I am aware that I am less than some people prefer me to be,
but most people are unaware that I am so much more than what they see.
— Douglas Pagels

Monday, April 23, 2018

Looking Ahead

For a long while, I've been contemplating ways of combating stress and grief, and simply improving my overall quality of life in general. Here's what I have in mind:

Bellingrath Membership

I've been wanting to become a member of Bellingrath Gardens ever since I moved here. I enjoy being there, and having regular access to the entire 65-acre site will give me plenty of opportunity to sit and breathe while surrounded by beautiful things. Since I've already sold my soul to the Coca-Cola company, it only makes sense that I make it official. The Bellingraths were the local Coca-Cola bottlers/distributors, if you didn't know. And yes, I've almost entirely given up Coca-Cola, but I'm now heavily involved with Powerade Zero, so they still own me. :-P

Mobile Symphony

As much as I like the orchestra, it's a shame that I never go to shows. I plan to change that. Their schedule is currently clear, but it'll resume later this year. Location is an issue, as downtown Mobile is not very handicap friendly, but I'm going to at least give it a try and see how I handle it.


I'm planning to see The Avengers and Star Wars, as usual. I rarely go to the movie theater, but when I do, it's because something super geeky is showing, and geekery is worth it, my friend.

Art Gallery Tour

It has been quite some time since I've been to the art galleries. I hope to feel like visiting soon. I'd like to see Back To Havana (fun fact: Mobile is Havana's sister city) at Space 301. I especially love Mobile Museum of Art. It's really gorgeous. Maybe this will give me the breakthrough I need to continue my own artwork.


I have big love for the Gulf Coast Explorium Science Center, and they have a decent IMAX. There are several films that I'd like to see:

Permian Monsters
Dream Big: Engineering Our World

Again, location is my biggest issue. There's very little handicapped parking downtown, so walking a few blocks is often required. I'll have to be in better shape to do this kind of thing.

Free Comic Book Day

The annual Free Comic Book Day is in less than 2 weeks. I don't know how I'll be feeling, but I have every intention of participating. It's a quick, free event, and I'm planning a new Steampunk cosplay. My rolling walker (whose name is Indy500, if you're new here) will probably not be decorated. Decorating myself will be exhausting enough, if I manage it at all. Time will tell!

Books (Reading and Writing)

Still reading. Still writing. You know the drill. I'll give updates.

Cataloging Cards

I will build a database to document my postcard collection and my Pokemon cards.

Continuing Genealogical Documentation

I will add to my genealogy page, including scanning all family photos for electronic sharing later.

Foreign Language

This has been a goal of mine countless times, but I can't seem to grasp it, and I frequently feel ashamed by that fact. I was one of those people who wanted to be multilingual growing up (I'm an ASL fingerspeller, but that doesn't count). I think I am going to save this one for 2019, but I desperately want to focus on it and at least be mildly bilingual someday. I'm probably wrong for not putting Vietnamese on the list, since most of my neighbors exclusively speak it, but it feels unreachable for some reason. I'm French [insert Monty Python quote here], but lost the language by the time I was out of high school, and only a few distant cousins in Canada speak it now. Relearning French from the ground up is on my to-do list. Unsurprisingly, I would like to learn Gaelic since it's also a part of my heritage, and I wouldn't mind knowing Japanese and Spanish.

Diving Into Documentaries

I don't own a TV, but I have obtained access to my brother's Sling and my niece's NF, and plan to focus some time on documentaries. I have been so engrossed in fiction lately, I'm a little burned out. Time for some non-fic.

I guess if nothing else, I'm well-rounded. Feel free to join me in any of the above.

Making a list of things to do is the easy part. It's the physical and financial barriers that are the problem. Let's see what I can accomplish anyway (after this long nap I'm about to take).