Sunday, January 09, 2011

30 until 30

Really this should have been posted yesterday, but I never got a chance to. So it’s more like 29 until 30, but who’s counting? Besides me? 30 used to sound so old to me when I was in my early 20’s. I remember my sister in law turning 30 and thinking that she was so old. Now I realize I thought that because she already had like 10 kids. Ok not really, just 4, but it sure did seem like a lot. Anyway. 30 does not seem old now to me, nor do I feel old. Unless you bring up Webkinz or those Zhu Zhu pet thingies, then I feel like an old geezer because I am clueless about those.

But yes, I am turning the big three-oh next month. Yikes. Originally I had wanted to make a list last year of things to do before I turned 30. Well, that obviously didn’t happen. So instead, how about a list of 30 things to do this MONTH before I turn 30? Note: not all will be spectacular or life changing. I mean, I only have a month here. Alright? Here we go!

1-Read a classic novel (suggestions?)

2-Run 30 miles (not all at once!)

3-Learn how to play a new hymn on the piano

4-Start a journal for my girls

5-Read a church book (suggestions?)

6-Sew an article of clothing for me that I will actually wear

7-Send a handwritten letter to a friend


You know, I’m having a hard time coming up with 30 things that I can realistically do in a month. I could add things like “finally iron the mountain of Derrick’s shirts that he’s been waiting for for over a year” or “throw out expired condiments” but that seems like cheating. I wanted to do things that would make me stretch a little. So maybe we should just stop at 7? 7’s a good number anyway…it’s my birthday! If I think of anymore I’ll add them.


Amy North said...

Classic novel--Jane Austen's 'Emma.' You'll love it, and it counts. :) if you've already read that one, tell me and I'm sure I can find another suggestion.

Lara said...

I can help with #5. Read "The Undaunted," by Gerald Lund. Oh. My. Gosh. Fantastic book. Yes, it's the size of a small hippo, but you will not feel it.

The classic novel I always return to is "Auntie Mame" by Patrick Dennis. It is irreverent, fun, and the language isn't as archaic as Ms. Austen (which is my 2nd recommendation, P&P Forever!)

Anonymous said...

Fo Shizzle my Nizzle... you can't beat The Great Gatsby or Catcher in the Rye. Both books are life changing.

As for church books, The Miracle of Forgiveness is always a treat, not because of the 'call to repentance' for levi lovin', but because of the awareness it nurtures in us of the great and eternal sacrifice made possible through our Savior.

Seriously though, who runs??

Anonymous said...

For #1 - To Kill a Mockingbird

I stressed this way over turning, gulp, 40 this year. Much worse then 30, for sure, you little whipper snapper. I loved my 30s. Enjoy them. They will be some of the best of your life!

:) Patty

Kaylynn said...

I love this!
2. You can sooooo run 30 miles. Even if you did 2 miles 15 times, that's more realistic then doing 1 mile 30 times (in my opinion). Yay!
3. I strongly suggest #335 Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy. Great story of sailors looking for the light on the shore aka Christ's light.
8. Try 30 new recipes!
9. Tell 30 people how much you care about them

10. Try 30 new things in the bedroom :)