Three! Three!

Today is my birthday! and I am tickled that I am a multiple of 11 again. I don’t know why, but this seems special to me. Every time I mention it to Jason, he looks at me funny, like this could not possibly be a reason to like an age. But I keep saying “Dude! 33! Three! Three!” I love the rhythm of it. It’s way better, after all, than being a boring 32.

My friends Jodi, Elizabeth, Cynthia, and Kristin all usually make a list of goals for the year on their birthdays, and I thought I’d follow suit myself. I love that their lists are more about nourishing their minds and souls, rather than ticking off a list of ways to improve themselves.

33 Things to Do Before I Turn 34

  1. Renew my expired driver’s license. (It expired one year ago today. doh!) (I guess that’s more like “Get a new driver’s license.”)
  2. Get a physical for the first time in 3 years, once I have health insurance again!
  3. Walk across the Manhattan Bridge.
  4. Fly to San Francisco to visit friends and that awesome city.
  5. Finish at least 3 quilts—figure out the quilting, the binding, the works. (I have three in process and one that I want to make as a wedding gift. And the whole notion scares me to death!)
  6. Go to a free concert in Central Park.
  7. Try Pilates (a friend is an instructor).
  8. Take a nap on the beach.
  9. Read at least 5 adult novels. (Currently I average about 8 YA fiction books a month, and I don’t see that changing much, but I eschew adult fiction.)
  10. Try acupuncture.
  11. Go to the Met (I haven’t been in ages!).
  12. Claim a “signature” cocktail as my own.
  13. Host more dinner parties.
  14. Watch the entire BSG series with Jason (his first viewing!).
  15. Go bowling.
  16. Get back into yoga.
  17. Organize a large group for dim sum.
  18. Buy new glasses—ideally a few pairs, to change at whim!
  19. Save up for a trip to Hong Kong and Singapore next winter.
  20. Go to a chiropractor to get help with my neck.
  21. Publish at least 3 new patterns (knit or crochet).
  22. Get tickets for Shakespeare in the Park.
  23. Catch a crab while crabbing with my family (If, that is, we go to the beach this year as a family. If not, maybe catch a fish on the lake?).
  24. Sew myself a dress.
  25. Participate in the 100 Strangers project. (I started it, but I’ve made practically no progress.)
  26. Plan a visit to my grandmother that’s just the two of us.
  27. Go to a reading by an author I like.
  28. Take a vacation that’s just the two of us, not a family visit.
  29. Bake a really fantastic cake. Layers will be involved.
  30. Master makingĀ Hainanese Chicken Rice.
  31. Have a picnic on Governor’s Island.
  32. Document my progress on this list.
  33. Smile every day. we mostly lazed about

20 Responses to Three! Three!

  1. jodi says:

    hip hip!!

    such a wonderful list. glad to be part of your inspiration. i hope you have a truly happy birthday and great year ahead. i like the rythtym of 33, too. any multiple of 11 is good in my book. i’ll be sad to turn 34 next week!

  2. elizabetht says:

    hooray!!! happy birthday, first of all, and second of all, this is an awesome list… a great balance between fun and crafts and general good stuff. (and i’m with you on the goal of having multiple awesome pairs of glasses; if you wear them every day, why the hell not?!) and i think 33 is a great number… i’m partial to odd numbers myself, although 34 is my favorite number so i’ll have to make an exception for that in a few years.

  3. Erin says:

    Happy birthday! I just turned 33 a few days ago myself. I like this enrichment list idea–I’m going to have to think about what mine should contain.

  4. miko says:

    great list of goals. i think i may do this next year when i turn 35 (eep). i’m happy to have contributed a birthday gift that will help with #30 and keep us inspired for #19.

    happy birthday again.

  5. Kathy says:

    I celebrated my palindrome this year as well. I’m will you, it’s way cooler than 32. Hope you have an awesome year. For 4, did you know artfibers has a storefront again? and a couple new shops are opening near me (verb for keeping warm just opened); for 9, try Susanna Gregory if you like mediveal and mysteries; for 14, frack I love that show!; for 16, pick a special day and just do it; for 21, can’t wait; for 33 – great start!

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