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99 Things – Part 5

Here are the things I think I could still complete before I’m 30.

1. Draw and frame a self-portrait.
2. Travel solo.

4. Write a complaint letter.
8. Live through a blind date.
11. Have a mantra.
15. Make the first move.
23. Stock an emergency disaster kit.
24. Minimize pointless drama.

31. Write a body manifesto.
32. Watch the sun rise and set on the same day, by yourself. I could do this in Miami…
33. Make more money than you spend.
43. Fall in love (or lust) without blowing off your friends.
53. Be notorious for something.

Here are the things that either I don’t care about or are not going to happen before I’m 30.

10. Memorize your ring size.
13. Buy a kick-ass mattress.
14. Read: Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Christiane Northrup, M.D.

17. Find the perfect red lipstick. Why?
21. Perfect your A.M. stretch. I don’t have time for that. I promise I’ll do this just as soon as I’m done with school.
34. Be a nudist for a day. Um, no.  While I have no trouble walking around the house sans clothes, I do have issues with sitting on furniture… ewww
35. Adopt an awkward teenager.
37. Kick one habit.
38. Own a cashmere sweater.
41. Jettison your “skinny” jeans. So not going to happen.  Once I’m done with school, I will have time to exercise and fit back into those suckers.
42. Collect correspondence with friends. This book was published in 1998–pre Facebook.  If it was revised now, I bet this one would not be on the list.
44. Dub the “Greatest Hits” from your childhood.
48. Adopt another motherland.
50. Have your fortune told.
51. Cry often.
So not going to happen.
52. Give props to a teacher.

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99 Things – Part 4

I just updated this list. It now only contains completed items. The new to-do list is now in Part 5.

Here is my to-do list of items to accomplish before I’m 30 (from Colleen Rush’s book). If anyone has suggestions and ideas on how I can complete these tasks, please leave a comment.

3. Google yourself. I’m sure I’ve done this at some point.  I don’t think I found me though.
5. Make brownies from scratch. I’ve never made brownies from scratch, but I’ve made MANY other baked goods from scratch, so I’m going to count this one as done.
6. Dye your hair an outrageous color. I dyed my hair purple… It’s more tinted purple… It did a better job of dying my skin than my hair.

7. Accept compliments.
9. Invest in seriously frivolous undies.
12. Claim your granny panties.
I don’t own granny panties.
16. Quit something.
18. Track down your best friend from kindergarten. I’ve tried finding Sarah Simms (and you’d think with Facebook that would be easy), but I can’t find her.
19. Exorcise the words “like” and “you know” from your vocabulary.
20. Write thank-you notes for everything.
I write them when the situation calls for it.
22. Declare your birthday a national holiday. It already is.
25. Unplug your TV for awhile.
I don’t have cable right now.  Does that count?
26. Own your mistakes.
27. Talk to strangers.

28. Hook up something high tech by yourself.
I do that every time I move.
29. Be a gracious guest. Always!
30. Escape creeps and kick criminal ass. (Take a self-defense class.)
I took a self-defense class at Fred’s studio earlier this year.
36. Eat soy. On a regular basis?  Probably not.  But I have eaten it before.
39. Use a great dermo. I don’t need a dermatologist.
40. Sleep in a hammock. I tried, I can’t.
45. Care about where your food comes from. I’m going to plant a garden next spring using the dirt in my compost heap.  I think that counts.
46. Carry something to read, a notebook, and a pen at all times.
54. Bounce back.

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99 Things – Part 3

Here is the final list of the accomplished items.

Dress for longevity. This is in reference to outfits that look great the first two hours you’re out at the bar or wherever and then kinda falls apart or the shape-wear becomes too uncomfortable.  Since I rarely wear shape-wear, I think I’ve got this one down.
Defy gravity. I have good bras, so this one is done.
Get over yourself. I do know that the world does not revolve around me.
Own a toolbox with all of the basics. Not only do I own a toolbox with all the basics, but it’s a kick-ass toolbox and it has more than just the basics.
Get a massage. Been getting them for years.  I highly recommend them to EVERYONE.
Memorize your favorite smells.  Surround yourself with them. All the plug-ins have cinnamon in them right now.  Before that, they had lavender-vanilla.  And I buy my hand-soap and lotion from Bath & Body Works in lovely scents like honeysuckle.  Plus I bought a lilac bush and planted it in the yard (my fave flower) and next spring I’m going to see about planting honeysuckle.
Fly first class. I did this on my way home from Mexico City.
Cultivate your own style. I don’t even know what is “in” right now.  I guess the scarves around the necks?  I’ve pretty much always had my own style.
Be a dork.
Tell someone your deepest darkest secret. I did.  I wrote it on a postcard and mailed it to
Make a killer cocktail.
Read your old diaries.
Give yourself flowers. Just bought some the other day at the grocery store.
Stop looking for a soul mate. Right now, I wish I could just find an available guy that I’m attracted to.

I also found this list online.  Reading through it, it is clear that a guy wrote the list, with items such as Have a really stupid accident which necessitates a hospital visit, shoot something, kidnap someone, say something obscene on national television, and post bail for a friend.

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99 Things – Part 2

Some of these things just don’t apply to me (or I’m not willing to discuss them on a blog for the world to see).  For example: “Stop chronic over-apologizing” or “Learn how not to be a flake.”  I don’t know that I’ve ever been the type of person to over-apologize and I’m not a flake.  The point is, by the time I’m done with my little series, it won’t add up to 99 and that’s just because evidently I’m close to average, but not your average woman.  I’m okay with that.  Here are a few more items I’ve accomplished.  (Once I post all the accomplished stuff, I’ll post the to-do list.)

Know the other mouth-to-mouth. I took a CPR class when I worked at the swim place in Texas.
Be your own muse. I took a creative non-fiction class in which I wrote about my own experiences and adventures.
Master a signature family recipe. I made Granny’s rolls for the first time by myself this year and they turned out awesome!
Negotiate for something expensive. I bought Alcatraz (my Escape) all by myself.
Hold your booze. I rarely get out of control when drinking.
Find your religion. I also did this in Mexico City.
Take your hobby more seriously than your job. I take almost everything more seriously than my job.
Get health insurance. I just signed up last month.  For dental too!
Invest in earplugs. After a sleepless night in a motel room, I bought a whole pack.  I take them EVERY time I travel.
Know your blood type. A+  I’ve known since middle school.
Confront someone who’s done you wrong. This goes with the “dump toxic friends one.”  Same person, same incident.
Walk in heels. Seriously?  Who hasn’t?
Disagree.  Out loud. I have no trouble with this one.
Research your family’s medical history. I know all about the diabetes and pancreatic cancer.
Open a bottle of champagne. I believe I did that last New Year’s Eve.

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99 Things – Part 1

I ordered Swim Naked, Defy Gravity & 99 Other Essential Things to Accomplish Before Turning 30 by Colleen Rush.  I was going to check it out from the library, but they only had one copy and it was missing.

I’ve started flipping through it and I’m pleased to see that I’ve already accomplished many of these items:

Swim naked. I did that back in my high school days.  It was Wixom lake, I believe and it was a Sunday morning–broad daylight.
Break all your parents’ arbitrary rules. I think I’ve done that, more or less.
Grow something. Not only do I have a few plants, but I also have the two dogs and a fish.
Dump toxic friends. Done.
Speak a foreign language. I did this, though not very well, when I went on that mission trip to Mexico City.
Create your own sisterhood. I love my group of female friends, which includes my actual sister.
Develop a Plan B. This one is in progress.
Know your friends’ family tree. I know most of Sarah’s extended family, and Dennis, Scott, and Kevin’s immediate family, Sarah’s brothers, etc.
Embrace your inner eight-year-old. I’m friends with Dennis and Marc, so yeah, I’m familiar with child-like behavior.  “:)
Build a raging campfire. I believe I’ve done this several times.

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    There is a new woman at work who has a knack at rubbing people the wrong way. (As dirty as that sounds, that’s not what I mean.) She has taken to calling the women in my work group “babies” because we are all relatively young (in our 20s and 30s). So far, she hasn’t said this in front of me, but I’m waiting for the day. When she does, it’ll be on. I’m talking full on desk slap and “Let’s take this outside!” Just because she’s old and decrepit doesn’t mean that she can belittle other people. And I’m not young, she’s just extremely old. There will definitely be words exchanged. This thing really bugs me, It’s not appropriate for work and she has no business saying things like that. As it is, she’s always making comments to us in the effect of “thanks for making me feel old.” We get it, you’re old. Move on.

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    another dream… or maybe it was a nightmare?

    I don’t remember most of it. I know I was in a group of people near my age. And there was a guy leading the group and he said to that those people who are in their mid 20s should turn to page five in the book we were holding. And I said, “Am I in my mid 20s or late 20s? I don’t know.” So, I started breaking down the 20s and this is what I came up with:

    There is 20. Then your early 20s are 21, 22, and 23. Mid 20s are 24, 25, 26. And late 20s are 27, 28, and 29.

    “:( So, I am in my late 20s… When I woke up this morning I realized how right my dream was. That’s depressing.

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