CircusKitchen 2017++ Aspirations

January 2017

An index of aspirations inspired by 2017 (posted for reference here so I can find them).

1)  Screen & review documentary/historical movie ~monthly. e.g.:

IN THEATRES:  Hidden Figures, Allegience, Screenagers*  *(just got tix!!!) 
OLIVER STONE: Untold History of the U.S.
KEN BURNS:  National Parks
BRAVE NEW FILMS & Co: Koch Bros Exposed, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, Revealed, the Men Who Own and Run the U.S. Government, Rupert Murdoch +++
MICHAEL MOORE: Farenheit 911, Trumpland, Capitalism, Where to Invade Next +++
9/11:  Follow the Money Find the Criminals  (Note:  W did it.)
OTHER: ReligilousDalai Lama Awakening, Hillary’s America, Electric Car, Spotlight, The Big Short, Food Inc. +++
Loving, Suffragette, …
Call the Midwife, the Crown… oh god… so much to explore and learn.

2)  Produce One Family Archive Video ~monthly.  e.g.:

CAMPING:  R.I. 2016, Myles Standish 2016, Clarksburg 2015, N.H. 2014!
MOM: KIDS’ SCHOOL PIX ’16, ’15, ’14, ’13, ’12, ’11; Mary&Dell 2016, Other Vermonopias
DAD: Aug 2016 (MA), Feb 2016 (CA), July 2015 (MA), July 2014 (CA), 2013? ***, July 2009 (CA), Nov 2008 (CA)
KIDS BDPs:  GLO’s 8th, 7th, 6th, 5th, 4th, 2nd, 1st & Birth. CJ’s 4th, 3rd, 2nd, & 1st.
SISTERS:  LAT Visit 2015, Hull Weekends 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2010?, 2009!
(That is at least 36 productions I count.  Honestly if I could achieve this in ~3 years that would be amazing.)

3)  Play @ Ukulele Meetup &/or Open Mic ~monthly

Ukulele Union of Boston   ~   Open Mic Boston

4)  Date my hubsand ~monthly

(In 2016 it took us until November to remember!)  e.g.;
 Jan: friend’s play
Feb: Jah Spirit
March: The Fireplace…

5)  Money management monthly. 

a) Deposits (1st Thurs/mo)
b) Receipts (2nd Thurs/mo)
c) Planning step (3rd Thurs/mo).
d) share! (e.g.; host dinner, etc.) 

6)  Weekly/Monthly calls & letters to elected officials in this #YearOfResistance.

To wit:  Who are my elected officials?  ⇒

7)  Centering Practices Daily

Here are some quick Mindfulness exercises that can be performed absolutely anytime, anywhere: 



Name It / Tame It

• 7/11

• 4-8-4

• Tracking sounds

I literally teach these in the Mindful Parent group I started at my kids’ school, yet I need help remembering them all the time.  What do you think the chances are the kids will help me remember?  We’ll see.

8)  Home Projects

a) pack away Christmas dex & camping gear
b) grassy/wooden chair rail wallpaper in bathroom
c) blue paint, bucket labels & vinyl pussy backsplash in kids’ bathroom
d) vinyl backsplash in kitchen… + faux marbled counters!
e) re-do chalk-painted chairs
f) lighting effects in kids’ room
g) kids info wall
h) purge & gut office!  (kids’ old art, Tobin papers, JTJ PROPS & Face Painting kits!)

9)  Self-Care

a) Weekly:  ballet, yoga, kickboxing, rock climbing or hot tub.
b) Massage ? 3x/year

10)  $$$ –  New Regular Habits



OK this is a work in progress.  More than I can do… yet always more to come.





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1 Response to CircusKitchen 2017++ Aspirations

  1. Baba/Bubble Wow says:

    The most important is “date the hubsand monthly.” Especially with a modicum of lead time, I can bbsit.
    PS: You are certainly AMBITIOUS!

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