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Sunday, February 03, 2013

33 things to do before I turn 34

1. Lose 30 pounds
2. Volunteer somewhere/get involved in Bethel community
3. Visit the southern hemisphere, go on a cruise, or get a tan over Christmas Break
4. Finish reading the Bible or listen to an audio version
5. Publish my book
6. Take a steam, go hunting or some other local/cultural activity
7. Go camping
8. Pay off one debt
9. Read 5 more books off this list
10. Complete a half marathon
11. Read Atlas Shrugged
12. Put my house up for sale
13. Join an exercise class
14. Increase my flexibility
15. Increase my upper body strength
16. Update my vacation journal and photo albums
17. Join the Y this summer or run at least 5 days per week
18. Start sending birthday cards again
19. Stop smoking completely
20. Keep doing yoga once per week
21. Create 1 piece of art each month
22. Attend church regularly
23. Finish Rune Factory Frontier
24. Whiten my teeth
25. Play frisbee golf at two new courses this summer
26. Revise my resume and decide what's next
27. No bread for two weeks
28. Wear more skirts
29. Visit the library more
30. Hike more of the appalachian trail
31. Attend a roller derby meet
32. Ski at least 4 new trails
33. Double my savings cushion

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Number 22: Send ten notes on homemade paper

I taught some of my students how to make paper and then wrote the notes while they did their own sheets!  It was fun to finally put some of my art supplies to use!

Friday, February 01, 2013

Number 30: Read 5 more books off the list

I've been reading books off of this BBC book list for several years now.  While my goal was to read 5, unfortunately I only had time for 3 because spent most of my year engrossed in the Outlander Series by Diana Galbaldon.  I love, love, love these books!

From the book list this year, I read...

1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
I didnt really care for this book much.  It took me months to read it because every time I tried to open it, I would get about 2 paragraphs read before I would fall asleep completely.  It just couldnt hold my attention!!!  The story was good and the writing was good, but I was just bored by it.

2. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I've been listening to the Sherlock stories on my iPod.  So far I've listened to two books and two compilations of stories.   I've been enjoying them.  I like the uniqueness of every story and the way that they are written.

3. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
I also listened to this one on my iPod.  It was a small novel by an Australian writer about a woman who walked across the Malay Pennisula during the war with a group of other women.  She adapted and survived through her journey, but lost everyone she loved.  She eventually reconnects with a man that she met on her journey and falls in love, moving to Australia and creating town like Alice.