Thursday Thirteen: 30 before 30

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You know it's your birthday when you wake up to 75 Facebook notifications.

When I peeked my eyes out from the covers this morning, Mr. T asked me if I felt different. He asks a variation of this question every birthday I think, especially because I make such a big deal about my favorite day of the year. But today, staring down the barrel of 30, I got to thinking. Although I joke about "getting old," I'm excited to wrap up another decade. (Decade, whoa.) What do I want to do before it's over?

Following the theme of several bloggers, most recently The Busty Baker (she has delightful recipes!), I'm free-writing 30 things I want to do before I turn 30. Following Busty's style, my items are fairly mundane. There is no sky diving or rushing off to Borneo here... just 30 things I want to do in the next 365 to mark my transition into a new decade (again, whoa). To shoe-horn the list into Thursday 13 format, I've done some grouping.

1. Self-Improvement
- Lower my procrastination level (ha!)
- Continue practicing patience

2. Friends & Fam
- Socialize once a week
- Write one snail mail note a week

3. Health
- Go see the doctor
- Lose my addiction to refined sugar
- Reduce my cholesterol
- Fit in my damn pants again

4. School
- Survive comps!
- Write/pass my prospectus
- Start collecting data for my dissertation

5. Professional Development
- Become a published academic author

6. Yoga
- Finish a class with no breaks
- Be able to do the splits

7. Travel
- Visit Oshkosh (read Mackinac!) again
- Take a real, even miniature, vacation with no homework

8. Cooking
- Make Julia Child's boeuf bourguignon
- Conquer custard
- Try 30 new recipes

9. Reading
- Read 30 non-school books

10. Household
- Choose what color to paint the bedroom
- Hang under cabinet lighting in the kitchen
- Clear out the painting supplies circa 2008 from the spare bathroom

11. Green Thumbs
- Figure out how to grow lettuce without bugs
- Develop a plan for the Back 40
- Plant shade trees in the front yard

12. Random
- Sell/donate the gigantic white dress that lives in the spare bedroom

13. Mr. T
- Help T to meet his flying goals
- Improve my formation flying videography
- Fly to a new destination like Catalina


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