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26 Things I tried to do before turning 26

(first published 1/24/2020)


Every year, I put out a list of x number of things I want to achieve / complete before my next birthday. This last year, I travelled to Australia to see the love of my life, I made a ridiculous dessert that took far too long, I got a great job, I tried new things, I skipped out on list items (again), but ultimately, it's a testament that getting old doesn't have to be boring.

26 things to do before turning 26

  1. VISIT AUSTRALIA

  2. July 6 - july 25. I am SO in love. It’s ridiculous. A green, hilly, beautiful love

  3. AD 5 PROJECTS

  4. There’s no word for us -- march 10-12

  5. But this is going to a festival, so that’s nice

  6. I got a big girl job at techstyle, and sort of ad’d a few smaller productions. I guess my goal was different than what i inteded it to be. But i have health insurance! Which was the kicker before turning 26.

  7. SEND SHORT STORY BOOK OUT FOR PUBLISHING

  8. Sent it to many a friends, got feedback that i’m bringing into the new year

  9. MAKE A LONGBOARD

  10. Bought one instead - a beautiful wooden Sanford Shapes board

  11. GO FISHING

  12. PAINT ON CANVAS (OR LARGE PIECE)

  13. May 11 - Painted a naked man, really loved a bigger piece. Lots of color, van gogh style

  14. FINISH ITALIAN DUOLINGO

  15. I AM SO CLOSE. 6 LESSONS BEFORE I FINISH. 595 days of duolingo in a row

  16. MULTI PITCH

  17. Climbed tick rock, pacific palisades 5.6.19

  18. Not a multipitch, sort of gave up climbing

  19. SCUBA DIVE

  20. CERAMICS

  21. HIKE PART OF THE PCT

  22. 11/21 hiked a little & miles of snow with billy and Eddie in angeles

  23. SLACKLINE

  24. Sept 1. Ok wow this is difficult. So far, after workng on it for maybe an hour, i have two steps down. Will report back.

  25. GO TO MEXICO -- ROSARITO + PORTA NUOVA ARE OPTIONS

  26. 1/20/20 Went to Mexico! Stayed in ensenada, went swimming and had so many fish tacos. Emma was my partner in crime, Billy and Eddie translated and navigated. Absolutely in love

  27. ROLL DOWN A HILL

  28. Rolled down a nice lil hill on a paddock that we sort of jumped the fence on our way to the beach in caracalinga

  29. PLANT SOMETHING

  30. Planted sage…

  31. July… it died

  32. Sept - bought a new one! And 2 house plants!

  33. SLAM POETRY / READ WRITING TO STRANGERS

  34. GET IN A MAGAZINE / PRINT

  35. CHOP FIREWOOD

  36. Sugarloaf! Not good at chopping wood. Mar 30

  37. MILK A COW (OR OTHER ANIMAL)

  38. DIRECT A SHORT FILM

  39. MAKE A DOCUMENTARY OR PODCAST

  40. Sept 1. Made a documentary out of the footage from italy. Here’s a link

  41. https://vimeo.com/357243028

  42. VOLUNTEER

  43. HOT SPRING

  44. Mystic hot springs - May 24, utah

  45. TRY KRAV MAGA

  46. MAKE A CROQUEMBOUCHE

  47. Aug 31. Girl. wow. This took FOREVER. Six hours. Learned a lot in the process. The puffs were not hard to produce, i piped for the first time, and made a BOMB vanilla and chocolate filling with actual vanilla beans! Tasted great, would work marvelously as the filling for a creme brûlée, maybe that’ll be next? Assembly was muy difficile, and i need to work on my caramel (hard as a rock) but overall pretty happy with how it turned out.

  48. FORGIVE YOURSELF

  49. Had a dream in which life moved on and that felt nice.

  50. I told emma. In melbourne. And that helped a lot.



BOOKS

Jan 17. Devotion by patti Smith

Feb 14. To shake the sleeping self by jedidiah Jenkins

May 22. Brave new world

Oct 25. The Last Question by Isaac Asimov © 1956

Oct 27. Lolita

Dec 1. The old man and the sea

Dec 16. The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli

Jan 23. Into The Wild by Jon Krakaeur



LIVE

Jan 19, lo Fang, plant room. angelic

Feb 1. El ten eleven, the southern, Charlottesville va. Holy shit. Best show I’ve ever seen, no joke. The fam next to me danced arms flailing. The band was no bull shit, ecstatic. Orgasmic. Unreal. Wow. Nirvana.

Mar 14. Better Oblivion Communicty Center teregram ballroom. Other than the weird deja vu of realizing the last time I came here was on the first date with Marcos, the show was great. They sang lua and Scott street together, easy lucky free. I might prefer concerts on my own, but it was good hanging with the sad bois.

May 8. Lady Lamb with alex schaaf and someone else. The Lodgeroom, highland park with lisee. Woweeee she’s so talented! She came out to the audience and her arms are so strong

May 10. Camp cope and an horse at the bootleg theatre, los angeles, with sara rose. Holy fuck. I’ve sang my heart out to every song and felt some release and idk they’re just so cooool

Aug 9. Better oblivion community center, the wiltern. Again, concerts are better on my own. Weird with sara not being there. Same concert as before, but i definitely felt out of place

Oct. 17. John Cregan, old town pub, pasadena

Oct 21. half•alive - Fonda theatre. So cool. Great experience and absolutely entertaining with choreography and light

Nov 6. The drums, soho restaurant and music, santa barbara. Crazy mosh pit, not that great

Dec 8. Emily laliliotis - rosebud coffee. Sara’s friend. A literal angel who needs to be on the map

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