April 10, 2013

30 before 30 | April update

How is it already April?! That's just crazy talk. The past month has flown by, so I haven't made that much more progress ... but a little is better than nothing!

Here's the list:

1. Get another tattoo.—I've emailed my artist with a few ideas and now need to set up a time to go in for a consultation.
2. Go to Disney World/Land.
3. Lose 10-15 more pounds.—I might reconsider the wording on this one. Weighing myself every week only made me miserable when I wasn't seeing the change I thought I should be seeing. I want to be more fit and feel better about myself, but I'm not sure that a number on a scale is going to be a true indication of this.
4. Find an exercise plan/class and stick with it.—We've continued with AppleFit each Tuesday (only missed one since starting Feb. 5), but had to stop going to spin class on Thursdays due to Colt's cycling races, so I started back up with the 30 Day Shred a couple of times last week. I hope to do more this week, even if having to listen to Jillian drives me batty.
5. Read at least 30 books.—My reading pace slowed a little bit, but I read one whole book and started another two, bringing my grand total to 13.
6. Create (and stick to) a better savings plan.—I've continued with the small amount each paycheck and hope to increase the amount soon.
7. Try indoor skydiving.
8. Get my passport.
9. Get a gel manicure (and not ruin my nails by picking it off).—Still thinking of changing this one to something else.
10. Reopen the Pants Design Etsy shop/increase sales on RedBubble.
11. Eat at five new (to me) Austin-area restaurants.
12. Visit a new state.
13. Attend at least one con.
14. Cook at least three meals at home per month.—Keeping this up.
15. Hold at least six C&CC giveaways.—Held one at the end of February and I might be thinking of having some sort of C&CC birthday celebration later this month ...
16. Finish learning how to knit.
17. Complete the blanket I started as a first anniversary (i.e., 2011) present for Colt.
18. Re-watch three TV series.
19. Learn to better use CSS and HTML.—I have been working on creating new things for work using HTML and inline CSS coding. It's actually been kind of fun! Still need to make time to read my new book, however.
20. Get an additional pet.
21. Start a 365 project.
22. Become a mentor (again).
23. Go on 12 fancy date nights.
24. Hold a fandom party.
25. Push myself out of my comfort zone.—I joined and went to a meeting of a new book club—all by myself. This was definitely a "push" for me, but I'm so glad I went. Our second meeting is later this month, but I hope to meet up with some of the other members at a Veronica Mars Kickstarter event this Friday.
26. Shoot a gun (at a range).
27. Get a new car.
28. Finish decorating the bedroom.—Still need to hang those danged bedside lights. Attempting to put up new bike racks (which didn't work) has taken up most of my home decor time lately.
29. Partake in three anonymous Pay it Forwards.
30. Find the perfect shade of lipstick (and learn how to apply it properly).

I continue to update the original post as I check things off. You can find it in the sidebar (or here).


  1. I like your list a lot and I love the updates! I too have picked off every gel maicure I've ever had and ruined my nails - how do people make them last? Mine always seem to peel and once that starts, that's it, they're gone...

  2. Man, weighing myself is the absolute worst. I try not to do it every day because I get a little obsessive about it, and not in a healthy way at all.

    If you have a Wii, may I recommend the Gold's Gym Dance Workout? It's so much easier (for me) to stick with than the 30 Day Shred. I love Jillian, but it gets so monotonous.

  3. Thank you! I'm glad to know that people are still interested in reading them. And I tend to peel my polish anyway, which is why I added that caveat, haha. It's so tempting!

  4. Yeah, it can easily turn into a weird compulsion, and it is so disheartening when you think you should be at one number and you're not.

    We don't have a Wii, but that does sound like a lot of fun! I'll have to see if they make it for Xbox or PS3. I've seriously considered just writing down each part of the Shred and doing it on my own to music or while I watch TV. It's not healthy to get angry while exercising. ;)

    Thank you for the tip (and the comment)!