27 before 27: #5, 6, 9, 11, & 24

It’s been a while since I updated my 27 before 27 list—I figured I’d save them up so I could post a bunch at once. I have five new ones for today. :)

#5 visit the farmer’s market (07/23/11)

Back in July, Jonathan and I finally went to the farmer’s market with a couple of our friends. We discovered all sorts of new foods (like purple bell peppers)! :) I didn’t take many pictures, but here was one of some yummy-looking squash:


#6 travel to a new state (08/25/11)

Undoubtedly one of my favorite things to cross off my list! Jonathan, Nick, and I went to Seattle, WA for the Penny Arcade Expo (extreme geekery!)—it was SO much fun and an absolutely amazing trip. Here’s a photo of the three of us at the top of the Space Needle:


#9 send an unsolicited gift (?)

I don’t have a specific date for this, nor do I have a photo, nor do I want to tell you to whom I gave the gift! I feel like that would defeat the purpose. ;) But I accomplished this in September, I promise.

#11 paint the hallway (10/12/11)

So I didn’t actually paint the hallway myself—Jonathan did it. But I can still cross it off my list, because it was accomplished before my birthday. :P While he was at it, he got really motivated and also turned our hallway door into a Dutch door. I am so impressed with his fearlessness when diving into projects like this. He is amazing! :)


#24 celebrate 4-year graduationversary (05/15/11)

This one was tons of fun. We went to the UNA campus four years after our graduation (to celebrate having been graduated as long as we were in college). We toured the campus, went to eat at one of our favorite spots, and recreated some funny pictures we took while we were still in college. I loved visiting again and thinking about how far we’ve all come.graduationversary

As for the rest of my 27 before 27 list, I don’t foresee finishing it this year. A lot of the goals that remain cost money (visiting a new hockey rink, going camping [we own zero camping gear], take a class, preserve my wedding dress), which is something not in great supply. But I’ll keep working on the goals that I can, and I won’t sweat the ones I can’t get done. After all, I made the list for myself, to be fun—getting uptight about not completing it would defeat the purpose.

I haven’t decided yet if I’ll do a 28 before 28 list similar to this one for next year, or if I’ll do a reading list instead, or if I’ll just pick one goal like a New Year’s resolution…what do you think?

27 before 27: #14, 26

Over the past couple days I’ve completed two more things on my 27 before 27 list:

#14 – finish organizing / printing photos, completed on 04/30/11


It feels so good to finally have this done. I’m caught up through 2010, and I’ve even printed a few photos from 2011 (they’ll be stored in the adorable teal box until the end of the year when I know what size photo album I’m going to need).

#26 – read a non-fiction book, completed 04/29/11


I finished reading Heaven is for Real yesterday, currently #1 on the New York Times best-seller list in the non-fiction category. As a very short review, I’ll say that I enjoyed reading it, that I think some of it should be taken with a grain of salt, and that I don’t find it hard to believe that a good deal of it is true. I strongly encourage anyone who reads it to remember that Scripture is where we need to base our faith, not solely on a young boy’s story of going to Heaven. But it is an interesting story nonetheless, and I think it’s worth reading. :)

I still have a lot to do to accomplish all 27 things, but I’m getting there!

27 before 27: #4, 8, 10, 15, & 17

It’s time for a mass update about my 27 before 27 list. I’ve completed 5 more things since my last post about it. Now that the weather’s getting warmer around here I should be able to tackle some of the outdoor stuff soon. In the meantime, here are the newest items I’ve crossed off the list:

#4 – start a garden (03/19/11)

I planted some herbs today. Jonathan and I were hoping to have a full-out vegetable garden this year but the time’s not quite right yet. Instead, I’ve planted some basil, chives, lavender, and rosemary in a small plot next to our garage. I’ve never planted any herbs before so I’m hoping they’ll turn out.


#8 – read a classic novel (01/30/11)

Since I have an English degree, I’m kind of ashamed that it wasn’t until this year that I finally read Fahrenheit 451. It was, however, worth the wait. I really enjoyed it!


#10 – meet a neighbor (03/19/11)

I met our neighbor today. Well, it’s kind of a shame, really—he’s not technically our neighbor. He’s renovating the house next door in order to sell it, so unfortunately he won’t be around for long. But he’s a nice guy anyway—Dale. No pictures though (thought that might be kind of awkward :P).

#15 – update my resume (01/16/11)

Finally got around to doing this back in January. I’m not in the market for a new job or anything, I just hadn’t updated my resume in about three years, so it was past time. It feels really good to have this crossed off the list.

#17 – buy some red high heels (03/05/11)

This is definitely my favorite update. I searched long and hard for these babies. The requirements were that the shoes 1) be high heels, 2) be red, 3) be sexy, and 4) make me feel gorgeous. They definitely succeed at all that.



Hope to have another update in another month or so with more stuff crossed off the list! :)