Birthday Bucket List (32)

I celebrated my birthday last month, and I did a darn good job on my 31 by 32 birthday bucket list. I completed all but 2 items. Not too shabby considering number 31, my “to be determined” list item, ended up being “grow a baby and get it out of my uterus in the least traumatic way possible”.

I thought I might skip making a birthday bucket list this year. Fern is a slow eater, so breastfeeding is nearly a full time job (I’m not exaggerating). If I can keep her fat and happy, Wit & Whistle running, and get a few hours of sleep occasionally… isn’t that enough? But when I thought about how mopey I’d feel if I didn’t do anything but breastfeed and ship orders for an entire year, I got to work on my list.

I’m taking it easy this year. I couldn’t think of 32 things I wanted to do in my 32nd year of life, so this time I picked an arbitrary number of birthday bucket list items—20. A lot of them are little things I used to take for granted, but life is crazy right now, and I need a push to get my butt off the couch.

How did your last birthday bucket list go? Do you think you’ll make it a tradition? If you need list ideas my old lists are here (28 by 29), here (29 by 30), here (30 by 31), and here (31 by 32).

birthday bucket list 32

  1. find a new favorite dessert recipe
  2. paint a picturedone!
  3. be a mom on Mother’s Day for the first timedone!
  4. maybe attempt one of those “couch to 5k” running plans (maybe)done! (I attempted)
  5. make sangriadone!
  6. celebrate my 10 year wedding anniversarydone!
  7. make Fern a funny onesie
  8. see if I like Spotifydone!
  9. get my pre-baby waist backehh close enough
  10. go see a movie in the theaterdone!
  11. set up a guest bedroom in the basementdone!
  12. play the 30 day minimalism gamedone!
  13. celebrate Fern’s first birthdaydone!
  14. eat at a new restaurantdone!
  15. take another pottery classdone!
  16. try block printing again
  17. go to the farmer’s market
  18. make a cakedone!
  19. get my nails donedone!
  20. get my hair donedone!

Buddha’s Hand

Weird fruit alert! Just when I thought I’d seen them all. Have you ever come across a Buddha’s Hand? It’s a citrus fruit! It smells like yellow Starburst candy and tastes like a mild, un-sour lemon. It’s primarily used for its zest, among other things. Have you ever eaten one?

buddha's hand citrus fruit

buddha's hand citrus fruit

buddha's hand citrus fruit

Home Brewed Kombucha

Are there any kombucha fans in the house? I got a kit from Kombucha Brooklyn, because I wanted to try brewing my own.

Here’s the gist of the process: you dump a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) into a jar of sweet tea, and sample your brew for a week or two until it’s tastes the way you want. As the tea ferments, a new SCOBY grows on top. It’s like having a weird slimy pet that reproduces at an alarming rate. When your kombucha is ready you pull out the SCOBY and bottle the tea. (You can find more detailed brewing instructions here.)

Sadly I let my first batch ferment too long, and it ended up being too vinegary. No big deal though, I’m trying it again with my newly grown SCOBY. The process is a whole lot more forgiving than wine making, that’s for sure. Have you ever tried to brew kombucha?

home brewed kombucha

home brewed kombucha

home brewed kombucha

home brewed kombucha

Open for Business!

Maternity leave is over and Wit & Whistle is open for business once again! I even added new cards and notecard sets to the shop. There are two brand new cards…

wit and whistle cards

wit and whistle cards

…and I revised four oldies but goodies.

I adored my old holy mole, but he needed an update to fit better with my current aesthetic. The more I looked at my “thinking of you” notecards, the less I liked the dark background, so that’s gone on the new version. I got bored with the airmail stripe trend and retired my “snail mail” notecards a while ago, so I brought them back with a cute, hand-drawn snail. My former “thank you enough” notecards were one of my first hand-lettered designs, and I felt like I could do a better job now that I’ve honed my skills more. I’m much happier with the new lettering.

I love a good before and after, so here are the old versions:

wit and whistle cards

And here are the new versions!

wit and whistle cards

wit and whistle cards

wit and whistle cards

wit and whistle cards

It feels good to be back! (Although it is a bit more challenging to get things done with my new tiny, emotional assistant who constantly wants to suck on a boob!)

Camellias

We planted camellias more than 5 years ago, and finally they bloomed! Until now they’ve only sputtered out a few pitiful blossoms here and there, but this year they were covered in silky pink flowers the size of my palm. I love that they bloom off season. What goes on in your garden in cooler weather?

camellia blooms

camellia blooms

camellia blooms