30 Before 30

July 25, 2011

Two weeks ago, I entered in to the last year of twenties.  I'm actually really excited about the prospect of my 30's and I'm hoping those are the years I finally begin feeling like a "real adult".  I'm still working on the 1001 in 101 (with a little over a year left to complete... eek!), but I wanted to make a list of items that I absolutely want to do before turning 30.  A list of items that I really want to hold myself to, even if I don't get to finish all the items in my 1001 in 101 (and yes, some of them overlap). 

  1. Finish the quilt I started sewing for my mom (like five years ago).
  2. Create an outdoor space where my husband and I can go to relax. 
  3. Finish my wedding recaps.
  4. Begin and stick to an exercise regiment.
  5. Be more optimistic, act more positively, and try my best to be a happier person.
  6. Read a biography.
  7. Take a camping trip and/or spend more time outdoors (when the temperature finally starts to go down, of course).
  8. Become more organized (both at home and at work).
  9. Start the journey to becoming meds-free.
  10. Eat healthier/ eat less red meat/ eat less processed food.
  11. Eat more meals at home.
  12. Become debt free.
  13. Hang pictures of my husband and I in our house (we still don't have any up- I know. I know!)
  14. Stick to a regular blogging schedule.
  15. Keep a journal or sketchbook.
  16. Sew more, and get better at it.
  17. Learn to read sewing patterns, and become good at it.
  18. Start a craft club.
  19. Open an etsy/big cartel shop- even if it only has one item.
  20. Disconnect from social media a few nights out of the week.
  21. Outline my personal goals for the next 10 years.
  22. Make a list of goals for my husband and myself, as a couple.
  23. Throw a dinner party.
  24. Celebrate a holiday at our house.
  25. Spend more effort on my work attire and dress more professionally.
  26. Take more pictures of my husband and me together.
  27. Create a substantial rainy day fund.
  28. Learn how to take better photographs.
  29. Start an herb or vegetable garden
  30. Start a compost pile.
Here's to year 29!

Odds & Ends

July 12, 2011

1.  My dad has been picking up (very ripe) peaches on his weekend trips to Fredericksburg.  I have made peach cobbler two weeks in a row now- I'll post the recipe if anyone is interested.  If this keeps up, my pants may not fit next week.  Any healthier recipes involving peaches are welcome :)


3.  We are in the process of choosing a new paint color for our bedroom.  This has turned out to be a huge  pain because I'm trying to choose a neutral color (beige, taupe, greige) and it is not working with the existing trim color at all:

left: pretty greige; right: ugly yellowish beige trim
The trim is making all of the beige/taupe/greige colors I have chosen look either pink or purple.  I think I'll spend some time using this helpful color selector tool before making another trip to Lowe's for more $3 paint samples. 

4.  We installed an outdoor ceiling fan on Saturday afternoon.  (Southern peeps, I'm sure you know this, but this was not the best idea). It was so hot outside and it resulted in a very cranky husband and wife.

The installation was further delayed by two trips to the hardware store.  Once to pick up the fan. Once to pick up the white medallion to cover up the huge hole that the builder made to install the previous light fixture.  Also, the fan is crooked.  The existing outlet box was installed crooked, so when we mounted the fan to it....  But the good news is:  it works!  So, we are not going to straighten it out until it is much cooler outside.  And if I'm feeling really ambitious.... there's a flood light (not shown) also connected to the fan/light circuit that I want to split up so that they can each be controlled by a separate switch (right now the fan/light and the flood light are controlled by a single switch). 

Maybe items 3 & 4 are signs I should lay off the home improvement projects....

Words Cannot Explain..

July 11, 2011

how much I love this:

Arrow & Apple via A Beautiful Mess

If I could do it again, my bridesmaids would wear colored tights too.

Missing This

July 6, 2011

More posts soon to come...


July 2, 2011

1) my husband and I just got back from vacation (yay), which was wonderful until
2) we found out there was a death in the family :( 
3) we are now home, but just spent the day mourning a loved one and commemorating the anniversary of my mother's death
4) i hate today and
5) the 4th of July holiday is quickly becoming my least favorite (but I hope all of you are having a safe and happy holiday)
6) I will be spending the next few days recovering both physically and emotionally
7) I am thankful for my wonderful family and friends
8) thanks for listening