Things I hope to do after receiving my M.A.

• Read 52 books in 2010. (I did this with ease in 2006 and 2007, so it is not a stretch.) I will finally make a list again, and tackle some of the Russians. (I read Anna Karenina and The Brothers Karamazov in high school, but in a poor translation – so poor I hardly remember the stories.)

• Take one afternoon per month and visit a museum. Would you believe I’ve never been to most of the art museums in New York, though I’ve lived here for over four years and do, in fact, work in the arts? (The beginnings of the list include the Whitney, the Frick, the Guggenheim, P.S. 1, the Morgan Library, the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the American Folk Art museum, the New Museum, a handful of prominent galleries, and too many as-yet unexplored wings of the Met, though I’ve been there a lot. Looks like my whole year is mapped out already.)

• Finally have time to start pitching articles to all my favorite magazines. I have a long, specific list that’s been developing in Remember the Milk over the past few months.

• Begin practicing piano regularly again. I love my beautiful stage piano, but I received it as a lovely birthday gift from Tom about two months before I started grad school and haven’t had nearly enough time to actually play very much. I have a handful of pieces I’d like to work on: the Goldberg Variations, a particular Brahms rhapsody I never quite mastered, the third movement of Beethoven’s Pathetique I never got around to learning even though I played the first and second in competition in high school.

• Finally begin practicing yoga on a regular basis. My poor body has taken a beating from all the sitting and staring and non-stop typing, and is tight and prone to soreness and inflammation.

• Watch all those documentaries I haven’t had time for yet, like Ken Burns’s work on New York and a bunch of old PBS documentaries on various philosophers and the 7 Up series.

• Learn to make cheese.

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