August 30, 2012


It happened.  Last Saturday I turned 29 years old.  My twenties are nearly complete.  That is a fact I can hardly believe.

While I had a free moment I thought I would take some time to review the 29 before 29 list that I posted about this time last year.  You know, before writing this out I thought I had failed myself pretty badly.  Now that I think about it I'm feeling like I did pretty well.  Its nice to reflect on the past year and see what's actually changed for the better.  It's easy to believe that life (and our own behaviours) are static.  It's nice to see that's not true.

Let's see how I did, shall we?

Learn to use my DSLR outside of auto
Nope. Didn't happen. In fact, I sold my fancy pants new DSLR and downgraded to a cute little Fuji bridge camera type of thing. I get super confuzzled when it comes to camera stuff and I'm tired of untying brain knots. I'm still an auto girl.

Knit or crochet a drawer full of dishcloths
Yessiree! Instead of filling my drawer first I'm working on some kitchen helper sets for Christmas gifts but I'll get to making my own soon enough. I love crochet!

Make a new quilt for our bed
Started but not completed. But I'm still hoping to have a new blanket on the bed before the new baby comes along. I also have a twin size quilt on my to-do list for a little girl named George. She has told me that she would like to find a pretty pink quilt under the Christmas tree.

Buy a house

Put Georgia in daycare 1 or 2 days a week

Go to the gym regularly
Ha! I mean, no.

Publish at least 1 zine
Sadly, no. I had an idea for a zine that I was really into. I'm still into it. I'm just worried that it will cause a little discord in my life. Maybe someday.

Sew a dress for myself
Another sadly no. I'm hoping to sign up for some sewing classes in the fall. I'm not going to attempt a dress before then because I'd rather have a better understanding of patterns and other such things.

Pay off my credit cards
I didn't get all the way there but I'm doing pretty dang good! I've upped my credit score over 100 points. I made myself proud.

Attempt a furniture makeover
I did do this but it wasn't as complex of a job as I had hoped for. Early in the summer I had dreamed of signing up for an upholstery course and eventually finding an apprenticeship somewhere. Then I got pregnant.

Start a collection
Indeedy do! I've started a charm bracelet and I think it's the perfect collection for me. Doesn't take up too much space and it's not super pricey. I love it.

Take off at least 1 day a week
I did! It feels great!

Read one book a month
I don't think I can claim that I've read 12 books this year. I really didn't adhere to this goal in the beginning. However, in the early summer I stepped away from the computer and started to pick up books. I love reading. It's like reconnecting with a long lost best friend.

See Tori Amos live (again)
No. Tori came to town right around the time that we moved into our new home. What I'm trying to say is that we were broke ass broke and there was no room in the budget for fun stuff.

Have a Christmas tree in our home
Hellz yes we did!! Better yet - I found our Charlie Brown-esque white tree at an auction for 2 whole dollars. Woot woot!

Show liquid liner who's boss
I actually did pretty good at this. Then I gave up make for quite a while. That's a whole other post. It's more interesting than it sounds.

Get Georgia using the potty
On the eve on Mothers Day, Georgia announced in the middle of the night that she would no longer be using diapers. She's all undies all the time.

Give serging an honest try
No. Get sergers away from me.

Get a ring on it
Surprisingly yes. Although it happened on my birthday. Not sure if that technically qualifies.

Ride an elephant

Be outspoken in my appreciation
I'm going to say yes but that I have room for improvement. Thank you cards are going to make a come back in my life starting immediately.

Start a garden
I made FOOD!! I grew it from seeds. I ate it and it was delicious.

Do a serious purge of my craft closet
Yup. The move was the perfect opportunity.

Throw a smashing 30th party for my guy
Yes I did! It wasn't necessarily the rager that he had hoped for but it was a very happy evening indeed.

Learn as much as I can about Photoshop
I'm not going to say I learned as much as I possibly could have but I did improve my skills. We'll give this one a half mark.

Eat 3 meals a day regularly
I don't know if I'll ever actually do this. I'm a grazer.

Develop new creative skills
Crochet counts even if I only know a handful of stitches. Crochet is creative.

Watch less television
This happened for a while. Damn you AppleTV.

New tattoo!
This was going to be my 29th birthday present but then that whole conception this happened. Dream deferred.

Things I'm most excited about...
I'm definitely enjoying reading more.  It makes me feel more like myself somehow.  I guess I've always identified myself as a bookworm and I was definitely missing that part of myself.  I'm also pretty proud of my new-found fiscal responsibility.  I'm not perfect yet but compared to the me of a few years ago I'm a changed lady.

What I'm looking forward to...
I definitely need to get in some sewing lessons this fall.  It's not that I don't know how to sew.  I'm definitely comfortable with my machine.  It's just that I don't understand a damn thing about a pattern.  I'd prefer that they were less of a mystery to me.  I'm also hoping to expand my garden next spring.  We put in a couple small beds this year so we could test the waters.  Next year it's going to be a bigger bed with lots and lots of vegetables.  Oh yes, there's the ring as well.  That's pretty exciting too. ;)

The things I don't regret...
I'm not beating myself up over not going to the gym.  It's effing expensive and I'm not sure we'd actually use it to its fullest extent.  We may sign Georgie up for some swimming lessons and recreational dance classes but I don't think we need to go all out on a family membership.

At the moment I'm undecided on whether or not I'll do a 30 before 30.  Jesse and I have a couple big projects on the horizon (I'm lumping the baby in there) so I'm not sure that adding 30 more goals into this year is totally feasible.  But I do love a good goal so I'm sure I'll come up with a list of some kind.  I'm just the kind of girl.

Hope you are all doing fantastic.  I'll talk to you soon(ish).