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Love 2011Oh, wow. The year 2010 flew by in a blink. Some really fantastic things happened last year: I got a job that I love; I became the president of ACEL; I spent a wonderful week in Boston. And some really horrible things happened as well, the worst of which was losing Barkley to Cushings disease in July. I still miss that guy so much every day.

But, it’s a new year with a clean slate and all that jazz, and this year, instead of making resolutions that I’m not likely to keep, I put together a list of 35 new things that I want to try before I turn 35 on Nov. 12, 2011. Would you like to see what’s on the list? Hold on tight, here we go:

January
1.    Learn to make cheese
2.    Go on a shopping hiatus for the entire month (except for food)
3.    Attend a Gator basketball game

February
4.    Travel someplace I’ve never been (San Diego!)
5.    Take a sewing class
6.    Ride on a sailboat
7.    Eat something from a food truck

March
8.    Visit the Horse Retirement Home
9.    Try miracle berries
10.    Apply to be a contestant on a game show

April

11.    Volunteer at a community garden
12.    Go on a manatee tour
13.    Learn to change a tire

May
14.    Get a ridiculous pedicure (maybe with some bling)
15.    Watch the Kentucky Derby while wearing a fancy hat
16.    Have an unplugged weekend (no computer, BlackBerry or TV)

June
17.    Go to a food festival
18.    Give up chocolate for one month
19.    Wear false eyelashes

July
20.    Learn to can jam
21.    Send a care package to soldiers in Afghanistan
22.    Spend the day at the Ayurveda Health Retreat

August
23.    Watch the Godfather trilogy
24.    Go to a movie by myself
25.    Write a fan letter

September
26.    Collect my favorite recipes into a cookbook
27.    Swim with the fish at the Georgia Aquarium
28.    Have a photo taken of myself that I really like

October
29.    Crochet a scarf
30.    Read a book that I don’t think I’d like

Ongoing, finish before Nov. 12
31.    Go to Quaker church at least three times per month
32.    Learn gluten-free baking
33.    Be able to do a handstand with ease
34.    Take a burlesque class
35.    Pay off my student loans

I’m very excited to tackle some of the things on this list (see #6, #15, #22) and others might be more of a challenge (see #2, #18, #35), but I like the idea of giving them all a whirl. Maybe I’ll even write about it in this blog. No promises there, though.

One thing is for sure, I’m looking forward to 2011 and all that it has in store. Happy New Year, lovelies!

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