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Published on January 17, 2013, by in About Me, Other Things.

Y’all, I am THIRTY! This is the face of a 30-year-old adult person:

KT at 30
The day is finally here. And damn, I feel amazing! I’m both very grateful for what I have in the present and very excited for the things to come. There are two themes to this birthday:


I’ve been in a great mood all day, even though I spent it at work. Or maybe because I spent it at work. It was a good reminder that I’m lucky to work with such wonderful people. Co-workers decorated my desk, passed around a card, and even got me a cake.

Birthday Cake

It’s got circus animal crackers on it. So cute!

My job, which is currently not optimal (is there an award for biggest understatement ever?), is consistently redeemed by the people who do it with me. I’m so lucky to have wonderful people with whom to share the craziness.

While I was working, a bunch of friends sent texts and left messages on Facebook to wish me a good day – I’m so lucky to have a bunch of thoughtful, wonderful, loving people in my life.

Liberty Market Steak

The flank steak at Liberty Market comes with some kick ass mashed potatoes and a chimichurri sauce.

After work, we went out to dinner with my parents.  I picked the place – Liberty Market in Gilbert, where you get $10 off on your birthday.  We ate, laughed, and had a great time hanging out.  It’s really nice that I can sit and joke with my parents – I’m so lucky to have a good relationship with them.  I also got a beautiful (REAL!) pearl necklace from my mom.  Classic and classy, because now I’m a lady.

Ice Cream Sandwich

This is me, totally being a LADY, thankyouverymuch.

Now I’m home, looking forward to the best part of every day – cuddles with Tim.  I’m so lucky to have a guy in my life that keeps me laughing, makes me feel special, and supports me through thick and thin.  He’s the absolute best.  And guess what?!  It’s his birthday tomorrow!!  Love this guy!

Tim on his Birthday Eve

It’s Tim’s Birthday Eve!

So, I am extremely grateful to have the life I have today.  But it’s only going to get better…


I feel like I’m on the precipice of my best years ever. The main reason, of course, is the 30 Things list! I’m already set to learn to blow glass this year (details coming soon), and I know I’ll be biking in Europe next year (much much more on that to come), plus there are all the other great Things I just don’t have a timeline on yet. I never know when the opportunity to cross a Thing off could come up – which makes it even more exciting.

I’ve got a lot of travel to look forward to this year! We’re going some place special for our birthdays and we’ll be taking a trip to Seattle and Portland in the spring. If we can manage it, we might to the Caribbean in the early fall, as well. We have to plan around vacation time, since we need to save up a whole month for our Euro trip next year, but I’d like to squeeze in some long weekend trips to places like the Grand Canyon, too.


And I’ve got a lot to look forward to at home… in that, I get to look forward to a new home! Tim and I are taking a big leap and buying a house together! We’ve made an offer and signed some papers, and now it’s just a matter of days before we know if it’s a done deal. Once we’ve got the house, we’ll have a whole bunch of projects to work on. Flooring! Painting! Redoing kitchen cabinets! Remodeling two bathrooms! Building a functional craft room! That’s going to take a lot of time and energy at the beginning of the year, but we’ll end up with a space that is all ours. SO EXCITING!

I’ve got my list, I’ve updated the counter in my sidebar to countdown to 40, and I’m ready to get started. I can’t wait to share all the ups and downs, the adventures, classes, projects and travels, my moments of inspiration and my bouts of laziness, and everything in between. Yep, my 30’s are shaping up to be pretty sweet.