The 29th Birthday Life List* ** ***
Edit: Last updated May 4, 2021, and gosh, I was optimistic as a gal in my 20s. After three kids, some of these items will take a little longer to complete than I originally thought.
 Run a half marathon.
 Knit and donate 25 scarves and hats. (Update: Begun – 12/18/2013)
 Take fencing and/or archery lessons.
 See a shark and/or manta ray while scuba diving.++ (Done! Shark, Great Barrier Reef, 6/2/2014)
 Take Peter to the White House.
 Donate to my high school and college five years in a row. (Done!)  Hike in New Zealand. (Done! 5/2014)
 Ride a horse.
 Milk a cow.
 Join a string ensemble.
 Write in a journal three times a week for six months.
 Take Peter to Niagara Falls.
 Taste five foods I’ve never seen before. (Done! 5/2014-6/2014)  See the Northern Lights. (Done! September 2019, Iceland. They were spectacular.)
 Eat mussels on Prince Edward Island. (Attempted Summer 2019, underestimated the difficulty of traveling with small children.)
 Visit every state in the U.S.
 Go to a drive-in movie.
 Write a letter to a favorite author.
 Learn enough of another language to get around.
 Build a piece of furniture.
 Visit a monastery in Tibet.
 Be on TV (for something positive – no arrests, please). (Update: Done – 12/12/2013)
 Photograph a giraffe in the wild.
 Visit the Gullfoss in Reykjavik. (Done! September 2019. Also spectacular.)  Read 100 books outside my usual genres. (Done several times over.)
 Go back to the Isle of Lewis and kayak off the coast.
 Try a popular extreme fad diet and write about it.
 Make yogurt.
 Volunteer at a food bank.
What do you have on your life list?
(Click here for last year’s birthday post: 28 Things I’ve Learned in 28 Years)+++
* I reserve the right to amend, add to, or delete from this list.
** List is truncated version of original list, which contained way too many travel destinations.
*** This is more of a “wish list” than a “life list”; a gal can always hope.
+ Dog pictures inserted to add visual interest.
+++ I originally planned to do a “29 Things I’ve Learned in 29 Years” list like last year’s post, but after approximately 0.116 seconds of thought, I realized I haven’t learned 29 new profound things in the last year (and no, learning Maddie makes an adorable fuzzy wuzzy sound as she’s settling down to sleep doesn’t count).