Well kiddies, it’s my half birthday.
A half birthday card from my bestie, Joanna. It didn’t shock me that she went so far as to send half of the card.
But really, that just means that I have 6 months to knock out the rest of my 30 Before 30 list. I haven’t updated you in a while, so let’s do that.
1. Run 500 miles from Jan. 1 – Dec. 24
I’ve run 72.35 miles so far. Way to set the bar a little too high there, Mare-bear. Granted that is 59 miles more than I ran last year, it’s still a little behind the goal.
2. Go to a movie by myself
DONE! In fact, I went to 2 by myself during deadCENTER.
3. Make at least one home-cooked meal per week
Although I haven’t kept track, I’m pretty sure I’ve already cooked close to 40 meals since the beginning of the year. I’ve gotten in to a grove where I’m cooking 2-3 dinners a week, and I always try to step it up for brunch on the weekends.
4. Buy a pair of colored jeans and rock them
DONE! And now I’m addicted to wearing colored pants. I now own 4 pairs.
5. Learn how to use texture spray, dry wax and finishing spray
I know how to use dry wax, but I am also highly allergic to it when it touches my hands. So…
6. Buy a house
DONE! It even has a leaky basement.
7. Use “Pillow money” for down payment on a car
Done, sort of. I didn’t use pillow money for it because we didn’t spend much on it. I did, however, get a car. Her name is Bev, she is beautiful and she gets very sassy when you don’t put your seatbelt on. Passengers, be warned.
8. Read 15 books
I’ve read 5 so far – Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling, Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, and Drinking and Tweeting by Brandi Glanville. Only one of those made me ashamed of myself while I read it.
9. Celebrate our one-year wedding anniversary in style
That’s not until October, but we’re talking about heading to D.C. Nothing is more romantic than the Washington Monument.
10. Send 20 handwritten letters or cards to friends
I should probably do that. I’ve sent one…
11. Color my hair
DONE! And I’ll probably do it again toward the end of this year.
12. Try foods I “don’t like” – french fries, coconut, shrimp, mint chocolate, Pho
Mostly done. I’ve tried all of them except coconut. There are about 3 places that have acceptable french fries, shrimp is actually pretty good, mint chocolate is actually really good, and Pho is a-okay!
13. Do 20 hours of volunteer work
DONE! Please see: @deadCENTER and Facebook.com/deadCENTERFilm. What a spectacular whirlwind.
14. Take a photography class
DONE! It was a blast, and I have such a better understanding of what the hell I’m doing.
15. Pick apples or peaches
This is reserved for fall, duh.
16. Tour a local winery
Groupon purchased for Tidal Vineyard in Drumright.
17. Go to 3 Okie festivals with my girlfriends
Two down! I went to the Taste of Ardmore with Bailey and the Waurika Rattlesnake Festival with Lindsey. Need to decide what’s next!
18. Be a vegetarian for a week
This is going to happen very, very soon. I’ve been tossing around the idea of doing a juice cleanse, and I feel like the week before needs to be meat-free.
19. Can vegetables
I just need to get some cucumbers. I have the dill (oh, how I have the dill), so this will happen this summer sometime.
20. Grow some of my own vegetables
Do jalapenos count? Because I’m currently nurturing 7 hot-as-hell peppers to their full potential.
21. Sew a skirt
I have a fall/winter skirt pattern in my head.
22. Go on a “friend date” with 52 different friends
I’ve slowed down a little on this one, but I’m well past the 26 that I should be at right now.
23. Make a pie, crust and all, from scratch
DONE. I made the ugliest pie known to man, but it was delicious.
24. Pay off credit card entirely
Bit by bit!
25. Plan our next big adventure
Well, Marek, this was a bit vague. I’m in the throes of planning the Cornett Family vacation, but there are 7 other people who are helping me plan it, so… Then again, Casey and I are going to D.C. in October, but we’ll probably have a big excursion next year. So, I guess this one depends on exactly how “big” the adventure needs to be. I mean, I did go to Home Depot without showering yesterday.
26. Visit at least 8 states
Five down (in order of appearance in my year) – Colorado, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Missouri. Three to go – going to South Carolina and Georgia at the end of the summer, and we’ll probably hit up Virginia or Maryland when we’re in D.C. And then there’s always Texas or Kansas…
27. Have a moonlit picnic
Damn. Supermoon was yesterday.
28. Buy loaves of bread at a local bakery
I bought a loaf of bread from a local bakery that was at a local grocer. But, nay, that was not the assignment. See you soon, Prairie Thunder.
29. Buy only local things for an entire month
This is going to a lot harder than I anticipated. But, I shall persevere.
30. Have an epic 30th birthday party
Um, I may have already sent a Save the Date to people I’d punch in the throat if they weren’t there. Being a Christmas Eve baby means that you have to get on the books early.
So, if you’ve been keeping track, I have completed 8 things, I have 9 things that are in the works and the rest are coming soon!