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30 Before 30: The Birthday Update

About five years ago I came up with a list of things to do before I turned 30.  I went back and updated over the years as my tastes changed and my paths forked.  I completed a lot in five years — only three things remain unchecked.  I’m okay with that.  Five years ago, I probably would have neurotically run in circles trying to finish this list in the next two days.  I’m a different person now than I was back then.  I’m a different person than I was 10 or 15 years ago.  I like me now.  It’s a good feeling.

As I sit here on the verge of 30, I’m amazed at how far I’ve come.  On the 18th I start a new job as a communications and development manager working on a $1.5 million capital campaign for a local nonprofit.  It’s a wonderful opportunity made possible by the fact that I’ve nearly finished my graduate degree in museum studies and nonprofit management.  I’m married.  I have three awesome step-children.  Life is better than I’d ever imagined.

So here’s to the next 10 years.  30 is going to be a good decade.


I will be 30-years-old in a little over 5 years from now.  When I saw this on moments of exhilaration I thought that it would be a good time for me to think about what I want to do with my life over the next five years.  A short-term bucket list, if you will.

In no particular order and without further ado: My 30 Before 30!

  1. Earn my B.A. in art history
  2. Get married
  3. Start graduate school
  4. Write an article for something other than this blog (Here is the link to the article!)
  5. Travel somewhere I have never been (Went to Vegas!)
  6. Visit a new museum (MIA)
  7. Present original research at a conference
  8. See a ballet or symphony
  9. Willingly photograph life for the joy of it (Instagram)
  10. Purchase an expensive item of clothing without feeling guilty
  11. Forgive someone
  12. Earn a college degree (I’m a CVT)
  13. Join a club that interests me
  14. Become a member of three professional organizations
  15. Find a job that isn’t “work”
  16. Write more and without reservation (Coming Clean)
  17. Make a new friend
  18. Develop a new sense of self-confidence
  19. Forgive myself
  20. Create something amazing (Curated an exhibit on women’s suffrage)
  21. Travel to the ocean again
  22. See the Northern Lights
  23. Finish a television or book series (Firefly)
  24. Stop caring about what others think
  25. Volunteer
  26. Conquer two years of Latin
  27. Read one of the “classics”
  28. Get a manicure
  29. Write something substantial
  30. Purge all unwanted material items from my life (Working on emptying the basement!)

For something a bit more extreme: My Bucket List

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Not Cool, Goodreads.

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I got this email from Goodreads earlier this week and suffice it to say I am not happy.  As a book review blogger, I’ve come to rely on Goodreads for their handy “post to blog” checkbox feature that’s right there on the review page.  It pulls everything into some lovely HTML code and I jut plop it over here and my review, links, and rating all just appear like magic.

I’m so sad to be losing this lovely feature.  Not cool, Goodreads.  I hope you replace it with something awesome.

Alternative Facts

Since alternative facts are a real thing now, I have some about Donald.

  1. His hair is real.
  2. He’s not actually orange.  That’s normal coloring.
  3. He has normal sized hands.

These aren’t falsehoods, by the way.  They are just alternative facts.

Do you have any alternative facts you’d like to share?

#Why I March

On Wednesday, I fell on the ice and tore some cartilage in my knee so unfortunately, I can’t be out in the street marching today.  I desperately wish I could be there physically but I am 100% there in spirit.

So, why do I march?  Well…

I march for those who are marginalized.  I march for those who are forgotten.  I march for those who are alone.  I march for those who are afraid.  I march for peace and justice and all that is good and loving in this world.

I consider myself to be a patriot, though maybe not in the way Trump thinks I should be.

I deeply believe in the American values of equality for ALL people regardless of race, creed, religion, gender identity, or sexuality.  I believe in America as a melting pot, once revered for welcoming the poor, huddled masses.  I believe that America IS already great and her spirit is indomitable.

I believe in America. I’m afraid for my country in this dark hour, but we’ve always been strongest when tested. We will weather this storm.

It will be a rough four years and we will not be the same in the end. I do not know if we will be better or worse but I am hopeful that, if we work together, we will all be alright.

A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes

I had an amazing dream last night.

Obama’s last order in office was to have Seal Team Six kidnap Donald Trump on Inauguration Day and stuff him in a Port-o-Potty.  Then, Alec Baldwin as Donald, Beck Bennett as Mike Pence and Kate McKinnon as Kellyanne Conway all go up as Donald is to be sworn into office.

Chief Justice Roberts senses something isn’t right.

“HEY!  Aren’t you–“

“Yes, I am the Donald,” says Alec Baldwin.

Kate McKinnon nods her head neurotically as only Kellyanne can.

“Oh…riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.”  Chief Justice Roberts is on to them now.  He swears in Alec Baldwin as the 45th President of the United States and the entire fucking world breathes a sigh of relief.

It’s about this time that Seal Team Six frees the real Donald Trump from the Port-o-Potty.  Naturally, he’s covered in the blue goo because they literally stuffed him in the toilet.  He’s very upset and throwing a tantrum so the Senate agrees to hear him out.  

After a joint hearing with the Senate and the House, they decide that since Alec Baldwin was already sworn in, it’s probably easier to just let him run the country.  However, he has to promise to spend the next four years impersonating Donald Trump and anytime he is out of costume he must pretend to be Donald Trump impersonating Alec Baldwin.  He agrees.

As his first presidential act, Alec-Donald gets rid of all the stupid cabinet picks and fills all the positions with actually qualified people.  We spend the next four years not fucking ourselves and the world is actually really impressed with how ingenious America can be when we back ourselves into a corner.

The angry white men are still angry but they end up being the only losers in the end.

Unfortunately, it was all just a dream and Donald Trump himself was sworn in as America’s 45th President.

God help us.