Tuesday, June 19, 2012

29 things

In honor of my 29th birthday today, I'll share 29 things that I think are/will be awesome while I'm 29.
Posting this picture only because I think it's a good picture of us.
I tried not to get too sappy, but I took extra consideration and wrote the cheesy ones in red so that any cynics like me can skip over those ones.

In no particular order:

1. The Katy Perry movie comes out July 5th. I don't care if I have to go by myself (pretty sure I will), I'll be at the theater soaking in the beauty that day.

2. Speaking of cinematic bliss, in less than two months we will be the proud owners of the Hunger Games DVD.

3. Running- here's a "is this normal or is this weird?" moment.  Every day I get excited about how I can actually run and I don't have any illness or injury or anything that prevents me. Like, honestly every day I think about this. Please weigh in.

4. I'm going to San Diego in just 3 days!

5. I consider all my immediate family my BFFs. When people say things like "I'm glad I have a buffer zone from my parents", it confuses me just as much as when people say things like "that dessert was too sweet, I couldn't finish it". It just doesn't even make any sense. I'm obsessed with my family and can never get enough time with them. Moving 400 miles away didn't help.

6. Biking - I just need to talk for a second about how much I love this. A little over a year ago it scared the crap out of me and now I can't get enough. By this logic I'll be requesting a pet tarantula for my 30th birthday.

7. Next month Eric and I will be an aunt and uncle! How great is that? We are going to have a nephew!

8. Ragnar in Miami for Lily's 30th birthday. If flying to Florida to alternate sleeping in a van full of sweaty people with running in the middle of the night doesn't appeal to you, your title of "runner" will be immediately stripped away.

9. Dolvett - as far as I know he's still on the Biggest Loser, and I look forward to continuing to drool every Tuesday night. Unless he doesn't retweet me today, in which case he is dead to me.

It may be my birthday, but I'll give this gift to my readers. So selfless.

10. Chocolate. Obviously. It's my birthday, so calories don't count, which incidentally is the philosophy I follow the other 364 days of the year as well. Turns out if you have a blog dedicated to chocolate, you get all sorts of wonderful treats for your birthday. 

11. Coffee. Without it, I would probably be in jail for slapping the first person to say "good morning" to me prior to 10:30 am. Also, it's delicious, smells good, and is just fun to drink. Confession - I'm really jealous of Amanda for coming up with such a perfect blog name.

12. Bike shorts. Without them, my ass would be in such bad shape.

13. My running buddy - she met me at 5am so we could start my birthday off with a ten  mile run!

14. Sir Mix a Lot. For so many reasons.

15. Friends. I'm extremely socially awkward and shy, so it consistently amazes me that people other than my mom willingly spend time with me. Not just any people though, some of the most wonderful people I've ever known.  

16. The internet - you can't go wrong here. It brings me so many hours of amusement, and it has also provided me with the majority of my new friends recently. I may have to assure my husband that I'm not inviting serial killers to sleep over numerous times, but so far all these friendships have worked out great.

17. I'm married to a hottie. Also, he waits on me hand and foot whenever I ask him too. I lucked out here.

18. DVR - those of you living without it, I don't understand you.

19. Lady Gaga - she can wear meat dresses all she wants, her music has helped me through many races.

20. My iPhone - I used to need a camera, ipod, and phone - now I have one device that does it all, plus has the internet, PLUS has Words with Friends.

21. Words with Friends - my number one goal as a 29 year old is to improve at this game. I will put career, my master's degree, running, and personal relationships on the backburner if need be.

22. JFK 50 - I don't think anybody who hasn't done Stone Mill can fully appreciate how excited I am to be running a 50 mile race that will actually be 50 MILES.

23. Wine. It's helped me through some rough times, and I plan on continuing our relationship well into the future.

24. The Hartford Marathon - running with Kari, Emily, and Emily is going to be epic. It's not until October and one of us probably mentions how we can't wait at least once a week.

25. I'm still in my 20s. For 364 more days. I need to enjoy this.

26. Breaking Dawn part 2! If it is released the night before my 50 mile race again, my life will be complete. 

If this doesn't excite you, you are dead to me.
27. I work with great people. Last week, my fellow third grade teacher friend made me brownies for my birthday. I don't have to worry about being exhausted from waking up at 4am today to run, because my hall bestie (yes we actually call each other that at work) is treating me to Starbucks at lunch. Even more importantly, she watches my class whenever I have to pee.

28. Our 4 year anniversary next month - obviously, I will take any excuse to bake and eat cake, but it goes deeper than that. We are going to the Smoky Mountains for some hiking and since I'm basically spending the next 10 days on trips away from Eric, I'm pretty psyched. We watch our wedding video every year on our anniversary - seriously, any future brides reading, DO NOT skip the wedding video!

29. Christmas - I'm obsessed with any holiday, but ESPECIALLY Christmas, and especially this year when it won't be all adults! From what I've heard a 5 month old might not participate fully in all the activities, but he'll still be adorable to look at.


  1. Hartford really will be epic. Reading this makes me want to go on a long run today. Who knows if that will actually happen.

    Mike waits on me hand and foot too. It's so glorious.

    This is the first time I've seen the new twilight movie poster. I can't wait!

  2. Happy Birthday Alyssa! Hope you had an awesome birthday run!

  3. This is a great post! This is my first time to see the Twilight poster too. That little girl is precious!

    Hope your 29th birthday is a perfect day filled with family, friends, great food, and of course chocolate!

  4. It's telling that I've already started stockpiling out of control dessert recipes for the post-hartford celebrations. Pinterest helps with this immensely. Happy birthday!!!!

  5. Happy birthday! I got completely distracted by all the talk of coffee, which I'm still not allowed to have. I'm going to go make a cup and smell it or something.

  6. Happy Birthday and I love number 25. i'm 29 too and have roughly 300 days to go :(

  7. My birthday present to you is that JFK is actually 50.2 miles. There, now at least you won't be surprised. :)

    I'm still dealing with bitterness about being too knocked up to even come for the Hartford weekend. I may need some dessert to feel better about it. Thank goodness I keep a stocked house.

    Happy birthday! Next year, let's run 30 miles on our birthday. Won't that be fun?

  8. Happy Bday lady!!! I am glad we had such a wonderful run....

    Love your 29 things and the fact that I was #13 --that's my lucky number :D

    also, you know I will going with you to see Katy!!!!!

  9. Happy happy birthday Alyssa! I was going to take the time to write that 29 times...but then I got over it ;)

    1. This comment has been removed by the author.

  10. I like post #15 of course! :) And when I saw the Katy Perry movie, immediately thought of you- will see it if you want- are you free during the day? Loved the posting!

  11. #3 - totally normal and grateful! i think about that too!

    happy birthday!

  12. Happy Birhday Alyssa...! So much of life, love, and adventure ahead of you. Wishing you all the best !!!

  13. Happy birthday!! I think my 30s have been the best time for me so there's nothing to fear as you spend the next 364 days as a 29 year old!!

  14. That's an awesome list! I can't wait for the Hunger Games DVD to come out! I went to the midnight showing with all the teens...! Happy Birthday!

  15. Happy happy birthday! This is an awesome list, especially Hartford. You are a racing addict!

  16. Hope you have an amazing birthday! The only thing I take issue with on this list is Katy Perry. Love her music for running, but hate her. When Tim and I first met he said something about, "Katy Perry is the hottest woman on Earth, blah, blah, etc." and now I'm just really jealous!


Thanks for commenting! Comments make me probably more happy than they should.