Sunday, December 25, 2011

Update #3

I thought I'd wait to update since I hadn't done very many things after a month, but suddenly it's been almost 3 months since I updated.  So here's the latest on my journey:

#171 go hunting
I bought myself a small game hunting license and went squirrel hunting with Travis a couple of times.  We didn't see much of anything either time, but it was fun hanging out with him.  I discovered that hunting isn't all that exciting when you don't even get a shot off, so I shot a tree the second time out.  : )

#233 secretly give away $36
I was going to make a care package for Holly's semester at school, but instead created a treasure hunt for her in her room.  I got her housemates in on the plan so that they hid a key for me to get in their house and hide 36 $1 bills all over Holly's room.  I didn't make it super hard for her to find them and I gave her hints on where they were, but it was so entertaining to see her tearing apart her room for half an hour trying to find all of them.

#293 pay for the person behind me at a drive-thru
This was one of my favorite things that I've done so far.  It was a rainy, crummy night and it brought a smile to the cashier's face that someone would pay for the stranger behind them.  So if this is your car in my rear view mirror, I hope you enjoyed your free McDonalds!

#245 buy a GPS...or an atlas...or a globe
This was definitely a smart purchase on my part since I don't do well with detours or picking the fastest route.  I found a great deal on a really nice 5" Tom Tom GPS on Cyber Monday.  I've done all I can now to prevent getting lost.

#198 see Straight No Chaser in concert
Early birthday present from my roomie!!  These guys seem to have so much fun in their shows and are really entertaining.  Two of them, Ryan Ahlwardt & Mike Luginbill, were high school friends of mine so I enjoyed getting to talk to them afterwards too.  Check the group out HERE.

#59 read A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers
#60 read An Echo in the Darkness by Francine Rivers
#61 read As Sure as the Dawn by Francine Rivers
I would recommend reading this Francine Rivers trilogy.  They're quick reads and have a lot of action in them.  They take place during the time of the apostles and follow the lives of a Jewish slave, a rich Roman, and a barbarian gladiator.  She helps to bring characters to life and makes you aware of what life was like at that time in Rome and the surrounding areas, particularly for the new followers of Christ.

#141 go to 5 Colts games
Thanks to my mom, I got to go to 2 games in the last month.  My parents have had season tickets since the Colts came to town and it was very nice of her to let me have her seat to go with my dad.  The Panthers game was one they should have won, but at least I got to be there to see Marvin Harrison get inducted into the team Ring of Honor (not a great picture, but that's him up on one of the screens in the stadium as he was down on the field).  But game two against the Titans was one of the best games that I've been to as they finally got their first win!!  My parents' seats are in the end zone and Donald Brown's 80 yard touchdown run was right up the sideline toward us.  I love my Colts!!!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Update #2

 I've made several changes to the list, so check them out and see if there's anything new that you want to participate in.  Here's what I've done the last couple of months:

#177 swim in the ocean
Okay, this one actually should have been on my last update since we were at the beach on vacation.

#70 read The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas
This was another historical fiction book by the same author as The Big Fisherman.  I liked this a little better because of its unique perspective.  The main character is a Roman soldier who helps to crucify Jesus and then wins his robe when they cast lots.  It shows his journey as he goes from guilt over his role in the crucifixion, to trying to discover what made Jesus so different, to his conversion, to his influence in others' lives as he realizes the complete transformation that has taken place in his life.  In his words, "I can't go on as if it hadn't happened...But I know I have a duty to perform.  It is not clear-what I am to do.  But I couldn't go back to living as I did-not even if I tried.  I couldn't!"  That's the type of conviction & passion that I want to have so that it influences every part of my daily life.  

#128 take a roadtrip with Holly
Don't worry, no life-changing lists were created on this roadtrip!  But it was another fun trip up to Wisconsin.  While we were in Madison we had dinner at The Dane, went to the farmer's market for spicy cheese bread & fried cheese, visited the magic shop where Holly worked this summer, and had fun hanging out with Holly's ultimate frisbee posse- Dan Bock, Asian Holly, & Secret Colin.  Then we headed to Milwaukee to hang out with the Hansen sisters (no relation to the Hanson brothers).  Sunday we...

#160 tailgate at a Brewers game
went tailgating at the Cubs/Brewers game with Miranda and her family.  Holly & Miranda have been friends for years and this was my 5th trip to Wisconsin, so it was great to finally meet Miranda's parents.  And it was my first Cubs game!!!!  Even though they lost to the nasty Brewers (Lily's words), they made it exciting at the end.  Miller Park is a great place to watch a game and it was a lot of fun to finally see the Cubs play in person.

#264 give away 20 pieces of clothing
Yeah nothing extremely exciting about this.  I've been piling clothes up in my closet for quite a while for this one.  I saved them up for my mom's friend so she can add them to the next garage sale for Samaritan's Purse.  If you ever have clothes or anything else you want to donate, Jan Willman will be happy to store them for you.  : )

#239 take public transportation
I went up to Chicago on a little day trip with my friend Ashleigh and got to have lunch with her brother Chris, his girlfriend, and my college roomie Shannon!!  Took a little ride on the red line of the L so we could...

#161 see the Cubs at Wrigley
root, root, root for the Cubbies!!!  Okay, so I was cheesing for this picture, but I was totally this excited the entire time I was there.  As I walked up the ramp into the ballpark, I think I heard angels singing.  We had seats with a really good view of the field.  Being there and seeing the ivy, watching the players up close, singing the 7th inning was everything I thought it would be.  We saw Tom Ricketts (owner/chairman) and best of all, they won & I got to sing "Go, Cubs, go!"  This was definitely my favorite thing I've done so far!

#270 do something that makes me uncomfortable
This is by far the hardest thing I've had to do.  I was interviewed at all three services in church as part of a Modern Family series they did.  (a Biblical look at families, but realizing that in today's church, families don't just look like the Cleavers anymore- there are single parents, blended families, adoptive families, etc.)  I talked about what it's like to be a single woman in a church with lots of couples and families.  A big part of how I have made connections and BridgeWay has become like a family in the last 10 years is working in the youth ministry.  So a lot of what I talked about was my high schools kids, which made it a little easier since I'm so passionate about them.  I was super nervous before every service, but I'm glad that I forced myself to be stretched and to do something outside of my comfort zone.  However, public speaking is not going to be on the docket again for a very long time.

As a little teaser for the next update, I may be posting about guns & butchering.  : )

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Update #1...finally!!

Have I mentioned I'm not very good at blogging?  The goal was to post updates every month, but apparently it's more like 3 months this time.  In order of completion (I think), here are the things I've done so far:

#223 plan a 30th birthday bash
My party went past midnight, so it officially counted as happening in my 30s.  I had a great time celebrating with church & college friends.  Thanks to everyone who came or showed up at the house later to say hi!!

#69 read The Big Fisherman by Lloyd C. Douglas
Great piece of historical fiction that really helps bring to life the character of Peter and the role he played as one Jesus' disciples.

#112 read The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin
This is a book my older brother Kyle recommended.  It was a little hard to read at first with the choppy way it's written, but Steve Martin definitely injects his humor into it.  I really appreciated the main character's OCD traits & quirks, as well as getting to see his journey throughout the book. 

#299 sit in a different section in church 4 consecutive weeks
Ok, this was a kind of random add-on to my list because I'm a creature of habit and always sit in the same place.  I survived a little change in my life.

#211 paint something
My sister Holly & I did this one together as we went and helped our cousins Eric & Cathy paint at their new house.  Lesson learned: apparently I can only do trim with a real brush...using anything else I'm terrible.  At least the kids, Chris & Sam, can enjoy their lovely blue bathroom.  : )

#181 go bowling
Had a lot of fun hanging out with the high schoolers at Pinheads.  Years since I've bowled, and it definitely showed!
#222 host a slumber party
This has become an annual tradition with the girls in my high school youth group.  Hospitality isn't really my thing, but I love being a part of their lives and getting to spend time with them.

#232 support a new missionary
My friend Brian Veen & his fiance Emily were some of the first people to hear about this list and contribute ideas to it.  I'm so excited that she is my new person to support as she joins him in the Dominican Republic after they're married...which is less than a month away!!

As a last-minute addition to the blog, I'm now also going to be supporting another friend as he leaves in a few weeks to work on The JESUS Film Project with Campus Crusade.  I really enjoyed talking to him last night and hearing his heart for this ministry.

#191 eat real sushi
My brother Travis & I had one last dinner date together while he was still a single man.  I Love Sushi in Fishers was delicious!!

#204 dance in public
Thank goodness this one is now checked off the list!  I promised Travis that I would dance at his wedding and my nephew Daniel was the cutest partner there.

 #234 buy flowers for someone
My friends Mitch & Kasie (closest couple in the 30th birthday picture) had an adorable baby boy, Holden, on the same day as Travis & Kelli's wedding.  I took some flowers to her the next day and I still think she looked better than anyone else I've ever seen that soon after giving birth.

#129 take a real vacation
My roommate Sarah, friends Christy & Ashleigh, and I all went to Charleston, SC for a week.  We did some historical things, went to the beach & pool, ate tons of great food, and just relaxed a lot.  Funniest moments of the trip were an old man asking me if I was the mom and a guy trying to hit on us by asking if the four of us were Colts cheerleaders.

#1 read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I read three books while I was on vacation- all classics since they were free downloads on my Kindle.  Both Jane Austen books were easy, short reads for the car ride.

#4 read Persuasion by Jane Austen
If you've seen any of the movies made of these books, they are very similar.  A lot of the dialogue is actually word for word.

#21 read Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
I thought this was a very appropriate book to read after we visited Boone Hall Plantation near our condo- there are original brick slaves' quarters there to this day.  I have to say that I really enjoyed this book and would say this is one classic that is actually worth reading.

#190 eat Greek food
This was a tiny little restaurant we went to one night in Charleston.  I seriously could have just sat there eating their pitas all night long.

#196 go to a live musical/play
Our neighbor Lindsay did a great job as Millie in the Pendleton Players Theatre production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (or Seven Brothers for Seven Brothers as the banner said in downtown Pendleton).  They did a fun dance number in the middle of it that included flips and pommel horse moves.

#142 go to 10 Indians games

2 down, 8 to go.  I actually went to both of them in the same week.  First, we took the high school kids down for a game.  Depsite their best efforts, they weren't able to hook me up with one of the outfielders.  : )  The second game we went to celebrate Ashleigh's upcoming 25th birthday.   I had forgotten how much I really enjoy going and relaxing at an Indians game.

#280 donate blood
This was a spur of the moment decision this week.  I haven't been able to give very often lately with leaving the country for missions trips.  Tuesday ended up being my lucky day since they were having a giveaway.  For my time (and bruised arm) I got a t-shirt, ticket to the Styx concert, and a coupon for a chargrilled turkey burger at Hardees...I'll let you know if it's gross or not.  I have decided that I'm going to try and donate regularly though.

#166 use golf clubs or sell them
My niece Lily agreed to be my lovely model in this picture.  My sister Holly and I were given matching golf clubs in junior high, but I've never used them outside of the backyard.  So I donated them to a friend who was having a garage sale for Samaritan's Purse to help keep girls out of sex trafficking.

Whew.  So apparently that's why I shouldn't wait so long between updates.  Because it takes forever then!  Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed that little glimpse into what my life has looked like over the last few months.

As a final thought, you should know that I decided this list will remain fluid.  So feel free to continue to contribute any ideas that you think should be on the list.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

and so it begins...

I do not write.  I do not blog.  But sometimes events (see: roadtrips to Wisconsin with my sister) can change a person.  This blog is a result of a harmless remark I made to Holly about wanting to set some goals for myself this year.  Since she has a list of 30 things to do by the time she turns 30, she decided I needed a list too.  However, since we had 6 hours in the car together...

my list became 300 things to do in my 30s.

Due to the fact that we were in the car for so long, Holly's creativity/goofiness had plenty of time to come out.  My list became a random mix of things I've wanted to do, books to read, places to visit, ways to stretch myself, and just a bunch of miscellaneous, fun, and silly ideas.

So this is basically meant to be something that gives me a little direction, and will maybe entertain you along the way.  Feel free to chime in with any suggestions you may have, as this can always be tweaked some since it covers the span of 10 years.  : ) 

I'm giving Holly final say on whether or not an activity actually fulfills one of the 300.  She has also allowed that anytime I can complete 15 things off the list in one day, I can cross off something that I can't/don't want to do.  I hope you enjoy the journey with me!