Back when when I was putting together my list for the year, I crowdsourced a bit for suggestions and advice. The Georgetown Poppy Festival was a suggestion from Kristen. The Symphony in the Park, from Kayla. Dressing up for drinks at the Driskill Hotel?
That credit goes to Amanda.
Originally it was just a placeholder idea, something to hold the spot until an idea that was more…me came along, but it’s surprisingly hard to fill a list with thirty resolutions and “That does not sound like something I would ever come up with” started sounding less like a valid excuse and more like an interesting reason to keep it, so on the list it stayed.
“I think we should dress up,” said Amanda (a person who actually owns dresses.)
“I agree,” said me (a person who does not.)
So I found myself a dress (and I’m glad that I did, because now I own an awesome dress), got myself all dressed up, and drove down to meet Amanda at the hotel bar for happy hour.
Minus the hour or so I spent in traffic, because #AUSTIN.
By the time I finally arrived, Amanda had ordered herself a drink and a snack, and had struck up a conversation with a screenwriter here in town for the Austin Film Festival. We had quite a thoughtful discussion about film studios and cost of production and (yes) comic book adaptations, while we sat and enjoyed the live music and sipped our signature Texas cocktails.
It was really nice.
This may be the first 30 by 30 where I came away feeling like I might not do this again, and that’s okay, because it was still a lovely evening with a lovely friend (and did I mention the dress?)