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Finish all the books I own but haven’t read.

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Sixty-three books on the library wall, dozens and dozens of books

When my husband and I were first getting to know each other, I told him – only a little jokingly – that the only things I really spend money on are yarn and books. At the time, I think he found it...

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Send 100 hand-written notes.

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Write down 1,000 things I’m grateful for.

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See all of Roger Ebert’s “Great Movies”.

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I finished book 1: Till We Have Faces

I needed some quick wins to get this goal going, so I started with the books I’ve started but not yet finished. I wandered across Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold in a bookstore and took a picture of...

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I finished book 2: Assholes: A Theory

Another I-was-halfway-done-already win. I found Assholes: A Theory on a new-in-non-fiction table at a bookstore. (Interestingly, it was the first book which I priced in an e-version while standing in...

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One: Laura in Philadelphia

Written late at night, to a dear friend who loves gardens, complemented with a cherry-blossoms stamp, just because I thought this is a week when she might appreciate an unexpected piece of mail. The...

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Two: Esther in Cincinnati

Written to my husband’s sweet grandmother – a minister’s wife who never forgets a birthday, and made me my very own Christmas afghan as soon as she heard he had plans to marry me – to thank her for...

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Cook my way through Someone’s in the Kitchen with Dinah.

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Three: Karly in Bend

Karly and I met in fourth grade. She spent weeks at a time at my house every summer, until she moved away after tenth grade. We have always written letters, most of which I still have. (For a while, we...

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Four: Joanna in Milwaukee

Written to encourage a friend feeling disconnected, working for the summer in her childhood hometown when she’s no longer a child but not quite the married-adult-with-children everyone else there...

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Five: Courtney in Arlington

Written to my first college roommate and best friend ever since, sent for her birthday, but separate from the package, because more mail is always better than less on your birthday. The post Five:...

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Adopt a kitten.

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I finished book 3: Man’s Search for Meaning

It’s hard to describe the experience of reading this book without using superlatives. It’s one of the most beautiful, influential things I have ever read - my life was made better by it. The gist:...

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Six: Thank you, John Irving

Dear Mr. Irving, I’m writing to thank you for your books – I have been reading them all my life. When I was eight, my mother read A Prayer for Owen Meany, and read aloud the parts she thought I would...

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Seven: Lena in Schwebstedt

My first Postcrossing card! Lena lives in northern Germany, where she likes movies and running. She requested a vintage postcard with a monument where I’m from – this card shows Griffith Observatory,...

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I finished book 4: Ender’s Game

One of my college roommates recommended Ender’s Game  to me ages ago, in our senior year, and when I saw it last year in a used bookstore for $2, I grabbed it. It’s excellent; I wish I hadn’t waited...

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Narrate an audio book.

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Learn HTML.

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