Mom + me.
About two weeks ago my body sent out the memo that this birthday was approaching and automatically sent twenty new grey hairs. I know other women have gone grey gracefully and happily but it was a bit of a hit for me.
For awhile I thought I wanted a big party. Get a cover band, string up twinkly lights, buy a keg. But today was mostly normal. Flowers and cards and a bottle of wine from my husband and kids. Breakfast with my college chaplain. And then lots of errands, chicken nuggets for lunch, made a few phone calls, changed a few dirty diapers. So thirty-five has come with a couple of streamers taped up by L and ended with KFC for supper with my parents.
Nice and simple.
A few years ago I did a list of thirty-one things I wanted to do in my thirty-first year. (You can read the list here, and it's follow-up of how unimpressive I was here.) I wanted to do it again, with four more this year. So here it is:
1 - Read my Bible every day.
2 - Attend Adoration regularly.
3 - Forgive the slights and insults.
4 - Publish a book.
5 - Potty train my 3 year old.
6 - Eat more fresh veggies.
7 - Go on walks.
8 - Pull the weeds under the pine tree.
9 - Stain the benches that sit outside.
10 - Paint the bedroom.
11 - Transplant the ornamental grass.
12 - Weed the side yard and lay down mulch.
13 - Read more novels (one a month?)
14 - Pay it forward.
15 - Sleep.
16 - Vacuum twice a week for allergy-suffers' sakes.
17 - Stain the playset.
18 - Write more letters.
19 - Bake more bread.
20 - Mop once a week, as opposed to once a month... if.
21 - Attend a conference.
22 - Figure out what's going with my ears reacting to all my earrings.
23 - Have at least five speaking gigs.
24 - Lose the same 45lbs I wanted to lose four years ago.
25 - Make sure Resa knows here letters, numbers, shapes, colors, prayers, address, and how to write her first and last name.
26 - Let the kids bake more.
27 - Help Ben with his reading.
28 - Take L to confession once a month.
29 - Line dry the sheets.
30 - Wash the sheets once a week.
31 - Spend more time with my grandparents.
32 - Organize the pictures and save to discs or whatever.
33 - Help JF with his speech.
34 - Drink more water.
35 - Learn to make caramels.