30 Before 30 Update: numero dos

So as 2013 comes to a close I am now 7/12ths (or a little over halfway for you non-math types) through my 29th year and New Years always makes me reflect on what I’ve accomplished this year!  I came up with this 30 before 30 list just a short bit after my 29th birthday and thought New Years would be a great time to update y’all.  I know you are waiting on pins and needles to see if I accomplish my whole list!

My 30 Before 30 list:

  • Run another half marathon I’m kind of marking this off.  I trained and was mostly ready to run this, but the Dallas Marathon was cancelled because of Ice-maggedon. So I kinda half ran it, since the training is half the battle, but I really would love to run another one, so I’ll be registering for another one, but maybe not before my 30th birthday.
  • Start a vegetable garden
  • Build my own built-in-closet (modeled after Sandra’s AWESOME closet)  Because the timing worked out and I got a friends and family discount, we decided to do Elfa in our closet instead of building a built in one… and it was totally the right choice.  It was quick and easy and my closet is STILL organized.
  • Book a trip to Europe with my husband (and maybe a few friends)
  • Find a farmer’s market near my house to visit on a Saturday morning
  • Finish my t-shirt quilt (2+years in the making)
  • Learn to cook 5 new meals  I learned AT LEAST this many during my two weeks of my Whole 30
  • Take my husband to visit my favorite city: Washington DC DONE. And Done.
  • Go see Lion King (kind of cheating… I already have tickets to this… but it’s a show I’ve always wanted to see!)
  • Pay off part of my company debt
  • Finish another sprint triathlon (again… bonus points if I beat my previous time)
  • Build a pergola in my back yard
  • Help my twin brother fix up his house (as payment for letting me use his pool whenever I want!) Blog posts coming next week on this!
  • Spend a Saturday without ever leaving the house… no projects, just laziness.  Thank you Ice-mageddon… but I wouldn’t mind doing this again!
  • Take a weekend getaway to Beaver Creek.  (I bought a couple of free nights at a silent auction… now we just have to use them) Check out our visit here.
  • Go Skiing with the church youth group… as an ‘adult’ sponsor.- I’m signed up and ready to go!
  • Get new Christmas Stockings for my husband and I for our first Christmas as a married couple. See how cute they are?
  • Learn how to put crown molding up in my our house
  • Give 10% to charity or the church for 2013
  • Get my husband certified to Scuba Dive–in progress… he is about to sign up in the spring!
  • Finish changing my name to my married last name… who knew there were so many things to change!?– Just a few more to go! And seriously… American Airlines Miles Program needs more info than my credit card?!
  • Organize the whole house- no seriously… every cupboard, closet, under every bed.
  • Take a spa day with a friend Just did this last Saturday– Thanks Ashley!! And seriously, I think I need this about 3-4 times a year. It was A-MAZ-ING.
  • Host a dinner party
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Make a wedding book for each set of our parents and ourselves Done… I’ll post about this soon!
  • Save enough money to install double ovens in our kitchen
  • Get to my ideal weight- Working on this…
  • Get better at using my SLR Camera (kinda hard to measure… but maybe I’ll know it when I get there?)
  • Throw a 30th Birthday Party for my twin brother and myself


So I have 14 of the 30 left, and since I’m a little over halfway, I think I’m doing pretty well!  I’ll post a few semi-resolutions tomorrow for New Years! I hope everyone has a wonderful, safe New Years Eve… and I’ll see you in 2014! (Seriously… can you believe its 2014??)



  1. You’re making amazing progress!!! I just got an SLR and would love to learn it better along with you 🙂

  2. I loved your details about where to go in D.C. We are actually taking our 9 year old this spring break, she is so excited. Any restaurants you would recommend? Kerry

    • amusingmjblog says:

      My favorite restaurant ever is Zaytinya, which is Greek tapas food but it is delicious! I’m not sure it has a kid friendly menu (unless your 9 year old is a more adventurous eater). It is located near Gallery Place metro stop. I also love Old Ebbitt’s Grill at 15th and G near the White House. I’ve also heard great things about Founding Farmers at 1924 Pennsylvania NW, a farm to table restaurant but you will need reservations. Hope this helps!

  3. Judy Britt says:

    Coming this weekend. Want to talk to you about your t-shirt quilt!

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