I was going through my jewelry box last night and I found an old “life list”. I’m not sure exactly how old it is, but I’ve actually already accomplished a few of the things on it. I was a little surprised at how similar it is to the Thirty Before 30 list. I guess I shouldn’t be considering I’ve been thinking about a lot of these things since high school. There are items that I still want to do, but I didn’t think were reasonable for a 2.5 year time frame. The old list is below, with my comments.

1. Help build a Habitat for Humanity House. This is on the current list as well. I still can’t figure out where this desire comes from.
2. Visit all 50 states. I’m not even halfway there and most of the states on my list were just pass throughs. I didn’t spend any considerable time there. This is definitely a long term goal.
3. Meet a United States President. Hmm. I don’t know about this one. I guess it could fit with the meeting a celebrity on the 30 list.
4. Own a convertible. My current vehicle has a sunroof. Does that count?
5. Throw out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game. I still REALLY want to do this. I’m just not sure how to make it happen.
6. Get a Masters Degree. I’m not sure about this anymore. I often consider additional schooling but I don’t know if it will be a Masters.
7. Volunteer for the Special Olympics. I want to do this as well, but Make-A-Wish got my time first. I feel like I need to do a lot more volunteer work with several different organizations. The Special Olympics are important to me because of the work my mom does. I’ll have to explain that later.
8. Write a Book. Ha. Ha. Not so much.
9. Get Married. Yay! Accomplished. And I did pretty darn well if I do say so myself.
10. Learn to play the guitar. The guitar my parents gave me for Christmas years ago is in the crawl space at my house. I took a few lessons, but I felt like I couldn’t get the hang of it. Maybe I’ll try again.
11. Go to mass at the Vatican. Definitely on the life list. A trip to Italy just isn’t in the cards for the next several years.
12. Have a baby. Also on the 30 list. Although after what I witnessed at Ikea last night I’m not so sure I still want to do this. 3 families, approximately 15-20 kids, a minimum of three meltdowns, one child laying in the middle of the main aisle and not moving and two young boys hanging and swinging from a display coat rack. I can’t handle that kind of chaos.
13. Teach a class in something. I don’t know what I could possibly be capable of teaching. How to Procrastinate in 10 (or 1) Easy Steps? Creative Excuses for Skipping Workouts?
14. Own my own business. Definitely still on the list. I’m just not sure what kind of business and I think that’s probably pretty important.
15. Be happy with the way I look. **Silence**
16. Go to New York City at Christmastime. This has long been a dream of my mom’s and I’d really like to do it with her.
17. Sing with a band. The only singing I’ve done in the last 9 years (since high school choir) has been in the car, shower or bad karaoke.
18. Own a home. DONE! Our pretty little green house got a new roof yesterday. I think we were in a bit over our heads when we bought it and home ownership is still daunting at times, but I love the life we’ve built there. And the training we’ve gotten fixing the mistakes the previous owners made.
19. Learn to sew. Also on the 30 list. I might bring out the sewing machine this weekend and attempt some pillows. We supposedly learned to do this in 8th grade home ec, but I think my mom actually did mine.
20. Go to Disneyworld. I’ve been to Disneyland, but not Disneyworld. My parents wanted to make sure my sister and I were “old enough to appreciate it” when we went. I was 20, Alice was 13. We had a great time.
21. Learn to speak another language. Another 30 list repeat.
22. Take a cross-country road trip. I’ve wanted to do this since long before I could drive. This might have to wait until retirement.
23. See the Northern Lights. I’ve seen bits, but not the whole deal. I’ve heard good things, but I want to see them for myself.
24. Cook a Thanksgiving Dinner by myself. DONE! I’ve also done Easter. I had quite a bit of help with both, but no one got food poisoning so I consider it a success.
25. Swim with dolphins. I think we might try to do this when we go to Mexico in November.
26. Pay off student loans. 4 more years TTO says. Ha! I say. Looking back I would have done a lot of things differently, but I just have to suck it up and make those payments each month.
27. Pay off car loan. The car this list references was paid off and then traded in. The new car? Not so much.


A few days ago Holly wrote about her ugly childhood glasses. I wore some humdingers that my friends still tease me about. I’m planning to post those tomorrow, just for fun. I’m going to have to schedule it to post because I will be experiencing a not much fun work day from early in the morning until late tomorrow night. Hopefully it will work.


Also, on a completely unrelated note – I think TTO’s workout plan is actually working. I think I just saw a bicep. I didn’t think that was possible with my marshmallow arms. Very exciting.