When you plan your own birthday “party” and the only people in attendance are you, your two kids, your best friend and her infant son, singing “Happy Birthday” gets a bit dodgy in the middle. I have to admit, the whole thing made me laugh, and for that I was grateful. I really needed to laugh on my birthday of all days. Being near Christmas, my birthday has rarely been the best thing I do all year. Having my husband half a world away makes the whole month of December that much more lonely.
I admit, I did not handle December very well. But 2012 is behind us and 2013 is three days in the making. I have been 28 for a whole four days, and I’ve taken that time to write a list. A bucket list of sorts, but these are all the things I want to do in the next year. Twenty-nine things to do before I turn twenty-nine next December. But first, some birthday cake:
Now to my list. Some of these will be silly, some of them very serious. Some will be well within my comfort zone (hence the time constraints placed on some of them), and some are so far beyond anything I’ve ever done that I’m pretty sure they wont get done until after my husband returns from Afghanistan this summer. Wow, this summer… He sounds so close and yet, he’s still so far away.
Yes, the list, sorry about that.
29 Things to do Before 29
1. Complete a book of Sudoku Puzzles in the month of February, cover to cover in order, no cheating.
2. Get shot with a paintball gun. Of course, this means I have to go paint-balling with my husband, but what better way to bond after a deployment then to fire balls of paint at each other, right?
3. Go zip-lining. This one requires me to overcome my severe aversion to heights and falling.
4. Climb a rock wall. No doubt this is a precursor to #3.
5. Read 29 books. This averages 2.5-3 books a month. I got this one.
6. Kiss my husband on the lips.
7. Do Zumba three times a week for at 3 consecutive months. I got the game disk for Xbox Kinect from the husband for my birthday, I will use it to tone the rest of the baby pudge let over from giving birth to children weighing the same as the standard bag of sugar.
8. Finish my first novel: in March and April.
9. Complete my figure drawing sketchbook.
10. Have portraits taken of myself (whether I post them here or just write about the experience I’m not sure yet). This one is an exercise in learning to appreciate my own beauty.
11. Wear three pieces of refashioned clothing in the month of June. (I should have plenty of options by then.)
12. Take one photo of myself everyday for a month (can’t be February, it’s too short)
13. Get another tattoo (I already know what and wear, just need to get on with it)
14. Complete my blog series: 30 Days with Autism that I started in 2010.
15. Blog every
Friday Thursday about something I am grateful for that has occurred in the past week. Let’s keep the gratitude fresh.
16. Write one short story a month, no minimum word count.
17. Pay off my truck.
18. Craft 31 piece of jewelry in the month of August.
19. Give up Soda (once I finish what’s left from my birthday party.)
20. Give up my hair for Lent. Headscarves all day, every day from Feb 13- March 30.
21. Learn to play guitar. Hubby plays guitar… Another one of those re-bonding activities… Maybe while I’m recovering from being shot with a paintball gun?
22. Stop biting my nails (again). To be successful, I have to have real nail growth on a continuous basis during the 12 weeks leading up to and including my next birthday.
23. Lay under the stars with my husband (possible sleep on the back deck, that counts as camping, right?)
24. Blog a video of myself reading a children’s book like I do to my kids.
25. Fire a gun. Another one of those “Let’s celebrate your homecoming” activities.
26. Buy “embarrassing” lingerie and actually wear it. Wear it again in front of the husband. (There will be no pictures on the wearing, there may be pictures of the buying. FYI, almost all lingerie is embarrassing, we really only wear it because we think our husbands will like it.)
27. Take my husband to an archery range. He has yet to see me in my element. Archery was the only sport I was good at in middle school and after the gun range, and a paintball course, archery is a nice change of pace.
28. Fully potty train my son, no more diapers. We are slowly venturing into the world of pooping in the potty. This will save me $60 a month once we get this down.
29. Solve a Rubik’s Cube. (This may take a while)
So there you have it. my list of 29 things. These are all realistic and completely doable. That’s why I chose them. I wanted a list that I could actually finish and say “I did that”. So, I’m a few days behind on some of these already, but I will be updating this list with other blog posts as I complete each number. My goal is to have the list completed by December 30, 2013.