Tuesday, September 13, 2011

30 Before Thirty: Revisited

Just six weeks until I hit the big Three-Oh. My life as of late has been consumed by 12 hour days at work (I'm back to that schedule for this week), not to mention a hurricane-related claim of my own for my basement, and flooding in my sunroom. Needless to say, not much has been crossed off my 30 Before Thirty list in the past few weeks. But, I figured now is as good a time as any to revisit my goals and hopefully kick my butt into gear. Here's where I stand:

1. Decorate for holidays other than just Christmas. ... Not accomplished yet, but I have plans for Halloween.
2. Make a quilt. ... I'm counting my laptop bag since it has some quilting.
3. Enroll Charlotte in gymnastics/dance.
... We did gymnastics through Parks & Rec and she hated every minute. We're thinking about dance for next fall (one year from now).
4. Learn more about Photoshop Elements.
5. Watch all the year's Oscar Best Picture nominees. ... Done and briefly reviewed.
6. Learn to crochet.
7. Sew a costume for Charlotte. ... Check out that adorable Peter Pan!
8. Learn to cook a good steak.
9. Have family photos taken. ... Scheduled to happen just before my birthday.
10. Teach Charlotte to swim. ... She's been a swimming fool this summer.
11. Get a shared room (i.e. not a bedroom) decorated the way I like. ... The dining room is done and the living room is getting close.
12. Organize all our bills and important documents.
13. Make dessert more often.
14. Vacation somewhere other than Disney World. ... Sesame Place isn't far off, but works for me.
15. Learn to style my hair in different ways.
16. Complete a craft with Charlotte at least monthly. ... We missed some months, but have done a several fun, crafty things.
17. Attend church regularly. ... We seem to go in spurts. I need to get better about this!
18. Improve my photography. ... This is subjective, but I'm happier overall with what photos I'm capturing.
19. Lose at least 30 pounds.
20. Have a date night with Mark at least once a month.
21. Take Charlotte to Sesame Place. ... Had a fabulous time!
22. Reduce my reliance on paper towels. ... We've been using dishtowels more and more.
23. Build something from scratch. ... My most favorite DIY to date.
24. Host a party at our new house. ... Charlotte's birthday was a success, we toasted Will & Kate and I've got plans for a Halloween bash.
25. Take walks as a family.
26. Read every book club book. ... Can't cross this one off for two more months, but I'm current!
27. Revamp a piece of furniture with paint. ... Coming soon. Hopefully. If it'll stop raining for more than 20 minutes at a time.
28. Organize my photos. ... I've finally got a system for storage - a folder for each day, with another folder for the month, and then another folder for the year. Nothing earth-shattering, but it works.
29. Prepare dinners regularly. ... Go weekly planning!
30. Use produce from my own garden. ... We only had tomato plants, but they were yummy.

I've got 13 items left, far more than what I'd hoped to have remaining with less than 2 months to go. Some items I've just written off (coughcoughlosethirtypoundscough) but others are totally doable. There's actually at least four things on that list that I can virtually guarantee will get crossed off. So altogether not too bad.

How are your to do lists coming along?


marie said...

I'll babysit (at your house) once this month and once in October so you can check off #20. : )

Mandy said...

Didn't you try doing something different with your hair (curls or something), but it didn't work out? I think that should count, seeing as how you at least gave it a shot.

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