30-Before-30: After Summer Update

Photo credit:  www.ohmyhandmade.com

Photo credit: www.ohmyhandmade.com

I’m almost to the halfway point and there are still quite a few items left to complete on my list.  Luckily, 2014 has really been my year and accomplishing goals has never bene easier.  Ok, so they’re not all exactly easy, but they have been coming together better than I could have ever imagined.  There’s a lot I’ve already written about, but some things didn’t seem big enough to warrant their own post.

To celebrate the return of sweaters and getting to wear boots for a week straight, I present to you the other items I was able to check off this summer.

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Too Tired To Write

I just spent the entire day at a theme park with two kids under the age of eight, each vying for my undivided attention.  Oh, and did I mention I stayed up way too late last night after running a 5K in the morning, taking a dog to the beach, and meeting Jason Segel?  It’s been a pretty busy weekend and I’m pooped.  I’m about to curl up with Jake in a bit and promise to have something more meaningful to say tomorrow.

Until then.

The Things We Remember

The mind is a funny thing.  With just a sniff of a fragrance or the tune of a song, the brain brings us back to another time or place as we recall a moment of our past.  In an instant, we are back at the prom wishing someone would ask us to dance or we’re replaying that fight and wondering if the hurtful things said had any truth to them.  It’s as though we’ve sat down in front of our television and started streaming a movie only this time, the movie is our own tale.

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Welcome, Fall!

October is finally here. It’s time for pumpkin spice lattes and endless bags of Halloween candy. My schedule is filling up for the month and there’s just so much to do each weekend. No wonder kids these days get a “fall break.” This was one of those busy weekends with birthday dinners, UFC fights, wine walks, and The Walking Dead streaming on Netflix. Needless to say, I’m pooped and ready to call it a night.

Gone Girl is waiting for me.

A Living Legend

This world is filled with a variety of talented people.  Some are starving artists waiting to get an interested buyer while others happen upon an idea that changes the world (I’m looking at you, Mark Zuckerberg!).  Many of us will never have the chance to meet these revolutionaries, but when the opportunity comes up to share the same air, we must seize it for they come along with the same frequency as a winning lottery ticket.  That would be a very slim chance.

About a month before our trip to Costa Rica, Karen asked me a question:

Do you like the Beatles?

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A Crime Most Hilarious

As I’ve written about before, my dad and I like to go out and do things together.  Over the years, we’ve chuckled at plays, giddy-upped on horseback, and felt the wind on our faces while exiting a plane at 13,ooo feet.  We always have a good time, just the two of us.  So, when Father’s Day rolled around, I knew exactly what I wanted to get him: an evening of murder and mystery.  The fact that I checked off #11 on my 30-Before-30 list was just an added bonus.

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Home Sweet Home

That’s right, Wonderlings. I have finally checked off #1 on my 30-Before-30 list and I am the proud owner of a ginormous townhouse. As you may remember, the road to real estate bliss was paved with multiple disappointments.  I walked away from a home, I lost out on a home, and I moved in with my mother while I waited for the The One.  Despite the emotional roller coaster that real estate can become, I never lost hope that I would eventually have a place to call my own.

And boy do I!

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