It’s been a while since I made any lists. Except for grocery shopping lists and lists of Stephen King books, I usually take care of things as they come and don’t really procrastinate until they pile up into a list of things to do. But since the New Year is coming up (i.e. the new Jewish year), I decided it’s time I make a list of resolutions and actually follow them through. I’ve been putting off shit for too long, mainly because I blame it all on my elbow. I say “I need to do x, y and z, but I’ll leave it for after I finish with this whole broken elbow thing.”
So eventually, I had stuff piling up. And here’s my list as it stands:
1) Set all my DM follow-ups:
Once a year, I need to have follow-up exams related to myotonic dystrophy. Being a carrier, and being only 100 reps short of being clinically handicapped, I need to do yearly exams to be sure that none of my vitals are affected. These exams include three heart tests (Holter, Echo and EKG), a visit to a cardiologist, an eye exam, blood test and thyroid test. I haven’t done these in two years, again because I spent enough time in the hospital for my elbow and didn’t feel like going there for anything else. But I think it’s about time.
2) Practice more guitar:
Last night, I played a little guitar with my boyfriend and got depressed because my fingers just failed to respond and whatever I tried to play came out sounding off. My boyfriend told me I should practice a little at a time, like 10 minutes a day, until my fingers get used to the feel of the strings once again. This was also something I failed to do and blamed it on my elbow. I also constantly blame it on my DM, but still, I had DM since I was 16 and it never kept me from playing. I had DM when I recorded the songs for Mistress Distress, and I still had it last night when I played with my boyfriend. But I still play. Practice makes near-perfect, so I should do it.
3) Open a freelance file:
This is not something I blamed on my elbow, but I did blame it on the fact that I hate anything related to financial and bureaucratic shit. But I think that if I do manage to open a freelance status file with Mas Hachnasa, I can actually get paid for any article I publish at the Jerusalem Post. Which brings me to my next point…
4) Write more articles for JPost:
I used to write quite a lot of articles for the Jerusalem Post entertainment section and for Billboard Magazine. I loved it, even if I didn’t get paid for it (and if I open a freelance file, I actually might make some mozzarella). But it’s been a while since I wrote anything more than a journal entry or a zine (and a blog post). And I kinda miss the act of interviewing and reporting and seeing my name in print. So once I manage to get this freelance thing sorted out, I’ll send the JPost an email to let them know I’m open for any articles they want to publish but that no one wants to write. I’ll be up for it.
5) Design ads for Etsy stores:
I’ve been putting that one off because my design programs are on my home comp, which I never turn on unless I want to get lazy and watch some show. But maybe if I manage to make some ads and post them on this blog for example, it might attract more buyers. I need to refurbish my Paypal with funds I spent on my impending Italy trip. So more online customers will be useful for that purpose. I hate commercial shit, but sometimes it’s necessary. And since one of my Etsy stores is a charity shop (see right, the flyer I made for it before), advertising can actually be done for a good cause this time around instead of being used as a ploy to herd the masses.
6) Find new recipes:
I recently started a regiment I call “weekday vegetarianism”. This means that I eat only vegetarian food throughout the week, and eat meat only on Fridays and Saturdays. I find myself eating a lot of eggs and tuna, and sometimes vegetable soup, rice, salads, pasta, rice cakes and cheese, borekas, and some vegan meatballs my mom makes for me out of lentils. I want to find some good vegetarian recipes for me to try out and maybe make my weekly diet a little more colorful than it is. A variety is always a plus.
7) Set an appointment with my chiro:
Again, due to my elbow injury, I haven’t been to my chiropractor in a while and my posture is absolutely terrible. Even when I try to arch my back and my shoulders until my bones crack, I still look like a question mark. Scary. Hopefully my chiropractor can set me up straight again.
8) Set an appointment with a dermatologist:
I’ve been trying to get this done for the past six months, and nothing worked out. I have a couple of scary-looking beauty marks and I want to check first to see if they’re scary and dangerous, or just scary. And if they’re benign, I might just want to contact some plastic surgeon and get them out of the way. They were small and cute a few years ago, but now they’re just annoying. So either way, they’ve gotta go.
9) Get some fitness regiment:
Sometimes when I spent the weekend with my parents, my mom and I do some Chi Kung exercises. I really like it and it makes me feel good. But I don’t know the exercises by heart like my mom does, so if I find a Chi Kung routine on YouTube or something, it could be very useful for me. Plus, it can also help me improve my posture, along with my chiro treatments. I used to do yoga a while back and I really liked it. But now that my elbow is busted and I can’t lock it, blaming it for my inability to do yoga positions that require leaning on my hands like the dog pose or whatever, that’s actually a real problem. But as far as I know from the exercises I did with my mom, there are no Chi Kung positions that require locked elbows. That should be helpful and fun.
10) Buy SK books and some self-control:
I got a whole list of Stephen King books I wanna buy. I wrote about this a couple of weeks ago. So I will no doubt get some of these once I get my Steimatzky gift card on my 31st birthday. But I also need to keep in mind that there are nine other things to do aside from reading and I shouldn’t let King make me his hopeless prisoner once again. I keep telling myself that and it never fucking works! But not this time. This time, it’s an item on my list and it needs to be crossed off. I putting my foot down *stomp*. There.
Peace, love and Shana Tova u’Mevorechet.