30 Things While I’m 30–One Year Later


I’ll admit it.  On my 30th birthday, I made a list of 30 things I wanted to make in that year.  I’ve only made half of them.  I’ll own it.  And I’ll say I have two main reasons.  One–time.  Last year, especially the couple of months after my birthday, were traumatic and terribly sad for my family and me.  Two–when I bought my townhouse, I was essentially without a functioning kitchen for a month.  

But I’ve got a plan.  Thanks to a fantastic suggestions from Branny, I’m turning my list of 30 into a list of 31, which I’ll finish while I’m 31 years old.  Here’s the catch, though–I don’t yet know what one item I want to add to my list.  And I won’t be able to tell you until after I get back from Hawaii.  You see, I want my 31st item to be something I fall in love with on my trip.  It may be an attempt at recreating a dish I have at one of my dinners, it may be a traditional Hawaiian dish, or it may be a Hawaiian-inspired meal.  I’m not sure.  But as soon as I know, you’ll know.  

one year ago: My list of 30 Things to Make While I’m 30
two years ago: fresh honey lemonade

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  1. Julie Capellas Jennings
    February 3, 2011 / 3:12 pm

    Fail is so not fair when this has been such a year. Good, Bad, Sad, Happy and so on. All in all you have weathered it like the amazing person you are and I have looked up to you while doing it. Lots of love and wish I could be there to celebrate with you! See you soon!!!!

  2. That Girl
    February 3, 2011 / 4:48 pm

    I think we all put our lives on hold for a bit after a tragedy like you had. That buys you an extra couple months at least. Happy Birthday!

  3. Momof1
    February 3, 2011 / 5:01 pm

    meh I wouldn't worry about not getting 30 things done by 30. Good luck getting the 31 things done by 31! Happy 30th b-day! May I recommend you try (if you eat fish) mahi mahi? It is FABULOUS! Congrats on the marriage and enjoy Hawaii!

  4. Krystal
    February 3, 2011 / 8:37 pm

    First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I celebrate my birthday all month long! hehe. I think of it like this, 30 things I "could have done" when I'm 30. There are times in our lives when the unexpected happens, and you deal with the cards you are dealt. Honestly, I hated the year 2010 and I'm doing everything in my power to make 2011 a better one. There are so many things I wish that were different, but you need reflection and refocusing of priorities. You are already on the higher road, adding the 31 things to do. Can't wait to hear which one you'll do. How about learn to surf while you are in Hawaii? That sounds like fun!!! Have a wonderful fun-filled day!

  5. Natalie
    February 4, 2011 / 7:48 pm

    love your idea for the new challenge–can't wait to see what you end up deciding!congrats!

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