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Monday, July 26, 2010

Celebrating my 50th all year long

Last month was my 50th birthday, and I promised myself I'd create and maintain a blog through my 50th year. It's a little late, but here we are.
I also set a goal of doing 50 things this year- things which were either interesting or fun, creative or hard, challenging or odd, outside of my comfort zone or simply something I hadn't done before. Naturally, I am way behind, and needing to do much before the year is out.
Some of what I've done so far is to take a cross country trip, see the desert, ride a train in a sleeper car, attend my high school class' 50th birthday bash, run to the top of Sparta mountain (a hill really, but I'm counting it!).
I also opened a brick and mortar retail paint store, and an online Etsy shop. I've started my blog, and in November I am going to be "best man" at my friend Charlie's wedding (yes, I'm a woman, and no, Charlie's not gay. He and I are close friends; it just made sense, and I am honored to be part of his and Jane's wedding day). Other things: I walked the Chelsea highline, took specific, positive steps for my health, learned to solder, ran a 5k, went to Mardi Gras, tried shrimp (eww), and learned to drive to Dover (NJ). Some may seem ordinary, and they are, but not for me. So I have made a start. But I still have many things to do to reach my 50th year celebration goal. And though I have some ideas, some hopes, and some mad desires, I have very little money and am open to suggestions. Oh, and, welcome to my blog.


  1. Gotta start somewhere and it looks like you have already made a big dent! Good luck! I look forward to following your progress!

  2. Vicky, you are awesome and so is your blog! I look forward to more postings! I think one of your fifty things could be to play with a kazoo band! Love you! Pat

  3. You're off--or should I say up--and running (in more ways than one!) with a great start for your "Golden" birthday year celebration. Congrats on the blog. You've really captured yourself, which is a huge accomplishment for such a free spirit! Since you've already demonstrated being the best Best Friend, I know you're going to be the best Best Man, too! I'm looking forward to future blog installments and happy and honored to be a part of your adventure!

  4. wow vicky! good for you!! i've added your blog to my "favorites" and will be checking in for some ideas and adventures in my 50th year! we can compare notes! :-)

  5. Wow, way to go! And tee hee, my reaction used to be ewwww to shrimp, too, but now it's one of my favorite foods. :D

  6. sounds fabulous! congratulations on your 50th...