After giving it absolutely no thought, I came up with a New Year's Resolution. One that finally doesn't have anything to do with dieting, exercising everyday, reading more, watching TV less, blah blah blah. Yes, these are all things I want to do but they're all so recycled. Maybe the one I came up with is just as hackneyed but it's the most relevant thing to me right now.
NY Resolution: Become a tourist in my own city.
I realized something while dating my most recent ex-boyfriend. We would be planning something to do for the day and he would say "Oh, have you been here? Have you done this?" and overwhelmingly often my answer was "No." This was, for lack of a better word, quite annoying. Mostly because he was absolutely pretentious but also because I realized that I'd been living in the Twin Cities for cumulatively close to a year and still hadn't done, well, seemingly anything. Upon moving to Minneapolis from St. Paul I've been much more adventurous. It's okay to count finding my new favorite Target close to me as adventurous, right? Kidding (mostly). Really though, as I write this I am at a coffee shop down the road from my apartment that is my new absolute favorite even though this is my second time here. It's bright and sunny, everything is hobo chic, the coffee and food is organic AND there's French Jazz playing in the background. This is my JAM. (Is that still a saying?)
Anyways, I think I'll start a list somewhere... a list of all the things I'd like to see and do in Minneapolis and then cross them off. When I was in Italy, all the great "must see" places were marked on my Rick Steves map. Of course, we'd find little treasures along the way but Rick was a big help. I wonder if Rick has a map of Minneapolis?
I think I'll start here.