35 Things in 2015

35 Things in 2015

I’ve long been a fan of lists. I keep lists to remind me of things to do in my daily life. I posted lists of my favorite CrockPot meals and weeknight dinners. Years ago I did the 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge. (Does anyone remember that? It was big for a while.) I also have a Buffalo Bucket List (I’ve been pretty good about crossing things off there) and a general Life List (which needs updating).

While I like the idea of a Life List, the goals tend not to be easily obtainable. They’re things you want to do someday, but it could be years down the road before the opportunity presents itself. I tend to stay on track better with short-term goals.

That’s why I decided to make a list of 35 items to complete in 2015.

Why 35? It was originally supposed to be a 35 Before 35 list (meaning 35 things I’d like to do before I turn 35 years old), but since I turn 35 in June 2015, I figured I should give myself a little more time to complete everything. I will post updates throughout the year on how I’m doing.


1. Make the guest room in our house a comfortable and inviting spot

2. Replace our roof (ugh!)

3. Host overnight guests

4. Plant something in our yard when spring arrives


5. Max-out my workplace 401k and Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions

6. Become a one-car household

7. Spend less money in 2015 than we did in 2014
(Paul and I started tracking our spending in January 2014, which includes everything from housing costs, groceries, and fuel for our cars, to personal expenses like haircuts and clothing purchases. It’s been really interesting to see how much we spend in certain categories. Now I want to take that further and identify where we can save more money.)

Places and Events in/near Buffalo

8. New location of Five Points Bakery
(I haven’t been back since I visited their original location in Sept 2012.)

9. Lockport Cave and Underground Boat Ride

10. Lake Effect Ice Cream

11. Buffalo Bisons baseball game

12. Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve

13. Niagara Wine Trail

14. Take a photo with Shark Girl at Canalside

15. Wilkeson Point

16. Horsefeathers Winter Market

17. Buffalo Naval and Military Park

18. Eternal Flame at Chestnut Ridge Park

19. Taste of Buffalo

20. Bird Island Pier
(I’ve visited twice before — Sept 2012 and Nov 2013 — but it’s a great place to visit on a warm day and I haven’t been back in over a year.)

Bird Island Pier

21. Attend a concert

22. Buffalo Sabres hockey game
(Paul and I attended one of their games while living in Washington, DC, and we went to a pre-season game in 2013, but I’ve yet to attend a regular season game in Buffalo.)

23. Shakespeare in Delaware Park
(I’ve already spent two summers in Buffalo but I haven’t made it to this. Summer 2015 for certain.)

24. Buffalo’s annual Garden Walk

25. Experience something new at Niagara Falls
(I’ve been to Niagara Falls four times, but so far I’ve only ever looked at the Falls or walked across the bridge to Canada. I’d like to visit Three Sisters Island or possibly do the Cave of the Winds tour.)

Places to visit elsewhere

26. Return to DC to visit friends
(Last visit was June 2014.)

27. Return to Toronto
(My first visit was January 2014; I’d like to go again when it’s not freeeeezing outside.)

Paul outside Hockey Hall of Fame

28. Visit a city I’ve never been to before


29. Complete a third Whole30
(My first was in July 2012, second was in October 2014.)

30. Revisit my favorite Ethiopian food vendor at West Size Bazaar
(I wrote about my first visit in Sept 2013.)

West Side Bazaar

31. Locate a fabulous Thai restaurant that I can confidently recommend to Thai-loving visitors


32. Surpass my 2014 reading total of 53 books

33. Read at least one fiction book per month
(I’ve been a nonfiction/memoir gal for years, but I need to branch out.)

34. Get my bike tuned so I can ride it again
(I purchased a bike in 2008 but haven’t been on it in years.)

35. Private goal

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  • Reply Elissa January 1, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Finish up that guest room before I get there…i require 3 pillows btw 🙂

    • Reply Zandria January 1, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      Elissa: That is my motivation!

  • Reply Jaclyn January 1, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    This is such a great list! I especially love your places to visit in/near Buffalo category. We’re planning to do our seasonal hiking project at Reinstein Woods this year, so you and Paul should definitely join us at least once. And the Eternal Flame is on my list for the year, too!

    Can’t wait to hear how you do with these. 🙂

    • Reply Zandria January 1, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      Jaclyn: Glad you approve! To be honest, I got the idea for Reinstein Woods from YOUR list. So yes, we should definitely go together! That and the Flame.

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