Ritual Confessions

March 4, 2008

My to-do list

Filed under: Uncategorized — elissakaren @ 4:47 am

I would like to finish my screenplay.

I would like to finish my third book.

I would like to lose fifteen pounds.

I would like to study Russian every night via Rosetta Stone, which I pay for on an ongoing basis, and which amounts to mostly wasted money.

I would like to figure out a way to fight the State Department regarding their denial of permission for my in-laws to visit this country, so that they may meet me and their only grandchild, and see their older son for the first time in almost ten years.

I would like to be fully present with Charlotte during all the time I spend with her.

I would like to finish getting this house in order, and especially to set up the two rooms that remain in limbo: the art room and a little extra romper room for Charlotte.

I would like to find some semblance of a Jewish community in Vancouver or in Portland, the kind of community we can truly relate to, rather than the Hasidic couple who have been very generous with their social invitations but with whom there can be no real dialogue because there’s too great a divide between us.

I would like to build my own business, where I provide writing, editing, and business development services. A lot of the people who need writing help are entrepreneurs starting their own companies. I would like to provide help with press releases, website content, business plans, media kit materials, newsletters, etc. I can even imagine helping to sell the products that particularly appeal to me. I would also like to help fiction writers with their stories and novels. And high school students with their college application essays.

I would like to create a collage for the baby my brother and his wife are expecting later this month.



  1. That’s a nice to-do list, and it reminds me that I never did hear how the meeting with Nick and the start-up guys went.

    I’m hoping that someday I’ll have some kind of ambitions again. I’m still at the stage of having “I would like to avoid the desire to deliberately drive into the path of an oncoming semi truck” at the top of my list of one item.

    Comment by davidrochester — March 4, 2008 @ 5:25 am

  2. I would like to get through the next few months in one piece, emotionally and otherwise! There are lots of changes in my future and for my kids, too. One is leaving for college, one has been offered a jobs in both Seattle and Charleston (SC) and my other daughter may be getting a big promotions which would lead to relocating in the future, also! So we are all in a state of flux right now. Lots of decisions to be made.

    Comment by Corina — March 4, 2008 @ 5:32 am

  3. You have a beautifully ambitious list, Elissa–maybe you should think about arranging them in the order of heart-priority?

    I know Charlotte would be at the top–and the collage for your brother and Nan would be something that would be time-critical.

    Maybe you could practice Rosetta Stone with Charlotte there–to give her exposure?

    If you put an ad in a couple of the local high school papers or sporting programs, it could give you a tiny start, a taste, of the business you want to do.

    Comment by the little fluffy cat — March 8, 2008 @ 2:37 pm

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