30 When 30


Jessie, Kristina, and I are signing up for another half marathon. This one is March 28th in Olathe, KS. Since I had to walk the last one, I only have room to improve, right? Here’s to more running!

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Wow, it has been a long time since my last post.  Work is getting busy again and I started a 9-week class, so my time is again at a premium.  I figured it was time for an update on my 30 When I’m 30 list.  You know, keep myself accountable. 

Here goes: Thirty Things To Do When I’m Thirty

  1. Grow a garden without killing everything I did it! 
  2. Sew at least 3 items of clothing for myself that are wearable None yet
  3. Sew at least 3 items of clothing for Gaby that are wearable None yet
  4. Paint more (and I don’t mean our home) I’m working on this one
  5. Catch up Gaby’s scrapbook Still behind
  6. Give more handmade gifts This one’s going well, check back in after Christmas
  7. Run 1/2 marathon Walked it, but done.  On the schedule for next year too 
  8. Keep blog updated Clearly this one isn’t going so well
  9. Send 3 items off for publication  (poems/stories/articles/etc) Nothing even written yet
  10. Make time at least 4 times a week for something creative Does thinking about it count?
  11. Read 10 books that aren’t work or school related I’ve got four done
  12. Eat out less Small steps here, but we’re going in the right direction
  13. Lose at least 15 pounds I’ve put on a couple pounds.  It’s time to get serious about losing weight
  14. Organize and keep organized craft area Marginally improved
  15. De-clutter house This is planned for Thanksgiving weekend
  16. Teach myself to knit I’ve started
  17. Make something that isn’t from a pattern by someone else Not yet, I only have some drawings
  18. Put family favorite recipes into a book Still organizing them
  19. Paint Christmas china I need to get going if I’m going to have it ready to use for Christmas.  Any good ideas where I can get pictures for the 12 Days of Christmas to work off of? 
  20. Write business plan Still need to do this one
  21. Create Etsy account and sell something Not yet
  22. Get more active in the crafting community OK, I’m still lurking around other blogs.  I seriously need to make more comments on others’ blogs and post them in my blogroll
  23. Sew another item for a contest After Christmas gifts are done
  24. Entertain more We are doing this one.  Most recently, the annual Green Chicken and Dumplings Dinner
  25. Try to figure out what I want to do when I grow up Nope
  26. Then figure out how to make it happen Again, nope
  27. Journal about 1/2 marathon training for writing later Since I failed to train, I’ll have to journal after the first of the year for the 2009 1/2 marathon
  28. Keep a daily journal I really need to do this one
  29. Take more pictures, not just of Gaby I’ve not been the greatest about this either
  30. Realize I can do all of the above if I don’t get in my own way I know I can; I just need to do it

So, as you can see I’ve made some progress.  I just need to keep on myself about this stuff.  I’d like to have everything crossed off next July and a new list to work on.  Wish me luck!

All the Finishers by you.

We’ve all agreed: same time, same place next year.  The weekend was a blast.  Jessie ran the half-marathon and finished in about 2 1/2 hours, Kristina ran/walked it in about 3 hours, I walked it in 3 1/2 hours, and Katie had to switch to the 5K but finished it in less than 23 minutes!  We all finished our events. 

Kristina and I got into KC around 3:00 Friday afternoon.  We met up with Jessie, ran some errands, picked up our race packets, and then went to Missy’s to make dinner.  I cooked pasta, red sauce, and some chicken for protein.  We also had salad and Jessie’s friend Julie brought some bread.  I love racing if I get to eat a bunch of carbs before hand. 

Fuel to Run by you.

Dinner by you.

I am disappointed in myself for not being diligent with my training and that I had to walk the half marathon.  However, I am proud I finished the half (and ran across the finish line), and it only took me an hour longer than Jessie who ran the half.  I am going to really work next year and run the thing.  I was getting passed by people who, although didn’t look as fit, had clearly conditioned themselves better than me.  Talk about having to swallow your pride a little.  Regardless, I finished! 

Finish Line by you.

This made me realize how much I miss the pain and satifaction that come with working out regularly.  I am going to get back into a regular routine.  I was a little envious of Jessie who had really trained for the event.  She was so prepared and educated about the process.  I want that to be me next year, and it will!  She and I will take this picture again next year but hopefully there will be two things different:  I will have finished in a time much closer to hers and Missy will be there with us as a participant not a spectator. 

Sisters by you.

Well, the half marathon weekend is here.  I’m waiting for my friend Kristina to pick me up and we’re driving to Kansas City.  I’m excited, nervous, and disappointed.  I’m excited for obvious reasons; nervous for obvious reasons (13.1 miles!!!); and disappointed because I didn’t follow through with my training and will be walking the half marathon.  However, this will still be a huge accomplishment and I hope will be motivation to get my butt in gear and really train for next year.  Pictures and details of the race to follow.  Wish me luck!

So this post comes just over a week late, since my birthday was July 2.  I took a few days off work and just didn’t want to get on the computer at home.  I’m thirty, just got a new haircut, and am excited for what the next phase of my life will bring.  One of my coworkers was really upset last year when he hit 30, but I can’t say I feel the same.  I’m looking forward to this next decade.  Here’s the new haircut, I really like it.  I wanted a fresh cut for the new year.

We didn’t do a lot on my birthday, but we did have a shrimp boil with some friends on the 3rd.  Of course, I was too busy having fun to snap any pictures. 

I’ve seen other bloggers post similar lists, and since I am very much a list person I wanted to give it a go.  I don’t do New Year’s resolutions, but a list that I can mark items off of as I complete them is certainly more my speed. 

Here goes: Thirty Things To Do When I’m Thirty

  1. Grow a garden without killing everything
  2. Sew at least 3 items of clothing for myself that are wearable
  3. Sew at least 3 items of clothing for Gaby that are wearable
  4. Paint more (and I don’t mean our home)
  5. Catch up Gaby’s scrapbook
  6. Give more handmade gifts
  7. Run 1/2 marathon
  8. Keep blog updated
  9. Send 3 items off for publication  (poems/stories/articles/etc)
  10. Make time at least 4 times a week for something creative
  11. Read 10 books that aren’t work or school related
  12. Eat out less
  13. Lose at least 15 pounds
  14. Organize and keep organized craft area
  15. De-clutter house
  16. Teach myself to knit
  17. Make something that isn’t from a pattern by someone else
  18. Put family favorite recipes into a book
  19. Paint Christmas china
  20. Write business plan
  21. Create Etsy account and sell something
  22. Get more active in the crafting community
  23. Sew another item for a contest
  24. Entertain more
  25. Try to figure out what I want to do when I grow up
  26. Then figure out how to make it happen
  27. Journal about 1/2 marathon training for writing later
  28. Keep a daily journal
  29. Take more pictures, not just of Gaby
  30. Realize I can do all of the above if I don’t get in my own way