Monthly Archives: September 2010

Revisiting the list

Remember The List of 40 that I posted back on July 21, 2009?  You know the one where I listed 40 things that I wanted to complete by the time my 41st birthday rolled around.  Yeah, the one here.  

Oh you forgot…do worry I forgot about  it too.  Well I can’t say that I forgot, it’s just that I didn’t look at it again after writing it.  But then again that is the same thing as forgetting about it isn’t it?  After revisiting the list and seeing all of the things that I haven’t yet completed…I decided to take some time and make a few revisions.   Here is the new list…

The “New and Improved” List of 40

  1. Test drive my dream car
  2. Read 40 books
  3. Watch 40 movies
  4. Take a yoga class
  5. Plan a date night with my DH twice a month
  6. Take a photography class
  7. Travel out of the country (and no Canada doesn’t count)
  8. Find the perfect shade of lipstick
  9. Travel somewhere new within the USA
  10. Watch a play
  11. Find a good perfume
  12. Go to a concert
  13. Take the family to New York
  14. Take the family to the beach
  15. Develop 35% of the photos taken
  16. Find a new job (completed Jan,4, 2010)
  17. Plan family night one night a week
  18. Re-design my website and blog (moved to Word Press Summer 2010)
  19. Take a scrap booking class (Me:the abridged version taught by Cathy Zielske at Big Picture Classes)
  20. Re-decorate my office/craft room
  21. Play more
  22. Have more dinner parties or just good old fashion house parties
  23. Become a better swimmer. Take a swimming class
  24. Document this list (blog, photos, scrapbook)
  25. Go on the Oprah show (either as a guest or audience member)
  26. Go rock climbing
  27. Learn how to edit video (Vanessa I’ll be calling you about this one!)
  28. Write a book
  29. Teach a class
  30. Run a 5k race
  31. Learn how to knit/crochet
  32. Plan a picnic
  33. Learn another language
  34. Visit a vineyard
  35. Take a cooking class
  36. Find the perfect pair of jeans
  37. Watch the sun rise and set
  38. Go white water rafting
  39. Go away to a spa
  40. Complete 10 scrapbooks (always good at starting them but never get around to finishing)

 So now I have approximately 7 months to complete my list.  I guess it’s time to roll up my sleeves and get to getting


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A very ambitious goal

runDisney Website

As I mentioned in my last post, I have been struggling with filling this void in my life.  It’s like I feel like I should be doing so


mething amazing but just can’t quite put my finger on what “it” is.  No, I don’t think that my purpose in life is to make world peace, win the Noble Peace Prize  or find a cure for stupidity…however I do feel that I should be doing something more than what I’m doing now.

So a few weeks ago, while watching the morning news as I was getting ready f


or work, they did a story on former Olympian Jeff Galloway who had recently been named as the Official runDisney Training Consultant.  During the interview, Jeff talked about the Disney Marathon that was coming up and all of the fun activities they had planned at the park.  I had been entertaining the idea of running again; had even bought the book by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea Run Like A Mother and well hearing about the Disney event peaked my interest.  When I got into the office that morning, I quickly went to the runDisney website and lo and behold, I came across the Disney Princess Half Marathon and that was it…my mind was made up…I am going to run in this race.

Now I know this is a VERY ambition goal…13.1 miles…I can’t even run 3 mile

The race course

s straight without clutching my chest while grasping for breath.  How in the h- e double hockey sticks am I going to make it through 13.1 miles????? 

But after looking at the features of the race life:

  • Women’s focused half marathon (Can you say GIRL POWER)
  • A course through Magic Kingdom® Park including Cinderella Castle and Epcot®  (Now tell me how cool would it be to run through Cinderella’s Castle?)
  • Disney Princess themed Entertainment on-course and maybe a visit from Prince Charming and friends  (Did someone say Prince Charming?  Sign me up!!!)

In addition to that as a participant I will also get:

  • Commemorative Champion® Ladies Tech Shirt  (Who doesn’t like a free t-shirt?)
  • Goody Bag (Be still my beating heart…a goodie bag…SHUT UP!!!)
  • Personalized Bib (Isn’t that some fancy running term for a name tag?  How cool and how official! After this I guess I could officially call myself a runner.)
  • On Course Refreshments, On Course Disney Entertainment and Post-Race Refreshments (They will feed and entertain me – count me in!!)
  • Half Marathon Finishers receive a very special Princess medal (Maybe a cool tiara or Mickey Ears – I can see myself wearing it now…)

With all of that how could I pass this up?????  Plus it will give me the opportunity to get some much-needed “me” time away from the job and family.  JACKPOT!!!

I know it is a very ambitious goal…but I think that is one of the things that I’m missing…a goal.  This definitely takes me out of my comfort zone but who couldn’t use a good jolt to the system every now and again.  So starting tomorrow, I’m lacing up the trusty Nike Air Max shoes and hitting the pavement.

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Looking for “it”

Have you ever had that feeling that something is missing from your life, but you just can’t put your finger on exactly what “it” is?  Well that is how I have been feeling lately.  I don’t know if it’s a mid-life crisis thing…but I tell you what…I need to figure out what ”it” is so I can get to working on “it”.  I have been feeling restless almost fidgety and I don’t like feeling this way.  I am way to much of a Type-A person and you know how we are…we like to be in CONTROL of everything at all times.  So not being able to pinpoint this feeling…is starting to get under my skin.  Yeah, it’s starting to piss me off and I don’t like being pissed off.  So this weekend, between the soccer class for my little one and the boys football games, along with all of the cleaning, laundry and grocery shopping, I am going to sit/stand/lay down and spend some time trying to figure what “it:” is that is missing.

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