38 by 39

Today’s my birthday. People always say that time seems to pass more quickly as you get older… do you find that to be true, also?

Anyway… I’m borrowing this idea I saw somewhere out there… to come up with a list of goals… dreams… intentions… things I’ve been putting off… to accomplish before my next birthday.

In no particular order:

1 Organize the songs on my iPod into playlists that are useful

2 Go iceskating

3 Get Luka into doggy-day-care at least one day a week to save our sanity

4 Read one book from the *to be read* pile at least every other month

5 Buy no new books until I’m commited to #4

6 Stay up all night to watch the sunrise. Stay in bed the rest of the day. Do not feel guilty.

7 Take a photography class

8 Buy a bicycle. Maybe one like this

9 Get together with The Flock for a birding weekend

10 Get the nerve up to submit something to qarrtsiluni

11 Find a cafe that makes a nice coconut cream pie

12 Replace a bad habit with a good one

13 Finally tackle shorebirds

14 Buy a thesaurus

15 Make something handmade for a friend

16 See ten new birds

17 Volunteer for a local environmental project

18 Try a new fruit – maybe kumquats

19 Invite my brothers and their families to go camping for a weekend

20 See the prairie

21 Go maple-syruping

22 Finally learn how to make a nice spaghetti sauce

23 Organize (and back-up!) my photo collection

24 Write a letter to an old friend that’s been out of touch for too long

25 Fly a kite at the beach

26 Sleep outside under the stars

27 Find an old person to teach me how to play canasta

28 Donate some things I don’t use anymore to the thrift shop at the local homeless shelter

29 Drink more water and less coffee

30 Learn how to wolf-whistle

31 Spend a day exploring the sugar-sand roads of the Pine Barrens

32 Buy a good map before attempting #31

33 Accept hugs more eagerly

34 Learn the names of 5 constellations in the winter sky

35 Read a novel in Spanish

36 Catch love in the moonlight

37 Do that one thing I’ve been putting off

38 Refer to this list often

Wish me luck! I wonder how many of these I will have accomplished by this time tomorrow…


19 thoughts on “38 by 39”


    I’m working on my iPod playlists too.
    I’d love to do a photo class.
    I’ll meet you for the coconut cream pie- my favoite!
    You’d better work on that hugging thing because when the Flock gets together I’m gonna squash you in a fierce hug!
    When you learn canasta you can teach the rest of us at the Hasty Brook Assisted Living Residence!


    That’s a pretty impressive list. You might as well give up on 4 and 5. Literature lovers will never stop buying books and putting them in the “to be read” pile, or on the shelf with the same intention.

  3. I love your list! Everybody should make one and refer to it often.

    About that bike…Check out rivbike.com. Their bikes are a little pricey, but there’s lots of good info there about sensible, comfortable, practical bikes that can be applied to all kinds of bikes.

  4. Ah Laura–what a wonderful list, and what an inspiring idea for your birthday recognition.
    My list would be a few items longer than yours, so that would be a challenge for me to come up with one!
    I really like the “get a bicycle” item–that thought has been bouncing around in my head of late.
    And, a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, from me.

  5. Happy Birthday Laura!

    I made a list a lot like yours in 1994 and go back each year to check my progress. There IS progress, I am happy to report.

    Good luck with yours.

  6. John: Hey! Thanks!

    Dr. Know: It does… maybe the list will remind me to pay more attention to the desirable stuff.

    Dave: I’ve heard that, yeah.


    Beth: Thanks!

    Lynne: Yeah… birthdays are as good a time as any for self-improvement and the chance to learn useful skills for our old age.


    Bunnygirl: Thanks!

    NCMountainWoman: Really… I’ve got to get it under control!

    Liza: Thanks.

    Rabbit’s Guy: Thanks… some of these will be a challenge.

  7. Rurality: Yeah… progress is likely to be slow. 5 seems like a reasonable number though.

    Robin: Thanks and yeah.


    Mojoman: Thanks for the suggestion… the old 10 speed is pretty tired and worn you know.

    Jayne and Born Again Bird Watcher: Thanks for the good wishes.

    KGMom: Thanks… this was a fun exercise and took me about a week to come up with so many. I like the idea of doing one each year – I don’t think it’s too late for you to start thinking about a similar list.

    Mary: Thanks – get busy!


    Sandy: Hi and thanks! Do you add to your list each year or change some things?

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