Dirty Thirty

Well, everyone, my thirtieth birthday came and went.

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There were no fires. No floods. No volcanic eruptions.

Okay, I’m sure those things happened somewhere in the world, but in my tiny area of existence, no such things happened.

What did happen, you ask? I ate. And ate. AND ATE.

I basically ate anything and everything I could get my carb-lovin’ hands on from sun up to sundown! Doughnuts, cheesecake, Auntie Anne’s® pretzels, truffles, cupcakes, and more cheesecake. And you want to know something? It. Was. GLORIOUS.

cheesecake

Sadly, I didn’t get everything completed on my 30 By 30 list. I’m one book away from finishing my classic novel reading list (why, oh, WHY did I leave Gone With the Wind until the very end?!), I still need to protest something (I really wanted to join the students at Capitol Hill this week but couldn’t) and I’m looking for some folks to go in halfsies with for a bottle of Cristal (I wonder if a rapper would just give me some. They still drink that, right? Or is that too “1990’s”?)

30th bday

BUT, I have accomplished quite a bit! Here’s a recap of my list:

  1.  Watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies 
  2. Get a literary agent
  3. Work on a political campaign
  4. Finish my book
  5. Go to Italy with BB
  6. See Graceland
  7. Meet someone famous
  8. Participate in a protest rally
  9. Sew and wear a dress/skirt
  10. Read every Jane Austen novel
  11. Enjoy a bottle of Cristal
  12. Take Noah and Ellie to see The Nutcracker
  13. Go camping
  14. Finish my classic novel reading list
  15. Take a pole dancing class
  16. Run a marathon
  17. Get married
  18. Buy my parents something BIG
  19. Go to the Red Carpet to see a movie premiere/award show
  20. Go to every state
  21. Get a job I LOVE
  22. Have a baby (or two)
  23. Change the oil in my truck
  24. Buy a house
  25. Donate my hair to locks of love
  26. Make a meal from scratch
  27. Milk a cow
  28. Learn the guitar (one song all the way through)
  29. Go skinny dipping
  30. Pay off all school loan debt

 

Considering I’ve done all of these except eight (and I’ll be checking the classic novel list off soon!) I’d call this a success!  I told myself that I’d give myself a “grace period” to wrap up as many as I could by the end of the year. Those that do NOT get checked off will roll over to my 40 By 40 list!

I’ll be honest, I was sort of dreading this birthday. But now I see that my best years are ahead of me.

30th bday 2

Sure, my twenties were great! I ended a bad relationship (not Huff the Hubs!), found myself (and God) again, and then reconnected with the man of my dreams (yes, this time I mean HtH!). I went to Europe (three times!), got married, had a baby, and learned some important life lessons.

All of that—the heartache, the disappointments, and the wisdom I’ve gained—I think will be the arrows in my quiver I can use against anything that my thirties my hurl against me. To quote the prudent and zealous beet farmer, Dwight Schrute: “I am ready to face any challenges that might be foolish enough to face me!”

A lot of people say that getting older is the pits. I think it’s awesome! After all, it’s better than the alternative, right?

Besides, I love birthdays.

lily bday

Sometimes I set expectations too high, people don’t meet them, and then I inevitably take my ball and go home to cry in my birthday cake. But this year? My family and friends not only met the bar, but passed that bad boy in a blur! They really out-did themselves!

My sisters threw me a Downton-Abbey-esque Murder Mystery Dinner (and made me a sweet book):

mmd

 

Huff the Hubs spoiled me all day. And even got a pedicure with me! (Look how excited he was!)

pedi

 

But most all, I was shown love by those around me. And THAT, my friends, is what makes a great birthday.

plan a party

The Countdown is ON!

You guys.

I turn 30 in just a matter of days:

bday countdown

And I still have SO much left to accomplish on my 30 By 30 list!

 

#14. Finish my classic novel reading list.

I still have two books left:

christmas carol

 

gwtw

 

#1. Watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies.

There are just three left!

ben hur

 

 

jazz singer

 

last picture show

#8. Participate in a protest rally.

protestor

There have been A LOT of protests recently. None of which I feel so strongly about that I want to participate. My credentials for a protest are: they MUST be non-violent and they MUST be a cause I believe in. I’m hoping something will come up very soon!

 

There are a few other things that I know I won’t be able to check off by Thursday. Mostly because of financial constraints. But, I feel like if I can get most of them knocked off, I’ll feel pretty accomplished! Then it’ll be time to start working on my New Year’s Resolutions–ha!

 

How are you doing with your goals? Do you have a 30 By 30 List?