I’ve never been one of those girls who writes those bucket lists like, “20 Things to Do Before I’m 20” or “30 Things to Do While I’m 30.” Maybe I’m just pessimistic (I prefer to be considered a realist) or maybe I’m just not that cheesy, but I thought I would do a list this year for my 35th birthday, so maybe I am a bit cheesy after all. But instead of making a list of 35 things I want to do while I’m 35, I’m being a realist and making a “3 to 5 Things I Hope to Accomplish While I’m 35 List!” So here’s 10 things I hope to accomplish this year, and I’ll be happy if I do 3 to 5 of them! I think that’s reasonable. It’s manageable. 1. Stop burning the roof of my mouth on hot pizza.
Let’s just start it off with a easy one, right? I want this to be the year I stop burning the roof of my mouth on pizza. I guess this one is a bit of a lesson on patience and a bit of a lesson on nutrition. First, I shouldn’t be eating the pizza, but if I’m going to eat it, I need to let it cool the F down so I’m not peeling a layer of skin off the roof of my mouth. I know I’ll do it again soon, probably next week, but I’m hoping that by next December, I can safely say I’ve kicked this habit!
2. Learn all the words to “Forgot About Dre” so I can sing it at karaoke.
I’ve got the Bare Naked Ladies’ One Week song down. That song is my jam. But, I need a second jam because it’s rare to have the Bare Naked Ladies on the song list at the karaoke joints. I mean, I’ve already got about 75% of “Forgot About Dre” down, there’s just a few lines that I mumble. Plus, it’s a duet and I like singing both parts of duets!
3. Pitch my milkshake cookbook.
I’ve made over 40 milkshakes. They need to be in a book, You shouldn’t have to wait hours in line or pay $14 for an Instagram worthy milkshake! You just need a quality blender, some ice cream and milk, skewer sticks, and a bit of imagination! And I need to get my shit together and pitch it! 4. Get into Club 33 at Disneyland.
Ok, I realize it’s a long shot, but we got season passes again this year, so I just have to put it out there into the universe! Hopefully before #8 on this list kicks in so I can really enjoy it! 5. Volunteer more. See more friends and family. Be better with my time.
I realized just how little I actually participate in my community and politics and the only good thing I have to say about Trump being elected president is that it has made me realize this and so I hope to do more for Planned Parenthood and for equal rights for women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, etc. More than just liking shit on Facebook and donating money. I’m not sure what it is yet, I’m not going to donate my time to stuff mailers. I fucking hate when I get donation-seeking mailers in the mail. Like, did my money did go to that? Did I just give them $100 so they could send it back to me over the course of the year in the form of request letters, nickels, address stickers, and calendars? Stop it! Yeah, I’m talking to you Pasadena Humane Society! Sending me that stamped envelope is NOT helping!
I also want to see more of my friends and family. I guess this one is all about time management, which leads me to ….
6. Practice more self-care.
Yeah, work less, sleep more, exercise more, drink more water, read more books, get my hair done when I need to get my hair done instead of walking around like Cousin It for weeks, etc. But I guess the true test will be if I ever get a lazy Sunday where I can eat bagels and drink orange juice, read the newspaper, watch movies and Netflix on the couch, maybe go antiquing or garage saleing, etc. I haven’t done that in a really long time, but I really want to. You should see the stack of magazines waiting for me to peruse them. My husband has threatened to throw them out.
7. Go and pick some fucking apples! Visit the butterfly and spider pavilions at the Natural History Museum! And finish out Route 66 trip by going to the Santa Monica Pier!
Every year we say we’re going to go pick some apples. And we’ve only done it once. Every year I say I want to go and see the Butterfly Pavilion and the Spider Pavilion at the NHM. We never go. And we’ve been saying that we need to “finish” the Route 66 trip by visiting the Santa Monica Pier, and we still haven’t. It’s been 3, going on 4 years. Well, I’m doing it all this year!
8. Have a baby!
Yup, that biological clock is ticking. Loudly. We’ve been trying to expand our family for over a year now. We have a huge house that we need to fill and well, we need to start filling it! The infertility struggle is real. I’m tired of peeing on sticks all the time, I was never good at remembering to take my temperature, and then there’s the performance anxiety! So we’ll be starting IVF treatment soon and I’m really looking forward to all of the hormones and the injections! Ugh. Honestly, I’m hoping for a Buy 1, Get 1 Free type deal with twins! I mean, really, when I played the game of Life as a kid, I always liked it when I got twins and got to put two little pink pegs in my little station wagon car. Again, just putting that out there into the universe! Twins! I only want to do this once.
9. Go on a road trip up California Hwy 395 and take my husband to Yosemite.
He’s never been to Yosemite. It’s like a crime. And he likes to argue with me that he feels like a California native. My arguing point is that in order to become a true Californian, one must visit Yosemite. But more than that, I really want to go on another road trip! I loved the Route 66 trip we went on and we do so well in the car together and I really just want to explore more of California with my husband.
I’m leaving this one blank for now. Maybe it’s write a book. Or try more foods. I think I know what it should be, but I don’t want to commit just yet. I don’t if I’m ready, if I’ll ever be ready, but at least I’m having an open mind and leaving a spot for it. We’ll see.
Ok, so I guess that really the only important ones are #1, #3, #6, and #8. What about you? I guess these could be looked at as resolutions, although I’m seeing them from my birthday standpoint where I’m starting out on another tour around the sun and I want some things to happen and I want some things to change, but they could easily be resolutions. So what are 3-5 things you hope to accomplish in 2017? Let me know one of them in a comment below!