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March 4, 2012

30 While 30

I wanted to do a 30 Things to do Before I'm 30 list, but when I initially set out to create the list, one of the big things in my life I wanted to do was get pregnant.  Because I don't feel like you can put a timeline on something like that, I couldn't justify having a list and omitting something so big in my life.  Then, it would have made sense to start the list when I was 29, once I was already pregnant, but I'm not gonna lie - I was lazy!  It's not that I had a hard pregnancy that would keep me from doing anything (quite the opposite in fact), but I had no idea what to expect when my little man arrived, so I didn't want to commit.

Now, I'm officially 30, and have been for a few weeks.  I've had my list ready to go since Feb. 10, the day before my birthday, I just haven't posted it yet.  I guess #1 on my list should have been "Post 30 while 30 List on Birthday", but that's taking up valuable space.  Though, I guess it would have held me accountable!

Because my life isn't all about food, my list shouldn't be either.  I decided to break my list in to 3 categories.  Around the House, In the Kitchen, and In My Life.  I haven't decided yet how often I'll update on my status, but right now I'm thinking monthly, on the 11th since that's the date of my birthday.

So, without further adieu, my list!

30 Things to Accomplish While I'm 30

At the Table
1.) Develop a habit of preparing meals in advance, prepping for the week on weekends, etc.
2.) Host a wine-tasting party, or really any adult party without cases of beer everywhere!
3.) Make Bagels
4.) Make a Donuts
5.) Make my own pie crust
6.) Make a tiered cake
7.) Make Tiramisu
8.) Organize recipes I want to try, or tried and true, in an excel document.  Recycle old magazines I don't need and donate cookbooks I know I won't use.
9.) Perfect french fries!
10.) Roast a chicken (without burning down the house!) and make stock from the leftovers

Around the House
11.) Decorate Bedroom
12.) Decorate Living Room
13.) Decorate (and organize) Office
14.) Finish Ty's room finally!
15.) Organize all of the house
16.) Plant flowers, and try to keep them alive!
17.) Purge closet and drawers - donating (or sadly trashing) most of it, and itemizing what I NEED to buy
18.) Put in some sort of cabinet for extra kitchen storage
19.) Put some sort of shelving in basement or off season storage, and in general
20.) Spring Clean EVERYTHING!!

In My Life
21.) Create a spreadsheet with everyone's contact info - mail, email, phone, birthdays
22.) Learn how to sew
23.) Lose the last 10 pounds I was trying to lose before getting pregnant
24.) Make a card box (and stock it!)
25.) Make homemade edible holiday gifts (vanilla, candies, syrups, etc.)
26.) Order a wedding album
27.) Organize photos online
28.) Read at least one non-baby book a month
29.) Switch to all reusable shopping bags
30.) Ty's Baby Book

There are plenty of other things I want to do this year, but I will hold myself accountable to just these 30 for now!  Who know's, maybe I'll be really ambitious and finish this within 6-months and need another list!

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