Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Today is my 34th birthday. 34. Wow. Over a 1/3 of the way to 99. To celebrate the next year of my life, I created the little book above. This birthday book idea came from Elise. It's called my 34 to-do book. Here's my list of 34 to-dos for the next year (in no particular order).
1: love
2: start an etsy shop
3: finish five books
4: cross an ocean
5: bake bread from scratch
6: have a "Clare's Well day" once a month
7: sister's weekend trip with Jodi
8: take a book class at MCBA
9: hike
10: kayak
11: dinner (again) at the Harbor View Cafe in Pepin
12: host a party
13: de-clutter
14: go fishing with dad
15: go to a Gopher football game with Andrew
16: go on a picnic
17: stay at a B&B
18: smile
19: make a favorite childhood recipe with mom
20: sing in the rain
21: buy handmade
22: support literacy
23: blog everyday for one month
24: close a big gift
25: date
26: fit more comfortably in my clothes
27: watch the oringinal Star Wars trilogy
28: ice skate at Ivy Hills Park
29: find something lovely at a consignment shop
30: go bowling
31: bake a rhubarb pie from scratch
32: fill my red wall with art
33: pray
34: document this list

I'm beginning #23 today - blog every day for a month. This also happens to be the first day of documenting my holiday season in my holiday book, so the daily blogging will help with my goal to take a photo + write down some words about my day.

I'm super excited about this year and to capture some details about it in this little book. Stay tuned for my progress!

Now off to frost some spice cupcakes with maple cream cheese buttercream frosting. It's bring a treat night at tutoring this evening, and the cupcakes will be my contribution.


  1. What a neat idea! I would have to come up with 50 things... well in 6 months or so! Happy Birthday to you!

  2. I love this idea Jill and can't wait to see what your next year brings! Maybe I'll do it for my 30th!

  3. Beth, I was thinking the other day about how it could be more difficult to think of a new, longer list each year. It took me a while to come up with 34! Good luck!

  4. OH and Jill, Jake just told me that you can come watch the Star Wars Trilogy at our house. He would happily watch it with you and force me to watch it too. :) So that invite is there....

  5. Melissa, I think it's sort of weird I've never watched the Star Wars trilogy - it's probably THE movie series of our generation. No time like the present! Thanks for the invite - let's plan on it!