Looking at the List #5

49. Apply to another job.

People keep asking why I have this on my list. This isn’t a goal I have for right this very minute, but at some point before I’m thirty, I would like to (and am pretty sure that I will) apply for a different job. My current job is entry level – most only stay for two or three years. I’m halfway through that already! Co-workers have already started to ask if I’m looking again and I’m not at this moment. It’s weird to think that I might not be here for a third year and that I’m  planning events that someone else will run. Another weird thing – this is the first job in my life that doesn’t have a set “end” date. This is also something a lot of my friends will be going through around the same time, so I’m glad I won’t go through it alone!

52. Visit a neighborhood in NYC that I have not visited before.

Even though I grew up going into Manhattan regularly, it’s a big place and there are plenty of areas I’ve never visited! When I was younger, I’d go wherever my parents wanted to go. As I got older, I sort of created a “routine” for going into the city – head up 5th Ave to Central Park then wander around the Upper East Side. I don’t have any plans to go Manhattan anytime soon, but next time I do, I’ll be sure to ask for suggestions!

53. Buy my dad Yankees tickets for his birthday.

My dad’s really into sports. Football and baseball are his favorites, but he willingly came to hockey games with me all through high school. My dad and I do not see eye-to-eye on football teams (Go Patriots!) but we DO share a favorite baseball team. My dad’s birthday is also just days before baseball season starts. There have been a few years that I’ve looked into getting him tickets for the home opener, but I can’t afford that. Sorry, PJ. However there are a bunch of other games each season that I’m sure he’d be happy to receive tickets for…I also want to see the new stadium…yes that’s how long it’s been since I’ve been to a game.

55. Watch the entire series of “Friends”.

One of my neighbors was really obsessed with the TV show “Friends” when we were in middle school. I watched a few episodes here and there so I had something to contribute to the conversation. She was also obsessed with Backstreet Boys but that was not a path I was willing to travel. I’m sure that I would appreciate the show much more now as a twenty-something. Is it on Netflix? I don’t think it’s on Netflix…that means I have three and a half years to find the DVDs and watch it.

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Looking at the List #4

31. Get the balance of my student loans under their original amount.

Like most twenty-somethings out there, I had to take out student loans in order to fund my four five seven years of higher education. I pay a lot towards them each much so I can pay them off as soon as possible, but I swear it seems like I haven’t made a dent. I currently owe more than I took out in the first place thanks to interest. It’s hard because at this point, my payment isn’t much more than the loans accrue in interest each month. Every month I look to see if my loans have gotten below that magic number and I plan on celebrating once this happens…maybe a $12 bottle of wine instead of a $6 bottle!!

37. Buy the rest of my bedroom furniture.

Many entry-level student affairs positions require that you live on campus. Mine is one of them. Most schools provide furniture for your apartment. Mine is only sort of one of them…when I moved in, the only furniture was the same type of furniture that you find in a dorm room – desk, dresser, and a twin XL. My boss told me that I could have this furniture removed and bring in my own, which I promptly did. I spent a wonderful day at Ikea picking out everything I wanted for my apartment, but only left with a few things. Currently, I have the bed and the vanity from my bedroom set. I still have the school-provided dresser in my apartment and probably will until I leave (which will hopefully be sometime before I’m 30!). I can’t wait to have the matching dresser and nightstand!

I already have the vanity on the left…can’t wait to have a matching set!

42. Be a bridesmaid. (October 2014!)

While I’ve had plenty of friends get married, I’ve never been a bridesmaid. The closest I’ve come is being a flower girl when I was seven (no I don’t have pictures). Next year, I will get the chance to be a bridesmaid! Ashley, my friend that I met the first day of kindergarten, asked me to be in her wedding! I’m super excited for her and super excited for the wedding!! We’ve already picked out our dresses and shoes – now comes the fun part…planning the shower and bachelorette party. The other bridesmaids are Ashley’s sisters and some of our other friends, so there won’t be any crazy Bridesmaids-style drama.

Trying on bridesmaids dresses for next year!

Trying on bridesmaids dresses for next year!

44. Visit a farmer’s market.

When I lived in Rochester, I was lucky enough to have the Public Market a short drive away. On Saturday mornings, I could head out and pick up food for the week for a fraction of what it would cost me in the grocery store. There would be farmers selling fresh fruits and veggies, Mennonite families selling baked goods, and plenty of stands on the side where you could get crepes or empanadas so you didn’t hungry-shop. Apparently there’s something similar in Reading, but I have yet to check it out. Maybe this weekend…

Looking at the List #1

So why do I want to do the things I want to do? I would love to say that each and every task on this list is deeply meaningful to me, but I’d be lying. Some of these are things that I just want to experience. For those that do have meaning (and a meaning I feel like sharing) I’ll post a little bit about it so y’all can get to know me better!

3. Host a brunch.

I’m weirdly obsessed with brunch. Who need to day drink in some grubby backyard when it’s socially acceptable to hit up a cute cafe with your girlfriends and enjoy unlimited mimosas? I recently went to an amazing brunch with my home friends and while it’s nice to not have to worry about cooking or clean up, I do prefer the more relaxed environment of someone’s home. I don’t have the space for it (yet) but someday I would love to host a brunch for my friends complete with cute decorations, yummy food, and plenty of champagne!

Brunch at the Frog Pond

Me at the Frog Pond in 2011

4. Go on a vacation with friends.

Probably the only perk of being an only child was that I got to take a friend or two on vacation with me when I was growing up. Those trips are some of my best memories…we cause quite a bit of mayhem all up and down the eastern seaboard. I was also lucky enough to go on several overnight trips during high school (being a “band geek” had its benefits). My senior year, we got to go to Disney World for an entire week.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to go on a trip like this since high school. Any trip I’ve had with friends since then has involved sleeping on someone’s couch. We haven’t had the money to take off work, buy plane tickets, or stay in hotels. Now that most of us have full time jobs with paid time off, it’s possible to plan a trip like this!

Annndddd the good news is I am! At the end of the month I’m going to Disney World with my big and my little! I can’t wait to cross something off my 300 list AND update everybody about the fun things we did!

5. Come up with 300 things I want to (and think I can) do!

This is pretty obvious…can’t have 300 before 30 without the 300. As of October first, I had made it just about to 100. I’ve been asking friends for suggestions and looking at other people’s lists to get ideas. I also am looking forward to getting suggestions from any random strangers that happen across this blog.

6. Move off campus.

When I was touring colleges in high school, the dorm tours were my FAVORITE. I enjoyed seeing how everybody decorated and arranged their rooms. I couldn’t wait to buy all sorts of cute matching shit from Target. In fact, I still enjoy seeing how my students decorate their rooms…but I’m not eighteen anymore…I want to live somewhere with a porch and a yard!

Living in an on-campus (and in-residence) apartment is one of the “benefits” of my job. It’s got its ups and downs (hence the quotation marks). The rent is cheap, the commute is great, and facilities was even able to wrestle up a spare dresser so I buy and put together another piece of Ikea furniture. So what are some of the negatives? Fire alarms at 2 am. Students around CONSTANTLY. The fact that my not being homeless COMPLETELY depends on my having THIS job. And at the end of the day, no matter how much I try to improve my apartment, it still feels very much like a dorm.

One of my ResLife friends recently moved to Indiana with her husband and kids and one of the things that I was most excited about for her was that she was moving from an on campus apartment to a cute little house! I know that I won’t be moving off campus any time soon, but I really hope I’m not celebrating my thirtieth birthday in an on campus apartment.

8. Go back to Quebec City.

I have two memories EVER of watching the Olympics. The more recent one was maybe the most recent Summer Olympics. I was in a bar and I happened to look up to see the results of some rowing competition, only to see the name of a kid from my hometown on TV. The other memory was from the Summer Olympics in 2004. My parents and I were in Quebec City and they left me alone in our hotel to go do something that I was most likely too young to take part in Being a moody teenager, I was completely okay with being left alone with just the TV…except that every channel was in French. So…I watched the Olympics in French.

Quebec City was BEAUTIFUL. North America isn’t exactly known for its historic settlements, but parts of Quebec City are OLD. When I visited, I was old enough to run around the city on my own, but too young to do any of the “fun” things and too poor to do any of the fun things. I’ve heard they have some unique activities in the winter, but since all of my friends and family hate the cold, it looks like this will have to be a warm weather trip.

My parents made a reservation here for one night as a birthday present to me!