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 – 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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Post-30 Before 30 Update: #18. Print another photo book

30 before 30 list thing that I finally did when I was 31

In December I finished and printed the book I had started working on in 2014/15 for my 30 before 30 project. The main holdup was cost, but another one was that initially the book only spanned June – December, when I got my dSLR ,and I had to hunt down CDs of photos from January – May, and then settle on the decision not to rescan film photos.

Blurb often has really wonderful coupons around Christmas, so I was able to take advantage of that and print a 404 page book with over 1000 photos for about $85.

Sifting through and editing so many photos from 2007 is what led me to make my @ten.years.ago Instagram account, where I am sharing these newly edited photos exactly ten years after I originally shot them. That’s where you want to go if you want to see the highlights from the book. I definitely plan to get started on fresh edits from my photos in 2008 later this year, though who knows when I’ll get THAT book printed!

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A Day in Photos: My 30th Birthday!

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Twelve Months into 30 before 30

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1.   Cook 30 new recipes 94/30  ✔ I made 8 new recipes this month!

lentils and quinoa with butternut squash and broccoli three bean rice salad Spanish Quinoa black bean and avocado rice salad
Dragon Noodle Salad Three-Hundred & Fifty-Two tvp chorizo chorizo and sweet potato enchilada casserole

87. Quinoa and Lentils with Butternut Squash and Rapini (One-Dish Vegan)
88. Three-Bean Rice Salad (One-Dish Vegan)
89. Spanish Quinoa (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
90. Black Bean and Avocado Rice Salad (One-Dish Vegan)
91. Dragon Noodle Salad (Isa Does It)
92. Pickles with no canning necessary (here)
93. TVP Chorizo (here)
94. Chorizo and Sweet Potato Enchilada Casserole (The Vegan Slow Cooker)

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

My last roll of film is in my Kodak Cameo. I can’t wait to get all of these rolls developed and scanned. I will be posting them here when I do!

3.  Write 9th NaNoWriMo novel.  

(check out the nanowrimo tag)

4. Hardcore cull my wardrobe. 

I didn’t do quite as much as I had wanted to, but my wardrobe is undeniably culled! I donated a giant trash bag full of things I didn’t wear anymore!

5. Save money for a new camera.  

I love my new camera a lot. It’s super easy to carry. I want a better portrait lens, for sure, but I have really enjoyed the freedom to only carry a cute-mid-sized purse, as opposed to my camera bag which was occasionally mistaken for a diaper bag.

6. Finish afghan. 

It was hard to work on this one after it got hot. Everything is done except for weaving in the ends, though, and we used it on our bed through spring. It’s practically done, it’s a functioning blanket!

7. Reach Advanced Level yoga with Erin Motz’s DoYouYoga course
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When I started I was afraid that this one was impossible. Or that I would “do” the classes, but they would actually be too exhausting for me. However, I have actually reached an advanced level of yoga this year! I can’t do everything in these classes, most “flying” poses are still beyond me, but I no longer collapse in the middle of the advanced classes, and I managed to do all 49 of them to my satisfaction.

8. Beat (Finish?) 5 video games. 5/5  5: Kingdom Hearts: RE:Chain of Memories, both the Sora and Riku paths!

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9. 30 self portraits in 2015. 

Twenty-Six:

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Twenty-Seven:

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Twenty-Eight:

Three-Hundred & Forty-Four

Twenty-Nine:

Three-Hundred & Fifty-Six

Thirty:

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10.  Fill my first Smash journal. 

(Smash Journal tag)

11. See a play.

This just didn’t happen. I really wasn’t paying attention to what plays were going on and so nothing I was particularly interested in was playing during my last month rush to get things done, I wasn’t going to go and see whatever just because it would check a box for me. This is ostensibly an “easy” one, which is probably why I kept putting it off. File this under the list: Things to do WHILE I’m 30, because these things undone are still goals for me. The “end” of the challenge doesn’t mean I’m never going to go to a play!

12. Day trip to Norman.  

Blogged here.

13. Go bowling.

Could have done this one, I guess, but we’re trying to save money. Maybe it will be a treat during an upcoming school break!

14.  Try 5 new cocktails. 5/5  

This happened pretty easily. Whenever we ate somewhere that had fancy cocktails, I’d try something new. Shaun filled my advent calendar last year with tiny bottles of liquors I’d never had and we found cocktail recipes for some of them. Finally, this summer, we had a good amount of sangria. Sangria just kept falling in my lap.

15. Learn the math I skipped.

This is a pretty personal goal that I haven’t updated along the way. I definitely made progress, using Khan Academy, but I didn’t meet the mental goal I had set for myself. I’m still glad to feel like it’s something I COULD do, though. It was fun to feel like I was really learning something. If you know someone struggling with math I really recommend Khan Academy!

16. Veganize 10 of my family’s recipes. 0/10

There are less family recipes than I thought, I guess! Maybe someday!

17. Make canned pickles!  

Altered this one to get it done! I used this non-canning recipe.

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Each jar has different seasoning. They’re all super delicious!! I’m on my third jar, ahahahaha.

18. Print another photo book.

Since this is expensive (looking at $70+ for the book I am currently working on,) I had mentally altered my goal to: Finish editing photos from 2007 for the photo book. And I still didn’t get it done! I took more photos in 2007 (16,000+) than any other year. I do have a lot to show for this goal, though, I have edited and culled my folders from 2007. I’ve deleted about 7000 photos and have edited around 900 photos that I’m really happy with. I have 2 more months of photos to go through.

19.  Try 5 new ways to style my hair. 5/5 

I thought I would get pictures of each style, but the fishtail braid was really the only one that I liked well enough to photograph at all. My hair isn’t super easy to style. I tried, though!

20. Get everything boxed or bagged to donate.

Well. We took about 10 boxes and a large bag of clothes to the donation center. We have 4 boxes left that wouldn’t fit in the car and I haven’t even started in the library or library closet. This is huge progress. I don’t think I realized quite how much I was holding onto things I didn’t need. I’ve gotten much better at letting things go this year. I haven’t gone through everything I want to go through yet.

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

I’m pretty happy with this project, as a whole! Here are my favorite shots from the last month.

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

In the end, I think we watched more than 5 of the series we had in our streaming queue. One of the things that makes me painfully anxious is unexpected/embarrassing/tense moments on TV shows. It’s a silly anxiety, but most of my anxieties are. We got into a good routine with these shows on Netflix and my anxiety about watching TV has lessened a lot this year.

23. See 5 movies in the theater. 2/5

We saw 2. We had planned to go once a week the last 3 weeks but we had car trouble, which both kept us home and added an expense for the month. There are lots of movies that came out the past year that I wanted to see in the theater. It’s my favorite way to see movies. But I had a great year and we saved money by staying home, which I  was able to put towards other things on this list, like getting my camera.

24. Scan my mom’s family photos

I worked on this at least once a month, really. It was hard to make myself do it in the summer, when I would much rather be working on, say, my video game goal! I will try to keep this pace, anyway, and eventually I will get it all done.

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Grandpa Jack

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My mom & sister Jenny at Big Springs in Missouri

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Hanging with my dad in my Voltron jammies.

25. Organize all of the closets.

I got some of the laundry room closets taken care of. The office closet is basically untouched this past year, though I have organized it before, I’m not happy with the system I used.

I did get a whole lot done in the bedroom!

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After:

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26. Write in a journal once a week.

I switched from my paper journal to something saved on my computer after the new year, but I have written something about every day so far, and I will continue that private project through the end of the year.

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

I designed two, and gave them as Christmas gifts!

28. Write a list of major cleaning projects and do them all!

This list is about half done. Lots of important progress, though!

  • move all furniture and clean behind/under it. (fridge, dressers, couch, entertainment center.) (Progress: Calling this done. Kitchen, bathroom, living room done in month 6. One half of bedroom done in month 7. Library is still such a work in progress that I doubt I’ll get it finished, but all of the rooms we use regularly are looking good. I just need to do a little more in the bedroom and some of that requires getting rid of furniture. It should get done in the next year) 
  • clean the fridge out. (Progress: Fridge done. Still need to hit the freezer!)
  • take ALL THAT RECYCLING so the cozy system can start working. (Progress: Done.)
  • take everything to Goodwill. (Progress: One carload done, only have a few boxes left to go.)
  • finish each room. If I still have to have stuff piled in a corner, at least let it be stored in a plastic tub. (Progress: Living room: Done. Laundry room: Done. Dining Room: as done as it will get. )
  • closet overhaul. (Progress: Started the bedroom closet. Made a lot of hanger space, so far, need to work on the stuff that’s on shelves next!)
  • Springtime Garden Tidy. (Progress: I managed everything by the back lot, and now it’s summer and unbearable. Major progress though! Calling it done. Everything else is maintenance.)

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29. Do a sewing project with my mom.

My mom comes over every Monday to work on a painting and have dinner with us. I thought we would have plenty of time to add in another project, something simple like placemats or curtains, but time just got away from both of us!  I failed this goal partly because my mom has been painting paid commissions while she’s here, instead of just for fun things like when I set the goal. I’m super glad that my mom has had so many commissions, and I still got to spend the time with her.

30. Shoot a day in photos on my 30th birthday! 

Here it is!

Eleven Months into 30 before 30

30 before 30

1. Cook 30 new recipes 86/30 I made 3 new recipes this month! I actually made 2 other things for the first time, but one was something super easy that I made without a recipe (daiya quesadillas) and the other was so altered in ingredients (gumbo is literally not gumbo without okra) that I didn’t feel right including it.

Louisiana Red Beans & Rice Korean Hot Pot Rainbow Millet-Hummus Collard Summer Rolls

84. Louisiana Red Beans and Rice (One-Dish Vegan)
85. Korean Hot Pot (One-Dish Vegan)
86. Rainbow Millet-Hummus Collard Summer Rolls (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)

2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 11/12 I got a super late start this month again, I didn’t actually finish my June roll until July 4th and then I decided to finish a mysterious roll that was in my Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim. Who knows when I started it? My hope was that it would actually only have a few shots left and I could pop a fresh roll into it and use it for July but that didn’t happen until the 14th! The roll is about halfway shot, now!

7. Reach Advanced Level yoga with Erin Motz’s DoYouYoga course.

Day 74: Saw lots of friends doing this today for #backbendnoend and I really wanted to try it. It felt really good! Especially on the side I am doing in the bottom picture. Weirdly effortless and dreamy. #yoga #100happydays

Three-Hundred & Six compass camel variation. dancer.

inverted staff. bird of paradise Two-Hundred & Twenty-Eight king pigeon

8. Finish Five Video games 4/5

Day 63: I beat Kingdom Hearts final mix! #100happydays #KingdomHeartsFinalMix

4. Kingdom Hearts Final Mix.

9. 30 self portraits in 2015.

twenty-one:

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twenty-two:
Three-Hundred & Fifteen

twenty-three:

Three-Hundred & Eighteen

twenty-four:

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twenty-five:   humidity fogged lens, amazing color from the sky. 2

16. Veganize 10 of my family’s recipes. 0/10

I thought this was going to be one of the easy ones, but my mom’s recipe cards are missing! I have some family church cookbooks that have some distant relatives in them, but most of the recipes that appeal to me are vegan already! One of them is for canned vegetable soup and another for pickles!

17. Make canned pickles!

My plan is to make the kind of pickles you can pretty much eat immediately. Basic vinegary cabbages, or something. Totally delicious and stress free. Not going to get into heat sealing yet. Doing what I can to get this stuff done. Real pickles is still a future goal! I got some super cute little jars earlier this month, so… that’s progress!

21. Start a 365 photo set on my 29th birthday. Finish it! Here are some of my favorite shots from this month:

Three-Hundred & Eleven

Three-Hundred & Fourteen

Three-Hundred & Twenty-Four

Three-Hundred & Twenty-Seven

Two-Hundred & Thirty

Three-Hundred & Thirty-Two

Three-Hundred & Thirty-Three

23. See five movies in the theater 2/5

Starting this goal took longer than I had expected! It seems unbelievable that we hadn’t seen a movie in the theater since sometime before my last birthday, but it just hasn’t been in our budget.
Movie in the theater 1/5: The Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie in the theater 2/5

1. Avengers: Age of Ultron
2. Inside Out

28. Write a list of major cleaning projects and do them all!

  • move all furniture and clean behind/under it. (fridge, dressers, couch, entertainment center.) (Progress: Calling this done. Kitchen, bathroom, living room done in month 6. One half of bedroom done in month 7. Library is still such a work in progress that I doubt I’ll get it finished, but all of the rooms we use regularly are looking good. I just need to do a little more in the bedroom and some of that requires getting rid of furniture. It should get done in the next year)
  • clean the fridge out. (Progress: Fridge done. Still need to hit the freezer!)
  • take ALL THAT RECYCLING so the cozy system can start working. (Progress: Done.)
  • take everything to Goodwill. (Progress: One carload done, only have a few boxes left to go.)
  • finish each room. If I still have to have stuff piled in a corner, at least let it be stored in a plastic tub. (Progress: Living room: Done. Laundry room: Done. Dining Room: as done as it will get. )
  • closet overhaul. (Progress: Started the bedroom closet. Made a lot of hanger space, so far, need to work on the stuff that’s on shelves next!)
  • Springtime Garden Tidy. (Progress: I managed everything by the back lot, and now it’s summer and unbearable. Major progress though! Calling it done. Everything else is maintenance.)

Only one month to go! I’ll be hustling to get some of this stuff done and accepting that other things just won’t happen, yet. But I’m not giving up on anything!

Ten Months into 30 before 30

30 before 30

1. Cook 30 new recipes 83/30 I made 9 new recipes this month!
Cozy Hummus Bowl Fusilli with Creamy Summer Vegetable Sauce Quinoa-Avocado Salad with Pinto Beans and Salsa Fingerling Potatoes, Green Beans & Caramelized Shallots with Dijon-Thyme Vinaigrette
garden vegetable bean stew Seitan & Broccoli with Pantry BBQ Sauce Seitan & Mushrooms with baked potato wedges. BBQ Tofu, Cheesy Broccoli Rice, Kale.

75. Cozy Hummus Bowl (Isa Does It)
76. Fusilli with Creamy Summer Vegetable Sauce (One-Dish Vegan)
77. Quinoa-Avocado Salad with Pinto Beans and Salsa (One-Dish Vegan)
78. Fingerling Potatoes, Green Beans & Caramelized Shallots with Dijon-Thyme Vinaigrette (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)
79. Garden Vegetable Bean Stew (One-Dish Vegan)
80. Seitan & Broccoli with Pantry BBQ Sauce (Isa Does It)
81. Seitan & Mushrooms (One-Dish Vegan)
82. BBQ Tofu (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)
83. Cheesy Broccoli Rice (The Vegan Slow Cooker)

2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 10/12
Three-Hundred & Three
I got a little bit of a late start because I had to buy some film. It’s not as easy to find as it used to be! I got some a couple of weeks into the month and loaded into my Diana Mini because I haven’t shot anything in it in over a year. It’s shoots more frames than you usually get from a 24 exposure roll, though, so it might not have been the best choice for a month when I got a late start, I haven’t quite finished the roll yet.

7. Reach Advanced Level yoga with Erin Motz’s DoYouYoga course.

Bharadvaja's Twist

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tripod headstand 06224430-01 shoulderstand  wheel with one leg lifted.

Some things are still a bit beyond me (side crow, flying anything) in the advanced classes, but I can tell I’ll get there with practice. I did manage to do every single part of one of the full body flow classes, it felt amazing!

8. Finish 5 video games 3/5
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Finished game #3, Mass Effect 2. SO GOOD.

9. 30 self portraits in 2015. 

seventeen:
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eighteen:
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nineteen:
mom's garden

twenty:
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14. Try 5 new cocktails. 5/5

sangria.
Sangria!

21. Start a 365 photo set on my 29th birthday. Finish it! Here are some of my favorite shots from this month:

Two-Hundred & Seventy-Four

Two-Hundred & Eighty-Nine

Two-Hundred & Ninety-Five

Two-Hundred & Ninety-Seven

Three-Hundred & Two

28. Write a list of major cleaning projects and do them all!

  • move all furniture and clean behind/under it. (fridge, dressers, couch, entertainment center.) (Progress: Kitchen, bathroom, living room done in month 6. One half of bedroom done in month 7.)
  • clean the fridge out. (Progress: Fridge done.)
  • take ALL THAT RECYCLING so the cozy system can start working. (Progress: Done.)
  • take everything to Goodwill. (Progress: One carload done.)
  • finish each room. If I still have to have stuff piled in a corner, at least let it be stored in a plastic tub. (Progress: Living room: Done. Laundry room: Done.)
  • closet overhaul. (Progress: Started the bedroom closet. Made a lot of hanger space, so far, need to work on the stuff that’s on shelves next!)
  • Springtime Garden Tidy. (Progress: I managed everything by the back lot, and now it’s summer and unbearable. Major progress though!)

I feel like I have reached a level of acceptance. Whatever I get done in the next two months, even if I don’t finish every task, this has been so worth it.

Nine Months into 30 before 30

30 before 30

1. Cook 30 new recipes 74/30 I cooked 9 new recipes this month!

Ziti with Arugula-Artichoke Pesto Black Bean Soup with Kale and Sweet Potatoes Oven-Baked Indian vegetables with chickpeas Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Jamaican-Style Coconut Rice Bowl Pan-Fried Breaded Zucchini Garlic Lover's Chili Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies
Vegetable Étouffée

66. Ziti with Arugula-Artichoke Pesto (One-Dish Vegan)
67. Black Bean Soup with Kale and Sweet Potatoes (One-Dish Vegan)
68. Oven-Baked Indian Vegetables with Chickpeas (One-Dish Vegan)
69. Broccoli Cheddar Soup (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)
70. Jamaican-Style Coconut Rice Bowl (One-Dish Vegan)
71. Pan-Fried Breaded Zuchinni (http://vegetarianmamma.com/pan-fried-breaded-zucchini-glutenfree-vegan/)
72. Garlic Lover’s Chili (One-Dish Vegan)
73. Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies (Veganomicon)
74. Vegetable Étouffée (One-Dish Vegan)

2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 9/12 I put my last roll of lomography 400 into the split-cam. It’s so good at double exposures and there are so many pretty spring things that I got to shoot with it.

4. Hardcore cull my wardrobe.

Well I spent several hours working through my closet!
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7. Reach Advanced Level yoga with Erin Motz’s DoYouYoga course. So happy with my yoga progress this month. I feel really strong and good.
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1432044265504 side-plank camel pose low lunge.

 

9. 30 self portraits in 2015. 

ten:
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eleven:
Two-Hundred & Fifty-One

twelve:
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thirteen:
Day 6: My hair is super today. #100happydays

fourteen:
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fifteen:
Forward Fold

sixteen:
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20. Get everything boxed or bagged to donate. I made SO MUCH progress on this this month. In addition to adding loads of stuff to boxes and bags, Shaun got most of it taken to the donation center. Culling stuff you have had for 15+ years can be an emotional thing, though.

21. Start a 365 photo set on my 29th birthday. Finish it! Here are some of my favorite shots from this month:

Two-Hundred & Forty-Five

Two-Hundred & Forty-Seven

Two-Hundred & Fifty-Two

Two-Hundred & Sixty-Three

Two-Hundred & Fifty-Four

Two-Hundred & Sixty-Seven

Two-Hundred & Sixty-Eight

Two-Hundred & Seventy-Two

24. Scan my mom’s family photos.

My dad and my sister Jenny on an amazing book couch! 1976
My dad and my sister Jenny on an amazing bookshelf couch! 1976

 

My great-grandma noreen stirring Apple Butter at Apple Butter Makin' Days in Mt. Vernon, Mo, 1989
My great-grandma Noreen (in the red coat) stirring Apple Butter at Apple Butter Makin’ Days in Mt. Vernon, Mo, 1989

 

Our bookstore, Dusty Bookworm, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. My grandpa owned it and my mom managed it and it was the best place to grow up.
Our bookstore, Dusty Bookworm, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. My grandpa owned it and my mom managed it and it was the best place to grow up.

 

25. Organize all of the closets.

I got started on the bedroom closet!

28. Write a list of major cleaning projects and do them all!

  • move all furniture and clean behind/under it. (fridge, dressers, couch, entertainment center.) (Progress: Kitchen, bathroom, living room done in month 6. One half of bedroom done in month 7.)
  • clean the fridge out. (Progress: Fridge done.)
  • take ALL THAT RECYCLING so the cozy system can start working. (Progress: Just one bin of paper and the regular stuff to keep up with now, I just need to clean the mud room and make it look nice.)
  • take everything to Goodwill. (Progress: I just keep adding boxes and bags, but Shaun took a full carload to the donation center, no room for me!)
  • finish each room. If I still have to have stuff piled in a corner, at least let it be stored in a plastic tub. (Progress: Living room: Done. Laundry room: Done.)
  • closet overhaul. (Progress: Started the bedroom closet. Made a lot of hanger space, so far, need to work on the stuff that’s on shelves next!)
  • Springtime Garden Tidy. (Progress: I pulled down a lot of the excess star jasmine that was really taking over the back fence. I should have done this before it started growing up so it’s not as tidy as it COULD be but it looks so much better. I also cleaned the grass and trees that were growing in the street by our house, edged all the sidewalks, got a new hose and a cuter, more accessible way to store it on the porch this month. My mom went around with her big ratchet clippers and helped me cut down some ill-placed trees, I just need to dig them up now.)

Eight Months into 30 before 30

30 before 301. Cook 30 new recipes 65/30

Maple Baked Beans and Cornbread Casserole Tunisian Sweet Potatoes, Chickpeas & Greens Mushroom Lasagna Southern Biscuits and Gravy
Nigerian Black-Eyed Peas & Greens Szechwan Tofu & Green Beans Mix and Match Jambalaya Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Bars

58. Maple Baked Beans and Cornbread Casserole (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)
59. Tunisian Sweet Potatoes, Chickpeas & Greens (One-Dish Vegan)
60. Mushroom Lasagna (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
61. Gravy (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)
62. Nigerian Black-Eyed Peas and Greens (One-Dish Vegan)
63. Szechwan Tofu and Green Beans (One-Dish Vegan)
64. Mix and Match Jambalaya (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
65. Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Bars (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)

2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 8/12 Bo & Su of Les Beehive gave me a Mamiya msx 500 last summer and I hadn’t loaded film into it yet, high time to see how it goes!

7. Reach Advanced Level yoga with Erin Motz’s DoYouYoga course.

I’ve done a lot of yoga this month, feeling pretty good about this one. :)

April 2, warrior 3. (Doing #badyogisdoit  with @angbisho ! Hosted by @erinmotz) Day 6: side plank is definitely a favorite! (Doing #badyogisdoit with @angbisho !) April 7, chaturanga push ups. I have a cold and this was so much harder than usual! I did 5 not-quite-right with knees up and 7 with knees down and now I feel like a noodle. 🙆 (Doing #badyogisdoit with @angbisho !) #yoga #yogachallenge April 9, floating tabletop crunch! (Doing #badyogisdoit with @angbisho) This felt good after a couple of challenging days with a cold! Not feeling my best this morning but getting better.
April 10: plank! #badyogisdoit with hobbit slippers and @angbisho 😘 April 12: eagle! (Doing #badyogisdoit with @angbisho !) #yoga April 14: warrior 1! (Doing #badyogisdoit with @angbisho !) #yoga 2015-04-16 10.21.47 1
April 20: crow! (Doing #badyogisdoit with @angbisho !) April 21, wild card! I chose headstand because it's something I can do somedays. I could have hung out at this stage for a long time but I could only straighten my legs for a couple of seconds today. My falling was super graceful and controlled though, I
9. 30 self portraits in 2015. 

eight:

Two-Hundred & Twenty-Two

nine:

Two-Hundred & Forty

10. Fill my first Smash Journal.

Done!
smash journal 1: done
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18. Print another photo book.

Since this project has involved going through and re-editing my photos it has taken a long time. I’m somewhere in the middle of October of 2007 for a photo book that will only span June – December of that year and I’m already past 200 pages. When I was first starting to really practice and study photography I was super prolific, whoops. I’m going to admit that I might not be able to afford to actually PRINT this book until after my birthday, I will consider this done if I finish all of the other work involved because I have put many hours into it.

Here’s a couple of two-page spreads I’m really happy with:

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In 2007 I had some interest in being a commercial photographer, at least in terms stock photography. I have a lot of stuff I shot with that aim that I really love in retrospect but actually shooting photography for someone other than myself wasn’t fun at the time and I decided to focus on more emotive/photo diary work. I’m curious what future photo books will be like, especially everything past the death of my dad in December of 2008, when I realized that capturing and remembering my real life was the most important thing to me artistically.

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

Here are some of my favorites this month:

Two-Hundred & Sixteen

Two-Hundred & Thirty-One

Two-Hundred & Forty-Two

24. Scan my mom’s family photos. Got another stack done this month.

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Going down a slide with my dad, in Oregon.

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My dad in a stump chair, 1975.

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My mom at Silver Dollar City.

28. Write a list of major cleaning projects and do them all!

  • move all furniture and clean behind/under it. (fridge, dressers, couch, entertainment center.) (Progress: Kitchen, bathroom, living room done in month 6. One half of bedroom done in month 7.)
  • clean the fridge out. (Progress: I did the fridge a couple of weeks ago. I was surprised by how many jars of useless stuff I had in there. I felt like I was being good at keeping it down to the essentials, but nope! I still need to clean the freezer, but in general it stays a little cleaner.)
  • take ALL THAT RECYCLING so the cozy system can start working. (Progress: Still need to take all the paper and cardboard, but the rest of it is kept sorted and tidy.)
  • take everything to Goodwill. (Progress: I just keep adding boxes and bags. I have SO MUCH that’s on it’s way out, I can’t wait to reclaim that space!)
  • finish each room. If I still have to have stuff piled in a corner, at least let it be stored in a plastic tub. (Progress: Living room I would call done. I hung some curtains this month There are lots of living room photos above in my yoga shots.)
  • closet overhaul. (Progress: Lots of little adjustments but nothing worth noting.)
  • NEW Springtime Garden Tidy. (Progress: Gardening update.)