25 for 25 | Month Six

So as I mentioned in my last post, so much has happened in the past month or so. I now live in Boston. I arrived the morning of Wednesday, July 10. I had a job interview the next day, and then a follow-up one that following Tuesday, and was offered the job on Wednesday. So in a week since moving, I had a job. God is good.

Here is my progress:

1. Knit something.
I haven’t done this yet but my roommate Heidi said she could teach me!
2. Create a budget.
Since I moved to Boston without a job, I finally had a reason to start following an actual budget. It isn’t anything super strict, but I have some guidelines in place for my spending.
3. Go Paleo for a month.
Planning on starting this very soon, so maybe I’ll do it for the month of August.
4. Run 200 miles.
Yeah so I don’t think I’ve even run a mile (at least not all at once) in all of 2013. Yes, I am ashamed. But I plan to run this week, so that’ll be interesting.
5. Complete a three-day juice cleanse.
We’ll see about this one…
6. Cook 25 meals.
This will probably coincide with Paleo. Does making myself quesadillas count? The other day I made some spaghetti and then later some Italian sausages and I ended up dropping my spaghetti, top down, on the floor. Maybe it’s a sign, guys.
7. Read Les Misérables.
This is kind of a difficult book to read, but I’m making slow and steady progress. This may stay on my goals list for a while though, ha.
8. Fly a kite.
Not yet.
9. Visit at least two new states.
And done! Last month I visited Seattle, WA, (which you can read about here) and I just came back from a weekend in Jericho, VT with my roommates (which I will post about later). We also had to drive through New Hampshire to get to Vermont but I don’t think that really counts.
10. Do a James Bible study.
Still on the Acts study…
11. Master a song on the guitar.

12. Read 12 new books.

Just about half way there.
A Praying Life Paul E. Miller
The Host Stephenie Meyer
The Memory of Running Ron McLarty
Sacred Marriage Gary Thomas
Joni – An Unforgettable StoryJoni Eareckson Tada
Who Do You Think You Are? Mark Driscoll
13. Make edible yogurt.
Not yet.
14. Complete a Photo-a-Day challenge for a month.
So I did this in May. And I’m glad I did it, but I’m glad it’s over. I’ll post all about it soon.
15. Do an Acts Bible study.
Working on it.

16. Use a sewing machine.

Not yet. Anybody have a sewing machine?
17. Master drawing Snow White.
Haha this one is so random. I have yet to complete it though.
18. Try 12 new restaurants in San Francisco.
And done!:
1. Morning Due Cafe: in the Mission with Emma. They have a pretty big menu. And they make a great vanilla soy latte.
2. Beachside Coffee Bar & Kitchen: Outer Sunset with Franklin. It was an unsually nice day for the Outer Sunset, so you could actually SEE the beach, haha. Great coffee.
3. Manora Thai: Sarah and Tiff planned a late surprise birthday dinner for me in SOMA. I was very surprised and the food was great.
4. Pacific Catch: Tiff, Noelle, Eric and I came and ate here. The food was not bad, but the company was best. I’d definitely go back, especially if it’s with this group.
5. Tikka Masala: Kaitlyn and I ate here at the end of March. It was a little place that was empty when we arrived, but the longer we sat and ate, the busier it got. I would come here again, though the Chicken Tikka Masala was spicier than I’m used to.
6. Nopalito: Last week I met Lindsay here. I had never been before, though I had passed by it many times. It was very good and very filling, and their decaf coffee with agave is fantastic.
7.Greenburger’s: Last night I met up with my old roommate, Lindsey. The burger was so good–very filling but it didn’t feel heavy. I had read that their milkshakes are really good so we ordered half size milkshakes. Lindsey got french vanilla and I got nutella pretzel (yes, nutella pretzel), and they WERE really good.
8. Lime Tree: I started out the month by grabbing dinner with Angelo. This is a little placed tucked away in the Inner Sunset. Pretty casual–nothing too grand–but I’d go back.
9. SAM’s Diner: Last Thursday Mom and I went and saw Mary Poppins the musical at the Orpheum. There aren’t very many food choices close to the theater, so we went to Sam’s Diner on Market, which actually turned out to be pretty good. 
10. A week ago Kaitlyn and I had dinner at Kingdom of Dumpling. A week earlier Courtney had told me how the restaurant next door to her apartment signs for her packages since she doesn’t report them to the health department. When we arrived, I realized that this was the restaurant. Feeling brave, we tried it anyway. My plate was dirty when it arrived, but the dumplings were good. That’s pretty much all that can be said about this place, but I’m glad we tried it.
11. Last night I went to Andalu with Bryan, Rachael, Irene, Jonathan, and Daniel. It was a great mini-reunion/good-bye dinner. Andalu serves tapas and really great sangria. I’ve been wanting to try it for a while now so I’m glad we got to go there.
12. Kristyn and I met up for sushi at the end of June at Domo Sushi in Hayes Valley. I’m pretty much always craving sushi (like, even as I type this), so it was nice to catch up over one of our favorite foods. It was pretty good, but I’d probably try a new sushi place before going back there again.
19. Do a Philippians Bible study.
See #10.
20. Bake a pie from scratch.
I was just reading a post about this on Apartment Therapy, and though I’m very intimidated by the idea of making my own pie crust, I’m determined to at least try it. It’s probably a good idea to attempt this before I go Paleo, haha.
21. Visit three museums.
On the list here in Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Musuem, and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum.
22. Organize my music library.
Eck, no.
23. Organize my pictures.
I’m not sure if and when this will ever be finished, but I’m making progress with it.
24. Ride on a hot air balloon.
Lily and I are planning on doing this when I’m back in CA in September!
25. Catch up on Arrested Development.
So far I have completed 6/25, which I realize is pretty horrible, but I have plans to complete 10/25 by the end of September, so then I’ll be left with only 9/25 to complete. So I’d say this has been my best year so far.
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