It's only day two of 2013, and already you've fallen off your resolution wagon. But there's still a chance to turn over a new leaf — just get your a$$ back to class.
SPECIAL ED: Brooklyn Brainery
The Brainery's specialized courses are taught by experts and laypeople alike on a range of topics from finance to animal husbandry. Two standouts this month include a course on Doomsday Cults (Jan 9) and Medieval Crime and Punishment (Jan 14).
515 Court St. (W. 9th St.), Carroll Gardens
MILKING IT: Murray's Cheese
These aren't those dainty fine wine tastings that offer nothing more than a thimbleful of tuna tartare with your hooch. Murray's properly indulges you with classes like The Harmony of Beer and Cheese (Jan 7) and Whiskey Business: Whiskey and Cheese (Jan 17), where you might even learn a thing or two — if you can remember it the next day.
254 Bleecker St. (Cornelia St.), West Village
WHITTLE ME THIS: Woodcarving by George
Are you ready for your full transformation into Ron Swanson? Start out with a Woodcarving for Beginners course with George (offered several times each week) before moving on to Love Spoons and Decorative Bowls. Then sit back, sip a whiskey, and admire your whittled work.
94-05 71st Ave. (Manse Ave.), Forest Hills
ROCK CENTER: Brooklyn Boulders
The gym is only fun if you've got a decent bag of meat on your bones to begin with. But you can get fit and have fun learning a few Cliffhanger-style moves at Brooklyn Boulders' Learn the Ropes class (offered daily). And then it's just a short climb to rock wall mastery.
575 Degraw St. (3rd Ave.), Gowanus