Bucket List

After dinner with my parents tonight, my mom pulled out a pencil and a scrap of paper. “What’s on your bucket list?” She asked me and my dad.

I’d thought about this a bit before, but my mom had never asked me. Here’s what I said:

  • go on a cruise
  • Go to England and Scotland (preferably during the Jane Austen festival!)
  • Go to Italy
  • See an opera at the Met (that was going to happen this year, but then my little sister decided to graduated from college. 🙂 )
  • Go to the West Coast, like California or Hawaii. (We could combine this with item number 1 and go on a DISNEY Cruise to Hawaii!)

Another item on my list: Be in a production of Les Miserables. This is going to happen this coming summer, because one of the community theater companies I work with got the rights to the new full version of the show (not the adapted “school version” which has been out for a few years.)

I am massively excited, of course. Over the past few years I’ve also done Jekyll and Hyde and Ragtime with this company, and these are two of my “dream” shows–shows I really love. Les Miserables is also in this category. Even if I don’t get an actual “part”, the chorus stuff is amazing.

So this summer brings one Bucket List item to completion. Now about the rest of them….

Fun new things: Picnic with the Pops and Idina Menzel

One of the things I was super looking forward to during the Year of 30 was going to a Picnic With the Pops concert. They used to be held in a city suburb, so I’d never been able to go. But this year, they moved downtown to the new Columbus Commons, and when I saw that Idina Menzel–who guest stars on Glee and originated the roles of Maureen (Rent) and Elphaba (Wicked), I knew I had to go.

Apparently, so did about 7,000 other people. The concert drew a HUGE crowd. My sister had the day off so she was able to go with me. It was great to experience this gorgeous concert, our fantastic symphony, and the beautiful evening with her.

Some of the set list:

  • Don’t Rain On My Parade
  • Both Sides Now
  • The Wizard and I
  • For Good
  • Love for Sale/Roxanne
  • No Day But Today

One more thing checked off the life list!

Melanie pre-show

Me and Mel

Idina comes into the crowd. This was very exciting.

“Both Sides Now”

Balance: An update

Since I wrote the first balance post, I’ve made some progress in the area of exercise, which I thought I’d share.

My objective, in creating an exercise program and getting more physically active, isn’t designed to impress people (other than my doctors!). It’s designed to be fun and work with what my body gives me, increasing the speed/strenuousness as the body allows.

The treadmill is something I’ve always liked. I don’t get “bored” with it, any more than I would with any other activity (that’s not reading, or music, or movies). I like the tangible sense of data and progress it gives me. Fitness is one area where I like numbers very much. On a treadmill I can control speed and incline, and it’s easy to do intervals, which I like to do (because it helps rack up mileage. See how that works?). Now that the show is in its final weekend, I can start heading back to my apartment complex’s fitness room with more regularity. Also, yoga and ballet will be on the schedule–yoga more so for the time being, because where I take ballet goes to “open” classes in July/August, with no classes for adults in June. I do however use ballet beautiful, and really like it. And, with the advent of summer, swimming!

All of these things are fun (to me), make me sweat, and raise my heart rate. These are good things.

Also in summer, there’s a lot of fun outdoor activities–fairs, festivals, amusement parks.

So my summer fitness schedule looks like this:

Sunday: treadmill/swimming/walk in a park/ballet beautiful

Monday: OFF

Tuesday: yoga class

Wednesday: yoga class and ballet beautiful (one session)

Thursday: Treadmill/swimming

Friday: Something outdoorsy/or indoor (treadmill/ballet beautiful) depending on weather

Saturday: AM treadmill, with other activities optional

The only things that are definites are yoga on Tuesday and Wednesday. Everything else has different options, depending on the day. I imagine I”ll do a lot more swimming than treadmill, but it really doesn’t matter.

30 things you should do/have by the time you’re 30

Courtesy of Glamour : 

  1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come. Yes on the latter, not the former. 
  2. A decent pile of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family. check
  3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour. Check!
  4. A purse, a suitcase, and an umbrella you’re not afraid to be seen carrying. Check.
  5. A youth you’re content to move beyond. Check
  6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age. Um…no.
  7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age–and some money set aside to help fund it. Go OPERS. 🙂 
  8. An email address, a voice mailbox, and a bank account–all of which nobody has access to but you. Check
  9. A resume that is not even the slightest bit padded. Check
  10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry. Check
  11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra…um, 1/3. You guess.
  12. Something ridiculously expensive you bought yourself just because you deserve it. Check. 🙂
  13. The belief that you deserve it. Check
  14. A skincare regiment, an exercise routine, and a plan for dealign with those few facets of life that don’t get better after 30. Check. (Exercise routine established!)
  15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better. Check.
  16. How to fall in love without losing yourself. Massive check.
  17. How you feel about having kids. I’ve know this since I was about…eight… 🙂 (I want them. Love them.)
  18. How to quit a job, break up with a man, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship. Check. I think. I’ve never quit a job…
  19. When to try harder, and when to walk away. Check.
  20. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next. Check. (hey, I’m being honest here.)
  21. The names of the secretary of state, your great-grandmothers, and the best tailor in town. Check on the first one, 1/4 on the second, and check on the third.
  22. How to live alone, even if you don’t like it.  LOVE it. Total check. 🙂
  23. Where to go–be it your best friend, your kitchen table or a yoga mat–when your soul needs southing. Check.
  24. That you can’t change the length of your legs, the width of your hips, or the nature of your parents. Check.
  25. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over. Well mine was pretty great….but check.
  26. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love. Check.
  27. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs, or not flossing for very long. AMEN and check.
  28. Who you can trust, who you can’t, and why you shouldn’t take it personally. Check.
  29. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault. Still working on this. I’m really bad at this, actually.
  30. Why they say life begins at thirty!