My seventh annual December To Do List! What a time to be alive!
If ONLY you had clicked on anything else, you might have found yourself with a few productive minutes. Instead of ogling puppies or Baby Yodas, all you get are a few ill-placed words. As long as your eyes are glued to the screen anyway, go right ahead and scan down to greet this legendary listicle.
As I will spend about half of December in Washington State and half in DC, what will I do?
I dominated my most recent December To Do List! Snooze.
Results, outcomes and the correlative aftermath of same are about to be apportioned, so cut out the tedious part (aka reading it) by aborting your web session now and hitting the sack. You’ll need the rest. We may soon have a Wall to tear down after all.
Also, it’s 2018. WTH is going on?!
Goal for December 2017: Do all 11 items on my tremendous, very stable To Do List.
Wow, another year in the books. 2017 is almost toast, but we still have a fair bit of work to do.
For the fifth year in a row, I present my December To Do List. And like all the many years before it, it’s an amazing, transcendent ride that will have you weeping for joy, and high-fiving people you don’t even know!
Okay, as Jedi Master Luke Skywalker likes to say, “None of those words are true.”
But that shouldn’t stop you from closing this post now and heading out to high-five someone! Or just give them a hug. They may need it.
These lists have a certain sameness to them, because December also represents the season I return to Washington State for the holidays. And there are certain things I like to do when I head back to my home state. I’ll spend about half of December in DC and the other half in WA. (Editor’s note: At press time, I’m already there!)
December 2017 To Do List
Write a concert review – I’ve been doing it all year, might as well do one in December too.
Attend two Seattle Seahawks games – The games are do or die, luckily for us fans, just the way Russel Wilson likes it.
Sleep in a cabin – Have a few spirits, watch bad movies, tussle in the snow. Escape.
Witness Star Wars: The Last Jedi – (Hint: I did this already! Making this list easier for myself!)
Check out four new (to me) breweries – I did three last year so let’s make it harder this December! Sigh.
Eat a Dick’s Drive-In Deluxe burger – I said I’m putting this on my list every year, did you not believe me?
Do some outdoorsy things – Hike? Ski? Just get outside.
Write – This blog has seen little activity in recent months, so I’ve hired a few gifted spam bots to craft incredible click bait content and relentlessly post until you cry mercy!
See family – That’s why I come home for the holidays, so might as well do it!
Go somewhere I haven’t been to in a while – Vague and unspecific. Just the way I like it, makes it easier to win this list.
Wild Card – Something that might have made this list, if I was smart enough to think of it ahead of time.
As part of the preparation for the upcoming 50K One Day Hike (April 29th), I’ve been doing a few mini-training sessions in the evening. There just aren’t enough weekends anymore.
The plan: Walk 5 miles most brisk-like. My briskness indicator varies due to the route I take, stupid traffic, and lights and all that, and a few nagging injuries to my left leg. But I try to walk fast. Even so, the pace is slower than what I did in last year’s ODH (14:48 minutes per mile) but for that I did run a little over the course of the full 31.1 miles.
With barely any time left, I do need to get in some longer hikes! 50K won’t walk itself. This is why we train.
I’ve found these walks are an excellent time to ruminant on the cosmic mysteries of the universe and whatnot. And listen to music. So I’ve been pumping up the jams as I trot about the city, hopefully not startling anyone that might mistake me for a wild-eyed, crazy speedwalker.
Distance: 5 miles
Walk #1 Time: 1:23:09 Route: Capitol Hill/Navy Yard Albums listened to:
Broods – Conscious
Catfish & the Bottlemen – The Ride
Walk #2 Time: 1:24:37 Route: Capitol Hill/The Mall Albums listened to:
Kaiser Chiefs – Stay Together
Empire of the Sun – Two Vines
Walk #3 Time: 1:19:26 Route: Capitol Hill Outfit: Stylish white Tee, gray shorts Albums listened to:
Green Day – Revolution Radio
Phantogram – Three
Walk #4 Time: 1:25:47 Route: Shaw/Parkview Albums listened to:
Weezer – (The White Album)
The xx – I See You
Walk #5 Time: 1:19:00 Route: NE/NW Attitude: Sunburned Albums listened to:
Sleigh Bells – Jessica Rabbit
Bastille – Wild World
Walk #6 Time: 1:23:40 Route: Capitol Hill/Navy Yard Albums listened to:
Pearl Jam – Ten
Pearl Jam – Vs.
Walk #7 Time: 1:18:36 Route: NE Epiphany: This is world record!! right? Albums listened to:
Pearl Jam – Vitalogy
Pearl Jam – No Code
Walk #8 is in the future, therefore difficult to describe.