Our travel plans for 2012 are all sorts of up in the air at the moment, but like the wino, that doesn’t mean I don’t have travel-related New Year’s resolutions in mind. Hubs is currently in Alabama for work (lame), so last night I hunkered down and made use of the alone time to brush up on a few things I’m hoping to get a hold on this year.
Learn how to use my DSLR
Hubs gifted me a Canon 60D for my birthday last year, and though I was able to pick up the basics pretty quickly, the thing does SO MANY TRICKS. Between my Canon EOS 60D For Dummies and the in-the-field photography class I signed up for through Living Social, I’m hoping that I’ll be comfortable enough before our next big trip to really feel like I have a hold on what I’m doing. Aperture, ISO, exposure? You will be mine in no time.
Looking at that photographer’s stance… eek.
Improve mon Francais
My co-worker lent me a copy of Rosetta Stone and last night I took my first stab at it… and loved it! Though I took four years of French in middle school & high school, I didn’t come away with much. Sure, I can tell you that I am a girl, sing you the French alphabet, and crow like a French rooster (“cocorico”), but that will only get this une fille so far, non? I’m going to blame my public school French teachers for this lapse in my abilities, but either way: I want to be a little more comfortable speaking French by the time we go to Paris than I was the last time. And that is just three short weeks from today!
Poach an egg
Oh, that’s not travel related, you say? YES HUH. The best Eggs Benedict I’ve ever had was in London–at The Wolseley as you may remember. A few days later, at Muriel’s Kitchen, I once again ordered a dish involving poached eggs and I vowed then and there that I would learn how to poach an egg. I haven’t taken a stab at it yet (I actually keep forgetting that I made this vow, but New Year’s resolutions are a good time to remember these things, right?), but I have high hopes for myself.
Alright, 2012. Let’s do this.