Thirty Before 30 Update: Numbers 17, 27 & 30

30 Before 30 List
The Final Thirty Before 30 List

Why am I lumping these three seemingly different goals together? Because I have quasi-completed them–go me! They’re goals that part of the way into my year, I thought, well, that’s kind of lame and doesn’t make sense. Let me explain.

17. Have a monthly date night: It’s just me and my husband. In reality, every night is date night: dinner together as we discuss our days or big plans for the future. Each weekend is retreat where we cook more complicated recipes. I bake desserts. We go on hikes. We have standing workout dates. Sometimes we mix things up and go to Costco on Fridays after work. Life is good. Maybe I don’t want to become a 2-pet household (see #18).

27. Join–or start my own–book club: Who was I kidding? I have yet to discover a friend who shares my passion for memoirs and marketing/creative industry books. Instead, I’ve started using Goodreads. Find me there as T-Bud Combs, especially if you just read a good book about branding.

30. Learn to swim: Again, who was I kidding? I’m like a cat. I hate water. Maybe if that “swimming instructor” hadn’t yelled at me in seventh grade to, “Relax! Relax! Relax” whilst trying to teach me how to float, I wouldn’t be so resistant to donning a skin-tight and skin-baring suit and going for a dip. But, you know what I did do before I turned 30 that I’ve been just as resistant to? Mom, Dad, I joined a gym. That’s right. I even went to yoga class. I have even gone to a couple of spinning classes. Much to my surprise, I do kind of like going to the gym. Go figure. No PE teachers to deal with or kids who are disappointed with your lack of coordination because they really, really care about the sport of flag football.

Thirty Before 30 Update: Number 29 Done!

30 Before 30 List
The Final Thirty Before 30 List

29. Unplug for a week: Mark it off the list, folks. Done and done. It was hard. Ends up I troll Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. when I am bored. And, I wonder why I don’t read or craft more. Sheesh!

I cheated. (Some will read that statement and say, “duh.” I’ll tell you some other time how to cheat at the game of Battleship.) I used my email more than I thought, mostly passing a quick message or two with one of my sisters. I did have to get onto Facebook for work reasons and while I was able to not scroll down on my feed, I did read my messages. (I was concerned they’d have urgent news.) Yesterday, I got onto Pinterest to update my “2012 Books Read” board.

Here’s what I learned:

1. Social media can get you down if you’re on it too much. My friends and family have amazing, fun lives filled with love and happiness. They (and I) put their best foot forward on social media and show the good, good stuff (and I’d have it no other way). But, sometimes it makes you a little blue if you’re already a little down. It’s important to remember: best foot forward, that bad foot hasn’t figured out social media yet and still likes sending snail mail.

2. I started to slow down and appreciate life. I often found myself thinking, “Ooooh! I should put this on Facebook!” and because I couldn’t, I took a picture of it and enjoyed it for what it was truly worth, no “likes” needed.

3. I figured out how to download ebooks onto my iPhone. Thank you, The Public Library of Cincinnati! I swear, I will always pay my overdue fines and will happily pay taxes and support funding for this fine establishment so I can continue to enjoy “free” reading! You know my bored problem? I think ebooks could be a cure. Each “page” is only a paragraph or two making it easy to steal a moment or two of reading. Also, I pretty much felt like a speed reader since I got to turn the “page” so often. Go me!

Here are some pics from my week that you won’t see on Facebook or Instagram:

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I baked Chocolate Krinkles for the family.

 

These stickers went onto the home-canned goods we gifted and some Christmas cards.
These stickers went onto the home-canned goods we gifted and some Christmas cards.

 

Christmas morning. My in-laws gave me a waffle maker. These are buckwheat blueberry waffles. I made the second batch this morning. (It was a double batch so we can have waffles throughout the week.)
Christmas morning breakfast. My in-laws gave me a waffle maker. These are blueberry buckwheat waffles. I made the second batch this morning. (It was a double batch so we can have waffles throughout the week.)

 

Tiny knitted gnome magnets. Need I say more?
Tiny knitted gnome magnets. Need I say more?

 

C, T and 2 dino krazy straws. We have a thing for initials and dinos in my house.
C, T and 2 dino krazy straws. We have a thing for initials and dinos in my house.

 

And then this happened: homemade cranberry liqueur with club soda. Delicious!
And then this happened: homemade cranberry liqueur with club soda. Delicious!

 

Burt's Bees. Even the boxes are good.
Burt’s Bees. Even the boxes are good.

 

Some years later, it's finally framed. English major for life!
Some years later, it’s finally framed. English major for life!

 

Snow! Snow! Snow! Key to driving safely in the snow: 1. Leave early. 2. Don't freak out. 3. Leave late. 4. Turn your car into Rudolph (optional).
Snow! Snow! Snow! Key to driving safely in the snow: 1. Leave early. 2. Don’t freak out. 3. Leave late. 4. Turn your car into Rudolph (optional).

 

Speaking of Rudolph: my sister made this jawesome diorama of my Rudolph car. The antlers are off of my car now, but I just may call my Vibe "Rudy" year-round.
Speaking of Rudolph: my sister made this jawesome diorama of my Rudolph car. The antlers are off my car now, but I just may call my Vibe “Rudy” year-round.

 

First fire of the season.
First fire of the season.

 

Corey the Cat! finally figured out how good it feels to snooze on a human's lap. (Those are my legs under that plaid fleece blanket.)
Corey the Cat! finally figured out how good it feels to snooze on a human’s lap. (Those are my legs under that plaid fleece blanket.)

 

That’s it, folks. It was a pleasant social media-free week. I’m officially back, but I may only be checking Facebook/Twitter/Instagram–gasp!–once a day. I’ll catch you here or there.

Happy new year!

 

Kitty Cat Names

Corey just doing what he does best.

I looooove names. I’ve named brands and products professionally and in my spare time I dream of names for my future kittens. I’m going to post some of my favorite names for cats. Who knows? Maybe a kitten will one day show up on my doorstep! Euuuuww!

Boy Cat Names:

1. Purrcy: short for Percival. I love, love, love this name! I think it just sounds so regal, yet I adore the play on words that make this name approachable.

2. Rudiger: I’d save this one for a Maine Coon-like cat. Can’t you imagine a Rudiger with all kinds of fluffy fur and big paws? This would definitely be the kind of name I bestow on a cat only once I had seen and met him.

3. Toonces: Ever since the popular SNL skits, I’ve wanted to name a cat this. No explanation other than that needed!

4. Herman: Growing up, we had an outdoor cat named Herman that we inherited from an elderly neighbor when he had passed. This neighbor gave Herman his name and it suited him so well. He was an orange tabby cat with a white underside who seemed to quite enjoy the roaming life of an outdoor cat (he was neutered, FYI).

5. Boris: My dad had a pair of Siamese cats before my time and I’d love to honor my cat heritage by naming a future kitten after, well, basically their grandcat-pa.

Girl Cat Names:

1. Zsa Zsa: She’d be high maintenance, of course.

2. Marmie: I would name a lady marmalade cat this because I think it’s just too stinkin’ cute. (Psst…I’m hoping my next kitten is a marmalade! )

3. Odette (la chatte): I’ve always wanted a French-like name for a cat, since I tend to speak to my cats in my college-minor level French. Can you imagine waking up and saying, “Mademoiselle, voici votre petit-déjeuner!” Oh, le sigh!

4. Fatzah: This is another cat I grew up with. While, I wouldn’t name any future cats this, I think it’s an adorable name. Fah-tzah!

5. Sally: She was Boris’s companion and for the same reasons, I’d name a future kitten after her grandcat-ma.

What are your cats’ names? What names are you saving for future kittens?