One Extra Day To Be Amazing

I’m sure everyone is aware that 2012 is a leap year. That is, 2012 has 366 days – 1 day more than the common 365 day year. Generally speaking, the extra day corrects for the fact that the earth takes a little longer than 365 days to circle the sun. Personally, I look at it as extra time to accomplish things on my Not-So-Bucket-List list. It’s also an extra 24 hours where one can be awesome, or slack off, or spend time with friends, or do pretty much anything.

The point is, 2012 has 24 extra hours and they probably shouldn’t be wasted doing things that aren’t awesome. Of course, what I consider awesome and what you consider awesome might be vastly different. I don’t consider spending quality time with a giant eight-legged-nasty awesome. Someone who spends their life studying such eight-legged-nasties might clearly disagree with me. Awesome really is in the eye of the beholder. But 2012 has 24 extra hours, so that means we each get 24 extra hours to do things that we find awesome.

With that in mind, I thought I would write a list of things that I want to try to accomplish this coming year – a list of things that I think will be awesome should I manage to complete them. To make things extra crazy, I thought I’d add a specific timeline to each of them. I’m not saying that I have to hold myself to these timelines, but I always work best when a due date is involved. Also, because I’m efficient, some of these items come from my Not-So-Bucket-List.


  • Visit Matt in Ottawa (which makes 14 trips in 13 months – crazy!)
  • Submit 2 papers to 2 different journals
  • Start training for marathon #1 & #2 in May
  • Start training for 160 km bike ride by end of year
  • Start the push-up challenge


  • Visit Rick in Calgary, and go ice-climbing (15 trips in 14 months – w00t)
  • Start the pull-up challenge


  • Run 30 km Around the Bay
  • Paint the kitchen or bathroom (or both)
  • Raise $1000 for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowlathon


  • Submit 2 papers to 2 different journals
  • Submit grant application to CFI
  • Do the CN Tower Climb (for WWF) twice


  • Run Toronto Marathon
  • Run Ottawa Marathon
  • Travel with Rob


  • Attend & present at the Annual Meeting of the Statistical Society of Canada
  • Teach Geo-spatial Epidemiology
  • Visit Rick to go mountain climbing
  • Start a 30 day challenge at yoga


  • Bike 80 km
  • Visit Rick to go mountain climbing


  • Submit 2 papers to 2 different journals
  • Unicorn run with Carolyn
  • Travel to New York
  • Bike 100 km


  • Bike 120 km
  • Paint the guest bedroom


  • Run Toronto or Chicago Marathon
  • Bike 160 km
  • Learn to make dairy-free pumpkin pie


  • Learn to make Goulash
  • Learn to make coque-au-vin


  • Submit 2 papers to 2 different journals
  • Travel off continent for Christmas

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Carolyn says:

    YES. Unicorn Run. We have nine months to figure out the horns. This is assuming we don’t injure ourselves in the pursuit of marathon awesomeness. If we do that we’ll just sit around dressed like unicorns and drink.

    1. dangillis says:

      YES! And I’m completely okay with sitting around and drinking while dressed like a unicorn – assuming we are drinking scotch or unicorn tears. Both are magical and have healing properties, or so I’m told.

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