19 for 2019: #18 Pay Off Your Student Loan Debt

Progress made on this item: zero. Definitely rolling this important one over to keep it on my radar. My original loan amount and current outstanding balance is modest by many standards, as many years of community college and undergraduate work were heavily subsidized. I started making small payments before I needed to, I often paid … Continue reading 19 for 2019: #18 Pay Off Your Student Loan Debt

19 for 2019: #17Adventures Every Non-Working Weekend (i.e. Leave Your House)

This one is really kind of hysterical now that I’m reviewing it, though it is said, you can’t manage it if you don’t measure it. I finally measured it, and I think I can safely say that while I definitely am a homebody, my habits are nowhere near agoraphobia levels of concern. And to be … Continue reading 19 for 2019: #17Adventures Every Non-Working Weekend (i.e. Leave Your House)

19 for 2019: #16 Actively Seek Joy

Last Thursday, I boarded a southbound Amtrak train from Oakland to San Diego early in the morning for a getaway I'd been looking forward to for a while--a long ride down most of the length of the state, a relatively unplanned couple of days, and a long ride back, with not much else to do … Continue reading 19 for 2019: #16 Actively Seek Joy

19 for 2019: #15 Manas Ait

It was right around this very time last year that I was drafting my 19 for 2019, and was starting to stretch a little for ideas. It was also right around this time last year that I was at an annually recurring program I do for my job that carries on a thirty-ish year tradition … Continue reading 19 for 2019: #15 Manas Ait

19 for 2019: #14 Purge Clothes, Jackets, Scarves, Etc.

My Proclivity for harboring a bulging closet of clothes, jackets, scarves, shoes, bags, and other accessories is deeply rooted in the countless hours I spent wandering yard sales and thrift stores as a child. By the time I was a teenager, thrift store finds, actually at thrift store prices before the needle moved to vintage, … Continue reading 19 for 2019: #14 Purge Clothes, Jackets, Scarves, Etc.

19 for 2019: #13 Reclaim Your Personal Email Account

Thinking about keeping up with my personal email account, especially when most of my waking hours are dominated by the tyranny of my work inbox, makes me think of that classic scene in the Money Pit where Shelley Long and Tom Hanks, after a difficult day figuring out that "fixer upper," was an understatement on … Continue reading 19 for 2019: #13 Reclaim Your Personal Email Account

19 for 2019: #12 Read More

My relationship to books has changed and evolved more than I might have imagined over the years. I grew up in a household where both of my parents had their nose buried in a sci-fi or fantasy novel at any given moment, trips to the library were pretty regular and I usually brought home a … Continue reading 19 for 2019: #12 Read More

19 for 2019: #11 Fold Some Origami

Of course I learned to make those square paper fortune telling devices that foretold who you'd marry and whether you'd dwell in a mansion, apartment, sewer, or house based on your selection of favorite colors or numbers, and I'm sure I still could. I could make basic paper airplanes before that, and have no idea … Continue reading 19 for 2019: #11 Fold Some Origami

19 for 2019: #10 Resurrect Some Language Skills

"I can pretend to speak a lot of languages pretty well," I often tell people. "Enough to get into trouble, not quite enough to get out;" the same explanation I usually give when people want to know how much I can see. From the time I took my first German class in 8th grade to … Continue reading 19 for 2019: #10 Resurrect Some Language Skills