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32 Things To Do… Before Turning 32!

by Ashley on July 11, 2014

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Today marks my 31st birthday, and the second year I’ll complete my “Things to Do By #” list.  Last year I didn’t quite accomplish everything on my “31 Things to Do Before Turning 31“… and that’s okay!  Like Lana says… “Well shit. At least you tried.”

And I won’t lie – I’ve been anxiously waiting for my 32nd birthday for about half of my life. It may be my childhood obsession with Sex and the City (see: What Carrie Bradshaw & Friends Taught Me About Aging), but it’s like… “I’m almost there! LIFE.LET’S.GET.REAL.”

Some of these may be repeats from my previous list – maybe this year I’ll try and succeed.

  1. Volunteer for the New Orleans Film Festival. Ongoing through July 10th.
  2. Write the first draft of a manuscript or screenplay.
  3. Attend a professional sports game (NFL, NHL, NBA, MBA, etc.)
  4. Pick up an unlimited pass for Barre classes & participate actively for one month.
  5. Build up a regular exercise routine of working out 5 days a week, at a minimum of half an hour.
  6. Memorize the major notes on my ukulele, as well as learn to play 5 songs.
  7. Visit Buenos Aires, Argentina Travel booked for April 2015!
  8. Visit Reykjavik to see the Northern Lights.
  9. Watch 10 of AFI’s Top 100 Films: Singin’ in the Rain, Gone with the Wind, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Some Like It Hot (10/4/14), To Kill a Mockingbird, Midnight Cowboy, It Happened One Night, Taxi Driver, Rocky, and The Sixth Sense.
  10. Read Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead.
  11. Pay off our car (approximately $9,00o).
  12. Pay off 1 private student loan. (Approximately $3200.)
  13. Take a 6-week long Ballroom or Swing dance class series with Garren.
  14. Purchase a pair of Christian Louboutins.
  15. Go to a shooting range and learn to shoot a gun.
  16. Eat lacto-ovo vegetarian for a a month. (AKA dairy & eggs ok!)
  17. Go to the Roller Derby.
  18. Attend a Mardi Gras Ball.
  19. Attend the World War II museum’s New Year’s Eve party.
  20. Complete the Couch-to-5K running app and run a complete 5k.
  21. Lose 30 pounds (getting back to my weight pre-husband’s unemployment/wedding/honeymoon).
  22. Get out of New Orleans and visit nearby areas: St. Francisville, Abita Springs, Avery Island.
  23. Invest in a great pair of basic, versatile black bootsFrye Molly Gore boots purchased by Garren for my birthday 7/13/14! (Can’t wait to get them in Whiskey too)
  24. Make a $100 donation to a non-profit organization.
  25. Get the dozens of rolls of color and black and white film developed. (They’re like 10+ years old!)
  26. Take a swamp tour.
  27. Take a Ghost/Vampire Tour.
  28. Do a big purge of our house, donating or selling all unused and unwanted items.
  29. Complete reading of one bookshelf of books in my house.
  30. Learn to bake a perfect pie.
  31. Make homemade food/drink items for our local friends for Christmas.
  32. Visit the World War II Museum. (September 25, 2014 for Museum Day Live!)

Over the year it’s my hope to share these mini-adventures, excursions, and new experiences– if you have any tips for any of the above, please let me know! I’d love to hear your experiences and ideas.


Corrine/Frock & Roll August 4, 2014 at 10:45 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ashe! <3 Awesome list; I look forward to seeing you achieve your dreams in the coming year! :D

Ashley August 4, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Thank you, Corrine!!

Stephanie Loudmouth July 23, 2014 at 6:27 pm

No, seriously, I’ve been excited about my 30th birthday ever since watching 13 Going on 30! It always amazes me when people have a problem with getting older… I feel like life just keeps getting better! I also love making birthday lists like this.

Anyway, happy birthday! And now I’m off to check out the life lessons you posted. I’m intrigued.

Ashley August 4, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Hah! It’s so nice to find another 13 Going on 30 fan!! I do feel like things keep getting better (and if they aren’t, I’m certainly much better at handling the worse)… if that’s not a reason to celebrate aging, what is??

jennine July 14, 2014 at 5:00 pm

OK… three things:

2. So glad to see you blogging again!
3. There are VAMPIRE tours? Do you get to wear fangs?

and ps. I was 32 when I started The Coveted. Feels like I was a kid back then!

Ashley August 4, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Thank you, honey!! There are totally Vampire Tours, and Ghost Tours, too! I don’t know if you get to wear fangs on the Vampire tours or not… it’d be fun if you did! Maybe I’ll bring a pair with me ;)

Texas Aggie Mom July 12, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Not sure how I found your blog, but I really enjoy it, so I’m excited to learn that we share a birthday! I have just celebrated 24 more of them than you. I’m sad to say that I can only check off items 5, 15, 17, 20, 23, 24 and 30 from your list above, so I’m going to add more of yours to my bucket list. It’s weird about the pie thing. My mother (possibly the world’s worst cook) gave me a recipe for pie crust that I started making in junior high or high school. Mine always turned out perfectly and hers flopped, from the same recipe. I still use that same recipe with consistently high results, and I’m happy to share it with you, as it’s the only thing on your list about which I can claim to be knowledgeable.

Double Pie Crust

3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1 cup) butter flavor Crisco
1/2 cup ice cold water

Sift together 3 cups all-purpose flour and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cut in one cup (one stick) of butter flavor Crisco with a pastry blender (the old-fashioned thing with a wooden handle at the top and loops of stiff wire) until you have pieces about the size of green peas. Gradually add up to 1/2 cup of ice cold water, blending with pastry blender after each addition. You probably need all but about a tablespoon of the water; some days I use all of it. This will make two single-crust pies or a double crust pie. You’ll need an old-fashioned rolling pin to roll it out to pie size between two floured sheets of waxed paper. I think the secret is not handling it any more than necessary to accomplish each step, and sometimes it will roll better if you chill in the fridge for a little while.

Wish I could show you in person how to make a fancy fluted edge – its’ really simple once someone shows you, but I’ll do my best to describe it step by step. Basically put the crust in a pie pan (I use foil ones all the time if I’m taking pie anywhere – they are fine!) and fold the edge over double about 3/4″ wide around the top. Then you sort of smush it between the tips of your fingers (both hands) until it’s a solid ridge raised up about a half inch all the way around. Now take your right thumb and and left index finger parallel to each other about 3/8″ apart. At what would be 6:00 on the pie, hold your fingers over the edge of the crust pointing toward 12:00. Turn them at an angle to your right so they are pointing more a 2:00. Now move around the crust to your right, making parallel indentations that squish up a little crust between your thumb and index finger. This makes a nicer finish than the technique you will see on line where you make a “u” with the thumb and index finger on one hand and push the other index finger in between them, but I can’t find a video. Hope this makes some sort of sense. It’s easy to practice – flour is practically free, and you can always catch Crisco sticks on sale with a coupon. Here’s hoping that by this time next year we have both checked off many more cool things!

mlleghoul July 11, 2014 at 12:05 pm

If you figure out the perfect pie thing, you must promise to break it down for the rest of us! I love to bake, but I am terrified to even attempt a pie. Pie failure seems like the saddest failure.

Ashley July 11, 2014 at 5:32 pm

“Pie failure seems like the saddest failure.”
It’s so true! I think back to my attempts over a decade ago, and how horrible it ended up. It was such a disaster. We did have some success with an Emeril’s pie, but I got scared and bought the crust :(

G’s mom makes delicious pies, so maybe I can convince her to teach me her methods!

Sarah July 11, 2014 at 11:29 am

I have three things to contribute. Derby is the best. You should totally check it out, but don’t sit in the crash zone! The Krewe of Armeinius sells tickets to their Mardi Gras ball for less than $30. It’s awesome to watch. In terms of sports, I like the Voodoo arena football. It’s affordable, not ridiculously crowded so you can get close, and easy to root for! Good luck and happy birthday.

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