I’m a bit behind on the birthday list because of a little thing called 102 inches of snowfall. However, I managed to check off three items in the past couple of weeks:

1. Read The Alchemist

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is not on the Modern Library’s Top 100 list, but it is one of those books that I’ve been meaning to read for years. It was a quick and delightful read with an inspirational message (Follow your bliss…create your own destiny, etc.). As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Life is a journey, not a destination.”

2. Took a crocheting class

I walked into the class knowing that it might be a disaster because I’m left-handed. So I wasn’t overly disappointed when it turned into a disaster. The instructor was nice but didn’t know how to instruct me. It took me two hours to get this far:

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I bought two big skeins of yarn, so I am going to try teaching myself. I’ve reserved library books about crocheting that feature left-handed instructions and I’ve found a few YouTube videos on the subject. Wish me luck.

3. Bought an Edith Piaf album

Every year, I choose a musician I don’t know much about and buy one of his/her albums. The album I purchased is a random album of her popular songs. When I listen to it, I’m transported to a French nightclub during World War II. It’s awesome.

Twenty-six items left and three months left as of tomorrow!