38 Before 39 - An Eleventh Hour Update

Kelly's Beach, Kouchibouguac National Park, NB

#3 - Kelly's Beach, Kouchibouguac National Park, NB (about 20min from Mom & Dad's)

I spent two glorious afternoons sitting on this beach listening to the waves roll in

With two weeks left before I turn 39 it's time to check in on my list of 38 things I wanted to do before the B-Day. So if you'll let me self-indulge a little more than usual, here goes:

  1. take voice lessons 1/2 hour a week for six weeks during May and June 2011
  2. hike a new-to-me trail Little Bluff Conservation Area, Prince Edward Country, Ontario - it was a short trail, but beautiful!
  3. sit by the ocean during my solo trip to NB, August 2011 (see pic above), though technically it's the Northumberland Strait and not the ocean I'm giving myself full points - it smelled salty
  4. take a plane somewhere
  5. create an e-book
  6. lose 10 pounds I lost five, but I might have gained some too sooo, no points here unfortunately
  7. create and give art workshops centered around intuitive art-making and creative play
  8. write and submit an article (or a query) to a magazine - hopefully get it published 1/4 points here, I took a workshop on pitching articles and created a very rough draft of a query letter
  9. find the user manual for Matilda, my trusty point & shoot, and learn how to use her manual settings full points with a note that it's a work in practice
  10. host a painting or tea party
  11. see a Cirque du Soleil performance a birthday gift from D., it was amazing!
  12. take a solo trip - it doesn't have to be far solo road trip to visit Mom & Dad in NB, August 2011
  13. try a new recipe a ground beef/pasta/cheese bake thingy, yummy winter fare!
  14. clean out my filing cabinet
  15. paint on a big canvas again - at least 30x30, maybe even bigger I painted on two 20x40 canvases, close enough
  16. take an art workshop, or two one textile sculpture workshop taken in June 2011, and two painting-related workshops at Squam Art Workshops in September
  17. show my artwork in a local venue
  18. find a pair of stylish, dressy, warm winter boots lambswool-lined ankle boots that I can wear with dressy pants, jeans or a wool skirt, works for me!
  19. find or create an occasion to wear the party dress my sister gave me for my birthday (I feel so beautiful when I'm wearing it!) I have tickets to see the Bolshoi Ballet this coming May, I plan to to wear the dress
  20. find a pair of party shoes to wear with my party dress
  21. do my morning pages at least five days a week, every week though I haven't checked, I think I've managed to average this thanks to my working from home since November
  22. host a few dinners, potlucks or game nights with D. yup!
  23. see live music performances, maybe a few Bluesfest concerts took in Jazzfest AND Bluesfest concerts + a show the Black Sheep Inn
  24. go to a movie theatre saw The Artist and the Pearl Jam documentary
  25. visit the National Gallery of Canada (here in Ottawa, no excuse!) saw Made in America photography exhibit with D. + a bit of the Canadian gallery
  26. go to NYC
  27. make peach preserves chose to let go of this one in the fall due to time constraints
  28. visit my parents and family in New Brunswick August 2011
  29. hike a second new-to-me trail
  30. send cards and notes via snail mail - target one a month Yup. I might've even averaged one a month.
  31. print photos from our wedding to fill our wedding photo box
  32. print favourite photos from last year (trip to Gaspé, '70s housewarming party, art vernissage) and create a souvenir album I can flip through
  33. throw a belated birthday party
  34. go dancing D. & I got our groove on at Le Piano Rouge in Montreal during a weekend getaway
  35. put $5000 aside in Savings YAY! This was so I could take a leave of absence from work, it served its purpose.
  36. do something with my series of Mandala line art created in 2005-2006
  37. get my hair and makeup done professionally
  38. continue posting here at least twice a week, even if it's just a photo or a quote  According to the monthly archives numbers I averaged at least twice a week. My tightest month was July 2011 with 8 posts.

Twenty-one out of the 38 things are crossed off with a few more weeks to go, not too shabby!

And there might still be time to knock a few little ones off the list; I'll see what I can muster up between now and then...