It’s my birthday! Hooray! I’m 28 today which feels…kind of crazy.
Last year, I made a “27 for 27 list” to try and complete. While I liked the idea of having this sort of list, I’m also sort of neurotic and it made me a little anxious knowing it was looming and that maybe, like, 2 people would remember that I had made it and be all HOW ABOUT THAT 27 FOR 27 LIST, HUH?
Let’s see how I did …
1. Crochet a hat that I would actually wear
Got this one in under the wire last month. I realized, after a few failed attempts, that using big chunky yarn works best for my big chunky head. No, really. My head is large. It’s a family trait.
2. Cook a meal once a month (aim low, you guys)
This cracks me up now, as I cook nearly every day since transitioning to Paleo. What’s more is that I really LIKE to cook. It calms me down.
3. Take a road trip to a new place
For our fifth anniversary in November, Adam and I took a quick trip to Newport, Rhode Island to see the mansions (see #11). Such a cute place and I definitely need to get back for the Newport Folk Festival one year.
4. Send someone a care package for no reason
Could have done better at this. I sent a few cards, some including small gift cards as a “just because I like you.”
5. Run a 10k
HAHAHA no. After my 5K last Thanksgiving I decided to take a week off from running…which then turned into a year + off from running. So basically, I’ve retired.
6. Take a yoga class at least once a month (again, aim low)
I think I need to accept the fact that yoga just isn’t for me, man.
7. Go sledding
March 9, Nashoba Valley Tubing. Here’s me looking appropriately excited:
8. Bake something and try to enjoy doing it
Since going Paleo, I regularly make these Morning Glory Muffins for breakfast. After a couple failed attempts (I measure things casually) I think I’ve perfected my method and these come out fantastic every time. Baking anything else still usually results in grumpiness.
9. Have friends over for cocktails
Dang I need to get on this too. We did have friends and family over for a housewarming in our new place (…did I ever post about the new place? Oops) but there weren’t any cocktails involved. Next year!
10. See Book Of Mormon
Check! And it was hilarious!
11. Go to the Newport Mansions
Got this in under the wire last weekend!
12. Go ziplining again
Yes! We enjoyed another trip up to New Hampshire to go ziplining at Alpine Adventures back in January.
13. Go to a massage conference
Check! Back in April I attended the International Massage Therapy Research Conference put on by the Massage Therapy Foundation. It was conveniently held right here in Boston and combined two of my passions – massage and scientific research (my undergraduate program was heavy on the research methods and I can nerd on about it for a LONG time.) It was a great eye-opener to what is going on in the field and I hope to become more involved in the future.
14. Save (an undisclosed amount of) money
I literally don’t remember what amount I was thinking when I wrote this…but I did save a good amount. The one thing I’ll say is that moving, even if it’s just across town, is stupid expensive and my bank account took a hit because of it.
15. Take some sort of class
Adam and I took a knife skills class at Sur La Table this spring where I learned that good knives are both essential and expensive.
16. Meet more bloggers –
17. Use or sell my yarn stash so I can re-invest in better quality
I’ve been working on this by making a ridiculous amount of granny squares that will one day become…something. A blanket? pillows? The world may never know. Literally.
18. Establish monthly date night
We did well for a while - Harvard Natural History Museum, Mumford & Sons concert, Nick Offerman show, Paint Nite.
But the thing is we do a lot together, and I forget to classify things as “dates.” It’s all good.
19. Play more board games
Thanks to moving (having more space to play) and the opening of Knight Moves this has definitely been achieved.
20. Do one craft project a month (and finish it!)
I kind of forgot about this and crafting in general (mostly because a lot of my materials were packed away in storage for a lot of the year).
21. Swim in a lake
Did not get to this one
22. Crochet a granny square blanket
23. Go to a museum I haven’t been to
I went to ONE museum in all of 2013 and it was one I had already been to (Harvard Museum of Natural History).
24. See Mumford & Sons
Check. And it was so good.
25. Go on a tour of something
In the spring, my coworkers and I took a tour of the Taza Chocolate Factory in Somerville. I’d recommend that tour to anyone in the area because it’s only $5 and CHOCOLATE.
26. Go to a Patriots game
Sigh. No. I was going to splurge on some tickets as a surprise for Adam but by the time I went to get them they were sold out. Next season!
27. Go to a Red Sox game
Check! With the bonus that I got to RUN THE BASES. My sister and I brought our parents to the game on Mother’s Day. Every year, they let the moms and kids run the bases after the game so we did (and my dad snuck on).
Going back over it now, I didn’t do as poorly as I had thought. Regardless, there will be no “28 for 28 list”. More like “4 for 28″: have fun, be happy, say yes, don’t die.