30 Before 30 – #2 Lottery Ticket

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I am not a gambler. Or a risk taker. Or daring. I went to the casino once with my mom- because in a past life she did like to gamble- and I had more enjoyment trying to get the little ticket to print to say I had exactly one cent left so I could put it in my scrapbook then the actually gambling. (And this was after I used up a dollars worth of nickels in the machine).

So when I wanted to tackle this item on my list I had very little idea even where to go to find a lottery ticket. Even though mom had liked to gamble when she was younger, she was as much in the dark as me. We parked our hardcore minivan between the grocery store and the  drug store thinking one of these places would probably have them. I had vague memories of seeing a machine in the grocery store and I was right. Mom and I stood before the thing and fed it a dollar. Out spit the ticket. Then we probably were there a good few minutes after scratching it trying to figure out how to scan it back into the machine (because I doubled what I had put in)….we never could get it to scan back in. Mom suggested asking for help, and we did. The lady was very helpful and told us how to use the machine for ‘next time’.

It was an experience, and one which there probably won’t be a next time for me, but it was exciting to check item #2 off my list!


30 before 30- #1 Moleskin Notebook

I got into my head that I want to try/experience 30 new things before I’m 30. This has been harder than I thought it would be coming up with 30 things, and I am still working on this list. I decided right away that I was going to leave huge things off this particular list, because I want to enjoy this challenge and not stress out over it.

#1- Moleskin Notebook

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I have wondered since I was little what was the big deals with those expensive, wrapped notebooks that were normally in their own display. Why were they special? Why did they cost so much more than any other notebook? Were they actually made of dead moles? The last one I figured out, but I still didn’t understand what was the big deal. So while I was out on my birthday I finally bought one. A medium sized one because it may have been my birthday, but I’m not that extravagant to get a large one as an experiment.

The midget and I sat in the car and opened it.And read the history of the moleskin that was tucked inside. ….My conclusion? Good marketing. It’s a notebook. Even with the blank on the first page to fill in what kind of reward one would offer if their moleskin was lost, I still don’t see what is exceptional about this little pad of paper. I expect to fill it with quotes and passing notes back and forth commenting on the sermon with the midget, but now that my curiosity is satisfied I don’t see me buying another.