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38 Things To Do This Year

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  1. Find something wonderful to compliment my husband and son about. Every day.
  2. Keep up the morning exercise regimen. It’s good for the heart (and chips away at the mommy hips).
  3. Laugh more.
  4. Curse less.
  5. Write, write, write.
  6. Learn to be more patient.
  7. Send a handwritten letter to a different person every week. Some duplication of recipients is okay.
  8. Suck it up and let my hair grow longer.
  9. Find five new cocktails to add to my repertoire.
  10. Get back in the habit of reading with my son every night. He’s not too old, and neither am I.
  11. Decide if it’s time to color the gray, or let it go a little longer.
  12. Find a literary agent.
  13. Teach our son to cook by including him one night a week in the kitchen.
  14. Make it to PRO status with the Romance Writers of America.
  15. Attend at least one HCRW monthly meeting.
  16. Brush up on my practical Spanish so I won’t have to be content with three- or four-word sentences anymore.
  17. Find a company to fence in the back yard so Magnolia May can run until her heart’s content.
  18. Enter my almond brandy pound cake into the baking competition at the NC State Fair and win this year. Third time’s the charm.
  19. Take piano lessons. I will learn to play Pink Martini’s Andulucia before I’m 40. Well, the piano part anyway. It wouldn’t hurt my feelings if Pansy Chang were to stop by and accompany me on cello when I ace the piano part. PS, my mother’s favorite Pink Martini tune is Brazil.
  20. Run a 5K with the boys.
  21. Ride a 30K with the boys, most likely the AIDSWALK+RIDE. This may require me getting a road bike … so there may be a slight delay on this one.
  22. Get back to golfing.
  23. Take the kayaks out on Sunday afternoons … and try new bodies of water.
  24. Find a superb Chinese chicken and broccoli recipe.
  25. Help clean out the garage, and make sure it stays clean once and for all.
  26. Streamline the attic crap-ola.
  27. Plant a Victory Garden.
  28. Plant a new dogwood in the front garden, next to the sculpture of Penelope Buttercup.
  29. Keep the bird feeders full so as to avoid those roving bands of aggressive winged bastards.
  30. Remember to make a Medusa costume for Halloween. I really want to scare the kids.
  31. Be nice to everyone. Even when they get on my nerves.
  32. Take a trip. A real one, that’s farther than the Atlantic Ocean.
  33. Learn a new knitting pattern so I can graduate beyond scarves.
  34. Sketch out a diagram for the back yard so the mister can get his carpenter on.
  35. Pick out five new entries from the Kama Sutra to throw at the mister.
  36. Try to submit one book a month. Saturation can’t hurt.
  37. Catch up on all of my annual checkups that were bowled over with life changes in the fall.
  38. Take my mom to visit our family in Virginia.

Author: Dolly R. Sickles

Writer, mother, wife, adventurer, agent of change, advocate, ally, volunteer, instructor ... I'm never bored. I write contemporary romance and romantic suspense under the name Becky Moore, and children’s literature under the name Dolly Dozier. You can also check me out at MacMillan Publishing’s Heroes & Heartbreakers, where I’m a romance blogger. During the fall and spring, you can find me in the classroom teaching other folks how to follow their dreams or how to fund their community outreach at Wake Technical Community College, and Central Carolina Community College. During the summer and at random times during the year, I'm out adventuring with my family.

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