35 before 35 – August 25, 2019 – Update 10

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1. 65/105 new recipes

63 – 64. Verdant Couscous with Spicy Mustard Greens – Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed: A Cookbook by Bryant Terry – I’m counting this as two recipes because the Spicy Mustard Greens are definitely their own thing. I tossed them into a few recipes over the next week and they were SO TASTY and spicy. This was so smokey and bright tasting. Just really great.
65. Crispy Chickpea Tabbouleh Bowl with Creamy Feta Dressing – Hello Fresh – Got a Hello Fresh box for my birthday week and it has a couple of new recipes in it. We have had a few recipes with baked chickpeas in them and now I bake chickpeas before I put them into anything. They’re so delicious! This was maybe the second time I have used Bulger wheat and it was really good.

4. Saturday movie nights

27. Spider-man – Into the Spider-verse
28. Christopher Robin
29. Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling
30. Wine Country
31. Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein

We’ve decided anytime we movie night it’s a ~Saturday Movie Night~.

13. Play more video games

No Man's Sky_20190825164017No Man's Sky_20190825174302I played some Detroit Become Human and Dragon Quest Builders 1 and started a brand new game of No Man’s Sky on my birthday which quickly began to consume me. Look at my cute little alien friend.

14. Get 30 before 30 film developed ✔

AHHHHHHH. I did it. Finally!

I posted the first roll here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/29317010

15. Let myself shoot film again ✔

I have four film cameras loaded up! I shot a bunch over my birthday weekend. Yay!

17. Monthly date night

We went on a couple of dates for my birthday this past weekend!

18. work on the house/yard

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I cleaned out the pantry!!! My mom helped a lot, actually. You can’t initiate a cleaning project in my mom’s presence without her wholeheartedly joining in. I wasn’t being crafty, though, I just got the cleaning bug and she was there!

19. Cull wardrobe/take to goodwill

goodwill001A summer away from my closet is always good for reminding me how much of it I don’t actually need. I have several BIG boxes of stuff to take to goodwill soon.

21. One 365 day project

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I started one on my birthday, August 25, 2019, to finish up the day before my 35th birthday. 👍👍👍

22. No strict photo projects for one year ✔

That finished this one up. I didn’t do anything strict. I mean, I’m always doing stuff, but I tried to be chill about it, I guess.

23. Try 5 new restaurants in Tulsa

  1. The Local Bison

Shaun got an Impossible burger (our first, I had a taste. I think it was better than the Beyond burger but also I’m not missing meaty tasting things. I really, really like a veggie burger that tastes like veggies and grains. It’s fun to try new things, though!) and I had the vegan sandwich of the week, which was deep-fried mushrooms on a sub. I definitely want to go back and try more of their vegan options, of which there are many.

25. Read 10 fiction books

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  1. A Place Beyond Courage by Elizabeth Chadwick
  2. The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick
  3. The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick
  4. The Terror of the Loom by Paula Minton
  5. The Serpent Of Lilith by Margot Villiers
  6. Winterwood by Dorothy Eden
  7. Labyrinth by Diane Stevens

34. Do another sketch a day journal

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35 before 35 – June – July, 2019 – Update 9

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1. 62/105 new recipes

The past couple of months have been weird for new recipes. We’ve been in Virginia in a little apartment far from the staples of my own pantry. I got some basics, but I didn’t want to fully stock a pantry for a two month stay, so once I had those basics I tried to use them as much as possible. Making new recipes would often involve buying lots more staples so I couldn’t work on this much. I did make some new stuff though, and I made up some stuff too. Sometimes when I do a challenge like this I forget that there aren’t actually rules. I’m doing this for myself. So I’m going to post some pictures of things I made up with the ingredients I had, even though I can’t really share a recipe to go with them.

52. Easy Weeknight Burrito Bowl (Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz) – Very simple and tasty, if not particularly beautiful!
53. Perfect Golden Beets – (https://www.abeautifulplate.com/how-to-cook-perfect-beets/– They really were PERFECT. It probably helps that they came from the farmer’s market. I fried them up with their greens and served them with roasted potatoes and rice and it was such a feast.
54. Vegan Mac & Cheese with Broccoli, Kale and Tempeh Bacon – This looked like absolute trash and I loved it. It had broccoli and kale in it, guys, it was… healthy? 😬
55. Roasted Asparagus and Radish Salad with Creamy Garlic Cashew Dressing (https://www.yayforfood.com/recipes/roasted-asparagus-radish-salad-creamy-garlic-cashew-dressing) – We don’t have a blender, so I used tahini in this instead of cashews. It was super-super good.
56. Citrus Quinoa Sweet Potato Salad (https://www.contentednesscooking.com/citrus-quinoa-sweet-potato-salad/– This was my favorite of the three salads I made for a July 4th Potluck. You guys, it was so good. I wish I was eating it right now.
57. Herbed White Bean Picnic Salad (https://soupaddict.com/2017/08/white-bean-picnic-salad/) Oh this was so good. Bean salads are a dream come true. I have an unusually hard time finding just plain white beans in Oklahoma, so this was a special treat.
58. Vegan Cheese and Mushroom Ravioli – Normally I wouldn’t include something this pre-packaged but we don’t have stuff like this at home! I combined a vegan ravioli with red sauce, shredded pepperjack daiya (cutting board series is the only way to go, can’t find it at home!) and vegan feta (WHAAAAAT) and it was too delicious and bubbly and fancy.
59. Pesto with Roasted Asparagus, Red Bell Pepper, Tomatoes and Vegan Feta – All the veggies were from the Farmer’s Market that we could walk to on Saturdays, SO SPECIAL.
60. Fried Rice with Steamed Vegetable Buns – I made the fried rice from scratch and it was stupidly good. The steamed buns were frozen but fun. They probably needed some sort of fancy sauce to really shine, but we enjoyed them!
61. Spicy Black Bean Rice Noodles and Tofu – I have just been dreaming about these noodles. I feel like some kind of Noodle God. Tremble before me.
62. Kimchi Fries – One of our favorite restaurants back home (Lone Wolf Tulsa!) has amazing Kimchi Fries and we have been missing them! Shoestring fries, kimchi, pickles and a dressing made from sriracha veganaise. They HIT THE SPOT.

2. Bullet Journal 2019

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I have been daily journaling all summer long and enjoying it a lot. It’s a little less about to do lists in the summer, but still very gratifying.

3. Weekly Effort

Everywhere you go in this town, everyone looks so cute and confident. I haven’t been catcalled once, even though I have gone out on lots of walks on my own. Back home any extra effort gets a lot of weird attention and it’s just freeing to be somewhere were feeling yourself seems like the norm, and it makes me so happy to see so many different types of people dressing cute. It’s a very good vibe here. Consequently I was really really into myself this summer. Hot girl summer!

 

4. Saturday Movie Nights

23. My Name is Julia Ross
24. Love Witch
25. Ralph Wrecks the Internet
26. A Silent Voice

7. Keep my Patreon up to date!

https://www.patreon.com/rachelakelso

I’m very on top of this, and I have a lot of stuff coming up! My weekly phone photo posts are pretty consistent, I have shared some videos and I have a 365 photo project coming up towards the end of August.

10. Take Breaks

This whole summer has felt like a break, as is perhaps evidenced by the fact that I rolled my June and July 35 before 35 updates into one! In June, before it got too hot, we were really going for lots of walks and enjoying the town, and in July we spent a lot of downtime in the apartment, but all in all it has actually felt like a for-real break, the likes of which I rarely let myself have. I’m looking forward to getting back into some creative projects with renewed vigor!

12. Get caught up on video editing and stay on top of it!

You GUYS. I edited my 2018 video last week so I am officially caught up! Mostly I share these videos Patron Only, but the 2015 one was such a sticky video to get past I posted it publicly. You can read about it and watch it here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/2015-28310685 It’s probably a goofy one to share publicly because it’s not my best video by any means, but it was such a long time coming and I had vented about it on various social media over the years and thought everyone who had to see me complain about it deserved to get to actually see the final product.

13. Play more Video Games

I made a really cute house and family in the sims this summer!

 

15. Let myself shoot film again! (even though I don’t have it all developed yet)

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16. Plan my summers better!

I feel like I at least have to acknowledge the existence of this one! I had a better summer. Some of that was because of planning, probably, but I wanted to be more of a tourist than I was, I guess. Anyway, we have already TALKED about next summer, and how we might do things to actually get into DC before the weather is too disgusting and I’m hopeful. I also don’t feel like this summer was wasted at all. It was a good one.

17. Monthly Date Night

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We have kind of had weekly date nights the past couple of months. It has been lovely to be able to walk to so many interesting places.

20. Yoga Goals

I’m maybe the fittest I have ever been in my entire life right now. Not the strongest OR the most flexible, but the most balanced and the best feeling.

22. No strict daily photo projects for 1 year

I’m coming up on the end of this one (August 24th!) and I was right to word it this way because I’m doing my second 100happydays of some sort and a personal 365 photo project so I guess I kind of failed except! in attitude. These aren’t STRICT projects, and I do not owe them to anyone but myself, which is how all my creative pursuits should actually be, but, I don’t know, sometimes I feel people’s expectations, and sometimes I don’t. It’s a balance that I feel like I will always be working on, but only because it’s what I really really love to do.

24. Read 10 non-fiction books

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  1. Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir
  2. Victoria’s Daughters by Jerrold Packard
  3. Dark Shadows Memories: 35th Anniversary Edition by Kathryn Leigh Scott

 

25. Read 10 fiction books

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  1. A Place Beyond Courage by Elizabeth Chadwick
  2. The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick
  3. The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick
  4. The Terror of the Loom by Paula Minton
  5. The Serpent Of Lilith by Margot Villiers

 

 

 

35 before 35 – May 25, 2019 – Update 8

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1. 51/105 new recipes

I didn’t have a lot of time this month to think about my own meal planning, so we did extra Hello Fresh. It was nice to have a little less to think about when I was grocery shopping and at dinner time but I’m looking forward to taking a break from all this dairy, sheesh. I hate how vegetarian always food relies on it so much. Like, vegetables are delicious has heck. I love them so much. Mmmm vegetables. I’m hungry right now, haha.

 

47.  Cremini and Zucchini Spaghetti with Parmesan Garlic Bread(Hello Fresh) – Sometimes the simplest of these recipes are just surprisingly great. I also like how they force me to expand my delicious bread spread repertoire.
48. Sweet Potato and Poblano Quesadillas with Southwest Crema and Radish Tomato Salad (Hello Fresh) – I never would have thought of using radishes like this and I LOVED IT.
49. Gorgeous Greens Farro Bowl with Roasted Zucchini and Asparagus (Hello Fresh) – This was Shaun’s favorite thing we have ever gotten from Hello Fresh. Makes me want to get Farro on the regular.
50. Cheese Tortelloni in a Mushroom Sauce with Parmesan and Chili Flakes (Hello Fresh) – I think this sauce would be killer with gnocchi. Mushrooms are so good.
51. Crispy Cheese and Veggie Fajitas with Hot Sauce Crema (Hello Fresh) – This was decent. Gave me ideas for my own veggie fajitas more than anything else. Grilling cheese is neat but SO MUCH CHEESE. I feel like it could always be replaced with Tofu to excellent effect.

2. Bullet Journal 2019

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I’ve been keeping up with my journal super well. It helps to have a busy month, and May was SUPER BUSY. I’m planning on switching my format May 27 – August 4 or so with daily entries/journaling/scrapbooking because I’ll have less structured planning I need to do while we are in Virginia. It’s definitely one of my favorite bullet journal aspects that you can change it up to suit whatever you have going on at any given time.

3. Weekly Effort

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I made lots of effort this month that… I didn’t take pictures of. :D I did try pin curls last week and I was really happy with the result.

4. Saturday Movie Nights

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22. Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me (for the first time ever, can you believe it!?)

5. Finish 5 TV series

We’ve been watching anime more lately. Trying to keep it chill, but both of these were pretty feelsy actually:

  1. My Roommate is a Cat
  2. orange

We have gotten caught up on lots of ongoing series, but I think those might be the first two that we have finished since I started this project!

7. Keep my Patreon up to date!

https://www.patreon.com/rachelakelso

I have been doing weekly phone-photo diary updates that I’ve been really enjoying! They have been Patron-Only because I feel more comfortable writing journal entries for a smaller audience. I’ve also been taking more photos with my dSLR and posting those in smaller groups instead of one giant dump at the end of the month, and those are public.

13. Play more video games

I’ve been playing Dragon Age Origins.

I finished What Remains of Edith Finch.

I finished Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.

16. Plan my summers better!

We are heading off to Virginia for two months for Shaun’s internship and I feel much better prepared for it this time. It’s hard to say if we will get to do more fun things in our downtime this year, but I do feel more relaxed about all of it this time around.

25. Read 10 Fiction Books

4. The Terror of the Loom by Paula Minton

28. Go on more photo adventures

My mom and I went to Woodward park on a whim, all I had with me was my phone but I really focused on taking the photos I could see in my mind and it was very satisfying and fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

35 before 35 – April 25, 2019 – Update 7

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1. 46/105 new recipes

 

 

39. Veggie Chile Rellanos with Avocado Salsa and Zesty Crema (Hello Fresh) – This was super good.
40. Roasted Broccoli and Potato Chowder with Pepper Jack Cheese and Garlic Toast (Hello Fresh) – This was good, maybe the best soup like this I’ve ever had, but the toast was boring.
41. Smoky BBQ Veggie Burgers (The Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz) – These were super good. A little crumbly but still extremely good. The ones that had fallen apart were extremely good the next day all crumbly in a sort of burrito bowl.
42. Miso Soup – I just looked at some general ingredients and threw this one together. But I’m still counting it because I had never made it before! :D
43. Bok Choy Namul (https://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/bok-choy-namul-korean-bok-choy/) – Oh I loved this A LOT. So simple and delicious.
44. Dobu Jorim (https://www.abeautifulplate.com/traditional-korean-braised-tofu/) – I used this specific recipe because this wasn’t something I specifically SHOPPED for and I had everything for this particular one. It was fine but I would like to try some others!
45. Katsu Curry Sandwiches – I wasn’t going to include this because it’s just me putting a bunch of pre-packaged stuff together. The Gardein veggie-turkey cutlets reminded me of chicken katsu sandwiches so I made some Golden Curry sauce and got some sweet Hawaiian buns and it was really tasty. Steamed some broccoli and made frozen steak fries to go with it. I want to remember that I made this and it made me pretty happy so I’m putting it in my 35 before 35, so there!
46. Tofu Curry with Mustard Greens (Afro-Vegan) – This was outrageously good. I love greens so much. I burned the tofu (first time in almost a decade!) so I used some pre-packed seitan in its place. I can’t wait to remake it properly!

3. A Weekly Effort 

 

4. Saturday Night Movies

 

20. Ocean’s 8
21. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

7. Keep my Patreon up to date!

https://www.patreon.com/rachelakelso

I’m feeling pretty good about what I have been working on lately, and I’m enjoying seeing it all put together on Patreon.

13. Play more Video Games

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I have played lots of Breath of The Wild, but even though there is a camera function in the game there’s no good way to share the pictures. OUTRAGEOUS. Anyway, I started a new Stardew Valley farm and I’m using the super cute guidebook and I’m enjoying it a lot. I’m feeling like playing some sims and revisiting some Bioware games right now, though, the nostalgia is so strong and comforting. I just installed Dragon Age Origins on my laptop, so that’s exciting.

17. Monthly Date Night

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Had a nice one last Friday night, things are pretty busy and hectic right now but it’s always nice to sit down for some curry together.

18. Work on the House/Yard

 

I got a new toilet seat and replaced the fill valve in our toilet! I’ve also been working on the yard a lot the past few weeks.

20. Yoga Goals

I’m definitely doing less than I want to be doing right now. My shoulders have been acting sketchy and I’ve been being very careful, as well as being super active in other ways lately.

35 before 35 – March 25, 2019 – Update 6

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1. 38/105 new recipes

31. Tofu Chorizo I googled tofu chorizo and combined and adapted 3 recipes to make some yummy taco filling.
32. Spicy Roasted Paprika Chickpeas with Mac-n-Trees Made this one up and it was really too fancy not to include. I used a daiya cheese for the mac.
33 & 34. Balsamic Dressing and Honey Mustard Dressing I forgot to buy dressing when we were having guests so I made some myself and it was way better than store bought. Balsamic: https://barefeetinthekitchen.com/best-balsamic-vinaigrette/ Honey Mustard: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/honey-mustard-dressing-recipe-2011614
35. Cheezy-Rice Mexican Casserole – Made this one up and it was a delight. Rice and veggies and beans and daiya. Topped with crumbly chile-lime chips. A little too salty, but a good start.
36. Thai Baked Sweet Potatoes (The Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz) – I made these with the next recipe & rice noodles for guests with a bit of an adapted version of the tahini sauce because it wasn’t quite to my taste. It was really seriously delicious.
37. Thai Quinoa Meatballs (The Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz) – Yeah, this whole dinner was super good. I hate rolling up doughy balls but they’re always so tasty, it’s worth it. Since these are gluten-free they aren’t heavy at all, which is probably the worst thing about most vegan meatball recipes.
38. Mediterranean Baked Veggies with Couscous, Almonds, and Feta (Hello Fresh) – I’m still mad about how much I enjoy everything we make from Hello Fresh. It’s great. >:(

2. Bullet Journal 2019

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I really enjoyed setting up the first few weeks of March but I took Spring Break off (even though it was a busy week full of things I probably should have written in my bullet journal, OH WELL.)  Trying to use my stickers more!!

3. A Weekly Effort 

I definitely put in more effort every single day than I did before I started this (the real goal!) but I never remember to take selfies, SHRUG. Look, I even wore MAKEUP last week.

4. Saturday Night Movies

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I got hit by my movie anxiety (basically I just wanted to comfort watch Parks and Rec, and we did, we rewatched the whole series in the past month or so) and we only had one movie night this month, but it was a super good one. I loved this movie a lot.

19. The Shape of Water

5. Finish 5 TV shows

I guess re-watching Parks and Rec doesn’t count. :D We started the second season of Legion last weekend and I think it’s one of my favorite shows ever. Wild. I did some sorting in my TV Time account and I’m feeling like really getting into watching TV again. Oh and the first five seasons of Murder She Wrote are going to be on Prime April 1st? I mean, I was on Season 10 when it left Netflix, but I’m very pumped to do household chores while JB solves crimes.

7. Keep my Patreon up to date!

https://www.patreon.com/rachelakelso

I got all of my February posts up in the first week. I’ll have more to share next month, for sure!

8. Keep my website updated

I added several photo sets this month! Fuji Instax Wide 001, Winter 001, Self 002, and Kodak Cameo Motor-EX 001.  I added a day from last August to my day in the life page.

13. Play more Video Games

I’m well aware that this is just too much but I didn’t put very many game pictures in my update last month so I over-compensated! I played a bunch of Final Fantasy IX (COMFORTING), Kingdom Hearts III (Sora selfies!!), one play through of Dream Daddy (got with the coffee dad, mmm), so much Sailor Moon Drops on my phone before it ends (I am SO SAD), a little Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition on my iPad, a little Hue (until it got TOO HARD, platformer puzzle games, my dudes) and started Breath of the Wild (oh no, it’s so fun!)

So have a gallery of THAT:

 

Yay!

17. Monthly Date Night

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Yeah, we chutneyed.

 

20. Yoga Goals

I didn’t do as much as I wanted to, but I found a good routine at the beginning of the month. I’m working on other things a lot more than I was a few months ago and I’m more active because of it, but it makes it harder to do yoga!

 

35 before 35 – February 25, 2019 – Update 5

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1. 30/105 new recipes

It was kind of a slow new recipe month but I’m finally getting some baking done in the new oven!

27. Garlic “Cheddar” Herb Biscuits (The Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz) These were a bit too Nutritional Yeasty for my taste and a little dense (my fault!) but they were super good dipped in soup!
28. Simple Carrot & Curried Lentil Soup (The Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz) The maple syrup made this too sweet as it was written, but I remade it a couple of weeks later without it and it’s a new favorite for Shaun.
29. Heirloom Tomato Flatbreads with Pesto, Fresh Mozzarella and Balsamic Greens (Hello Fresh) I loved how green these were. I’ve been craving the heck out of a salad lately and getting it on a pizza was dreamy.
30. Roasted Garlic Herb Penne with Asparagus, Tomatoes and Crispy Capers (Hello Fresh) Capers are the best thing that has ever happened. Crispy Capers are like superhero Capers. Caped Capers. 

 


3. A Weekly Effort 

I’ve been going to school with Shaun once a week and working in his office. It kind of defeats the idea I had that I would be more productive AT HOME if I pulled myself together a bit but the whole experience has definitely been good for my brain. I never remember to take pictures. It’s where I am today though, so here’s a fresh selfie! The freshest!

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4. Saturday Movie Night

We skipped one Saturday this month because I took my mom, brother & Shaun out for a big birthday dinner. 

 

16. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
17. Incredibles 2
18. Isle of Dogs

7. Keep my Patreon up to date!

https://www.patreon.com/rachelakelso

My output it significantly less than it was last year, so this one has become super easy! I’m feeling pretty motivated to get film developed soon. It’s what I think about when I let myself have a ~creative break~ so that’s exciting, actually. 

13. Play more video games

This has been a great video game month! Kingdom Hearts III came out at the end of January. Shaun and I have been taking it pretty slow because we are playing it together and we don’t have as much overlapping video game time but I’m actually enjoying the pace. I have so many feelings. I love that I get to take lots of pictures in the game! I’m not at home so I can’t get them off of my account to put them in this post and I’m full of regret. I’ll put a million Sora selfies in my update next month!

I have gotten super-duper into Sims 4 again. I started a new legacy challenge style game and I have been really working on building cute houses. 

 

I got Final Fantasy IX for the Switch this past month too. This is the 3rd or 4th time I have gotten this game, haha. My brother got the first copy for me for Christmas 2000! I like the PC version because of the modded background improvements and there are some glitch fixes but I honestly haven’t been bothered by any of this playing it on the switch, especially when I’m playing it handheld.

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17. Monthly Date Night

It still counts as a date night if my mom & brother are there, right? Family date! I love my birthday kids!

 

18. Work on the house/yard

I got a lot of stuff figured out in the kitchen. I’ve switched a bit of my mental house effort into helping my mom get the house she is moving into livable. It needs a lot of work!

20. Yoga goals

This took a total backseat to everything else this month. I haven’t been home as much and I need to figure out a new routine because I actually like being home a little less and I want to fit yoga into that. I did do a bit of yoga that I didn’t take photos of. Maybe only 7 days total in the past month and that was mostly the first week. 

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35 Before 35 – January 25, 2019 -Update 4

I was putting these straight onto my website, but it takes a lot of time and I dread it every month. That’s NOT how I want to be feeling about this project! I really enjoyed making my monthly updates to my 30 before 30 project here on WordPress so I’m back to give it a go!

You can find the first three updates (and all future ones too, of course!) gathered here: https://www.rachelakelso.com/35before35-updates

The full list is here.

  1. 26/105 new recipes

I got a good deal on some Hello Fresh and thought it would be fun to try through December. And it was. A little too fun! We’re not Vegan, but normally I cook completely plant-based at home so it was a lot more dairy than I was used to! It was also really my first experience cooking with dairy, since I have been cooking mostly plant-based since I was 19. It was so much fun that we decided to do it one week a month until we stop being interested in the recipes/they get too repetitive.

12. Curry-Spiced Cauliflower and Squash over Zezty Ginger Rice with Lemon Crema (Hello Fresh) Mine was not as pretty as the picture! It was tasty, though, and very veganizable. I actually like Vegan sour cream more than the real thing!
13. Harissa Sweet Potato Pita Pockets with Cucumber Dill Salad (Hello Fresh) Oh I loved this. The sweet potatoes were delicious and I loved dilly cucumbers.
14. Pasta Parmesan (Hello Fresh)
Got to use the broiler in my new oven for the first time and it was so much better than my old one.
15. Sweet Potato Fajitas (Hello Fresh)
I think my favorite Hello Fresh recipes have been the Mexican ones.
16. Chickpea-Powered Mediterranean Couscous with Zucchini and Grape Tomatoes (Hello Fresh)
This was a lot like stuff I make all the time, but I really liked the roasted grape tomatoes!
17. Creamiest Mushroom Ravioli with Zucchini and Heirloom Grape Tomatoes (Hello Fresh)
Usually not a fan of creamy sauces, but it was really good.
18. Chickpea Tinga Tacos with Monterey Jack Cheese, Poblano Pepper, and Lime Crema (Hello Fresh)
So good, ugh, so good.
19. Za’atar Crusted Grilling Cheese with Sumac Roasted Veggies over Couscous (Hello Fresh)
Ah, I burned this a little! But there was enough cheese and Za’atar to have it again the next day and it was good! I also bought Za’atar shortly thereafter to try and make some kind of tofu with it, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet!
20. Vegan Sweet Potato Pie (Healthier Steps)
Oh my gosh! Best pie I have ever made.
21. The pie crust! That was from The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook.
22. Vegetable Minestrone Soup with Parmesan Garlic Bread (Hello Fresh)
Really tasty and the bread was the best.
23. Chickpea Fesenjan (The Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking)
This was tasty. I’m a bit hmmm about sweet savories sometimes and I need to think about the amount of cinnamon in it, I think, but I really liked the pomegranate molasses.
24. Creamy Dreamy Mushroom Gemelli with scallions and Parmesan (Hello Fresh)
So NOT a fan of any white sauce pasta I have ever had UNTIL I made these Hello Fresh ones. It’s actually kind of irritating. It was tasty as heck.
25. Salsa Verde Enchiladas with Poblano Pepper, Black Beans and Monterey Jack Cheese (Hello Fresh)
Ah dang, Too tasty. Want them again right now.
26. Grilled Cheese with Veggie Jumble with Cilantro Chimichurri (Hello Fresh)
The veggie jumble was SO MY THING. It had avocado it it! Definitely want to try the recipe with tofu instead of cheese.

2. Bullet Journal 2019

I worked on my 2019 layouts in December and ended up doing all of my weekly layouts for January at once earlier this month when I didn’t feel up to doing much else. I’m already enjoying it a lot more than I did the premade planner I used in 2018. I think it will help me keep on top of these updates here, too!

3. A Weekly Effort

The past couple of months have been kind of hard, honestly. Not feeling myself much. I’ve been sick a few times and have stayed home a lot! I got fancied up for a Christmas Party and a funeral and that’s about it.

4. Saturday Night Movies

We got a projector in the bedroom a couple of weeks ago, so movie night feels extra special now!

9. The Santa Clause
10. The Santa Clause 2
11. The Land That Time Forgot (MST3k)
12. Big Hero 6
13. Into The Woods
14. The Mummy
15. Solo

5. Finish 5 TV Shows

I actually haven’t been thinking about tracking this one. I’m not sure if I’ve made much progress, but I have been watching The Vampire Diaries and The Originals lately, two series I never actually finished when they were first airing.

7. Keep My Patreon Up to Date!

https://www.patreon.com/rachelakelso

I took a few weeks off for the holidays, but I have half of my December content up and another week or so to get the rest done before I would count it as late, so that’s something. I also FINISHED my 52 weeks project and got it uploaded right away! I need to update the Patron-Only website somewhat desperately, though!

10. Take Breaks

You GUYS, I let myself have the first couple of weeks of the year completely off from my internalized pressure to create and share (I still did a little, but I never forced myself) and I feel relaxed a bit but also confused. I love having challenges and deadlines, I don’t know what to do without them, but that’s kind of the point of forcing myself to take some breaks, I suppose.

13. Play more Video Games

This one went well with take breaks! I beat Dragon Age: Inquisition again! So many feelings, I can’t handle it. And I’ve been playing a little solo Super Mario Odyssey. I’m very very very excited to get into Kingdom Hearts III when it comes out. It’s the first time we have gotten a KH game at launch.

17. Monthly Date Night

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We went to India Palace for dinner & walked around Utica Square looking at Christmas shops and lights.

18. Work on the House/Yard

Because I was ~taking a break~ I didn’t get any before shots, but I have rearranged the bedroom and cleaned the kitchen this past month. I emptied out cabinets! laid new contact paper! got rid of all of the stray tupperware lids!

20. Yoga Goals

I’ve been doing the new Yoga with Adriene 30 day challenge Dedicate. I’m feeling super good about it, I haven’t missed a day!

22. No strict daily photo projects for 1 year

I massaged this a little to allow for my 100happydays but I’m all into this one for really real the next 8 months and it was hard for me to stop myself from starting a project on January 1. I think I’ll be glad I took the break, though. I’m feeling very thoughtful about it.

25. Read 10 fiction books

3. The Scarlet Lion (William Marshal, #3) by Elizabeth Chadwick

26. 100 happy days

I did a full 100 phone photos of things that made me happy through January 1. It was nice and relaxing to just take some phone photos for a bit, but I feel really out of practice with my dSLR now! You can find all the photos and captions @the.happy.snaps.