Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me!

Exactly 35 years ago (at 11:06 am), I entered the world!  Wow, I'm officially in my mid-30s!  My mother told me yesterday that, now that I'm 35, no one cares about my birthday.  (Thanks Mom!)

I've been hard at work on my 35 Before 36 List, which I present below.  I will post status updates once a month, so stay tuned for my progress. 

35 Before 36

1. Read 12 books.
2. Go to New York City for a Broadway weekend.
3. Start saving regularly—even if modestly—for the addition to my house.
4. Clean out my closet and give a lot to Goodwill.
5. Finish my state streets project.
6. Donate to: Washington Humane Society, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, and my various alma maters: Northwestern University, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Michigan Law School, the University of Michigan School of Public Health
7. Go to the U.S. Botanic Garden.
8. Get a massage and/or a facial each month.
9. Purge and replenish my underwear drawer.
10. See 12 movies in the theater.
11. Spend a weekend the Omni Bedford Springs (my favorite).
12. Keep an inventory of food in the freezer.
13. Run three half marathons.
14. Try yoga again.
15. Start to research the history of my house.
16. Reorganize my pantry.
17. Buy a nice piece of jewelry (pearls?).
18. Try 12 new (to me), local restaurants.
19. Improve my bread-baking skills.
20. Take Bullet on a weekend trip.
21. Get a new camera.
22. Take more pictures.
23. Pay off my car.
24. Master real push-ups.
25. Make at least two meals per month to freeze for later.
26. Organize my knitting and needlepoint supplies.
27. Send more postcards when I travel with notes telling people I’m thinking of them.
28. Make a star tree-topper for my Christmas tree.
29. Have a party.
30. Go to the renovated National Museum of American History.
31. Go to the beach.
32. Buy fresh flowers more often.
33. Paint my old patio furniture (or have it painted).
34. Take a crafting class.
35. Walk home from work at least once a week, weather permitting.


  1. Happy Birthday! I love your list - I'd do one too today, but I'd have to reveal my age! Have a wonderful day. ;)

  2. Happy birthday! I'm with you on a lot of your list, good luck!!

  3. Happy Birthday.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate