Saturday, August 15, 2009


Well, on August 5th of this year, I turned 32 years old. I know-- I don't look a day over 24, right? :) It's true though-- I have been alive for over three decades. I am amazed by how quickly time has gone by...and by how many things I have yet to do in my life! I decided to make this year a memorable one by creating a list of things I will do before my 33rd birthday in 2010. The purpose? To step outside my comfort zone, do and see new things, and grow as a person. For the first time in a long time, I feel like I have some sort of direction for the upcoming year. Getting older has never felt like so much fun! I hope you will follow me as I cross each thing off my list within the next 12 months. OK-- here's the list:
1. eat sushi
2. cook a turkey
3. visit Hollenbeck Cider Mill and/or Burrville Cider Mill
4. watch the movies “An Affair to Remember”, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Gone With the Wind”
5. paint the guest room and office
6. build a snowman
7. learn how to make Mom’s homemade spaghetti sauce
8. eat at a Thai and/or Indian restaurant
9. drive a motorcycle
10. go whitewater rafting
11. go on a wine tour in the Finger Lakes
12. go apple picking
13. stay overnight at a bed and breakfast
14. buy a fabulous piece of jewelry for myself
15. milk a cow
16. go to a St. Patrick’s Day parade
17. go to Washington, D.C. OR Chicago, Illinois OR another major U.S. city
18. kiss someone under the mistletoe
19. learn how to do an oil change and/or how to change a flat tire
20. ride on a carousel
21. get a bikini wax
22. buy flowers for myself
23. pay off my CitiAssist college loan
24. submit a teaching idea to an education magazine and have it published
25. send a letter/postcard to all of my graduating students
26. learn how to tie a man’s necktie
27. sing the national anthem at a major sporting event
28. pay for the person behind me in line at a drive-thru restaurant or coffee shop
29. drink a mint julep while watching the Kentucky Derby (on TV)
30. spend a day in Cooperstown, NY
31. eat chicken wings at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo
32. keep a blog about doing these 32 things
One of my friends asked how it would be possible to do all of these things. I don't have an answer for that other than ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. :) If you want something bad enough, you can make it happen. So-- what things on my list HAVEN'T you done? What's stopping you from making your own list?


  1. Yay for your blog! I love it :)
    I think you're absolutely FABULOUS and this will be the best year yet!

  2. Happy birthday greetings from the big city! K, this is fabulous and you look gorgeous! If you add us to #17 for a proper visit we will happily accompany you on #'s 1 and 8. And I'm sure Vic can help with # 9.

  3. Apple Picking and Burrville Cider Mill this Fall - whatever weekend you come home, we'll do it together :)

  4. Ok, it's been a couple of years. I wonder how it went? What kind of amazing adventures did fulfilling these items lead you to?

    I'm turning 32, and looking for some ways to make this weekend a good one.... which is how I found your list. Thanks for posting it.