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So I'm 30 now.

Everything's changed.

I hate it.

Nah. Actually, I was telling everyone for months before that I was "almost 30". It's a lot more honest than "my mid-twenties". Although I have considered shaving a couple years off my age. I think I could pass for 25.

on the tube: the Simpsons: the complete second season on DVD. One of my birthday gifts. And K5 has started running the show again on Wednesdays and Thursdays, but you know what? They cut bits out.

I said I'd live in Hawaii and have two kids before I was thirty. I accomplished both of those, but there are many, many things I haven't done yet, and other people have done nifty lists of things they want to do before they turn 40, so I thought I'd put one together.

  1. Earn a biology degree
  2. visit Europe
  3. go to cooking school
  4. live in London for one year
  5. take an Alaska cruise
  6. write a novel
  7. see a hockey game
  8. take voice lessons
  9. lose the balance of all my Katie-related weight gain
  10. get a tattoo (a small yin-yang on my back)
  11. donate blood (last time I tried, I fainted. Can you believe that?)
  12. make a gingerbread house, complete with gummy trees and icing on the roof, for Christmas
  13. dye my hair a nice shade of red, permanently
  14. at least begin on my Master’s degree
  15. make a leg of lamb and accompanying side dishes for Easter
  16. learn to drive
  17. work in retail again just long enough to wait on someone famous
  18. adopt a child
  19. meet Emeril Lagasse
  20. bring my kids to visit my grandmother in Boston
  21. visit Japan
  22. take hula lessons
  23. read all of Shakespeare’s works
  24. eat an entire lobster by myself (they gave us really small pathetic ones in the hospital the day after Kate was born, but it was so teeny it doesn’t count)
  25. be a lector in church
  26. live in New Zealand for one year
  27. visit Napa Valley and decide if I like wine, once and for all
  28. learn another language (not French. My French is a little rusty and I’d love to re-learn, but I mean, start out not knowing anything and become fairly fluent)
  29. watch a Japanese tea ceremony
  30. buy a kitchen aid mixer and use it on a weekly basis
  31. take piano lessons
  32. try surfing once
  33. see a production of an opera (pick an opera, any opera) at the Met
  34. live in New York for one year
  35. win an Oscar (yeah right)
  36. drive cross-country
  37. see every movie on the IMDB top 250
  38. go to a latin mass
  39. own a cat
  40. renew my wedding vows with Ryan

So I have all that to do in ten years.

In the meantime, though, it's hot. It's Africa hot. I have to take Katie to the neighborhood pool more often. She's taking swimming lessons now. I even took Zac the one day last week (Tuesday?) when we went.

reading: How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson. Yet another birthday gift


You certainly DO look 25 girlfriend!

Posted by: Sun at August 19, 2002 02:16 PM

Now is the time for you to start celebrating Xth anniversaries of certain birthdays. For instance, this would be the 5th anniversary of your 25th birthday or the 1st anniversary of your 29th birthday.

Posted by: NemesisVex at August 19, 2002 06:25 PM

Hey Happy 30th to you, or was it 25 all over again ;-)

Hope you had a great day! You have a cool site and I hope you achieve everyone of your goals in life too - well maybe not the Oscar but anyway... *chuckles*


Posted by: Brad at August 21, 2002 02:31 PM

Happy belated birthday! (This coming from someone who just cleared the quarter-century mark, only to realize that I've inherited the metabolism of someone twice my age...)

BTW, my parents just came back from their cruise from Alaska (via Vancouver) and they say it's so totally worth the extra effort.

Posted by: Stella at August 22, 2002 12:29 AM

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