2013 was an extra fun year. I crocheted A LOT, all year long. I upgraded the power supply, graphics card and RAM in my desktop which turned my computer into a wonderful piece of work, we got passports because we road tripped all the way to Canada, via Seattle, we spent about a month in the PNW, which was a total dream, my mama painted a beautiful tree for me and I felt really creatively fulfilled all year long. The full set is here, but these are my favorites:
1. Cook 30 new recipes before 30. 41/30 I made 3 new recipes this month!
39. Perfect Vegan Gingerbread Cookies (from here)
40. Pureed Split-Pea & Rutabaga Soup (from Isa Does It)
41. One-pot Cheesy Mac (from One-dish Vegan)
2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 5/12
This month I shot a 36 exposure roll in the Canon Rebel 2000 with a lensbaby lens attached. Really excited to see the results! It’s much harder to shoot 36 exposures than 24 and I wasn’t going to photograph random stuff just to finish out the roll so I’m shooting to finish on the 31st instead of the 25th. (I usually give myself end of the month wiggle-room on this one, anyway. Most things here I track 25th-25th because the project starts and finishes on August 25th.)
10. Fill my first Smash journal. There are probably 8 blank pages left, but it’s SO stuffed with things now it’s hard to cram anything else in. I’m only putting scraps from 2014 and prior into it at this point. As I clean and tidy the house and find little saved slips of paper and mementos I’ll smash them in. I started a new Smash journal to be my 2015 scrapbook. The 2015 book will be more organized and linear. After that I expect I’ll switch to Project Life or whatever the newest thing is.
21. Start a 365 photo set on my 29th birthday. Finish it! Since I finished my 365 self portrait set I feel like I’m not posting photos here often enough. Obviously I started this project in August. Here’s the set so far: [link]
Here are some of my favorite shots from this project in the past month:
24. Scan my mom’s family photos. My mom’s birthday was on the 20th, so I scanned a few more that day for her. I try to just scan some here and there, because it’s pretty exhausting to sit down and do large batches. I’m not cleaning or straightening them up, much. The priority is to get them backed up a couple of places so that the physical copies aren’t the only ones in existence.
I made 15 new recipes this month!
20. Ma Po Tofu (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
21. Potato-Asparagus Soup (Vegan with a Vengeance)
22. Baigan bharta (The Vegan Slow Cooker) pictured with
23. Butter Chick’n (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
24. Sweet and Sour Tofu (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
25. Mushroom Barley Soup with Fresh Herbs (Isa Does It)
26. Gardeny Shiitake and Chard Fusilli (Isa Does It)
27. Alphabet Soup (Isa Does It)
28. Smoky Ketchup (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
29. Acorn Squash stuffed with Cranberry-Pecan Rice (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
30!!! Asian-Style Winter Stew (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
31. Soy Chorizo Black Bean Stew (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
32. Not-My-Grandmother’s Beefy Stew (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
33. What’s-in-the-freezer? Veggie Stew (The Vegan Slow Cooker
34. Better-Than-The-Classic Shepherd’s Pie (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
I’m going to keep tracking this. I’m really curious to find out just how many new recipes I can make in one year!
2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 3/12
I got a late start. I ran out of film and couldn’t find it in the first several stores I checked. I tracked some down a week into November and loaded into my Minolta Himatic-G. I have a little pile of film accumulating! Maybe I’ll be able to get it developed over a break next month.
3. Write 9th NaNoWriMo novel.
Lots of updates about this in the NaNoWriMo tag!
7. Reach Advanced Level yoga on MyYogaPro.
What I really mean by “reach advanced” is: feel fairly confident in the Advanced level classes, I think.
I have done every Beginner and Intermediate level class. I had to make a few modifications to get through some of the Intermediate classes so I repeated them all a second time through with marked improvement. My practice is mostly pretty strong. This month has been harder because I do yoga in the morning and on the weekends we write in the morning and on Sunday mornings we also get groceries, so I have not done yoga every Sunday. I did get started on the advanced classes this month, though. They’re intense but I feel super strong and awesome after I get through one. So far the necessity for modification matches my first run through the Intermediate classes.
16. Veganize 10 of my family’s recipes. 0/10
Not quite started yet! But my mom brought over one of her family’s church cookbooks. It’s full of distant relatives! The only close relative recipe was from my Great Grandmother, and it was already vegan, whoops! She brought another church cookbook over just yesterday and it looks more promising. She’s going to hunt down her recipe box for me, too!
18. Print another photo book.
This has been an excellent source of NaNoWriMo procrastination. I started back in my 2007 folders. That’s when I got my first dSLR. I got 300+ edits done before I realized I had only worked through a month and a half of my photos from that year. I am SO HAPPY with the new edits and how the book is coming together so far.
22. Finish watching 5 of the TV series we’re currently working through on Netflix. 5/5
You know when you don’t want a thing to end so you stop watching it for a long time? That was Twin Peaks. But we finished it at the end of October, and, unlike everyone else who had watched it all already, we only have to wait a couple of years for more!
On November 8th we finished watching Star Trek: Voyager. I didn’t have the feeeeelings that I had when we finished TNG but I enjoyed the show on the whole, especially past Season 3 or so.
On November 9th we watched the last episode of Angel. I had sporadically watched the show when it was actually on and had actually already seen the last episode. I just didn’t realize it was the last episode. The whole thing felt much more unresolved than Buffy. I could have done with a couple more seasons.
Anyway, there’s that done! For some reason I thought this would take months and months, but we really started watching as soon as I started this challenge. I’ll keep tracking our progress, let’s see if we can double it! :0
24. Scan my mom’s family photos.
Got through a handful of them while I was procrastinating about working my NaNoWriMo!
Done. It came kind of crumpled by the postal service but otherwise I am super happy with it!
1. Cook 30 new recipes. 9/30
I made 9 new recipes this month!
- 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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
(List updated August 25, 2015, my 30th birthday.)
- Cook 30 new recipes. 94/30 ✔
- Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 12/12 ✔
- Write 9th NaNoWriMo novel. (check out the nanowrimo tag) ✔
- Hardcore cull my wardrobe. ✔
- Save money for a new
- Finish afghan. (practically done!)
- Reach Advanced Level yoga with Erin Motz’s DoYouYoga course. ✔
- Beat 5 video games. 5/5 (✔
- 30 self portraits in 2015. 30/30 ✔
- Fill my first Smash journal. ✔
- See a play.
- Day trip to Norman. ✔
- Go bowling.
- Try 5 new cocktails. 5/5 ✔
- Learn the math I skipped. (Made progress)
- Veganize 10 of my family’s recipes. 0/10 (Very hard to make it happen)
- Make canned pickles! ✔
- Print another photo book. (Made lots of progress)
- Try 5 new ways to style my hair. 5/5 ✔
- Get everything boxed or bagged to donate. (Made lots of progress.)
- Start a 365 photo set on my 29th birthday. Finish it! ✔
- Finish watching 5 of the TV series we’re currently working through on Netflix. 5/5 ✔
- See 5 movies in the theater. 2/5
- Scan my mom’s family photos. (Made progress!)
- Organize all of the closets. (Made progress!)
- Write in a journal once a week. ✔
- Design & Print a 2015 calendar of my photos. ✔
- Write a list of major cleaning projects and do them all! (Made lots of progress.)
- Do a sewing project with my mom.
- Shoot a day in photos on my 30th birthday! ✔
We were snowed in for a little while in early February. I spent a lot of time cooking lentils and reading the books I got for Christmas and watching movies on Netflix Instantly. It was a treat. What I felt was missing was a craft. I do a lot of things sporadically. I sew little felt things, I’ve dabbled in quilt tops, I have buckets of beads, sequins, pom poms and construction paper. None of these felt as compact and snow day cozy as I wanted.
Shaun had been talking about learning to knit for a while, so when his parents offered to take us out in their 4WD truck for some snow day shopping, I got him some stuff to get started for his birthday. I looked into crochet at the time, but evidently everyone who was snowed in had the same idea: learn to crochet! Most of the hooks and other notions weren’t available. It took me another week or so to get myself some basic hook sizes. I had been impatient waiting on the crochet hooks and started knitting with some craft yarn I had left over from giving sock dolls hair and the smaller needles that came in the kit I had purchased for Shaun. By the time I switched to crochet, I had gotten pretty confident with the knit stitch and felt like my purling was coming along fairly well. I have always heard that crochet is easier, so I was hoping to jump right in without any trouble. I didn’t get any books, I loaded up a couple of tutorials on youtube on my ipod and made something that looked like matted cat vomit. That can’t be right. It very much was not. After two days of utter crochet failure I found the tutorials on the lion brand yarn site, which were infinitely more useful than the half a dozen others I had encountered and I figured out what I had been doing wrong. Phew. Still, hooking into the chain stitch seemed harder than anything I had encountered in knitting and it nearly put me off my crochet.
It’s been a few weeks now and I have made a scarf, two hats and a market bag. I purchased myself a few skeins of colors that I like together and made the first granny square in what I hope will be an afghan. It’s addictive and while I’m still not wild about hooking into the chain stitch, it really isn’t a problem anymore.
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