Deer Forest

Though I still insist on loving the winter, after our blizzard a few days ago, I wouldn’t be bummed if spring decided to arrive sooner rather than later. More so because I made a discovery and I can’t wait for it to open back up in the spring.

Come April, I plan on visiting a deer forest. A WALK-THRU deer forest. I mean, it’s actually the Southwick Zoo, and the deer forest is just an attraction in the zoo, but it’ll do. Look at all those deer. Look at that little girl. I WANT TO BE THAT GIRL. Especially since one of my goals for this year is to pet a deer. I’m so going to pet all the deer. I may even become a member.

Goals for 27 Years

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I’ve been doing a list of Things for a few years now. While I don’t always complete everything on the list (this past year being the worst offender), I’ve learned a lot about my interests, my views on life, and my desires. I’ve decided that it’s now time to retire the 23, 24, 25, or 26 Things habit. I will, however, still be making (and hopefully fulfilling) yearly goals. So here’s this year’s list.

1. Double my savings.
2. Take a guitar class.
3. Study Philippians.
4. Fly a kite.
5. Knit a scarf.
6. Visit Washington, DC.
7. Pet a deer.
8. Learn all about coffee.
9. Read ten new books.
10. Visit a new country.

Here’s to 27 years of life.

26 Things | Months Eight, Nine, & Ten

I have abandoned this little life project of mine. I started making these goals each year three years ago, when I decided I needed to strive for things in life. Since then, I’ve done plenty of striving and plenty of living. So much so that I’ve taken to hiding out in my bedroom on quiet, rainy days, like today, to recharge and reflect. And because of that, I feel like I’m succeeding.  Despite what this list tells us.

Create
1. Write a novel.
2. Knit a scarf.
3. Create a family tree.
I started working on this. I’ve been using this site. It can get so confusing though. My family is large enough as it is, and people keep confusing the matter by getting married and having babies. Sheesh.

Eat
4. Cook through a cook book.
5. Visit 13 new restaurants in Boston.

Learn – I have done none of these things, although I did purchase a study book for Philippians, so there’s a start.
6. Take a photography class.
7. Take an acting class.
8. Read Les Miserables.
9. Use a sewing machine.
10. Do a Philippians bible study.

Organize – I had crossed off #14, but I’m un-crossing it, as my bookshelf is now a mess again. And I hung frames up on my wall, finally. I just have yet to fill the frames with pictures…
11. Organize my music.
12. Organize my pictures.
13. Organize my bookshelf.
14. Hang pictures in room.
15. Organize computer documents.

Thrive
16. Reach my savings goal.
I’ve spent so much money this year! But I’m still close to my goal, and thanks to year-end bonuses, I think I’ll be able to make it.

17. Fly a kite.
18. Lose 26 pounds.
Does ten count?

19. Get new glasses.
20. Find a doctor in Boston.
21. Find a dentist in Boston.

Travel
22. Visit New York City.
23. See a broadway show in NYC.
24. Visit Washington DC.
25. Visit Philadelphia.

26. Go on a weekend trip alone.
Crossing this one off thanks to my Chicago trip. Even though I wasn’t completely alone, since I met up with Anna-Marie (and her now fiance!), but I was alone for most of it. It was very fun and I’m ready for my next solo trip.

Even though I still have a few months, I’ve been thinking about my goals for next year. I’ll be 27, but based on my progress this past year, I don’t think I’ll be making 27 goals. I want to set goals less goals so that I can maybe meet them all. Oh, life.

26 Things | Month Seven

How is August almost already over? How?

Create
1. Write a novel.
2. Knit a scarf.
3. Create a family tree.

Eat
4. Cook through a cook book.
Yeah I’m just gonna cross this one because I don’t wanna do it anymore… 🙂

5. Visit 13 new restaurants in Boston.

Learn
6. Take a photography class.
7. Take an acting class.
8. Read Les Miserables.
9. Use a sewing machine.
10. Do a Philippians bible study.

Organize 
11. Organize my music.
12. Organize my pictures.
13. Organize my bookshelf.
14. Hang pictures in room.
15. Organize computer documents.

Thrive
16. Reach my savings goal.
Still at ~93%–I’ve been spending more than saving, ha.

17. Fly a kite.
18. Lose 26 pounds.
19. Get new glasses.
20. Find a doctor in Boston.
21. Find a dentist in Boston.

Travel
22. Visit New York City.
23. See a broadway show in NYC.
24. Visit Washington DC.
25. Visit Philadelphia.

26. Go on a weekend trip alone.
I’m sort of doing this! I booked a spontaneous trip to Chicago for over Labor Day Weekend. I’ll be mostly alone–I’ll be meeting a friend and her bf for dinner and then we’ll go to Wrigley Field for a Cubs game, but other than that, I’ll be all alone and I’m so looking forward to it. Hello Introvert Time.

26 Things | Months Five & Six

I’m way behind on this update, so I figured I’d combine June and July because IT’S ALREADY JULY. How did this happen? Anyway, here is my lame progress.

Create
1. Write a novel.
2. Knit a scarf.
3. Create a family tree.

Eat
4. Cook through a cook book.
I’m so over the whole cooking thing. I really am. Maybe I’ll forward this one until I’m at stay-at-home Mom and actually have people to feed. But even then, someone remind me why I can’t just give people cereal for every meal?

5. Visit 13 new restaurants in Boston.

Learn
6. Take a photography class.
I haven’t done this, but I’ve been reading up on some things. Eh, we’ll see.

7. Take an acting class.
8. Read Les Miserables.
9. Use a sewing machine.
10. Do a Philippians bible study.

Organize 
11. Organize my music.
12. Organize my pictures.
13. Organize my bookshelf.

14. Hang pictures in room.
I have hung up on item, but I used a binder clip and a nail that was already in the wall. It isn’t even framed. I’m a mess.

15. Organize computer documents.

Thrive
16. Reach my savings goal.
Went back to about 90% thanks to my lovely MacBook purchase, but should be done with this by the end of August!

17. Fly a kite.

18. Lose 26 pounds.
I think I’m down like ten since the beginning.

19. Get new glasses.
My eye appointment went well. My prescription only changed slightly. Now I just need to actually make it to the glasses-buying place.

20. Find a doctor in Boston.
I still haven’t done this, but I did visit Urgent Care a few weeks ago when I thought I may have strep throat (I didn’t). Baby steps.

21. Find a dentist in Boston.

Travel
22. Visit New York City.
23. See a broadway show in NYC.
24. Visit Washington DC.
25. Visit Philadelphia.
26. Go on a weekend trip alone.

I’m already half-way through being 26 and have barely made any progress on my list. But I’m alright with that. I’ve been doing so many things, that I’m feeling adequately fulfilled. And that’s the whole point of the goals anyway.

26 Things | Month Four

I’m still way behind on my blogging on some of the things I’ve been doing. I’m promising myself I’ll get to all that soon. My current project (besides all the stuff on this list) is to come up with a morning routine that won’t bore me back to sleep so that I can break my habit of waking up twelve minutes before I have to be out the door. The problem is that I can efficiently be ready in twelve minutes, hence my lack of motivation to stop doing so. Anyway, it’s already May and I just don’t understand how, but here is my “progress.”

Create – I’m not doing so well in the “create” area of my life.

1. Write a novel.
2. Knit a scarf.
3. Create a family tree.

Eat
4. Cook through a cook book.
Ok so here’s the thing–while I haven’t really been cooking, per se (I acknowledge that boiling pasta and stirring in milk and cheese powder cannot count for cooking),  I have been studying the cooking. Sabrina got me a subscription to Food & Wine magazine for my birthday, so I’ve been reading through that for inspiration. I’ve also been reading through my Alice Waters cookbook. Little did I know just how famous and admired Alice Waters is in this strange world of food, so I made an excellent choice, cookbook-wise. It’s just the cooking part I need to get to. I did come across an ad for a Cuisanart food processor (in aforementioned magazine) that kind of spoke to me (this is a safe place so you can’t judge me for sharing this):

“You love the whole process. Discovering that perfect recipe. Carefully selecting your ingredients. Adding those special touches to make the meal uniquely your own.”

Well Cuisanart, sadly, I do not share in the above sentiments of your ever so inspiring ad, but the whole “loving-the-process” idea to sell a food processor pun was not lost on me and I appreciate it. Also, I would LIKE to love the whole process of finding recipes and buying foods and then cooking them. At least, I think I would. So I’m getting there.

5. Visit 13 new restaurants in Boston.

Learn – the “learn” aspect of my life is also currently at a slight standstill.
6. Take a photography class.
7. Take an acting class.
8. Read Les Miserables.
9. Use a sewing machine.
10. Do a Philippians bible study.

Organize – I’m getting closer here; I just got a new laptop, so that will help aid in the virtual organizational process. 
11. Organize my music.
12. Organize my pictures.
13. Organize my bookshelf.
14. Hang pictures in room.
15. Organize computer documents.

Thrive

16. Reach my savings goal.
93%-ish!

17. Fly a kite.
18. Lose 26 pounds.

19. Get new glasses.
Guess what everyone–I made an eye appointment! It’s next Tuesday. Here’s hoping I’m not nervous for this whole next week. I just hate when they put stuff in your eyes. Ugh I need to stop thinking about it as my eyes are already watering.

20. Find a doctor in Boston.

21. Find a dentist in Boston.

Travel

22. Visit New York City.
23. See a broadway show in NYC.

24. Visit Washington DC.
25. Visit Philadelphia.
26. Go on a weekend trip alone.

I need ideas for quick weekend trips that are good for solo people so that I can fulfill #26. I’m going to Vermont with Heidi in a few weeks and while she’s running a half-marathon (ha, yes), I’ll have some time to explore Burlington on my own for a bit, so that should be a nice preview to what kind of company I keep.

26 Things | Month Three

I’m ready for it to really be spring. Here in New England, we’ve been kind of stuck in an eternal winter. So I’m going to blame the weather on my lack of progress (and motivation)… Even though I haven’t completed much from my list, I have been doing many things. Things that I shall be writing about soon, lest I forget all the good times. Ha.

Create

1. Write a novel.
2. Knit a scarf.
3. Create a family tree.

Eat
4. Cook through a cook book.
Oh how I despise the cooking. I have not been making progress. Maybe I’ll start this up again soon.

5. Visit 13 new restaurants in Boston.
14–so it is now only April and I’ve surpassed my goal on this one. So that’s good… Ha.

On my birthday, a bunch of us went to brunch at BOMA. Morgan had made a reservation, and it was so nice to be able to walk in and not have to push our ways through the brunch crowds. This place didn’t start getting busy until we were getting ready to leave, so that was nice. The food was good, although everything seemed to have been cooked in duck fat. Not sure how I feel about that.

Saturday night Heidi, Erin, and I had dinner at Mela. I had very good chicken tikka masala, chai, and garlic naan. It was a tad bit expensive, but the chicken was quite tender. It was tendoori. Do you get my joke?

Dumpling Cafe
After celebrating Laura’s birthday, Megan, Brian, and I roamed the streets of Chinatown, tired and hungry. I’d been wanting to try this place for a while now, since I walk by it all the time, and I’m glad we did.

Brownstone

Some friends from our NG went and got brunch a few Sundays ago. Sunday brunches stress me out. There are always so many people and you never want to exclude anyone so you end up with a huge group for brunch with no place to seat you all. We walked in and they had all ten of us seated at the most perfect table very quickly, and then I got to eat the best chocolate chip pancakes I’ve had in a while.

Mike’s City Diner
This place is right down the street from my apartment. Franklin and I started our morning here for breakfast. Just your typical diner, so that was kind of nice.

Sweet Caroline’s
On Sunday Franklin and I took a tour of Fenway Park. I can’t wait for baseball season to start. I spotted this place from Fenway, and since it’s a nod to Neil Diamond’s song, which has made its way into Fenway Park when the Red Sox are in town, I wanted to try it. They serve Sam Adams Brick Red there, which can only be found in Boston, so that was good.

The Tip Tap Room
A few weeks ago NG met here for dinner. It was pretty good. It was Casey’s sort of going away dinner, so that was bittersweet.

Falafel King
Oh my goodness, Falafel King, how I love thee. Some of my co-workers needed a meatless alternative for lunch the other day, so we decided on falafel. Their falafel is so crispy and the meals are pretty inexpensive, and they give you a falafel as you wait in line and order, so that’s a big falafel plus.

Max Brenner

Little Laura’s mom was visiting her so her mother, her roommate, Laura, and I met for dinner here. It was very loud in there, but I really like the story behind the start of this chain. And it’s focus is all on chocolate–very important.

Tremont 647
As part of the Casey Farewell tour, a bunch of us from NG met here for brunch. I got honey oat pancakes which were alright, but the best part was the blood orange syrup that came with them. And they give you endless coffee and the servers wear their PJs on Sundays, so that was cute.

Anthem
We hired a new person on our team so we went here for our team lunch. They didn’t have a chicken strips, but I was still able to keep to my six year old diet by ordering a grilled cheese.

Fire & Ice

Our manager retired, so as a farewell we had lunch here. There are little stations set up where you can fill a bowl up with all your ingredients and then you take your bowl over to the big grill and they cook your food for you. I’m glad we went for lunch because it was pretty empty, and going during dinner time just seems like it’d be very stressful.

Papagayo
Last week I went and saw The Book of Mormon with Caitlin and Colby, so we stopped here for a quick dinner beforehand. Still not into the Mexican food here in Boston, but it was still a good time.

New Dong Khanh
Little Laura and I came here for dinner last week. I had been craving pho, and they have milk tea too, so that was wonderful. Side note, if I ever own a pho restaurant, it’s going to be called We Are Pho Real.


Learn
6. Take a photography class.
7. Take an acting class.
8. Read Les Miserables.
9. Use a sewing machine.
10. Do a Philippians bible study.

Organize
11. Organize my music.
12. Organize my pictures.
13. Organize my bookshelf.
I finally did this!! I rearranged my room on Sunday and I love love love the new layout. So much so that it pains me to be away from my room haha. Since I was rearranging, I decided it was time to finally organize the bookshelf. So I did a bunch of purging and now it’s all nicely organized.

14. Hang pictures in room.
Now that my room is rearranged how I like it, I’m ready to put pictures up. I just ordered this from Etsy, and I even stuck a few things onto my corkboard.

15. Organize computer documents.
I’ve started this. I finally moved most of my pictures off of my laptop and onto my external hard drive, and I’ve started sorting through some of my old Word documents, including required poetry writing from the 10th grade. Eck.

Thrive

16. Reach my savings goal.
Still at 80%-ish.

17. Fly a kite.

18. Lose 26 pounds.
Well I haven’t gained anything so that’s good, ha. Maybe now that #5 is done I can focus on this one.

19. Get new glasses.
I really need to do this. Just need to make the time to make an eye appointment. Eck.

20. Find a doctor in Boston.

21. Find a dentist in Boston.
Travel

22. Visit New York City.
23. See a broadway show in NYC.

24. Visit Washington DC.
25. Visit Philadelphia.
26. Go on a weekend trip alone.

Baseball season has begun. So I’m happy that it’s April. I’ve already been to one Red Sox game, ha.