Thursday, May 09, 2013

41 Before 41: What I Accomplished

Here is the list of what I accomplished on my "41 Before 41" list. If the date I finished is highlighted that means there is a blog post about that particular accomplishment. And yes, I know some numbers are missing. Come back tomorrow for the reasons (excuses) why!

1) Don't drink Coke for a week.
     (This is going to be a tough one. I LOVE Coke. At one point I had suggested to Dave that I should attempt to go a week without yelling at our kids at all and he joked, "Don't do it the same week you give up Coke!" He's so funny.)
 Done from April 3-9. It was harder than I want to admit to do this. Although since then I have not been drinking a Coke every day so it's helped me break that habit a little bit. (To be honest, I still have "two Coke days" some days!)
3) Buy a house.
     (Self explanatory.)

4) Read through all the Today's Parents.
     (We have ended our subscription to this magazine but they are still sending them to us. And we haven't read them since last March. So I'm going to read them and recycle them and then get them to stop sending them to us. Probably. I like free.)
  All done by April 9

5) Complete a Beth Moore study.
     (I am currently doing one so I just have to keep up with it. I have loved hearing Beth Moore ever since I saw my first video series of her a few years ago. She's hilarious. And wise.)
 Completed May 8

6) Fly an airplane.
     (Dave is likely going to give me this experience for my birthday. I can't wait!!!)
Done May 4!!!

7) Sew a second dress for Rachel.
     (I finished one. I can finish two. Especially since I have all the materials for it.)
Finished Mar 9!!!

9) Finish sorting through old letters in my desk drawer.
     (I had an entire box of letters starting from when I was 16 which I sorted through in Edmonton. Except for about ten which I moved here, shoved into my desk drawer, and haven't looked at since. It's time to change that.)
Finished Apr 10

10) Print pictures again!
     (If I don't stay on top of this the task becomes overwhelming. And now I have 70 folders of pictures which I need to go through.)
Finished Mar 8

11) Make it to a Zumba class.
     (I have been trying to get to one for seven months. This is looooong overdue. (BTW, the classes are at horrible times for me which is why this one is difficult.))
 Done February 16

17) Register with the stem cell and marrow network.
     (I wrote away for information in September. I just need to do two quick things and send it back. Again, why hasn't this happened yet?!?!)
Done January 30

20) Do one Pinterest project which I've pinned. Done March 30 And I've done a couple of other ones since then too!

21) Cook one Pinterest recipe which I've pinned. Done March 25 I've made two others since then and even got Dave to make me one for my birthday supper!

22) Try to give blood again.
     (I have tried to give blood before but my hemoglobin is usually too low. That's no excuse and I should really try again.)
 Done February 20 I also gave successfully again on April 17 and have another appointment in June. I think you can call me a regular donor now! Whoo hoo!!!

25) Work on my quilt again.
     (I started making a quilt about fourteen years ago. By hand, because I'm stubborn that way. I got all the piecing done and then got stuck at the quilting it part. I don't intend to finish it before 41, because let's be realistic, but I do want to look at it again and work on it.)
Started working on it again – Mar 8

26) See Cars: The Movie.
     (No, I've never seen this movie.)
Done February 2

27) Finish watching the first season of Modern Family with Dave. Finished March 10

28) Go two weeks without eating pizza.
     (We eat pizza a lot. And we usually order in. This is a money saving technique too!)
Finished April 16 I really don't want to admit how extremely difficult this one was to accomplish. Blah. Pizza is my go-to food and we eat A LOT of it.

30) Frame Sam and Rachel's whale watching certificates, with pictures.
     (Again, this will get another thing off my dresser!)
Finished Mar 8

31) Learn how to use the printer.
     (In my defense, the printer isn't hooked up the majority of the time and it's at Dave's desk so I need to learn how to hook it up to his computer and then load the paper. I'm a technologically advanced woman; I can do this. And it means that I can print things out on my own instead of always having to depend on Dave. Win-win.)
 Done April 28

32) Get my grandma's sewing machine to a repair shop. Done Apr 9
     32 a) Learn how to use it.

34) Bake bread.
     (I can bake bread, I just never do. Why?)
Done Apr 20

36) Dust Sam's shelves.
     (Again, this is kind of dumb but every time I'm in his room I notice the ever-growing layer of dust on his shelves. Why have they not been dusted since we moved in last May? It's ridiculous!)
Done January 30

37) Read the Bible everyday.
     (I have a website I started following last year during Lent. I want to make this a habit.)
I'm currently about a week behind which is awesome! I'm reading books of the Bible I've never seen before. Ask me anything about Biblical genealogy and I can tell you! Yeah, currently I'm in 1 Chronicles :)

38) Give up Facebook for Lent.
     (I did this last year and it felt so good. It totally changed how I use Facebook and I think it would be good to do again this year.)
Done!!! And since Lent has ended I've only been checking Facebook every other day, or sometimes every three days. I think I'm a bit over Facebook now.

40) Go shopping at Target in Canada.
     (Target is coming to Canada and I am soooooooooo excited about it, as are a lot of my friends. I cannot wait to shop at a Target here. Whooo hooo!!!!)
Done March 23!!!


  1. I'm so impressed!! And you didn't even have a full year to do these things! Amazing!

  2. Way to go!!! You did it!!!

  3. Wow, you've been a busy mama! Way to go! I know it feels good to accomplish so much. I want to hear all about flying the plane!


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