Tomorrow I will turn 30. Seems like a big thing, right?
And I suppose it is. But rather than being upset at this milestone of life, I took the chance to reflect back a bit, and I think I’ve come a long way!
In my thirty years so far, I’ve gotten an excellent education, a BA and an MA, I can read and speak multiple languages, and I’ve traveled to amazing places and all over these United States- though not quite to all 50 yet! I’ve been scuba diving and sky diving, I’ve road-tripped and cycled, I’ve played all kinds of sports, I do roller derby, and I’ve camped and climbed and hiked for days. I’ve taken the fleece from a sheep and created garments, I’ve cooked and baked, brewed, and even made cheeses; I’ve sung for hundreds of people at once, I’ve been on TV, I’ve been the opening model in a fashion show, I have danced and acted and reveled in the applause after a show or a tour. I have fallen in love and out of love, I’ve been married, divorced, engaged, heartsore and broken, hopeful and happy. I have been single and lived alone. I have lived with complete strangers and friends and crazy housemates. I have moved away from everyone I knew and started over. I have had some lovely pets, including my fur babies Haley (now gone from my side) and my dear Tessa:
I have amazing friends, a supportive and loving family, awesome coworkers at my great job, and a crazy bunch of internet peeps who listen to me (I’m looking at you LSG!). I have taken these two lovely ladies dress shopping more than I can even count!
I know that I want to keep traveling, keep experiencing everything I can. I want to keep learning, to keep singing, to keep loving life. I didn’t fill out a pre-30 checklist or anything like that; I just lived. And tomorrow will be a beautiful day!
My first cycling team ride went incredibly well! I got in just under 18 miles, with a top speed of 28 miles per hour. I learned how to draft today (huge for group rides!) and got lots of good tips. Also, the weather cooperated beautifully! I couldn’t have asked for better conditions. I met some new ladies, and the six of us rode around for a good hour, plus a bit more. 🙂 And the majority of the trip we took today was to places I hadn’t ever been, roads I’ve never been down before. Who could ask for a better first experience?
And now, I’m in the mood for baking. I’m thinking oatmeal cookies, since it has been a looong time since I have made those. Which gets me thinking about a lot of options: I have been reading up a lot lately on how to do better meal planning, saving money at the grocery store, freezing items, and in general, eating healthier. I am not a vegan or a vegetarian, though I do love some v friendly dishes (and I just got the Veganomicon – squee!) and would like to cook more of them. I am particularly interested in how to spend more time cooking at home with my partner – we both love to cook and he actually enjoys doing dishes, which is only one of the many many reasons why I am a damn lucky girl – and how to have enough ready-to-go meals and snacks prepared when we don’t have the time we need. Cooking larger batches and freezing them is an easy way to go about it, but how to ensure you have the variety that we are fortunate enough to enjoy? Plus, he is a snacking fiend, so I will need to figure out how to break up the meal-sized items and have some snack-sizes as well.
It certainly helps that I have a deep freeze, enjoy canning, and we both love to experiment with different foods.
I’m looking forward to it!
Tonight, we ride! 🙂
Team ten20 is a women’s riding team based in Boulder, CO.
I joined this year to encourage myself to ride better and more frequently, and it is a great opportunity
to share that desire with others!
And now that I’m planning to cycle across Sicily in May….
well, let’s just say I need to train!