30 Before 30

Hi friends.

Sorry I haven’t been around much lately. Where have I been?

I’ve been off in London working and swapping shoes with my favorite coworker.

I’ve been in Portland, visiting a tiny, sweet little baby.

I’ve been back in San Francisco, feeling guilty about my carbon footprint while simultaneously plotting a way to travel as much as possible in the coming year. I’ve been gone too long, but I’m back. I’ll try to stick around this time.

What else have I been doing with my time? Oh, fretting about turning 30. The big day is in August, and while I’m SO not ready (wasn’t I just, like, 24?), I almost wish it would hurry up and get here, because the anticipation has got to be worse. However, the alternative to turning 30? Not so great, right? So I’m embracing another decade (gulp!), or at least pretending I am, for now.

To make these next few months not only pain-free, but also as FUN as possible, I’ve decided to take inspiration from one of my favorite bloggers. Her name is Janet, and she’s adorable, and lest you think I’ve suddenly become both conceited and a fan of the third person, I am not talking about myself. I loved Janet from Slice of Pink’s Thirty Before Thirty list, and have decided to blatantly steal from her. You don’t mind, do you J?

So, here goes. In no particular order, my 30 before – ahhhh! – 30. I’m counting on you guys to hold me to these. I will cross them off as I go, marking the date. I’ve got a few days short of 5 months. And… GO!

1. Have a Kir Royale at Crown & Crumpet with Janet from Slice of Pink 3/6/10 (Day 1, Item 1 down!)
2. Visit at least 1 European City besides London July 2-8, 2010 – Amsterdam and Paris!
3. Eat a slice of pink cake with pink frosting (not a cupcake) 8/5/10
4. Take a day trip to Point Reyes
5. Pick summer berries at a U-Pick Berry Farm
6. Eat dinner on an organic farm
7. Get makeup professionally done. Find perfect shade of red lipstick. 7/24/10, courtesy of my fair-going friend
8. Make violet macarons
9. Take a mud bath 8/5/10
10. Spend the day in Oakland and/or Berkeley 8/4/10
11. Visit the Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden while the tulips are in bloom 3/28/10
12. Take an SF City Guides Walking Tour 06/06/10 – Gold Rush City Tour
13. Do the Anchor Steam brewery tour
14. Visit a Farmers Market in Portland, OR
15. Buy at least 3 vegetables I’ve never tried, at a Farmers Market. Eat them.
16. Do karaoke for the first time (with my sister)
17. Redesign pretty green girl (!!!)
18. Go on a mini-trip and stay at a hotel by myself (not for work) 8/2/10 – Just barely fit this one in!
19a. Get braces off 3/11/10 WOO PARTY! 19b. Throw celebratory “Caramel Apple and Flossing” party 3/26/10
20. Visit Playland-Not-at-the-Beach 7/24/10 Thanks, Jaime and Chris
21. Jump in ocean waves
22. Walk to work at least 3 times 3/29/10 (1st time) 4/30/10 (2nd time), done this multiple other times!
23a. Take cable car to work and walk the rest of the way. 23b. Get a cute picture on the cable car (a. and b. can be on separate occasions)
24. Write at least one complete chapter of the novel in the back of my head
25. Try a really fancy champagne (TBD – Cristal or Dom Perignon?)
26. Make homemade chocolate mousse
27. Take a knife skills class 4/11/10
28. Take my Dad to Bourbon & Branch for drinks
29. Try a Bikram Yoga class
30. Get a walkaway sundae at Swensen’s (it’s a sundae in a waffle cone, people!) 7/24/10 Thank you, J

What’s on your list? In SF and want to join me for any of these? Let me know!



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14 responses to “30 Before 30

  1. any eating or drinking I would be totally available-except I won’t be in town before August 😦 HEY!! we can skype and eat pink cake!!

  2. oh and? I’ll be 40 in May πŸ˜€

  3. Karen

    # 16. asap please.

  4. No kidding you’ve been busy. WoW. I cried when I turned 30 and then again at 31. When I turned 32, I decided to just embrace it. I say embrace turning 30, It’s actually quite fun!

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  6. Esi

    This is a fantabulous list! Think you’re off to a good start. My 30th is in July and I’m feeling like I could use a good list to help not feel so depressed about it πŸ™‚

  7. Please, please tell me I don’t have to do a 50-before-50 lists … even with 4 1/2 years to go, I’ll never make it! LOL

    Kidding aside, I LOVE your list, Janet! If I was in SF I would join you for much of it, especially that Walkaway Sundae and the really fancy champagne. πŸ™‚

    Also, 30 is great, the whole decade. I know you don’t believe my now, but you’ll see. πŸ™‚

  8. I am very, very jealous of your traveling πŸ™‚ Live it up!

  9. thedallasceliac

    Can I come stay with you and do all of those things? πŸ™‚ And where is the picture of the gorgeous you post-braces?

  10. Aaron from Madrone

    Great list!
    I’d like to join you in fulfilling #4.
    In the meantime I’ll think of my 30… or 29

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