Today is officially the first day of winter. You wouldn’t know it from our Kentucky weather (57 degrees yesterday! No snow yet…and it can stay that way as far as I’m concerned).
I’ve been plugging away at my To Do In Fall 2011 list and am mostly pleased with how many things I’ve completed. I started the list because I really wanted to read The Book of Mormon again this fall, which reminded me of other fall-y things to do. However, last night at 11:00 PM, I realized that winter started in one hour and I was only in Ether 1. I thought about going to bed and finishing up today, but realized I would feel like a fraud. Instead, I muscled through Ether and Moroni and finished with six minutes to spare! Hallulujah.
- Bake a pie
- Bake pumpkin bread or cookies
- Bake pistachio cookies
- Bake graham crackers
- Eat orange rolls and/or cinnamon rolls (thank you, Taryn)
- Bake pretzels (technically I made pretzel-y rolls, but that counts)
- Cook with butternut/acorn squash
- Eat Thanksgiving dinner
- Eat Pre-Christmas dinner
- Drink hot chocolate and/or cider
- Go to/tailgate at a football game
- Go to North Carolina
- Go to Big Blue Madness/a basketball game
- Go to Washington, DC
- Go to an orchard
- Hike to Heublien Tower
- Decide what to do for Thanksgiving (and then do it)
- Decide what to do for Christmas (and then initiate travel plans in a timely fashion)
- Read The Book of Mormon
- Put out our fall decorations (full disclosure: we only have one decoration)
- Put out our Christmas decorations
- Vote in the gubernatorial election on November 8th
- Watch It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and eat Halloween candy
- Take a midterm (not something I necessarily want to do, but it’s a foregone conclusion and thus an automatic check-off)
- Crochet something
- Watch Secretariat
- Watch General Conference
- Take more pictures, because I realized while preparing this post that we take a preponderance of photos during winter, spring, and summer, but completely neglect fall.
- Take a walk and/or go on a drive exclusively to look at fall leaves
- Figure out what we’re doing with the rest of our lives (or at least after December)
- Read (at least) the six books on my To Read Next list. I’ve since added more books to my list, and now can’t remember which six were on the list when I made this goal. I did finish Rules of Civility, Food Rules, and have been dually plugging along in Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader and For Whom the Bell Tolls. Also, can my school books count?
- Determine goals for 2012.
- Bake Christmas sugar cookies
- Bake ginger cookies
- Eat caramel apples
- Cook lasagna soup (if not during Soup Week)
- Cook french onion soup (see above)
- Cook beef stew
- Cook pork chops with apple-cinnamon glaze
- Go to Keeneland
- Go to the temple
- Go to the Louisville Trader Joe’s (it’s okay. Soon we’ll have a much closer TJ’s)
- Go Bible mini-golfing. I am actually really torn up about not doing this, since we will likely never have the opportunity to Bible mini-golf again. Sigh. Maybe we can make a trip out for the opening of Ark Encounter and include Bible mini-golf in our plans.
- Carve a pumpkin (though to my credit, I gutted several acorn squash and one butternut.
- Ride a horse
- Run another half marathon
- Watch the Butterball hotline episode of The West Wing.
We still have a few days to accomplish the following:
before leaving kentucky…sigh
Eat at Puccini’s
Eat at Planet Thai
Eat fried banana peppers
Eat at Josie’s
Eat at Graeter’s (if it is open before we leave. We may have to go north for this one)
Eat at The Local Taco
Find a new place to live
Find a job (if your name is Amanda). Working on this.
Get something for the house that will help us remember how much we love Kentucky