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!

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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.

NaNoWriMo: Day 18

November 18Yesterday the thing happened, the writing thing. I wrote for 35 minutes before Shaun got home, in between hardcore kitchen cleaning and cupcake baking. Shaun and I wrote for another hour and my mom popped  in to work on a painting. I made a stir fry with a sauce from the new Isa Does It cookbook (SO GOOD) and my mom joined us for dinner. After scrubbing the kitchen, baking cupcakes, writing 3,434 words and cooking dinner my upper back had transformed into a giant knot crazed tension.

I feel very second guessy about this blog post, but I don’t feel that about my novel anymore. I’m super happy with everything I wrote yesterday. Hitting 30k is the best.

Here are some excerpts I tweeted yesterday:

 

 

30008 / 50000 words. 60% done!

NaNoWriMo, Disney World, Christmas

I finished the short story goal I had set myself and then disappeared, I know, I know. For some reason getting me to write immediately after I win NaNoWriMo is like pulling teeth. It’s weird. I’m really enjoying keeping the blog up and then I wander off. So, I’m a little sad that that happens, but I just have to accept that that’s the way it is and move on.

December was a huge month for me. The first week and a half was spent recovering from NaNoWriMo, cleaning house and packing my bags, because on the 10th we hopped in the car to drive to Disney World. It was an absolutely amazing trip.

When we got home it was time to start the Christmas festivities. I got Veganomicon for Christmas and have already made 5 recipes from it. It’s an awesome cookbook. I feel inspired and alive and overwhelmed! Life has been hectic and delightful and as a result I haven’t done laundry in over three weeks. So, what I should doing right now instead of updating this little blog of mine is laundry. I guess I’ll go get on that…

Hope everyone had a great holiday season and enjoys the new year before them! <3

You can view a selection of photos from my vacation and Christmas revelries below the jump!

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NaNoWriMo: Day 23 & 24


On the 23rd I wrote 2,136 words & didn’t do much else. Yoga & dinner. That’s it. I feel kind of exhausted. But it’s not ever yet! I ended the day with 39,894 words. So close to 40,000!

On the 24th I wrote like a maniac. It was Shaun’s last day of work before the break & I was, quite frankly, anxious to get this novel written. I told myself to write 5,000 words. I wrote, holy crap did I write, 4,910. Yes. I did. & then I collapsed. & then I got up & I made Chai Latte cupcakes (these) & then we went to Shaun’s parents house for dinner. I shot some family portraits, but pretty much not with my camera. Came home and took the most well deserved shower of my noveling career.

My word count at the end of day 24? Fanfare, please:

44804 / 50000 words. 90% done!

So close! I have already entered into the climactic realms of absolutely no turning back. There is just no way to lose at this point. Unless my document implodes. Oh please, document, don’t implode. *backs it up*

NaNoWriMo: Day 19

The day was really unkind for writing. I hemmed and hawed for a while before squeezing out one session, 1,003 words worth, and actually, that was pretty good considering the fact that my document crashed in the middle of it, leaving a couple of paragraphs unsaved and requiring a rewrite. Screen-capturing saved me from having to think about what I had lost. Just as the “this program will now terminate” popped up on my screen, I hit my capture shortcut key. Phew. Crisis averted. I still had to wait for it to load back up and re-type it, but it wasn’t lost. I imagine it would have been a really super session if I hadn’t lost several minutes in the ether. Oh well.

By that time I had two choices. Write another session right away, or do 24 minutes of yoga before Shaun gets home.

I chose yoga because my back was begging for it.

I invented a pretty tasty dinner last night. Golden Curried Meatlessloaf. The not-quite-a-recipe will follow under the jump.


33388 / 50000 words. 67% done!

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