Way, way back in March (can you remember that far?!) I started a short list of things I wanted to accomplish before turning thirty. Turns out, lists are super-motivating for me. Even more than I realized. So, I did them all! Just kidding, I did all but one, but I’m still absurdly impressed with myself. You don’t even have to pat me on the back, I’m doing it to myself right now.
Here’s the final update.
1. Learn to quilt. See the image! It’s all done and it turned out way better than I could’ve imagined. There are tons of flaws and weird stitching and crooked lines, but you can only see them if you look really close. Besides, flaws just add to the charm, right?
2. Drive a manual. Recently, on a Sunday afternoon, I drove around the library parking lot in my husband’s Fiat for an hour or so. I wouldn’t say I’m a pro, but I can (somewhat) reliably get the car in gear and move in a forward direction without stalling out. Success!
3. Finish the draft of my current WIP. Incomplete. I tried to use Ready. Set. Write! to help me finish my WIP by the 28th, but my cat died and my birthday was overwhelming and so it fell through the cracks. It’s OK. I’ll get it done by the end of summer, and that’s fine by me.
4. Read my most embarrassing gap books. I read Jane Eyre, Slaughterhouse-Five by Vonnegut, and (yes, I cheated a little because I was running low on time) A Christmas Carol by Dickens (which is more of a novella, really). Surprisingly, I kind of thought I would like Jane Eyre best and Dickens least, but it was the complete opposite. I don’t know why Dickens used to intimidate me, but I will be reading an actual novel-length work in the immediate future for sure.
5. Make pasta from scratch. In my last post, I said I wanted to change this to baking bread, and I baked bread twice! Once, I made cinnamon roll loaves, and the second time I made an artisan rosemary and roasted garlic bread. Both turned out great! I also challenged myself by making an entire dairy-free crab and corn chowder from scratch. I made the broth from left over shells (my first ever homemade broth) and my husband and I picked the crab meat ourselves. Instead of cream, I pureed potatoes to get the thicker consistency, and OMG, it was spectacular. We ate it for three dinners in a row, plus a couple lunches, and neither of us minded at all!
6. Submit to more literary magazines. I did this, and it wasn’t all rejections! I now have a short story published in The Casserole. Read it here!
7. Write letters to five people that I appreciate. See this update.
8. Go on a hike with Jack and my husband. See this update.
9. Zip line. I kept telling myself that I had to do something I was afraid of to usher in my new decade and I am so proud of myself for doing it. We went to the Treetop Zoofari at the Richmond Zoo. The ropes course kicked my butt and it was so scary to do all the challenges while suspended in midair, but the zip lines made it all worth it. I ended up bruised and battered but completely exhilarated!
10. Get a massage. Felt so nice I did it twice! 🙂
I am feeling very accomplished going into my thirtieth year. I welcome the new decade with open arms.