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21 February 2007 @ 10:16 am
The Quarter-Century Crisis  
Thirty Things To Do Before I'm Thirty

I have exactly five years!

I'm sure these will get amended over time, but let's have-at (in no particular order):

1) Buy a house and make it ours.
2) Get a literary work- any literary work- published. Doesn't matter how or where. Self-publishing counts.
3) Get raises/manage career so that I'm making $40-$50K/year, or higher.
4) Become proficient with Farsi.
5) Get back into proficiency with German.
6) Have a baby. (Most likely just one. Two at the absolute most. As Fark so often reminds us: it's a vagina, not a clown car.)
7) Go to ten-year high school reunion in 2010. Laugh at those who peaked ten years ago.
8) Go to Vegas again, this time with Remy (ideally, before any kids get here).
9) Go to Europe again, this time with Remy (same).
10) Get a pistol permit, get proficient with a handgun, then get a concealed-carry permit.
11) Hammer out a regular exercise routine and stick with it.
12) Finish at least one collaborative story with Remy.
13) Earn a promotion.
14) Either earn a master's degree online at one of the schools I can attend for free through my mom, or take at least five free online college courses.
15) Maintain a healthy weight.
16) Learn a new musical instrument.
17) Visit at least one new city and state.
18) Learn to drive stick.
19) Learn to cook.
20) Remain in sound financial health.
21) Learn at least one new programming language, and actually code with it.
22) Learn "Moonlight Sonata" and "The Entertainer" on the piano, at the very least. Brushing up on "Maple Leaf Rag" would also be nice.
23) See a few classic movies I've missed out on, like "Ben-Hur."
24) Read a few classic books I've missed out on. Classic sci-fi counts.
25) Visit Iran, assuming it's safe to do so sometime soon. =(
26) Start that Doctor Who fan series with Remy.
27) Keep writing my Congress-critters, however futile that is.
28) Go to an opera.
29) Keep a good handle on stress, particularly so that I don't keep having seizures.
30) Attend a ball or masquerade, where I can waltz and live out my Audrey Hepburn wannabe-ness.
Ellieellie on February 21st, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
Cooking is very easy dear! My advice - find a cook book you like and start to practice. Or in my case, I just watched the food network. They actually show you how to do things. Boiling Water 101 helped a great deal!
Miusheri: steeler_dorkmiusheri on February 21st, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
I'm really more lazy about acquiring ingredients than anything else. I have cookbooks, and have hunted up recipes online. I'll go through them, find one that looks interesting, see that it requires stuff I don't have, go "meh," forget all about it. ^_^*

I'm surprisingly happy without TV. We have DVDs and torrents whenever we want to watch something. The only drawback is football, but I hear there's a Steelers bar in Guilderland, so that should no longer be a problem!
Ellieellie on February 21st, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
Being a shopping addict I have no problem going to the grocery store to pick up spices and other ingredients. In fact, I rather like to grocery shop. Mainly because I like to have good food to eat if I choose to.

If you want to cook/bake, you're more than welcome to come over and we can cook/bake until we decide its time to eat.
mqstout on February 22nd, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
If you get a cookbook, seek one from the 60s, 70s at newest. When they were actually guides on cooking and methods, rather than lists of recipes.

A good place to start with cooking is practicing to train your sense of smell, and eat weird things in combination just so you can see how they work/don't.
though she be but little, she is fierce: joiegolden_d on February 21st, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
Happy biiiirthdaaaaay =D
Miusherimiusheri on February 21st, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you, sweetie! *hugs* =D
lordjosh2004lordjosh2004 on February 21st, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
Miusheri: girmiusheri on February 21st, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks! *hugs*