I ended up crossing off 28 items from my list. Not as impressive as I would have liked, but not bad.
1. Make the guest room in our house a comfortable and inviting spot
I’m not a designer and it’s not magazine-ready, but I’ve had visitors stay overnight in our guest room without complaint (well, there may have been a slight complaint about the sloping ceilings on either side of the bed — if you don’t watch out, you can bang your head).
2. Replace our roof (ugh!)
The not-so-fun part of being a homeowner. At least we knew about it before we bought the house; it wasn’t a surprise.
(Our front yard was a big mess that day.)
3. Host overnight guests
My sister Elissa, brother-in-law Travis, and then-3-month-old nephew Hudson visited us for four days / five nights in late September.
4. Plant something in our yard when spring arrives
I planted a few veggies but none of them grew big enough to eat. Pretty certain it was my error; I should try again.
5. Max-out my workplace 401k and Heath Savings Account (HSA) contributions
I maxed-out my 401k ($18,000) and HSA contributions ($5,650 because I have a family plan and my employer contributes $1,000 to the account), for a total of $23,650.
6. Become a one-car household
We got rid of my husband’s car over the summer. Now we just own an ugly Civic.
7. Spend less money in 2015 than we did in 2014
Goal accomplished! And I plan to spend even less money in 2016.
Places and Events in/near Buffalo
8. New location of Five Points Bakery
We went to Five Points in April. Super cute place.
9. Lockport Cave and Underground Boat Ride
I cannot officially cross this off, but in September we did drive to Lockport and attempt to take the tour. However, the boat was out of order! We didn’t want to do part of the tour without getting the full experience, so we walked around on our own instead.
10. Lake Effect Ice Cream
We followed up our Lockport visit with a stop at Lake Effect. It was divine.
11. Buffalo Bisons baseball game
We attended a game on Paul’s birthday in July.
13. Niagara Wine Trail
I went to seven wineries on the trail with my mother-in-law and several friends in February.
14. Take a photo with Shark Girl at Canalside
I crossed this off in September when my sister Elissa was visiting.
15. Wilkeson Point
This location should have been an easy one to check off, but alas…no.
16. Horsefeathers Winter Market
We visited the market in April and purchased several items while we were there.
17. Buffalo Naval and Military Park
Cool place! We spent more time exploring the three ships than I expected. The close quarters in the interior of the ships can get kind of claustrophobic, though.
19. Taste of Buffalo
This was my second time attending this event. Crowds are a problem for me so if I go again, I want to seek out a less-busy time than the middle of the day.
21. Attend a concert
Paul and I saw Imagine Dragons at First Niagara Center in June.
22. Buffalo Sabres hockey game
This was crossed off in January.
23. Shakespeare in Delaware Park
Paul enjoyed this event more than I did. It just wasn’t an ideal setup — it was very busy the night we went; I couldn’t hear the performers because we were too far from the speakers; and it turned chilly later in the evening so I was shivering for the last hour or two.
25. Experience something new at Niagara Falls
We viewed the Falls from Goat Island in September. I have no idea what took us so long; it was really fun.
Places to visit elsewhere
26. Return to DC to visit friends
I visited DC twice (May and September).
(Me and Paul relaxing on a bench near Union Station.)
27. Return to Toronto
Paul and I meant to do this but never made the time. Sigh. 2016, for sure. I really enjoyed my first visit in February 2014.
28. Visit a city I’ve never been to before
We went to Newport Beach, CA in June. Lovely place.
29. Complete a third Whole30
I completed my third and final Whole30 in January.
30. Revisit my favorite Ethiopian food vendor at West Size Bazaar
The vegetable combination platter at the Bazaar rocks.
(Looking at this photo makes me want to go back again.)
31. Locate a fabulous Thai restaurant that I can confidently recommend to Thai-loving visitors
Jasmine Thai will do the trick.
33. Read at least one fiction book per month
I used to read very little fiction, but in 2015 I really stepped it up. 53 of the 137 books I read were fiction.
34. Get my bike tuned so I can ride it again
I did get my bike out and rode it several times, but I didn’t get it professionally tuned. I still need to do this because the chain is all rusted and I’m pretty sure it’s going to snap at any moment.
35. Private goal
Last January, I thought I wanted to have a baby. By April, I was seriously questioning that decision. I still don’t know exactly where I stand, but at this point I am not pregnant.