Daily Archives: 08.31.2011

25 by 25

Idealist-Kat in all of her glory, circa Summer 2009 created a 101 in 1001 list with her boyfriend at the time.

Obviously I didn’t blog about them nearly as much as I could have.  Partially because some of the things on the list were too personal for the internet (for example, money), and partially because some of them (like getting flu shots) were deadly-boring.

In the process of swapping e-mail accounts, I found a copy of the list, that I had saved for myself in the cloud.  It’s kind of ironic that it decided to show its face, considering the fact that since post-honeymoon, I’ve wanted to set goals at a manic pace.

There were some really good ideas in there.  And I would say for being all of 21 years old and fresh off of college graduation, most of them were pretty spot in-terms of what we wanted to accomplish together.

Some goals? Were really frivolous…like making a habit of addressing my mitts + paws or cultivating le jardin.

Other goals?  Were big picture – weight loss, conversion, Marcus’ MBA, marriage, travel.

But they all worked.  We cooked with new ingredients, brought Judaism into our home, realized how daunting the reality of redecorating and renovation can be.

As I perused through the goals that we haven’t completed yet, I kind of had to laugh.  Because some of them?  Were totally valid, but not necessarily a part of the person I want to be or the person that I have become in the past two years.

So, in the Spirit of Progress and all that, I decided that it’s time to say farewell to that little list of ours.

And since I just turned 24, I thought it might be nice to give Past-Kat another shot at predicting her own future.

Enter: 25 by 25

Here goes…

  1. Finish a marathon
  2. Take-up Pilates
  3. Go to the Bakken Museum
  4. Go to the Mill City Museum
  5. Learn how to properly arrange flowers
  6. Learn how to make pie crust from scratch
  7. Take a gun safety class
  8. Do five DIY re-decorating/home improvement projects
  9. Correspond
  10. Create and maintain a proper adult address book
  11. Give to the food shelf monthly
  12. Use our china at least one time each season
  13. Learn how to do a proper smokey eye
  14. Source the following cookbooks: Veganomicon, Time for Dinner, How to Roast a Lamb, From Mom with love…
  15. Take a Friday off.  And bake a challah.  From scratch.
  16. Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies when I want them
  17. Complete the process of legally changing my name
  18. Visit one new restaurant in the Twin Cities every month
  19. Make at least one recipe out of each of the cookbooks we got as a wedding gift: pizza, Williams-Sonoma SALAD, Kosher by Design, Kosher by Design Lightens Up, The Wine Lovers Cookbook, Super juicer, The Fearless Baker, MIXT Salads, Bride & Groom First and Forever Cookbook
  20. Come up with some sort of skin care habit to replace my completely non-existent routine
  21. Visit Chicago
  22. Buy a piece of jewelry for myself
  23. Get my broken/under-used purses cleaned or repaired
  24. Donate old gowns/dresses to those who could actually use them
  25. Learn how to use my french press

What are some goals you want to accomplish in the next year?