Monday, January 14, 2013

36 Things: 1-9 ACES!

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This is me. 2013. This year I will turn 36 years old. 36 is the last year of the "mid-thirties" and it's only four years away from 40. I am excited to turn 40. It's sexy, 40. All mid-life and mysterious with emotion. Don't tell me it's not, let me dream of 40.

So what to write about in 2013 the year I turn 36? That's been on my mind these past few weeks. 2012 was so intense, so completely intense I couldn't even write it all down. I only wrote about 1/8 of what I experienced in 2012. That makes me sort of sad. I've even set time aside so I can write more about 2012, but I feel like it's slipping away already from my mind. Anyway, I hope to write more of 2013. Hooray!

Am I rambling?

Here's what I've decided to do this year: this week I am going to write down 36 things I hope to do/will do/scheduled to do in 2013 and those 36 things will become part of my written history this year. It's part wish list, part to do list, and I will use my blog to report back. Wouldn't be great if I was able to do all 36 things?

36 Things. That's what I am calling this writing challenge.


Here's 1-9:

1. Go with my mom to NYC and eat at Four Seasons. My parents have lived in St. Louis for the past three years as church missionaries, they will get home early summer. I've always wanted to eat at the Four Seasons for one of those few fancy opportunities life affords us and my mom is one person I would want to share that experience with. She's so fancy!

2. Meet the Darger Family. Though I have lived in Utah most of my life, I have only ever met ONE member of a polygamist/plural marriage family. He was my boyfriend's roommate in college. He had lots of lady admirers, as I recall, which I thought was curious. The Darger family is this wonderful polygamist family here in Utah, they aren't afraid to show who they are and why they believe what they believe. And if you know me, you know how much plural marriage interests me, and how I think of the arrangement between dedicated spouses as infinitely intriguing. So this is really exciting for me.

3. Take my children to Goblin Valley to march with the goblins and listen to the whispers of the desert. If I do this parenting job with my heart, my children will know how much I love the Utah desert. This trip is dedicated to my great friend Jason Zimmerman, who introduced me to the goblins years ago when I needed a distraction and who I will forever remember as the brave King of the White Mountains!

4. Pay off a credit card. Wah wah. I will not divulge how many I have for fear of Suze Orman-style hurt, but I am picking one of those plastic liars and I am decimating it with my hard-earned blogging cash.

5. Do a full day of temple work from 9 in the morning to 5 in the evening. I may have to stop for a temple cafeteria lunch break--Salisbury steak!--but otherwise, I want to work for more than just my usual 2 hours. This has been a dream of mine for a long time, now that I don't have nursing babies or a pregnancy-induced sickness, I feel aces! Let's do this work!

6. Drive Utah Highway 12 with Chup. Cry because it's the most beautiful place I have ever been in my life and it's been in my backyard and I never knew it until last year in June. Chup was working on a film and couldn't come with us to discover the changing terrain and splendor and glory. It's the best of all Utah environments rolled up in one scenic drive. Plus, we traded in our hunky SUV for a legit minivan and it's going to get awesome with gas mileage and moveable space!

7. Take my children camping BY MYSELF to the Rock Canyon campgrounds. Because my children see me and Chup do everything together, I think it's also helpful for them to see me being capable on my own. But really, this is about me, showing myself I am capable on my own.

8. Meet Levi S. Peterson. I don't know how, but if anyone out there can arrange this, will you email me? Anyone out there?

9. Persuade the Neon Trees to do a Rooftop Concert in the cradle of where their story started.
By the way, it started with a whisper...



10-18 tomorrow troops. Stay tuned!


What are you doing in 2013? I'd love to hear it! Also, any suggestions, recommendations, feedback about my list is welcome. Unless you are here to tell me I shouldn't dream of Four Seasons and paying off a credit card in the same year. Not every wish is logical, you know.


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p.s. This weekend Chup and I were the honored to be dinner guests at a Youth Village home for girls (8-12yrs) who have been severely abused and taken out of their homes by DCFS. We cannot stop talking and thinking about this experience. I hope to write about it next week in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Above is also me. 2013. Through the eyes of one of the 8-year old girls. I have to say, I love my hair.




36 comments:

Erin said...

Utah Highway 12 is amazing, isn't it? I was equally parts terrified (always seems like you're about to drive over the edge) and mesmerized at the sheer beauty of it.

Natasha said...

We plan to buy our first house!!!

Also I am reading through the entire Bible this year, stopping my post-supper snacking (except on special occasions) and exercising three times a week.

Rachael said...

I'm 40 this Saturday. To celebrate this year I am publishing a novel. I've joined a gym. I'm signing up to become a roller derby girl...and that's just for starters! I think 36 was when it all started making sense to me. Here's to older and wiser (and more beautiful). xxx

Funky Kim said...

Eating at the Four Seasons sounds divine! I tagged along on a business trip with my husband last year and had tea at the Plaza Hotel. Bucket list thing. I did it all by myself and had a marvelous time!

Rhiannon said...

The day I turned 30 my life started, I can only imagine bigger, better and greater things for 40. I've never had that crushing "oh no, one year older" feeling. I hope you are able to accomplish all you lay out for yourself.

Camille Farias said...

My to-do list for 2013 was to survive IVF and beat infertility after a VERY long 9 year battle. Today I took a home pregnancy test. It was positive. I guess I'll have to come up with a new list.
Incidentally this also checks off the last item of my to-do list for 2012, which was to conceive a child before the end of my 30th year. I will be 31 next Tuesday.

Rob Allen said...

love and miss Jason. Glad you mentioned him.

Angela said...

A few years ago we had a polygamist Darger family living a couple doors down. They were very "normal." Now a relative is living there and they are not polygamist but equally nice.

Babs said...

I am reading a great book called Highway 12 published by Utah State University Press. I am building a cabin near Bryce, so it is one of my favorite places. I, too, would like to meet Levi Petson. Backslider is the best Mormon novel yet written, in MHO.

Uncommon Blonde said...

First - kudos to you on the credit card. We are doing that too (after we paid everything off Dave Ramsey style 2 years ago, we went backsliding a little). Thanks for even putting that out there, so often we think bloggers have these perfect lives and it's nice to see that you are human too. You are awesome

Mary said...

good luck with your goals! i always love reading your blog about where you're headed, where you've been, and how you feel about it. thank you for sharing your talent with us.

KJ said...

I love this!

I have been doing "25 by 25", "26 by 26", etc lists for the past several years... I'm now on 29 by 29, which I have until August to complete. Some of the stuff is relatively easy ("watch a sunset", "dance in the rain") and some requires more preparation ("run a half marathon"). I try to do all of the goals, but I'm also gentle with myself if for some reason I can't do one. I love it! I think it's a way to stay focused on what you want big picture, versus getting lost in the day-to-day busy-ness of life.

Erin said...

@ Camille Farias- Congratulations!!!! I am so happy for you! If things don't happen for us, we'll be going the IVF route too.

My goal is a sibling for my 4yr old son, hopefully a trip to visit my grandparents in TX, and moving to a new space with my family.
And taking my son to the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Indianola.

Unknown said...

I also turn 36 this year. You've inspired me, as I have yet to make any new years resolutions. THis will be mine! Thanks

Alison said...

I LOVE HIGHWAY 12! Seriously, the small towns, the rugged wilderness, the winding roads, the beauty of it all. My favorite place to go camping is Calf Creek (it's first come, first serve), and in nearby Escalante they have this sweet airstream trailer campground and a "drive in" movie theater with old cars that you can sit in and watch old classics. The Trib wrote a story about it if I can remember...

Angela said...

I'm 26.

I'm going back to martial arts and focusing on publishing my novels.
And trying to have another baby. But that part is in God's hands.

Erin Loughlin said...

I am turning 40 this year. I can hardly believe it, but am trying to be cool with it. Coincidentally, I came up with a list of 40 thigns i want to do this year- how funny! Here it is: http://juniperandsage.typepad.com/smallthings/2013/01/zee-list.html
good luck to us all!

Martha said...

love this idea! also love goblin valley. lots of good childhood memories there. best of luck to you! especially with that camping thing.

L said...

I just want to say I like your list and really like number 7. Its good to show our sons and daughters that their mommas are fully independant strong individuals! You go girl! I look forward to reading all about it.

Ronny said...

Can you really camp at Rock Canyon Park? I didn't think so, but I learned something new today. And kudos for #5. So jealous. I wonder, will #5 or #4 do more for your sense of well being? Please update when you know.

Amelia said...

I would love to go camping with my girls. That has sparked a great idea in me. I am going to spend my 34 year being happy. Isn't that great?!

mommy said...

#5 could be eye opening....

Vanessa said...

I like this list of yours.

I am going to spend my 29th and also 30th year just learning to balance taking care of the kids. Cause that is all I can handle right about now! In my 30s I'll have to step it up a notch.

Holly Decker said...

i did something similar for my last year in my 20's... i turn thirty this year. its been a struggle, but i can honestly say that it makes me strive more than i would have had i not made the list. don't let anyone discourage you. you can do it. rock it. yay you.

Marni C. said...

If you come on up here to Seattle I can set up a lunch/brunch/dinner w/Levi.

Marni Campbell (I'm Pat Campbell's sister-in-law, and my bro lives in your neighborhood--he teaches @BYU)

Kalli said...

2013, I have plans for you. But right now my plan is to survive until I see those tulips I planted months ago in my new and naked flower bed pop up.

You-if you manage the Neon Trees I will lay at your feet and wash them with my hair. Yes, true supplication. Also, I will be requesting backstage access.

Please consider this your advance notice. I can trade you beard related paraphernalia ('tis all I have).

Seth and Natalie said...

I really really hope you get to do/accomplish each and every single thing on your list. What an amazing and wonderful year 013 will be for you and your family! Good luck with that camping trip, I won't go camping without my better half because it's just not as fun. Plus I'd have to acquire all sorts of skills that I really don't want.

Amanda said...

inspiring list.

I find it interesting no one has commented yet on the polygamist family. I'm sure you've noticed this about blogging: it's only a snapshot of what the author wants you to see. Try the book Shattered Dreams : My Life as a Polygamist's Wife by Irene Spencer

Jan said...

I LOVE that #1 on your list includes your Fancy Mom!

Jeannie Shmina Greenwald said...

my mom and i and my sister were planning our own trip to NYC - boutique hotel, good food, each indulging in our own personal dreams too... but she died just a few weeks before we were to go. so don't postpone it. don't postpone anything in life.

Naveed Iqbal said...

I really enjoyed to read this post.
Thank you !

Hetrick family said...

Congratulations! My sis in law is on this road. I love to read the happy endings!!

Whimcees said...

Hello!

#2 on your list is to meet the Darger family? That one I didn't see coming! I look forward to seeing that blog post! I have watched them on TV and read their book - somehow I never thought you would find this interesting! Wishing you a happy day!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Melissa Barney said...

I work for Utah Youth Village and it is truly one of the best organizations I have ever had the privilege to be a part of. How awesome that you got to spend time with some of those amazing kids. Lucky you!

AzĂșcar said...

I have relatives that live on Highway 12.

Creole Wisdom said...

I'm reading the Darger's book right now and it's interesting.

I have a lot of respect for "non traditional" families. I just want people to be able to do what they believe is right, as long as no one underage is involved. Anyway, that's my view in a nutshell. It interests me, too. Can I come with you?