Last week, on my birthday, I posted 50 things I wanted to do before my 50th birthday, which is still a couple of years off, thank goodness. I am happy to report that one week into my project and I am making some progress.
The funny thing about list-making, is that the act of writing it down, somehow makes it more likely that the task will get done. The really funny, like strange, thing that has happened, is that now that I have sent out a message to the Universe about what I would like to accomplish, the Universe is sending messages back to me. For instance, I listed that I want to contact some former teachers and thank them. Well, the other day, I received a Facebook message from some of my high school friends about an informal reunion. This led me to find one of my favorite former teachers. We are now friends on Facebook! Number 32 on my list states, “Take a sunset horseback ride.” Last week I received an email offer to take a sunset horseback ride in nearby wine country! Needless to say, I bought the offer and during the coming months I will be able to check that off my list too. In the meantime, here’s my progress, so far:
I spent my birthday at the beach. We went to Paradise Cove in Malibu. This stretch of Southern California coastline is a local landmark that I have never visited before. So, I just completed the first month of Number 21 on my list. Paradise Cove was perfect location for relaxing on my birthday, and I can now understand why it is a Southern California favorite. There was a small pier, lounge chairs and cabanas, it had a nice restaurant. I don’t know why it’s taken me
47 48 years to visit.
I have also been replacing my coffee with green tea, number 28 on my list. I really only drink coffee in the morning, when I need it most. I miss the taste of coffee in the morning and I guess my body is missing the caffeine kick too, since I seem to take longer to get going now that I am drinking green tea instead of coffee.
I noticed that I was a little slower on the uptake the other morning, as I was practicing speaking Spanish, number 50, on my list. Juan, is fluent spanish speaker. He is helping me out by speaking more and more Spanish around the house. I am not a fluent Spanish speaker, but I notice a dramatic improvement after a margarita . Anyway, I felt like the extra practice was helping until Juan tried speaking Spanish to me in the morning, after I had cut out the coffee. No caffeine or margarita at 6:30 a.m., and I couldn’t understand a word he said, nor could I form a cohesive sentence. Note to self: Do not attempt to speak spanish without having caffeine or margaritas.
The last thing I did to make some progress on my list was to buy a new food and use it in a new recipe, numbers 19 and 37 on my list. I went to a farmer’s market and bought Black Kale. Then, I went home and made Tilapia and Escarole, a recipe I found here. The recipe called for esarole but I substituted kale. When Erica and Juan saw I was cooking with kale they were not sure they’d like it. To be honest, I wasn’t sure I would like it either. But the recipe was healthy, easy and it got great reviews, so I thought I would try it. It turned out great.
So, that’s my update on my 50 Before 50 list. I’ll be posting more here as soon as I have checked more off my list.