Doctor Who
    • I only watched the post-2005 Doctor Who because that’s what’s on Netflix, but I feel like this was one I needed to do to get the whole Doctor Who phenomenon. Am I a diehard fan now? Nah. But I had a lot of fun watching a few seasons with the Doctor, his ladyfriend, and the TARDIS.

The Ones I Finished: 21

  • WATCH Before Sunrise/Before Sunset/Before Midnight
  • EAT sea urchin
  • WATCH an episode of a Chinese soap opera
  • MAKE a list of all the ideas you get
  • READ anything John Updike
  • LISTEN “Fineshrine” by Purity Ring
  • MAKE this sangria recipe http://www.pinterest.com/pin/269441990178564804/
  • WATCH Lost
  • MAKE a list of the goals you want to accomplish in the next three years
  • LEARN to make donuts
  • LEARN to make fudge
  • MAKE friends with a stranger
  • READ The Tao Te Ching
  • WATCH Doctor Who
  • WATCH Waking Life
  • LEARN Meditation
  • VISIT Boston, MA
  • MAKE Eastern European Cuisine
  • READ something important by a WOC
  • VISIT the Palace of Fine Arts
  • LISTEN Nicholas Jaar’s BBC One Essential Mix

Still to Go: 27

  • READ Norwegian Wood
  • MAKE a cheap, easy hummus recipe
  • LEARN rollerskatedancing
  • WATCH Shameless & True Detective
  • EAT this recipe, it’s delicious! http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/2013/04/crunchy-cashew-thai-quinoa-salad-with-ginger-peanut-dressing/#comment-5123
  • LEARN to sew a bathing suit
  • VISIT the Hotel Del Coronado
  • MAKE a bracelet for yourself you’d actually like to wear
  • READ The Goldfinch
  • VISIT the nude area of Baker Beach
  • MAKE samosas
  • EAT fried crickets
  • WATCH a plant grow from a seedling
  • WATCH The Battleship Ptomkin
  • MAKE Tyler Florence’s Beef Wellington
  • LEARN sous vide cooking
  • VISIT The Legion of Honor
  • LEARN Muay Thai Kickboxing
  • WATCH The Feynman Series
  • LEARN jump rope tricks
  • MAKE flash fiction – a short story under 1000 words
  • MAKE cinnamon roll pancakes http://blog.moodifoodi.com/2013/11/recipes-cinnamon-roll-pancake.html
  • WATCH Howl’s Moving Castle
  • LEARN how to make a chocolate croissant
  • VISIT House of Air
  • LEARN to write server-side code

Discarded as facetious or not feasible: 8

Examples include “learn fire breathing”, “eat your greens”, and “make a project that doesn’t suck so much.”

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