Thursday, January 5, 2012

Ruthie's 30 before Crazy...guest Ruthie Wilson

Hey J's,

    Again I just wanted to say Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for including all of us in your challenge this year!!  I'm not calling it my "30 Before 30 Bucket List," because that ship sailed 4 years ago. But I'm calling it my "30 before Crazy List."   With a 4 year old and a 19 month old these are things that I need to do, to remember that I am more than just a Mom.  Before I go Crazy. Not to say that being a Mom is not still most important, but my baby is now getting old enough, that I can stop feeling guilty about stealing back a little bit of time for myself. This was just the push I needed to clear out my head of all the little things that my brain has been nagging me about and write them down on paper. Where I can see them. Read them. Remember them. Do them!!  Plus adding in a few things that I've always wanted to do, along with a few fun challenges for myself and myself and friends. It should be a fun year!!! 
    Before kids!!
                                     Today doing dishes with my boys!! (and boy do I need this)
    Ruthie's 30 Before Crazy List
    30 things I will do this year
    Many of which to help me break out of the frumpy mom of 2 young kids stage

  1. Wear make-up at least 3 days a week
  2. Find and buy 4 pairs of jeans (new or used) that I love and give me “good butt days,” for under $20 each
  3. Once again buy some underwear that doesn't come in a six pack
  4. Try dying my hair
  5. Get back into jogging
  6. Go to a Dermatologist
  7. Run a 5k
  8. Take the time for myself to have a weekly bubble bath
  9. Take a spa day with friends
  10. Start having a date night with my husband once a month
  11. Send my husband off and welcome him home with a real and good kiss each day
  12. Find a new favorite sushi place to call “our sushi place”
  13. Experience an Indian restaurant
  14. Go swimming with my boys at least 2 times a week this summer
  15. Learn to snowboard
  16. Enter some of my photos into the County Fair this year
  17. Teach my boys how to sing 2 new songs each month
  18. Help my boys do a customized good deed for everyone over 70 in our hall
  19. learn to BBQ
  20. Paint our front door Red
  21. Paint the Cabinet in our bathroom black
  22. Mow and trim the grass myself at least half the time this summer
  23. Clean out and reorganize all closets, cabinets and drawers (not all at the same time-baby steps!)
  24. Throw an awesome Friendship Party for my boys
  25. Challenge myself to putting on a fancy dinner party for 6, where I set and decorate the table using nothing but Dollar Store items (in hopes you won't be able to tell!)
  26. Figure out what to do with Kale and Chard, so I can grow them in our garden this year and feed them to my family.
  27. Learn how to make apple cider with the apples from our tree—both regular and hard (why not?)
  28. Make a Chicken pot pie from scratch
  29. Go shopping on Market St. in SF
  30. Stomp grapes at the Italian Days in Reno this year
My frist up-date is that so far I have Jogged / walked every day this year!!!  We are looking forward to coming down for your 5K. And in case any of you need a little help getting ready for that, have you heard of the app for your phone "C25K" ? (aka couch to 5K in 5 weeks.)  I believe it gives us just enough time. It's fun and easy to use and can be used along with your music playlist to really keep you motivated! 

And if any of you have husbands that are trying to get in shape as well, they may feel more at home with the idea after reading my husbands new blog Men's Fatness-the Challenge of 2 Fat Dads.   It's about his challenge he and another brother are doing to get in shape. It can be found at   Or just go there if you feel like you need a laugh!

    Thanks again you guys,     
    With Love, Ruthie Wilson


Juliana said...

Ruthie, I loooovvvveeee your list!! Also Joe's blog is
HIL-AR-IOUS!!! Can't wait to see you guys Feb 12th!

Jessica said...

Ruthie, I really love your list too. And your hubby's blog is really really funny. Can you tell them to post some pics of themselves? See you in February!

Jessica said...

OH man, you are too funny! love #3~I think I love you and don't even know you:) those are so may things that need to be on my list....i feel like your list is so practical, esp. since I have 2 small children now!

btw I highly recommend red doors! I painted 3 doors in my house red last year! and if you want some good recipes with kale I have a few great ones I could post on our blog!

Ruthie said...

Thanks you guys! And yes, I plan on helping out the guys this weekend on getting some glamour shots done to post on their blog. See you in Feb.

Jes said...

I love your list! It's so close to mine and I don't even have kids! I even thought about adding "learn to BBQ" but decided that was too advanced for me. Have fun!