It’s been fun, but what’s up next?

Th­ese folks have some ideas for turn­ing 2013 into an even bet­ter year.

Austin American-Statesman - - LIFE & STYLE - By Ari­anna Au­ber aauber@states­man.com

With less than a week un­til the new year, we’re just about ready to stop re­flect­ing on all the fun that 2012 brought to Austin. In fact, who needs re­flec­tion when we can make res­o­lu­tions to make 2013 even bet­ter? For this week’s Like a Lo­cal, three Aus­tinites shared their res­o­lu­tions, al­beit with a twist: They listed some Austin places and ac­tiv­i­ties they in­tend to go to and ex­plore in the coming year.

Meghan Turner, co­founder of lo­cal pit bull res­cue and ad­vo­cacy group, Love-A-Bull:

In 2013, my sweet res­cue pooch, May, will be 10 years old. She is a big part of my life, hav­ing in­spired me to co­found Love-A-Bull. I’ve had the dis­tinct plea­sure of be­ing May’s guardian for the past seven years, and I want to cel­e­brate her big 1-0 with 10 spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties. Th­ese are the front-run­ners on that list, so far

Host a Dog­gie Disco night­time pot luck at one of my fa­vorite pieces of pub­lic art, Open Room Austin (across from the Pfluger Bridge) — don’t for­get the iPod, glow sticks and light-up leashes.

Share a Mama’s Cake (May likes it with cher­ries added) at the Gour­dough’s trailer on the way to Au­di­to­rium Shores.

Hike along the se­cluded off-leash trail at Onion Creek, one of the bestkept se­crets of dog parks in the city.

In­vite all two-legged and four-legged friends on a pub crawl along Rainey Street — Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden has a great dog play area.

Af­ter a walk around Mueller Lake Park (Love-A-Bull meets there at 10 a.m. ev­ery first Sun­day), hit up the Mueller Farm­ers Mar­ket and lis­ten to the live mu­sic. Some­times, there are vis­it­ing fal­cons and don­keys.

Wally Work­man, founder of the Wally Work­man Gallery on West Sixth Street:

I’ve owned the gallery for 32 years. It has grown up as Austin has grown up, so we ap­pre­ci­ate the old with the new. Our New Year’s res­o­lu­tion is to have each and ev­ery show be suc­cess­ful. Then we can take the artists out af­ter their open­ing to eat at Fonda San Miguel and spoil them with a night at the W Ho­tel. Part of old Austin, Fonda is one of our fa­vorite restau­rants — de­li­cious and cre­ative food, in­cred­i­ble art and a cel­e­bra­tory vibe. Part of new Austin, the W Ho­tel houses lo­cal art­work through­out and will be a va­ca­tion away from home, even for our in-town artists.

Success for us means success for them and we hope to be able to thank them in good or­der, with a taste of both guards.

Bradley Dean Whyte, free­lance per­form­ing arts and mu­sic teacher at the Para­mount and Zach The­atres, Lit­tle Yoga House, Jump Gymnastics and other venues:

I’m rel­a­tively new to Austin, so this year, I’d like to do a lot of the same things ... only bet­ter. I’d like to do a bet­ter job or­der­ing the “Slacker’s Ban­quet” at Bouldin Creek Cafe. Maybe in­te­grate the word “po” in my or­der in­stead of say­ing “ve­gan corn­bread.” And I’d really like to make this change grad­u­ally, with­out any­one notic­ing. I don’t want a waiter, in March, say­ing “Hey, now, wait a minute, aren’t you the guy who calls this corn­bread?” Be­cause that would be very un­com­fort­able.

More trips to the Alamo Draft­house. But I need to re­mem­ber to sit some­where in the front half of the au­di­ence, be­cause, de­spite its awe­somely vig­i­lant no-talk­ing pol­icy, I still man­age to sit next to the talk­ers. And I really don’t have the courage to rat them out by writ­ing a mes­sage on those lit­tle pa­pers, with those lit­tle golf pen­cils they give you.

I’d like to go out and see more im­prov. I’ve en­joyed play­ing pi­ano with Girls Girls Girls, The Story Wranglers and with The Pup­pet Im­prov Project, but I se­ri­ously need to just go out some night while I’m not work­ing.

More raw food at the raw foods bar at Whole Foods Mar­ket. More yoga at Black Swan be­cause ev­ery­one knows that yoga makes you hap­pier and bet­ter look­ing.

Fi­nally, I’d like to learn the names of the wait­ers who do such great work in this town. I eat out too much not to know their names.

Meghan Turner, co-founder of Love-a-Bull, plans an all­day Austin bash to cel­e­brate her pit bull’s 10th birth­day. CONTRIBUTED BY MEGHAN TURNER

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