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Feb 4, 2012

Ok, it is official. Today is the day I have been dreading since my teen years. I think it is the “7.” To me, it just sounds so old. I can very clearly remember a time around the age of 16 or 17 where I told someone that 27 is the birthday I am dreading most, it will officially mark the age when shit needs to get done because I am entering my late life and will never again be thought of as young. Blah blah blah, I hear all of you now telling me I am crazy and that I am still young. But as my friend Janice has pointed out a few times today already, I am in my late twenties. Not the fun years of graduating and getting to drink legally, and not the mid years where you are still young and can get away with making dumb decisions and drinking a bit too much without going into liver failure the next morning, no. This is late twenties. LATE Twenties! People say the word late when they are referring to someone/thing that has just died. OMG!

Anyway, in the spirit of not spending the rest of my life dreading the fact that I am so super old from here on out, I decided I will do exactly what I should do and promise to “get shit done” before my next birthday. Without further adieu:

27 Things to do Before I Turn 28 – in no particular order whatsoever.

  1. Try at least 2 new recipes a month.
  2. Drive to Tennessee/Kentucky to visit Daren before his next deployment (and see Nashville).
  3. Read 12 books. Goodnight Moon doesn’t count.
  4. Get a Primary Care Physician. Recommendations welcomed.
  5. Go back to Europe.
  6. Book my 2013 vacation.
  7. Send 12 hand written letters just because – Christmas cards do not count.
  8. Quit my job.
  9. Make things – I know, so vague, but I want to make things. I need to get in touch with my inner crafter.
  10. Get onto Style Me Pretty – even if it means sending them submissions once a week for the whole year and getting them all declined. At least I tried.
  11. Finish a half marathon.
  12. Start thinking about/buy a house.
  13. Get completely out of debt – including student loans. This is in the forseeable future.
  14. Plan another concert date with two of my favorite ladies – Jenn and Lauren!! I want to wear my cowgirl boots for this one!
  15. Make time to go to at least one wine fest this year.
  16. Get to my happy weight and the best shape ever.
  17. Buy a new dress/outfit to celebrate happy weight.
  18. Buy a new phone – maybe even jump ship and finally get an iphone.
  19. Get to 1000 fans of Dani Leigh Photography.
  20. Travel to a Ravens away game.
  21.  See at least 3 girly movies in theaters.
  22. Buy a new purse, because seriously, I have had this paprika Vera Bradley pattern for literally >one year.
  23. Grow more herbs.
  24. Go to the Spy Museum.
  25. Make an album of my own personal photos.
  26. Pay the toll for the person behind me.
  27. Make a list of 28 things to do before my 29th birthday before my actual birthday.
Can’t wait to keep you all updated on the progress – now go eat some cake for me!!

comments +

  1. dad

    February 4th, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Number 22 yes it is definitely time for anew purse. I’ll let you know the next time Coach has a ya daughter

  2. Sarah

    February 4th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    What a great list!! Happy birthday!!

    Ps: I had no idea what jay sent you until that email

  3. Nicole

    February 4th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Can you add me to number 21? 🙂

  4. Jenn

    February 4th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I will start doing some research for 14. Also, I would like to assist with numbers 15 and 22 🙂

  5. Laura Sullivan

    February 5th, 2012 at 12:08 am

    You have no idea, it just gets better & better. You will love your late 20’s & your 30’s & you will pretend to hate when you turn 40! It’s nothing…..until you hit your mid 40’s & the sh…t hits the fan! Love where you are, it’s all good stuff! Trust me!

  6. Victoria

    February 5th, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Happy birthday lil sis! This is a great list… I might have to steal it for my ridiculous birthday this year!

  7. Ali @ Around the VeggieTable

    February 8th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    I can’t believe that not a single one of the items on this list includes spending more time with your awesome friend Ali. Harumph. Love you 🙂

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