So as is probably pretty clear, I never did finish my 45 in 45. For a while I felt pretty bad about that, but then I remembered that it was my list of things to do for me. Not finishing it doesn’t reflect poorly on me, it simply reflects the reality of how my life changed after I got a new job in September 2015 and added 450 miles of commuting to my life every week. That, as it turns out, is a lot of podcast time, a lot less computer time, and way less doing-stuff-after-work time. That being said, I did do a couple more things on the list after my 45th birthday that are worthy of note:
3. run a 5k
I ran the Tufts 10K in October 2016, about 5 months after my birthday. It was a good run; I finished about 5 minutes slower than when I ran it 5 years earlier, so I count that as a victory!
24. plan our 10th anniversary trip with Amy
We went to Iceland in July 2016! It was incredible! I loved it! We both want to go back! You should go! It’s so beautiful!
The one thing that I did want to mention is that my little Maggie died last November. I haven’t known how to write about it – mostly because the world has been on fire since she died the day before the 2016 election and those things are so closely intertwined in my heart. She was a good dog, even if she was also a hard dog. I miss her.
So I tried. I really really did. And as it turns out, as much as I’d like to be one of those people who can draw cute little things without effort, I just don’t enjoy it. I tried to follow Lisa Congdon’s daily drawing challenge over on Creativebug in February, and got 10 days in before I was bored and disinterested and gave it up. Which is okay! I don’t need to enjoy all the things on my list, right?
(No photos because I don’t want to even show them to you.)
My friend KP suggested this activity and oh, what fun!
When a bunch of us went skating and to Cheers in January, we thought this weekend might be good for going to the Top of the Hub for a drink. And then we looked at our hockey schedule and saw that we had an 11am game and it got even MORE perfect.
The whole crew from Barbados made it, plus Amy, minus Matt. We had drinks and views and conversations and laughing and noshes and it was just the best afternoon I’ve had in ages.
I think my favorite part of the day was when we were settling the bill and Niki said, “There’s too much money here! Three of us haven’t paid yet!” So much nicer than the alternative.
Hanging out with this group of women is so easy and fun. Need to do it more!
If you can do so, you might consider joining your local friends of the library, or friends of the museum, or friends of whatever-civic-organization it might be. I know when I worked at my former place of work, the Friends were very generous and allowed us to purchase a lot of bigger-ticket items we couldn’t normally fit into our regular operating budget, as well as sponsoring programming for students. That’s a kind of philanthropy I can get behind. (There are other kinds I can get behind too, but I’m not talking about those right now.)