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30 Things, 4 Years Later: Day 28

30 Things to Accomplish in my 30s:
#28. Visit at least one family member per month — unless the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Let’s say that the weather has been rather uncooperative.

Or, I could just tell the truth and say that since I work a lot of weekends, it’s hard to get out of town much these days.

That and the fact that I do live in South Dakota where it’s blustery, cold, rainy, snowy or icy about 8-9 months of the year and that doesn’t help matters much either.

When I wrote this goal, I thought it would be nice to have a family dinner once a month. They’re all in the same general area and I’d just have to drive 2 hours north, stop at that Pizza Ranch or one of my brothers’ houses, have dinner and chit-chat or play a game or something. Maybe I’d stay the weekend. Maybe I’d just stay the day.

It was a lovely idea, really.

Why did I not actually do this one?

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Posted by on May 18, 2016 in 30 Things


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30 Things, 4 Years Later: Day 4

30 Things to Accomplish in My 30s:
#4. Visit every state in the United States that I haven’t been in yet.

About 6 weeks after I wrote this goal, my mom and I tag-teamed driving from South Dakota through Wyoming to Colorado to attend a funeral. We listened to Grandma’s collection of Burl Ives music as the miles passed. I’d never been in Wyoming or Colorado and I found the mountains particularly breathtaking. Burl Ives wasn’t half bad either.

That is the only traveling I’ve done.

I turned down a trip to Nashville with my brother. I saw Nashville at sunrise 11 years ago and that was good for me.

I turned down Arizona with the same brother — too broke.

I turned down Oregon with a random dude who said he just wanted company on the drive and a date to a wedding. Pretty sure he just wanted in my pants. And I hate weddings.

I turned down California on Arbor Day because I had to save my vacation time for clinicals. Apparently Arbor Day is a thing in California? I turned down California again because I was too broke. And part of it was that my friend had told me….. frightening?….. stories about things that go down in San Diego. I felt compelled to ask her what the chances were that I’d be murdered. Yes, I want to see California. Yes, I would love to see San Diego. But. I’m a little leery of the streets of San Diego.

I turned down Texas with the brother who wanted to do the other two trips — Not particularly interested in the concert he wants to attend. And I have to work that weekend.

The problem with this particular goal is that at this stage in life, you travel with your spouse and kids. I don’t have a spouse or kids. Most of my friends do. So that means my option is to travel alone. That’s no fun at all. Or I could travel with the single men I know — except that the guys who wanted to get in my pants aren’t in my life anymore and the ones who don’t want to get in my pants don’t want to travel with women because it’s just not done.

But, I can dream. I’m particularly excited by the possibility of seeing Alaska, which I hope to visit in March (so I can see the Aurora Borealis in all its glory) and Hawaii around about January or February. Oh, I can hardly wait!

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Posted by on April 13, 2016 in 30 Things


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