Tuesday, September 17, 2013
I’ve made some progress on my 101 list.
20. Sign up for a 5K race - then do it
Last Saturday, I ran my first 5k. I’m still not finished my C25k program, but I’ll be finished in the next week. My goal was to run the race in 40 minutes, and I pretty much hit that mark. There was a big bottleneck at the start of the race where we were stopped for a good 30 seconds. Judging by my Endomondo tracker, I was held up for a minute and a half. My time was 40:46, so if it weren’t for the hold-up at the beginning, I definitely would have been finished in 40 minutes or under. I’m planning to run the Sea Witch next month. Hopefully I’ll be faster then. I don’t expect to ever be truly competitive, but it will be fun to beat myself.
26. Figure out what I want to be when I grow up or figure out my degree path
I'm not sure if I'll ever figure out what I want to be when I grow up. However, I have at least determined my degree path - to get my bachelors in social work. Eventually I also hope to get my masters. I’m planning to begin taking classes at Chesapeake in the spring. It’s going to be slow going, as I plan to only take one or two classes a semester. “You have to eat that elephant one bite at a time,” as my buddy TK used to say. It’s not going to happen overnight, but I have to start somewhere. Fortunately for me, I already have a 2 year degree so I’m not starting from scratch. One of my greatest friends and mentors didn’t get her bachelor’s degree until she was in her 50s. If she can do it, so can I.
54. Find a cool glass bottle to display my Whitehaven Beach sand
This was one of the easier things on my list. More difficult was to put the sand in it. However, I managed and it is now sitting on the mantle of our fireplace in the chocolate room.
71. Decide if finishing my degree in OZ is a viable option
If I were unmarried and five years younger, it would be. But I’m married and 33 now. One of our physicians is planning a move to OZ and promised to keep an eye out for jobs for me. I’m also on New Zealand’s immigration email list. They have something called a Silver Fern Visa that I would qualify for if I had a 4 year degree. But alas, I have no 4 year degree.
I’m afraid that Down Under will only be a place that I visit. Maybe one day I’ll be able to take an entire month off to stay in OZ. I don’t know what the cure for wanderlust is. Most times that I yearn for being somewhere else is usually when I’m at work.
It seems that the best cure for wanderlust would be to compete in the Amazing Race.
In the next month, I plan to:
Buy a map and put pins in the locations where I've left a little of Dad
Complete the Couch 25K program
Swim 1000 yards
PADI Open Water SCUBA diver certification
Make a photobook of Australia and New Zealand trip
Frame and hang one or more of my own photos
Fence in entire backyard
Write up TripAdvisor reviews for 5 places/things in OZ and/or NZ
Spread some of Dad at Martinak State Park
Eat a rooster that wakes me up too early
Sell eggs from our flock (hopefully enough to sustain price of feed)
Finish painting privacy fence
Another update once a few of these are checked off!