40 By 40

40 Things to Accomplish Before I Turn 40 (May 2018)

These are in no particular order. My goal is to blog about each one after I accomplish it. Completed tasks will be in red. Tasks that are in progess are highlighted yellow.

2. See a game at four different ballparks on my MLB Ballparks To Visit list (1, 2, 3, 4)
3. Visit three presidential libraries on my Presidential Libraries To Visit list (1, 2, 3)
4. Visit three states on my States To Visit list (1, 2, 3)
5. Read 40 books (starting May 23, 2017-the 12 I've already read in 2017 don't count for this one) (123, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)
6. Go to Las Vegas
7. Visit Cooperstown
8. Finish my short story/novel
9. Visit the Alamo with my BFF Mandy (because WHY HASN'T THIS HAPPENED ALREADY!)
10. Go snorkeling
11. Dress up in a formal and go out with friends to a fancy restaurant
12. Clean out my storage unit so that there are only eight boxes (not including Christmas storage boxes). My goal is to declutter my life.
13. Travel outside of the United States (not including Mexico or the Caribbean)
14. Complete at least 4 vacation scrapbooks, I'm several (okay, 7) years behind on them
15. Learn to crochet
16. Run a 5K (just kidding, I meant walk a 5K)
17. Stay in a haunted hotel
18. Try sushi (the non seafood kind- I hear not all sushi has raw fish- I'm not eating raw fish. Lol)
19. Pay off all of my credit cards
20. Visit Jared Padalecki's bar in Austin
21. Have a Supernatural marathon (IN PERSON) with my BFF Mandy (we sometimes talk on the phone while watching episodes, but we never get a chance to watch it together in person)
22. Go to a performance of the Plano Symphony Orchestra (I've been saying this for four years)
23. Take a tour of the Governor's Mansion in Austin (I went as a kid, I've never been as an adult)
24. Visit Washington D.C.
25. Visit five national parks (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
26. Learn to cook one new recipe a month (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)
27. Take dancing lessons (any kind of dancing)
28. Volunteer at a soup kitchen/women's shelter/homeless shelter
29. Go whitewater rafting
30. Splurge and fly first class at least once
31. Go glamping
32. Watch a silent film in a movie theater
33. Meet Steve Avery (HE NEEDS TO MEET AVERYFAN!!)
34. Take a sign language class
35. Visit Stonehenge (or at least Stonehenge II in Ingram, TX)
36. Read at least five books published before 1940 (as part of my 40 book challenge) (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
37. Attend a murder mystery dinner (a professional one, not one held by a friend)
38. Perfect playing Fur Elise on the piano (I haven't played piano in 21 years)
39. Attend a baseball game (minor league or major league) with my BFF Mandy. After 29 years of friendship, I feel we need to see a baseball game together- even though she's not a fan. Lol.
40. Write a blog post that gets at least 3,500 views (so far the most I've received is 3,003 on this post)