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No. 11: Perform Thriller at a Halloween party.

I love to dance. I can’t get enough of it.  So two and half years ago when I thought about 30 fun things I wanted to do before around my 30th birthday, I knew that doing Thriller at Halloween time was one of the list.  It became No. 11 on my 30 Before 30 List.

Some fun gals from work invited me to Witches Night Out this Halloween at Gardner’s Village.  Little did I know the DJ’s big finale was one big Thriller party!

It was super dark that night but if you click here you will see 11 seconds of me living the dream!




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No. 6: Hike to Timpanogos Cave

Number 6 on my 30 Before 30 list was to hike to Timpanogos Cave.  I did! I couldn’t walk for two days, but I did.


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No. 28: Can Something

Given the number of tomatoes Doug grows in his yard, one of my 30 Before 30 items was to can some of them. Since I don’t usually just eat tomatoes, I really hoped I could can some in a spaghetti sauce or salsa.  Lucky for me, my sister-in-law had a spaghetti sauce recipe and a lot of motivation.  It was my first time canning anything (and let’s be honest I just did as I was told) so I really don’t know what we did or why.  So here is my pictorial story of canning:

Who wants spaghetti?


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No. 29: Watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s

I haven’t seen a lot of movies that people call “classics”.  Goonies?  Nope.  Top Gun? I’ll get around to it.  And, yes, I’ve never watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  (In fact, I’ve never seen any of Audrey Hepburn’s movies.)  Pop culture insists that this is one of the American classics, so I added it to my 30 Before 30 list.

I was entertained and Doug even seemed to enjoy himself.  Best movie I’ve ever watched? No.  Decent Friday night? Absolutely.


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No. 13: Get a 401K or other “grown up” financial plan in place.

It’s not as exciting as some of the items on my 30 Before 30 list, but it is something I needed to accomplish.  My 401k is established.  Even as we I speak it is sitting out there somewhere in cyberspace until I figure out what to do with it.  (To its credit, Charles Scwab emails me  daily trying to get me to make it more money.)  Anyone have some good resources on where to go next?


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#30: Buy a Lottery Ticket

I’ve been to many states with a lottery but never bought a ticket.  And then it occurred to me – what if I was supposed to be one of those people who made million of dollars by doing nothing at all? What if I was destined to win the lottery?

So one of the things I decided to add to my 30 Before 30 list was to buy a lottery ticket.  I bought it in Colorado this month.

Unfortunately I didn’t make a dime.  But at least now I know I wasn’t destined to win!


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No. 25: Sew Something with a Sewing Machine

My 25th goal on my 30 Before 30 list was to sew something with a sewing machine.  To help me accomplish this goal, one that I had failed in the past, I enrolled in an online sewing course via Whipstitch Fabrics, which is based in Atlanta, Georgia.  Deborah, our instructor, teaches us via video or photo tutorials a skill or a project every day for six weeks.  We’re on the fourth week so far and I’ve sewn a handful of projects – even if some of them did not turn out exactly perfect.

One of our first projects was a lined tote bag.  I sewed two (!!!) because I was so proud of myself.  My first was a University of Utah print (go Utes!) that looks just fine from one side.

However, if you look at the other side you’ll see that I sewed the print upside down.  Ooopsie!  Lesson learned.

I made a second tote bag to practice again.  Everything looks just fine, eh?

Not so fast! Take a gander at those straps – one is at least twice the width of the other.  This will still take some practice to remedy.

Our most recent project was designed to help us learn to sew curves.  It is an eye mask that was supposed to turn out like this:

Image courtesy of Whipstitch Fabrics.

I’m not so good at sewing curves, as you can see below.  My eye mask blends right into the straps.  Nuts.

This one I’m going to practice again tonight.

We also made a drawstring tote bag.  Mine turned out pretty good, except that I miscalculated the measurements a bit so the base of the bag is far too small for the length of fabric above it.

We’ll see if I can keep up with the last two weeks because each week is increasingly challenging.  I have skipped one project entirely – it required us to create our own continuous bias tape and use it in a project.  I tried to make bias tape twice to no avail and I even bought some bias tape just to get through the project.  Unfortunately, the tape I bought was too narrow for the project so I just skipped the whole thing.

Raise your hand if you despise bias tape!

Update: I’ve also finished an apron!


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