30 by 30 – First quarter update.

There was some great progress on my 30-by-30 list in the first quarter of 2014 {cue patting myself on the back}.

A few items are crossed off entirely, which is exciting.  Many items on my list include specific quantities to meet in order to complete the item.  In the language of percentages, here’s how that’s going:

30 by 30 1st Quarter Progress Graph


1. Find a flattering (key word) red lipstick.

2. Sit at a floor table for dinner at Pars (a Greek restaurant). 

Kevin and I met up with two of our good friends at Pars for dinner in January. Not only did we sit at a floor table, but it was also a belly dancer night.  Kevin and I find the belly dancer nights to be a bit awkward, so we try to avoid them.  But it seemed appropriate that we had the full experience at the floor table.  I love Pars, but I’ll stick to regular tables.  I’m not an especially tall person and my legs were aching by the end of dinner, crammed under that low table!


Pars with K & N in January 2014.


3. Buy a designer purse for myself.

4. Fund IRA for year.

5. Plan and execute a surprise date.

6. 52 hours of volunteer work. 15/52

4 hours – El Ranchitos de Los Ninos

5 hours – Chocolate Fantasy gala

3 hours – Charity Cruise gala clean up

3 hours – JL rummage sale to benefit Henderson House

7. Read 24 books. 10/24

1) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – 4 stars

2) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – 4 stars

3) Anne of Windy Poplars – 4 stars

4) The Fault In Our Stars – 4 stars

5) Devil In The White City – 4 stars

6) Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – 5 stars

7) The Silver Star – 3 stars

8) Princess Academy – 4 stars

9) Divergent – 4 stars

10) Roots of Empathy:  Changing the World Child by Child – 4 stars

8. Take Kevin to an OK State football game.

9. Send 24 just-because letters or gifts to friends. 6/24

1) Cardstore card to Tiffany

2) Card to Sara A.

3) Stickers and card to Nicole

4) Cat-cards and card to Janelle

5) Card to Tessa

6) Card to Sara S.

10. Go on a blate – with a blog friend that I have not yet met in person.

11. Complete the Photo-A-Day challenge following Fat Mum Slim’s prompts. 94/365

12. Run a 5K.

13. Host a murder mystery dinner party.

14. Visit the Grand Canyon.

15. Weekend trip with my mom and sister.

16. Attend three theatre events or concerts. 1/3

1) Jim Gaffigan – 3/13/2014


Pre-Jim G. smiles on 3/13/2014


17. Attend one of Meta’s weekend yoga retreats OR attend one yoga class a day for seven consecutive days {just in case the weekend retreat options don’t work out}.

18. Take a train ride.

19. Spend a morning shooting guns (including the one I inherited from my dad) with my friend Tom C.

20. Take a dance class.

21. Go see Vanilla Pop play.

22. Cook 15 new recipes. 4/15

1) Melt-in-your-mouth baked chicken – recipe

2) Spaghetti squash in the crockpot – recipe (if it can even be called that)

3) Swiss chard with honey roasted garlic – recipe

4) Slow-cooker beef brisket – I’ll post the recipe next week

23. Go on twelve date nights. 3/12 (This one has proven difficult to track because Kevin and I go out to dinner at least once a week and every dinner out feels like a date!  But for the purposes of this 30-by-30 list item, I’m only counting the fancy and/or unique times out together.)

1) Dinner on Season’s Rooftop – 3/1/2014

2) Jim Gaffigan performance – 3/13/2014

3) Dinner at The Chophouse – 3/14/2014

24. Enroll in a continuing education class.

25. Send twelve More Love Letters notes. 4/12

26. Take tea in a tearoom – topped off (haha!) with a fancy hat, naturally.


Tea with new work friends at Figments on 3/22/2014.


27. Journal 52 times. 11/52

28. Assemble a framed travel map.

29. Attend a festival. (Jazz Fest, Lavender Fest, etc. – whatever I happen to stumble into.  The sky’s the limit when it comes to fest-ing.)

30. Explore a city I’ve never visited before.


8 thoughts on “30 by 30 – First quarter update.

  1. You have done quite well!! I love that you made a representative bar chart! Also, you have already fully funded an IRA for the year? This is why we are friends! Lastly, phone date this weekend. Seriously. Let’s make it happen.

  2. what a fun idea or should i say 30 ideas? hehe, i really like the idea of a ‘blate’ – i’ve had one, and now i’m planning a second with the same girl (kaitlyn from the duck and the owl blog)

  3. A graph! HA! Awesome.

    I’m so happy I could “help” with one of these hahaha Thank you again for the notecards! I am most excited about the surprise date. Can’t wait to hear about that one!

    Are there any you’re procrastinating on? Anything that feels particularly challenging?

    I have 1.5 years left till 30… Ya think I should do a 30 by 30? Would love to hear how you feel about it in general.

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