Thirty Before 30!

To the one or two pairs of eyes (or spambots) that have been checking in on this blog each day while I have gone silent, thank you. I am not going to say "I'm back!" or make any false promises of series/posts to come. I am taking this blogging thing post by post, but at the moment I am excited to be writing in my little corner of the inter-world, again.

Today marks the 30 day countdown until my birthday, where I will be turning the big 3-0, woah! Really 30 is just a number--I don't feel like I am about to be 30-years-old, at least I don't feel how I thought I would feel when turning 30. It's not really a big deal, right?! Well, if you ever had a thought different from society, let them chew you up and spit you out until you conform. I still don't think it is a big deal (at least when the big day is still a month away--I'll let you know if that changes on February 9), but I have let society influence me a bit, as I have created a "Thirty Before 30" bucket list.

To be honest, it isn't only about turning 30. There are a lot of things going on in my life; life moves quickly, and over the last several years I have come to realize no one is going make things happen in my life except me. But, why not let the looming day of turning 30 be the launch pad. Thus, I have created my own little challenge. I am not only doing 30 things, but I am doing one (or two) each day in the 30 days leading up to turning 30. These aren't the generic items you would find in a googled list of "30 things to do before turning 30." These are tailored to my interests, big and small; they are things I have been wanting to do and that excite me. Of course, with a 30 day time limit I couldn't fit in everything I have on my to-do list, but let's save that for my 40 before 40 post, as the main goal is to start doing things I have put off for way too long.

Follow along with me (instagram, if not here) as I attempt to do everything on my list, and I countdown to turning 30! See what I have in store:

TRACY'S 30 TO 30!

30: January 10
Blog again

29: January 11
Solmonov Tour, Part 1

28: January 12
Solmonov Tour, Part 2

27: January 13
Visit and explore the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

26: January 14
Volunteer by serving a meal

25: January 15
Throw away old underwear and socks (anything with holes or stains)

24: January 16
Trivia Night

23: January 17
Don't use snooze

22: January 18
Visit a strip club

21: January 19
Visit the Annmarie Sculpture Garden

20: January 20
Crafting: write greeting cards and send to friends
Swim meet

19: January 21
Experience a movie and dinner movie theater

18: January 22
Pay for a strangers meal

17: January 23
Dye my hair

16: January 24
Apply for something "top secret"

15: January 25
Go snowboarding

14: January 26
Cake making class
Visit a museum
Omakase experience

13: January 27
Start a cookbook club/Read and cook from a cookbook I own but haven't used yet

12: January 28
Game night with Brenden [Scrabble; Puzzle]

11: January 29
Try Hebel Halva

10: January 30
Make croissants to celebrate National Croissant Day

9: January 31
Read the Diary of Anne Frank and/or Les Miserables

8: February 1
Explore the Aquarium and possibly go Star Gazing after

7: February 2
Eat brunch at a new (to me) bagel shop
Visit a museum OR a planetarium

6: February 3
Complete an outdoor winter running race

5: February 4
Go rock climbing

4: February 5
Eat dinner at a new (to me) restaurant

3: February 6
Spa evening: facial, eyebrow wax, and nails

2: February 7
Become more flexible: be able to touch my toes without bending my knees and/or get splits

1: February 8
Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years

D-Day: February 9
Birthday cannoli; Sushi to go (from my favorite spot); and/or swim meet
Celebrate Luke turning 2

The Pursuit Of Happiness: Week In Review

Happy 70th Birthday Daddio, wherever you are. The 11th has been a weird day for the last two years now. I spent a lot of he day relaxing and reflecting. I of course bought my second blues song as my own tradition to honor my dad on his birthday. I explored many options, but I again went with his favorite, Muddy Waters, "I Love The Life I Live, I Live The Life I Love." For some reason it just seemed fitting. In the evening, my mom, Sue and Dick B., Rachel and I all went to a sushi dinner and then dessert to "celebrate."

The Pursuit of Happiness: Week In Review

It's my birthday week(!) -- yes week; I am one of the people (are you?) -- which called for a little early birthday celebration with friends, and cookie cake of course. How do you like to celebrate?Really it was the time that made the most sense to get together with the group for festivities, and it was perfect. Lauren brought her annual homemade and decorated cookie cake. This year I got a very pretty unicorn and "#Tracy;" it was amazing, per usual. Anna and Jenna came to for us to potluck on all of our favorite goodies: spicy noodles, guac, (vegan) deviled eggs, the works. Even DJ and Shane popped by later so we got to hang out with her before they are a family of free later this week. And some of Brenden's work peeps came over too. It was the perfect night of celebration.

The Pursuit Of Happiness: Week In Review

Have you ever had a facial? Well I just had my first one, thanks to a gift card from AW. It was magical. Strange, but magical. I don't know if I had a noticeable difference to get one again soon, but the massage-iness of it made me so relaxed. What do you think of facials?

Then I went test driving cars with Sarah. We tested all the SUVs. Not really, but really. Honda, Mazda, Subaru, Volkswagen, Toyota. Woah is me, decisions are hard. I want to start my own car company where I can put components from every car maker together and create my true dream car. But since that isn't really happening wish me luck, I may have narrowed it down from 6 to 5 haha. Progress...even if it is slow.

#SushiSunday. Have you noticed a trend beginning to form? This time Rachel came over and we feasted. I have had a whole weeks worth of practice and skill building, so I went all out. We had eel, tuna, roe, seaweed salad, rice balls, the works. Of course it was just a delicious as before. Maybe better even because I am learning how to spread/place the rice rather then pack it on.

The Pursuit Of Happiness: Week In Review

Saturday was for friends. Shockingly, Jeff V. came over and we used up the last of my sushi supplies making some more delicious rolls. I either had too much rice or too many sushi fillings so I had to keep stocking up on one or the other. Today, I ran out of both at the same time, and so I am going to try to give sushi a break. We will see how long I can hold out. At least a week...hopefully. What is your guess?

The Pursuit Of Happiness: Week In Review

It was another snowy and icy Saturday, which called for doing absolutely nothing. I slept and binge watched Chuck (yet again) and worked on my puzzle.  Do you have any show that you can just watch over and over and still love so much?

The Lauren's and I have now deemed Sunday, Sushi Sunday. Yass (!), could life get any better?! We gathered at my house and then shopped for sushi making ingredients because we made our own sushi!! Really we made our own feast because we got so much food. We made spicy ramen, and we made sticky rice in my new rice cooker. Brenden got it for me for Christmas/Hanukkah and I am obsessed. It is super easy to use and it even plays twinkle, twinkle little star for me. Once all our ingredients were prepped, we got to rolling. We made so much sushi that I was almost, almost over it. But I'm sure I'll be researching "how to's" on DIY sushi rolls in no time. Do you have a favorite sushi roll? Do you have any tips on at-home sushi?

The Pursuit Of Happiness: Week In Review

We had a snow day. But it was a weekend snow day, which to me was a little bit of a waste but also kind of nice to have no pressure of making the most of the free day. I spent it watching Chuck and working on my Beauty and the Beast Puzzle now that I have my puzzle mat(!).