Hello, Dear Readers, I’m sorry that it has been over two months since I’ve allowed myself to sit down and write. I’ve had the time, sort of – Gilmore Girls started streaming on Netflix on October 1, so I’ve been a bit distracted.
Really though, I have been busy; spending time with Jason, catching up on reading, working, hosting my brother for a week, and seeing my friends. Over the past two months I’ve joined a new gym (and started seeing a personal trainer), gone apple picking and wine tasting, had dinner with an author, went to two author signings, ran a 5K, celebrated a friend’s birthday with a book swap, went to two trade shows, celebrated 5 years of the Beantown Book Club, tried clam chowder for the first time, took Jason on a birthday Boston brewery tour, got a faux hawk (and dyed it purple), visited Napa for the first time (and bought 17 bottles of wine), hosted a Murder Mystery birthday party with my bestie Michers, and nursed the longest cold of my life.
OH! And turned THIRTY.
At my party this weekend, my friend James asked what I was putting on my bucket list, now that I was old. I hadn’t really thought about it, to be honest. I was focusing on just getting rid of my gray hairs and excess chub. But now that a list had been suggested, I decided to make some goals, similar to my “Doin’ Stuff!” goal from this summer.
So now, Dear Readers, I propose to you: Emily’s 30 New Things at 30.
During the next year, my goal is to try 30 new things, whether it be food, drink, activities, hair styles – you name it, and I am going to try it.
I began my journey yesterday, exactly one week into my 30th year. (In reality, I probably did a bunch of stuff in that week that might have worked in this challenge: I didn’t get wasty face drunk at my party, I pressed 65 lbs, etc. But that’s neither here nor there.) For my birthday, I received a bottle of gin from Michers and some gorgeous coupe/cocktail glasses from my friend Monica. As most of you know, I am an avid gin drinker, but most of my gin drinking involves mixing it with tonic or lots of lemon. So goal number one was born: learn to drink martinis
1. LEARN TO DRINK MARTINIS
So, last night I pulled out the New Amsterdam gin, vermouth, olives stuffed with garlic, and a shaker. I dug up a recipe entitled “World’s Best Martini” (which did look promising). I chilled my fancy coupe glass (I did get martini glasses for the wedding, but alas, they are at my MIL’s house). I measured out my ingredients, added some ice, shook it up, and poured into the chilled glass… took a sip… O-M-G delicious. I made what I guess is considered a “dirty martini” since I got a little olive juice in the drink, and it was delightful.
I plan to try it many ways: clean, with a twist, with onion; with different kinds of gin; but never with vodka. Not my thing. I’m looking forward to discovering what I like best.
I am slowing building my list for the remaining 29 items. So far they include: buy a house, start volunteering (I just signed up as a volunteer at the French Cultural Society of Boston), drink all the wine we bought in Napa (kidding, that’s not a real challenge), and um, actually I don’t have any more yet! But stay tuned for 29 more exciting things that I am experiencing for the first time!
And, if anyone wants to go out for martinis and oysters, just give me a call.