Tuesday, April 8, 2014

30 Before 30 List

The master list of the 30 things I want to accomplish before I turn 30. The clock is ticking! My 30th birthday is February 8, 2015. 
  1. Make my own bread COMPLETE 
  2. Stay somewhere French-speaking for at least a month  
  3. Go to a Regency-era Ball 
  4. Get an article published in a paper magazine
  5. Go to a campout music festival COMPLETE
  6. Get my Starry Night (Van Gogh) tattoo 
  7. Make and can my own jam 
  8. Get to a happy weight 
  9. Go back to playing piano 
  10. Get my place decorated and organized, and be roommate-free once more
  11. Visit at least one country I've never been to  COMPLETE
  12. Make clothes for myself 
  13. Visit New Orleans again (maybe for Mardi Gras this time)
  14. Host a Steeped Tea party COMPLETE
  15. Eat local for a month (successfully)
  16. Celebrate  my 30th birthday with something special 
  17. Go on a zombie walk
  18. Learn to scuba dive
  19. Make my own cheese 
  20. Volunteer in Africa COMPLETE
  21. Get a novel published 
  22. Make bags for myself 
  23. Start work at a job I want 
  24. Make my own wine and/or beer
  25. Learn to play the ukulele properly
  26. Get a Master's degree - MSW convocation in June! 
  27. Get a cat
  28. Make an "epic" craft for me (e.g. chain maille, really detailed embroidery, a knit sweater, a quilt, an underwire bra)
  29. Shoot a gun COMPLETE
  30. Get into a decent relationship

Bonus Items
  • Set off floating lanterns
  • Make red beans and rice from scratch
  • Make lasagna from scratch
  • Make at least 2 things from every cookbook I own
  • Get rid of a thing a day for a month 

30 Before 30 Accomplishment: Shoot a Gun


Shoot a gun was on my 30 Before 30 list, which may seem like an odd one, because I'm not really a gun person. BUT, because of my writing (and heck, because I watch a lot of cop shows), I thought it would be a smart thing to research by actually trying. 

In February I was in Key Largo, and since Florida has very... um... "relaxed" gun control laws, I figured it would be the ideal place to give it a shot (ha!). So I headed out to a local range and tried out a 9mm. Against a zombie Nazi, of course. Didn't do too badly, either! Killed that thing even more dead.