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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Inevitable True Story

Well, I turned 29. Inevitable true story. The world didn't come to an end. In fact, it kept moving, just as it had the day before, and the day before that. Additionally, as my birthday came and went I was either too busy to have a meltdown or I had officially come to terms with the day. I think it was a combination of the both.

I celebrated my birthday with my family a few days prior, where in true indication of reaching adulthood, I received household appliances as gifts and was perfectly happy. From my parents I got a vacuum, and boy does that machine suck. Literally. And from my sister, I got a toaster which has been instrumental in re-implementing my toast-for-dinner habit. See not that much of a grown up yet.

Birthday with the family was very nice. We did lunch and cake. There was even 29 candles at which point, while hovered in the hallway, I hear my dad command my sister, "Hurry up, my arm is getting fried here." It didn't make me feel old at all. When sister and dad brought out the cake, a blaze, they sang a little diddy, I made a wish. I felt really good about being 29.

The night of my birthday I got together with some of my best girlfriends, walked greenlake and ate froyo. It was mellow, it was relaxed, it was just perfect. I met up with another girlfriend later who I hadn't seen in months and she kept me company while I packed for Thailand. That's right, frigging Thailand. More on this later.

As promised I started a list of 30 things to do before I'm 30. I got to 17. What?! I've been busy. Maybe I'll add to it, but not in a cheating way, i.e. do things and then cross it off.

1. Pay off debts (car, student loan)
2. Handwrite a letter every month, send me your addresses!
3. Buy 5 strangers flowers
4. Buy 5 friends flowers
5. Make new friends…plural
6. One word: electrolysis
7. Try one new recipe a week, doesn’t have to be hard or good, just have to try.
8. Maybe it's time to run a marathon
9. Learn to drive a manual transmission
10. Write down 3 things I’m grateful for, everyday
11. Leave Continent
12. Read one book a month
13. Meditate
14. Craft the shit out of something. (this is intentionally vague to keep it open-ended)
15. Floss everday. I’m 80% there.
16. Make bed everyday and don’t sleep with anything on it.
17. Lose 30 lbs.

What else you got for me? The 29 year old me is ready. 30, you can just hold on.


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