When my brother, Corbin, and I were young, my parents implemented a savings incentive plan. They offered to match a certain percentage of any money we contributed to our savings accounts, with the caveat that we could not withdraw any funds until we turned 18. Eighteen. That sounded like such a monumental number to us... something that was forever away. Of course, it was the first major milestone. 18 - legal adult. Then 21 - real adult. Even 23, deemed by my friend Olivia, to be the ideal age. That passed too.
So who wants to make me this cake? Anyone?
Of course, I realize that 25 is really just like 24. But then, 24 is a lot like 23, which is a lot like 22... I have not had any big epiphanies about my new age. It is what it is. But it is fun to celebrate birthdays - especially when two of your best friends drive up three hours to visit you! (Thamires and Carolyn - you rock!)
I will also happily accept cake batter cinnamon buns. Or really anything with cake batter in it.
1.) Get a tattoo. No, I am not worried about regretting it later. I am not inclined to regret things anyway. I first wanted a tattoo three years ago, when I studied abroad in Prague. I got my navel pierced there (it hurts), and saw some amazing tattoos at the shop. I have several tattoo ideas - general design and location, but nothing is set yet. Someday maybe I will get all of them.
2.) Make at least five DIY projects and two recipes I see on other blogs. I am dying to try these projects: Jenny's Summertime Traveling Art Kit, Elsie's Pretty Lace Flower Pots for my windowsill cactus garden, Jordan's Vintage Marquee, and Naomi's String Map Art + Heart... a Portland or Seattle version. This recipe looks so scrumptious: Kelly's Watermelon Ice Pops.
3.) Read the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. I know, it seems like reading three books in one year would be a piece of cake. Well, here's the sad thing: I have zero time for reading. I barely have time to sleep five hours a night, let alone to sit down and give my full attention to a good book. I have about six months of magazines piled up because I don't even have time to finish those. Hopefully things will slow down a little after this crazy summer, and I can find some time to read. I used to devour books as a child. Read constantly - any genre, really, but I loved series set in fantasy worlds. Corbin and I used to recommend books to each other and then talk about them afterward. That was mostly before I left for college. He recommended this trilogy to me a few months ago. I bought it and I can't wait to find time to read and discuss the series with him.
4.) Learn to cook vegetarian gumbo. This may involve some recipe invention/experimentation. Totally random, I know. As a side note, I fell in love with okra when I first tried gumbo. Okra is a rare ingredient in the Pacific Northwest, so I never learned how to cook with it. Granted, it will probably be frozen (never seen it fresh), but hey, I do what I can with what I have. I love soups and soupy dishes so, so much, and I would like to expand my repertoire. On that note, if anyone has a good vegetarian gumbo recipe, or heck... any good gumbo recipe (I am not afraid to substitute), please share/post a link!
5.) Get at least 10 pieces of artwork framed. In the past few years, I have been systematically collecting artwork prints. One thing I never got around to is framing, because of the price and hassle. If anyone knows of a good place to get ornate or colorful but inexpensive frames, let me know! I don't necessarily need super fancy frames - just pretty ones. And I love colors, so it is hard for me to imagine buying plain frames. I do really love fancy carved frames, but they make those in plastic too now, right? Heh.
6.) Learn to make cake pops. I had a 40% off one item coupon at Jo-Ann, so I picked up Bakerella's "Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats" book. You can also find it here. Shortly after, as luck would have it, Jacob's mom sent us a delicious Easter treat basket, including cake mix, a cake pop pan, and lollipop/cake pop sticks! I went back to Jo-Ann and picked up some candy melts for the coating. So now I have all of the ingredients - all I need now is to find some time!
Isn't this Easter basket amazing? This doesn't even include the cake pop pans since they didn't fit in the bakset!!
7.) Improve my Adobe Illustrator skills. I drew the artwork for my upcoming jewelry collection (likely launching in August) first in pencil, then outlined in black pen. Zoe helped me fix up and add color to my images using Illustrator. I have had the program for years, but honestly never took the time to learn how to use it before last year. Time to hit the books!
8.) Write important letters. This year, I began to feel that there are some people that I really need to write to. Without delving into the details, I know that this is something that I need to do - something that will both help my personal growth and hopefully also be a positive thing to the recipients. 25 is about time to take the mature route, right? This may not sound like the most fun thing, but honestly, I think I will actually really enjoy writing these (surprise, coming from a blogger).
Do you have any fun goals / birthday goals you are working on?