13 August 2009

40 by 40 Update: #24 Go Back to the House in Italy for 2 Weeks


(Back in May of 2007 I noticed that a bunch of people in the blogosphere had created lists of 101 things to do in 1001 days. I was intrigued by the notion but felt I needed to change the parameters. So I created my 40 by 40 list. 40 things I wanted to do before I turned 40. Well on August 17th I turn 40, and I need to give $10 to charity for every uncompleted item. So it is time to see how I did.)

24. Go Back to the House in Italy for 2 Weeks - NOT COMPLETED
Running Tally: $120.00 to charity.

(The picture doesn't do it justice.) This one was supposed to have been my 40th birthday present. We have been lucky in the past to spend a couple of weeks at a time at a wonderful house in Tuscany. The place is absolutely amazing. Not being millionaires, however, the way to rent this seven bedroom house for two weeks at a pop is to find friends and family who are interested in renting a room. Well, the house was reserved, the plans taking shape, but then the economy started to make several participants jittery so we ended up having to cancel it. Oh well. As a consolation prize we are taking trip to France and Switzerland instead of renting the house. Should be a lot of fun, but it won't be the same thing as the house in Italy.

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