Friday, November 18, 2011

Help a Sister Out!

So I got the most awesome email this morning from a girl named Sarah, who contacted me from my other blog (my poor, neglected 30 Things to Do Before I Turn 30 project) with the following request:


I ran across your thirty things blog and I love it! I am turning 30 on December 9th, and for the 30 days leading up to it, I am doing something to "treat myself" every day.  So far, I've gotten a gold sparkly nail polish manicure, tried a big mac for the first time, became an ordained minister online, toured a historic mansion, had martinis with my best friend at a drag queen joint, dressed myself like I did when I was 6 (meaning I took all of my favorite things and wore them at the same time), went to go see Santa Claus (my family didn't do Santa when I was a kid)...... etc.  I was wondering if you had any other ideas that didn't make your list?  Turns out coming up with one every day is harder than i thought!  I have a few planned ahead - Tea Time at the Drake Hotel (always wanted to do that) and volunteering at a soup kitchen. Any help you could be would be great!  

 
GUYS. I have a mission for us. We need to come up with some stuff for her. Supposedly there are ~50 of you out there (plus some lurkers, maybe) so I'm sure we can brainstorm some awesome ideas.
 
The extras I have are pretty weak. Things that I really wanted to do while still in my twentysomething years (try sushi... change my hair... go to a professional sporting event [totes counted it for the Iowa Cubs baseball game my sister and I went to - hey, they're minor league, it's legit]) felt like cheating because they were sort of opportunities that fell into my lap before I started my list. I keep thinking of little things (ride a motorcycle... go backstage at a concert...) and sometimes I'll substitute them into the real list if something proves impossible (cheating? maybe. I don't caaaare. MY LIST MY RULES.) Also, the stuff she's come up with so far are pretty awesome (I should become an ordained minister online! Why not?!) so I want to help her out with some equally awesome ideas.
 
What do you have for Sarah? SHARE!!! (I may or may not steal some of these for myself, also.)

6 comments:

chimes said...

- Wear a Hello Kitty shirt for the last time.
- Run a 5K (or next step longer race if she's done a 5K)
- Try sushi
- Learn a new hobby (knitting, crocheting, sewing, etc.)
- Make something homemade that you normally buy (pasta, ice cream, pasta sauce)
- Karoake
- Make a snow angel (esp. if she's not from somewhere that there's snow)
- Take a class in something new (hobby, exercise, etc)
- Go antiquing and find something really fun for the house
- Do a bar/pub crawl
- Learn how to make a martini
- Learn how to make an omlette
- Learn an instrument (or start taking lessons on an instrument)
- Get a massage
- Cut or color your hair something completely different — bonus points, take suggestions from bloggers
- Send a real letter to a relative or friend
- Dress up to go to dinner or a movie

I'm all out of ideas. :)

Sarah said...

I'm pretty sure that I would be wearing a Hello Kitty shirt for the first AND last time. Haha...

Tori said...

1. Buy a snuggie.
2. Go somewhere wearing said snuggie.
3. Have your legs waxed.
4. Learn (or re-learn) a foreign language.
5. Buy that giant multi-pack of colored Sharpies, JUST TO HAVE IT.
6. I was going to make this one "adopt a mochababy," but that might be too much commitment. Though I am happy to babysit and / or steal your child!

Kelly L said...

@Tori - What about: have your legs waxed WHILE WEARING A SNUGGIE?

Molly Nagel said...

- bake bread at home, with yeast, without a bread machine
- learn an artisanal recipe, like Coque au vin or Bouef Bourguignon
- visit a state park you've never been to before
-get a psychic reading or a palm reading
-go on a roadtrip with no plan at all- just fill up the gas tank and start driving, stop places you've never been before.
-donate food or blankets to an animal shelter or rescue
-ride a horse
-go to a pet store. Find a creepy looking thing like a snake, tarantula, or lizard. Ask to hold it. Don't flip out.
-Drop a ridiculous amount of money on an exceptionally good meal. By ridiculous, I mean plan on blowing at least $40 on yourself in one evening, or less if you go do it with friends and share the food around.
- go to one of those paint-your-own-pottery studios and make yourself a custom something.
- Throw a dinner party, invite at least 5 people, and have a really good time

Stacey said...

I'm a little late to this game, so most of the suggestions I had have already been listed. However, it sounds like she may be from the Chicago area (my sister used to work at The Drake), so maybe a few things that are city-specific:
- Touch the grass at Wrigley Field (or walk on the field if you can get a hook up)
- Dress to the nines to get a ridiculously fancy drink at the top of the Hancock Building
- Go to a Second City show and somehow get yourself involved in the show...or take an improv class there or any other club
- Ride an El line from end to end (maybe don't do this solo!)
- Go to a city pizzaria and get them to let you throw dough

If I'm wrong and Sarah's not from Chicago...um, generalize these to fit the appropriate city. :)