30 While 30

New 32-While-32 List!

by agirlandhermutt on February 28, 2012

Hello friends! That time of year has come again for me to look at the year ahead, think about a few things I want to accomplish and put those items into a nice little list. This list of items to accomplish is meant to be fun and to be used as a tool to drive me to do things that I may otherwise not think to do. This list isn’t meant to be stressful or a pain in my butt, but rather doable and entertaining. There is no pressure to finish this list, but the satisfaction in doing so would be immense. Or I imagine it would be if I had ever finished my list. 😉 I’m talking about the X While X list. I’ve been making this list for several years now and started documenting my list fun a few years ago. No, I haven’t been 100% successful in marking everything off the list, but it was fun trying.

On Feb 13th I turned 32 and officially my list name changed from 31W31 to 32W32.

Without further ado….


1. Go on a proper picnic.
2. Visit the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut.
3. Visit a state I haven’t been to before.
4. Visit an out of town friend.
5. Give someone flowers for no reason.
6. “Unplug” for one week at home. No computer, internet, or surfing on the phone.
7. Complete Project 365.
8. Have pictures of Korky taken.
9. Donate/Throw Out/Give Away 100 items.
10. Attend a blogging conference.
11. Go to the zoo.
12. Eat at a restaurant run by a former Top Chef contestant.
13. Film a YouTube video & post it.
14. Have “Discover the Neighborhood Day” on bike.
15. Run a 5k.
16. Create/Make 5 things from Pinterest.
17. Go vegan for 1 week.
18. Make ravioli from scratch.
19. Learn to play chess.
20. Learn the perfect cookie recipe by heart.
21. Learn to cook a recipe from 10 different countries.
22. Read 12 books that are NOT part of book club.
23. Take a ride in a hot air balloon.
24. Visit 3 museums.
25. Make at least 5 homemade gifts for friends.
26. Take a sewing class.
27. Document my CSA share experience each week.
28. Complete NROLFW.
29. Plan a surprise day for The Scientist.
30. Make a photobook of my favorite photos.
31. Host a girls dinner party.
32. Take Korky to the beach.

*A new feature to this list is that for every item I complete I will add $5 to the Spa Day Savings jar. For every item that I do not complete I will donate $5 to the Humane Society. <—Don’t worry. I donate on a regular basis, but this would be in addition to my yearly donation.

Do any of you have a X While X list? Maybe a 101 in 1001 list? Leave a link in the comments to your list!


And let the games begin…

by agirlandhermutt on March 3, 2011

I finally finished my 31 While 31 list and I’m ready to share! Hopefully I’ll be able to cross each and every one of these off the list before February 13, 2012. *Insert golf clap from the peanut gallery*

Over the course the course of the year I will also be participating in some monthly challenges/goals that will help accomplish a few of these on my list.

Check back for my progress!

31 While 31

1.  Run a 5k
2.  Learn how to say/write “Thank You” in 10 different languages.
3.  Go indoor skydiving.
4.  Read 10 books from Oprah’s book club
5.  Identify 100 things that make me  happy
6.  Go on a camping trip
7.  Make a YouTube video AND post it!
8.  Visit Mystic Aquarium (a holdover from my 30W30 list)
9.  Create a painting on canvas (from the 30W30 list)
10.Watch sunrise at the beach (from 30W30 list)
11. Attend a cooking class (from 30W30 list)
12. Go to the Museum of Science observatory (from 30W30 list)
13. Watch AFI’s 10 Top 10 Movies of all time (from 30W30 list)
14. Sew pillows for couch & bed
15. Create a Korky only scrapbook.
16. Make homemade pasta
17. No alcohol for 1 month
18. Make a font out of my handwriting
19. Host a game night
20. Go vegan for 1 week
21. Take a photo for every letter of the alphabet
22. Make 3 things from instructables.com
23. Make a birthday cake for someone
24. Visit the Arboretum
25. Clean out my email inbox
26. Write down HIGH/LOW for the day 5x/week
27. Have 2 new ethnic food experiences
28. Get a bike and ride the 24-mile path along Charles River
29. Send birthday cards to my far away friends.
30. De-clutter. Get rid of at least 100 items!
31. Go to see a play

For each task I accomplish $20 will go into  a little jar to be spent on…well, I haven’t figured that out yet! Fun little savings tool that I like to do. 🙂

Does anyone have a 101 in 1001 list or something similar? I’m obsessed with reading people’s lists. Dorry has a 30 Before 30 list and that is where I got the idea for no alcohol for 1 month! Leave a link in the comments area if you have one I can stalk read!


Happy Days!

by agirlandhermutt on February 15, 2011

This time of year is my absolute favorite. Winter is starting to wean off a *teeny* little bit, my birthday comes around, and Valentine’s Day makes me feel loved! This year was no different.


I started the weekend of fun with a birthday skating party! When I was a kid I loved having roller skating parties. I had my own skates. Hello…that screams mad skills! Not so much the same with ice skating, but just as fun.

A few of the girls met up with me in Kendall Sq to get our ice skating on.

Despite the overcast weather, it wasn’t as cold as it had been in the past few days. We showed up just in time to have them kick everyone off the rink to start the Zamboni. Of course.

Finally they let us on the ice and we were off! Well, kind of. There wasn’t any falling involved, but I did think the kid in a helmet behind me was a pretty smart idea.

The rink is kind of small so after an hour and a half or so, we were ready to get our drink on. Lets be honest…activity on the birthday is to make room for some beer! Winking smile

We headed over to The Asgard in Central Sq for a bite to eat (veggie chili and a salad), some good drinks (Cider!), and a lot of laughs. Big thanks to more of my friends joining me to celebrate!

For my actual birthday on Sunday, I woke up bright and early to hit up Zumba with Tea Party Karen. Holy crap. The class was super crowded but it was AWESOME. You go expecting to sweat, but you haven’t felt sweat until after this class! I spent the rest of the day at the spa, thanks to The Scientist. He was out of town for the weekend so he kept me entertained by treating me to a day of luxury. Le Sigh…

I started off with a pedicure and manicure. The chairs were so comfy that I wanted to take a nap right then and there!

Mmm…tea and pampering!

I went for OPI’s Original Red on my fingers and some fun sparkly reddish pink color on my toes. Both services lasted an hour each!

After my mani/pedi I had an hour long Swedish massage. OMG. These should be part of my regular calendar appointments. The final results have made me smile every day since.


It was the perfect treat for my birthday and a great way to kick off Valentine’s Day. Big thanks to The Scientist!

Valentine’s Day is always a low key event for me. I love the idea of making sure the loved ones in your life know that you are thinking of them, but I hope that I make them aware of this year round! The Scientist and I don’t do gifts or a fancy dinner for the holiday, so this year we just hung out at home for wine & cheese night. There were also some flowers and cards involved. So sweet…

I also enjoyed a fun Valentine’s Day gift from my parents. Fun jewelry!Seriously, could anyone have gotten my style more spot on?!

Sparkly bobbles that can brighten up any day, right?!

I hope that you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day no matter how you spent it!

PS. I have officially updated the 30 While 30 page! I’m in the process of coming up with the 31 While 31 list. Check out the update and let me know if there is anything you are dying to do this year!