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I'm a Great Northwesterner that is now loving life in the Midwest. I am a world class napper. I'm very bossy. I clearly love a good glass of Scotch. I wear aprons every chance I get.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

1. help someone on the side of the road
2. go on a Disney cruise
3. see a Broadway show
4. shop at J.Crew for a dress
5. watch a Harry Potter marathon - January 2013
6. spend a day with a Vespa, seeing and exploring
7. complete the Warrior Dash
8. go on a picnic in a park
9. have my hair in a beehive hairdo
10. attend an event wearing a fabulous big hat
11. take a tour of the Art Institute of Chicago - February 2013
12. attend high tea at The Drake - February 2013
13. confidently roller skate for 15 minutes - in progress
14. learn to play the ukulele
15. go 21 days without complaining - in progress
16. learn 3 hymns on the piano
17. learn to french braid hair - in progress
18. attend a TED event
19. get better at applying eyeliner and mascara
20. learn to play the cello - in progress
21. memorize 50 scriptures
22. fill in 10 more names in my family history
23. finish my Master's degree
24. build and enjoy a giant slip'n'slide
25. make a good lemon meringue pie
26. have an "underground" dining experience
27. ride a zip line
28. spend a whole day reading
29. buy groceries for someone in need
30. go Zorbing
31. learn to make 5 different balloon animals
32. work on a Habitat for Humanity home
33. successfully make Plain Cookies 
34. learn 3 slight of hand magic tricks
35. participate in The Color Run/Walk  - June 2013

35 by 35 - an update

I'm delighted to say that I'm making progress on my 35 by 35 list!  I'm also stunned to realize that it's been six whole months since I told you how things were going!  Yeah - that happens.

In January I finished the Harry Potter marathon.  Thanks, stomach bug!  I also started roller skating lessons and at this point I have 10 minutes of confident skating...so this one is still in progress.

In February Reyna and I spent our ladies/Ferris Bueller day in Chicago.  We went to the Art Institute of Chicago for several hours.  The collection is far too vast to see in that short amount of time but I loved the armor collection and Chagall's Windows.  And then...THEN we went to The Drake hotel for high tea.  Now - I was never a fan of tea.  In fact, I always felt that it just tasted like dried grass (dur).  But at The Drake we sat in an elegant room where we had divine tea and a tiered tray of finger sandwiches and pastries, accompanied by clotted cream and curds and jams.  Please bless someone will show up with afternoon tea every. single. day.  Rest assured that I will be happy to enjoy high tea with your anytime, anywhere.

In April I officially started cello lessons!  I've learned a lot and am getting better (for a beginner playing a stringed instrument).  I promise I won't subject you to my playing but I'm getting pretty good at Old MacDonald Had a Farm, Ode to Joy, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.  Technically I'm also getting really good at the ABC's song - since that's the same tune as Twinkle, Twinkle....  The progress continues. 

May brought learning to French braid hair - and that still needs more work.  Eloise was so sweet to sit while I practiced on her hair.  And she was even sweeter to let me practice on her American Girl doll once her neck had had enough.

The last adventure I checked off the list was to do the Color Run.  This race is known as the Happiest 5K on the Planet...and we had a BALL.  Team MalleyCat was out in full force today.  The whole gang got up and out the door today very early and were patient and fantastic during the whole race.  We had perfect weather and had so much fun getting covered in color.  I loved this day.  If you have a chance to do The Color Run - I HIGHLY recommend it. 

Team MalleyCat after setting a new personal best for the 5K...and multicolored skin.