Considering Rosh Hoshanah is a week away and the idea of setting goals for oneself are the central theme to every possible shuir or discussion going on in the Jewish world, it really got me thinking. So I made a few goals for myself. I have a few very personal goals I've made for myself that I'd prefer not to share, so the ones I will share are more of the "random, for-fun things I'd like to try eventually" type things. Like not REAL goals like "I wanna say the bracha with kavana" type thing.
One of the main things I would want to do more in life, generally, is travel. I undoubtedly would love to go to Israel again (been there twice), but this time I would like to make the travel focus more on the dead sea/ein gedi and Jerusalem.
I would also like to go to Finland. Yea, I know, totally random. But really, its not. While reading through an issue of Forbes Life, a beautiful picture of the glass-igloo hotel in Finland came up. Basically, you go way up north Finland, and you stay in a cabin, and for one (possibly two, don't remember) night you can sleep in either a real igloo (icy) or a glass one, and if you get bored or cold, you can always go back to your cabin.
I would also really love to go to Venice one day. And for something more local, I wouldn't mind visiting the Boston Liberty Hotel, which is a remodeled prison! Supposedly it is absolutely beautiful, with awesome architecture and interior design. Now that would be an awesome location for a shidduch date! lol. On a serious note, Boston has alot of interesting history and awesome site-seeing, so it would actually be an awesome trip, even though it would be a bit expensive if I stay at the hotel and not with relatives like I normally would (and then end up not seeing anything at all, just the car and a few random apartments).
Lately I haven't been much of a reader. Which is shocking because I LOVE to read. I'm the type to randomly just pick up anything, read it, and then discuss it. I do have my preferences, like historical fiction or something philosophical, but if it has a good story, I'd read anything.
Either way, I have a few specific goals for reading. I'd love to read all the books by Jane Austen. She is awesome. However, I'm not even sure how many books she's written. Plus, I would like to read some Ayn Rand. I even have both The Fountainhead AND Atlas Shrugged sitting in my house, just waiting to be read. But I just won't get around to doing anything about it!
There's also the book I just ordered on Education called Disrupting Class, which is totally right up my alley on bookreads. The idea of changing around today's educational system partially by using modern technology just excites me.
Anyway, there are alot of books I would love to eventually get to, so I'm going to just change the subject before this post gets to long.
I would love to take cooking/baking classes and learn some interesting ways to have interesting dinners without too much trouble (who wants to come home from work and cook?). On the subject of baking, I would also love to make challah on my own. I try to make it as much as possible, but that really is not often enough. Like 5 times a year, At most! And if I'm lucky it actually comes out tasting better than when we buy! So yea...need to make more time for challah!
well, there's the fact that I would love to go swimming more often. The pool my friend goes to, she says has huge roaches in the locker room!! EWWW!! I hate locker rooms to begin with, never mind if they have roaches! So fine, in the summer thats really not an issue. I can just wear the bathing suit home, even if damp, under my clothes, but in the winter, going out wet isn't the most brilliant thing you can do, so I'd opt out of that. So...well...I need to find a pool.
Then I would really love to take ballroom dancing and learn conversational hebrew. My hebrew is awful!!!
So yea...thats it for now. :-).