my 30/30 list

May 13th, 2010

Sooo, this year I turn the big 3-0. While some people really dread this birthday, I’m pretty excited about it. I feel like I’ve had a good run in my twenties, I’ve done a lot (graduated college, met and married my best friend, moved to nyc, started this blog…), met amazing people and generally had fun. Oh but wait, there are a few things I want to do before the big day arrives, so I decided to make a list of 30 things to do before I turn 30 (inspired by Nicole’s list). Some things are little, some things are big, but they’re all fun. Also, I’m not saying in any way, shape or form that these things can’t be done after 30, in fact I’m hoping some of them will continue well into my thirties (hello dance class and delicious margarita making).

I have 28 weeks to complete my list and I hope you’ll come along on the ride. I’ll be posting updates as I complete them and when November 26th rolls around, we’ll have a celebration. Oh, what would you put on your list?

drum rolls please:

1. Take a knife skills class
2. Go to a dance club  5/14/10 ladies night
3. Interview my 92 year old grandmother
4. Make mayonaise 8/08/10 seriously easy!
5. Watch a burlesque show
6. Have a dinner party
7. Take a dance class
8. Finish the kitchen 10/16/10 cabinet is built!
9. Perfect my margarita skills 7/05/10 it’s all about the Cointreau!
10. Spend a day above 59th street
11. Get an asymmetrical haircut 9/12/10 woohoo!
12. Have a picnic in Central Park 8/14/10 super dreamy!
13. Visit the doughnut plant 6/13/10 coconut creme & vanilla blackberry… yum!
14. Eat sashimi 8/18/10 …i like it!
15. See a ballet/dance performance
16. Enjoy a tasty cocktail or two at PDT Have drinks at Tipsy Parson. 10/09/10 Food & drinks were delicious!
17. Enjoy a tasty cocktail at Angels Share 6/26/10 amaaazing!
18. Try wall climbing
19. Sleep in past 11am
20. Visit Kitchen Arts & Letters
21. Spend a day in Greenpoint 7/31/10 Um… it’s awesome.
22. Try 5 new vegetables 1 fava beans, 2 butter beans, 3 cranberry beans
23. Empty the long-neglected storage unit in MI 7/16/10 so glad it’s done!
24. Go to Shipshewana 7/14/10 whoa! that place changed… junk city!
25. Take time to relax  5/22/10 Block Island
26. Cook duck 10/31/10 It was so easy & delicious! used this recipe
27. Make friends with the farmers at my new market
28. Drive in Manhattan
29. Ride my bike  5/30/10 biked ride to red hook, 8/14/10 biked to central park & back
30. Go to Paris

Comments: 27 Total

  1. Lois

    May 13, 2010 at 6:37 am

    That’s a great list, I’m glad to hear you’re not freaked out about 30! There’s a lot of things I’d like to do myself on there.

    I’ll think about my list, but I’m not yet 21 so I’d like to think I’ve got heaps of time to do lots of amazing things before I’m 30!

  2. Ahuefa

    May 13, 2010 at 6:54 am

    wow, what a great list and great idea of 30/30!
    well, I turned 31 this year and last year was definitly the start of my new life.
    I love your list, especially the visit to Paris :)

    I might start a list 100in1001: a hundred things in 1001 days. just to celebrate the next years in my 30ies.

    Greetings from Zurich, Switzerland.

  3. Manoela - from Brazil.

    May 13, 2010 at 7:30 am

    I loved the idea of making a 30/30 list! I’m about to turn 29 in june, so I guess I’ll be thinking about making a 30/30 list for next year! Great idea!

  4. Katy

    May 13, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I turned 29 just two days ago…maybe I should make a list of things to do before I turn 30, too! That’s a good idea. I love your list, too. Nothing completely unattainable, but all things that seem satisfying and meaningful…or, at least, a lot of fun!

  5. Edith-Nicole

    May 13, 2010 at 9:38 am

    What a great list. I think you should take the dance class first so you can show off all your rockin moves at the dance club and be an expert critic at the dance performance you attend. Congratulations on all your 29 years’ worth of accomplishments. (Especially Remedy Quarterly, which I love.)

  6. Lindsey

    May 13, 2010 at 10:04 am

    I’ve been reading for a while, but this may be my first comment, because I just discovered we’re almost exactly the same age! I’ll turn 30 on Dec. 1. I may have to come up with my own list. I’m starting with #7 – taking a belly dancing class this June with an old friend!

  7. Amy

    May 13, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Hmmm, this is a terrifically fantastic idea. I turn 30 (which is still really strange to type) on June 8, less than a month away. I might make a list to do between 30 and 31 though, since it seems a little stressful to try to cram it in now. But I love the idea—and about celebrating the age that we are and taking the time to try to do things that intrigue us.

  8. thedabble

    May 13, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Love the list-I see some similar goals before my 30th in a little over 2 years. When I got to the Shipshewana part, I stopped in my tracks b/c I’m originally from Indiana and it’s a yearly family tradition to go there. I miss that summer day now that I’m near Minneapolis. Good luck!

  9. DailyChef

    May 13, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Happy (pending) birthday! 30 isn’t so bad – I used to think it was, but then I got older :-P I’ll have to think about my list and get back to you!

  10. Carmen

    May 13, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Nice list Kelly! I live in Manhattan, but I went to BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) and it was awesome! Maybe you’ve done it so often it doesn’t need to be on your list, but I recommend it :) Keep us updated how that list works for you! Great picks :)

  11. Kelly

    May 13, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Thank you all for your awesome comments!
    I’ve been thinking about taking a belly dancing class… it just sounds like fun!
    the dabble-
    Both my husband and I had a tradition of going to Shipshewana with our moms each year. I haven’t been in so long, I can’t wait to go again, if only for the root beer float.
    we live right by BAM and have seen many movies, but have never seen a performance. I’m definitely thinking about seeing something there. thanks for the tip!

  12. Dana

    May 14, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Love it! Some ambitious things on there and some very sweet things. I can’t wait to hear what you accomplish! 30 – so young. :)

  13. Carmen

    May 14, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Yes, I went there for an opera and it was the best one I’ve ever seen (including the one that bears my name). It had dance & singing & acting in it. Plus, it’s always great to be one of the youngest people at a cultural event, no? ;)

  14. Jenn P

    May 14, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Great list! I started making my own mayo this year and I will never buy it in the store again. It is SO much better if you make it yourself and incredibly easy. Before making it, I looked online for tips and ideas and a lot of sources made it sound very tricky, but it’s not at all. Feel free to email me if you’d like the recipe :)

  15. Shaheen

    May 14, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I love your list! I made a list on the same lines for things I want to do in 2010. 5 months into the year already, I better go review it! I can’t wait to read updates about this list. Going to Paris is on my list as well. We might just run into each other :D

  16. Sheena S.

    May 18, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    A fantastic list.

  17. ryan

    May 18, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    i think you should do something illicit by 30. you’re too clean.

  18. Lisa (dinner party)

    May 20, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I love your list! (Maybe because we share a birthday??)

  19. Zita

    July 22, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I like your list. I have also a list about where I want to go in my life. Reading yours I found Kitchen Arts & Letters. Now I want to go there too. It’s not so easy for me because I live in Budapest, Hungary. But one day I will get there. I have other New York places on my list where I’d love to go so one more doesn’t make a difference. :)

    Have fun completing your 30/30 list! :)

  20. Heather

    July 30, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Just came across your blog and I love it. Great idea and great list. I turn 32 in a couple of months. Turning 30 was really scary and uncomfortable for me. I think I’m finally settling into my 30′s and since turning 30 I’ve been mentally documenting all of my firsts…from first trip overseas (Italy) to tasting a fresh fig. I found both of those to be awesome. Here’s to more awesomeness in our 30′s and beyond.

  21. Cassandra Marie

    August 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    What a great list! I’m excited for you to complete number 30! :D

  22. Whitney

    September 28, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Love the list. I hope you had the Earl Grey Vodka at Angel’s Share. They simply mix it with grapefruit juice. It’s amazing, and easy to make at home! Earl Grey only needs about a day (or even less) to steep in vodka. Delicious. Also, I recommend interviewing your grandmother at StoryCorps. NYC is lucky to have a permanent booth!

  23. Marie

    October 5, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    What a wonderful idea! I’ll have to make a list for myself, with 30 a little under 2 years away :)
    I’m sure there are a ton of great burlesque shows, however I highly recommend the Peekaboo Revue out of Philly. Definitely a fun time!

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