March 19, 2008

Lisa: 35 x 35

I'm turning 30 this year, a milestone that I think typically comes with a lot of soul-searching and maudlin whining about getting old. Time is going by faster than ever, and I was starting to get concerned about waking up one day as a sixty-year-old, having no idea how I'd gotten there and wishing I'd done more along the way. When I saw Maggie's list of 100 Things to Do Before I Go, it seemed like the perfect way to take control of the next few years of my life and accomplish some things--big and small--that I want to do for myself. Instead of 100 things to do before I die, my list is 35 things I want to do before I turn 35. I work better with a deadline.

1. Appear as an extra in a movie
2. Attend a fancy-dress ball
3. Be debt free
4. Build a tree house
5. Buy a new car with cash
6. Eat off the fancy china more than twice a year
7. Find the perfect signature scentB&B White Citrus
8. Fly first class
9. Give homemade Christmas gifts December 2009
10. Go on a photo safari in Africa
11. Help someone learn to love to read 10/29/12
12. Ice skate at Rockefeller Center 12/31/09
13. Inspire someone to become a librarian 3/20/08
14. Make Nora the Halloween costume of her choice, like my mom did10/22/11
15. Meet an honest-to-goodness celebrity
16. Memorize (and regularly use) ten main-dish recipes
17. Order room service in a five-star hotel 3/23/09
18. Own a fabulous designer bag or pair of shoes
19. Paint every room in my house a different color
20. Quit my job and work from home9/4/08
21. Rent a scooter in Greece
22. Reupholster a piece of furniture myself
23. Sew Nora’s baby clothes or Christmas pajamas into a quilt 4/12/09
24. Sign up for a pottery class December 2009
25. Sing in a musical 11/14/08
26. Spend money only on essentials for one month June 2010
27. Start a vegetable garden 8/20/08
28. Stop needing validation from other people
29. Tailor all the clothes in my closet so they fit just right
30. Take ballroom dance lessons
31. Teach Nora to knit or sew
32. Walk along the Great Wall of China 3/29/09
33. Wear a bikini on the beach without being embarrassed
34. Weave a rug on a loom
35. Write and publish a book

Posted by lisa at March 19, 2008 11:14 AM

Hee. I totally started a list after reading Maggie's post. I love your list, and hope that I can participate in some of your activities!

Posted by: Mal on March 19, 2008 12:33 PM

Great list & good luck getting it done! I just turned 30 in February, I should make one of these. I started that one list in 1,001 days or whatever it was, but never finished making it, lol. 35 seems much easier :)

Posted by: Ginny on March 19, 2008 01:03 PM

Love your list. Hope you don't mind if I steal a few of yours when I make my own. :)

Posted by: Angie on March 19, 2008 02:00 PM

I love your list. I've been meaning to write my own. Maggie inspired a lot of us! I'm jealous of all the traveling and other awesome stuff you'll be doing in the next six years.

Posted by: sarah on March 19, 2008 03:12 PM

Maggie this and Maggie that. Sheesh!............................
............................................ I'd sure love to meet that Maggie.

Posted by: Jeremy on March 19, 2008 04:41 PM

if you need recommendations about the scooter in greece, let me know. :) good luck with your list! its inspiring! i want to make one now!

Posted by: stace on March 20, 2008 03:43 AM

Um, I think you've got 13 covered. I'm pretty much doing the MLS from your recommendation. You're my inspiration!

Posted by: Meredith on March 20, 2008 01:49 PM

If you plan to start a garden this year, it's time to start thinking seriously about it. Peas could have already been planted, but you're probably 3-4 weeks away from planting tomatoes, peppers and other warm-weather plants.

Most of the hard work is in the soil preparation -- so make Blake do that. :) I suggest getting a load of compost from the dump and rototilling it into the garden with some nitrogen-based fertilizer. You *could* test soil pH, but it's probably overkill.

The only other serious concerns are regular watering -- not too hard if you have a sprinkling system where the garden is on a separate station than the lawn, and weed control. The key to controlling weeds is persistence. A fifteen-minute daily checkup will save you from wasting an entire Saturday pulling weeds.

I suggest planting some cabbages, and take a picture or two of Nora in the cabbage patch. Sure, it's a cliché, but that's because it makes such a cute photo -- worth it even if you don't eat cabbage. :)

Posted by: Dave on March 20, 2008 03:35 PM

What are these other...warm weather plants? Also, what if the designated garden area is already full of knee-high weeds? Can we just rototill them under?

Oh, you!

Posted by: lisa on March 20, 2008 04:50 PM
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