30 by 30

The following is a list of thirty things I want to do before I turn thirty, in the spirit of the 26-by-26 list I semi-completed before my 26th birthday:

  1. Throw a first-annual dinner party - and second, and third... 
  2. Send 365 cards, including thank-you notes to my teachers (85)
  3. Read all of Hemingway's works (6 down!)
  4. Plant a garden. Plant flowers. 
  5. Buy a house. With a porch. And, therefore, a porch swing. 
  6. Sail on the Chesapeake in the fall 
  7. Take myself on vacation 
  8. Make a book stack lamp 
  9. Spend the night in a bookstore 
  10. Write a book (or at least a story) 
  11. Go fishing
  12. Celebrate every week with a toast 
  13. Make apple pie from hand-picked apples
  14. Run a marathon (I blame Running Like a Girl for this one)
  15. Read 50 classics in five years (20)
  16. Jump out of an airplane
  17. Learn about wine
  18. Learn to take photos
  19. Knit something wearable (ok, I crocheted it, but close enough)
  20. Drink Guinness in Ireland
  21. Wear a different color every day for a month
  22. Learn a language
  23. Explore my city like a tourist
  24. Write 52 pen-pal worthy letters (3)
  25. Go on a picnic, complete with basket
  26. See a whale
  27. Join a book club. Start a book club. Be in a book club, whatever it takes.
  28. Visit my grandparents' graves
  29. Attend a 1920s-themed party, wearing that spectacular flapper dress I happen to own
And 30, find a meaningful answer to the question, "What are you doing to change the world?"

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