Monthly “Make It Happen” List – October 2015

  1. Horror movies, haunted house. It’s officially October and October is the one month a year where I actually really enjoy being scared! Attempted to have a horror movie night last week, but after watching a dozen trailers trying to pick the SCARIEST, we accidentally picked a parody – Drag Me to Hell. Um, best horror movie ever? Or…?
  2. Apple picking and cider mill visit. Now that I have my list of apple-things-I-want-to-make ready to go… need apples! We’ve of course already gotten our first cider + doughnuts fix at our local Dexter Mill, but still need to visit Erwin’s for our giant sack of orchard picks.
  3. Cedar Point Halloweekend. Unsure how likely this is to actually happen, but it’s Cedar Point (aka best theme park on the planet)! I’ve never gone during Halloweekends, but how can you possibly go wrong with thrill rides and monsters combined?
  4. Get Carrie Underwood’s new album. Comes out this month!! I just love her. Always have. Even though I’m now officially using Spotify, I think I’ll still just get her album to show my support. (You know what? I should really plan on going to see her live sometime. Probably much less expensive and much more doable than a Taylor Swift concert…)
  5. CHEER ON THE #13 NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS as they take on #18 Michigan in Ann Arbor! If we can manage to beat Michigan, that would likely catapult us into the top ten?? Has that ever happened?? I wouldn’t know. I just know that we’ve never beaten Michigan since I started cheering for the ‘Cats in 2010, and it’s been heartbreaking every year, and I JUST WANT TO WIN ugh. Will be wearing purple in the student section sea of maize and blue (lol).
  6. Visit Ann Arbor’s Palmer House. Most everybody who knows me at all knows that I seriously love Frank Lloyd Wright designs and have gone out of my way to visit his houses. Turns out, there’s one right here in Ann Arbor! Located right by the Arb, this could make for a really fun Wednesday “happy hump day” date.
  7. Have an Oktoberfest bier. I think I’ve pretty much already missed the Oktoberfest things… but ah well, can still feel festive downing a pint or two or some fest bier right?

Bake: MACARONS, apple pie cookies
Read: Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson), Women Don’t Ask (Linda Babcock)

How’d I do in September?
Okay, but not great haha. I have yet to learn proper songs on the guitar (I HAVE learned some chords, but it’s hard to play songs without being able to sing while playing). Running is going hilariously miserably – add a twisted ankle and persistent lingering cough to the mix. We did not learn how to belly dance. Going for a more successful October…

Monthly “Make it Happen” List – September 2015

  1. Tune guitar and learn a few songs. I now have an acoustic guitar (Yamaha F310 for anyone who knows anything about guitars aka not me) snugly sitting in a black case in the corner of my living room. It belonged to my dad and I don’t think it’s been touched in several years, but it has a new home here now! And I mean, if 14 year old Justin Bieber can do this with a guitar, I should totally be able to learn a few chords/songs, right?
  2. Make an art trip to Detroit. I love Detroit. I hugely believe in its roots, stories, arts, and am a supporter of its revival! Saw this article on 35 must-see pieces of street art in Detroit, and definitely need to make a trip out to see how many I can find.
  3. Check out Literati events. Literati is the bookstore right across the street from the new lofty, and it’s so charming, and it has a monthly calendar of events that it hosts! I first heard of it last year when a couple of my friends went to a British books and cheese event that it hosted. British books and cheese! I’m considering joining the book club.
  4. RUN (before half-marathon in Oct…) Yep. I’m running my first half-marathon in October. How’s my training going? Don’t really want to talk about it.
  5. Learn how to belly dance. My friend Kelly has actually convinced me to sign up for belly dancing classes with her at Leilah Dances. They start next week. I’m not convinced that I’ll be very successful at it (that region of my body just doesn’t move that way!) but hey, we’ll see what happens.
  6. Obtain Indian chai. And practice making it until satisfactory. I miss the stuff, and the friend who used to make it for me all the time.
  7. Compile a list of apple recipes (in prep for apple orchard season!). I LOVE APPLE ORCHARD SEASON. In the years that I lived in Chicago, apple orchards and cider mills are what I missed the most about Michigan. Fun fact – did you know that the nearest “apple picking” experience around Chicago is a drive super far west to pick apples out of crates? Crates that are IMPORTED FROM MICHIGAN.

Cook: PERI PERI CHICKEN. (Stay tuned for a post!)
Read: Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson), All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)