Thursday, March 8, 2012

Turning 30

Last week my sister-in-law invited me to the salon for pedicures.  I had never had one before and I figured that I better jump on the opportunity now before summer training kicks in and I only have half the normal number of toenails.  It was AH-mazing.  How had I gone the 29 years and 5 months of my life having never had such an experience?!

It made me wonder what else I might be missing.

It is not unusual for a person, as the calendar pages flip dangerously close to the big 3-0, to take stock of their life.  To ponder the things they thought they would have accomplished by this point.  Now, as I am creeping ever closer to ending my third decade on this planet, I too am looking back at the things I have/haven't done.

I have ridden an elephant.  I have gone bungee jumping.  I have run every distance from the 5k - the marathon.  I have experienced the miracles of both childbirth and adoption.  I have rolled, bodily, down the biggest sled-riding hill in our town.  But there are a number of things that I haven't done. Things I've never experienced.  Not exciting bungee-jumping kind of things.  Normal things.  Everyday things.  Things I find myself wondering how I could have possibly missed them.  Here's my list so far:

1. I have never played monopoly all the way through.

2. I have never shot a gun (aside from a water-pistol).

3. I have never, despite having so many children, owned a regular high-chair or a changing table.

4. I have never built a fire or operated a barbeque grill. 

5. I have never been to the Football Hall of Fame (significant only because we live 15 minutes away from it).

6. I have never jumped off a high-dive.

(numbers 7-9 are all food related, and are not things that I intend to ever eat, but people are usually shocked when I tell them, so I thought I'd include them here.)

7. I have never had a root-beer float or a banana split.

8. I have never made eggs any way except scrambled.  I honestly don't even know proper egg terminology.  If you asked me what exactly "over easy" or "sunny side up" means, I truly couldn't tell you.

9. I have never eaten a Whopper or a BigMac.

10. I have never mowed a lawn... or successfully operated a lawnmower in any way.

All I can do is shake my head and laugh.  So am I alone here?  Are there "normal" things that you've never done? I'd love to hear from you (mostly so I won't feel like such a freak).  What things have you been missing out on?

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5 comments:

  1. 1. Monopoly is boring and shouldn't even be a game.
    2. You should shoot a gun, it's a very unique and somewhat empowering feeling.
    3. Not necessary, other options work fine.
    4. Again, not necessary, that's what boys are for.
    5. I was never there either!
    6. Why not?
    7. WHY THE HECK NOT?!!!
    8. Eggs prepared any other way would be gross, and I don't know what all of the other "ways" mean either. My dad didn't teach us about non-scrambled eggs ...
    9. Good for you! Your arteries thank you, as do your skinny thighs!
    10. See 4.

    I think your list of "have nots" is silly! You HAVE done some of the most amazing things possible, but you forgot to include "For the past 29 years and 5 months, I have been awesome." ... As for your pedi ... I didn't get my first one until last year, so not too far ahead of you, and I live in a place where toes show year round! The feeling of "new feet" like I call it is amazing!!

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  2. You should totally get on the egg thing there are few breakfast dishes better than a perfectly made eggs Benedict ummm hollendaises sauce. So bungee jumping but no high dive that is odd. and

    ps rootbeer floats are the bomb

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  3. Wow. I think the biggest surprise was the root beer float....very yummy! That should be the next you cross off your list. You could make it yourself tonight!

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  4. This is so funny! Come to our house, Jeff can teach you how to shoot a gun, and I can teach you all about eggs!

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  5. I'm wondering why I can't see the comments others have posted? ANYWAY-
    AWWW, now I want to go to Goodyear Park and roll down the hill!!! <3

    I have used a lawn mower one time, and it was an electric one. with a cord. WTH?! I was literally frightened of it, but my dad made me do it.

    I have built a fire, but never operated a grill. I think you really ought to try a rootbeer float sometime ;)

    I have never had a pedicure before. I have seriously funky-shaped toenails, I'm kinda skeptical that any amount of professional TLC could get them to look right, lol!!

    Have you ever been to Cedar Point? That's a must-do!

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