25 Before 25: How Did I Do?

Since I turn 25 today, I thought I’d better look back at my 25 Before 25 list that I wrote in October and see how many things I was able to cross off of my list.  The answer?  Not as many as I’d hoped.  Life just got in the way!  There were a lot of unexpected things that happened between then and now.  There are some things that I’ve been working on, but didn’t feel comfortable crossing off the list quite yet.  I put a side note on others that didn’t work out as I’d hoped.  Oh well!

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25 Before 25: Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

One of my goals on my 25 Before 25 list was to find an excellent homemade macaroni & cheese recipe.  Thanks to Pinterest, I found one that is similar to the Wisconsin Mac & Cheese at Noodles & Company.  Yum!

Go to Pretty Kitten’s Kitchen to get her delicious recipe for Noodles & Co – esque Mac & Cheese!

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25 Before 25: Take C to the Zoo!

Hooray!  I can cross off #10 on my 25 Before 25 list.  We took C to the zoo for the first time, and he…was generally indifferent.

Sure, he started out with a smile...

He enjoyed seeing some of the fish, and he smiled at the monkeys.  But the sound that he made the most during our trek around the zoo?  The sound of a loud yawn.  Yeah, my child was bored at the zoo.  He was more interested in watching the other children than seeing the animals.

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25 Before 25: Read a John Grisham Novel That I Haven’t Read Before

I adore John Grisham novels and can devour one of them in a few days’ time.  Since C was born, I lost the free time and the concentration to do so.  I’m so happy to say that I’ve completed #1 on my 25 Before 25 list and just read “The Litigators” over the weekend!

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25 Before 25: Blog Daily for 30 Days

I did it!  I completed another of my 25 Before 25 goals by blogging for 30 consecutive days.  I’m pretty excited about this goal, because I didn’t think I’d be able to do it.  Something always distracts me and my blog posts are the first thing that get pushed to the side.  Now I’ve fallen into a good routine.

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#12 Unplug for a Weekend: 25 Before 25

I can’t believe it!  I convinced Hubster to “unplug” while we were on our two-day vacation!  Another one of my 25 Before 25 goals was to unplug for a weekend/two-day span.

I thought that we were going to have a difficult time.  We’re very tied into our email, social media and (for Hubster) sports.  Much to my surprise, the time flew by and we didn’t really miss being connected at all times.  We kept ourselves very busy with vacation things – we enjoyed the resort’s waterpark, theme park, fitness facility and lobby.  We explored the monstrous resort’s hallways, convention center and coffee shop.  We slept in!  Oh, the beauty of a full night of sleep! :)

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#5 Decorate for Christmas: 25 Before 25

I’ve completed #5 on my 25 Before 25 list!  This weekend, we decorated for Christmas.

Since space in our apartment is at a premium, our Christmas decorations are in storage in our home state by my parents.  We bought a little 4-foot prelit Christmas tree last year.  We’ve decorated it with a few little ornaments.  My favorite one is C’s first ornament that I picked out, commemorating the Green Bay Packers’ Superbowl victory in the same year that C was born.  :)

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#24 Complete a 5k: 25 Before 25

I’ve completed #24 on my 25 Before 25 list!  Last night I completed my first 5k!

After much convincing, Hubster decided to run it with me.  I’m so glad that he did.  He was in cross country and track in high school, so I consider him my running expert.  If it wasn’t for his tips along the way, I probably would have thought I was going to die.  Then I wouldn’t have achieved one of my 5k goals: Don’t die.

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25 Before 25

Before I found out that we were expecting C, I created my first “25 Before 25″ list.  It involved a lot of traveling (one of our favorite things to do!), paying off our student loan debt and other things that just aren’t as feasible now that we have an infant.  I still love the idea of coming up with 25 new things that I’d like to experience and accomplish, so I decided to revise my list.  I only have about eight months to complete this new list, so they’re very short-term goals!  I’ll be posting updates as I accomplish them.

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