Since today is the 30th (yikes), I thought it would make sense to wrap up the 30 Things today. Like last year, there’s only about a 50% success rate, but this year there are other things that I’m proud of that cancel out not buying home furnishings or going to restaurants:
– I found a house to buy.
– I didn’t drunk-dial or drunk-email or drunk-text any ex-boyfriends. (I am inordinately proud of that.)
But on to the list I put up at the beginning on the year–green is accomplished, yellow is a sort-of accomplished, and red is a no. Commentary is in italics.
- 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. DONE! I just dipped into the down payment fund for earnest money and a construction deposit. Hooray for a year of saving!
- Learn about real estate and home buying through the Utah State Extension classes. Done! Real Estate for Dummies worked for me!
- Stop buying non-essentials (ready-made clothes, really expensive fabric, shoes, magazines, etc.) for three months (months TBD) I made it a month and then set some limits, and then I fell for J. Crew again.
- Buy that Eames desk chair. I’ll use the money I’ll be saving from not buying any non-essentials. I do have a new desk, which I needed more than a chair, so I’m calling this done. (On most home furnishings, I just decided to wait and see what happened with the house hunt.)
- Buy that damn garbage can already. See above.
- Buy a living room chair–armless, small-ish, but comfy. This will help with seating to accomplish #22. Done!
- Sew new pillow covers for the living room. Done!
- Buy a vacuum. Done!
- Refresh my yoga skills and then…
- Start doing yoga once or twice a week. Kind of done. I started in June and then slacked off in the late fall and winter, but at least I went enough to realize that I need to go more.
- 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. Not done. Sorry, Earth–but soon I should have my own recycling!
- Similarly, bring in some actual flatware for the break room at work to cut down on waste. Also not done. Apparently I’d rather feel guilty than go to a thrift store…
- November-March, walk or ride to work at least twice a month. April-September, up it to at least four times a month. Fail on this one. I guess this was the year of Looking At Houses On The Internet Instead Of Exercising.
- Eat at one new restaurant a month–any meal, but it has to be somewhere I haven’t been before. I kind of lost count, but I know I didn’t go where I planned. I think I’d have a better success rate if I could go to restaurants alone…
- Eat at Red Iguana. Never mind. I’m over you, Red Iguana.
- Go to Bonneville Speed Week. No. It seemed like too much of an insider’s club to just drive out to, and the lack of info about it didn’t help.
- Go to a roller derby game. Done–but demolition derbies are better.
- Stop biting my fingernails (I mean it this year). DONE! DONE! DONE! All it took was some color…
- Wear more colors of lipstick than “pink” and “darker pink.” I bought red lipstick…
- Find a perfume I want to wear regularly. Done!
- Stock and maintain a home bar and keep it stocked. No drinking it up and not replacing it. Done! Yay, booze!
- Have more people over to the apartment–not huge parties, but a few people for dinner, or drinks before a restaurant, etc. I was being really social (for me) at the beginning of the year but petered out in spring and summer. I am planning on my New Year’s party, though.
- Learn more about wine. The wine class in January will have to count.
- Learn and retain the difference between whisk(e)y, bourbon, and scotch. They’re all whiskey. Bourbon and scotch are just variations of it. (Thanks, Jason!)
- Learn and retain the difference between brandy and cognac. Likewise, cognac is just a particular type of brandy (from the Cognac region, AOC.)
- Get my eyes checked again, update my prescription, and start wearing glasses in front of the computer. Not yet, but they haven’t been bothering me as much.
- Find a dermatologist to look at a couple of moles, if only so I can stop worrying about skin cancer. Um, no. But on the medical front I will schedule a visit with ENT before the end of the year (hello, tonsillectomy 2012!)
- Learn how to can fruits, veggies, or jam. Done! I canned all sorts of things!
- Get a better camera. I’ve picked out a replacement but I just haven’t bought it yet.
- Go to Moab and/or Zion. No. Again, I’d have a better success rate if I went alone, but going on vacation alone when you have a roommate is fun and exciting; going when you live alone is just more of the same, minus your darling cat.