30 While I’m 30

My 101 in 1001 list deadline is nearly here and I can safely say – I’m not going to make it.


I saw this image on Pinterest the other day,  I liked it so much I sent it to the Boy because it reminded me of us and how we’ll often reflect back and think – WOW – look how different everything is now.

That is funny

And I think it applies to the 1001 part of the list.  Sure some of those things I really wanted to do, and some of them were silly nothing things – is my life really any different because I haven’t completed a colouring book?  And of course there are other things on that list that I knew I wouldn’t get to – learning French, learning French enough to actually converse in it. 

But there’s another aspect to it that I didn’t really consider when I set out on my list – my priorities are completely different.  I don’t want to spend my time learning French right now.  It’s not that I don’t have time, or couldn’t do it.  I can – I just don’t want to.  I’d rather cuddle with my puppy or knit.  When my 1001 days are up, and I look back to 1001 days ago, everything will have changed and I’ll have done LOTS of things that I never even thought of putting on a list.  I got married, I bought a house, I got a new job, I increased my income, I joined a gym and actually stuck with it, I learned all kinds of new things, I maintained friendships and created new ones. Yes, some of those things were on my list – but I generally didn’t do them because they were on my list.  I did them because I wanted to, or because the timing was right.

And I’m okay with that.

So what I took from the 101 in 1001 challenge is this – A. it’s really hard.  B. the long timeline is helpful in some ways but in others it doesn’t keep your list top-of-mind or particularly relevant. C. Items on the list really should be measurable and one-offs are best.

I’m still going to see what I can check off in the next few weeks, but I’ve also moved on to a list that I think will work better for me.

30 While I’m 30.

Thirty things that are on my weekly to-do list that generally get pushed to next week, but are actually things I want to do, and are things that I can do.

I’ll be 31 in 2 months – and 30 has generally been pretty kick ass. I thought I would use my birthday as a tangible and realistic deadline to cross a few things off the list.  Nothing major.  No grand ridiculous plans, just a nice succinct list of things that I want to do/finish.

Here we go:
  1. Take Gordon for 30 walks
  2. 1 week moratorium on Starbucks
  3. 2 week moratorium on Starbucks
  4. Finish the ottoman
  5. Make a jewelry solution
  6. Unpack my backpack (the last “real” box from our move)
  7. Organize purses/purge for easier rotation
  8. Build a desk
  9. Clean/organize office
  10. Take wedding dress to be cleaned
  11. Update resume
  12. Take a long walk on the Tom Taylor Trail with my camera
  13. Organize photos on new computer
  14. Frame canvases from Lisa
  15. Decorate bathroom
  16. Go to a spin class
  17. Set up a regular RRSP contribution plan
  18. Have Kristyn, John and Logan for dinner – or bring dinner to them
  19. Organize knitting patterns
  20. Finish Tanis sweater
  21. Finish cowl
  22. Finish baby girl sweater
  23. Stencil bedroom
  24. Clean hall closet
  25. Surprise Dan with a present
  26. Clean and shelf paper linen closet
  27. Vacuum and clean both cars
  28. Plan a front garden
  29. Get kitchen table and chairs
  30. Make cupcakes – just because.

Will I do another 101 in 1001? I don’t know – maybe.  I guess I’ll see how 30 While I’m 30 goes and decide from there.

Let me know – What’s on your endless “to do” list??


Happy V-Day

Not Veteren’s Day fools. Valentines Day.

I was recently asked if the Boy and I were planning anything for the big day.  My response? I don’t know.  We haven’t really ever celebrated Valentines Day, (sometimes to the Boy’s peril depending on my mood) but now we’re married so maybe things will be different this year.

Have I mentioned married life rocks?! That’s right, I came home to these.

And a sushi date.  And Harry Potter (we’ve just got the last year at Hogwarts to go)

Yes, the Boy definitely definitely used his listening skills this year, despite kicking my wine over and making a Valentine’s mess

And in return?  I went to my neighbourhood Service Ontario office.

And officially became Meaghan M.  It took a motivating pep-talk to myself. But I had decided I wanted to do it. So I did it. Quick and dirty like a band-aid. I thought it would feel weird, and it does if I think about it out loud.  But what can I say – I love my Valentine*.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!






101 in 1001 – THE NEW LIST

I made my argument yesterday, why things needed to change on the 101 in 1001 front… here are the updates.

Things I’m keeping on the list –

Photo Challenge  – 26 days in and going strong.
Colouring a colouring book – I’ve got one  and I’m working on it.
A button for my blog – I’m thinking it will come with a redesign this spring
Get a puppy – the family did get Miss. Molly but I’m hoping sometime in the next 500 or so days there is an animal in our house too… sure it might be a pipe dream but it’s one I have to keep alive!
Ride my bike to work everyday for 1 week – I now live 1.6km from work.  There is really no reason not to do this one.
Pay $5 for every item not completed

Things I’ve totally done but forgot to tell you –

I’ve gone to a concert – We saw The Tragically Hip this summer, they were awesome as usual.  We were supposed to see Weezer too but I foolishly left the time management to boys and we only caught the last song.  Colour me disappointed!

I’ve seen another play – Sista and I went on a date and saw her school production of RENT! It was decent, but the best part was probably the awesome over acting of innocent High School students singing about their lives as drugged out HIV+ prostitutes. So sweet.

We added new veggies to the garden – in the midst of w-planning we (okay The Boy totally managed the garden this year, basically single-handedly) added red peppers, banana peppers, plum tomatoes, yellow and green zucchini and kale to the mix this year.  For the most part our efforts did not go well… it might have been because it was a little neglected.

I bought a piece of art – I bought 2 pieces actually and they both include The Boy and I! One print from our engagement photo shoot – beautiful TTC photo and one from our wedding – beautiful photo of The Boy and I with our fancy car and the awesome barn. Oh man – they are both so awesome and beautiful and they both look like pieces of art that we just happen to be in. Double Score!

I Sponsored a woman at Christmas through a Holiday Hamper program – CHECK!

Things I have coming up that I’m super excited to cross off –

Going to a ballet – after a bit of a gong show trying to do this for my birthday, Mom bought me tickets for Christmas and Mom and I are going in March.

Photo Challenge – I’m finding this surprisingly fun, I even started reading the manual of our new camera – now I just have to retain that information and I’ll be set

Take a camera class – Seriously need to register for this.

Things I’m nixing completely

  1. Put $20 into savings for each thing I’ve completed – this just didn’t really work, I’m saving regularly and I never remember to put extra money in for accomplishing something.  I am keeping the pay $5 for things not completed though.
  2. Complete a 30 day challenge – 30 day challenge of what? I can’t remember. Off the list and replacing it with something else.
  3. Change the pictures in our frames once a year – I like the pictures we have up right now.
  4. Get a new bike – I don’t need a new bike.  Nixed.
  5. Keep all Movie Stubs – I put this on there because The Boy and I have seen a lot of movies in our history together and I’ve often thought imagine if I had kept all of the stubs? But do you know why you don’t keep the stubs? Because what is the point? There isn’t one.  Boo.
  6. Eat Raw for 1 week –  I haven’t been able to get through a week of completely vegetarian yet – meat seems to keep it’s way in there once a week! So this totally isn’t going to happen – I’ll pay the $5 but I’m changing this one to something else.

Things I’m adding in to replace those things I’m booting

  1. Knit 12 pairs of socks in 2012 – I knit January socks, then thought I lost them to a HORRIBLE felting incident in the washing machine, they seem to have survived – it was close but we made it. 1/12
  2. Knit 16 baby toques for donation to the local hospital
  3. Write a knitting pattern for socks and publish it on Ravelry
  4. PURGE the apartment one room at a time.
  5. Save $10,000
  6. Go on a week long vacation with the Boy, by ourselves.  The Boy and I have NEVER been away together family free for more than 3 days.  In 9 years.  Can you believe we JUST realized this!?

Things I missed – and Revisting 101 in 1001

I was thinking about 2011 for a few minutes the other day and checked in with my 101 in 1001 list (probably because of this post from Fumbling Toward Normalcy).  And realized that I was missing some things on my 101 list that I have indeed done, but not checked off and decided I needed to change some things on my list.

I know. Editing a 101 list is not in the rules of the game. But to that I have 4 arguments:

  1. It was my first 101 list and I can see the error in my amateur list making ways
  2. I’m not changing that many things
  3. Rules are made to be broken
  4. It’s my list and you’re not the boss of me.

Some of the things I have been doing in an ongoing way but because they are SO ongoing for the whole list – they’re no longer really a goal, and I’m missing the satisfaction of crossing things off the list. I like lists. But I like them purely for the ability to cross things off.

So I’m updating, and generally making my list a little more SMART – focusing on the Specific, Measurable and Timely portions. I’m just over halfway as far as the 1001 goes, but it’s really not specific enough.  I plead newbie, and rather than wait a year + to make a better list, I’m making it better starting now.

New recipes – this one was just silly of me, 1 new recipe a month? I use new recipes all the time! So I’m taking out the time frame of 1/month and upping the quota – 50 new recipes by the end of my list. That’s about 3/month which is totally doable, but I think basing the goal on a number instead of regularity I’ll get the best of both worlds and feel more accomplished.  Aside from the goal on the list I’m thinking posting about one of these recipes each month would be a good addition.

Purge – My brother packed up his house in December and moved and it made me come home and look at all the stuff in our apartment that we don’t use and what I would not want to pack when the time comes.  Also the Boy made a comment the other day about the number of cookbooks I have and I thought “You’re right.” I don’t use all of these… let’s get rid of some.  So I’m making it my goal to ruthlessly purge each room in our apartment.

Dates and phone calls with BFFs Kate and Kristyn.  To be honest, I think the 101 list helped with this initially it made me more aware of how long it has been since I spoke to or met up with each of these lovelies, but now I’m just better at it and don’t check it off a list every time I do it.  This is why I do not like these items any more and am replacing them with Be a Good Friend to Kate and Be a Good Friend to Kristyn goals.  That means, increasing my random acts of kindness not to random people (although that would probably be a good idea too) but to the people that are important to me. I haven’t quite decided what this means for each of them… but I think it’s going to be good.

Dates and phone calls with my Sista – again… I don’t need a list to talk to my Sista and calling her each week – she is crazy busy during the week and often exhausted by the time she gets home.  Sometimes, when you call the Sista and she’s just tired – she’s not so much with the talkative.  So I’m exing this one and adding a Be a Good Friend cluase, AND Plan a Sista date, we are both pretty indecisive but when we get together we have so much fun.  With boys and husbands I just want to make sure we still spend some time together.  So I’m putting it on the list.

Blog 3 times a week – so I’ve obviously fallen off the wagon with this bad boy. But I don’t like that because I’ve fallen off track I lose out completely on ever checking it off.  So I’m updating to reach 500 blog posts.

Tomorrow – an full update.  (I wrote the whole thing but OH MAN it’s too long!)

What do you think? Is this totally cheating?


A date in wine country

Sista and her Physicist are winos. I’m a wino too but the Boy is not. Sista and her Physicist are pros when it comes to wine country (that means they’ve been twice three times sorry Sista corrected me and demanded an errata! once to Pelee and once twice to Niagara) so this summer I let them plan the trip and we made the Boy be our DD.

He was thrilled.

Here are ten things I learned while wine tasting:

  1. There are about a million different wineries in Niagara on the Lake.Sista and the Physicist
  2. You can pick any of them and you’ll likely be delighted.
  3. Some of the wineries are owned by celebrities
  4. These do not necessarily make them good.
  5. Turns out the Boy does like wine.
  6. He just has expensive taste.
  7. You can taste the difference in dirt at Coyote’s Run
  8. You should probably go with a budget
  9. Thinking you’re not going to spend anything is delusional
  10. When you’ve decided you can only budget one fancy bottle – budget another one, especially if the second last stop is the best stop!

Seriously, we learned that you can try just about everywhere and fun will be had, but if you want to be just like me here’s where we went:

The Boy and I picked our favourite from Coyote’s Run as our expensive bottle. We decided we would save it for a special occasion. A new job.

We celebrated.

Can you believe the Boy said he didn’t think we would be opening it so soon?

Apparently he didn’t realize my awesomeness.

Go on a wine tour. Check!

Breakfast for Dinner with the help of Mama Pea

Banana on Pancake

Image via Wikipedia - sadly I forgot to take a picture of our pancakes. But for the record we topped them with peaches!

 In keeping to our commitment of cooking dinner, The Boy and my biggest hurdle seems to be indecision.

“What do you want for dinner?”

“I don’t know. What do you want for dinner?”

“I don’t know.”


This is why I need to meal plan and shop accordingly – next week’s goal!

Last week, Mama Pea came to the rescue. Breakfast for dinner.  The Boy and I enjoyed her delicious Apple Cinnamon Pancakes for dinner last night.

I’ll admit, we were both nervous – as I think anyone is when you veer away from your favourite pancake recipe – what if these aren’t as good?  And I was positive I had over mixed.  The Boy, his concerns were with the size of the pancakes.  To be fair our regular pancakes are quite thin and light, and these were thick and denser. But man on man they were worth the risk!

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes. Maybe not the healthiest dinner – but delicious none the less.

And they were from The Book – bringing me one reciPEA closer to cooking my way through the entire thing.

The Cat Came Back – Clean Eating 2.0

From yesterday’s post you’ll recall I love my Naturopath Dr. Bizios.  I saw her for about a year or so but then I started working full-time and thought since I was doing so well, I should stop seeing her.  Things were stressful but I was doing okay.  Then I moved in with the Boy – a carnivore at heart.

The Boy is usually willing to try anything I make but is adamant on one thing – “I don’t like beans.”  Bah! It’s not terribly easy to make vegetarian meals that are filling and not full of cheese without beans. Thanks Boy. Nonetheless we compromised and I would make about one vegetarian meal a week – Meatless Monday if you will.

The pain started to come back.  I never returned to dairy full out – I probably haven’t had a glass of milk in about 5 years. But there is always ice cream in our house.  And usually there’s cheese. Yogurt was always on the good food list with The Bizios – so there is always yogurt around too.  But basically – I got lazy.  I was stubborn to cook two meals for two people.  And the Boy is a big guy – so even when I made vegetarian meals that he would eat – he would be into a bag of chips straight afterward, which meant dinner wasn’t enough… and also he has a chip problem.

What sent me back to Dr. Bizios was the UTIs coming back.  I tracked them for a year and sure enough every 3 months I was back at the doctor or in the emergency room getting another prescription.  Like clockwork.

So in December I went back.  I called The Bizios and said I needed to come back. She has worked her magic and I am getting back on track and most importantly I have been UTI free for the last 5 months.  Hooray!

There’s just one problem with The Biz.  She has this little habit of being preggo every time I start seeing her.  And sure enough at the end of June she’ll be going off on maternity leave – “for as long as it takes to no longer feel sleep deprived.” Since this is her third little one – I’m guessing it’s going to take longer than 6 weeks.

At my appointment last week we discussed my stress levels and my progress. By and large things are going really well,  but when I stuck out my tongue she called me on it (I told you she’s psychic).  “Meaghan – how’s your eating?”  Crap.

It’s okay.  But I know I could be doing better.  She asked that I really be conscious of my eating for the next 6 weeks until my next appointment.  She wants to leave me in good health when she goes off for her baby vaycay.

So, I thought about it.  And I’m going to give it a whirl – living allergen free is on my 101 list after all.  I know what I need to do and I’m a HUGE advocate of the benefits of whole food eating.  I don’t eat a lot of processed food but how I’m combining those foods could be better.

It’s not going to be easy.  The Boy is I’m sure reading this and having a heart attack that we’re only going to eat granola for the next 6 weeks.  But I think it’s necessary.  My energy will be so much better – and last time I was diligent about it I lost nearly 25 pounds. While I didn’t put all of that back on – I’m just saying the timing is okay with me.

The Twenties Roar is not a food blog.  It’s a little bit of everything blog – and it’s definitely a “me making sense of the world and of myself” blog. So to keep true to both of those platforms I’m going to blog about my foodieness on a new page within The Twenties Roar – you can find it at the top – The Challenge.

The Challenge is to eat cleanly as much as possible (I’m just sayin’ it’s the Boy’s birthday next week – there will be cake and I will be eating some)  To experiment with new recipes.  To meal plan.  And to do it all while continuing to feed a 6’8” Boy – without making 2 separate meals as much as possible.

I’ve kind of started this week. But the posts will start in earnest next week.  Complete with recipes I’ve tried and where the hurdles are and how I’m managing them.  After my next appointment we’ll let Dr. Bizios and my tongue be the judge.  Fingers crossed we both get a passing grade.

Going Legit

I know I’ve referred to W-day as the day the Boy and I go legit. But that’s not what I’m bloggin’ about today.

The Boy and I spent our long weekend golfing and I went legit.

As per my 101 in 1001 list – I counted every stroke.

124 BABY!

Now all I need to do is beat it by 10 strokes.
Success doesn’t come without sacrifice.  I seem to be locking my fingers too tightly

That’s a bruised pinky if you can’t tell.

Totally worth it.

The Boy really didn’t want me to post my score card – because he wasn’t happy with his score (and because I can’t find it today). So instead here’s a picture of the Boy – the serious golfer.

I’m loving Instagram right now – it makes my iPhone pics so much more fun!

114 here I come!


I was going to do a YouTube Friday.  But I’ve been slacking in the blogging department so I thought I should blog.  But as I started and stopped a few different topics I realized I don’t have the patience to write a full blog post about anything – I need to stick to the random list.

Here we go:

  1. The Boy and I both had a pajama day on Monday.  The weekend with the marriage course was so busy and exhausting that when I was still lying in bed at 8:17am on Monday morning I realized I just couldn’t do it.  I was exhausted and my tummy hurt. I haven’t had a pajama day in a long time and it was awesome.  And it checked another thing off my 101 list!
  2. I love Apple.  I’m a Mac all the way.  Yesterday my love of Apple was confirmed once again.  We went in to look at phone covers – but nothing grabbed our attention.  I was also looking for an external hard drive.  This little MacBook is full to the top and it’s time to take off some of those 3500+ photos.  I was prepared to buy a terabyte hard drive and my friendly Apple guy said no need – he actually sold me a less expensive option that really is all I need right now.  I really like when sales people don’t oversell me stuff – it makes my heart sing. Thanks Apple guy!
  3. I’m back on track with my Naturopath.  And what does that mean? It means I’m feeling better. It means my skin is better. And it means I’m focusing again on what I’m eating.  I’m still eating too much sugar but I’m working on it.  One thing I have been doing well with is drinking more water. And I can happily say that I have checked another thing off the list – 8 glasses a day for a month! Well, sort of. I have a new app on my phone Water Tracker and it sends me a reminder 7 times a day to drink water.  There are days where I don’t quite get to 8 but I’m definitely between 6 and 9 glasses each day.  And that is way better than normal.  So while I think I’ll probably still not make a full 30 days always getting 8 glasses (it’s really hard on weekends) I’m counting my continued effort.  And telling you if drinking more water is one of your goals – try Water Tracker.  It’s awesome.  Check!
  4. I finished my Christmas knitting last month and forgot to blog about it.  I finished the Boy’s Christmas socks and the Sista’s too small sweater turned into her Christmas cowl.  Instead of tearing out the sweater and reknitting something I’ve already done – I knit her something new! But I may have forgotten to take pictures of the prettyness.  But I will send you to see the original Buttons Cowl at Tanis Fibre Arts – I heart Tanis.  I heart her yarn and I think it shows great restraint on my part that I don’t have a huge stash hiding somewhere in the apartment…. or do I?
  5. The Boy and I are doing more registry fun tonight. We’re scanning away tonight and while I have some reservations feeling kind of gluttonous and greedy another part of me is very excited about starting our marriage with things that we’ve chosen instead of only a house full of other people’s leftovers.
  6. Here’s the china we’ve registered for
  7. And here’s our everyday stuff
  8. I’ve always made fun of brides at wedding showers who get so excited over plates.  I can now honestly say I get it.  I love these plates.
  9. My brother just sent me about 1000 YouTube videos so you get a YouTube Friday afterall!

YouTube Friday

This week’s YouTube Friday is knocking two birds down off the 101 in 1001 list. (You thought I forgot about it didn’t you!)

It’s been a week of theatre – first a community production of one of the best books of all time To Kill a Mockingbird, starring some student of my Sistas.  It was a family affair as we all headed out to support the community arts.  They’re a long way from Broadway, but it was fun nonetheless.

Next stop? Well, it started when the Sista sent me an email just before the Boy and I left for Florida in November to say that if I hadn’t gotten her anything for Christmas yet, she had an idea.  I had got her something – the miniature sweater, but because it was lace weight yarn – it was the most inexpensive sweater ever in the history of the world.  I knew I was going to get her something else, so I let her tell me her idea.

She had already bought tickets to Billy Elliot the Musical during it’s run in Toronto, but had reconsidered the financial commitment she had made and decided it would be better if we got eachother a ticket instead of her buying both of them.  Agreed!

We had ourselves a non-wedding related Sista date last night and it was GLORIOUS! (We did make a quick stop at The Bay to check in on my Kitchen Aid Mixer, but other than that – wedding free). 

If you haven’t seen this play yet – what are you waiting for?! Do it! Do it NOW!

To give you a little sneak preview….

The official trailer:

Plus one highly illegal video (not mine – I obey the rules) and unfortunately not of Toronto –  but just as awesome! It will really make you wonder – what the hell is wrong with wearin’ a dress?

I’m going to be singing and dancing all weekend!

Have a great weekend and for select provinces, including all Ontarians Happy Family Day!