with my list of 30 Things:

  1. Put the money that I was using to pay off debt into savings for a down payment on some sort of house, townhouse, or condo. Yes! As hard as I am on myself for buying non-essentials (and I buy a lot of them), I am meeting this goal.
  2. Learn about real estate and home buying through the Utah State Extension classes. Soon. At the halfway mark for savings, I will start online learning.
  3. Stop buying non-essentials (ready-made clothes, really expensive fabric, shoes, magazines, etc.) for three months (months TBD)
    I think that May and June will be the months…I’m cutting it back to 2 months with the option to extend it to 3 if I can get back into the frugal habit. I’m also starting after I get my tax return, which is so getting spent.
  4. Buy that Eames desk chair. I’ll use the money I’ll be saving from not buying any non-essentials.
  5. Buy that damn garbage can already
  6. Buy a living room chair–armless, small-ish, but comfy. This will help with seating to accomplish #22. Done!
  7. Sew new pillow covers for the living room. Done!
  8. Buy a vacuum. As soon as I get my tax return.
  9. Refresh my yoga skills and then…
  10. Start doing yoga once or twice a week. May is the month for yoga.
  11. Get recycling at the apartment. I haven’t had it for three years and I’m tired of feeling guilty every time I throw away some junk mail.
  12. Similarly, bring in some actual flatware for the breakroom at work to cut down on waste
  13. November-March, walk or ride to work at least twice a month. April-September, up it to at least four times a month. Resounding FAIL on November to March walking. I will try to ride at least once in April with my craft friend and bike buddy Kara, who fortunately works across the street from me.
  14. Eat at one new restaurant a month–any meal, but it has to be somewhere I haven’t been before. Yes! Between Vegas and fun work lunches, I’m doing well. I highly recommend Diego’s in the MGM Grand and J. Wong’s Asian Bistro on 300 South.
  15. Eat at Red Iguana
  16. Go to Bonneville Speed Week
  17. Go to a roller derby game
  18. Stop biting my fingernails (I mean it this year). Really, how hard should this be? Still not happening, though.
  19. Wear more colors of lipstick than “pink” and “darker pink.” Not only have I not been wearing new colors, I’ve pretty much stopped re-applying it after all the morning coffee.
  20. Find a perfume I want to wear regularly. Samples of some classic Guerlain and a new Chanel scent are on their way!
  21. Stock and maintain a home bar and keep it stocked. No drinking it up and not replacing it. TAX RETURN = BOOZE. Hooray!
  22. Have more people over to the apartment–not huge parties, but a few people for dinner, or drinks before a restaurant, etc. Yes! Between a wine class (see below) and THREE SEPARATE ATTEMPTS to see SHerlock Holmes, Toby has had lots of visitors.
  23. Learn more about wine. I learned about value wines of Italy in January. I really want to take one of the classes on French wine.
  24. Learn and retain the difference between whisk(e)y, bourbon, and scotch
  25. Learn and retain the difference between brandy and cognac
  26. Get my eyes checked again, update my prescription, and start wearing glasses in front of the computer.
  27. Find a dermatologist to look at a couple of moles, if only so I can stop worrying about skin cancer
  28. Learn how to can fruits, veggies, or jam
  29. Get a better camera
  30. Go to Moab and/or Zion