Saturday, May 29, 2010

#23 crossed off the list!

I paid off my student loans today (WHEE!) so I figured it was a good time to do a quick 30 Before 30 update:
  1. meet 30 new people I think I'm at about 20
  2. read 30 (non-self help) books I'm at 10. This needs work.
  3. watch 30 of the IMDB Top 250 films I haven't even looked at this. Whoops.
  4. get married DONE!
  5. travel outside the country DONE! Now I just need to upload the photos...
  6. run a half marathon I've started training, but this one is pretty iffy at this point.
  7. launch an Etsy shop I'm still brainstorming.
  8. try 30 new foods If you count recipes, I'm probably close to done. If you only count ingredients, this one needs some work. I did try gator, though. That should count for at least 20 of the 30, right?
  9. save $5000 (after IRA and retirement contributions) I'm pretty close, but I don't feel like I can cross this off until my actual birthday in case I get spendy.
  10. volunteer at least 30 hours of my time I'm at about 2 hours. I really need to focus on this.
  11. every 3 months, donate 30 items to Goodwill or Salvation Army So far, so good.
  12. sell 30 items on Craigslist or Ebay I think we've sold about 10-12 items.
  13. take a language class Does Greek count? I vote yes.
  14. learn to sew
  15. redo floors in living room DONE!
  16. be able to do 30 military style push-ups
  17. take a stand-up or improv class and perform in front of an audience DONE! I may do this one again.
  18. try 30 new recipes If you count green smoothie recipes that I made up based on what I had in my refrigerator, I probably already tried 30 recipes. If you don't count those, I'm probably at around 10 or 15
  19. go on a road trip
  20. win a contest of some kind
  21. take a dance class DONE!
  22. go to the dentist (twice) I really need to work on this...
  23. pay off student loans DONE!!!
  24. learn to make a daisy chain Lyndee (who did our wedding flowers) says she can teach me.
  25. learn to play 30 songs on the ukulele I'm still hovering at 10 or so.
  26. learn to drive a stick shift
  27. attend 30 yoga classes
  28. complete savings vs. lottery experiment
  29. make a list of the top 30 things I'm most happy to have already crossed off my bucket list
  30. skip at least one item on this list I don't think this one will be a problem.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Out of the grumps

I've been feeling sort of down-in-the-dumps this week. I've been pretty anti-social, more content to sit at home with Netflix (aka my enabler) than to go out with my friends. In the past, this sort of behavior has been the first step on the slippery slope toward Depressionville.

Fortunately, this afternoon my friend Kelly posted a picture of us getting ready for our comedy performances. Looking at the picture I tell that I'm being goofy, but also that deep down, I'm really happy. It was just the kick in the pantaloons that I needed to get myself up and out of the house this weekend.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Internets, and that your wildest dreams come true. And even if your wildest dreams don't come true, I hope you have friends that remind you to enjoy the ride.

Monday, May 17, 2010

My mind grapes are overripe

I think I pulled a muscle in my brain on vacation. That's totally possible, right?

I have a lot that I want to say (and even more pictures to upload from our wedding and honeymoon), but I can't seem to sit down long enough to do any of it. I should have taken a laptop - or at least a notebook - on vacation. This giant bottleneck of ideas is going to take a while to sort through. Don't worry; I am not planning to go all Alanis and be all, "my vacation changed my liiiiiife, y'all." (It didn't.)


In other news, I went to see a movie* this weekend. I hardly ever go see movies in the theater, but Achilles was going to a different movie that I didn't think I could sit through, and I didn't really feel like 1.) trying to organize last-minute plans with family or friends or 2.) sitting at home alone.

I got to the theater early, because Achilles' movie started about twenty minutes before mine did. The theater was pretty empty, so I grabbed a seat in the middle/left/back(ish).

The only other people there were a teenage couple who spent the entire movie fiddling with their iPhones, a grandmother and her 7-year-old grandson (poor kid), a very chatty couple on (I think) their second or third date, and a middle aged couple.

It was kind of weird, Internets. The middle aged couple in about 30 seconds before the movie started and sat in the seats right to the left of me. Is it just me, or was sitting in the seats right next to me kind of an aggressive move? The same seats were empty in the rows in front and behind us. I don't mind sitting next to someone when the theater is full, but when it's almost empty, it feels weird. I moved to another seat a few spaces down.

What are your thoughts on that? Was I rude? Were they? Am I reading too much into this? Tell me, Internets.

I probably need to go get my brain back in shape now. I hope your week is off to a good start!

*I know, I know. But what can I say - I've liked Amanda Seyfried since she played Lilly Kane on Veronica Mars.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


We got back from Europe on Tuesday evening. The combination of a weird sleep schedule, stress, PMS, and airport food resulted (unsurprisingly for me) in a massive migraine headache after work on Wednesday. Fortunately, waiting for me in a pile of mail was a package from Alex, my swap mate in Her Cozy Swap.

What was in the package, you ask? This adorable eye mask from BibBon:

Do you see the little birds??? How adorable and perfect is this mask? I promptly took headache medicine, put the eye mask on, and passed out. [Random note: while I slept, I had a dream that I went to a blog meetup to meet Kim and some of her blog friends, but got a terrible migraine and had to leave before we even got drinks. Migraine dreams? Almost as bad as dreaming about work.]

I feel much better this morning, and will hopefully have some time before work to upload pictures from Greece. Thanks again to Alex for an AWESOME cozy swap gift.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Well hello!

Hi Internets!

You may have wondered (but probably didn't) why it was so quiet 'round these parts for the past week and a half. Abe and I were in Greece for our honeymoon. I kept it quiet in case a random crazy person who was in desperate need of fine slightly battered IKEA furniture happened to read this blog while we were gone.

At any rate, I missed you all and will be catching up ASAP. However, I think I need to eat dinner* and pass out for a while first.


*My sister had lasagna, salad, fruit salad, bread and dessert prepped and ready for the oven for us when we got home. She knew we'd be sick of eating out and too tired to cook or shop for groceries. It was seriously one of the nicest, most considerate things ever.

Friday, May 7, 2010

This I believe

I believe...

...that packing well is an art form
...that movies longer than 1.5 hours should have an intermission
...that if I have bad news, and you tell me "everything happens for a reason," I am pretty much allowed to punch you in the nose
...that laziness can be a gift, if you use it to make you more efficient
...that someday I'll learn not to procrastinate so much
...that it's OK to take baths. (Yes, I've heard the "you're sitting in your own filth" argument. I read once that baths actually make you cleaner than showers as long as you don't go all George Castanza with your towel, so I'm sticking to that.)
...that people who still do George W. Bush impersonations need to learn some new material already

What do you believe?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Thought of the day...

Sometimes I think men really do have it easier than women. I mean, you are never in your life going to have to find a place to store your bobby pins. Most likely.