Sunday, November 8, 2009

357: three-oh

For my thirtieth birthday, we filled a string of tables with a dozen of my good friends and family. It was exactly how I wanted to spend the evening.

I had chocolate cake. Kelly took a photo of me blowing out the candles. Angie requested I post the picture. Sigh.

We went to the Happy Gnome after, which has the largest tap selection I've ever seen. Tasting Crispin was tempting, but I opted out, realizing just how my stomach would reject any more than a taste of alcohol.

At the Happy Gnome, Colleen C asked me what my top five goals for my thirties were. On the spot, here they are:

1. To get a book published. (I asked: "Is this allowed? Is that a goal I can have?" and everyone nodded and smiled at the silly girl.)
2. To have "chitlins," as I put it. Kids, you know. Family expansion.
3. To go to Ireland. (It was where we almost-honeymooned. Alaska was a good replacement.)
4. To knit a sweater. (This one elicited some giggles, but I see a great cabled sweater as the holy grail of knitting. I also bought the super-expensive imported yarn for this sweater a half dozen years ago and, of course, need some warm-up sweaters, but am definitely looking forward to gifting it to a certain non-boyfriend-cursed man of mine.)
5. When we are ready for a bigger house, because, you know, those chitlins will need space too, I hope for acreage (originally called "a big yard," I was reminded by my apartment-dwelling friends that my yard is big--I suppose it's all relative)--lots of space for the dogs and kids to run around, lots of trees, neighbors at a distance, and slopey roofs on the second floor. Maybe some chickens. For the eggs.


margosita said...

At first I read "top five goals for my thirties" without the plural of "thirty" and then I started reading your list and thought, whoa! You are going to have a BUSY year! Then I realized my mistake. :) I mean, you'll probably still have a busy year, but those things do sound better a little spaced out. :)

Molly said...

Ha! I can't even imagine trying to do all of this in one year. :) All of it seems accomplish-able, but still big enough that they will all take work and each will be a triumph in its own way.

sonrie said...

Happy Belated birthday! Looks like it was a good one. :)

Angie said...

Seen this yet? You have good timing.