35 before 35 – June – July, 2019 – Update 9

35 before 35 list

Previous Updates

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

 

 

 

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March – #CY365 – Week 10

64. celebrate
64. celebrate
65. in the morning
65. in the morning
66. ordinary/self portrait
66. ordinary/self portrait
67. In the mirror
67. in the mirror
68. wearing a favorite
68. wearing a favorite
69. what i eat.
69. what i eat.
70. what i'm reading
70. what i’m reading

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:
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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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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!
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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.)

Seven Months into 30 before 30

30 before 30

1. Cook 30 new recipes 57/30
Japanese Vegetable Curry Thai Coconut Pumpkin Soup Bombay Beans and Chutney Very Vegan Mac-n-Cheeze
gnocchi & marinara Strawberries and Cream Bread Pudding Ancho-Lentil Tacos Samosa Stuffed Baked Potatoes
Lentil-Mushroom Meatloaf with Ketchup Glaze Lentil, Chard and Sweet Potato Curry Southern Biscuits on Portobello Pot Pie

46. Japanese Vegetable Curry (One-dish Vegan)
47. Thai Coconut Pumpkin Soup (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
48. Bombay Beans and Chutney (One-dish Vegan)
49. Very Vegan Mac-n- Cheeze (from here)
50. Homemade Gnocchi (Vegan with a Vengeance) & Marinara (Veganomicon)
51. Strawberries and Cream Bread Pudding (Isa Does It)
52. Ancho-Lentil Tacos (Isa Does It)
53. Samosa Stuffed Baked Potatoes (Veganomicon)
54. Lentil-Mushroom Meatloaf with Ketchup Glaze (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)
55. Lentil, Chard and Sweet Potato Curry (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)
56. Southern Biscuits (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)
57. on Portobello Pot Pie (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)

 

2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 7/12 I knew we were going on a trip this month so I thought a roll in the Split-Cam would be fun!

7. Reach Advanced Level yoga with Erin Motz’s DoYouYoga courseI did some really non-yoga yoga to start the month, this 14 day shred with Sadie Nardini. Generally not my thing, but I’ve been wanting to do more real cardio, so I think it’s been good for me. I don’t regret doing it, but I doubt I’ll ever repeat it. I got knocked down by some bad allergies in the middle of it, which made breathing a struggle, but I made it through the 14 days. I decided to check in with Wii Fit yoga after I finished that challenge and immediately pulled something in my shoulders, so I had to take some time off to heal. Slow and easy stretching yoga for a week or so and I think I’ll be back on my feet.

8. Finish 5 video games. 2/5 I’ve left some visual novels off of this, but I am counting Gone Home, I don’t know why, maybe because it was so damned good. I also played through a couple of scenarios in Hatoful Boyfriend, but it’s so quick and silly, and I played The Yawhg with friends and with Shaun a few times. Mostly I have been playing Dragon Age: Inquisition for a couple of months and I beat it on March 5th, I clocked just over 100 hours in my first play-through and started a new character immediately. I need to mix it up a little because I’m not going to count it twice if/when I beat it again!

  1. Gone Home
  2. Dragon Age: Inquisition

9. 30 self portraits in 2015. 

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12. Day trip to Norman.

March 17, Norman, OU Campus
We did it! Full post about the trip here.

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

One-Hundred & Eighty-Eight

One-Hundred & Ninety

One-Hundred & Ninety-Four

Two-Hundred

Two-Hundred & Two

Two-Hundred & Eight

Two-Hundred & Twelve

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

  1. move all furniture and clean behind/under it. (fridge, dressers, couch, entertainment center.) (Progress: Kitchen, bathroom, living room done in month 6. Moved everything on the side of our bedroom where the bed is this month, still have a lot to do in there!)
  2. clean the fridge out. (Progress: I was in a bit of a rush the other day, but we were between groceries and it was pretty empty, so I gave the whole interior a good wipe down. I know there are some things in the back recesses that still need tossed, though!)
  3. take ALL THAT RECYCLING so the cozy system can start working. (Progress: Still need to take the paper. Also have another full load of cardboard boxes already.)
  4. take everything to Goodwill. (Progress: Added two boxes and one large tub to the piles of stuff that needs to go.)
  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: Got curtains hung in the living room, I need one tension bar and 4 hooks installed to pull the curtains back with and the room will be done.)
  6. closet overhaul. (Progress: Just little bits here and there throughout the month in the bedroom closet. I really thought I would get it done this month, but other life things kind of got in the way.)

25th of February – 25th of March is a short month! I didn’t get everything done this month that I had hoped to. I’m definitely starting to feel the crunch on some of these, I need to make a timeline list and work on some of the more ongoing things, like scanning my mom’s photos, more often.

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 – 70mm 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.

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.

NX3000

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 courseI 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. 

one:One-Hundred & Fifty-Four

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four: One-Hundred & Seventy-Four

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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.

kitchen

living room
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.

Five Months into 30 before 30

30 before 30

 

1. Cook 30 new recipes before 30. 41/30 I made 3 new recipes this month!
Perfect Vegan Gingerbread Cookies Pureed Split-Pea and Rutabaga Soup One-pot Cheesy Mac
39. Perfect Vegan Gingerbread Cookies (from here)
40. Pureed Split-Pea & Rutabaga Soup (from Isa Does It)
41. One-pot Cheesy Mac (from One-dish Vegan)

2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 5/12

This month I shot a 36 exposure roll in the Canon Rebel 2000 with a lensbaby lens attached. Really excited to see the results! It’s much harder to shoot 36 exposures than 24 and I wasn’t going to photograph random stuff just to finish out the roll so I’m shooting to finish on the 31st instead of the 25th. (I usually give myself end of the month wiggle-room on this one, anyway. Most things here I track 25th-25th because the project starts and finishes on August 25th.)

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10.  Fill my first Smash journal. There are probably 8 blank pages left, but it’s SO stuffed with things now it’s hard to cram anything else in. I’m only putting scraps from 2014 and prior into it at this point.  As I clean and tidy the house and find little saved slips of paper and mementos I’ll smash them in. I started a new Smash journal to be my 2015 scrapbook. The 2015 book will be more organized and linear. After that I expect I’ll switch to Project Life or whatever the newest thing is.

One-Hundred & Fifty-Two
Another thing I plan on doing soon is scrapbooking some of this stuff from my bulletin board.

21.  Start a 365 photo set on my 29th birthday. Finish it! Since I finished my 365 self portrait set I feel like I’m not posting photos here often enough. Obviously I started this project in August. Here’s the set so far: [link]

Here are some of my favorite shots from this project in the past month:

One-Hundred & Thirty

One-Hundred & Thirty-Two

One-Hundred & Forty-One

One-Hundred & Forty-Seven

One-Hundred & Fifty-Three

24. Scan my mom’s family photos. My mom’s birthday was on the 20th, so I scanned a few more that day for her. I try to just scan some here and there, because it’s pretty exhausting to sit down and do large batches. I’m not cleaning or straightening them up, much. The priority is to get them backed up a couple of places so that the physical copies aren’t the only ones in existence.

mom's family photos
My parents and my brother, 1978 probably.

 

mom's family photos
My great grandma Mildred when she was 17 years old.

 

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My Grandma Winnie.

 

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My mom on her 10th birthday.