30 by 30

Last year I got 16/29 done... perhaps I can beat that this year! Already better than the 11/28 from the year before.

I love 1, 2, 3, and 4 so much I think they'll probably be on my list every year. :)

1) Learn/Create 30 new recipes.
1Whole wheat tortillas
2Mustard Greens
3"Waffle" hashbrowns
4Garlic cheddar biscuits
5Crock pot chicken
6Quiche with whole wheat crust 
7Whole wheat mac n' cheese
8Mint Julep
9Peach Crisp (a re-master)
10Blueberry Muffins with streusel topping 
11Chicken leg quarters
12Baked Loaded Sweet Potatoes
13Butternut Squash Risotto
14Crockpot Refried Beans
15Pumpkin Muffins (whole wheat)
16Poached Eggs (silicon shortcut)
17Crusty French Bread
18Maple Donut Bars
19Pumpkin Sauce with Spaghetti Squash
20Banana Pancakes
21Caramelized Bananas
22BBQ Chicken Wings
23Homemade Chex Mix
24Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Mushrooms with Caramelized Onions
25Mustard and Apple Sauce (for Sous Vide Chicken)
26Homemade Butternut Squash Ravioli 
27Sous Vide Eggs
28Sausage, Kale, and Couscous Soup
29German Chocolate Cake
30Pulled Pork Nachos
31Beer Cheese Sauce (for nachos)
32Breakfast Nests
33Whole Wheat Cobblestone Trail Pancakes (think: oatmeal raisin cookies meet banana bread in pancake form)
34Chocolate Stout Cake
35Irish Cream Mousse
36Peanut Noodles
37Soft Shell Crab

2) Post 30 blog posts. 123456, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30.

3) Read 12 books (at least 5 from the 339 books referenced in Gilmore Girls. XD). I know I got 44 books read last year, but I don't want to aim crazy high and have it bite me in the butt, so sticking with 12 again this year. Especially since some of the ones I want to read right now are behemoths. XD
#BookAuthorDate finished
1Memoirs of a GeishaArthur GoldenJune 15
2Slaughterhouse-FiveKurt VonnegutJune 18
3Green Rider: BlackveilKristen BritainJune 25, a re-read
4Green Rider: Mirror Sight Kristen BritainJuly 1
5A Game of ThronesGeorge R. R. Martin July 12
6I am Number FourPittacus LoreAugust 4
7Clash of KingsGeorge R. R. MartinSeptember 13
8The Runaway KingJennifer A. NielsenSeptember 18
9Soy Sauce for BeginnersKirstin ChenSeptember 21
10Storm of SwordsGeorge R. R. MartinNovember 9
11A Feast for CrowsGeorge R. R. MartinDecember 19
12Dress RehearsalJennifer O'ConnellDecember 22
13TickerLisa MantchevDecember 23
14AnthemAyn RandDecember 24
32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny: Life Lessons from Teaching
Phillip DoneDecember 27
16The MartianAndy WeirDecember 30
The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt
Kara CooneyJanuary 11
18A Dance with DragonsGeorge R. R. MartinFebruary 17
19WreckageEmily BleekerMarch 1
20Rocket Boys Homer HickhamMarch 15
21CandideVoltaireMarch 21
22The First RuleRobert CraisMarch 21
23Northanger AbbeyJane AustenMarch 29
24MacbethWilliam ShakespeareMarch 29
25AustenlandShannon HaleApril 1
26Sabriel Garth NixApril 1, a re-read
27Hissy FitMary Kay AndrewsApril 9
28LiraelGarth NixApril 13, a re-read
29AbhorsenGarth NixApril 16, a re-read
30Gone Girl Gillian FlynnApril 26
31Across the Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other StoriesGarth NixMay 9
32ClarielGarth NixMay 12

4) Visit a new state. 9/20-9/28/14 Went to Minnesota to visit family and attend a wedding.
5) Take dance classes or lessons again.
6) Learn to do the three beat weave. (Poi)
7) Finish 12 scrapbook pages (Trying to be more realistic this year... let's start small.) 1/19/15 Finished my christmas scrapbook for 2009, 2010, and 2011! Journaling and all! Well technically have to journal the last three pages still, but its well over 12 pages long. 20ish, I think. :)
8) Run a 5k that I actually have to register for (not just on the treadmill...)
9) Take a crafty class (cake decorating, painting, knitting, scrapbooking... something!)
10) Try Zumba.
11) Make Christmas ornaments.  1/17/15 Well I made one anyways. But I really love it, and it incorporates some of my leftover wedding supplies in a non-dust-gathering way.
12) Transcribe the first of my Farmor's journals and share it with the family.
13) Clean out the pantry. 4/28/15 Our hand was forced by the hot water heater leaking, but it is well progressed, finally.
14) Play the violin again.
15) Get more pictures off the computer and out where I can see them regularly. (Print photos, photobooks, scrapbooks.) 8/16/14 Printed a bunch of wedding, engagement, and casual pictures. Framed and hung in living room and bedroom. Updated some casual pictures in collage frames. Bringing a few to work to put in magnet frames next to my desk. Engagement and honeymoon photo books designed, ordered, and added to a shelf on the wall in living room. I'd call that success!!
16) Finish painting the house.
17) Make some art I'm proud to hang in my home. 7/22/14 I made a his/her hometown heart piece that joins my hometown with my husband's and has our wedding date. This is now framed above the fireplace.
18) Do the 52 Questions in 52 weeks challenge.
19) Apply to grad school.
20) Pay it forward - at least 5 random acts of kindness. 1(75¢),
21) Find a renter for our spare room. 10/30/14 Yay! New guy seems nice, has a bearded dragon.
22) Clean out yard sale stuff (hold a yard sale, or do it online).  5/1/15 Calling it done. Of course there is always more that can be sorted down, but I got rid of old teacher supplies and cleaned out the storage unit, and I'm happy with the progress I made this year.
23) Eat food out of my own garden. 7/17/14 Had our first tomato on some rockin fajitas. YUM. Can't wait for the heirloom tomatoes!
24) Start composting. 6/24/14. Made a 5 gallon bucket composter in the small pantry of our kitchen. Super excited about the nutrients we'll get to add to the garden and the waste we're not adding to a landfill!
25) Have a spontaneous weekend trip (pick a city and drive!).
26) Plan a major vacation. Dec: Working on planning Germany and Italy! That's pretty major to me! Feb: Ticket booked for Germany! Just need Italy... 5/20/15 Calling it done! Both legs of the trip booked, most hotels and visits in between done. Just need to finish the packing list!
27) Make ice cream from scratch.  7/23/14 Put it in the fridge 7/22, putting it in the freezer bowl 7/23! French Vanilla with Heath bar pieces and pecans.
28) Make bread from scratch.  11/15/14 Crusty french bread... a no-knead recipe, and it turned out just like the picture! Our company didn't even realize it was homemade.
29) Make an appointment to get a Lasik consultation.
30) Increase savings by 30%. Thanks to a raise and a payroll error that has been corrected, I have increased my amount saved monthly by 550%. o.0 I kinda forgot to write down a starting amount, so I can't tell if the final number will be 30% higher, but monthly wise definitely met this goal, and I'm pretty certain that my savings account will be miles beyond what I hoped, which is epicly helpful for both goal #26 and generally having my life together as an adult.

9/28/14: 6 complete, serious progress on two big ones.
12/24/14: 9 done, one a big one. :) I could probably count #22 done too, but I want to make some more progress here. At least a trip to the re-store or something.
2/1/15: 12 done, several that I thought might be stretch goals!!
4/4/15: 13 done!
5/20: 16 done!

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