Turning 30

Remember my 29 before 30 list? Let’s see what happened in between. I am not done uploading the Vietnam photos and I have restored exactly zero of the old posts. On to the list:

29 – buy a deep frier – NOT DONE (I haven’t been able to find one that I like, and my kitchen is too small for impulse buys). Also, heat wave.

28 – learn how to make tempura – NOT DONE (see 29)

27 – pay off my credit card debt – DONE! YAAAAY! SUCCESS!!!

26 – start being more consistent about saving money – DONE! Although we’ll see what the 2014 taxes have to say about this one, once they come in…

25 – grow my hair as long as I can before I start craving a pixie cut – DONE. I think shoulder-length is the most I can do. But I didn’t do a pixie, they are too hard to grow. I am exploring the world of the lob. The long bob.

24 – buy a piano (e-piano, most likely) – DONE!

23 – start playing the piano again – …not really

22 – publish 2 more journal articles (I am working on them) – HORRIBLE FAIL here. One was rejected and we have to edit and resubmit it. One is still a project draft. A third one was accepted as an abstract and we have to work much more on it. How do they say? Fail again, fail better.

21 – get an idea that actually makes sense, and that I can use to apply for my own funding – I am way too far from this still

20 – get some teaching experience – not much teaching going on, but more supervising than ever. Does it count as a DONE?

19 – lose as much as I need to stop being overweight – I still weight the same, but I have taken up kickboxing. I live in the delusion that I weight the same because my fat is turning into muscle. Not done.

18 – bike to work twice a week, regularly, as soon as the winter is over – I failed, BUT I just bought a new bike. So this might happen. Also, did I mention kickboxing twice a week? It counts as a DONE, right?

17 – get to a C1 level (or a solid B2) of German – I didn’t get tested for this, but I am learning Saarlandisch with my driving instructor. I think you need a B2 German to start Saarlandisch. So.. DONE!

16 – learn how to make ravioli – DONE, but they can really stand to be perfected

15 – see the Rocky Horror Picture Show live – DONE! (I kind of cheated here, I was already planning this)

14 – get my certificate and start calling myself “Frau Doktor” – DONE!!! Thanks to Santa Claus who made it happen 🙂

13 – knit or sew one complete and wearable piece of clothing for myself – FAIL. I am still at the hemming level.

12 – get a driving licence – IN PROGRESS! I am done with the theory classes and practicing driving. Things got slower because I have bad eyes and needed new glasses. Does it count as a “DONE” for encouragement?

11 – have an efficient inbox-zero strategy – kinda-DONE. I do have one, but sometimes my inbox fights back

10 – learn to walk with (reasonably high) heels, so going to weddings does not become a hazard for my ankles – it’s too hot for heels. And did I mention driving classes and kickboxing? Mostly wearing sandals or sneakers these days.

9 – revise my basic Arabic – FAIL

8 – get rid of clutter in the apartment – partially DONE, but will this ever end?

7 – decide if (probably yes) and when (billion dollar questions) I want to have kids – I think I kind of know the answer?

6 – run an eye-tracking or EEG experiment – technically not done, but I have attended an eye-tracking course and ran my first participants for the course experiment. Does it count as DONE?

5 – eat in a Michelin star restaurant (being in Saarbrücken helps!) – DONE!

4 – pack my lunch to work (almost) every day – DONE!

3 – learn how to use a drill – NOT DONE 😦 but hey, I have 10 more days, I can do this?

2 – buy a piece of forniture at the flea market that I am actually happy to have in my apartment – technically done, but it’s not a vintage piece. It’s a shoe rack. DONE

1 – sing on open mic night – surprisingly… DONE! Yes, the room was basically empty. Still counting this one.

So I accomplished 19 out of 29, to be generous. The list mainly worked as an incentive to actually get some shit done, so I guess it worked pretty well and helped me fight the fear of turning 30. Until I read in my driving school book, turning 30 qualifies me as a “middle-aged driver”. Say what?

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