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ChÜberlist: 2010–Year of the Hummingbird!


Welcome to ChÜberlist: 2010–Year of the Hummingbird*! I wondered if I would be able to even do a list this year, but here we go. To refresh your memory or to bring new readers up to speed, I started my ChÜberlist last year in homage to The Thrifty Knitter, formerly known as The Disgruntled Housewife and her annual Überlists. I’m a dorky fangirl and I’ll leave it at that.

Some of this list is pulled from the failures of ChÜberlist: 2009 and much of it has been consolidated. For instance, I have listed #46: remodel laundry room instead of detailing every step that needs to be done. That kind of felt like cheating.

Time to get ramblin’:

1. Knit 6 more scarves to complete my scarf a day collection.
2. Make a new hat for Josh by 1/31.
3. 30% of miter square blanket done by year end.
4. Knit socks for the Mr.
5. Knit a new hat for the Mr.
6. Knit socks for myself.
7. Knit a hat for myself.
8. Knit three hats of various sizes for Robin.
9. Knit a new baby blanket for Robin.
10. Knit a blanket for Josh.
11. Knit Josh a sweater vest.
12. Make one hex quilt this year of any size.
13. Knit some hand/arm warmers for me.
14. Make a straight knitting needle holder.
15. Make a circular knitting needle holder.
16. Knit two pairs of socks for Josh.
17. Knit two pairs of socks for Robin.
18. Knit 2 scarves for The Red Scarf Project 2010.
19. Learn continental knitting.
20. Learn how to make and applied I-cord edge.
21. Make two knitted toys for Josh
22. Make two knitted toys for Robin.
23. Knit 12 pairs of baby booties for gifting or charity.
24. For every type of ornament I craft for gifts this year I must make one for me.
25. Halloween cross stitch patterns (owl and witch) to be done by October 1.
26. Knit Robin a sweater or a dress.
27. Knit a pair of mittens.
28. Create an accurate inventory of my yarn stash and deplete it by 50% before buying any new yarn. Yarn gifted to me this year does not count against my 50%
29. Create an accurate inventory of my fabric stash.
30. Create some sort of practical yarn and craft storage.
31. Stick to a diet plan; goal weight is to weigh at or below my driver’s license weight.
32. Enforce a bedtime of 11 PM on work nights.
33. Get fitted for a bra.
34. Plan out more art projects for Josh.
35. Begin journaling again.
36. Begin fiction and poetry writing again.
37. Have family portrait taken.
38. Keep going to a salon instead of those butchers at Great Clips.
39. Learn to meditate for real instead of just falling asleep.
40. Work with Josh at least one night a week on his Spanish.
41. Explore holistic ways of stress reduction.
42. Get my tattoo. Seriously.
43. Develop a personal 5 year plan.
44. Develop a business 5 year plan.
46. Never use the word potty when my son is not around.
47. Stop cussing in front of my kids. All of the bad words, not just the big fat F word.
48. Put as much energy and effort into my marriage as I do my parenting.
49. Take the family to the aquarium.
50. Take the family to the zoo.
51. Go to the doctor when I need to go instead of waiting until I die.
52. Dress up for Halloween and pass out candy.
53. Carve a family of pumpkins for Halloween.
54. Cut myself some damn slack.
55. Organize, catalog and rip all of our CDs.
56. Catalog and organize all of our books.
57. Set a household chore schedule.
58. Reset the mailbox in cement.
59. File bills and documents once a month.
60. Develop a debt reduction system and stick to it.
61. Make a charitable donation to Child’s Play.
62. Keep up with kids photos once a month.
63. Create a Christmas ornament photo journal.
64. Keep an inventory of food and household goods so I know what to shop for without taking an hour to make a shopping list.
65. Scan and reproduce all of the old family photos.
66. Hang all framed art and photos by 1/31.
67. Have my car maintained on time, every time.
68. Replace shower door in master bath.
69. Learn how to back up my hard drive.
70. Learn how to archive and back up Outlook.
71. Rearrange furniture in home office.
72. Replace ceiling fan in master bedroom.
73. Paint master bedroom and bath.
74. Finish remodeling baby’s room by 3/31.
75. Remodel laundry room.
76. Create a organized work schedule.
77. Review and update office procedures once a month.
78. Paint kitchen.
79. Repaint powder room.
80. Replace kitchen faucet.
81. Update kitchen cabinet hardware.
82. Replace door and frame for guest room and master bedroom.
83. Paint Josh’s room.
84. Have estimates for new kitchen counters.
85. Refurbish a lower kitchen cabinet to become a pull out trash can.
86. Price out new tile backsplash.
87. Perfect a pie crust.
88. Learn how to make a great apple pie, pumpkin pie and pecan pie.
89. Make 1 Asian style meal per month.
90. Perfect the master bread recipe in Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day.
91. Have a two week meal plan schedule.
92. Have one meatless dinner per week.
93. Have 5 homemade meals in the freezer at all times.
94. Incorporate slow cooker meals two times per month.
95. Add one new recipe each for beef, chicken and pork to put into rotation.
96. Learn how to cook one good lamb dish.
97. Make a crown roast.
98. Cook fresh fish two times per month.
99. Perfect butter cream icing.
100. Perfect homemade ice cream.
101. Find a new cookie recipe and one candy recipe for Christmas gifting.
102. Write out and standardize 10 recipes for the family cookbook.
103. Have Josh help with dinner at least once a week.
104. Incorporate more avocados into our diet.
105. Introduce Josh to 10 new foods this year.

I’m being positive that I can do better in 2010 than I did in 2009. But first I need to check out my 2009 tally….I bet it’s bad. :( I didn’t bother to code this list in any way because you probably don’t care and I’m keeping track on my own. I’ve already done a few things on this list so I can give myself some (false?) hope. I do feel a bit more grown up, I no longer say that this is the year that I’m quitting smoking (since I don’t smoke) so there’s at least gimme resolution that I can put away.

*Year of the Hummingbird is an obscure reference to a scene from the Simpsons, episode 13, season 5 “Homer and Apu”.

3 thoughts on “ChÜberlist: 2010–Year of the Hummingbird!

  1. jenny79123

    Great list! I love your lists, especially bc i am too lazy to make my own, and like to steal a few choice items as personal goals (Got a soniccare last year, woohoo!)
    And let me know when you perfect homemade ice cream. I will come to visit and help you ensure that you have in fact perfected it :)
    And what’s a knitted toy? Have your children actually requested one?
    Oh and if you upgrade to windows 7 this year (absent from your list, shame)
    It runs better than vista on crappy computers, or so they say) Anyway, if you spring for the professional edition, it has a backup feature, thats ez and automatic. I’m using it. I don’t know if it works, I haven’t had to delve into it for anything, but it’s ez :) Plus windows 7 is cool.

    1. chukichi Post author

      Knitted toys are stuffed animals, but knitted. I bought the patterns for Elijah, Otto and Sophie here and I made a Norberta for Josh when he was born but it’s crappy so he needs a new one. I have better skills (skilz?) now. I also got these books for Christmas: and so I’m totally excited. I’d like to gift some if I ever have time, LOL

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