Back in February I was physically (and mentally) snow bound. We were at my parent’s house on the Wallace River and got caught in a snow storm – the roads were closed for two days! There was a limit to how much snowshoeing and complaining I could handle so I decided to write a list of what I should/could/want to do after my great escape.
And that’s how the thirty six before thirty six list came to be. Thirty six things to do before my thirty-sixth birthday. Now it is time to recap:
- Paint a room
It’s sad when the first item on a list does not get crossed off. Argh. I still want to paint our bathroom Kelly Green but it didn’t happen. No excuse… I just hate painting.
- Wallpaper a room
And it’s really bad when the second item does not get crossed off either. Again, I still want to wallpaper the other bathroom, and I have a plan, it just didn’t happen
… hang in, it gets better
Go to the art gallery (for real)I was down to the wire on this one. Last week I had to run downtown to pick something up at the printer and had an hour to kill before school ended. I could of gone home and worked but I went to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia instead. I love the Maud Lewis room.
Get a pedicureAmanda and I went to Princess Nails on a cold, wet, dreary night. It was not as blissful as a spa but I love the neon pink toes.
Relax on the beach with a magazineThis would of been less enjoyable had I done it this spring on a beach in Nova Scotia however, I was lucky to vacation at Anna Maria Island in April.
Run in a raceBluenose and the Cabot Trail Relay!
Go snowshoeingI crossed this off the list on day one (did I mention we were snowbound?) but I went out again for our Storm the Mountain eco-challenge.
Go on an airplaneWe made Anne Murray proud and snowbirded the hell out of here to Florida
Ski mogulsI’m no Jean-Luc Brassard but I made it down the mountain in one piece.
Sell five items on Kijiji
1. A sweater 2. Push bike 3. A DVD 4. Tent 5. Washer & Dryer flood victims
Finish 4 books
1. I’ll Give You The Sun 2. When Everything Feels Like the Movies 3. We Were Liars 4. The Sky is Everywhere
Brunch at Edna Restaurant
So good. Sooooo good! When Jane’s closed I never thought I’d find another good vegetarian Eggs Benedict but then I went to Edna’s.
Visit the ocean
I saw the ocean in Nova Scotia but my hands were too numb to snap a pic. Florida was a lot warmer.
Learn how to rug hookI did and now I’m hooked (wink). I can’t wait to show you my finished project.
I even boogie boarded
Walk in point pleasant park
Several times – I walked around with David and Henry, ran it, raced in it, cursed the hills, and even assisted a photoshoot in the park.
Hike Cape Breton Highlands National ParkI ran it, which I think is cooler. However, I did hike up the damn steep hill at the end of my leg.
Choose a signature drinkI’m so fancy… Basically I fill a glass with gin, some tonic, a splash of grapefruit juice and a lemon (if I have one). Best consumed from a beach-friendly sippy cup with straw.
Make homemade rollsI think Karen is holding back on sharing her actual roll recipe because mine were nowhere near as good as her’s but I really enjoyed making them.
Go to Field Guide for a drinkX 2! If you haven’t gone, go. I love Field Guide and I especially enjoyed reuniting with an old friends over drinks.
Make a chocolate cheesecakeMy aunt Joanne made the most amazing chocolate cheesecake and I always felt like she was making it especially for me because I loved it so much. I thought I had her recipe but I can’t find it. I still made a chocolate cheesecake but it tasted horrible and it made me miss her even more.
Build a sand castleAnother victory thanks to our trip to Florida.
Host an outdoor FNPN
Sarah helped me with this one. We had a Friday Night Pizza Night at the Park Avenue Community Oven. Everything was delicous, especially the s’more pizza. Jealous?
Take a kickboxing class
I did this over the weekend. To say I was good and/or graceful would be a total lie but I did it.
Take a carload to Value Village
Yes and there’s more to go!
Go for a bike ride
We’ve done a bit of local biking but one of my favourite days in Florida was our bike adventure. We had so much fun exploring the island… Didn’t we Jodie?
Explore a new park / beach or trail in Nova ScotiaOn Mother’s Day we went to Crowbar Lake Hiking Trail and it was awesome. You’d be surprised how far kids can walk when you dangle a granola bar in front of them.
Visit a new store in Halifax… like this oneI’ve now been to the Independent Mercantile twice and it’s a great store.
Barbecue season is the best.
- Buy stain to paint the patio
This is a big debate in our house. I am going to write more about it another time. Lets just say I haven’t convinced a certain someone that it’s worth it.
Go for a run with a friend
Running a half-marathon with a friend is so much more enjoyable than running alone. Thanks Jenna.
Ride the yellow slide at the Canada Games Centre
And the blue one too! Another thing I accomplished this week.
- Skate at the Oval at least once more
I don’t think this fail is my fault. Because of the extreme weather conditions we faced this winter, the Oval closed early and without much warning. I only made it there once and didn’t get back after I wrote this list. I did however ski a boardercross course and nearly killed myself. My friend suggested that it made up for the lack of skating.
Print and frame a photoI wrote about this here.
Open the windows and put out the patio furnitureYes! However we’ve also turned the heat back on in June. Oh my…
Technically I didn’t actually get gussied up and go dancing but I have danced. Mostly alone or with David but I am still counting this as complete.
I am pretty happy with the results = 32/36 = 89%. Most of them were really fun and it was an excuse to spend time with great people. My theory… Make a list and they will come.
I am thirty six. What the hell? No time for a pity party… I have a summer list to tackle. Bring it.
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