Yesterday I turned 28. Doesn’t it seem like there’s a lot more than only one year between 27 and 28? I didn’t feel like 27 was that old, but now I might as well be 30. The older I get the faster time seems to pass, and it’s so easy to let a whole day, week, or month slip by without doing anything noteworthy. In an effort to prevent monotony, achieve a few goals, and put my 28th year to good use, I made a list of 28 things to accomplish before my 29th birthday.
learn to french braid my hair—Done! get a new stamp in my passport—Done, Done, & Done
- fix up the basement spare room
learn to play the ukulele—Done! try sushi—Done! upgrade my laptop—Done! have my wisdom teeth removed—Done! practice hand lettering—Done, Done, Done, Done & Done! introduce tea towels to the Wit & Whistle shop—Done! wear more hats—Done, Done, Done find a new hobby Daniel and I both enjoy—Done! decorate a cake—Done! organize the rest of our old vacation photos & print photo books—Done! come up with a regular cleaning schedule—Done! build a coffee table with my dad—Done! paint each of my fingernails a different color—Done! try 12 new restaurants—Done!
1 – The Irregardless Cafe
2 – Udupi Cafe
3 – Zoës Kitchen
4 – Market
5 – 18 Seaboard
6 – Beasley’s Chicken and Honey
7 – Boylan Bridge Brewpub
8 – State Farmer’s Market Restaurant
9 – Reflections Cafe and Restaurant
10 – Tatler
11 – Spice and Curry
12 – Yuri
host a girl’s night—Done! scope out the best antique shops around here—Done! wear perfume everyday—Done! go on an impromptu weekend trip—Done! practice painting with gouache—Done, Done, Done, Done, & Done! find the perfect shade of red lipstick—Done! plant a butterfly garden—Done! determine my personal style & purge everything else from my wardrobe—Done! read 12 books—Done!
1 – Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
2 – Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
3 – The Stranger by Albert Camus
4 – Crazy Love by Francis Chan
5 – The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
6 – Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien
7 – The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
8 – The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
9 – Walking on Water by Madeleine L’Engle
10 – Tooth and Claw by T.C. Boyle
11 – Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
12 – Animal Farm by George Orwell
try screen printing again—Done! make a painting—Done!