Life Stuff, Yearly List

New List: 30 Things To Do Before 31

I haven’t blogged in…almost a year. Bad blog host. But what an eventful year it was! A year ago, Boone and I were preparing to move to Cleveland. A year later, we have a one month old! As many of you know, I make a yearly list of things I want to try to accomplish by my birthday the following year (see 22, 25, 26, 27, and 28). It’s getting more and more difficult to make these lists. Partly because I have a rule that I cannot reuse an item until five years have gone by.

Here’s a look back at what I completed from last year’s list. I only completed 10/29…not so hot. Although, I think “get pregnant and have a baby” deserves at least five slots on this list…

Here’s last year’s list – 29 Things to do Before 30

1. Pass my Board Certification Exam – completed 7.12.2016


2. Get a job as a music therapist – completed 5.23.2016


3. Sell our condo – completed 7.22.2016


4. Move to Cleveland, OH – completed 7.20.2016


5. Take part in NEOcycle events – September 9-11completed 9.10.2016


6. Dance in the rain

7. Ride at least 1,500 miles on my bike — I only rode 835.4 miles this year. Sad day for the BMC.

8. Go to a Major League Baseball game.

9. Visit a National Park – We drove through Cuyahoga National Park…does that count?

10. Go to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

11. Go to a drive-in movie

12. Visit Niagra Falls

13. Go see my brother graduate from college! (What?!) – Well, extenuating circumstances limited my ability to travel in May. But I did get to LiveStream his graduation and saw him walk across the stage!


14. Do the Canopy Walk in Kirtland, OH. – completed 10.29.2016


15. Try yoga three times a week for a month

16. Go to a Cleveland Orchestra performancecompleted 9.3.2016


17. Eat food from a food truckcompleted 6.23.2016


18. Plan a visit to my goodest friend David.completed 10.15.2016


19. Go to Cedar Point!

20. Write a letter to myself to be opened when I’m 35.

21. Leave a $100 tip for someone when we go out to dinner

22. Record 5 covers of songs or write originals with Boone

23. Spend New Years Eve in New York City

24. Go to a new restaurant and let the waiter pick my entire meal

25. Go on a night bike ride

26. Have a “no spend” month–only spend money on necessities – completed 2.2017

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27. Learn how to play a new instrument

28. Complete a triathlon

29. Go paddle boarding

And now for this year’s list – 30 Things to do Before 31

1. Take Baby G to Tennessee

2. Take Baby G to Iowa

3. Blog more

4. Read 20 books by December 31st

5. Hike to find five waterfalls

6. Breastfeed in public

7. Go to the Taste of Tremont on July 16th

8. Go visit Kelsey!

9. Go to the U.S. Professional Road & Time Trial National Championships

10. Try East Coast Original Custard

11. Take Baby G to a Cleveland Indians baseball game

12. Watch the sunset from the Solstice Steps in Lakewood

13. Attend the 2017 Star Spangled Spectacular on June 30th

14. Take a walk through the cultural gardens

15. Go to a Cleveland Orchestra concert at Severance Hall

16. Go see the worlds largest rubber stamp

17. Keep a monthly photo journal documenting Baby G’s first year.

18. Go to Cleveland’s Labor Day Oktoberfest

19. Go zip lining with Boone

20. Take Baby G to the Cleveland zoo

21. Make a meal out of ingredients found at West Side Market

22. Go to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

23. Take Gus to doggy training classes

24. Take a glass blowing class

25. Get a couple’s massage

26. Visit Elliot in Illinois

27. Make progress on the yard projects we have planned

28. Try a new restaurant in Cleveland every month

29. Write and illustrate a children’s book for Baby G with Boone

30. Donate Baby G’s preemie clothes to the NICU

Until next time, fellow BFs!

Life Stuff, Yearly List

The New List: 2016 Edition 29 Things To Do Before 30

Alright, it’s everybody’s favorite time of year. The time of year when the new list comes out! First, let’s take a look at the progress of last year’s list. Overall, I think I did pretty well.

28 Things To Do Before I Turn 29

1. Go to a minor league baseball game

2. Graduate with my second masters degree! – finished my coursework 12.15.16

3. Host a fancy dinner party

4. Ride in RAGBRAI – completed 7.24-25.2015 

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5. Start my music therapy internship – completed 1.4.2016

6. Be a bridesmaid for the first time – completed 6.20.2015 at Tori’s wedding!


7. Ride a roller coaster with Boone because we have never ridden one together

8. Go away on a girls weekend with my mom – completed 5.28.16-5.30.16


9. Drive a Vespa

10. Go hiking at a local state park – completed 5.21.2016 at The Palisades


11. Complete at least three sewing projects – completed July 2015


12. Go to an arena football game

13. Go to Cedar Rapids BBQ Roundup (June 25-28) – completed 6.27.2015 
14. Go to one of those drink wine + paint pictures classes

15. Go on a coin flip road trip

16. Call someone, tell them to look out their window, and be standing on their front lawn

17. Listen to an audiobook – completed 6.25.2015 with Steven King’s Mr Mercedes — see my blog post about it 
18. Go visit my Grandma in Denver, CO – completed 7.2-5.2015 with Elliot and Mom.

19. Complete a weekend without electricity

20. Complete a coloring book for adults – this was not completed but I did color some pages…


21. Be listed as an author on a research paper published in a journal – completed 11.17.2015


22. Keep a journal. Doesn’t have to be everyday…just periodic writings – completed! I also kept a journal for my music therapy internship

23. Spend less time on my phone – I’d have to ask Boone about this one…

24. Complete a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle – completed 1.1.2016 

25. Visit Snake Alley in Burlington, Iowa

26. Be able to look at myself and be happy with what I see even if it’s not exactly where my end goal is – I think this one will always be a work in progress but the important thing is that I’m making progress toward this goal.

27. Get all fancy-schmancy and go on a date with my husband! – completed 3.25.2016

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28. Get a library card – completed 6.29.2015

And now for this year’s list! I think I have some exciting things to offer this year! 2016-17 is going to be an exciting year of transition and change. Here’s what’s on the list for this year.

29 Things to do Before 30

1. Pass my Board Certification Exam

2. Get a job as a music therapist

3. Sell our condo

4. Move to Cleveland, OH

5. Take part in NEOcycle events – September 9-11

6. Dance in the rain

7. Ride at least 1,500 miles on my bike

8. Go to a Major League Baseball game.

9. Visit a National Park

10. Go to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

11. Go to a drive-in movie

12. Visit Niagra Falls

13. Go see my brother graduate from college! (What?!)

14. Do the Canopy Walk in Kirtland, OH.

15. Try yoga three times a week for a month

16. Go to a Cleveland Orchestra performance

17. Eat food from a food truck

18. Plan a visit to my goodest friend David.

19. Go to Cedar Point!

20. Write a letter to myself to be opened when I’m 35.

21. Leave a $100 tip for someone when we go out to dinner

22. Record 5 covers of songs or write originals with Boone

23. Spend New Years Eve in New York City

24. Go to a new restaurant and let the waiter pick my entire meal

25. Go on a night bike ride

26. Have a “no spend” month–only spend money on necessities

27. Learn how to play a new instrument

28. Complete a triathlon

29. Go paddle boarding

Life Stuff, Yearly List

28 Things To Do Before I Turn 29

Okay, first and foremost…when did I become closer to 30 than 20. That’s terrifying.

Every year I make a list of X things to do before I turn X. My first list was 22, I skipped 23 & 24 (because I forgot that I wanted to do that within the year…maybe “Remember I have a list” should’ve been on that list). Here’s year 25 and 26 and here is last year’s list.

1. Create a YouTube video that gets over 1,000 views

2. Put together care bags for the homeless — *sigh* this has been on my list two years in a row and I still haven’t done it.

3. Sing solo for a complete stranger in public – completed 7.19.2014 and you can find the video on Boone’s FB page!

4. Ride a roller coster – completed 5.23.2015 thanks to Tori’s bachelorette party!  5. Complete a bike ride longer than 64 miles (which is the longest we’ve ever ridden) – completed 7.20.2014

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Rode 105K for the Rapha Women’s 100K (65.3 miles!)

6. Complete the June Ab Challenge (a Facebook event that someone created) – I completed 19 days of this but then my back started hurting

7. Fly in a hot air balloon

8. Visit a state I’ve never been to before –  completed 2.7.2015-2.9.2015 – visited Minnesota!

9. Pay off both my credit cards – completed 8.1.2014

10. Go Zorbing

11. Attend the Sweet Corn Festival in Cedar Rapids and eat sweet corn!

12. Learn a new meal each month – completed 5.2015
May – Blackened Salmon
June – Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti
July – Blueberry Protein Pancakes
August – One-Pan Chicken Burrito Bowls
September – Chicken, Bacon, Broccoli, and Rice
October – Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowl
November – I COOKED A TURKEY!
December – Chorizo Mac and Cheese
January – Red Beans and Rice
February – Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti
March – Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Bake
April – Teriyaki Salmon with Sriracha Cream Sauce
May – Stuffed French Bread

13. Buy a lotto ticket with the numbers from a fortune cookie

14. Attend a beer festival – completed 6.7.2014 

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Corridor Beer Fest

15. Fly a kite – completed 8.18.2014

16. Run a 5K – completed 7.19.2014, 8.30.2014, 9.20.2014, 10.25.2014

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17. Go to the Field of Dreams – completed 6.13.2014

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18. Go on a bike ride every day for a week (weather permitting)

19. Go ice skating

20. Go berry picking – completed 7.19.2014

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21. Get my picture taken with all 83 Herkys on Parade ran out of time on this one…they took them all away and auctioned them off…here’s my picture with one of them. I got 20 out of 83…

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22. Go to Solon Beef Days – completed 7.19.2014

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23. Go to the American Gothic House

24. Go to the Trek Fest in Riverside, IA – completed 6.28.2014

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25. Go to a Music Therapy conference – completed 11.6.2014-11.9.2014 AND I got a scholarship!

photo courtesy of Ginny Driscoll
photo courtesy of Ginny Driscoll

26. Finish the 52 Week Money Challenge – completed 3.30.2015

27. Read at least five books and write a “book review” blog post – I completed 3 out of 5. Didn’t have too much time to read this semester. I could write research article reviews next time though…I read a lot of those. 


And now…for this year’s list!

28 Things To Do Before I Turn 29.

1. Go to a minor league baseball game

2. Graduate with my second masters degree!

3. Host a fancy dinner party

4. Ride in RAGBRAI

5. Start my music therapy internship

6. Be a bridesmaid for the first time

7. Ride a rollercoaster with Boone because we have never ridden one together

8. Go away on a girls weekend with my mom

9. Drive a Vespa

10. Go hiking at a local state park

11. Complete at least three sewing projects

12. Go to an arena football game

13. Go to Cedar Rapids BBQ Roundup (June 25-28)

14. Go to one of those drink wine + paint pictures classes

15. Go on a coin flip road trip

16. Call someone, tell them to look out their window, and be standing on their front lawn

17. Listen to an audiobook

18. Go visit my Grandma in Denver, CO

19. Complete a weekend without electricity

20. Complete a coloring book for adults

21. Be listed as an author on a research paper published in a journal

22. Keep a journal. Doesn’t have to be everyday…just periodic writings

23. Spend less time on my phone

24. Complete a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle

25. Visit Snake Alley in Burlington, Iowa

26. Be able to look at myself and be happy with what I see even if it’s not exactly where my end goal is.

27. Get all fancy-schmancy and go on a date with my husband!

28. Get a library card