25 things to do before 25// Second 5

See a movie in a movie theater with Dan. This sounds simple but it isn’t! The last time we went to a movie together I was about 8 months pregnant with Max and we saw Avatar 3-D at the IMAX theater. Kind of awhile ago, I’d say! We’ve both been with friends a couple of times since but not together! We are thinking about going to the drive-in one of these nights with Max in his carseat in the backseat. We will do this with the hopes that Max will fall asleep back there. In all likelihood he might actually stay up crying the whole time, but we’ll take our chances! Okay, so it’s not a one-on-one date, but I’ll still count it if it happens!

Get my hair cut at a salon. I have been cutting my own hair for years now (usually not a good idea in my case but for some reason I still go back for more…), with the exception of when I wanted it chopped off completely and I went to a professional. The stylist was horrified that I would want to chop my then-platinum blonde Betty Page-inspired hair (the cut not the color) off. I loved it for awhile, I felt like Peter Pan with this do. I was also about 30 pounds lighter. This was in 2008! Not that long ago, eh?  Then the dreaded growing out stage happened. I’ve done some fun and some not so fun things to this head of mine. I wish I’d chronicled all of it. Next time. And there WILL be a next time. I’ve been growing it out forever and before our wedding I want to have it cut into long layers. Here’s what it looked like all short:

Make an article of clothing. This could also and will most definitely involve altering, not starting from scratch. I prefer to use recycled fabric for many reasons but I think the biggest one is that I like to be able to look at something thrifted and possibly junky and see the potential in it. This doesn’t happen often. The last clothing item I made was a dress when Max was about 3 months old. I wear it all the time. As in, every week. At least once. I have plans. Oh yes.

Cook breakfast for my family. Unless it’s a bowl of cereal , count me out! I don’t even bother with instant oatmeal because we don’t have a microwave and I am too lazy to cook it on the stovetop. But I will do this! Pancake City, here I come!

Make a scrapbook for Max’s first year. I have ton of photos (mostly on our computer/shutterfly storage) and lots of little things to go in them. None of it is in an organized spot, but it will be! I think now that he is almost a year and a half old it’s time I took care of this!

There it is! I’m up to 10 things now! I haven’t really gotten to any of them yet, not really, anyway. An update on the working out dealio is that Wednesday I am finally signing up at the gym. I seem to have every excuse to stall every time this comes up. But no longer. Workout buddies, inquire within!

25 things to do before I turn 25// First 5.

As a new feature here on my lovely blog, I decided to create a list of things to do before I turn 25. I have a little under a year to accomplish these things! I think the first few are going to be the biggest ones, since they were in my mind when I first came up with the idea for this. I’ll periodically update when I’ve accomplished a goal from my list or am working on it, and definitely on the remaining 20 things! Thanks for reading! If you’re feeling inspired, please post here some of the things on your yearly list or a link to where we can find them!

Learn to use my sewing machine. I’ve had it for a year now and it just sits there taunting me on its little (cluttered) table. I have all sorts of notions and fabric- everything I need. I have quite a few sewing books. I love the fantasy of it but my machine intimidates me! I did make a dress that I really like a wear all the time. It’s a little off in a few places and could stand to be fixed a bit, but I love it anyway. I also have a nearly half done quilt that has been in the works for longer than I’d care to elaborate on.

Bake a cake from scratch. I’ve done this before, but it’s been awhile. My kitchen skills are not the best. Usually things turn out overdone/underdone/dry/liquidy/hard as a rock/burnt/etc. I have a few specific recipes in mind. Vanilla meringue with lemon curd ice cream? Yes, why, I’d love to! Just waiting for the perfect occasion to make them!

Lose 30 pounds. This might seem like a stretch. I currently weigh 155 and at 5’4″ I am technically considered overweight as far as my percentage of body fat goes. I could lie and say it’s just about being healthy and not about physical appearance, but I won’t. It definitely IS about health AND physical appearance. Not for anyone else, but for myself. As shallow as it might sound, I think everyone feels confident when they’re happy with the way they look, and I could stand to gain some of that! Yes, I had a baby. I don’t view my stretch marks  and extra tummy/thigh/breast/upper arm/under chin weight as “battle scars” or some sort of accomplishment since having my baby as some do. I think it’s great that people have that mindset, I am just not that person!  While I do appreciate and am in awe of what my body is capable of (growing a baby, birthing a baby, nourishing a baby outside of the womb) I still want to feel and look like me, and right now I just don’t, but I’m getting there! I’ve made it a goal to get outside with Max in the jogging stroller every morning. Today was the first official day with exercise in mind. I hardly ever get outside and exercise hasn’t happen in YEARS. By the time I finished running I was fully aware of how out of shape I am. Here we go! This is going to be an interesting and long journey of hard work! I am looking forward to being more comfortable in my body and to having more energy!

Get married! I have to admit that before meeting my husband-to-be I didn’t think I would get married or have kids. It just wasn’t on my list of things to do. Dan and I casually talked about it (CAN you casually talk about getting married?) when we first started seriously dating. Actually. Dan talked about it. I freaked out! I was floored that someone would want to marry me but a little nervous, too! So here we are, a baby and engaged! I’m so excited for November! It’s going to be perfectly us!

Witness a live birth and support a birthing mother. If you know me, you know I am very interested and passionate about birth. Not the births you see in the mainstream media. The real deal. I believe that a laboring and birthing woman is the epitome of beauty in this world. It is flat out incredible! To be a witness to something so profound and life changing is such a privilege, such an honor. I am working towards doula certification and I hope to be able to do this soon!