Sunday, September 18, 2011

30 by 30 #1-20

I've heard of a few blogs posting lists like this, and I think it's a great idea.  Below I'll list (and check off) 30 things that I would like to do before I'm 30 years old (I'm 26 now).  I don't have great ideas for all 30 yet, so I'll be posting it in increments of 5 as I come up with them.  I'd be happy to hear what you think (you can add comments or Tweet me ideas @roberree #30by30)!

30 by 30
1. Travel outside of the U.S.
2. Read Moby Dick (may be replaced by another classic).
3. Take a singing lesson to find out if there's any hope.
4. Learn how to make crepes.
5. Weigh less than 200 lbs.
6. Get a tattoo (I've had it picked out for a while, but I haven't followed through yet).
7. Live in a house (as opposed to an apartment).
8. Clear all of my credit card debt.
9. Return to graduate school, for the last time, to finally get my PhD.
10. Take Annie to Disney World.
11. Go to a Chicago Bears football game at Soldier Field.
12. Eat at Chez Panisse.
13. Finish writing 5 short stories.
14. Learn how to make mole negro.
15. Attempt Fenton's Banana Split Challenge, if it still exists.
16. Go to a Tennis Major outside of the U.S. (there are 3 others).
17. Eat the spaghetti at Scarpetta (any location would count).
18. Purchase (and use) a road bicycle.
19. Start playing my trumpet again.
20. Run a 5k in under 30 minutes.

Here's to getting the things you always wanted,


  1. As per #2, I liked Anna Karenina better. Melville spends three chapters on why a whale should be a fish instead of a mammal.

  2. Good luck! I think number one on my list would be to learn how to actually ride a bike.

  3. @Kayleigh Who doesn't know how to ride a bike in the 21st century?

    @Maggie I just feel like Dick gets referenced more. Even by people who haven't read it. I don't want to be one of those people.

  4. hahaha... only 3 months to go for me :)

    I did #14 and #18 in the last 3 weeks.
    . Nashbar Al-2 road bike
    We had a Mole party last weekend... invite me over and I'll repeat the effort (you still in Oakland?)

    . use whole milk
    . use a blender
    . let batter sit at room temp > 30 min

    make sure to go on a Monday Night ($60)