Monthly Archives: November 2012

Celebrating My Birthday…

…by making lists!



I turned 28 last week and I decided that the final two years of my twenties should be filled with accomplishing new things and achieving goals that I set out for myself.  So I drafted a 30 before 30 list, as many others have done before me.  I used some lists for inspiration, but mostly, I thought about things I’d always wanted to do, things I thought would help better myself, and things that I’ve always found challenging.  That’s where my list comes from.  I hope to push myself and challenge myself to get all 30 things done…two years seems like a lot of time, but life gets crazy, time goes fast, and you never really know.  But fingers crossed that I get to cross off all 30 things on this list and feel more accomplished than ever before.

Without further ado…

30 Before 30

  1. Run 10 5Ks (0/10)
  2. Skydive
  3. Read 20 new books (0/20)
  4. Order our wedding photo album and parent albums
  5. Buy a house/townhouse/property
  6. Knit one project that can be taken outside the house
  7. Update a piece of furniture purchased for cheap
  8. Complete 5 Pinterest Projects (0/5)
  9. Try 20 new recipes (0/20)
  10. Spending hiatus (not including life necessities) for 5 weeks straight (0/5)
  11. Travel to visit J
  12. Visit 2 new US cities or states (0/2)
  13. Complete beginner and intermediate training classes with Lilly (0/2)
  14. Grow hair long enough to donate, then donate
  15. Blog consistently for one month (0/12) [three times a week]
  16. See 5 theater, concert, or other live performances in Rochester (0/5)
  17. Plan a surprise getaway for Chris and I…without ruining the surprise
  18. Send one hand written letter/card/note a week for 3 months straight (0/12)
  19. Go to the gym consistently for 3 months (0/36)
  20. Have a Baby J/Aunt J weekend — with just the two of us
  21. Pay off all credit cards and carry no balance (0/4)
  22. Spend 10 days volunteering (0/10)
  23. Complete Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred (may as well continue the “30” theme)
  24. Get a complete hair makeover – color and cut
  25. Attend professional (or semi-pro) games in every major sport (0/5)
  26. Wear a bikini
  27. Take a class in…anything!
  28. (Personal professional goal)
  29. (Personal goal re: goal weight!)
  30. (Personal goal re: babies!)


Have you ever made a list of things to accomplish in a set period of time?  It’s sort of like a two-year long to-do list!

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Election Day Excitement/Brain Dump

  • When I woke up this morning, I felt excited, like it was a holiday.  And in a way, it is.  Today is the first time in my life I will vote for a presidential candidate at the polls.  In previous years, I’ve always voted by absentee ballot.  This is exciting stuff!  At 27, I’m finally a resident where I live and I get to walk in and make a decision about who I want to be president ON Election Day.  Chris and I are going to vote when he gets out of work, then head to his co-workers for an Election Day party.  I’m hoping there’s a lot of wine, pizza, and friendly election chatter.  I get really defensive when people get overly political or too far right/left, so hopefully things will be relatively neutral and I can just enjoy myself and the excitement that comes with picking a president every four years.
  • As Election Day rolls around, I can’t help but think where I was four years ago…eight years ago.  Life changes INSANELY over four years, and I literally cannot even fathom what the next four will bring.  Chris’s contract doesn’t bring us to the next presidential election, so all bets are off.  Will we be in New York State?  Will we have a bigger family?  Will we live closer to family…or further away?  It’s a crazy thing to think about, but it’s also exciting.  I look forward to what the next four years bring and the the excitement of the unknown.
  • Part of my job involves matrimonial law and I find it EXHAUSTING.  I have to learn to separate my own personal feelings and emotions from my work and this is a really new concept to me.  Previously, I felt that my compassion was an asset at my job, but now I think if I’m so compassionate, I’m going to drain myself emotionally and it won’t be good.  But watching people go through a divorce is not pretty.  There really are no winners and I pray that it’s never something I have to experience.
  • I miss my niece and I’m counting down the days until I see her.  Oh yeah, and the rest of my family…but really.  My niece.
  • Guys, if you can, help the tri-state area.  Blankets, batteries, food, money, time, whatever you can do.  It’s heartbreaking to see, and to know how many of my dear friends are suffering.  Most people I’m close to lost nothing more than the convenience of electricity…but you try and live a week without electricity!  I don’t think I can do it.  Other people lost everything, and it will be much harder for them to rebuild and recover.  Don’t let Sandy be last week’s news…the people who were affected will be suffering so much longer than that.


And with that, I think I’ve satisfied my monthly blogging quota…but you never know.  Maybe I’ll be back with a real thought out blog post.


Happy Election Day, all!  Go vote, no matter who for.  Your voice matters.


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