40 Before 40: Roundup #1

40 Before 40: My 6-Month Roundup

In addition to a visit to Winchester Mystery House, playing tourist, we visited some of our favorite Bay Area spots, including Pescadero State Beach over the last several months

It’s now been six months since I unveiled my 40 Before 40 list on my 37th birthday, so I thought it was about time for a check in and progress update. To date, I:

Giant Race 2014

In the corrals for the 2014 Giant Race

On the Field at AT&T Park

As Giant Race finishers, Brian and I got to hang out on the field at AT&T Park for a while.

  • Played tourist in home city  (#6), a bit. Over Christmas, the hubs and I took my mom to Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. I definitely have some more attractions to see to check off this goal but I think Winchester was a good start.
  • Exhibited my watercolor painting (#11) during August
  • Wore yellow (#21), thanks to my friend, Corinne, who let me borrow her mustard wrap sweater.
My Yellow Sweater

What do you think, folks, should I invest in more yellow apparel?

  • Flew in a glider. Interestingly, this one didn’t make the cut for my 40 Before 40 List because I didn’t think I’d accomplish it in the time available, but I was wrong. I found a special offer for Bay Area Glider Rides in Hollister and Brian and I each hitched a ride in November. I’m going to change up my list to reflect this success, making this #12.
Glider Ride

Here I am, returning from my ride with Bay Area Gilder Rides in Hollister

Flying a Glider

Brian, because he’s a licensed single-engine-aircraft pilot, got to fly his glider. Good fun!

So I’ve checked off just five of my 40 so far. Wow, there are a lot more to go in the next two-and-a-half years. I’m happy to have made some progress on playing tourist and I think I can knock out some of the easier ones in the coming months, including eating Peruvian food. Not sure about Scandinavian food because the Bay Area seems to have a dearth of relevant restaurants. I might have to make a pilgrimage to Ikea for some Swedish meatballs and that would just be sad… On a more positive note, Brian and I are definitely celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary in May and there’s a lot more fun to be planned and had. Stay tuned for what’s next.

To stay informed about my progress, check out my original list.

What’s on your to-do list for 2015?


Kate Watson