30 While 30


Remember this little list? With all the fabulous things I was going to do before I turned 30? Oh, 5 Months Ago Me, you were so young and naive.

But really, even when I wrote the list, I knew I wasn’t going to stress myself out in order to get all the items checked off by the big day. I just wanted to keep a record of things I’d always wanted to do, to inspire myself to finally do them. I realized a few weeks back I wasn’t likely to make chocolate mousse and violet macarons and eat a pink cake with pink frosting and a waffle cone sundae by August, though stranger things have happened. Boy, do I have a sweet tooth or what? But I did a lot of the things on this list, a lot of things I might not have done this year without it.

Like going to Amsterdam:

We arrived the night the Dutch beat Brazil. It was awesome.

and Paris:

That would be a violet macaron. I did not make it. LadurΓ©e did.

and walking to work more times than I can count.

I got my braces off:

and threw a caramel-apple-and-flossing-party at my favorite bar:

(Yes, I really just put a picture of myself faux-flossing on the Internets. Flossing is cool, yo.)

I didn’t make it to a Farmers Market in Portland, but I did discover a fantastic one in London:

I visited a wacky museum, found the perfect red lipstick and ate that sundae in a waffle cone, all courtesy of a very fair friend. I had a Kir Royale with another Janet. I did a lot. I had a great time.

The big day is tomorrow. Today is the last day of my 20s. What! I’m not sure how that happened, but it did. And I’m looking forward to crossing off the rest of the items on my list in the coming year, and then some!



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14 responses to “30 While 30

  1. So can we expect a ’40 Before 40′ list soon?

  2. Esi

    Happy last day of your twenties!! So jealous of your European vacation this summer, but glad you managed to cross a bunch of stuff off your list. Cheers to 30!! It’s amazing!!

  3. i love the hipstamatic shots of paris. talk about a good place to have that app! πŸ™‚

  4. actorsdiet

    happy bday! i love that you had a party for your braces removal!

  5. Calliope

    Not gonna make it up til midnight –
    But . . .


  6. Happy, happy birthday Janet. I love this post and the revamping/re-envisioning of your list. You’re right- It would be a lot less fun if you tried to jam in all of that goodness into a few weeks time … although I’m sure we could knock out some of those food-related ones in an afternoon’s time. I’m THRILLED that we met and are great friends now. xoxo

  7. Happy birthday! I gotta tell you, things don’t end at 30. Still got plenty of kick as I start looking towards 31. haha πŸ™‚

  8. OH save one for me!! I’ll be ther in two months! Was Chez Panisse anywhere on that list?We are trying to set up a lunch or dinner with bloggers while I’m in town πŸ™‚

  9. OH save one for me!! I’ll be there in two months! Was Chez Panisse anywhere on that list?We are trying to set up a lunch or dinner with bloggers while I’m in town πŸ™‚

  10. Boy do I love those hipstamatic shots! I’m glad this birthday was a great one. It’s a big occasion and I think the fact that you’re awesome enough to post pics of yourself flossing on your blog just shows that you’re hitting 30 with some serious stride πŸ™‚

  11. You’re coming to Franklin? There is nothing “cool” in Franklin this time of year. It’s so hot here, but I hope you enjoy your stay.

  12. So many fun adventures!

  13. Rob

    hey janet – it’s not dinner on an organic farm but Capay Organic is an organic farm that has camping on saturdays. i went last weekend and slept in the peach orchard. i definitely recommend it.

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