Thirty came surprisingly easily. And quietly, without a lot of fanfare… or sunshine. Exactly as I had hoped, except for the lack of sunshine part. Definitely the coldest, rainiest birthday I can remember; but 50 degrees and rain rain rain made it a good day for sleeping late and waking up to lots of birthday love (thanks, everybody!).
And then I spent the day doing pretty much whatever the hell I wanted, which included 90 minutes of yoga, 90 minutes of massage, 90 minutes of guitar, and enjoying a delicious dinner made by my husband (he offered to take me out — but that would have necessitated showering and wearing pants — neither of which were things I wanted to do).
1. Grow vegetables. And eat them! Yay! The lettuce, tomatoes, and broccoli are doing super well in the garden. Peppers, cucumbers, and brussel sprouts are doing less well… Whatever.
2. Learn to make a kick-ass pie. Oreo Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie. Oh yeah.
3. Learn to break dance. Fail. I quit hip hop. But I gave it a good run and occasionally bust out in a mean kitchen moonwalk while making dinner or eating pie.
4. Go to an air show with my husband. Learn about airplanes and win at life.
5. Learn to play more than 3 chords on the guitar. After 2 weeks of class, I’m somewhere in the neighborhood of 10. Turns out maybe I really am a Koshak after all…
6. Run another 1/2 marathon. And damn if it wasn’t the most memorable one yet. Not my fastest 13.1, but definitely the fastest I’ve ever run 13 miles with my husband in pouring rain, 30 mph winds, and ankle deep mud while dodging moose.
7. Do more yoga. Eh, more is a relative term. This is a new life goal.
8 & 9. Under promise & over deliver. Mostly at work — commit less but contribute more. Oh god. Only 11 days of summer vacation (which I’ve spent the last month of working!) left.
10. Be part of a flashmob — Check! Not just any flashmob, a NYE marriage proposal flash mob extravaganza with ribbon dancing.
11. Celebrate 365 days of marriage. Being married is pretty fun so far…
12. Meet our new niece. And watch my husband fall in love with her.
13. Join the board of a community organization. Appointed to the Mayor’s Early Childhood Development Commission.
14. Seriously edit my closet — get rid of 30 items. And now I get to buy new stuff. Win-win.
15. Read 10 novels. Killed it. Titles down: 1- “The Meaning of Wife”, 2- “Saving Max”, 3- “The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing”, 4- “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?”, 5- “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”, 6- “The Invention of Wings”, 7- “Tide, Feather, Snow”, 8-“Under the Banner of Heaven” (I didn’t actually finish this one), 9 – “Brain on Fire”, 10 – “Me Before You”, 11 – “Orphan Train”, 12 – “Glitter and Glue”, 13 – “Push”, 14 – “Summerhill”
16. Decorate our bedroom like real grown-ups live here. Bed, check. Nighstands, almost.
17. Help O with a house project without spilling, breaking, or ruining any part of it. I used a tile saw, I painted the bar, I stained the bed and sanded the nightstands. I’m pretty much the best helper ever.
18. Hear more local music. Chickenstock, Garden Concerts, CD release shows, steel drum concert, and a piano competition. Success.
19. Purchase a cocktail shaker and learn to make legit cocktails. Pretty much determined that the kind of adult beverage I like don’t require a shaker. Gin & Tonic –nope. Mimosa–nope. Beer, Wine, Hot Toddy — nope. Coffee with Bailey’s, Hot chocolate with Bailey’s, ice cream with Bailey’s, Bailey’s with… Bailey’s — nope (what? it is winter 8+ months a year, after all).
20. Figure out what kind of wine I actually like… I know what I like, and the majority of wines that cost less than $15 are it. And I’m okay with that.
21. Visit 3 new places in Alaska: Valdez, Chicken, Seward. Check, check, check.
22. Go to the shooting range and shoot. This is a to-be-continued item. It hasn’t happened yet, but it will…. If there’s gonna be guns in our house (which O just keeps acquiring), then I might as well know how to use them.
23. Buy local more often. So far the local items I buy most consistently are HooDoo beer and Ruby Snacks dog treats. But I buy ALOT of both of those things.
24. Try to take a more active role in our finances… Um, I’ll have you know that back in April I emailed all of our tax information to the accountant’s secretary. And I may have actually checked the bank account/credit card balances before I ordered $$$ worth of new wardrobe (which happened after I drank most of a $10 bottle of wine).
25. Volunteer more. Arctic Winter Games made taking care of this one pretty easy. Next up, I think I’ll be offering up my dramatic talents as an “injured passenger” at the airport’s triennial exercise.
26. Go backpacking. This is another to-be-continued item. It hasn’t happened yet, but it will…. One of the really crappy side-effects of over-delivering (#9) as a young professional (that needs an appropriate wardrobe, see #14) and making sure there are finances to be active about (#24), is that it makes having time for extended adventures kind of hard. We’ve floated the river from our house repeatedly and slept in the tent in the backyard (why not?), but when we’re both working more than we should be, taking 2-3 days off to go wander through the mountains? Not so much.
27. Convince my dog that she’s a dog and not a person (just kidding, that’s never gonna happen). Doesn’t matter anyway, she’s the best.
28. Pay it forward (buy coffee or groceries for the person behind me in line) at least twice. If I ever get rich I’ll do this one. Until then, I think I’ll continue my charitable contributions as I’ve done in the past — delivering coffee to the airport on 40 below mornings, donating to our local public radio station, animal shelter, and bike share program, and contributing to my friends alcoholic tendencies.
29. Have better posture. My posture is awesome.
30. Make a “Life List”. Item number 1) Stop making lists and go do something fun.