30-while-30 7 Month Update

We’re past the halfway mark and it’s time to check in on my 30-while-30 list. I marked a couple things off the list this month!! Still quite a few to go, but that’s ok.

Food / Blogging

  • Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake Done! I made a holiday version by adding peppermint!
  • Gnocchi
  • Donuts
  • Eggs Benedict
  • Laminated dough (either danishes or croissants)
  • Make bread at least 4 times
  • Bake at least 4 layer cakes – 1: Neapolitan Cheesecake Cake
  • Buy a whole coconut. Open it. Do something (delicious) with it.
  • Make at least one thing from each cookbook I own – any cookbooks that don’t get used in a year, donate or giveaway on here – I started making my list of cookbooks. I plan to post it on here shortly.
  • Cook with 3 new foods – Being part of a CSA this summer was AMAZING. I’ve definitely already cooked with 3 new foods, including this Summer Shrimp Salad.


  • Send birthday cards to my and Hubby’s families (including siblings, parents, nephews, etc) – So far, so good on this one
  • Continue to bake for a good cause – I was able to participate in an online bake sale on The Spiffy Cookie, I hosted a Holiday Cookie Swap where $0.10 was donated to Cookies for Kids Cancer for every cookie exchanged, I’ll be participating in an online bake sale on The Kitchen Misfit in a couple weeks 
  • Go see my sister’s new house – Done! We got to see Brooke’s house while we were in the Midwest for Thanksgiving
  • Go on a girls weekend getaway – Done! I spent a weekend in St Louis with my mom and two sisters in July. It was a great time.
  • Volunteer 4 times


  • Get another tattoo 
  • Pay off my car – Done!
  • Decide on a signature / go-to cocktail – I’m working very hard on trying new cocktails to make this decision… I have a good idea but I want to master making it at home first…
  • Watch a sunrise
  • Read 4 books – 1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2. Water for Elephants 3. The Hunger Games 4. Catching Fire 5. Mockingjay  

Healthy living

  • Walk another Avon Walk for Breast Cancer – Done! Recap here
  • Continue to work out on a regular basis – I’ve been a working out machine recently. It’s been awesome.
  • Treat myself to 6 massages – five down, 1 to go
  • Get my first facial

Travel and Life in Boston

  • Go to the Head of the Charles – This one didn’t happen. It was really sad. The Head of the Charles weekend was beautiful. Hubby and I were getting ready to head out to walk over to see the races and I started feeling sick. It was a combination of allergies and something else. I tried to stay strong and power through it, but about a mile into our walk, we had to turn back. I had a horrible fever and just wasn’t doing so well. Hopefully we’ll make it to the HOTC next year…
  • Visit the New England Aquarium
  • See the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • Go to Top of the Hub for cocktails  – I went to Top of the Hub on Sunday with some friends for cocktails. It was a beautifully clear (and cold!) day and we had great views of Boston. We had great service while we were there. One of my friends ordered a martini that was poured tableside. They left her the shaker to top off the rest of her drink. When she poured the rest of her martini in the glass, there was a tiny little bug in there. We informed the waitress and she took the glass away. My friend didn’t want another drink  so we were just hoping they would take her martini off the bill. When the waitress returned she said they comped our entire bill, which was totally unnecessary! The manager even came over to apologize about the drink. We were all very impressed by that service. I’ll definitely be going back here with Hubby some time.
  • Visit 3 new cities – 1: St Louis, 2: Niagara Falls 3: Keene, NH 4: Exeter, NH

Reader’s Choice

  • Post more how-to tips (including videos) on here (thanks to Mary and Sarah for the suggestion!) – Check out my new How-To tag. I’ve posted a few how-to posts this month already!
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5 Responses to “Happy half Birthday to ME!”

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    Steph — December 18, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Love the list! I’m a big list maker too, maybe it’s our inner nerd reaching out…Can’t wait to hear how it goes!

  2. #
    Jen — December 18, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks Steph – I should have added “Make a better looking logo for my list” to my list… Ha!

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    Joelen — December 18, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    I so love lists… to the point where it’s an addiction. Something about the satisfaction of completing things on it and crossing it out. 🙂 Great list and happy half birthday!! 🙂

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    CB — December 18, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    I am a list freak. You should see all the post-its I have all over the apt. HAHA. Happy (belated) 1/2 birthday! Hmmm… when’s my 1/2 birthday? ::counting backwards on my fingers::

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    Jen — December 18, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Glad to hear I’m not the only list maker out there!

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