Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I Have...

I just turned 30, and I'll admit to being a bit freaked out by it. After all, I've been in my 20's pretty much my entire adult life, so I'm feeling a bit of an identity crisis coming on. At the risk of coming off as completely braggy, I decided to compile a list of some of the things I've done in my thirty trips around the sun. Some are random, some are ridiculous, and some are actual accomplishments. 

{Just so we understand each other, if I have done something and you haven't, or vice versa, that doesn't mean I judge you or think you are less cool than me. Because, let's be real, you've done some pretty awesome stuff that I haven't, and I've made some mistakes you've been too smart to fall for. So, we good?}

{On Boulder Mountain over Labor Day weekend}

I Have...

  1. Ridden in a helicopter and a hot air balloon
  2. Pulled a handcart over Rocky Ridge in WY wearing pioneer clothes (complete with bonnet)
  3. Lived in London
  4. Served a mission for my church for 18 months
  5. Sang hymns in 4-part harmony on a street corner during a festival called Turkeyrama
  6. Eaten eel, frog legs, cow tongue, cow face, and alligator
  7. Seen Broadway plays on Broadway
  8. Ceremonially burned a mattress in a park at 6 in the morning
  9. Gained an extra 30 pounds and then lost it again (non-pregnancy. Pregnancy is a whole other story...)
  10. Gone skinny dipping
  11. Performed in Carnegie Hall under John Rutter to premiere a new work of his
  12. Held a human brain and heart in my hands
  13. Read my poems at a poetry reading, complete with upright bass and drum backup
  14. Gone to a tea-bagger rally
  15. Sung in a choir for an internationally-broadcast session of General Conference
  16. Taken a nap in the Tate Museum in London
  17. Gone salmon fishing in Alaska
  18. Sung in an underground subway tunnel
  19. Pulled a clothes hanger over my body 
  20. Maintained a 4.0 GPA since my mission in both my undergrad and grad programs (okay, so there was one A minus in London....stupid, completely subjective humanities)
  21. Made the BYU Dean's list three times
  22. Some of the most awkwardly awkward dance moves you've ever seen
  23. Never seen an R-rated movie
  24. Never tried alcohol, coffee, tea, or tobacco
  25. Never highlighted, dyed, colored, permed or otherwise chemically messed with my hair
  26. Played a Bosendorfer piano in a castle for tourists
  27. Sung the Star Spangled Banner in a double quartet for high school graduation
  28. Cut off and donated 10 inches of my hair
  29. Never carried a balance on a credit card
  30. Broken my arm (snapped my humerus in half)
  31. Been ward choir director three times
  32. Walked on Hadrian's Wall
  33. Crocheted/knitted 4 baby afghans
  34. Finished a real, queen-size, pieced, hand-quilted quilt
  35. Run a half marathon
  36. Touched a glacier
  37. Had police come to my door because a neighbor heard my child screaming and apparently thought I was abusive
  38. Been to Hawaii, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Scotland, Ireland, NYC, and Alaska
  39. Had my senior picture in an ad in the yellow pages
  40. Worked for nearly every pre-college graduation employer more than once
  41. Gone running in Hyde Park
  42. Worked as a teacher of English-speaking missionaries at the MTC
  43. A lot of letters after my name when I sign work-related documents (which I will admit still makes me feel kind of important): M.A., CCC-SLP
  44. Sung solo in a cemetery cathedral with breathtaking acoustics for a group of my peers in college
  45. Learned a piano piece by Chopin
  46. Performed in a women's quartet as intermittent entertainment/emcees for a Barbershop show (they called us the "Junior Misses" which made me feel like a pageant contestant)
  47. Been in BYU Women's Chorus
  48. Degrees from three different schools: Dixie State College (Associate's degree), BYU (Bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders), Our Lady of the Lake University (Master's degree in Communication Disorders)
  49. Lived in New York, California (San Francisco and San Jose), Utah (St. George and Provo), Oregon (Portland, Clackamas, and McMinnville), London, Texas, and Nevada
  50. Experienced the ache of infertility and the joy of motherhood
To sum up, I have much to be grateful for and much to look forward to.


  1. You are pretty amazing, Linds! I love the London ones, especially! You have done so many wonderful things in life! I miss you! I can't wait to see all you do in the thirty-era :)

  2. I'm very intrigued by some of these, but I keep coming back to #8. I feel like there's a good story to share. Am I right? Hint hint?

    1. There are several great stories in that list, and #8 was pretty awesome. I summed it up in a comment on my facebook post (complete with picture), but it basically involved a very small town I served in as a missionary in Oregon, some Elders, and a gross mattress some members had given them. Not the smartest thing I've ever done, but it's a testament to the zaniness that unavoidably exhibits itself when a group of young people voluntarily adhere to a very strict set of rules. I'm sure you have some stories of your own :).

  3. I knew when you walked into my front door almost ten years ago that you were going to be in my life forever. You are like a sister to me and I love you dearly.

    Excuse me, though! When did you skinny dip!??!?!?! I haven't even done that! :)

    Oh, please oh please move to Minneapolis. I promise homemade baked goods and free babysitting!

    You are 30 years young and one incredible woman. I'm so blessed I've known you for 9 years.

    1. Katie, you're the best! And don't be too shocked--the story is actually pretty tame.

      I love that we are still close friends, despite living so far apart. Has it seriously been 9 years?!

      I don't know we'll ever live in Mpls (too cold!!), but I would LOVE to visit you. And you will have to come visit us again soon!