Welp, I survived my 25th year of life and am now 2 months into being 26. Do you remember the list I made: 25 While 25? It was a lofty list and I was not able to finish it 100% but I did several of them and thought about it a lot during the year. I didn’t make a list for 26 but will try to finish up some that I wasn’t able or continue with the ones I started!
- Read (at least!) 25 books.
This is the one I tried for the hardest! I made it halfway. Here’s the books I read:
Divergent – Veronica Roth
Insurgent – Veronica Roth
Alligent – Veronica Roth
Cuckoos Calling – Robert Galbraith
Mere Christiantiy – C. S. Lewis
24 Hours That Changed The World – Adam Hamilton
Defending Jacob – William Landay
The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone – J. K Rowling (I re-read this for HP Trivia!)
If I Stay – Gayle Forman
Where She Went – Gayle Forman
The Truth About Alice – Jennifer Mathieu
This Is Where I Leave You – Jonathan Tropper
- Volunteer more.
I finish my provisional year with The Houston Junior League in a couple months. I completed my placement at Texas Children’s Hospital in December. I worked in one of the playrooms on the oncology floor once a week and we had a puppet show. No matter how my day at work went it was always a good evening spending time with those sweet kids! I am also still working my placement at the League with the Garden and Grounds group.
- Write handwritten sentiments.
I did pretty good on this one – I tried to always send Thank-You notes, etc. This year I’m continuing and made my resolution to send all my family and close friends a card for their birthday.
- Go camping.
I didn’t do this one! Maybe this spring we will try again 🙂
- Learn to cook.
Pinterest helps a lot with this! 2 new things I learned to cook were spaghetti squash and butternut squash. I actually had an allergic reaction to the butternut squash!
- Try 25 NEW restaurants.
I actually tried more than 25 but I didn’t list any restaurants from when we were in Boston or when I was in Miami. But around Houston I tried:
Pastry War – Amazing margaritas but limited food menu.
Beaver’s – We went with a large group for birthdays. Good BBQ and DELISH fried brownie balls.
Barnaby’s Cafe – Dog themed – enough said!
Hearsay Gastro Lounge – Went for brunch and had major entree envy after ordering so didn’t enjoy it much.
Stag’s Head Pub – British pub we’ve been going to for Theology on Tab.
Triniti – I want to live here. It’s beautifully decorated and the food and service were great.
BlackFinn American Grille – now closed
The Phoenix on Westheimer – Nothing special – we went for a Trivia Night.
Masraff’s – High end/Fine dining. Lots of selections.
Artisans – We went during Restaurant Weeks. Such a cool setup – you can watch the kitchen work.
Les Givrals Sandwiches – Super cheap Vietnamese sandwiches.
Little Pappas Seafood – I don’t like seafood but we had good service and everyone else liked it 😛
Uchi – I ATE SUSHI! AND I LIKED IT!
District 7 Grill – We found a tunnel location! So Eric and I could meet for lunch when he was downtown too.
El Tiempo – Some of my favorite fajitas. Tex Mex is always a win.
Bradley’s Fine Diner – Love the decor. The food size seemed small but it was actually the right amount.
Luby’s – I’d never been to a Luby’s!
Funky Chicken – Good, cheap, comfort food in the Heights.
Punk’s Simple Southern – A bit expensive but was good. The outdoor area was nice in the spring when we went for Supper Club.
Coopa Osteria – Went here a few times after League meetings. It’s hard to find parking but good food.
Red Lion – Really good food – I want to go back and try more! Asian/Indian twist on traditional British pub food.
Crisp – Great spot for Brunch – just don’t bring rude people with you.
- More YOGA.
I’m still not as committed to Yoga as I want to be – well any physical activity for that matter! But I have made friends through Yoga and hope to get going more maybe this year!
- Get certified.
Did the classes just need to take the test.
- Print my photo albums.
I feel like this will never leave my to-do list!! I did get my “College Years” photo book created just haven’t ordered yet.
- Attend a concert.
Went to see Phantogram but it was in December so not while I was 25 🙁
- Finish a 5K.
I did the Houston MS 5K with Eric and Barkley – walking not running!
- Get our home in order.
After rearranging the living room i’m much happier with our apartment!
- Craft more.
Lots of crafts as usual 🙂 Crafting for my birthday was probably my favorite. We also refinished our dining room table and chairs.
We went to lots of museums in Boston and also an art gallery. I didn’t make it to a ballet but did see The Two Gentleman of Verona at Miller Outdoor Theater.
- Improve my skin care routine.
I’ve changed all my facewash, lotions, and makeup to Clinique and I love it!
- Less cursing.
Always working on this one.
- Check off another Continent.
Not yet! It was fun traveling domestically though. We really enjoyed the Northeast.
- Do something that scares me.
To be honest I was actually really nervous about adopting a dog! I kept thinking what if he turns out to be mean and bites me or I can’t get him to behave and then i’m stuck with a naughty puppy. But of course Barkley turned out to be WONDERFUL! He even has his own Insta now: @TailsOfBarkley 😀
- Clean out contacts.
This one was easy!
- Revamp my wardrobe.
I’m learning it’s OK to spend more on clothing so it’s higher quality and lasts longer.
I definitely wasn’t able to do this!
- Explore Texas.
We did a float trip this summer in New Braunfels.
- Learn a new skill.
I took a class on Photoshop and LOVED IT!
- Watch more movies.
I tried to watch more movies but I really prefer TV shows! I binge watched so many different ones. My favorites were Mad Men and The Good Wife.
- BLOG MORE.
I didn’t do the 25 posts I planned but I did manage to post 14 so half isn’t bad, right 😉