29 by 29

I had such a good time with my list last year, I thought I would start another one. :) Need to roll a few forward from last year, sadly. But better to not give up on one's goals, yes? :D (Numbers 2-18 are rolled over.)

1) Get married!! Hey, this is legit. It takes a lot of time and energy to get a wedding off the ground!
2) Learn 29 new recipes. 3/2/14 Sweet success!
1 Balsamic Glazed Carrots
2 Steamed artichoke
3 shrimp tacos
4 mango salsa
5 Pioneer Woman's slaw
6 Midnight Sin Chocolate Cake (layered with the mousse and marscarpone frosting, not ganache)
7 Not so Humble Frangelico Dark Chocolate Mousse (skipped the Frangelico the first time, since I didn't have any)
8 Dark Chocolate Mascarpone Frosting
9 Cilantro pesto
10 baked sweet potato fries
11 salmon/dill/ricotta slow scrambled eggs
12 Grilled Chicken with Curried Couscous, Spinach, and Mango
13 Harvest Squash, Veggie, and Pumpkin Lasagna
14 Crème brûlée
15 Beef Stew with Root Vegetables and Horseradish
16 Homemade Pasta
17 Fettuccine with Portabellas, Sage, and Walnuts
18 Pineapple and Shrimp Eggrolls
19 Earl Grey Crème Brûlée
20 Chocolate Crème Brûlée
21 Chocolate and Chambord Crème Brûlée
22 Caramelized onions and mushroom grilled cheese
23 Nutella Cheesecake Cupcakes
24 Mini Fruit Pizzas
25 Baked Ziti
26 Pan-Seared "Smoked" Sweet Salmon
27 Sauteed Bok Choy and Broccoli
28 Cucumber and Mango Tropical Salad
29 Chicken Enchilada Pasta
30 Homemade chicken nuggets
31 Roasted Tomatoes
32 Veggie Lettuce Wraps
33 Pretzel Dogs
34 Grilled Cheese with Balsamic Caramelized Onions
35 Peas with Lemon, Mint, and Scallions
36 Classic Deviled Eggs
37 Carrot Layer Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
38 Roasted Strawberry Banana Bread
39 Pork with Rice Noodles, Scallions, and Chile
40 Blackberry Mojito
41 Mashed Potatoes
42 Homemade Granola

3) Post 29 blog posts. XD 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29

4) Watch 12 movies off the 100 best movies of all time list. (Let's be more realistic this year!)
# Title Date
1 It's a Wonderful Life December 13, 2013

5) Read 12 books (at least 5 off the 100 best books of all time list).
# Book Author Date finished
1 Brilliance Marcus Sakey August 3
2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone JK Rowling August 7, a re-read; 1st time as UK edition
3 The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls Claire Legrand August 9
4 The False Prince Jennifer A. Nielsen August 13
5 Skin Donna Jo Napoli August 16
6 The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins August 18, a re-read
7 Catching Fire Suzanne Collins August 20, a re-read
8 Mockingjay Suzanne Collins August 24, a re-read
9 Before I Go to Sleep S J Watson August 28, just two days!!
10 Jurassic Park Michael Crichton August 31
11 The Lost World Michael Crichton September 7
12 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bone Cassandra Clark September 8
13 Green Rider Kristen Britain September, a re-read
14 First Rider's Call Kristen Britain a re-read
15 High King's Tomb Kristen Britain a re-read
16 Blackveil Kristen Britain October 6
17 The Mortal Instruments: City of Ash Cassandra Clark
18 Wildwood Colin Meloy October 30
19 The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass Cassandra Clark November 7
20 Tell The Wolves I'm Home Carol Rifka Brunt November 9 (in just 5 hours)
21 The English Girl Daniel Silva November 23
22 The Ocean at the End of the Lane Neil Gaiman November 26
23 The City of Fallen Angels Cassandra Clark December 6
24 Wither Lauren DeStefano December 7
25 Divergence Veronica Roth December 14 (in 2 days)
26 Fever Lauren DeStefano December 16 (ish)
27 Sever Lauren DeStefano December 23
28 The Mortal Instruments: City of Lost Souls Cassandra Clare December 31
29 The Husband's Secret Liane Moriarty January 2 (in one day)
30 Matched Ally Condie January 3 (in one day)
31 The Reason I Jump Naoki Higashida January 4
32 Speaker for the Dead Orson Scott Card January 11
33 Crossed Ally Condie January 15
34 Reached Ally Condie January 19 (in 2 days)
35 A Great and Terrible Beauty Libba Bray January 20 (in 1 day)
36 Rebel Angels Libba Bray January 25
37 Insurgent Veronica Roth February 19
38 Allegiant Veronica Roth February 24
39 The Sweet Far Thing Libba Bray March 8
40 Apocalypse Z: Dark DaysManel Loureiro March 29
41 A Million Little Pieces James FreyApril 6
42 Shards of Time Lynn Flewelling April 16
43 Sous Chef Michael Gibney May 15
44 Atlantis Gene A.G. Riddle May 17

6) Take dance classes or lessons again.
7) Visit a new state. 5/24/14: Went to South Carolina for a wedding.
8) Learn to do the three beat weave. (Poi)
9) Finish 24 scrapbook pages
10) Plant a "garden" outside our new deck. Including a hanging herb garden pot. 4/23/14. Planted 2 varieties of tomato (Pink Brandywine Heirloom Tomato and Early Girl - 50 days hybrid tomato), summer squash, zucchini, yellow bell pepper, mint, cilantro, flat leaf parsley, 2 basil, marigolds, and some lovely red flowers. Should have the first hitting maturity in 48 days!
11) Get scuba certified.
12) Join a gym (and you know, go.) Calling it good 2/22/14, but of course I'll have to keep working at this one! Joined last June, went a bunch the month before the wedding. Finally started going twice a week reliably this February, feeling really good about it!
13) Run a 5k.
14) Complete a 10 day real food (clean eating) challenge. 5/11-5/24. It's been pretty eye opening how many foods have preservatives. We're working on reading ingredient labels, keeping the unpronounceable items to a minimum, and making more staples from scratch. I'm feeling really good about the changes. The idea is to have a healthy relationship with my food, and I think trusting where it comes from will go a long way in that.
15) Go for a hike in the mountains. 7/29/14 OK so this is technically done in the 30 by 30 timeframe. But apparently I didn't carry this item forward like I thought I did. I also wanted to note that this is NOT a first time thing!! I've been on MANY hikes in the mountains. I just missed it, and wanted to make it a deliberate thing to get back out there. Today we hiked at Chimney Rock and it was beautiful! Gorgeous views, loved the Hickory Nut Falls, took tons of pictures and climbed way too many stairs. XD
16) Make date night jar to kick start weekly date nights. We put out sticks at the wedding, and got some really adorable ideas from our friends and family. ♥
17) Take a crafty class (cake decorating, painting, knitting, scrapbooking... something!)
18) Try Zumba.
19) Make Christmas ornaments.
20) Visit another country (St. Lucia - honeymoon) 7/31/13 - 8/6/13
21) Visit mud baths at a volcano. In St. Lucia, our last day there! I'm still trying to get the lining of my swimsuit back to a normal color! :)
22) Get a different haircut (after the wedding) Got a "lob" (long bob) with wispy side swept bangs. Love it!
23) Wear neon nail polish. 1/20/14 Neon pink! It smells like bubble gum. XD I may still try one of the more eclectic neons down the road... ;)
24) Link my domain name to this blog!! As of 1/7/14 we are officially linked up to www.joyfulfoodie.com! Woohoo! May have taken me 3 years to start, but once I finally bit the bullet, it only took about 20 minutes to work out. YAY!! :D
25) Transcribe the first of my Farmor's journals and share it with the family.
26) Find a new job. I started officially on 8/21/13 at a middle school! Very excited to get back to my awkward teenagers.
27) Re-evaluate budget/figure out how joint checking accounts work.
28) Master Crème Brûlée, and at least two flavor variations.
11/11/13: Made vanilla Crème Brûlée using Fine Cooking's recipe. SUPERB. I am addicted. So creamy!!
12/17/13: Made Earl Grey Crème brûlée. Much better the second night... I think we weren't quite expecting the flavor somehow the first night. Lovely coffee color to it, like a mug of tea with cream would be.
1/7/14: Made Chocolate Crème Brûlée. Used Fine Cooking's base recipe, read a few other recipes for the chocolate variations, and made my own up from there.
1/31/14: Made Chocolate and Chambord Crème Brûlée, using the chocolate recipe I invented last time and adding chambord when I put in the extract.
29) Upgrade pots and pans! (And get rid of hand me down college pieces that are so bent they don't sit flat!) Bought new scanpan set at Sur la Table yesterday (1/4/14)... LOVE THEM. They cook so even and nothing sticks at all! Bonus, they are updating to a new model, so the whole line was clearance priced - and these NEVER go on sale! 37% off total with our registry completion discount! :D Now to donate the old ones...

August 24th: 6/29 completed, 3 with good progress!
September 8th: 7/29 completed, and one of them a big one! I can't believe how many books I read in a single month! And how many books I finished in only a day or two! And these aren't 200 page books either. *whew*
January 4th: 9/29 completed, lots of little ones left...
January 7th: 10/29 completed, tackled a little one! And fully crossed off the Crème Brûlée variations requirement. ;)
January 20th: 11/29 completed.
February 22nd: 12/29 completed, nearly done with another big one!
March 2nd: 13/29 completed, half done with a big one!
April 23rd: 14/29 completed.
May 26th: 16/29 completed. Made it over half way this year!! And got most of the big ones done. I'm happy with this. :) Now onto the new year!

... July 29, 2014. Completed number 17. I know, past the deadline. But it wasn't on the new list and I wanted to document it. :)

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