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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  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!!

  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

  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!

  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!

  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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