30 by 30 Update

I haven’t made a ton of progress on my 30 by 30 lately…but I’ve made a tiny bit of headway since my last update that I wanted to share.


My goal was to read 20 books this year. At my last update I had finished two. I have now completed five books total, so according to good reads I’m one book ahead of schedule!

Beyond that, I am nearly done with two more. Those two should be done within a week.

I am reading the third book in the Outlander series, Voyager.


And to the baby, I’m reading (also the third book!) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The baby and I read a chapter a night so I should be done with it this weekend!


So hopefully by the end of the week I will have 7/20 of my books for 2015 completed! After that I’ll be moving on the reading the fourth Harry Potter to the baby (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire — in case you didn’t know, in which case we probably shouldn’t be friends). Plus the next Outlander, Drums of Autumn.

I might sneak in another book in between. My friend, Miranda, has been talking my ear off non-stop about how amazing (and quick!) Ella Enchanted is, so I might read that too.

However one of the most important things I did this month to achieve some of my 30 by 30 goals was to visit a new Hawaiian island! On the 15th of March I headed out to Maui to spend a few hours (not kidding, hours) with my amazing friend Jess. Jess and I met in college made a major bond over boy-drama and became lifelong friends. We lived together for over three years, worked together, had classes at UNR together and spent downtime together. She is one of the very few people that I can spend that much time with and not get sick of.


She was kind enough to drive from Reno to Sacramento for my baby shower the week before (the first time we’d seen each other in two years!!) So when I heard she was going to be in Maui…we had to make that happen. Ironically my entire travel time to see her was about the same of just one leg of her drive to see me.

So I flew in to Maui (turbulence while 30 something weeks pregnant is interesting) and Jess picked me up from the airport. The flight is about 30-40 minutes. By the time you get up, you head back down…but the view coming in and out of Maui (and Oahu too!) is amazing.


We headed to a meet up with her friends (who were all there for the weekend for a wedding!).And hung out at the beach for a few hours and chatted.


Then we headed back to the airport, of course stopping at Krispy Kreme on the way. Oahu doesn’t have a Krispy Kreme. In fact the one on Maui is the only one on the Hawaiian Islands.

And that was my trip! I think it was literally six hours total, from leaving my house to driving back home. I was recovering from my trip back to California the prior week and a nasty head cold so I didn’t stay all day like I had originally thought I might. But to be honest it was a pretty cool deal anyways.

Maui seemed really awesome and I’d definitely love to go back if we have time. But with the impending little one and our move about five months away (we think) not sure we will get the chance.


So that gets my count up to three out of four Hawaiian Islands; just one left to go! Last year on our wedding anniversary Wes and I went to Kauai for the weekend. We’ve discussed going to the Big Island this year. The baby will be roughly six weeks at that point, so it’ll be nice to see what it’s like to travel (a very short distance) with a baby before we move this summer!

After visiting Maui just for the day….maybe we’ll get really ambitious and head to Molokai or Lanai just for a day. Since I didn’t book my flight until the day before, flights were a bit higher than they could have been — it was about $200 round-trip.

But if we plan out a couple weeks ahead we could do something super reasonable for just the day for the two of us! (Three of us?)

So while I got nothing crossed off the list, I made some headway! Hope you all have a great last day and a half of March!


Bookworm, party of 2

So as seen in my 30 by 30 post, I plan to read 20 books a year, so far in 2015 I have read…..

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Her Web site is here and talks about the books but I think there are spoilers so don’t read too much!

Outlander *When I just looked this up on Amazon the kindle price is only $1.99, just sayin’. 

The other book I’ve completed this year is,Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead.


According to my Kindle I am 75% of the way done with Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. This is the second book in the Outlander series…and it’s really good! These books are crazy long though. I’m curious how many page are in an actual copy of the book versus on my kindle. I’m a fast reader and I have been reading this forever! And I binge read it. I’ll read for like five hours a day and then convince myself to get something accomplished.

I’m excited to finish this one. The beginning starts in a very strange way (to the point I almost quit reading it) but I’m glad I’ve kept going. I’m trying to convince the husband to read them too but he’s not sold. They remind me a lot of the Game of Thrones series. There’s sex, war and intrigue…so far no dragons so Game of Thrones has it beat there.

It also been made into a TV show, in case you were wondering! It’s on Starz if you want to check it out. I have only seen the first episode. I plan on catching up later this month.

The other book I’ve read this year, beside finishing the first Outlander, was Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead. Ruby Circle is the sixth book in the Bloodlines series by Mead. Bloodlines was a spin-off of her original Vampire Academy series. I have read both of the series and I have to tell you, I’m a huge fan. Completely trumped Twilight (when we all still thought Twilight was cool). I binge read every single one of them. I remember at one point while reading the Vampire Academy series I finished one of the books at 1 am or so. Wes was still up doing homework and I asked him if he was ready for a break. He looked at me a little funny and I insisted we put on our cold weather gear, go out in the snow, rush over to the 24 hour Walmart so I could get the next book because I could not wait for it to be a reasonable hour later that day to get it. Luckily he is awesome and obliged me.

I think I read the whole series in like 5 days (I actually had to go to school and work or it would have been quicker). But I digress. Ruby Circle. Awesome. I read it in about six hours, I did nothing else but maybe pet my dog and drink some water. It was, in my opinion, a wonderful ending to the series. It really wrapped up some loose ends from both the Bloodlines and Vampire Academy series. Great, quick, fun reads! You should read them. They are definitely YA books so I might be a little old for them, but I don’t care! They were good and I’m sticking to that!

In other news, the baby and I have been reading Harry Potter. So do book re-reads count for my 20 books a year challenge? We have finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. We are now halfway through Chamber of Secrets. Last night I was supposed to be reading the Deathday Party chapter but I was too nervous! I know he can’t understand me yet but I felt like it was a little creepy…so we skipped that chapter and moved ahead. I still felt a little squeamish reading to him about petrified cats and blood on the wall though. 😦 But on the other hand our story time is when he is most active at night, so it’s kind of fun knowing he’s awake while I’m reading to him. What I’ll do if this kid doesn’t grow up to love Harry Potter, I’ll never know!

Plus as I’m reading to him I can’t help but think….man JK Rowling is smart. I think if I could interview anyone, it would be her. Even though I have ready Harry Potter….at least 10 times I’d think, it gets me every time!

I’m hoping I finish Dragonfly in Amber in the next couple days and I already have Voyager (the third in the Outlander series!) downloaded onto my kindle for my trip this week. I need to start knocking out some books before the baby gets here and I don’t have as much time to read!

My current challenge is at 2 books down 18 to go. If I’m counting re-reads I’ve got three down! Thoughts?

What are you reading these days? Any recommendations to put on my list for my challenge?

Have you read the books I mentioned in this post? What are your thoughts? (NO SPOILERS TO OUTLANDER ALLOWED!!!)


30 by 30

So I’ve added a little something to my blog (and I absolutely stole this idea from a pretty cool blog I saw, check it out here!

So this will be my running list of 30 things I’d like to do by the time I turn 30. That’s just under 2.5 years away and I’m a few months shy of having a new born, so I felt like I had to be pretty realistic on things I could and could not accomplish. So join me on my little journey and let’s see if I can do them all! I created a new page on my blog where I’ll keep the running list, but here’s the very start!

1. Run a 1/2 marathon.

2. Be completely debt free.

3. Give up processed food for one full month.

4. Write a book.

5. Be a mom.

6. Learn to sew.

7. Grow my blog to 1,000 readers. (I currently have about 10).

8. Go on a cruise.

9. Host a holiday meal.

10. Visit 4 Hawaiian Islands.

11. Get a new stamp on my passport.

12. Learn to make macaroons.

13. Go to a Panthers vs Saints game.

14. Visit Boston, but more importantly Fenway.

15. Be published in a newspaper again.

16. Run 4 5ks.

17. Learn to throw a football.

19. Throw Wes a fantastic 30th birthday party.

20. Go camping.

21. Volunteer at the SPCA – and not take home all the puppies.

22. Teach Roxy to walk on a leash like a lady.

23. Visit Disney World.

24. Visit Disneyland.

25.Visit Harry Potter World.

26. Make an ice cream cake.

27. Successfully watch or read the Shining. Always wanted to, always chicken out.

28. Give back to the infertility community.

29. Go back to school.

30. Read 20 books a year.