Monday, June 11, 2007

Thing #5

This afternoon I had my second golf lesson. Dennis, the golf pro at Indian Creek golf course, informs me that my backswing is a bit sloppy and that I need to focus on the ball as I swing through for a fraction of a second longer.

I'll work on that.

I also learned that a hook

is a shot that curves sharply to the left

while a slice

curves to the right.

Dennis mentioned that most beginning golfers tend to be slicers.

Apparently, though, I am a hooker.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Thing #3

Get my eyes checked.

When I was young, I wanted glasses. I was jealous of people who actually had them. I think maybe I saw them as a whole other option for accessorizing. As I got older, though, I started realizing how fortunate I was that I didn't have to deal with the inconvenience of glasses or contact lenses.

Then, a few months ago, as I sat next to one of my colleagues in a class on cultural diversity, I began to complain about how small the instructor's handwriting was as he wrote on the whiteboard in front of class. My friend watched me squint and strain to read the writing. He looked at me like I was crazy and declared that he could read it just fine. Of course he could. He was wearing glasses. That's when I realized maybe I should be wearing glasses, too.

Since then, I've been in a form of denial. I don't want the hassle of periodic appointments at the optometrist; I don't want to have to put out the cash for frames and/or contacts; and I don't want to tack on any extra time to my morning and evening routines.

My friends must be getting sick of it. Whenever we're out I find myself saying things like, "So, do you have to squint to read the specials board? No? Right, yeah, me neither."

Enough is enough, I suppose. Time for me to make an appointment and start accessorizing--spectacle style.

Thing #2

Cook something from a recipe out of one of my cookbooks.

I really love good food, and I'm a pretty big fan of autonomy. I should get those two together.

Thing #1

Get a professional massage.

If you think about it, it's pretty amazing that we live in a society where you can just pay to have things like this done for you. I can't think of a good reason why I haven't done it yet.

Gimme 5

My brother, Adam, and his wife, Petra, have inspired me to start up this blog. The idea is, I'm making small goals for myself--five at a time--and then achieving them. Here we go.