Two months into 30 before 30.

Just another update on my progress!

1. Cook 30 new recipes. 19/30
I made  10 new recipes this month!

Thai Red Curry with Butternut Squash and Chickpeas Untitled Ethiopian seitan and peppers chocolate thumbprint cookies
babushka borscht Plum's Smoky Mac Pumpkin Baked Ziti with Caramelized Onions and Sage Crumb Topping Chana Saag
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Thai Red Curry with Butternut Squash and Chickpeas (From Here)
French Lentil Soup with Tarragon and Thyme (Veganomicon)
Ethiopian Seitan and Peppers (Vegan with a Vengeance)
Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies (Vegan with a Vengeance)
Babushka Borscht (Isa Does It)
Plum’s Smoky Mac (Plum)
Pumpkin Baked Ziti with Caramelized Onions and Sage Crumb Topping (Veganomicon)
Chana Saag (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
Omaha Yakisoba (Isa Does It)
Cheater Chili (The Vegan Slow Cooker)

2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 2/12
My roll this month was 35mm in the Kodak Cameo. Love this little camera, I had one when I was a teenager and I was lucky enough to find another at Goodwill a few years back. Film development hasn’t been as easy as I had hoped because of my anxiety. I have been writing down the camera/film/month combo so I think it will be easy for me to keep them sorted when I DO get them developed. I might wait until I have a few rolls since we have to go into the city for it.

3.  Write 9th NaNoWriMo novel.
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I went back and added synopses, excerpts, and covers for all my past NaNoWriMo novels while waiting for the site to relaunch.

    

    

    

After the site launch I “created” my novel: Pleasing the Stranger. I used a random title generator. I’m going to randomly generate a lot of stuff for it, use lots of @nanowordsprints prompts and random suggestions and prompts from my friends. I still need the skeleton of a plot, I guess, but I’m not worried. Yet. Anyway! Let’s be buddies?cover3

6. Finish afghan.
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I just have to weave in the ends!!

Another #100happydays! Days 1 – 50

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The past 50 days I really need this project. I don’t know what’s been going on in my brain, but happy reminders have helped it a lot. The last 50 days had a lot of fun times with my favorite husband, good food, crochet, halloween preparation, yoga, and enjoyable TV.

One Month into 30 before 30.

One month ago I turned 29 and started working on my 30 before 30 list. Here’s what I have made progress on so far!

1. Cook 30 new recipes. 9/30

I made 9 new recipes this month!

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Homemade Pizza Sauce  Roasted Butternut Squash Soup  Green Thai Curry  Untitled
curried cabbage and peas.

  • Chocolate Rum Pudding Cake (Vegan with a Vengeance)
  • Okra Gumbo (Isa Does It)
  • Steamy Beany Sausages (Isa Does It)
  • Kale and Potato Enchiladas with Roasted Chile Sauce (Veganomicon)
  • Pizza Sauce (Vegan with a Vengeance)
  • Roasted Butternut Squash Soup (Vegan with a Vengeance)
  • Green Thai Curry (Vegan with a Vengeance)
  • Brussel Sprouts and Potatoes Hash (Appetite for Reduction)
  • Curried Cabbage and Peas (Appetite for Reduction)

2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 1/12

I shot roll #1 in my split cam. I’ll try to get the film developed within the next week!

3. Hardcore cull my wardrobe.

My process is to go through my closet and try to build outfits with the items I rarely wear, if I can figure something out I wear the outfit for the day to see how comfortable I feel in it. If I can’t find anything to wear it with I probably don’t need to keep it.  If it isn’t comfortable I don’t want to be wearing it. So far so good, I have filled 3 shopping bags so far with stuff to donate. I just pulled a hamper out of the closet; it’s full of clothes I never sorted when we moved into this house almost 8 years ago. Lots of sentimental value clothing in there, but also plenty of stuff, like-new pale pink longjohns that never fit properly, for example, that I will be able to donate with ease.

4. Save money for a new dSLR.

I have an excel spreadsheet I track my finances on, I added a column for savings and so far it has about $35 in it, most of which is birthday amazon gift card. I’m going to try to add something every month, but probably won’t be able to save any more until after the holidays, when I expect to be able to save a lot more.

5. Finish afghan.

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I finished weaving in loose ends on my completed granny squares on September 12th. In the past 2 weeks I have worked on stitching them together. It’s bigger than a twin sized blanket at this point and I probably have 3 or 4 rows left to attach.

10. Fill my first Smash journal.

So far I have filled 25 pages. I have a plastic tub full of things I would particularly like to scrapbook and the process has felt more inspiring and free than any other attempt at scrapbooking in the past.

20. Get everything boxed or bagged to donate.

This kind of goes along with my wardrobe cull, but I also have about 6 boxes of other items ready to donate. I feel like I still have a lot of work to do on this, but just getting the boxes and bags I have filled now out of the house would be a relief.

21.  Start a 365 photo set on my 29th birthday. Finish it!

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Just one month in and I am so happy with my progress. I have been doing the 365 self since January, of course, so this project is based around other things (though an occasional self portrait will slip through, especially in 2015.) Here’s the set so far.

22. Finish watching 5 of the TV series we’re currently working through on Netflix. 2/5

With the news that Battlestar Galactica may be removed from Netflix streaming on Oct 1, we have been watching it almost exclusively on weeknights, taking occasional lighthearted breaks for episodes of Bob’s Burgers because, whoa, BSG is heavy! We finished it last Sunday (September 21st) and finished watching the Neil deGrasse Tyson Cosmos the same night.

26.  Write in a journal once a week. 4/52

It’s pretty much a given that I will make progress on this every month, so I probably won’t include it in all of my updates about the project. That said, I picked out a journal and a red pen and have filled a page or 3 every week this month.

27. Design and Print a 2015 calendar of my photos.

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I’m playing around with some stuff on snapfish right now but I’m not completely sure about my photo choices. Good thing I have a few months to make a final decision!

my thirty before thirty.

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A month or so before my 29th birthday (August 25th) I decided I was going to try to complete a thirty before thirty list this year. I wanted it to be challenging, but I also wanted it to be very doable. I only have  a year, after all! I thought long and hard and this is what I came up with. I’ve already gotten started on a few things and I’ll come back and edit this post as I work on it. I would also like to make update posts about various tasks throughout the year.

  1. Cook 30 new recipes. 19/30 (In progress!)
  2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 2/12 (In progress!)
  3. Write 9th NaNoWriMo novel.
  4. Hardcore cull my wardrobe. (In progress!)
  5. Save money for a new dSLR. (In progress!)
  6. Finish afghan. (In progress!)
  7. Reach Advanced Level yoga on MyYogaPro.
  8. Beat 5 video games. 1/5
  9. 30 self portraits in 2015.
  10. Fill my first Smash journal. (In progress!)
  11. See a play.
  12. Day trip to Norman.
  13. Go bowling.
  14. Try 5 new cocktails. 0/5
  15. Learn the math I skipped. (In progress!)
  16. Veganize 10 of my family’s recipes. 0/10
  17. Make canned pickles!
  18. Print another photo book.
  19. Try 5 new ways to style my hair. 0/5
  20. Get everything boxed or bagged to donate. (In progress!)
  21. Start a 365 photo set on my 29th birthday. Finish it! (In progress!)
  22. Finish watching 5 of the TV series we’re currently working through on Netflix. 2/5 (In progress!)
  23. See 5 movies in the theater. 0/5
  24. Scan my mom’s family photos.
  25. Organize all of the closets.
  26. Write in a journal once a week. 8/52 (In progress!)
  27. Design & Print a 2015 calendar of my photos. (In progress!)
  28. Write a list of major cleaning projects and do them all!
  29. Do a sewing project with my mom.
  30. Shoot a day in photos on my 30th birthday!

365 self, weeks 30 – 33

We got home from our trip and I still felt a bit scattered in regards to picking themes. These are the last 3 weeks of summer vacation.

week thirty:

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207.
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365 self, weeks 26 – 29

No themes for the rest of summer vacation, we went on a trip to Seattle & Vancouver for a month!

week twenty-six:

177.

178.

179.
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