30 before 30: #14

#14.  Take a weekend trip with friends.

Date accomplished:  10/13-14/2012

The strangest thing has happened since I started this 30 Before 30 thing.  Opportunities have just popped up . . .out of the blue.  I mean, completely unsolicited my Hubs or myself.  And they’re items on my list!  It’s delightful.

There’s a couple at our church who graduated from A&M a year or so after us.  They’re pretty cool, these two.  A while back, they randomly asked us if we wanted to take a road trip to the A&M – LA Tech game in Shreveport.  Um, yes!  Yes we would, thank you very much.

So that’s where we were this weekend.  We didn’t do any gambling, so luckily that wasn’t on my bucket list.  😛

We took a really laid back approach.  K had found a few restaurants online she wanted to try, and we knew we had to be at the game by 6:00 or so to ensure parking; other than that, we didn’t have any plans.

We stopped by the Air Force base because there was a free flight museum.  It was pretty funny to see how many other Ags had found their way there as well.  I’ve not said “Howdy” so much for years!

Cool, huh?  Tell me I’m not the only one who thought of Transformers when they saw this.

The (type of) plane that dropped the atomic bomb.  Can you imagine having been the pilot flying that mission?  I’m not sure how I’d have handled that.

This is a nosing.  A nosing.

Aaaand, there they are!  My Ags, getting ready to play.

We sat pretty close to the band, which made it lots of fun.  There were several students around us, so the immediate atmosphere was much like Kyle Field.  That made it Lots of fun!!

Yes, that is our quarterback lined up as a receiver.  It was almost disastrous.  What a stressful play.  Kudos to Johnny Football, though – he was the one who finally tackled the would-be-fumble-thief. . . halfway down the field.

Whew.  That was entirely too close for comfort.  Literally came down to the last couple of plays.  We were all a bit tense!

Still one of my favorite parts of the game:  the nationally famous Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band!  Sorry about the wind and glare – I’m not the best of videographers.  🙂


30 before 30: #22

#22.  Read (not re-read) one “classic.”

Date accomplished:  9/24/2012

So, for this particular item, I decided to read Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.  I chose this title for many reasons:  I love Connecticut and Arthurian legend, for one.  The Hubs loves this book and has been telling me for years that I need to read it.  I’ve read a few things by Mark Twain, and in general like his style.

Also, it was already sitting on our bookshelf. . .free and incredibly convenient.

When I read, I need to know what’s going to happen as quickly as possible, so I tend to skim the first time through a book – just to get the plot.  Then, I’ll re-read it (sometimes ad nauseam) and really get to know the characters, the place, etc. etc. etc.

Unfortunately, I really didn’t like this book at all.  I love stories, and this one promised to be a good one.  It had all the right elements!

I couldn’t for the life of me get lost in this story.  I tried, believe me!  But. . .all I could feel toward the main character was annoyance, up until the last few pages.  He had this condescending and arrogant air about him.  I couldn’t get past it.  It’s one of the few times I’ve closed a book and thought, “finally!”.  I won’t be re-reading it, but I am glad to check another thing off the 30 before 30 list!

Onward and Upward, friends.

30 before 30: #5

#5.  Go to an Aggie football game.

Date accomplished:  9/15/2012

Well, this was an unexpected treat!  Hubs’ company ended up with four tickets to the A&M-SMU game, and we were lucky enough to be invited.

Here are my Ags, lining up to crush some mustangs.  Gig ‘Em, Aggies!

Caught him off guard – can you believe it?  Smiling, even.

Now forming at the ?? end of ?? field, the nationally famous Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band!  WHOOP!

I’d forgotten just how much I love college football games.  We even kept our normal post-game tradition of bad pizza and good cinnamon rolls (don’t worry – I didn’t over-indulge. . . not great, but not a binge either).

This 30 before 30 thing is especially nice, in that I’m slowly seeing life again.  Slowly, slowly moving toward joy and away from angst.

Onward and Upward, my friends.

30 before 30: #11

#11.  Get a puppy.

Date accomplished:  9/12/2012

So, I’m not really a “pet” person.  I didn’t grow up with them, unless you count a couple of beta fish.  When Hubs and I moved to our current house, we inherited two dogs from the previous owners (they’re family – it’s not like some random seller left their animals behind!).

I loved those dogs.  So much.  And then we lost them.

We didn’t really want to get more dogs until we had our fence situation fixed.  Duke & Dixie ran across the road between our house and the neighbors’ all the time, and that’s how they died.  Someone hit them (yes, both of them).

Wow; I didn’t realize I was still so sad about losing them until I started typing that.

Anyway, on Monday evening, as I’m pulling into the driveway from work, Hubs is walked toward me with this adorable grin he has.  It’s the one that means he has something to show me, some surprise for me, or some project he’s been working on.  It’s one of my favorite smiles.

On his heels was this sweet girl:

She appears to be about a year old, and is super friendly.  Definitely high energy!

So, we talked about it. . .thought, yes – this will be a good time to start the whole dog thing again.  We’ll just fix the fence this weekend, and try to keep her penned up until then.

The next day, one of Hubs’ cousins comes by.  Apparently, another dog has been abandoned on our road – were we interested in keeping him too?

Um. . .how adorable is he?  But. . .two dogs?  Two puppies, no less?  Hmmm . . .

But, they seem to get along well, and they’re just so sweet.

So – I think we have two dogs!  Off to the vet we go. . .

30 before 30: #26

#26. Watch the sun rise over a lake/ocean.

Date accomplished:  6/26/2012 & 6/27/2012

I went on vacation last week.  A trip to see my extended family – one of the things I look forward to every year.

Most years I content myself with day- or night-hours spent lakeside; I don’t think I’d ever seen the sun rise there.  It was very lovely, and so peaceful.  I just watched, listened.

There was mist spilling across the water.  The loons were calling each other.  There’s a bald eagle who lives somewhere along the shore, and he was out flying.  In the reeds, fish made little splashes when they came up for breakfast.  The air was cool, so cool – I tucked my feet beneath me because my toes were so chilly.

I didn’t think about much.  I just listened and watched (and photographed).  It’s one of those things that I could feel feeding my soul, soothing my mind.  So beautiful, so necessary.

Then I did it again the next day, but with my Mom. 🙂

30 before 30

Well, I’ve seen this a few different places, so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon.  Some of these may not exactly work together well within the same time span (see #1 & 2, for instance!).  I figure I have at least until my birthday to finalize the list, though, so. . . here goes nothing:

  1. Lose 30 lbs. (not losing/regaining the same 5)
  2. Try for a pregnancy.
  3. Remodel bathroom & laundry room.
  4. Run 1 mile, continuously.
  5. Go to an Aggie football game.
  6. Hand-pick strawberries. . .or apples.
  7. Purchase & hang blinds/curtains throughout house.
  8. Host a family (birthday?) party.
  9. Make a family birthday/anniversary calendar (not year-specific).
  10. Take a hiking trip with Hubby.
  11. Get a puppy.
  12. Plant a garden.
  13. Make our last will & testaments.
  14. Take a weekend trip with friends.
  15. Organize our photos.
  16. Decorate the house.
  17. Sit by a campfire.
  18. Sew a blanket.
  19. Have my college t-shirt quilt made.
  20. Reach out to M.
  21. Give away something I truly value.
  22. Read (not re-read) one “classic.”
  23. Learn to sew a button and hem a dress/pants successfully.
  24. Learn to make sushi rolls.
  25. Read the Bible, cover to cover.
  26. Watch the sun rise over a lake/ocean.
  27. Dance in the field.
  28. Get on the organ donor list.
  29. Make Gramma’s angel food cake & homemade strawberry jam.
  30. Perform 30 random (and anonymous) acts of kindness.