List 33: Memories of my thirties

Whenever 29 year olds are freaking about turning 30 I tell them that the 30s are great. Most of us are still finding our way in our twenties. By 30 we have (hopefully) figured out who we are and can get on with life accordingly.

I’ve had a lot of adventures and achievements in the past 10 years. Here are some of my memories of my thirties.

  1. Got accepted to graduate school.

    Kim Z Dale
    My graduate school ID photo taken in the fall of 2003.
  2. Wrote my first full length play.
  3. Had my first full length play produced. (I had at least one play produced from 2003 through 2011. I wrote about the main reason my streak ended here.)
  4. Did an internship with USAID, and
  5. worked for two weeks in Cairo, Egypt.
  6. Won my first playwriting award.
  7. Played Titania in the Duquesne University Red Masquers’ alumni production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It would be the last time I’d perform on stage for 7 years.

    Kim Z Dale as Titania
    I still have this dress I just can’t fit in it.
  8. Earned the lengthily titled degree of Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Managment.
  9. Sold my beloved condo. (It was a loft style space in a 100+ year old school building. So cool.)
  10. Moved to Washington, D.C.
  11. Worked at the Government Accountability Office.
  12. Tried Internet dating, but
  13. met my future husband at work.
  14. Watched the Steelers win their 5th Super Bowl.
  15. Briefed Congressional staff.
  16. Watched as testimony I helped write was presented in a House Committee hearing.
  17. Got engaged.
  18. Had a play accepted to Edward Albee’s Great Plains Theatre Conference.
  19. Moved to Chicago.
  20. Started working at Northwestern University.
  21. Got married. Kim Z Dale Wedding
  22. Honeymooned in St. Johns. (One of only two trips we’d get to take as a couple before having kids.)
  23. Finally learned to ride a bike.
  24. Started doing Bikram Yoga.
  25. Got pregnant.
  26. Went on a weekend babymoon to New York City. (The second of our two trips as a couple.)
  27. Moved in the 3rd trimester of my pregnancy. (I don’t recommend it.)
  28. Watched the Steelers win their 6th Super Bowl.
  29. Had a baby boy.
  30. Went back to work full time.
  31. Couldn’t stand working full time and switched to part time.
  32. Got pregnant again.
  33. Bought a house.
  34. Moved in the 3rd trimester of my pregnancy again. (I really need to follow my own advice)
  35. Watched the Steelers lose their 2nd Super Bowl.
  36. Had a baby girl.Mother and child
  37. Performed in the Vagina Monologues, something I’d always want to do. It was my first time back on stage in 7 years.
  38. Started a blog.
  39. Went to my first Lollapalooza.
  40. Took my kids to Walt Disney World.

I’m not afraid to turn 40. I just know this coming decade has a hard act to follow, but I will try by best to create some incredible memories of my forties as well.

One last item from my thirties could be considered a highlight or a lowlight depending on the day. During my thirties I got addicted to social media, so like mefollow me, or circle me.

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