What's on your lists of things to do and learn?

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What's on your lists of things to do and learn?

Post by let it ride » Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:18 pm

I have my summer break from uni now, although it is planned for its entirety for once, I still want to take the opportunity to tick off things to do on my to do lists for personal things. Stuff I want to learn about, watch or use or do, out of university on my own free time.

This is my list (for now):

1. Watch the entire Land of Promise box set that I got from the lovely crystalball, about the British documentary movement 1930 - 1950
2. Rewatch Man With A Movie Camera by Dziga Vertov, one of my favourite films, again from crystalball the lovely!
3. Learn how to play my lap steel slide guitar better.
4. Read Swedish classic literature by the authors I've always wanted to read but for some reason haven't read yet. Must make more detailed list for this!
5. Compile a list of DVDs of films I want to have seen. Everything from Saturday Night Fever, to Help! (both I have at home from the uni library), to Bergman's films.
6. Rewatch my entire Buffy box set, complete with all bonus materials.
7. Read all eight books I ordered about television studies for my dissertation and truly understand every last word of them.
8. Learn how to bake more nice things.
9. Learn more about Swedish history.
10. Learn more about British history.
11. Learn more about world history in general.
12. Be able to do a proper half-hour run, without needing to run it in intervals.
13. Be able to up all the weights on the weight machines I am using at the gym
14. Exercise three times a week, preferably more. I have the time for it!
15. Read all the books I own (a bit embarrassing that I haven't!)
16. Read all the books that Jonny has in the house (that doesn't look very, very bad.)
17. Become better at Swedish geography.
18. Become better at Stockholm geography.
19. Make a pegbag, and also use my sewing machine more.
20. Make my own cleaning products from the Martha Stewart book.
21. Host a really lovely dinner party.
22. Garden more.


Yup. For now, that's pretty much it. Surely I'm not the only nutter who has this kind of list?
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Re: What's on your lists of things to do and learn?

Post by schlump » Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:33 pm

i wish i had that kind of list. you know when you're bored?, and you bump around the house for a few hours?, and then realise what you could've been doing? having a list probably stops that kind of thing. yours is great!, too, because loads of it's stuff you can do in the confines of your own home.

i should write a list.

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Re: What's on your lists of things to do and learn?

Post by Life on Deck » Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:40 pm

Bergman films. That bloody Greta Garbo Bergman.

I often have fallen asleep watching Ingmar Bergan films, yet I somehow respect him massively. I sometimes wonder if I watched Fanny And Alexandar would I stay awake.
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Re: What's on your lists of things to do and learn?

Post by let it ride » Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:45 pm

Thanks! I only just made the list, it's all stuff I've been thinking about the other day.

A huge part in this is that I a) Need to spend as little money as possible during June and July and b) All of these technically could be achieved with the my university library, the city library in Hull, the Stockholm libraries for the month I'm there, and the house. Which is nice! There are so many great, free things you can do and learn, and I like that idea.

And Mike: Fanny and Alexander is the only thing I have seen of his, and I remember liking it (and wanting to rewatch it now!) so see it if you haven't. I was quite young when I watched it.

There used to be Swedish classes at my uni, so there's a big Swedish section with all the classics, but no students there to study them... so basically it's all for me :D
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Re: What's on your lists of things to do and learn?

Post by meepmeep » Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:13 pm

Astrid, I can help you with number 9,10 and 11, as I have just studied history and have it all fresh in my mind + have some good books. I also have a few Ingmar Bergman films if you want to borrow them. I suggest you watch Det sjunde inseglet/The Seventh Seal, Smultronstället/Wild Strawberries, Sommaren med Monika/Summer With Monika and Persona. Persona is one of the best films I've ever seen.

Also, about Swedish classics you should read: Hjalmar Söderberg is very good and his stories go along smoothly and are therefore easy and quick to read, I especially like Den allvarsamma leken. Also, Kallocain by Karin Boye is brilliant, it's like a slightly different take on the future dystopic society, like 1984, but written before that. And it's a classic!

On my list of things I want to do and learn I have, amongst other things probably, this:
1. Read the 3ft of unread pocketbooks in my bookcase
2. Once and for all get a grip of regression analysis and pass that bloody exam from when I studied sociology
3. Learn how to bake more different and healthier kinds of bread
4. Borrow my mum's sewing machine and alter some clothes that I want to change a bit, so I will hopefully use them
5. Learn how to play an instrument properly, without giving up immediately saying I'm a rubbish
6. Refresh my knitting skills and make a cardigan from some really nice yarn I've kept in a box for the last 15 years.

I think that's it. It feels well good. I have been absolutely amazing in the last three months, so my list has shrunk quite a lot from the colossus it was before, thankfully. I've been super-efficient. And I think the remaining things can be done too, if I just focus enough and don't waste time playing on the interweb or watching telly. Go me!
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Re: What's on your lists of things to do and learn?

Post by schlump » Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:20 pm

i'd watch some of the jazzier bergmans first. i hit a brick wall after three hours of scenes from a marriage, but stuff like persona's really compelling, lyrical and easy going, and he made a trilogy of, you know, ridiculously depressing but concise stuff, the silence, winter light and through a glass darkly. there'll probably be people along to recommend the seventh seal or wild strawberries or cries & whispers sometime, but, persona's pretty poppy. bring on the bergman summer.

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Post by let it ride » Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:36 pm

Hehe, actually meepmeep Den Allvarsamma Leken and Kallocain are a few of the ones I own! I am starting with the Agnes von Krusenstjierna-series now, as it's lovely to read so far.

I love my university library, there are over half a million volumes in there and the most lovely, lovely things, and more books than I'll ever have time to read, but I like that.
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Re: What's on your lists of things to do and learn?

Post by humblebee » Fri Jun 06, 2008 9:51 am

Not necessarily in this order:

grow my own veg
walk to Spurn Point
learn all the field positions in cricket
record an album
raise a people's army and seize control of the state

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Re: What's on your lists of things to do and learn?

Post by knibbles » Fri Jun 06, 2008 10:00 am

humblebee wrote:Not necessarily in this order:

grow my own veg
walk to Spurn Point
learn all the field positions in cricket
record an album
raise a people's army and seize control of the state
I'd definitely try to raise a people's army and seize control of the state over growing your own veg. It's probably more easily achieved and less soul destroying. I've spent months nurturing mine and loving mine and thinking about mine and they are all sitting outside dying or being eaten mercilessly by slugs. The amount of money it has cost to get all my pots and fertiliser and compost and seeds and propogators I'm looking at an average cost of £15 per tomato, I think.

I like your idea of a list, Astrid. I might make my own, I keep thinking of things I really want to read or watch or research and then forgetting them. If I wrote them down as I thought of them it would definitely help.
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Re: What's on your lists of things to do and learn?

Post by macdangermouse » Sat Jun 07, 2008 12:53 am

There's definitely something in this idea. Never be bored again! Your quick-reference list will instantly fill you with ideas! You'll spend your time more profitably! You'll have a sense of achievement! Woo! Yay!

I've got a diary that's not been used so far (I know, I know...it's June) but I think I'll make a list in the diary and then....if I have other ideas I can just add them to the list. And I can tick things off as they're achieved!

And I'll never be bored again!
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Hmm..now for the list.

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Re: What's on your lists of things to do and learn?

Post by jayen_aitch » Sun Jun 08, 2008 4:12 pm

humblebee wrote: walk to Spurn Point
Can I come? I'd be well up for doing this too... where are you walking from? Will there be a picnic?

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Re: What's on your lists of things to do and learn?

Post by My Melody » Sun Jun 08, 2008 9:44 pm

Great topic!

For the near future I am planning to:

buy an acoustic guitar and learn to play better
read one book per week
exercise twice a week
not hang out so much with people I don't really like

It sounds pretty easy and I hope I can achieve these goals.

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Re: What's on your lists of things to do and learn?

Post by squirrelboutique » Sun Jun 08, 2008 9:45 pm

My Melody wrote: not hang out so much with people I don't really like
Hee. The slightly bitter part of me really likes this one. The thing that stinks about it is when those people hang out with people you do really like.

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Re: What's on your lists of things to do and learn?

Post by caramarydaisy » Mon Jun 09, 2008 1:42 pm

aye nice thread!

1. learn english grammar
2. then pick up learning biblical hebrew again
3. knit more challenging things
4. get around to doing those home diy type things i have a seperate list of but wont bore you with here
5. take my secretarial typing qualifications
6. finish watching the x files entire season box set (only on s2 weep)

theres probably loads more, i just cant think right now!
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Re: What's on your lists of things to do and learn?

Post by Carys » Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:44 pm

I'm going to put this list on my wall (along with "Fun things to do in London that I haven't done yet")

1. Do more knitting and get better at it.
2. Write some short stories.
3. Maintain a blog.
4. Go on the cross trainer at least five times a week.
5. Cook more and cook creatively.
6. Watch a lot of films.
7. Read at least two books a week (one 'proper', one graphic novel).
8. Pumice my feet more often.
9. Record an album in a month.
10. Practice music (bass and piano).

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Re: What's on your lists of things to do and learn?

Post by squirrelboutique » Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:47 pm

I never remember to pumice!

But I did today.

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Re: What's on your lists of things to do and learn?

Post by cuppie » Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:06 pm

Oh definitely pumice. Good one. And I want to meet Lou Gossett Jr. That's about it.

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Re: What's on your lists of things to do and learn?

Post by squirrelboutique » Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:09 pm

You want to pumice him good.

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Re: What's on your lists of things to do and learn?

Post by let it ride » Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:27 pm

Ah, I haven't managed to do one of those yet! It's a bit of a shame, but I've been busy cleaning/packing/getting ready to go to Sweden. I look forward to having time to read lots more! It's good when I travel too, it is ten hours of not doing much, mostly sitting around!
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Re: What's on your lists of things to do and learn?

Post by schlump » Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:40 pm

you should always fill a to-do list with things that you're automatically going to do, so will have opportunity to cross off, starting your list promisingly; eat, wake, shave, leave house. is go to sweden on your list? it should be.

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