Something New: Kicking Things Off With A Biggity Bang

The quest to try something new every day and then report in begins…

Monday, January 7th
At 7:15 in the morning, I was standing in the waiting area of my car dealership pondering my cuticles while the service guy got me a loaner so that I could get to work while mine was being fixed (one busted drive shaft and thousands of dollars later… thank God for insurance, huh?). I suddenly heard the faint strains of a familiar song over the loudspeaker, and amid the brewing coffee, flatscreen CNN and bleary-eyed fellow Honda owners, I physically restrained myself from busting a move to Push It by Salt-N-Pepa. I wondered if anyone else was also struggling to contain the funk, but it was too early to survey the crowd. P-push it real good!

Tuesday, January 8th
I met a friend for sushi at a place that makes the spicy scallop maki that I dream about. Seriously, the wasabi is served on a bed of crack cocaine. Anyway, I always order the same thing (since, as we discussed, it haunts my dreams) but today I ordered and ate a piece of eel just to be able to add it to the list. It was new for me because I usually like my scary fish tucked away into a roll with avocado, but today it was straight up unagi. Insert “tastes like chicken” joke here. It may not have been a cow sphincter, but now I’m feeling about as adventurous as Anthony Bourdain.

Wednesday, January 9th
This isn’t something that I did personally, but I can say with certainty that I had never before received a voice mail from a friend serenading me with I Will Survive. He didn’t exactly sing it with feeling, because he’s a straight man, and he didn’t belt it, because he was at work, and he stumbled over a few lyrics, because he had clearly just googled them, but it was still awesome. I listened to it at work, laughing hysterically, confusing Supergirl, and loving the warped moral support that only guy friends can provide.

Thursday, January 10th
I started a writing group with a friend. I want to finally write a novel and she wants to write pretty much everything else. I came up with my general plot, characters and started outlining chapters, so that’s something, and I feel like if I can spend the time writing that I would otherwise spend watching the Top 40 Famous People Who Had Babies And Named Something Totally Bizarre on VH1, then that’s success right there. We haven’t exactly set goals in stone yet, except for the fact that the first rule of writing club is you don’t talk about writing club. No, wait, the actual rules are that you have to wear something purple every day, you do whatever Lila Fowler says, and you’re only allowed to talk to people whose eyes are the blue-green of the Carribean with hair made of spun sugar. I’m realizing that I may not be taking this as seriously as I should be.

Friday, January 11th
I listened to the first hit single by my friend’s son’s new band, the Galaxy Monkeys. He’s the lead singer, plays air guitar, and periodically takes a break to beg for a Sprite. He’s also eight. (When I take care of him and his sister, which is the term for babysitting when you’re 30, I tuck him in and then read him Captain Underpants. His choice, obviously, but come on, that’s fun for one and all. The trick is to read one chapter out loud and then whisper-read the second chapter, at which point the melodic tranquility of my voice puts him right to sleep. Not unlike what it does to my friends and coworkers on a daily basis.)

Saturday, January 12th
Around 11 PM I turned to my friend and said, “Shit. I need something new for today.” First she suggested that I run outside naked, and then said, “Wait, you watched a football game!” Yes! The Pats/Jags game was on the entire time and I didn’t wander away to do laundry or make a phone call. I didn’t watch it INTENTLY, but it was on and I was there and that has to count for something. (Then I called an old football-obsessed boyfriend to clarify that that really was the first time that I had watched a game in its entirety, and he agreed. He also did his now-famous impersonation of what it used to be like for him to watch a football game with me, wherein his voice is totally normal and mine is high-pitched and obnoxious: “Who’s that guy?” “What guy?” “THAT guy.” “In the STANDS?” “Yeah. Do I know him? Is he on Grey’s Anatomy?”)

Sunday, January 13th
I, uh… wrote my first blog entry about doing something new every day. Yeah!


8 Responses to “Something New: Kicking Things Off With A Biggity Bang”

  1. 1 Jaek January 13, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    I admire that you’re trying new things each day.

    I am not activley doing anything new each day, per se, but I am acknowledging the old adage that you learn something new every day. I do. Today, for instance, I learned that cayenne pepper burns only slightly less on the way out than it did on the way in.

  2. 2 stefanie January 13, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    I’m duly impressed with the writing group goal and wishing you good luck with that, but I have to say my favorite part of this post was “I usually like my scary fish tucked away into a roll with avocado.” Word, Red.

  3. 3 Anna January 13, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Ha ha – loved the Sweet Valley High reference, although you forgot the red Spider Fiat!

  4. 4 Shesabigstar January 14, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    How did you refrain yourself from busting a move at the dealership? I bet it was hard, very very hard!

  5. 5 Jess January 14, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Sunday’s is the best one, obviously. Seriously, though, you are off to a great start and I am super impressed.

  6. 6 d January 14, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Its my doodle of a lady bug in a top hat.

  7. 7 Kate January 14, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Take the writing group seriously, yo! You mean you just be doing this for your new thing a day kick? I feel so used.

  8. 8 yeahsoanyway January 14, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Jaek, thanks! And, see? There’s a valuable lesson to be learned every day. It’s good to see you around these parts again!

    Stefanie, thanks! I’ll keep you posted. Nice to have someone agree with me about the raw stuff, too. 🙂

    Anna, ha, totally! And a boyfriend named Todd who plays football and has great hair and never pleads for sex, despite being 17.

    Shesabigstar, it WAS hard, but I told myself that could definitely be my new thing for the day. 🙂

    Jess, thanks!

    D, she’s fancy.

    Kate, does the latest entry redeem me at all?

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