35 before 35 ‚Äď March 25, 2019 ‚Äď 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!

 

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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 ‚ÄúCheddar‚ÄĚ 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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Six Months into 30 before 30

30 before 30

1. Cook 30 new recipes 45/30 I cooked 4 new recipes this month!
Vegetable Lo Mein creamy noodle curry spicy vegan sausage and bean chili French Lentils, Sweet Potatoes and Chard

42. Vegetable Lo Mein (from One-dish Vegan)
43. Creamy Noodle Curry (from One-dish Vegan)
44. Spicy Vegan Sausage and Bean Chili (from One-dish Vegan)
45. French Lentil, Sweet Potatoes & Chard (from One-dish Vegan)

2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 6/12 I put another roll in the Canon Rebel 2000, this time I have my Sigma 28 Р70mm zoom lens on it. This is the first camera/lens combo I have done for this project that I can effectively shoot self portraits with, so that will be fun.

5¬†Save money for a new dSLR. camera.¬†I settled on buying a mirrorless camera instead of a dSLR.¬†My dSLR (Canon Rebel t2i) is still fabulous for almost every purpose, even if it is looking a little rough, replacing it completely with something nearly identical in size and function felt a little ridiculous. I’m always wanting something smaller and lighter to carry with me everywhere, so the name of this goal changed.

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And¬†here comes in the Samsung NX3000, it’s super cute and the image quality is really quite good. It’s a bit cheaper than the other cameras I was considering so I was able to get it right away. It’s got lots of gimmicky bells and whistles that I’m super keen to try out. Here are some of the first photos I have taken with it:

One-Hundred & Sixty-Six

One-Hundred & Seventy

One-Hundred & Seventy-One

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It also takes truly excellent food photos, as you can see on my recipe update above.

7. Reach Advanced Level yoga with Erin Motz’s DoYouYoga course.¬†I did some back pedaling over the winter holidays. It’s so hard to get motivated! January was a bit of an off month as well but towards the end of the month I started redoing Erin Motz’s 30 day yoga challenge (this one) and it was a great way to ease back into practice and get used to the daily routine of it. I finished last week and haven’t missed a day of yoga since, between cycling through the moderate classes and catching up on some of Erin Motz’s Bad Yogi offerings (I’m kind of a fangirl) I haven’t missed a day of yoga in 37 days. I also managed my first¬†headstand (not quite pictured below) and hung out in a super solid crow pose for the first time. Getting a picture of yourself in a headstand in not the easiest thing to do. ;)

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9. 30 self portraits in 2015. 

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four: One-Hundred & Seventy-Four

five: Untitled

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12. Day trip to Norman.¬†We booked a hotel room last night and decided to stay two nights. We’ve already planned where we’re going to eat dinner each night. Shaun matriculated at¬†OU and we were pretty excited to find that his favorite Indian and Mexican restaurants are still there. We haven’t been to Norman in about 10 years.¬†Mostly we’re just gonna walk around¬†leisurely and decide what to do spontaneously. ¬†I love to plan and research, but I hate the stress of micromanaged trips, when you’re tied down by an itinerary I feel like you’re living between the experiences, and rushing is the worst. I’m looking into all of the possibilities but the only concrete goal¬†is to¬†go to the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History because Natural History is¬†my favorite. Love it SO MUCH.

14. Try 5 new cocktails. 4/5¬†Went to Yokozuna in downtown Tulsa at the end of January¬†to fete my January & February babies. My brother’s birthday is January 5, my mom’s is January 20 and Shaun’s is February 8. I had a Hello Sumo, Hello Kitty, which is Malibu coconut rum, mango juice, and a splash of grenadine on the rocks. No more cocktails until after Lent!

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19.¬†Try 5 new ways to style my hair.¬†1/5 I learned how to fishtail braid at the end of January! You can kind of see it in photo two of my 30 self portraits in 2015 goal above. I’m hoping to get a massive trim pretty soon which will make my hair a bit easier to style. I have snaggledy snarled ends right now.

20.¬†Get everything boxed or bagged to donate.¬†Amazing progress on this. I’m probably going to keep stockpiling stuff until Spring Break when we’ll have the time to actually take it to a donation center. We’re about to have 3 pieces of furniture that will need donated as well, and no good way to store them,¬†so I guess they’ll just get shoved into our least used room to give me anxiety until we can get rid of them!¬†I also need more cardboard boxes, which is a bit ridiculous because we just took a bunch of them to the recycling center.

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

One-Hundred & Sixty-Three

One-Hundred & Sixty-Five

One-Hundred & Seventy-Six

One-Hundred & Seventy-Seven

One-Hundred & Eighty-Two

One-Hundred & Eight-Four

25.¬†Organize all of the closets. I took some Before pictures of the library closet (I am very bad at remembering to take Before pictures, see below where ¬†I took In The Middle Of pictures of the living room!) They¬†are¬†actually after pictures for my big organize the closets project of 2013 but I put too much stuff on one of the shelves and it fell a bit and it’s just not as accessible as I would like. Prepared to be a lot more ruthless in tossing/donating stuff, too. I make a little progress all the time¬†and¬†it’s super gratifying. I’ll post those pictures when I have some real Afters to go with them!

28.¬†Write a list of major cleaning projects and do them all!¬†I wrote a list. I feel like there must be more, so I consider it a work in progress. Here it is so far, though. I feel a bit… sheepish? that it encompasses some of my other 30 before 30 goals.¬†I’m not gonna kick myself for making a list that is do-able when it is also a list that is going to improve my life so much.

  1. move all furniture and clean behind/under it. (fridge, dressers, couch, entertainment center.) (Progress: I moved everything movable in the kitchen and bathroom and cleaned the floors completely on the 19th. I moved everything in the living room except my desk and cleaned underneath them on the 20th, I also cleaned the baseboards and crown molding with method oil soap. On the 23rd I pulled out my desk, shoved it into the library and cleaned the floors before replacing it with a much nicer desk.)
  2. clean the fridge out.
  3. take ALL THAT RECYCLING so the cozy system can start working. (Progress: We took everything but paper on the 13th!)
  4. take everything to Goodwill.
  5. 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: The living room is SO CLOSE to finished. I need to do some work in the bedroom to make space for some stuff that’s currently piled in the living room corner and move Shaun’s PC tower by the TV. We’re going to hook it up to the TV and get rid of his desk in the dining room. He’s now working off a little laptop at the dining table that can be stored super easily.)
  6. closet overhaul.

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new desk!

All in all this was a super productive month and I’m really happy with my progress.

Now for a¬†quick halfway-point rundown! I haven’t finished half of the list, but I shouldn’t have. A lot of it is quite ongoing and won’t be finished until the last month, in fact, #30 won’t be done until I go to bed on my birthday. I’ve finished 5¬†items completely and I’ve started working on¬†another¬†19 of the items on my list, I feel pretty happy with that. I’ve already experienced a lot of general improvement to my day to day life from what I’ve accomplished. Maybe I would have done some of this stuff without this list, and maybe I wouldn’t have, I can’t say, but I wouldn’t have tracked it like this, which has been a lot of fun for me. I love lists and¬†I work so well with self-imposed deadlines.

2015 Projects – stuff that isn’t part of my 30 before 30


1. Shoot more video. Now that my computer is working well, video editing is feasible. I didn’t shoot much when it was hard to edit and I’m kinda sad about that. Shaun is shooting lots of video so far this year as well, which is super exciting. An aside to this is that I’ve been enjoying going through older video I have shot. The footage above is from our 2012 trip to the Oklahoma Aquarium.

Day 51: Tidied the cupboards. #100happydays Day 53: Got a box for all of our Tylenol and cold medicine that was piled on top of the fridge. #100happydays
2. Extreme¬†organization! Sure this falls under a few of the things (4. Hardcore cull my wardrobe, 20. Get everything boxed and bagged to donate, 25. Organize all the closets, 28. Write a list of major cleaning projects and do them all!)¬†I have on my 30 before 30 list, but I feel like certain things just don’t work into those updates. Though I guess they would if I got around to making that list of major cleaning projects.¬†I should do that this week! Anyway, prior to getting that list written:

  • I cleaned off the top of the fridge and tucked all of our first aid/vitamin stuff into a cute box.
  • I went through all the kitchen cabinets and sorted our appliances. I have a few to get rid of and organized what we actually use to be easily accessible.
  • I started organizing the pantry. That’s definitely a project that involves more dry good storage containers and cute labels than I currently own.

3. Update this blog… weekly? This feels awfully ambitious.

St Louis, 2009
Shaun, Missouri Botanical Garden, 2009 Kodak Cameo 35mm

4. Scanning negatives. All of my plans for timely film development ultimately fail. As such, when I finally get film developed it costs upwards of $50 for processing only (I never get prints.) and then it takes me months & months to actually scan all of it. I got a dozen rolls developed last summer and I’ve scanned… maybe half of them. Honestly I just have so many little creative projects going on, I’m only working on a¬†few¬†of them at a time and it’s hard to find the time for every little thing I want to do, especially for these things that don’t fit into my 30 before 30, if I’m going to be scanning, it should be my mom’s photos for that project. It’s fun to spread it out, though, it’s interesting to see photos I took 6 years ago for the very first time.

5. Read 30 books. Last year my goal on goodreads was 25 and I skated in with 26. I miss reading. I miss sitting on the porch waiting for Shaun to get home from work with my feet up on the rail and a book in my lap. I’ve been spending a lot of time in the bath with a book too. I used to freak out that people did that, but I’m pretty careful and there have been no mishaps thus far! I’m less caught up in keeping things for best, I guess, so the pages get a little steamy, it’s okay. I still wouldn’t do it with a borrowed book, though!