I turn 56 this year, so here is the first half of a list of 56 ways to mark the occasion (which will arrive in May, should anyone want to take notice). I’ll make an effort to update the list monthly. That should probably be #2.
1. Review this list every Saturday & plan which items I can do that week.
2. Update this list each month so that the full complement of 56 items is on record by my birthday.
3. See at least one of the movies nominated for an Academy Award. For 2013. Before the award ceremony.
4. Bake bread at least once a month. Rye will do nicely, at least to start.
5. Resume cross-stitching. Starting with Jude’s birth announcement (now that he’s 18-months old!)
6. Write thank you notes in a timely manner (i.e. within a week after opening a gift or benefitting from someone’s kindness)
7. Read more often. At least one book a month. Start by finishing Brené Brown’s I Thought it was just Me (but it wasn’t).
8. Learn a new digital scrapbook technique each month.
9. Send someone a postcard each week (use that opportunity listed as #1 above to fish out and address the postcard).
10. Keep “date night” at least once a month. We can be such slugs about our social life—once a month might be perceived as a marathon!
11. Teach McKinlee something new.
12. Learn how to cook quinoa so that I want to eat it.
13. Eat more fruit.
14. Eat more vegetables.
15. Call my brothers just to say hello.
16. Call my nephew to let him know he matters to me. A lot.
17. Call other people who matter to me.
18. Finish an unfinished craft project
19. Finish another unfinished craft project.
20. Mail the turtle shell to my sister-in-law. The one she found when she visited in 2009.
21. Play the piano at least once a week (yes, keep track!)
22. Write a letter to the editor.
23. See The Bug and Dr. M. in person!
Beware: monthly status reports may appear here!
You are more than welcome to share things you’d like to do (or not do) in the days to come. Lists love company!