30 Before 30: 2017 Approacheth

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Time to check in on my 30 Before 30 list!

2. Home Renovation

12/05/16:
  1. reading nook: This hasn’t been touched in ages. Maybe one day, little book nook. Maybe one day.
  2. hardwood floors: Mr. T is talking about doing work on the concrete floors to spruce them up some. We have floors in the three rooms upstairs, but not in the landing/stairs.
  3. nursery: I guess I should blog about the nursery, shouldn’t I? Not enough hours in the day, man.
  4. bedroom: It still needs some TLC, for sure. Mr. T started building a poster bed, though!
  5. living room: I actually just posted some updated pictures of the living room to Facebook.
07/27/16:
  1. reading nook: Yeah, there has been zero progress on the nook. Actually, negative progress, because it’s full of junk and I think Mr. T used the lumber he’d bought for it to work on other projects.
  2. hardwood floors: The painted concrete is holding up pretty well, and Mr. T installed laminate flooring upstairs on his own, after a friend of ours taught him what’s up.
  3. nursery: Oh I need to blog about the nursery. I mean, it’s not finished by a long shot, and LBW is already four months old, but still. Cool stuff has happened.
  4. bedroom: Psh, whatever. At least we sleep in it again. For a month or two we didn’t even do that. Not because it was messy or anything, just…baby stuff.
  5. living room: Mr. T built shelves! And we bought new furniture! It’s going in a totally different direction than I’d planned, but I’m digging it!!
11/21/15:
  1. reading nook: So we’ve been working on the reading nook. It’s painted! I never blogged about that! I’ll do it soon! And Mr. T bought some lumber to begin making the shelves!! So hooray!
  2. hardwood floors: We’ve ripped up all the carpet downstairs (another blog I need to write) and instead of getting any other type of flooring, we’re just painting them! Temporary solution!! But I have met with a contractor to get a quote for flooring upstairs! Holy crap that’s going to be expensive!!! Hooray!!
  3. nursery: We currently have a roommate in our eventual nursery (long story) but he shouldn’t be there super long…and he’ll definitely be gone by the time LBW makes an appearance.
  4. bedroom: I mean…not much has happened since the last time I blogged about the bedroom. But! We’re getting new floors in there as well, so there’s that! Maybe that will be motivation to, if nothing else, keep it clean.
  5. living room: There is quite a bit of reno going on in the living room right now. The floors are coming out, obviously, but that means we’re getting rugs, because *brr…* concrete floors! We also painted, because why not? We ripped the carpet up! It was actually a lot of fun NOT worrying about getting paint on the carpet. :) And omg it looks so much better. So much better. I highly recommend clicking on that blog link and looking at some pictures. It. is. glorious.

So, yeah – I think we’re doing okay on this goal. :)

07/02/15: Could you spread the word about my blog? How many readers do you have to have before companies start sending you free stuff? So many blogs I read are all “While this post isn’t ‘sponsored’, Lowe’s generously sent us the majority of what we needed to build this bad boy… and we’re suuuuper grateful!” (that’s a direct quote, fyi) and no one has ever offered me anything for free, sponsored post or not. I occasionally get stuff from BzzAgent, but that’s not the same. This woman was donated a metric butt-ton of lumber to build her kids a playground.

Anyway – things I want to work on (and yes, I keep changing them):

  1. reading nook
  2. hardwood floors
  3. nursery
  4. bedroom
  5. living room

3. Cookbook with 20 Recipes

12/05/16: I actually started another cookbook, but I still don’t like the format. I think I need to give up on digital and just start a binder or something.
07/27/16: I haven’t even cooked in the past four months, much less recorded any recipes.
11/21/15: Psh, yeah – totally didn’t do anything with that list from imgur. I did just rediscover a OneNote cookbook I had started in our Dropbox. I’ll see what recipes I have in there already. I’ve got an amazeballs potato soup recipe I need to add.
07/02/15: I actually just found a really cool list of recipes on imgur that I think I’m going to try in a new blog series. But I still need to buy a cook book to record recipes in… I have a few that I want to write down!

4. Work Out Regularly

12/05/16: I still haven’t done that workout DVD… New Year’s Resolution!! >.<
07/27/16: I just bought a “Pilates for Weight Loss” DVD. Wonder when I’m gonna find the time to do that?
11/21/15: Oh, right… I’ve been meaning to look up some good yoga videos for pregnant women. Oops.
07/02/15: I’ve started walking/jogging on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a coworker. And I’ve started a YouTube series called 30 Days of Yoga. Still looking for some kind of workout that is more intense but not tedious or boring (or too hard and makes me give up).

5. Travel Outside the US

12/05/16: Trump was, in fact, elected President. That’s such a horrific thing to have to type. But still no trip or plans for a trip out of the US.
07/27/16: If Trump is elected President, we may just freaking move to Canada. So there’s that. lol!
11/21/15: Maybe we can go to Canada? >.< There is a tattoo artist I’d love to work with up there. I’m far too lazy to try to track him down right now, though. So no link for you.
07/02/15: Okay, this was the year that was supposed to happen. And we aren’t going to Costa Rica for our anniversary. :( Money’s too tight with the whole “opening a tattoo shop” thing that happened earlier this year. But Two-Tone is rockin, so that’s awesome. I just don’t know that we’ll be taking any international trips in the next 3 years.

6. Be Debt Free & Start Investing

12/05/16: Not only are we not debt-free, we’re in even more debt that’s to the birth of LBW. God, babies are expensive! I seriously doubt we’ll be debt-free by my 30th birthday, just with my car loan.
07/27/16: I just had to un-cross-out (that’s a word, shut up) the “debt free” bit, because…well, because of #7.
11/21/15: Still no debt! Kind of. But we might end up needing to take out a loan for the flooring upstairs. :\ Haven’t started investing yet, either. Our financial adviser recommended building up some savings thanks to the impending LBW.
07/02/15: Well we’re debt free! And we have met with a financial adviser a handful of times, so we might start investing soon!

8. Own a Camper

12/05/16: I’m not sure this is going to happen. Maybe if we can get out of medical debt? Maybe?
07/27/16: Still holding out for this…one day.
11/21/15: Ugh… Now Mr. T wants to buy a freakin’ SCHOOL BUS and turn it into an RV. I do love that man, and all his wild dreams.
07/02/15: Other than Mr. T and I having disagreements on what kind of camper we want (I want a pull-behind, he wants a full-on RV), the only reason we haven’t done this is $$. Oh, and storage. Neither of us wants a pop-up. But I don’t know if we could fit a legit camper in our garage.

11. Develop Software for Mr. T

12/05/16: Maybe I can do this to brush up on my software development skills in preparation for getting a new job?
07/27/16: Whoops.
11/21/15: Oops, haven’t done anything toward this yet. My bad.
07/02/15: I’m changing this one. Initially I wanted to develop my own website for this blog, but at this point that’s just silly. WordPress works fine. So now I’m going to say I want to develop software for Two-Tone. Mr. T has been asking for a client-tracking program for ages, so I should do that for him.

12. Learn to Sew

12/05/16: I told Mr. T that what I wanted for Christmas was for him to finish sanding/staining my desk so I can set it up in the bedroom and get my craft supplies organized. I really want to sew a baby blanket for LBW!
07/27/16: This still hasn’t happened. I even own a sewing machine that has never been taken out of the box.
11/21/15: Kid stuff is expensive. I want to learn how to make some of it. So I need to learn to sew.

13. Read 400 Books

12/05/16: I’m up to 8 books this year! I can’t believe I’m proud of that. But come on – I had 0 at the end of July. I think 8 in 4 months is pretty good after that. I’ll have another one finished today, too. I have like one chapter left in an audiobook.
07/27/16: I ended up reading 54 books in 2015, if you can trust my Goodreads bookshelves. So far in 2016 I’ve read…NONE. How did I get 55 in the last update? Whatever… I need to read 155 by the end of 2018. Crap. I guess children’s books don’t count?
11/21/15: Apparently I’ve read 55 so far this year. So that puts me at 246, so by the end of 2018 I need to read…154.
07/02/15: By the end of 2014 I’d read 191. So far this year I’ve read 39. That’s 230. I need to read 170 books by the end of 2018.

14. Tattoos

12/05/16: I really do want a new tattoo.
07/27/16: Yeah, still nothing new due to the baby. But I might have something brewing…
11/21/15: Mr. T did start going back into my giraffe, and he’s done a little bit with my garter, but getting knocked up (and then wanting to breast feed) kind of put a hold on any tattoo plans. Plus I’m still wishy-washy on what exactly I want my sleeve to look like. I don’t trust myself until I’ve be settled in on one idea for several months, and that hasn’t really happened with the sleeve.
07/02/15:
  • completed sleeve
  • updated apprentice tattoos
    1. giraffe
    2. steampunk
    3. garter
  • Ghostbusters tattoo

15. Open Two-Tone Tattoo Parlor / Secure Nest Egg

12/05/16: Finances have been crazy tight this year. Mr. T has had to dip into Two-Tone funds more often than he’d like, but he’s still in the black on finances!! I’m proud of him, and all he’s accomplished. But it’s been a hard year, for sure.
07/27/16: Mr. T hasn’t been able to hit his nest egg goal yet, but he kept us afloat while I was on maternity leave, AND he has three employees! I love that man.
11/21/15: Mr. T got pretty darn close to his goal for the nest egg. But then we kind of needed him to bring in a paycheck. And then he took on one, then another, apprentice. So he had to do some construction. He got super down on himself for not reaching his goal, but I’m really freaking proud of his cute little booty and all he’s accomplished.
07/02/15: I tweaked this one a little bit. We opened Two-Tone in February, and Mr. T has a goal of raising a certain amount of money into a nest egg for the company before he starts taking any income. He’s a little over halfway there!

16. Fix Bike / Bike 30 Miles

12/05/16: I may start “training” for this next spring/summer. LBW will be old enough to pull in the little cart that we have so we can take him around the neighborhood. I’m not sure how I’ll accomplish biking 30 miles, though… Originally I was envisioning doing it all in one go, but now I’m thinking I may just try to clock 30 miles total between the ages of 29 and 30.
07/27/16: I haven’t ridden my bike since the early early days of my pregnancy. We were going to ride around a couple weeks ago but all the tires were flat, and we couldn’t find the pump.
11/21/15: Are you allowed to ride bikes while pregnant? It’s going to be too cold, and then I’ll be way too pregnant, for it to matter. Some super awesome friends of ours bought us one of those little carts to pull a baby behind a bike. I mean…I probably won’t be using it, but Mr. T can. And I can bike along behind! Maybe the extra weight/bulk will slow him down to my level, too…
07/02/15: My bike is fixed! Now I just need to map out my route and start training. :)

17. Find a new job.

12/05/16: Right when I decide to just stay here and be happy for the foreseeable future, the rug gets pulled out from under me! I definitely need a new job in the next 12 months, so…I guess I need to start looking.
07/27/16: I’m still here, and enjoy the work for the most part. I don’t really know how I will ever consider my career “advanced” while here, because it’s not like I can rise in the ranks. Unless my boss leaves, which he should never ever do. Ever. I’m going to change this from “Advance My Career” to “Strive for Contentment” and cross it off. As long as I’m happy, this is resolved. If I’m not happy, I’ll look for a new position or work on my attitude. :)
11/21/15: Miss C totally works at the company that screwed me over. lol! They didn’t go under!! But I’m very glad they didn’t hire me. She works in the factory and loves her job, so I’m happy for her. That doesn’t mean I trust them. >.>

At any rate, things have improved at my old/current job. Not that they were really bad before. But I have taken on more/different responsibilities and hopefully I’m not screwing it up too badly and won’t get fired. They wouldn’t fire me, would they?! Nah…

07/02/15: Okay, so I actually tried to quit my job and start a new one. But, umm…disaster struck. The company that supposedly was hiring me is shutting down, I think. Either way, I’m still at my current job. But! This whole experience has caused what I hope will be improvements at my current work. I’m theoretically going to transition into being more than just a web developer. Fingers crossed!

18. Road Trip

12/05/16: We have to get an RV before we can even pretend to do this, so no thoughts have been given to it. I’m thinking we turn the road trip into our trip out of the country. Drive up to Canada? I don’t really want to go down to Mexico…plus there’s going to be that YUGE wall soon. I know it, you know it, everyone knows it.
07/27/16: Where on earth could we go?
11/21/15: Mr. T totally wanted to go to Florida this year. And we totally could have counted that as our road trip. But what’s more fun than taking a road trip with a tiny baby?! Good thing we didn’t go, so we get to do it with LBW. ;)
07/02/15: First we buy the camper, then we go on a road trip. I’m so excited about this!!

21. Hang Wedding Photos

12/05/16: I’m going to do this, I promise!!
07/27/16: Oh right…
11/21/15: Oh, yeah. That’s still a thing we need to do. Maybe we’ll get some in the living room and/or bedrooms. Maybe even something in the nursery, perhaps?
07/02/15: This used to be shooting a steampunk photo shoot, but I’ve given up on that dream. Banana and I started on the outfit…but I’m pretty sure the measurements she took are no longer accurate. And we really need to frame/hang wedding photos.

22. Go Green

12/05/16: Definitely haven’t done anything toward this. But I’m changing the goal slightly. Forget about homemade cleaning supplies, that’s just dumb. But I do want to cut out disposables. No paper towels or napkins, no disposable plates/cups/utensils for when we have guests.
07/27/16: Umm…
11/21/15: Oh, yeah… I’ve forgotten so many of these things! >.<
07/02/15: I want to cut out paper towels, and make my own cleaning supplies.

23. Yearly Photo Album

12/05/16: Year #5 is finished, and on its way to our house! It should be at our door by Thursday (only cost me $80!). I am SO excited. Plus I’ve been able to keep the momentum going with Year #6 and I have been working on a Year 1 baby book for LBW!

  • Year #5
  • LBW’s Baby Book
  • Year #6
  • Year #7
07/27/16: Oh, oh, oh – I only have like…a handful of pictures that need to be added and I’ll be done! Of course, it costs like $150. Maybe we can actually order it one day…
11/21/15: I did start this! I did, I did! Aren’t you proud of me? 8}
07/02/15: I’m going to start this this year, on our anniversary.

24. Grow Hair Out

12/05/16: The hair’s still growing! The mohawk is officially gone – all my hair is generally the same length now. Which is just barely long enough to tuck behind my ears. lol! I guess I need to set a more specific goal for this, maybe? Shoulder-length?
07/27/16: I just changed this from “Learn Hairstyles” to “Grow Hair Out”. #dealwithit
11/21/15: Ugh. My hair is long enough now that I don’t even straighten it anymore. I’ve regressed.
07/02/15: I need to learn how to braid my hair. And maybe how to floof it up into an awesome messy mohawk.

25. Get Cultured

12/05/16: It was SO HOT during the Pilgrimage Festival. SO STINKING HOT. We definitely didn’t take LBW, but we still had a good time. Lost the key to my car and still haven’t gotten another spare made, so that’s terrifying to suddenly remember. lol! No clue about what we’re going to do next year, though. I guess it depends on the lineup for Bonnaroo. And if I can take any time off with my potential new job.

2013: Bonnaroo
2014: Bonnaroo
2015: Bonnaroo
2016: Pilgrimage Music & Art Festival
2017: ??
2018: ??

07/27/16: I bought Mr. T tickets for the Pilgrimage Festival for his birthday this year. The lineup is so-so, but it’s close to home, in the fall, and on the weekend. We can take LBW and hopefully have a good time with low-stress.

2013: Bonnaroo
2014: Bonnaroo
2015: Bonnaroo
2016: Pilgrimage Music & Art Festival
2017: ??
2018: ??

11/21/15: 2013: Bonnaroo
2014: Bonnaroo
2015: Bonnaroo
2016: ??
2017: ??
2018: ??
07/02/15: Attend at least one major art/music thing every year. The past three years we’ve gone to Bonnaroo. We’ll see what happens in the coming years.

26. Family Tree Gallery Wall

12/05/16: First we need to paint that hallway… Ugh.
07/27/16: I’m changing this from the vague “Gallery Walls” that it was before to “Family Tree Gallery Wall” to indicate doing the string art/gallery wall thing up the stairs.
11/21/15: I wonder when I’ll consider this done?
07/02/15: We’ve done a pretty decent job of filling our living room and bedroom with art. I’d like for it to be a bit more purposeful. And, you know, framed… I also want to do a string art/gallery wall going up the stairs that has a bunch of family photos.

28. Make Something…Challenging

12/05/16: I still don’t know what I could possibly do for this… Hmm…
07/27/16: I’ll get right on that.
11/21/15: More than just crafts or sewing…not that those aren’t “challenging” – but more something that involves power tools and “measuring twice, cutting once”. A piece of furniture or something.
07/02/15: Help me come up with three more things to do. I didn’t like the last three on my list. Too vague. Oh, and I need to change #12, too. Halp me.

30. Have a Bangin’ 30th Birthday Party

12/05/16: Mr. T’s birthday was a lot of fun. It was chill, and I made a baller cake. Go me!
07/27/16: FYI – for Mr. T’s birthday this year we’re having a chill cook-out at a friend’s house. Still no clue what I want to do, but I’ve got just under two years to figure it out.
11/21/15: What sort of party should I have?! Should we go out? Should we stay in? Should there be a theme? Yes kids? No kids? Travel? Dress up fancy? PAJAMA PARTY?! I just don’t know… I guess I’ve got, what…3.5 years? Is that right? My math skills are seriously failing me. I also had to double-check that I’m 27. For a brief moment I thought I was 28. >.<

THAT MEANS MR. T’S 30TH BIRTHDAY IS NEXT YEAR.

What am I going to do for his?!

07/02/15: Aw yiss.

1. Have a Kid

07/27/16: We successfully gave birth to a Wilson spawn. Go us! Wade is…everything.
11/21/15: Ha! Psych! We were totally trying to conceive when I posted back in July! SUCK IT. I’m so sneaky… I actually might have been pregnant when I made that post, come to think of it… Ah, maybe not. I just punched the numbers in on a due date calculator. Only do that if you want to try to imagine the exact date we were getting freaky in the sheetsy. I actually just did that with MY birth date, and I might have been a Halloween baby…unsettling.
07/02/15: I don’t want to talk about it. KIDS ARE TERRIFYING.

7. New Car

07/27/16: Well it was “new car” then it was “scooter” and now it’s back to “new car” just so I can cross it off. I wrecked my car in December and we had to buy a new one! >.<
11/21/15: I still want a scooter, darnit!
07/02/15: I’m changing #7. I want a scooter, darnit.

9. DIY Home Decor

11/21/15: We DIY so much stuff. We’re DIY kings. I mean…it’s not super well-done DIY, but it’s DIY!! I’m totally going to cross this off the list. I’ll uncross it if I ever think we’ve gotten lazy.
07/02/15: I’m really bad at making bucket lists, I think. These are all so vague. I tried to make this one more specific by saying have at least three DIY decor items in each (commonly used) room. If paintings count we’re so done on this. lol! We have paintings everywhere.

10. Watch The Office

07/27/16: Dude, I’ve watched SO MUCH Netflix/Hulu since LBW was born. I couldn’t even begin to tell you all the shows I’ve seen now. What a waste of life, lol.
07/02/15: I did this! I’ve also watched all of Scrubs. And Friends. I’m good at binging on Netflix, but not much else, apparently.

19. Sex

11/21/15: I mean…we didn’t make it the full month, but we did make a baby. So I’m gonna call this one a win. Heh.
07/02/15: Alright. tmi? This is the month. I’m gonna do it. Every day in July that we’re able, we’re gonna get it on like Marvin Gaye.

20. Ditch the Roommates

07/27/16: Everyone was gone by the time LBW was born!!
11/21/15: OH MY GOD IT’S EVEN WORSE NOW. We have two roommates. We can’t start on the nursery yet!! I’M DYING. DYYYYYYYYING. The nesting phase is real, y’all.
07/02/15: Okay, so we’ve regressed. We have a roommate again. Oops.

27. Fancy Feast

09/04/16: Mr. T and I went to High Point over Labor Day weekend, while Mom and Dad kept LBW overnight. We had a delicious, way-too-expensive dinner, followed by ice cream and RedBox. It was a great date night.
07/27/16: The first place we went to eat without LBW was Camino Real, the Mexican restaurant near our house. Woo… (That doesn’t count, in case you were confused.) This stays on the list!
11/21/15: Mmm… Maybe we can make this our first date night after LBW is born? Or…maybe 5th or 6th, so we’re more comfortable going out without ze beebs, so I don’t have a breakdown and make us go home BECAUSE I JUST MISS HIM/HER SO DAD-GUM MUCH.
07/02/15: No, not cat food. I want to go somewhere reaaaaaaally nice and have an expensive, delicious dinner. Maybe one of those places that cooks the really weird food, like they cook on the reality shows (the cooking ones, not Fear Factor). Especially one where the chef is all “This is what I’m cooking – eat it!” so I don’t have to make any decisions.

29. Come up with an even longer list!

08/26/16: The first draft is finished!!
07/27/16: I have a few ideas, but I haven’t actually typed anything up yet.
11/21/15: Ha! Considering I’ve been working on this list for two years and am still struggling to finish this list, I like the idea of forcing future me to sit down and make a “40 before 40” list. Mwahahaha…

30 Before 30: Year 28

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I turned 28 last week – time to check in on my 30 Before 30 list!

1. Have a Kid

07/27/16: We successfully gave birth to a Wilson spawn. Go us! Wade is…everything.
11/21/15: Ha! Psych! We were totally trying to conceive when I posted back in July! SUCK IT. I’m so sneaky… I actually might have been pregnant when I made that post, come to think of it… Ah, maybe not. I just punched the numbers in on a due date calculator. Only do that if you want to try to imagine the exact date we were getting freaky in the sheetsy. I actually just did that with MY birth date, and I might have been a Halloween baby…unsettling.
07/02/15: I don’t want to talk about it. KIDS ARE TERRIFYING.

2. Home Renovation

07/27/16:
  1. reading nook: Yeah, there has been zero progress on the nook. Actually, negative progress, because it’s full of junk and I think Mr. T used the lumber he’d bought for it to work on other projects.
  2. hardwood floors: The painted concrete is holding up pretty well, and Mr. T installed laminate flooring upstairs on his own, after a friend of ours taught him what’s up.
  3. nursery: Oh I need to blog about the nursery. I mean, it’s not finished by a long shot, and LBW is already four months old, but still. Cool stuff has happened.
  4. bedroom: Psh, whatever. At least we sleep in it again. For a month or two we didn’t even do that. Not because it was messy or anything, just…baby stuff.
  5. living room: Mr. T built shelves! And we bought new furniture! It’s going in a totally different direction than I’d planned, but I’m digging it!!
11/21/15:
  1. reading nook: So we’ve been working on the reading nook. It’s painted! I never blogged about that! I’ll do it soon! And Mr. T bought some lumber to begin making the shelves!! So hooray!
  2. hardwood floors: We’ve ripped up all the carpet downstairs (another blog I need to write) and instead of getting any other type of flooring, we’re just painting them! Temporary solution!! But I have met with a contractor to get a quote for flooring upstairs! Holy crap that’s going to be expensive!!! Hooray!!
  3. nursery: We currently have a roommate in our eventual nursery (long story) but he shouldn’t be there super long…and he’ll definitely be gone by the time LBW makes an appearance.
  4. bedroom: I mean…not much has happened since the last time I blogged about the bedroom. But! We’re getting new floors in there as well, so there’s that! Maybe that will be motivation to, if nothing else, keep it clean.
  5. living room: There is quite a bit of reno going on in the living room right now. The floors are coming out, obviously, but that means we’re getting rugs, because *brr…* concrete floors! We also painted, because why not? We ripped the carpet up! It was actually a lot of fun NOT worrying about getting paint on the carpet. :) And omg it looks so much better. So much better. I highly recommend clicking on that blog link and looking at some pictures. It. is. glorious.

So, yeah – I think we’re doing okay on this goal. :)

07/02/15: Could you spread the word about my blog? How many readers do you have to have before companies start sending you free stuff? So many blogs I read are all “While this post isn’t ‘sponsored’, Lowe’s generously sent us the majority of what we needed to build this bad boy… and we’re suuuuper grateful!” (that’s a direct quote, fyi) and no one has ever offered me anything for free, sponsored post or not. I occasionally get stuff from BzzAgent, but that’s not the same. This woman was donated a metric butt-ton of lumber to build her kids a playground.

Anyway – things I want to work on (and yes, I keep changing them):

  1. reading nook
  2. hardwood floors
  3. nursery
  4. bedroom
  5. living room

3. Cookbook with 20 Recipes

07/27/16: I haven’t even cooked in the past four months, much less recorded any recipes.
11/2115: Psh, yeah – totally didn’t do anything with that list from imgur. I did just rediscover a OneNote cookbook I had started in our Dropbox. I’ll see what recipes I have in there already. I’ve got an amazeballs potato soup recipe I need to add.
07/02/15: I actually just found a really cool list of recipes on imgur that I think I’m going to try in a new blog series. But I still need to buy a cook book to record recipes in… I have a few that I want to write down!

4. Work Out Regularly

07/27/16: I just bought a “Pilates for Weight Loss” DVD. Wonder when I’m gonna find the time to do that?
11/21/15: Oh, right… I’ve been meaning to look up some good yoga videos for pregnant women. Oops.
07/02/15: I’ve started walking/jogging on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a coworker. And I’ve started a YouTube series called 30 Days of Yoga. Still looking for some kind of workout that is more intense but not tedious or boring (or too hard and makes me give up).

5. Travel Outside the US

07/27/16: If Trump is elected President, we may just freaking move to Canada. So there’s that. lol!
11/21/15: Maybe we can go to Canada? >.< There is a tattoo artist I’d love to work with up there. I’m far too lazy to try to track him down right now, though. So no link for you.
07/02/15: Okay, this was the year that was supposed to happen. And we aren’t going to Costa Rica for our anniversary. :( Money’s too tight with the whole “opening a tattoo shop” thing that happened earlier this year. But Two-Tone is rockin, so that’s awesome. I just don’t know that we’ll be taking any international trips in the next 3 years.

6. Be Debt Free & Start Investing

07/27/16: I just had to un-cross-out (that’s a word, shut up) the “debt free” bit, because…well, because of #7.
11/21/15: Still no debt! Kind of. But we might end up needing to take out a loan for the flooring upstairs. :\ Haven’t started investing yet, either. Our financial adviser recommended building up some savings thanks to the impending LBW.
07/02/15: Well we’re debt free! And we have met with a financial adviser a handful of times, so we might start investing soon!

7. New Car

07/27/16: Well it was “new car” then it was “scooter” and now it’s back to “new car” just so I can cross it off. I wrecked my car in December and we had to buy a new one! >.<
11/21/15: I still want a scooter, darnit!
07/02/15: I’m changing #7. I want a scooter, darnit.

8. Own a Camper

07/27/16: Still holding out for this…one day.
11/21/15: Ugh… Now Mr. T wants to buy a freakin’ SCHOOL BUS and turn it into an RV. I do love that man, and all his wild dreams.
07/02/15: Other than Mr. T and I having disagreements on what kind of camper we want (I want a pull-behind, he wants a full-on RV), the only reason we haven’t done this is $$. Oh, and storage. Neither of us wants a pop-up. But I don’t know if we could fit a legit camper in our garage.

9. DIY Home Decor

11/21/15: We DIY so much stuff. We’re DIY kings. I mean…it’s not super well-done DIY, but it’s DIY!! I’m totally going to cross this off the list. I’ll uncross it if I ever think we’ve gotten lazy.
07/02/15: I’m really bad at making bucket lists, I think. These are all so vague. I tried to make this one more specific by saying have at least three DIY decor items in each (commonly used) room. If paintings count we’re so done on this. lol! We have paintings everywhere.

10. Watch The Office

07/27/16: Dude, I’ve watched SO MUCH Netflix/Hulu since LBW was born. I couldn’t even begin to tell you all the shows I’ve seen now. What a waste of life, lol.
07/02/15: I did this! I’ve also watched all of Scrubs. And Friends. I’m good at binging on Netflix, but not much else, apparently.

11. Develop Software

07/27/16: Whoops.
11/21/15: Oops, haven’t done anything toward this yet. My bad.
07/02/15: I’m changing this one. Initially I wanted to develop my own website for this blog, but at this point that’s just silly. WordPress works fine. So now I’m going to say I want to develop software for Two-Tone. Mr. T has been asking for a client-tracking program for ages, so I should do that for him.

12. Learn to Sew

07/27/16: This still hasn’t happened. I even own a sewing machine that has never been taken out of the box.
11/21/15: Kid stuff is expensive. I want to learn how to make some of it. So I need to learn to sew.

13. Read 400 Books

07/27/16: I ended up reading 54 books in 2015, if you can trust my Goodreads bookshelves. So far in 2016 I’ve read…NONE. How did I get 55 in the last update? Whatever… I need to read 155 by the end of 2018. Crap. I guess children’s books don’t count?
11/21/15: Apparently I’ve read 55 so far this year. So that puts me at 246, so by the end of 2018 I need to read…154.
07/02/15: By the end of 2014 I’d read 191. So far this year I’ve read 39. That’s 230. I need to read 170 books by the end of 2018.

14. Tattoos

07/27/16: Yeah, still nothing new due to the baby. But I might have something brewing…
11/21/15: Mr. T did start going back into my giraffe, and he’s done a little bit with my garter, but getting knocked up (and then wanting to breast feed) kind of put a hold on any tattoo plans. Plus I’m still wishy-washy on what exactly I want my sleeve to look like. I don’t trust myself until I’ve be settled in on one idea for several months, and that hasn’t really happened with the sleeve.
07/02/15:
  • completed sleeve
  • updated apprentice tattoos
    1. giraffe
    2. steampunk
    3. garter
  • Ghostbusters tattoo

15. Open Two-Tone Tattoo Parlor / Secure Nest Egg

07/27/16: Mr. T hasn’t been able to hit his nest egg goal yet, but he kept us afloat while I was on maternity leave, AND he has three employees! I love that man.
11/21/15: Mr. T got pretty darn close to his goal for the nest egg. But then we kind of needed him to bring in a paycheck. And then he took on one, then another, apprentice. So he had to do some construction. He got super down on himself for not reaching his goal, but I’m really freaking proud of his cute little booty and all he’s accomplished.
07/02/15: I tweaked this one a little bit. We opened Two-Tone in February, and Mr. T has a goal of raising a certain amount of money into a nest egg for the company before he starts taking any income. He’s a little over halfway there!

16. Fix Bike / Bike 30 Miles

07/27/16: I haven’t ridden my bike since the early early days of my pregnancy. We were going to ride around a couple weeks ago but all the tires were flat, and we couldn’t find the pump.
11/21/15: Are you allowed to ride bikes while pregnant? It’s going to be too cold, and then I’ll be way too pregnant, for it to matter. Some super awesome friends of ours bought us one of those little carts to pull a baby behind a bike. I mean…I probably won’t be using it, but Mr. T can. And I can bike along behind! Maybe the extra weight/bulk will slow him down to my level, too…
07/02/15: My bike is fixed! Now I just need to map out my route and start training. :)

17. Strive for Contentment

07/27/16: I’m still here, and enjoy the work for the most part. I don’t really know how I will ever consider my career “advanced” while here, because it’s not like I can rise in the ranks. Unless my boss leaves, which he should never ever do. Ever. I’m going to change this from “Advance My Career” to “Strive for Contentment” and cross it off. As long as I’m happy, this is resolved. If I’m not happy, I’ll look for a new position or work on my attitude. :)
11/21/15: Miss C totally works at the company that screwed me over. lol! They didn’t go under!! But I’m very glad they didn’t hire me. She works in the factory and loves her job, so I’m happy for her. That doesn’t mean I trust them. >.>

At any rate, things have improved at my old/current job. Not that they were really bad before. But I have taken on more/different responsibilities and hopefully I’m not screwing it up too badly and won’t get fired. They wouldn’t fire me, would they?! Nah…

07/02/15: Okay, so I actually tried to quit my job and start a new one. But, umm…disaster struck. The company that supposedly was hiring me is shutting down, I think. Either way, I’m still at my current job. But! This whole experience has caused what I hope will be improvements at my current work. I’m theoretically going to transition into being more than just a web developer. Fingers crossed!

18. Road Trip

07/27/16: Where on earth could we go?
11/21/15: Mr. T totally wanted to go to Florida this year. And we totally could have counted that as our road trip. But what’s more fun than taking a road trip with a tiny baby?! Good thing we didn’t go, so we get to do it with LBW. ;)
07/02/15: First we buy the camper, then we go on a road trip. I’m so excited about this!!

19. Sex

11/21/15: I mean…we didn’t make it the full month, but we did make a baby. So I’m gonna call this one a win. Heh.
07/02/15: Alright. tmi? This is the month. I’m gonna do it. Every day in July that we’re able, we’re gonna get it on like Marvin Gaye.

20. Ditch the Roommates

07/27/16: Everyone was gone by the time LBW was born!!
11/21/15: OH MY GOD IT’S EVEN WORSE NOW. We have two roommates. We can’t start on the nursery yet!! I’M DYING. DYYYYYYYYING. The nesting phase is real, y’all.
07/02/15: Okay, so we’ve regressed. We have a roommate again. Oops.

21. Hang Wedding Photos

07/27/16: Oh right…
11/21/15: Oh, yeah. That’s still a thing we need to do. Maybe we’ll get some in the living room and/or bedrooms. Maybe even something in the nursery, perhaps?
07/02/15: This used to be shooting a steampunk photo shoot, but I’ve given up on that dream. Banana and I started on the outfit…but I’m pretty sure the measurements she took are no longer accurate. And we really need to frame/hang wedding photos.

22. Go Green

07/27/16: Umm…
11/21/15: Oh, yeah… I’ve forgotten so many of these things! >.<
07/02/15: I want to cut out paper towels, and make my own cleaning supplies.

23. Yearly Photo Album

07/27/16: Oh, oh, oh – I only have like…a handful of pictures that need to be added and I’ll be done! Of course, it costs like $150. Maybe we can actually order it one day…
11/21/15: I did start this! I did, I did! Aren’t you proud of me? 8}
07/02/15: I’m going to start this this year, on our anniversary.

24. Grow Hair Out

07/27/16: I just changed this from “Learn Hairstyles” to “Grow Hair Out”. #dealwithit
11/21/15: Ugh. My hair is long enough now that I don’t even straighten it anymore. I’ve regressed.
07/02/15: I need to learn how to braid my hair. And maybe how to floof it up into an awesome messy mohawk.

25. Get Cultured

07/27/16: I bought Mr. T tickets for the Pilgrimage Festival for his birthday this year. The lineup is so-so, but it’s close to home, in the fall, and on the weekend. We can take LBW and hopefully have a good time with low-stress.

2013: Bonnaroo
2014: Bonnaroo
2015: Bonnaroo
2016: Pilgrimage Music & Art Festival
2017: ??
2018: ??

11/21/15: 2013: Bonnaroo
2014: Bonnaroo
2015: Bonnaroo
2016: ??
2017: ??
2018: ??
07/02/15: Attend at least one major art/music thing every year. The past three years we’ve gone to Bonnaroo. We’ll see what happens in the coming years.

26. Family Tree Gallery Wall

07/27/16: I’m changing this from the vague “Gallery Walls” that it was before to “Family Tree Gallery Wall” to indicate doing the string art/gallery wall thing up the stairs.
11/21/15: I wonder when I’ll consider this done?
07/02/15: We’ve done a pretty decent job of filling our living room and bedroom with art. I’d like for it to be a bit more purposeful. And, you know, framed… I also want to do a string art/gallery wall going up the stairs that has a bunch of family photos.

27. Fancy Feast

07/27/16: The first place we went to eat without LBW was Camino Real, the Mexican restaurant near our house. Woo… (That doesn’t count, in case you were confused.) This stays on the list!
11/21/15: Mmm… Maybe we can make this our first date night after LBW is born? Or…maybe 5th or 6th, so we’re more comfortable going out without ze beebs, so I don’t have a breakdown and make us go home BECAUSE I JUST MISS HIM/HER SO DAD-GUM MUCH.
07/02/15: No, not cat food. I want to go somewhere reaaaaaaally nice and have an expensive, delicious dinner. Maybe one of those places that cooks the really weird food, like they cook on the reality shows (the cooking ones, not Fear Factor). Especially one where the chef is all “This is what I’m cooking – eat it!” so I don’t have to make any decisions.

28. Make Something…Challenging

07/27/16: I’ll get right on that.
11/21/15: More than just crafts or sewing…not that those aren’t “challenging” – but more something that involves power tools and “measuring twice, cutting once”. A piece of furniture or something.
07/02/15: Help me come up with three more things to do. I didn’t like the last three on my list. Too vague. Oh, and I need to change #12, too. Halp me.

29. Come up with an even longer list!

07/27/16: I have a few ideas, but I haven’t actually typed anything up yet.
11/21/15: Ha! Considering I’ve been working on this list for two years and am still struggling to finish this list, I like the idea of forcing future me to sit down and make a “40 before 40” list. Mwahahaha…

30. Have a Bangin’ 30th Birthday Party

07/27/16: FYI – for Mr. T’s birthday this year we’re having a chill cook-out at a friend’s house. Still no clue what I want to do, but I’ve got just under two years to figure it out.
11/21/15: What sort of party should I have?! Should we go out? Should we stay in? Should there be a theme? Yes kids? No kids? Travel? Dress up fancy? PAJAMA PARTY?! I just don’t know… I guess I’ve got, what…3.5 years? Is that right? My math skills are seriously failing me. I also had to double-check that I’m 27. For a brief moment I thought I was 28. >.<

THAT MEANS MR. T’S 30TH BIRTHDAY IS NEXT YEAR.

What am I going to do for his?!

07/02/15: Aw yiss.

30 Before 30: 2015 Ends

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So there’s still over a month in 2015, but I’m impatient, and ready to check in on my 30 Before 30 list. I’m leaving my comments from July in, I’ll just…bullet them? or something.

1. Have a Kid

07/02: I don’t want to talk about it. KIDS ARE TERRIFYING.
11/21: Ha! Psych! We were totally trying to conceive when I posted back in July! SUCK IT. I’m so sneaky… I actually might have been pregnant when I made that post, come to think of it… Ah, maybe not. I just punched the numbers in on a due date calculator. Only do that if you want to try to imagine the exact date we were getting freaky in the sheetsy. I actually just did that with MY birth date, and I might have been a Halloween baby…unsettling.

2. Home Renovation

07/02: Could you spread the word about my blog? How many readers do you have to have before companies start sending you free stuff? So many blogs I read are all “While this post isn’t ‘sponsored’, Lowe’s generously sent us the majority of what we needed to build this bad boy… and we’re suuuuper grateful!” (that’s a direct quote, fyi) and no one has ever offered me anything for free, sponsored post or not. I occasionally get stuff from BzzAgent, but that’s not the same. This woman was donated a metric butt-ton of lumber to build her kids a playground.

Anyway – things I want to work on (and yes, I keep changing them):

  1. reading nook
  2. hardwood floors
  3. nursery
  4. bedroom
  5. living room
11/21:
  1. reading nook: So we’ve been working on the reading nook. It’s painted! I never blogged about that! I’ll do it soon! And Mr. T bought some lumber to begin making the shelves!! So hooray!
  2. hardwood floors: We’ve ripped up all the carpet downstairs (another blog I need to write) and instead of getting any other type of flooring, we’re just painting them! Temporary solution!! But I have met with a contractor to get a quote for flooring upstairs! Holy crap that’s going to be expensive!!! Hooray!!
  3. nursery: We currently have a roommate in our eventual nursery (long story) but he shouldn’t be there super long…and he’ll definitely be gone by the time LBW makes an appearance.
  4. bedroom: I mean…not much has happened since the last time I blogged about the bedroom. But! We’re getting new floors in there as well, so there’s that! Maybe that will be motivation to, if nothing else, keep it clean.
  5. living room: There is quite a bit of reno going on in the living room right now. The floors are coming out, obviously, but that means we’re getting rugs, because *brr…* concrete floors! We also painted, because why not? We ripped the carpet up! It was actually a lot of fun NOT worrying about getting paint on the carpet. :) And omg it looks so much better. So much better. I highly recommend clicking on that blog link and looking at some pictures. It. is. glorious.

So, yeah – I think we’re doing okay on this goal. :)

3. Cookbook with 20 Recipes

07/02: I actually just found a really cool list of recipes on imgur that I think I’m going to try in a new blog series. But I still need to buy a cook book to record recipes in… I have a few that I want to write down!
11/21: Psh, yeah – totally didn’t do anything with that list from imgur. I did just rediscover a OneNote cookbook I had started in our Dropbox. I’ll see what recipes I have in there already. I’ve got an amazeballs potato soup recipe I need to add.

4. Work Out Regularly

07/02: I’ve started walking/jogging on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a coworker. And I’ve started a YouTube series called 30 Days of Yoga. Still looking for some kind of workout that is more intense but not tedious or boring (or too hard and makes me give up).
11/21: Oh, right… I’ve been meaning to look up some good yoga videos for pregnant women. Oops.

5. Travel Outside the US

07/02: Okay, this was the year that was supposed to happen. And we aren’t going to Costa Rica for our anniversary. :( Money’s too tight with the whole “opening a tattoo shop” thing that happened earlier this year. But Two-Tone is rockin, so that’s awesome. I just don’t know that we’ll be taking any international trips in the next 3 years.
11/21: Maybe we can go to Canada? >.< There is a tattoo artist I’d love to work with up there. I’m far too lazy to try to track him down right now, though. So no link for you.

6. Be Debt Free & Start Investing

07/02: Well we’re debt free! And we have met with a financial adviser a handful of times, so we might start investing soon!
11/21: Still no debt! Kind of. But we might end up needing to take out a loan for the flooring upstairs. :\ Haven’t started investing yet, either. Our financial adviser recommended building up some savings thanks to the impending LBW.

7. New Car

Okay, so I kind of lied in #6, ’cause we do owe Mama N about $4500 for my Versa. She lent us the money when my PT Cruiser went kaput. But it’s not garnering interest, so it doesn’t count. We’re going to start paying her back again soon – we had to pause that when Two-Tone opened and Mr. T stopped bringing in an income.

7. Scooter

07/02: I’m changing #7. I want a scooter, darnit.
11/21: I still want a scooter, darnit!

8. Own a Camper

07/02: Other than Mr. T and I having disagreements on what kind of camper we want (I want a pull-behind, he wants a full-on RV), the only reason we haven’t done this is $$. Oh, and storage. Neither of us wants a pop-up. But I don’t know if we could fit a legit camper in our garage.
11/21: Ugh… Now Mr. T wants to buy a freakin’ SCHOOL BUS and turn it into an RV. I do love that man, and all his wild dreams.

9. DIY Home Decor

07/02: I’m really bad at making bucket lists, I think. These are all so vague. I tried to make this one more specific by saying have at least three DIY decor items in each (commonly used) room. If paintings count we’re so done on this. lol! We have paintings everywhere.
11/21: We DIY so much stuff. We’re DIY kings. I mean…it’s not super well-done DIY, but it’s DIY!! I’m totally going to cross this off the list. I’ll uncross it if I ever think we’ve gotten lazy.

10. Watch The Office

07/02: I did this! I’ve also watched all of Scrubs. And Friends. I’m good at binging on Netflix, but not much else, apparently.

11. Develop Software

07/02: I’m changing this one. Initially I wanted to develop my own website for this blog, but at this point that’s just silly. WordPress works fine. So now I’m going to say I want to develop software for Two-Tone. Mr. T has been asking for a client-tracking program for ages, so I should do that for him.
11/21: Oops, haven’t done anything toward this yet. My bad.

12. Get Mr. T to Blog

I need to change this one, too. He’s never going to write in here. *womp womp* Any suggestions?

12. Learn to Sew

11/21: Kid stuff is expensive. I want to learn how to make some of it. So I need to learn to sew.

13. Read 400 Books

07/02: By the end of 2014 I’d read 191. So far this year I’ve read 39. That’s 230. I need to read 170 books by the end of 2018.
11/21: Apparently I’ve read 55 so far this year. So that puts me at 246, so by the end of 2018 I need to read…154.

14. Tattoos

07/02:
  • completed sleeve
  • updated apprentice tattoos
    1. giraffe
    2. steampunk
    3. garter
  • Ghostbusters tattoo
11/21: Mr. T did start going back into my giraffe, and he’s done a little bit with my garter, but getting knocked up (and then wanting to breast feed) kind of put a hold on any tattoo plans. Plus I’m still wishy-washy on what exactly I want my sleeve to look like. I don’t trust myself until I’ve be settled in on one idea for several months, and that hasn’t really happened with the sleeve.

15. Open Two-Tone Tattoo Parlor / Secure Nest Egg

07/02: I tweaked this one a little bit. We opened Two-Tone in February, and Mr. T has a goal of raising a certain amount of money into a nest egg for the company before he starts taking any income. He’s a little over halfway there!
11/21: Mr. T got pretty darn close to his goal for the nest egg. But then we kind of needed him to bring in a paycheck. And then he took on one, then another, apprentice. So he had to do some construction. He got super down on himself for not reaching his goal, but I’m really freaking proud of his cute little booty and all he’s accomplished.

16. Fix Bike / Bike 30 Miles

07/02: My bike is fixed! Now I just need to map out my route and start training. :)
11/21: Are you allowed to ride bikes while pregnant? It’s going to be too cold, and then I’ll be way too pregnant, for it to matter. Some super awesome friends of ours bought us one of those little carts to pull a baby behind a bike. I mean…I probably won’t be using it, but Mr. T can. And I can bike along behind! Maybe the extra weight/bulk will slow him down to my level, too…

17. Advance My Career

07/02: Okay, so I actually tried to quit my job and start a new one. But, umm…disaster struck. The company that supposedly was hiring me is shutting down, I think. Either way, I’m still at my current job. But! This whole experience has caused what I hope will be improvements at my current work. I’m theoretically going to transition into being more than just a web developer. Fingers crossed!
11/21: Miss C totally works at the company that screwed me over. lol! They didn’t go under!! But I’m very glad they didn’t hire me. She works in the factory and loves her job, so I’m happy for her. That doesn’t mean I trust them. >.>

At any rate, things have improved at my old/current job. Not that they were really bad before. But I have taken on more/different responsibilities and hopefully I’m not screwing it up too badly and won’t get fired. They wouldn’t fire me, would they?! Nah…

18. Road Trip

07/02: First we buy the camper, then we go on a road trip. I’m so excited about this!!
11/21: Mr. T totally wanted to go to Florida this year. And we totally could have counted that as our road trip. But what’s more fun than taking a road trip with a tiny baby?! Good thing we didn’t go, so we get to do it with LBW. ;)

19. Sex

07/02: Alright. tmi? This is the month. I’m gonna do it. Every day in July that we’re able, we’re gonna get it on like Marvin Gaye.
11/21: I mean…we didn’t make it the full month, but we did make a baby. So I’m gonna call this one a win. Heh.

20. Ditch the Roommates

07/02: Okay, so we’ve regressed. We have a roommate again. Oops.
11/21: OH MY GOD IT’S EVEN WORSE NOW. We have two roommates. We can’t start on the nursery yet!! I’M DYING. DYYYYYYYYING. The nesting phase is real, y’all.

21. Hang Wedding Photos

07/02: This used to be shooting a steampunk photo shoot, but I’ve given up on that dream. Banana and I started on the outfit…but I’m pretty sure the measurements she took are no longer accurate. And we really need to frame/hang wedding photos.
11/21: Oh, yeah. That’s still a thing we need to do. Maybe we’ll get some in the living room and/or bedrooms. Maybe even something in the nursery, perhaps?

22. Go Green

07/02: I want to cut out paper towels, and make my own cleaning supplies.
11/21: Oh, yeah… I’ve forgotten so many of these things! >.<

23. Yearly Photo Album

07/02: I’m going to start this this year, on our anniversary.
11/21: I did start this! I did, I did! Aren’t you proud of me? 8}

24. Learn Hairstyles

07/02: I need to learn how to braid my hair. And maybe how to floof it up into an awesome messy mohawk.
11/21: Ugh. My hair is long enough now that I don’t even straighten it anymore. I’ve regressed.

25. Get Cultured

07/02: Attend at least one major art/music thing every year. The past three years we’ve gone to Bonnaroo. We’ll see what happens in the coming years.
11/21: 2013: Bonnaroo
2014: Bonnaroo
2015: Bonnaroo
2016: ??
2017: ??
2018: ??

26. Gallery Walls

07/02: We’ve done a pretty decent job of filling our living room and bedroom with art. I’d like for it to be a bit more purposeful. And, you know, framed… I also want to do a string art/gallery wall going up the stairs that has a bunch of family photos.
11/21: I wonder when I’ll consider this done?

27. Fancy Feast

07/02: No, not cat food. I want to go somewhere reaaaaaaally nice and have an expensive, delicious dinner. Maybe one of those places that cooks the really weird food, like they cook on the reality shows (the cooking ones, not Fear Factor). Especially one where the chef is all “This is what I’m cooking – eat it!” so I don’t have to make any decisions.
11/21: Mmm… Maybe we can make this our first date night after LBW is born? Or…maybe 5th or 6th, so we’re more comfortable going out without ze beebs, so I don’t have a breakdown and make us go home BECAUSE I JUST MISS HIM/HER SO DAD-GUM MUCH.

28. Make Something…Challenging

07/02: Help me come up with three more things to do. I didn’t like the last three on my list. Too vague. Oh, and I need to change #12, too. Halp me.
11/21: More than just crafts or sewing…not that those aren’t “challenging” – but more something that involves power tools and “measuring twice, cutting once”. A piece of furniture or something.

29. Come up with an even longer list!

11/21: Ha! Considering I’ve been working on this list for two years and am still struggling to finish this list, I like the idea of forcing future me to sit down and make a “40 before 40” list. Mwahahaha…

30. Have a Bangin’ 30th Birthday Party

07/02: Aw yiss.
11/21: What sort of party should I have?! Should we go out? Should we stay in? Should there be a theme? Yes kids? No kids? Travel? Dress up fancy? PAJAMA PARTY?! I just don’t know… I guess I’ve got, what…3.5 years? Is that right? My math skills are seriously failing me. I also had to double-check that I’m 27. For a brief moment I thought I was 28. >.<

THAT MEANS MR. T’S 30TH BIRTHDAY IS NEXT YEAR.

What am I going to do for his?!


30 Before 30: 27 Approacheth

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As my 27th birthday looms, it’s time to re-evaluate my 30 Before 30 list. Only three years to complete all of this?!

1. Have a Kid

I don’t want to talk about it. KIDS ARE TERRIFYING.

2. Home Renovation

Could you spread the word about my blog? How many readers do you have to have before companies start sending you free stuff? So many blogs I read are all “While this post isn’t ‘sponsored’, Lowe’s generously sent us the majority of what we needed to build this bad boy… and we’re suuuuper grateful!” (that’s a direct quote, fyi) and no one has ever offered me anything for free, sponsored post or not. I occasionally get stuff from BzzAgent, but that’s not the same. This woman was donated a metric butt-ton of lumber to build her kids a playground.

Anyway – things I want to work on (and yes, I keep changing them):

  1. reading nook
  2. hardwood floors
  3. nursery
  4. bedroom
  5. living room

3. Cookbook with 20 Recipes

I actually just found a really cool list of recipes on imgur that I think I’m going to try in a new blog series. But I still need to buy a cook book to record recipes in… I have a few that I want to write down!

4. Work Out Regularly

I’ve started walking/jogging on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a coworker. And I’ve started a YouTube series called 30 Days of Yoga. Still looking for some kind of workout that is more intense but not tedious or boring (or too hard and makes me give up).

5. Travel Outside the US

Okay, this was the year that was supposed to happen. And we aren’t going to Costa Rica for our anniversary. :( Money’s too tight with the whole “opening a tattoo shop” thing that happened earlier this year. But Two-Tone is rockin, so that’s awesome. I just don’t know that we’ll be taking any international trips in the next 3 years.

6. Be Debt Free & Start Investing

Well we’re debt free! And we have met with a financial adviser a handful of times, so we might start investing soon!

7. New Car

Okay, so I kind of lied in #6, ’cause we do owe Mama N about $4500 for my Versa. She lent us the money when my PT Cruiser went kaput. But it’s not garnering interest, so it doesn’t count. We’re going to start paying her back again soon – we had to pause that when Two-Tone opened and Mr. T stopped bringing in an income.

7. Scooter

I’m changing #7. I want a scooter, darnit.

8. Own a Camper

Other than Mr. T and I having disagreements on what kind of camper we want (I want a pull-behind, he wants a full-on RV), the only reason we haven’t done this is $$. Oh, and storage. Neither of us wants a pop-up. But I don’t know if we could fit a legit camper in our garage.

9. DIY Home Decor

I’m really bad at making bucket lists, I think. These are all so vague. I tried to make this one more specific by saying have at least three DIY decor items in each (commonly used) room. If paintings count we’re so done on this. lol! We have paintings everywhere.

10. Watch The Office

I did this! I’ve also watched all of Scrubs. And Friends. I’m good at binging on Netflix, but not much else, apparently.

11. Develop Software

I’m changing this one. Initially I wanted to develop my own website for this blog, but at this point that’s just silly. WordPress works fine. So now I’m going to say I want to develop software for Two-Tone. Mr. T has been asking for a client-tracking program for ages, so I should do that for him.

12. Get Mr. T to Blog

I need to change this one, too. He’s never going to write in here. *womp womp* Any suggestions?

13. Read 400 Books

By the end of 2014 I’d read 191. So far this year I’ve read 39. That’s 230. I need to read 170 books by the end of 2018.

14. Tattoos

  • completed sleeve
  • updated apprentice tattoos
    1. giraffe
    2. steampunk
    3. garter
  • Ghostbusters tattoo

15. Open Two-Tone Tattoo Parlor / Secure Nest Egg

I tweaked this one a little bit. We opened Two-Tone in February, and Mr. T has a goal of raising a certain amount of money into a nest egg for the company before he starts taking any income. He’s a little over halfway there!

16. Fix Bike / Bike 30 Miles

My bike is fixed! Now I just need to map out my route and start training. :)

17. Advance My Career

Okay, so I actually tried to quit my job and start a new one. But, umm…disaster struck. The company that supposedly was hiring me is shutting down, I think. Either way, I’m still at my current job. But! This whole experience has caused what I hope will be improvements at my current work. I’m theoretically going to transition into being more than just a web developer. Fingers crossed!

18. Road Trip

First we buy the camper, then we go on a road trip. I’m so excited about this!!

19. Sex

Alright. tmi? This is the month. I’m gonna do it. Every day in July that we’re able, we’re gonna get it on like Marvin Gaye.

20. Ditch the Roommates

Okay, so we’ve regressed. We have a roommate again. Oops.

21. Hang Wedding Photos

This used to be shooting a steampunk photo shoot, but I’ve given up on that dream. Banana and I started on the outfit…but I’m pretty sure the measurements she took are no longer accurate. And we really need to frame/hang wedding photos.

22. Go Green

I want to cut out paper towels, and make my own cleaning supplies.

23. Yearly Photo Album

I’m going to start this this year, on our anniversary.

24. Learn Hairstyles

I need to learn how to braid my hair. And maybe how to floof it up into an awesome messy mohawk.

25. Get Cultured

Attend at least one major art/music thing every year. The past three years we’ve gone to Bonnaroo. We’ll see what happens in the coming years.

26. Gallery Walls

We’ve done a pretty decent job of filling our living room and bedroom with art. I’d like for it to be a bit more purposeful. And, you know, framed… I also want to do a string art/gallery wall going up the stairs that has a bunch of family photos.

27. Fancy Feast

No, not cat food. I want to go somewhere reaaaaaaally nice and have an expensive, delicious dinner. Maybe one of those places that cooks the really weird food, like they cook on the reality shows (the cooking ones, not Fear Factor). Especially one where the chef is all “This is what I’m cooking – eat it!” so I don’t have to make any decisions.

28. 29.

Help me come up with three more things to do. I didn’t like the last three on my list. Too vague. Oh, and I need to change #12, too. Halp me.

30. Have a Bangin’ 30th Birthday Party

Aw yiss.


30 Before 30: January 2015 Check-in

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  1. Have a kid.
    Still working on that one. Except not actually “working on it” if you know what I mean.
  2. Home renovation:
    • bedroom
      50% there!
    • backyard
      -200% there!
    • hardwood floors
      A girl can dream…
    • nursery
      This girl isn’t quite dreaming yet.
    • living room
      Ugh.
  3. Have a physical cookbook with at least 20 tried-and-true recipes in it.
    I asked for a cookbook for Christmas! I didn’t get it.
  4. Complete a workout regime.
    This said P90X3, but I’ve given up on that dream. The flavor of the month now is Tai Cheng. I haven’t posted about it yet for two reasons: 1) I don’t want to jinx it; 2) I haven’t started it yet.
  5. Travel outside the United States.
    We were planning on doing this this year… We have to see how Two-Tone Tattoo Parlor is doing before we make any big money decisions right now. :\ Come get tattooed!! Or buy some art!!
  6. Be debt-free (minus a mortgage) and have at least begun the early stages of investing.
    I guess we’ve kind of gone backward on this one. We took out a $2k loan for the tattoo shop. I’m not uncrossing it. Hopefully we’ll get that paid off ASAP. Still no investing.
  7. Have a small fuel-efficient vehicle, preferably a Smart ForTwo.
    Psh. One day.
  8. Own a camper.
    See note for #7.
  9. Have at least…three…homemade decor items in each commonly-used room.
    I haven’t actually counted these…maybe I should do that one day.
  10. Watch every episode of The Office in chronological order.
    Booyeah! Love this show. I’ve seen almost all of Criminal Minds now, too.
  11. Develop my own website and not be 100% dependent on WordPress.
    I really and truly don’t care too much about this one, so I’ve tried pretty much not at all to change my ways.
  12. Have a semi-regular post by Mr. T himself.
    This may never happen.
  13. Read 400 books (between Jan 1, 2013 and Dec 31, 2018).
    I had read 191 by the end of 2014, and have read 5 books so far this year. Goodreads is telling me I’m way ahead of schedule for my designated 50 this year, so *high five*
  14. Have a completed sleeve and all my Mr. T apprentice tattoos gone back into. Oh, and have a GB tattoo.
    I have done none of this.
  15. Have Two-Tone’s books be in the black (make a profit) and Mr. T have his own tattoo shop in back.
    Oh, hey – Two-Tone Tattoo Parlor is a thing now!
  16. Bike 30 miles in one trip. (First: get my bike fixed!)
    Mmm…eventually.
  17. Still have a job? Develop a solid career goal?
    I haven’t gotten fired yet – go me!
  18. Take a legit road trip (in the camper from #8).
    Well, first we have to get a camper, don’t we?!
  19. Have sex every day for a month (30 days).
    Ahem… *crickets*
  20. No. More. Roommates.
    GLORIOUS DAY
  21. Steampunk photo shoot.
    Ugh, stop reminding me of failed dreams.
  22. Cut out paper towels and use almost all homemade cleaning products.
    This list is totally bumming me out right now.
  23. Own a legit camera, have printed photos hanging on the walls, and start a yearly family photo book.
    Oh, I have a camera! Where is it…
  24. Have a strong core of friends that I can “do life with”.
    I have joined a really cool Facebook group, but I don’t really know any of those ladies “irl”…
  25. Develop at least TWO other options for my hair, besides boring straight and boring ponytail.
    Ooohh… I just posted about this. Kind of. I may try curling it some…
  26. Attend at least…5?…cultural?…events each year. Live music, theater, ballet, festivals… *shrug
    So far we haven’t done anything this year…but it’s only January! We do have tickets to see David Sedaris in February, so there’s that. Hopefully we can afford Bonnaroo this year. :\
  27. Have at least two impressive gallery walls that are almost 100% “local” art (art bought directly from the artist and not purchased as a mass-produced print from a retail store).
    I did kind of tidy up the one we’ve started in the bedroom…
  28. Have one overnight friend gathering every year.
    Huh. I should do this. I have no clue who I could invite to a slumber party. It sounds like a lot of work…
  29. 15 minutes of fame!
    Ugh. I need a drink after seeing how hard I’m failing at this list.
  30. Some sort of vague “continuous improvement” nonsense.
    OBVIOUSLY I SUCK AT LIFE. THANKS, PAST SARAH, FOR SETTING SUCH STUPID GOALS.

30 Before 30: 2014 Books in Review

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#13: Read 375 400 books (between Jan 1, 2013 and Dec 31, 2018).

2013: I read 96/100 books.
2014: I read 95/100 books. (So far.)

[ 375 – ( 96 + 95 ) ] / 4 = 46

Wait, what? I only have to read an average of 46 books each year 2015 – 2018 to meet my goal? Where is my original math on how this would all make sense? Ah, here it is:

Let’s see….25 this year, 100 next year, 100 again the next, 50 for the next three? So approx. 375 books?

“This year” was finishing out 2013, but at some point I decided it would be easier to just use the full year and use the Goodreads goals to track it. So I guess that’s where it got kind of wonky. Maybe I should bump it up for an even 400? Of course, there are plenty of books that I marked as “read” when I didn’t actually finish them. Some books that I got as a free Kindle download were so poorly written I couldn’t even bring myself to finish them. But I read as much of them as I’m ever going to, so I counted it. #DealWithIt

What if I were to round up to an even 400 books?

[ 400 – ( 96 + 95 ) ] / 4 = 52.25

I may do this. I’m in a panic all year, trying to stay ahead of my Goodreads counter “You’re x books ahead/behind schedule!” Blech. And I’ve read a ton of crap books just to get the numbers up. Not to mention counting all those unfinished books to boost my numbers! It’s even more depressing to acknowledge that even after all that I still didn’t make my goal! This way I can be honest… I think I’ll set my goal to 50 from now on. Take the pressure off, and allow myself to read higher-quality books. Life’s too short to waste on bad books, amiright?


The longest book I read this year was Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon. 627 pages. It took me 3 days to finish it.

It looks like I gave 41 books a five-star rating. I have a hard time giving books low reviews…and I tend to really enjoy nearly everything I read. A book has to suck pretty hard to get a bad review.

Another 41 books got a four-star rating. What are the odds? These are usually books that I really like, but don’t necessarily love, you know what I mean?

I gave 10 books a three-star rating. These are books that I finish, but begrudgingly. Probably because they were short and I needed them to boost my numbers. I’ve learned to not blindly download free Kindle books…they are rarely worth it. The I Bring the Fire series is the most notable exception to this rule.

Only 2 books were given a two-star rating. Peony in Love I couldn’t finish, and Big Sky Blue was just too short. It would have probably only warranted a three (mayyyyybe four) star rating if it had been fleshed out a bit more. There was zero plot/character development.

The only book I’ve ever given a one-star rating to…poor Beyond the Eyes… I think I was just in a bad mood that day. I’ve probably read – or at least started – books that were equally as poorly written, but I was just not in the mood to deal with that one. It was a decent premise, I think…just very poorly executed.


One thing I started this year were audiobooks.

  • Sycamore Row (4 stars)
  • Bad Monkey (5 stars)
  • Let Me In (5 stars)
  • The Language of Flowers (5 stars)
  • The Shadow of the Wind (5 stars)
  • The Witch’s Daughter (4 stars)
  • The Mating Season (4 stars)
  • Bossypants (still reading listening)

Wow, that’s more than I thought… Listening to audiobooks has definitely improved my commute. I do miss listening to NPR, though… I tend to take a day or two off between audiobooks to listen to NPR. I would much rather listen either over music, surprisingly. Because they are both consistently interesting. Unlike trying to listen to a music station, where you end up with ads and songs you don’t like.

I have noticed that I enjoy male narrators more than female, and pretty much any other accent over a boring American accent. Tina Fey’s pretty awesome, though. Of course, her book’s a memoir more than a fictional tale, so there is less dialog, and she doesn’t try to do voices even when there is dialog. That’s what really bothers me – women trying to sound like men. It’s always, always horrible. I don’t know why men impersonating a female’s voice is better, but it is. Just barely, though.


30 Before 30: Office Life

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#10: Watch every episode of The Office in chronological order.

Ugh. I have so many feelings.

But I thoroughly enjoyed this show!! I want to immediately turn around and watch it again. Well…I want to turn around and live it. Yeah, yeah – supposedly they’re just normal people at a normal job being all normal and average. Listen. I’ve had a NORMAL job for nearly three years and ain’t nobody going to come in there and film us for a decade like we’re all interesting and stuff.

Also, not nearly as much office romance.

God, how can you not love Jim? I mean…I love Mr. T – no doubt! But Jim’s something special. Mainly because he’s fictional. It’s easy to be perfect when you can script it. Sure, he got weird in the last season, but he fixed it. He’s perfectly adorable. Sigh… What a fun series. Maybe I’ll add it to my 40 Before 40 list, too. ;)

Moving on – do I watch Scrubs or Criminal Minds next?

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30 Before 30: Getting Cultured

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I’m going to start a Monday series on how I’m actively working toward meeting my 30 Before 30 goals. It will motivate me to post regularly AND achieve my goals. Win-win! ;)

#26: Attend at least 5 cultural events each year.

I was just thinking about all the fun things we’ve done over the past few months, and realized I should document it somewhere so I don’t forget!! I’m going to consider a “year” to be the 12 months between birthdays, so instead of going January to December I’m going to go July to June. I’m going to skip last year, because I can’t remember it very well off the top of my head. Considering I’ve only been 26 for about 3 months…surely I can get all that documented. ;) Oh, hey – Bonnaroo is in JUNE so I can’t even count it. *womp womp*

Folk ‘N Art Fest

I ran a booth for Two-Tone and I’m totally going to count that, because I want to. There was art! And I had a fancy bagel sandwich thing from a food truck!

LEGGODT

Mr. T had a solo show at Two-Tone for his birthday in August. He turned 28, so he had 28 pieces. Most of them were LEGO minifig paintings so he called the show “LEGGODT” in honor of the Latin phrase “LEG GODT” which means “play well” and is how LEGO got its name.

Orlando Nerd Fest

This was the first sort-of convention we’d ever really attended. We rented a car and drove 12 hours to Florida just to see Steam Powered Giraffe and it was so worth it. They’re one of my favorite bands, and put on a great show. One thing we didn’t realize until we made the trip…their fan base is a bit young. Like teenage girl young. Like screaming, costumed, there-with-their-parents young. I’m glad the kids liked a good band, as opposed to behaving like that at a One Direction concert, but…it was a bit awkward to be the two of the only adults in the crowd that weren’t there because their kids brought them. >.<

Dragon*Con

Almost immediately after Nerd Fest we went to Atlanta for Dragon*Con. It was so much fun!! Trying to do things was really stressful, though, and trying to coordinate with more than two people dramatically increased the stress. lol! We dressed as Ghostbusters and it was a lot of fun, but the proton packs were stupid heavy and mine got smashed almost immediately. Thankfully Mr. T had foreseen such a tragedy and brought the hot glue gun with him, so we were able to do some repairs on the fly. We bought quite a bit of art (that we still need to frame). It was a good trip, and we look forward to next year, where we’ll be a bit more prepared for everything. :)

The (Female) Odd Couple

I saw this play at Towne Centre Theatre. A friend from work volunteers there, so our company’s “donate money to charity” fund (I forget the name of it now, whatever) donated to them (because the theater in turn donates money to charities…it’s a tangled web), so they gave the company some tickets to give to employees. Was that explanation worth it?? ;) Anyway, I won a pair of tickets and Miss C went with me. It was a pretty cute play, if I do say so myself.

Greenway Art Festival

Mr. T and I had another Two-Tone/Todd Wilson booth at another local art festival. Yay art!

Anything Goes

Another Towne Centre Theatre production. I enjoyed this one a bit more than “The Female Odd Couple”. It’s a classic musical, though. Even though I’ve never seen it before, it’s obviously stood the test of time for a reason. The casting was probably better, too. It was a really cute play and I’m glad I went. :)

Evil Dead: The Musical

We saw this play at TPAC and it was glorious. We’d actually seen it about a year ago at a small theater in M’boro and it was great then, but a legit production made it 1000x better. I definitely recommend seeing this any chance you get!! It’s not scary or gory or anything, but it’s definitely an adult production. But so, so good. So good.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

We’re going this Friday to see RHPC at Center for the Arts in Murfreesboro. I’m pretty excited. I would like to dress up, but…we’ll see. :)

An Evening with David Sedaris

We’re “sustaining members” for NPR, so twice a year when they do their fundraising week we get to choose from a list of perks. In the Spring I got a best-of CD set of Prairie Home Companion CDs because I <3 Garrison Keillor. But this go around an option was getting to see David Sedaris at TPAC!! I’m super stoked. It’s not until February but whatever. SUPER STOKED.

Bonnaroo

90% sure we’ll be going to Bonnaroo next year, so I’m gonna go ahead and include it.


How many was that? Anyone keeping count?? I think we’re doing pretty darn awesome at culture-fying ourselves. ;)


30 Before 30: P90X3

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I’m going to start a Monday series on how I’m actively working toward meeting my 30 Before 30 goals. It will motivate me to post regularly AND achieve my goals. Win-win! ;)

#4 on my list is to complete a workout regime. Mr. T and I started P90X once. We managed a week of it before the 1.5 hour commitment became too much. That brings us to… P90X3!! It’s only 30 minute workouts. AND you can choose different “paths” to take while doing it. There is the classic route, the mass route (to bulk up), and the lean route (to get fit without the bulk). We’re going with the lean route.

I’m gonna be honest with you – we’re not going to follow the diet. SORRY. Just working out 30 minutes a day every day for 90 days will be a miracle. So we won’t get the most amazing results ever…whatever. I’m writing this ahead of time, but our goal is to start Monday, October 13. According to Wolfram Alpha we should be finished by January 11. I really don’t want to miss a day. A few things we’re going to need to do this weekend to prepare (I’ll try to come back and add pictures as they get done):

  1. Transfer the cats from the bonus room to the extra-spare bedroom.
  2. Take before pictures – our flab in all its glory.
  3. Bake a cheesecake and consume it guilt-free because we haven’t started exercising yet.

We want to come up with some sort of reward to motivate us to finish as well. Any suggestions? Mr. T first suggested a camping trip or something…but I don’t think I want to camp in the middle of winter. Maybe we could do two mini-rewards for 30 and 60 days that tie in to a larger reward for 90? Oh! Maybe it could be our trip to Costa Rica! But…we’ll do that regardless. Oh! Maybe things we can take with us, or do there?? But that would be severely delayed gratification, since we’d have to wait seven months to use them. Bah, do you have any ideas??

Rewards:

  • Day 30: ~Nov 12
    I can’t do this on the exact day, because I can’t take any more vacation days this year. >.< But! We want to spend an entire day in bed. Eating in bed, reading in bed, watching Netflix in bed, doing adult-related things in bed. Just generally be lazy bums. Hopefully it’s raining that day, too….that would make it a million times more awesome.
  • Day 60: ~Dec 12
    ??
  • Day 90: ~Jan 11
    Mark off #19 on my list by having sex every day for a month!

30 Before 30: Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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I’m going to start a Monday series on how I’m actively working toward meeting my 30 Before 30 goals. It will motivate me to post regularly AND achieve my goals. Win-win! ;)

Mr. T and I went to Tamarindo for our honeymoon. I’m too lazy to try to find the hotel we stayed at (if you really want to know, beg ask nicely in the comments and I’ll try to find it) but it was pretty cheap, and a really cool little place. We want to go back for our five-year anniversary (that’s next year!) but this time be a little more touristy about it. We have more money – why not have a more luxurious experience? So I’m perusing Groupon. ;)

As of today there are 8 options for Tamarindo, Costa Rica between August 9 and August 15. (Two of those aren’t really in Tamarindo, liars.) I’m not sure how long this link will be valid, but here you go. If it’s broken, it’s pretty easy to run the search again. Don’t be lazy. Of course, if I don’t want to limit it to Tamarindo a lot more options open up. I don’t do well with a lot of options…

Anyway, we’ll probably book the trip soon-ish. Looking at $1-2k for the hotel. I’ll keep you posted! Need to discuss things with Mr. T, stress out a whole bunch, try to research the available options, stress out a little bit more, panic and choose blindly, then live with regret for awhile. Oh, and ask for the time off.

Side note: When you read this I’ll be camping!!

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