I (too) like to kick, stretch, and kick! And I'm 50. 50 years old. So last night I went to Fitness Yoga to stretch, and this morning I'll Turbo Kick off my birthday at the Y.
Why do 50 new things for my 50th birthday? So I wouldn't become a stodgy old fart who won't try anything new. And because I want to show our 3 daughters not to be afraid to try new things.
The whole list is at the bottom, but here are some highlights:
Winter brought curling on a COLD White Bear Lake, part of the ice shanty project. Sadie is posing here with Bobby Bear, our first snow sculpture (named for my aunt Bobby Roecker). We spent nearly 2 hours just packing the pile of snow before we started carving him out. We actually had to carve out a lot more a few days after the first attempt, since my daughters said they didn't want a snowbear with a "Nicki Minaj butt" in the front yard. Another favorite was trying sushi for the first time with my dear friend, Kari - I even tried a floral flavored saki with it (which was a little odd, but okay).
John Green's book, The Fault in our Stars, inspired two entries. I'd heard my older girls raving about his books and wanted to read one, and loved TFIOS. I enjoyed his Facebook updates last fall when they were filming the movie adaptation. (My favorite entry was when they were shooting the ending: "Why did I make it so sad?!") It was fun to share the reading and movie premiere experience with Katie and Ellen.
Last Saturday morning Sadie and I distributed fliers for our friend, Randy Jessup, a terrific guy who is running for the MN House. Not being very politically involved, this was a new experience for me, but we were glad to help out. We ended our morning with a reward stop at Culver's.
And finally, I tried baking my Grandma Roecker's famous "kuchen" from scratch. This one is a special shout out for my cousin Sara Peters, my partner in pie-making inadequacy. Although I filled it with too much fruit, not leaving enough room for the delicious cream filling, it was close enough to bring back waves of delicious memories of kuchens gone by.
So, what would you want to try if you were looking for new experiences? What do you do to mark significant birthdays? Would love to hear from you! Thanks!