Project 366: Day 81, 03-21 Pumped Up Kicks

I am starting to train for the Cinco de Joker 5k (tomorrow, I promise) and needed to get a pair of running shoes. It’s been about 4 years since I have worn a pair of tennies.

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Thankful Thursday: 11 Random Learnings from 2011

 
1. I can’t tear myself away from mindless tele. The shows are getting worse and worse, and sadly, I’m just getting more and more hooked. In fact, I’m watching the season premiere of Jersey Shore as I type, and may queue up an epi of KKTNY next (if I have time, I’m not sure I’ll have enough time).

2. No matter how many I’ve been through, I won’t ever get used to a Chicago winter. Although, secretly (or, not so secretly anymore), I’d like to see Snowmaggedon, Part Deux. We may be enjoying a mild winter now, but it’s coming. I can feel it in my bones!

3. After six years here, I feel like I finally got a chance to enjoy the Chicago summer. The summer of 2010 was all about weddings. The summer of 2011 was all about weekends!

4. Confession: My name is Thi and I’m a hoarder. I took a very official quiz and answered all but one question with an emphatic YES. Luckily my supportive friends Lindsay and Katy have helped me come to terms with the fact that piles of magazines are not OK. I finally tossed out wedding magazines about a month ago. Too bad, because my newly engaged BFF could have really used those!

5. Nesting is never-ending. We’re finally starting to feel at home in our home. We got some new furniture, frames and art this year. But we still have quite a ways to go. My crave right now is a 24″ circle champagne metallic really awesome mirror…that and a Luxe Home-worthy shower.

6. Babies are cute, especially if they aren’t mine. We welcomed our first niece in October. Miss Rylee is as cute as cute can be. I’ve learned that:

  • Zulily is my new Ideeli (let me know if you need an invite),
  • Etsy does adorable,
  • Ralph Lauren knows Layette, and
  • Sparkle Toms are a must.

7. Chipotle is on to something. Foil is a premium item. In our home, we use it keep the dogs off the couch – and it works!

8. I’m desperately seeking Steve. Steve Jobs. His products, actually. My goal is to be an Apple person. I want to be a part of the cult so badly. If the “what’s yours is mine; what’s mine is mine” rule applies. I’m almost there with Cory’s products.

9. Speaking of i-products: Who needs a pocket digi when you have a smart phone and Instagram! Unfortunately, the photo app is only available on iTunes right now;  but I’m counting down the days ’til it’s available on the Android Market.

10. The train isn’t all that bad. The Metra may be germy, grimy and gross; but the el is kinda worse. I’m thankful that the ol’ Pacific West line gets me to work and I don’t have to pay attention to the bumper in front of me. Instead, I get to read about Snooki or Kim K., play Words with Friends or catch-up on emails on my non-iPhone.

11. Resolutions are made to be broken.

  • Exhibit A: I resolved to read one book each month of the year. We knew that was set up for failure when I started reading Marketers Are Liars on January 30. I completed a grand total of one book this year. Embarassing.
  • Exhibit B: Project 365 lasted longer than most resolutions, but I still didn’t complete it. 
  • Exhibit C: I’ve got a month to go and I’ve only checked off half of my 30-B4-30 list.

What was your favorite learning from 2011? Once I recover from my vacation hangover, I’ll post some goals for 2012. Maybe I’ll break the pattern this year. (Or, maybe I won’t; I’m a realist.)

30-B4-30

For the past year, I can’t count how many times I turned to Cory to ask him how old I was. Not that 27 and 28 weren’t incredibly special years, I just started losing track after 25.

My friend Scott started a Facebook page a couple of years ago, tracking 30 things he wanted to accomplish before he turned 30. What a terrific idea, right? So, now that I’ve turned 29, below is a list of my 30 before 30:

  1. Change my name.
  2. Ride the ferris wheel at Navy Pier.
  3. Check out the view of Chicago from the Sears (Willis) Tower.
  4. See the fall foliage at the Morton Arboretum.
  5. Stay at a bed and breakfast.
  6. Learn to snowboard.
  7. Go to a Sox game at the Cell.
  8. Go to a Blackhawks game at United Center.
  9. Watch the sun rise.
  10. Golf in a personal tournament (Thursday-Sunday).
  11. Make my mom’s famous eggrolls.
  12. Make Cory’s aunt Cindy’s famous sugar cookies.
  13. Make Cory’s grandma’s raspberry jelly.
  14. Figure out Photoshop, Illustrator and Lightroom.
  15. Be debt-free (except the mortgage).
  16. Become a yogi.
  17. Go to the Old Town Art Fair.
  18. Go to a movie in a park.
  19. Take the architectural boat tour.
  20. Camp.
  21. Run/walk a 5K (may be nothing for most, but I can’t run a mile).
  22. Visit a city I’ve never visited before.
  23. Watch It’s a Wonderful Life.
  24. Do a drive by of the Home Alone house (one of my favorite movies).
  25. Brush up on my French.
  26. Back up all my pix on DVDs.
  27. Go dark for a day: No cell phone, computer or TV.
  28. Start eating breakfast on the regular.
  29. Take a class of some sort (cooking, photography, design, French).
  30. Get a psychic reading.

I kept my personal list realistic, measurable and actionable. S.M.A.R.T., huh? (I couldn’t help it, I’m cheesy like that.) I can’t wait to share pictures and stories about each one that gets crossed off the list!

Did you make a list before a milestone birthday? Or will you? What will be on your bucket lists?