Three Months into 30 before 30

30 before 301. Cook 30 new recipes. 34/30

I made 15 new recipes this month!

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Mushroom Barley Soup with Fresh Herbs Gardeny Shiitake and Chard Fusilli Alphabet Soup Smoky Ketchup
Acorn Squash Stuffed with Cranberry-Pecan Rice Asian-Style Winter Stew Soy Chorizo Black Bean Stew Not-My-Grandmother's Beefy Stew
What's-in-the-freezer? veggie soup Better-than-the-classic Shepherd's Pie

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

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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. 

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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.

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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!

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My mom chomps on Alpha-Bits with Aunt Dee & Uncle Larry. They’re pretty sure they were watching TV here.

 

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My Grandparents, October 26 1952. Jack and Winn.

 

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Uncle Bob, Winter of ’75. Photo taken by my dad.

 

 

27.  Design & Print a 2015 calendar of my photos.
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Done. It came kind of crumpled by the postal service but otherwise I am super happy with it!

NaNoWriMo 2014: Day 6

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Foggy brained morning writing attempts.

My writing yesterday feels a bit like a dream. I really want to get a tidy lead before the tooth-pulling that is week two. I spent the morning in my normal daily pursuits, slow cooking, yoga, housework. I started writing around 2pm with @NaNoWordSprints with a 15 and then a 30 minute sprint and finished up just before Shaun got home from work. I got 545 for the 15 and I finally had another 1,000+ session, just barely, with 1,002 words in the 30. Shaun and I wrote another 30 minute session together almost immediately and I did even better with 1,010 words!  My hands felt all numb and burny after that and I really wanted to stop for the day, but Shaun really wanted to stop too and he’d only written one session. I gave Shaun a rousing pep talk that pepped me as well, (If we write one more 30 minute session toegther I’ll make us cornbread muffins to go with the slow cooked chili!) and so we did, cornbread muffins happened, as well as a pretty full evening of cozy TV watching and non-noveling relaxation that tasted all the sweeter for having such hefty word counts under our belts.

All told I wrote 3,524 words for the day. Instead of sharing the last lines I wrote, which were contextually uninteresting, I’ll share my favorite line, instead. It’s from a ridiculously gothic dream sequence and is probably contextually uninteresting as well. I wrote a lot of words I needed to write but they weren’t the prettiest. That’s okay, though, there are always great swathes of terrible words (which in retrospect I don’t think are that bad) with some real gems tucked here and there in NaNoWriMo, and… it’s worth it.

His dying words filled her with an unexpected and crushing disappointment, “How could you do this? Who… are… you?”

12762 / 50000 words. 26% done!

#100happydays day 87
Recipe from Isa Does It, can be found online here.

Two months into 30 before 30.

30 before 30Just another update on my progress!

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

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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.

30 before 30One 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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  • 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.

(List updated August 25, 2015, my 30th birthday.)

  1. Cook 30 new recipes. 94/30
  2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 12/12 
  3. Write 9th NaNoWriMo novel. (check out the nanowrimo tag)
  4. Hardcore cull my wardrobe. 
  5. Save money for a new dSLR camera.
  6. Finish afghan. (practically done!)
  7. Reach Advanced Level yoga with Erin Motz’s DoYouYoga course.
  8. Beat 5 video games. 5/5 (
  9. 30 self portraits in 2015. 30/30 
  10. Fill my first Smash journal.
  11. See a play.
  12. Day trip to Norman.
  13. Go bowling.
  14. Try 5 new cocktails. 5/5
  15. Learn the math I skipped. (Made progress)
  16. Veganize 10 of my family’s recipes. 0/10 (Very hard to make it happen)
  17. Make canned pickles! 
  18. Print another photo book. (Made lots of progress)
  19. Try 5 new ways to style my hair. 5/5 
  20. Get everything boxed or bagged to donate. (Made lots of progress.)
  21. Start a 365 photo set on my 29th birthday. Finish it!
  22. Finish watching 5 of the TV series we’re currently working through on Netflix. 5/5
  23. See 5 movies in the theater. 2/5
  24. Scan my mom’s family photos. (Made progress!)
  25. Organize all of the closets. (Made progress!)
  26. Write in a journal once a week. 
  27. Design & Print a 2015 calendar of my photos.
  28. Write a list of major cleaning projects and do them all! (Made lots of progress.)
  29. Do a sewing project with my mom.
  30. Shoot a day in photos on my 30th birthday! 

March 13, 2014, a day in photos

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6:30ish: The alarm went off at 6:25. EXTRA hard to wake up today.

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7amish: Shaun brought me a latte because he’s the best. We talked about upcoming spring break things, I think. I don’t remember. Already!

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January 2014

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January was warm food, family birthdays, furry friends, cold nights and feeling healthy.

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For the past year I have been photographing most of the dinners I cook. I’ve definitely missed some meals when it was something I had already gotten a picture of. I’m still really happy with the way the project has turned out. It’s almost like a menu, on uninspired days I can skim through it and remember a meal that was quick, easy, and tasty. It’s been really exciting, as well, to use it as a little extra push to make new things.

Here are a couple shots from each month of the year. There are more here. Recipes cited where applicable!

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Thanksgiving 2013

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My mom.

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My mom and my brother joined us for Thanksgiving dinner with Shaun’s parents yesterday.  Puzzles, board games and lots of vegan fare were enjoyed.