Wednesday, November 30, 2011

37 before 37

Today is my birthday. I'm 36 years old. yay! (I'm an even number age, that's why I'm not super excited. Poor me. Waaaaa!  I just have an affinity for odd numbers.) To mark this special occassion, I decided to set some goals to accomplish during my 36th year of life. Some are silly, some are fun, some are going to be difficult, some might not happen, but I'm going to try my best to make sure they do. (I'm sure you've seen lists like these floating around the internet.) So, here are 37 things I would like to do before I turn 37 years old.
  1. Lose more weight. (I'm tempted to say 'lose 37 pounds', but losing that much wouldn't be healthy for me because I don't need to lost that much. Ummm...maybe I'll say 'lose 15 pounds'. Yes, that amount would be totally fine.)
  2. Read 37 books. (I was going to say 50, but thought I would try to stick to a theme of '37' for this list.)
  3. Travel to Italy with Ryan.
  4. Make my own laundry soap. (Not necessarily for economic reasons, but if it saves me money I'll be just fine with that. I'm just very intrigued by all the recipes I keep seeing around the internet.)
  5. Get current on family and kids scrapbooks.
  6. Find and prepare 37 new recipes.  I have at least half of this number already.
  7. Make a greater effort to reach out to others. (This is one that will be hard to determine if I've really accomplished it. I guess the only way to know is to simply ask others if they've noticed a difference in me.)
  8. Clean out the 'toy room'. Get rid of (through donation or the thrash) old/broken/outgrown/unused toys.
  9. Clean out and better organize my laundry room.
  10. Play the piano at least twice a week. (At home and for myself.)
  11. Finish the 2 afghans I started 3-4 years ago.
  12. Go to sleep earlier. Even on the weekends. (I'm usually out and asleep by 11-11:30. I'd like to bump that up to 10:30-45. It will help me to accomplish the next goal.)
  13. Wake up by about 5:45 and no later than 6. Except on the weekends. (I'm usually awake during the week by 6:30. 7:00 at the latest. I'm awake by 8:00 on the weekends, but that doesn't necessarily mean I'm out of bed at that time. Ha, Ryan! I said it before you could. I may not be out of bed before 8:00, but I am awake. I do my workouts mid to late morning. If I get up by 6:00, I can fit it in before the kids are awake and still get them up and ready on time. This one is going to take some time for me to accept. I love my sleep.)
  14. Stop biting my nails.
  15. Read the Book of Mormon (again) from start to finish. (I might add the Doctrine & Covenants to this. I'll try the Bible (Old & New Testaments) next year because we just finished studying it in Sunday school this year. I want to read the current year (2012)course study.)
  16. Continue to grow my hair out. I was a little overly optimistic when I thought my hair would be to the middle of my back by the end of the summer. It's long and longer than it's been in years, but it's not that long.  I want it to be long
  17. Help my two oldest children become more responsible for at least a little bit of the laundry.  Ummm....maybe.
  18. Paint at least one wall in my bedroom a different color.  I'm thinking the wall the head of the bed is on so that I can turn it into a focal point of sorts.
  19. Finally make the quilt I've been meaning to make for about 6 years out of old, worn out jeans.  I have stacks and stacks of jeans (growing all the time) just waiting to be cut up into squares and sewn into a quilt.  In order to accomplish this goal, I'm going to have to either get a serger sewing machine of my own, or go to someones house to use theirs.
  20. Buy a white Christmas tree.  I have some hot pink, vintage glass ornaments that were my grandma's and I think they would look stunning on a white tree.  I wasn't able to convince Ryan this year that I need one because I bought a new green one just last year.  I think I can convince him by next year.
  21. Eat a beet.  Why do I dread this so very much?!
  22. Contact my cardiologist and find out how severe my murmur is in order to donate blood.  Yes, I've decided to pursue it.
  23. Get to church every Sunday at least 10 minutes before Sacrament Meeting starts.  Our meeting schedule will be changing to 11:00-2:00 in January (we've been on the 9:00-12:00 schedule this year and usually get there right at, or just after 9:00) and so I think it will be very easy to do this one.  If I can't make it to church by 10:50, then there's something very wrong with me.  Especially since the building is 30 seconds away from my house.
  24. Move Peyton downstairs into what is currently the 'toy room'.  As long as I do number 8.
  25. Continue to write in my gratitude journal.  This one should be easy.
  26. Continue to try to live only for today so that I can be a better mother to my kids.  Oh, and a better wife to my husband. 
  27. Take down all the blinds in my house, wash them and hang them back up.
  28. Once my hair is long enough, actually try to do all of the fancy pants hairstyles I've been pinning on Pinterest.
  29. Make more 'fall' decorations for my house.
  30. Try canning something.  I don't know what, but I want to put some sort of food in a jar and seal it shut.
  31. Plant and maintain a vegetable garden.  If I do, I guess that would mean I'd have something to can.
  32. Learn how to really use my camera.  I'm a visual, hands-on learner.  I need to be shown how to do technical things.  But that does mean I'll have to really listen the next time someone tries to teach me.
  33. Walk and or run every week.  For sure on my treadmill, but I also want to move out onto the road for more and more of my 'runs'.  I'm not sure yet how many miles per week I want to go.  I'm not going to commit myself to a number just yet.
  34. Be better about wishing people Happy Birthday.  
  35. Get over some of my irritations/pet peeves.  No, I can't list them here, unfortunately.  And this one is going to be really hard, unfortunately.
  36. After I find and prepare the recipes (in goal number 6), post them on my cooking blog.
  37. Go to New York City for my 37th birthday.
Wish me luck.  I'm going to need it for some of these.

1 comment:

Kristen said...

I can help you with canning. I have all the stuff to do peaches or pears (except for the actual peaches and pears) my neighbor put an order together this year for a 40 pound box of pears for really inexpensive this year and I called my mom when Steve mocked me for wanting to try to can. I did it all by myself!!