Volunteer with Nashville Food Project, both in the garden and in the kitchen
Start MomWow project.
Read at least 5 Pulitzer Prize winning books - 1) All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doer 2) The Goldfinch, by: Donna Tartt
Run a trail race
Try 10 new fitness classes - 1) M.A.D.E.
Read 30 books (see below, I've gone way above 30 books...)
Read 5 books out of the norm- i.e. Science Fiction, Fantasy,
Relearn how to knit (I found someone to teach me already! This is an activity slated for the Fall!)
Host another Christmas Party! COMPLETE - We hosted a group of about 40 friends at our home for a Christmas get together. Holy buckets, I learned so much from the last time we hosted a party and could not wait to put all of that knowledge into motion!
Fill stairway walls with art. (Since we've completed the wall in the dining room!)
Travel to two new places! COMPLETE - We will probably will only be traveling to one new spot this year, as of January 2016. We just bought a house and will likely be putting all of our resources into making it our own cozy humble abode!
We are going to Boston, MA in September with a stop in New York City! ** This trip turned out to be MY MOST FAVORITE trip EVER! It was freaking awesome. I did so much research before we went. Every restaurant we ate at was sublime. We spent three days in Boston and two days in NYC. You can read about our time in Boston here, here, and here, and our time in NYC here and here.
Burgess Falls - We packed a picnic, some extra water for the dogs, and drive about 1 1/2 hours out to Burgess Falls. We went on a Sunday morning, and it was PACKED. I would HIGHLY recommend going at a less busy time. The trails were packed and that made it a lot less harmonious. I am happy to see people out and active, but I also wanted some quiet time and to be able to go at our own pace. It is an absolutely beautiful experience though!
Make a recipe from one of my cookbooks bi-weekly. Ok fine, at least once month!!
Try making dumplings.
Learn how to fix leaky faucets
Continue to learn how to build things and keep on the lookout for classes.
Learn how to make a wooden spoon. I'm sure there is a name for this. Maybe whittle?
Making something out of clay. This probably needs to be something small...
Do 30 push-ups. Real push-ups. With my butt moderately flat.
Build a mini-greenhouse for the back area. ** We made a planter ladder thing for our back area, I couldn't find a structure that actually served a purpose, and fit in our back area. Since we just moved to a new house, I will have to see what I can find for next summer.
Make sourdough bread that actually tastes like sourdough bread. **
Initiate social interactions. (I'm not 100% sure how to measure this one. I do know that this has kept me accountable and is a good reminder! I have MOST DEFINITELY stepped up my game! In fact, just this week (week of January 3rd - 9th 2016), we have had people over for dinner two nights already!
Bake Christmas cookies and deliver them to friends and neighbors!
Develop healthy versions of Christmas cookie recipes. COMPLETE!
Improve pasta making skills.
Make homemade bitters or tincture ** I just threw away some fermenting cherries while we were moving. I didn't try them because it had been a while and I kind of made the recipe up myself. I did make a coffee tincture that has turned out BEAUTIFUL. I started it before Thanksgiving. I haven't tried it since we moved, but more to come on that!
Keep herbs growing during the winter. **UPDATE: We have just moved, and there is a perfect spot for my little baby herbs under some windows. Stay tuned for this project! In the mean time, I've got plenty of oregano, thyme, rosemary, sage, and SO MANY beautiful calamundin oranges!
Read 30 Books
The Goldfinch, by: Donna Tartt
Case Histories, by: Kate Atkinson
Big Gay Ice Cream
The Girl on the Train, by: Paula Hawkins
Paper Towns, by: John Green
Flight Behavior, by: Barbara Kingsolver
The Plantpower Way, by: Rich Roll and Julie Piatt
The Chaperone, by: Laura Moriarty
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by: Karen Joy Fowler
A God in Ruins, by: Kate Atkinson
by Blood, by: Ellen Ullman
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by: Neil Gaiman
Station 11, by: Emily St. John Mandel
The Nightingale, by: Kristin Hannah
The Rosie Project, by: Grame Simison
The Husband's Secret, by: Liane Moriarty
Big Little Lies, by: Liane Moriarty
The Book of Strange New Things, by: Micahel Faber
Oryx & Cracke, by: Margaret Atwood
A Man Called Ove, by: Fredrick Backman
Girl at War, by: Sara Novic
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, by: Joshua Ferris
Pretty Girls, by: Karen Slaughter
The Nightmare, by: Lars Keplar
Ship of Brides, by: Jojo Moyes
A Darker Shade of Magic, by: VE Schawb
Did You Ever Have A Family?, by: Bill Clegg
Some Fairy Tale.
The Library at Mount Char, by: Scott Hawkins
The Magicians, by: Lev Grossman
The Magician King, by: Lev Grossman
The Magician's Land, by: Lev Grossman
Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders, by: Julianna Baggott
The Turner House, by: Angela Flournoy
The World To Come, by: Dana Horn
The Girl in the Spider's Web, by: David Lagercrantz
After You, by: Jojo Moyes
The Museum of Extraordinary Things, by: Alice Hoffman
The Heart Goes Last, by: Margaret Atwood
My True Love Gave to Me, by: Stephanie Perkins
Purity, by: Jonathan Franzen
Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell
Serafina and the Black Cloack, by: Robert Beatty
Secrets of a Charmed Life, by: Susan Meissner
City on Fire, by: Garth Risk Hallberg
Circling the Sun, by: Paula McLaine
Euphoria, by: Lily King
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by: Susanna Clarke
Everything, Everything, by: Nicola Yoon
Red Queen, by: Victoria Aveyard
The Book of Speculation, by: Erika Swyler
The Fifth Wave, by: Rick Yancey
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, by: Christopher Scotton