Sunday, August 1, 2010

July 35 Before 36 Progress

Here's my July check-in on my 35 Before 36 list.  I feel like I'm making some good progress.  I love being accountable to all of you followers as I cross things off the list.
35 Before 36 Update

1. Read 12 books.  2/12 complete.  Finished in July: "Commencement" by J. Courtney Sullivan. 
2. Go to New York City for a Broadway weekend.
3. Start saving regularly—even if modestly—for the addition to my house.  On track.
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.  2/12 complete.
9. Purge and replenish my underwear drawer.
10. See 12 movies in the theater.  1/12 complete.  Saw in July: "The Kids Are All Right.
11. Spend a weekend the Omni Bedford Springs (my favorite).  Had a fantastic trip in July!
12. Keep an inventory of food in the freezer.  On track.
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.  I've picked out the camera and am saving up.
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.  On track.
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.  Canvas is purchased--need to start needlepointing.
29. Have a party.
30. Go to the renovated National Museum of American History.
31. Go to the beach.  Made reservations for Hilton Head in September.
32. Buy fresh flowers more often.  I'm trying to pick some up whenever I got to the farmer's market.
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.  So far so good.


  1. That's pretty ambitious list, good for you. What an interesting tree topper that must be if you need to needlepoint...will still have lights? Oh well, maybe you'll post it up for Christmas. Your list has also given me some ideas on what I may do, so thanks for the inspiration!