September is one of my favorite months. Summer is over, for sure, but nobody ever tells Portland that. So, like the last person to the party, Portland’s having a string of over-90-degree days, while Facebook tells me all about the heavy rainstorms in other parts of the country. This leads some of my friends to complain about the heat, but not me. I love it. It’s a bit of a long hug before the sun says goodbye for six or seven months. And I embrace it.
September’s also the time to head straight toward the last quarter of the year. So, now that I’m single, I have an opportunity to do all the things I maybe didn’t have time for when I was in a long distance relationship. Some of the things on this list are things I would do around this time of year anyway, and some aren’t. Some are pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone, and that’s the whole point.
20 Things to Do (and Not Do!) Before 2012 Endsaka: keeping busy helps fill the void
- Take a photography class. Learn how to use the really fun toy.
- Take a fall photo-taking adventure. Maybe to Hood River to see the colors change? Maybe somewhere in the north sound?
- Go to “sausage fest” and make fun, only one time, of the name that my sister’s Catholic school chose for their fundraiser. Oof, I guess this counts, so no more making fun of the name! Just go and have fun. Also do other fun fall things up there. Maybe a DIY project or two?
- Exercise five times a week for at least 30 minutes. Being physically tired at the end of the day helps shorten the nights.
- Do a frugal giveaway that helps promote Frugal Portland and Nicer Notes.
- Do a pull up. Dang it.
- Give away 100 Nicer Notes. All around town. Bring a friend or two, and have a grand time doing it!
- Abstain from alcohol until the pitcher is empty. A sober person cannot drunk dial.
- Wear makeup every day. Looking put together goes a long way toward being put together.
- Wear more of my jewelry. It’s pretty, and if I’m not wearing it, then it’s just taking up space in my house.
- Wear heels once a week or more. I’m a grown up, darn it, and I need to get better about dressing like one. Also I should learn how to walk in heels, I hear that a woman’s legs look better in them.
- Do not wear workout clothes to work. Bring workout clothes. They aren’t that bulky. There are no excuses, except that workout clothes are the most comfortable things on the planet.
- Keep the phone and tablet in the living room. The bedroom is for sleeping.
- Do another extensive cleaning after the “here’s your stuff back” swap.
- Rehang pictures. Right now, not a single picture is straight on my wall.
- Continue the tradition of Kathleen’s homemade Christmas. The theme this year is “sugar, and spice, and something nicer.”
- Continue the tradition of sending out a Christmas letter. I got good feedback from my family on this, and it was fun. It’ll be a bit of a let down for my readers to find me single again, but maybe my family will mail me some cats.
- Volunteer at the Humane Society. They want a minimum of 12 hours a month for six months. I can walk dogs and pet cats and help out without having to have one yet. Also I can scope out the really good ones and see if I want one eventually.
- Start cataloging fun, frugal Portland activities. Then, organize them somewhere on this space.
- Get the student loan under $1000. I’m confident I can get close to zero, but I’d really like this gone by the end of this year. I will not beat myself up over it, however.