Friday, October 30, 2015

By golly, she's writing!

This week a lovely woman from my water aerobics class told me she found my blog and that I should write more.  I've been wanting to write more and just not making the time to do so.  There's been SO MUCH fun activity going on in my life this past year and I wish I was doing a better job at documenting it, but sadly I have not.

So, I'm going to write now and give you a little list update.  I'm still working on my 40 Before 40 List and officially have less than 3 months to do so.  Which, holy moley I'm going to be 40 in less than 3 months!!!!  Oh well, 40 is the new 20 and I've never been more comfortable with who I am and where I want to be in my life so I'd say bring it 40!!!

Now onto the list.  Let's start by talking about the items that are not going to happen.  Yes, I already know that the list will not be completed, but that's OK.  Here we go:

 - Swim the Donner Lake Open Water event.  That didn't happen, it was in August and I hadn't gotten back into swimming and was in no way ready to swim that distance.  However, I'm back in the pool and there's always next year!
- Visit Humboldt area.  Yeah I just don't see this getting done.  It's a pretty decent drive and I'd like an extra day to stay there.  This "could" still happen but I'm just not counting on it.
-Go Whitewater rafting.  California drought (nuff said).
-Get SUP certified.  They didn't offer it this year so next time around.  Either way I'm still trying to go out when I can and take people out to introduce them to the sport that I LOVE!
-Keep a daily journal or blog.  Yeah no.
-One no buy month.  Just didn't make it and with the holidays it's def not happening now.

Here are the things on my list that are completed.

-Visit Yosemite.  Beautiful, amazing...I will be back sooner than later.
-Skinny Dip.  My boobs were never more buoyant and perky!
-Take an Improv Class.  Challenging and hilarious.
-Go to New York with Bill.  I dare say the best vacation we have had together!  No one got lost and nothing got broken.
-Organize Leyton's Artwork/Crafts
-Get a tattoo for my Dad. She's the most beautiful girl on my body.
-Have a Halloween Party
-Take Leyton to Disneyland.
-Go dancing with the girls.
-Join a book club.  Well it started, but then it ended.  Need to get this going again.
-Pay it forward at least 5 times.  I still do this all the time.
-Volunteer at Alzheimer's Association.  I submitted an app.
-Sit by a campfire on a beach. 
-Ride in a helicopter.

Here are the things that will be completed but are still "pending"
-Fire a gun...happening next week!!!!
-Take a Hip Hop class.  Who is coming along??
-Write a letter to 5 influential people.
-Go wine tasting
-Cook a 5 course meal for friends.
-Knit 10 items.  Merry Christmas y'all!  You're all getting scarves and hats.
-Travel overnight by myself.
-Put $100 on a hand of blackjack
-Bake Christmas goodies.
-Write Bill a love letter.
-Put Grandpa's Recipes in a Cookbook
-Take Leyton to a live concert.  This has really kind of happened on a small scale.  I'd still like to take him to a bigger show.
-Go ice skating.  Lord help me.
-Organize a Christmas program at Elder Community.
-Read at Stand up Poetry Wednesday!
-Celebrate my 40th with my friends.  This is happening, just not in Vegas.  I've decided to do something closer to home so more can be included.

Lastly here are a couple things that may or may not happen.
-Read Hamlet.  Oh lord have a tried!  This was my FAV book in highschool but damn I don't have an English Teacher in my back pocket now to help me understand the dialog.
-Take a guitar lesson.  I signed up twice and the lessons got cancelled.  Anyone want to just meet up with me and teach me how to tune it and give me the basics? Anyone??
-Take Leyton to Modoc County.  Still going to try but if the weather gets snowy anytime soon it's not happening.

So, out of 40 things...if I don't do the maybe items I will have still completed 31 out of 40 which is AMAZING!  It has taken me out of my comfort zone a time or two.  Pushed me to think about things I've always wanted to do.  Overall I feel like I will create some sort of list each year.  Maybe 10 items a year with a goal to finish it 100%.  I encourage you all to do the same.  What would be on your list????  I know I am also going to make an effort to finish off the year better and update you on some of the things that got completed that I'd like to elaborate about.  I mean, who doesn't want to read a whole blog post about skinny dipping???