The clock is ticking and I’ve got six months left of my twenties. I want to do them right.
The thing is, I feel like a kid most of the time. There’re all kinds of things I don’t know how to do or even handle, and so like the bibliophile I am I turned to a book. I (rather smugly) gave this one to Husband when he turned 30:
30 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do Before Turning 30, by Siobhan Adcock.
Here they are (lifted from the back of the book) (with slight commentary as embellishment where necessary):
- wrap a present
- start a successful fire in a fireplace, at a campsite, and in a barbecue
- finish a piece of furniture
- get a raise (whahahaha!)
- order wine at a restaurant without getting stiffed
- parallel park in three breathtakingly beautiful movements
- dance a “slow dance” without looking like an idiot
- use a full place setting properly, including chopsticks and Asian soup spoons
- clean your place in under 45 minutes, when friends, relatives, or prospective lovers (hahahaha) are coming by unexpectedly, and soon
- hold your liquor
- cure a hangover
- do the Heimlich maneuver
- use a compass
- change a flat
- jump-start a car
- open a champagne bottle
- send a drink to someone’s table
- cook one “signature meal” (I’m shuddering in fear at this one)
- whistle with your fingers
- take good pictures
- fold a fitted sheet (those damn things are so annoying!)
- remove common stains
- sew a button
- carve turkey, lasagna, and birthday cake
- hold a baby (hahaha!)
- change a diaper (if only I didn’t know how to do this)
- keep a plant alive for more than a year
- make dogs and cats love you
- help someone out of a car
- write superior thank-you notes
The rules for my challenge are simple. I have until my thirtieth birthday. I’ll write here about my successes and failures. I’ll try not to burn down any cities (#1–whoops, Dana pointed out this should be #2, not #1), bite off my fingers (#19), or make everyone else’s pets move to my house (#28). As much as possible, I’ll stick to my regular blog posting schedule, but if I have Breaking News, things might get switched up a bit. Breaking News will not include items I feel I already have proficiency in (such as keep a plant alive for more than a year, hold a baby, change a diaper, and a couple of others).
Wanna join me? No age requirements. You can be 30, close to 30, or nowhere near 30 (on either side of the number).
In totally unrelated self-promotion, come by on Friday for an interview with Vintage Veronica author Erica S. Perl, and my first ever Giveaway Awesomeness.
Lol, if you burn down a city while wrapping a present you are doing something tremendously wrong! XD
Whoops! Yeah, I meant #2. Will fix now. Drrr.
Wasn’t saying it was impossible. Maybe you are wrapping a present of a filled open gasoline canister by candlelight, and then your elbow knocks the candle over.
Wow, I have like 2 months left. I don’t think I’m going to make it with all these!
Oh, just share my birthday this year! I know three other people already with the same one. Come on, it’ll be fun!
I’m right behind you…I think I’ve gotten most of these down…at least marginally. I did however once light jumper cables on fire because I tried to jump a car in the dark!
Ack! Jumper cables scare me so bad! That one’s going to be a big challenge for me. I’m glad you’re joining in the challenge, Kymber!