❒ Hold a 1 hour conversation, entirely in Arabic
---- So I don't think I had a blog post dedicated to this topic, but I can honestly check this one off the list. Thanks to a few friends that I made through the Arabic language meet up group, a lot of flashcards, and listening to more BBC Arabic podcasts than I can to admit, I was successful at speaking for an entire hour in Arabic.
Now, I don't think I could do it again now, which is discouraging, but OK. I don't know if I'm meant to use Arabic in my professional life. But I do know that those roots, grammar rules and countless words are buried somewhere in my brain.
❒ Plan an anniversary party for my parents
---- Success! It wasn't as glamorous as I once hoped, but what ever is? It was a great party, lots of people, and wonderful food (which I helped put together). Check out the post here.
❒ Get personal training
---- This is EXPENSIVE, and with my life now paycheck to paycheck, it isn't feasible for the long-term. But I did purchase a LivingSocial deal back in February for Fitness Together which is a one-on-one training facility. Rates are around $90/hour, woof. But the two sessions that I went to were both great! For now, I'll stick to running and yoga.
❒ Run a half marathon
❒ Complete my yoga teaching certification; film myself teaching a class
❒ Go to Brazil
--- I may not make it to Brazil, but I leave for a week in Costa Rica this Friday!
❒ Move in with Ben
---- We moved into an apartment this weekend! The place is really cool, right near the Capitol. In fact, I passed it on my way to work this morning. I don't know that I'll ever stop thinking the Capitol building is super cool.
❒ Take either a dance or computer class
❒ Take an art class of some sort
❒ Take 3 pictures (or create 3 new art pieces) and frame them for wall art
❒ Try 5 meet-up groups
❒ Read 5 books, that aren't romantic comedies
❒ Start a spice garden
---- I did! Actually, it was an herb garden, and it became a vegetable garden as well. Little did I know how horribly hot DC would be- most of my herbs and veggies were unsuccessful (because they were in containers and dried out WAY too quickly. But, it was definitely a learning experience and I feel much more qualified to try again in the future.
❒ Host a fancy dinner party while my friend on the West Coast, Alice, prepares the same meal
---- Check! I cannot believe I never blogged about this. But we both prepared an excellent Moroccan stew that I ate for weeks. We even had Moroccan guests that made awesome (and authentic) mint tea.
❒ Try 15 new restaurants around the DC and share the experience
❒ Find 15 new recipes to try, prepare them, and document the successes (or failures)
❒ Start a blog, and write in it at least twice a month
And the quest continues....