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30 While 30: Quarterly Update

A few months ago, I turned 30.  Thirty is a time to reflect on what you've done in your life, and what you'd still like to do!  Regardless of how "old" Rob says I am, 30 is definitely still young!!  No, I can't sleep in until 11am every Saturday anymore (I wish!), and yes, I do have important things on my to-do list (such as make sure my son is fed), which makes me an "adult", but I'm not ready to wear mom jeans and house slippers just yet!

As part of reflecting, I put together a list of 30 things I wanted to do while I'm 30.  I decided to go back and check the status of my "to-do" list on a quarterly basis.  Wow, I am slacking.  Like hardcore!!  I haven't done much of what I've set out to do.  But, now that I know this, plans are in the works!

So, let's check in! (Crossed off means complete - italicized is things I'm working on!)


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 Donuts Done, and though they turned out well, they didn't LOOK appetizing!  I'll eventually try again, and blog them once they're pretty!
5.) Make my own pie crust
6.) Make a tiered cake I made a tiered cake for my son and niece's joint baptism!
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! - If you have a tried and true recipe let me know!!
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 - I'm the idiot that chose a 900+ page book to read after the Hunger Games Trilogy.  Clearly with a mobile baby and 30 minutes a day to read before passing out, this was not a smart decision with this goal.  Great book though!
29.) Switch to all reusable shopping bags - Halfway done!  I ordered some new one's, but am waiting for them to arrive.  But, I'm using my nasty old one's for half of the groceries so I'm almost there!
30.) Ty's Baby Book

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