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Andrea409 is doing 38 things including…

try 100 new things

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Andrea409 has written 20 entries about this goal

#20. Skinny jeans

I had always assumed that because I’m nearing my mid-30’s, skinny jeans were a no-no. But then I realized that not all skinny jeans are the same. I found two different pairs of Levi’s, and I adore them both! One is a true skinny jean with a mid- to high-rise waist, and the other pair is a curvy skinny jean. The latter pair is super comfortable, because it offers some more room in the areas I need it: thighs and rump, especially.

Verdict: I’ll continue wearing skinny jeans. They are comfy. I think they look relaxed and casual, yet stylish. Pretty much just the look I’m aiming for.

#19. Threading a sewing machine

So, this is not technically new, per se. I used a sewing machine in Home Eco in seventh grade and made a cat pillow. However, I had no recollection of how to use a sewing machine since that time, so I submit that I am entitled to mark this as “new.” I only had a teeny scrap piece of fabric on which to practice, so I messed around with the knobs a bit and tried to keep my stitches straight.

Wow, sewing machines are so cool. I wonder if I’ll become as addicted to sewing as I am to knitting. Uh oh…lol.

Verdict: SO MUCH FUN! I am soo excited to continue learning how to sew things. Eventually, I want to sew some of my own clothes.

#18. No 'Poo

I’ve been shampoo-free for nearly a month straight now. My curls really seem to dig it, that’s for sure. They don’t get all dry, frizzy, poofy, and crazy; they don’t get greasy from product build-up; and they are starting to bundle! As for my scalp, I still co-wash, but I’m not having any grease or otherwise generally icky-feeling issues. I expect this will change when summer arrives, but I think I’ll just have to increase how often I co-wash. In the dry, dry winter, every 3 days is plenty.

Verdict: Yup, I’m sold on the No-Poo Curly Girl routine. When my curls are happy, I am happy.

#17. Cutting my own hair

I have never cut anyone’s hair before, least of all my own. But, on a whim, I cut mine all off. For several reasons, it was time for a fresh start.

It’s not completely even or super stylish, but that’s not really my goal. Besides, my hair is curly, so it hides any mistakes really, really well.

Verdict: I’m going to continue cutting my own hair, if for no other reason, than to save a bundle of money.

#16. Chili without beans?

Can it be done?? Well, yes.

I follow the GAPS diet, and legumes are not permitted. I also love chili. So I searched until I found a recipe that is GAPS-legal. Lo and behold, I found one…and it is delicious! I have made a huge pot several times now, with small variations, and it turns out deliciously each time. From the first bite, my guy and I both announced that this will be a new staple. Here is the link for any interested folks:

Verdict: YUM and YUM!

#15. Knitting with cotton yarn

Cotton doesn’t have much stretch, so it’s hard on the hands. But I bought a cotton/beech modal yarn blend, and it is wonderful. Just heavenly.

Verdict: Stick with cotton blends unless I want to develop tendinitis.

#14. Plopping aka Plunking

This is part of the Curly Girl method. Unwittingly, I did a version of this when I was a kid and always knew that my curls did look a lot better afterwards.

Verdict: Undecided at this point. Will try it a few more times before I decide

#13. Cleaning out my pantry

Is it pathetic that cleaning out my pantry is new to me? Well, it is. While I was in college, I never really cared about tending house. For awhile, I was a bit of an itinerant and, therefore, never really had a place to call my own. But now I do. Much to my surprise, I’m starting to enjoy this domestic thing. Today I gave the pantry a thorough cleaning. I threw out some old food (not too much) and organized the rest. It’s not perfect, but it is much better.

Verdict: good stuff, and it should be done more often

#12. A real, live Christmas tree

Having and decorating a real, live Christmas tree isn’t new to me. We always bought a real tree when I was a kid. I’m certain my dad would not have tolerated an artificial one. However, since being an adult, I have only put up the same boring artificial one every year. Last year, my guy and I decided we hated it. So, we donated it.

The weekend after Thanksgiving, we bundled up and drove out to the country, where one of his co-workers runs a tree farm. Hubby chopped down our own tree. We bundled it up and brought it home. It was so much fun to put up and decorate, and our gifts looked so pretty underneath it.

Verdict: Definitely a tradition I intend to continue with our future children.

#11. Pinterest

I finally set up a Pinterest account and am finding all sorts of cool stuff. I’ve got 4 boards so far, and they are rapidly growing!

Verdict: Very cool site. I’m going to learn so much from it. Definitely a good idea.

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