Thoughts on 35 and The List

Tomorrow I turn 35.

I’m don’t ever worry about my age.

In my mind I *just* graduated from college.  Which would make me 22 23.  I don’t really notice that I’m not still 23 unless I happen to be around 23 year-olds.  Then I immediately realize that no, I am not 23 (thank God!).  I am a 30-something wife and mother.

And that isn’t so bad.

It’s awesome even.

I certainly don’t feel like this is middle-aged, or even getting close to it.  I don’t feel like the good years are gone, I am enjoying my 30’s very much.  Sure, my body creaks a little more than it used to and it takes me a little longer to get going in the morning (half a pot of coffee, ahem), but I’m OK with that.

But 35, here we are.

I guess that means it’s time to add to my 100 things list!  I actually crossed a few things off this year, so that was exciting.

To recap:

1. Travel in China (cliche I know but I’d like to)
2. Travel in Russia (can’t justify my major without it)
3. Live on the East Coast (retire to Annapolis, see 4)
4. Learn how to sail (actually, have a nice boat, sail to boat shows)
5. Spend Christmas in Virginia (John, Debby- don’t move!)
6. Make Christmas Eve tamales from scratch (I cheat and buy from restaurants)
7. Tailgate at Homecoming (10 hours is not a long drive)
8. Live on the water (lake, ocean, river, doesn’t matter)
9. Learn how to sew (relearn, I’ve got the machine…)
10. Own a big old house with nice woodwork, claw foot tubs and radiators (I love me some radiant heat)

11. Have another baby (that would be 4 kids)
12. Have a VBAC (not because I feel cheated, but because there is no reason not to)
13. Learn how to can something (Pepper jelly? Pickled Cabbage?  The possibilities!)
14. Do something official with Breastfeeding (IBCLC? Aim high!)
15. Belong to a CSA
16. Work out regularly (at least 3 days a week)
17. Learn how to do my hair (properly)
18. Own a bonafide CUTE purse
19. Learn how to frost a cake (well)
20. Travel to northern Europe and see where my ancestors came from (Sweden, Norway)

21. Join a Church
22. Get the boys baptized
23. Enter something in the State Fair
24. Win a State Fair Ribbon
25. Walk the lake 3 times a week (Harriet, Calhoun…)
26. Stop biting my nails (a new habit of mine)
27. Take a weekend getaway with my husband
28. Get to the library every week
29. Learn how to plant a vegetable garden
30. Get involved with Autism advocacy in some way

I know- I cheated with #21 considering we just did that 2 weeks ago, but it has been on the list for years and it’s important to me.  Considering I have very few things crossed off my list, I think a gimme is appropriate!

So tomorrow me and Yogi Dad are hitting the town- St. Paul here we come!  Sushi and then the Wild game.  A perfect date if there ever was one.

Check out my thoughts on 34, and 30.


  • elizabeth

    It’s not so bad!! I feel better about my age when I don’t have to cook as much! Especially after I found out about Papa Johns Pizza!!! They have the best ingredients and its the most healthy!! They even have a buy one get one free deal going on now through the 4th!! the Promo code is MNFREE.

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