So, no new "things" from my personal account this year, but I am allowing activities.
Last spring a friend invited me to meet her Great Discussions group. I had never heard of the Great Discussions program, but it's this wonderful program put on by the Foreign Policy Association. They send out books and a DVD, and the group meets once a week for 8 weeks (I think) and you read a chapter in the book, watch the DVD, then discuss that topic. I got to join them last year for the last one, which was on global energy policy. For a topic I had honestly never thought about, it was fascinating. I just got the email about this year's group, and while I will need to buy my own booklet, I'm counting that more as an "activity fee" than a "thing." Extra points for it being a totally nerdy activity, too. :)