30 Before 30

Saturday, August 07, 2010

It’s the eve of The Day the World Changed Forever… Also known as my birthday. (Duh.)  I’m deep in thought, contemplating life and all that it entails, wondering what to do with the next year of life. 

Who am I kidding?  I’m turning 27.  Not a big birthday.  Doesn’t really make me feel old.  I’m indifferent… But in honor of my big not so big birthday, I thought I’d put together a list of things I’d like to accomplish before The Real birthday.  The day the clock officially begins ticking. The day of doom. The day the hammer drops.  (My 30th birthday…for those not catching on.)

1. Have a baby. (Let’s just get that one out of the way… Cue fist pump from husband. Cue “Not yet” from me.)

2. Go on a family vacation with any branch of our gianormous family. (Third party locations only. Visiting relatives does not count.)

3. Eat Baconnaise. (On every sandwich for the rest of my life…)

4. Spend a weekend in Martha’s Vineyard.

5. Watch my Georgia Bulldawgs win a national championship. In Football. Not drinking. Or sexual assault. (Pshyeah right.)

6. Run a half-marathon (I’ve only started training 3 times…)

7. Learn how to sew.  For real. (Or at least get past the whole threading the bobbin thing…)

8. Be entirely debt free.

9. Tour a winery in Charlottesville.

10. Tour a winery in Napa Valley.

11. Finally put together our wedding album.

12. Go camping.  Anywhere. Overnight.

13. Send everyone in my family a birthday card on their birthday…all in the same year.

14. Kiss under the Eiffel Tower. Kiss Tyler under the Eiffel Towner.

15. Take my sister-in-law to New York City for a girls weekend.

16. Go to a Garth Brooks concert.  (Okay, I’ll take Amy Grant.)

17. Go visit all of our friends from college who we always tell, “We totally want to come see you!”

18. Learn how to water ski. (Realistic rating: –16.)

19. Take a golf lesson (so I can wear an argyle vest and a visor.)

20. Take a cake decorating class.

21. Go on a couples or a group vacation with friends.

22. Read through the Bible in one year.

23. Go to the Kentucky Derby. Crazy hat and all. (What do I care, crazy hat or not.)

24. Visit Boston in the fall. (We’ve already done this but we l.o.v.e.d. it and have to go back.)

25. Successfully prepare one super complicated dinner from Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” One. None of this “cook my way through” nonsense.

26. See “South Pacific” on Broadway.

27. Watch the complete list of AFI’s Top 100 movies.

28. Write my own cupcake recipe.

29. Go to a Saturday Night Live taping (Even if the show is in the toilet…)

30. Take a trip with just my mom and sisters.

In no particular order, that’s it.  I’ve got three years to make this happen. What do you think?  Do you believe in me?

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