Birthday Fortnight Checklist

It’s my birthday fortnight! And there are things I am hoping to do!

My birthday is at the end of the first week of June, but sometimes it’s hard to do birthday stuff on one’s birthday specifically. So I’m giving myself the whole fortnight (that’s fourteen nights to those, who like myself, grew up totally unfamiliar with that word until I studied English literature in 11th grade) to celebrate.

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49 Forty-Ninth Birthday Blessings

It was recently my birthday!  On the day, I posted some short musings about how it’s okay that I haven’t done everything that I wanted to this year.  Then I did a review of my last year’s “bucket list” and identified what I’ve done and what I didn’t do, and tried to point out how even though there are things I didn’t do, there were other things that I did do that weren’t on the list in the first place.

Now it’s time to look with gratitude at all the cool stuff that I got.  Because really, I have a lot to be grateful for.  And not just the long term stuff, like great kids, a wonderful wife, relatively good health, and a sense of meaning and purpose to life.  I’m talking short-term, often shallow, good ‘ol fashioned stuff!

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49th Year Bucket List: Reviewed

So last year, for my birthday, I wrote a list of things to do in the year–not a true Bucket List but simply a list of things to do before I turned 49.  We’re now a bit beyond the next birthday–I’ve been busy so this is late–but it’s time to look back and see how I went: Continue reading 49th Year Bucket List: Reviewed

49th Year Bucket List

So, point of clarification:  I’m 48 years old currently, having just celebrated my birthday yesterday.  I’m not 49, but that this year is actually my 49th year of living.  When I celebrate my 49th birthday, that means I’m completing my 49th year, not starting it.

And I know, it’s not really a “bucket list” if the deadline isn’t the end of your life…when you “kick the bucket”.  Indeed, maybe it’d be better to call this a “49th Year To-Do List”.  But that’s catchy sounding, don’t you think?

So this is a list of things I’m hoping to have achieved by the time that me being able to say “I’m 48 years old” is cold and buried in the ground.  What do I want to have achieved / completed / accomplished by then?  That’s what we’re looking at here. Continue reading 49th Year Bucket List

47 Great Things About this Past Year

Today is my birthday!  And more than that, it’s my 47th birthday.  What does that mean?  Well, it means I’m getting on a bit, I guess.  And it means it’s only three years to 50.  It means I’m closer to 80 than I am to when I was born.  Goodness.


But as regular readers know, 47 is my favorite number.  Even if I don’t think it’s really all that important, I’ve decided to celebrate it a bit, and one of the small ways is to write this post.  Looking at the last year–June 7, 2016 until today–what have been some of the great things?  Some of the things I’ve really enjoyed or appreciated or been grateful for? Continue reading 47 Great Things About this Past Year

Whither thou, 47?

I just watched a video about Graham’s Number, a number that is so large that apparently, if you properly tried to conceptualize the fullness of it in your head, it would require so much information and mental data that your head would actually collapse into a black hole.

That’s a pretty cool number.  But it’s not my favorite number.  My favorite number is 47, which is due to a story that I usually describe as being “long and boring.”  But today, I thought I’d share it.  Hopefully, it won’t cause your head to collapse into a black hole.



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Superficial Birthday List for my 44th Year

As I wrote just previously, I have just celebrated my 44th birthday.  And as it’s my birthday, I’ve quickly come up a list of things that I want, I wish list, if you will.  And as I’ve stated before, this is a superficial list.  It’s not the important things, the things that I choose to live my life for.  They are simply the things that I’d like to have or see or do, in this next year of my life.  Last year, I could only claim success for less than 40% of the things on my list (although admittedly, I knew that some of them were pretty much impossible when I wrote them. Continue reading Superficial Birthday List for my 44th Year

My Childish Birthday List (Last Year)

Today, I am 44.  Last year, I made a “wish list” of 43 things I’d like to have seen / received this past year.  Now that it’s my birthday again, I thought I’d make a new list, but first, I wanted to look back and see how things fared over this last year.  Did I get what I wanted?  Or was I disappointed? Continue reading My Childish Birthday List (Last Year)