35 Things in 2015

Recap: 35 Things in 2015

On January 1, 2015, I posted a list of 35 things I wanted to accomplish (I chose that number because I would turn 35 years old in June).

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.)

Roof replacement

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.

Me, Elissa and Hudson

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.

Five Points Bakery

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.

Lake Effect Ice Cream - Lockport, NY

11. Buffalo Bisons baseball game
We attended a game on Paul’s birthday in July.

12. Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve
We went to Reinstein in May with Jaclyn and her family, and she wrote a post about it.

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.

Shark Girl - Canalside

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.

18. Eternal Flame at Chestnut Ridge Park
We made it to the flame in August. Once again with Jaclyn and her family. And once again, she wrote about it while I did not!

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.

20. Bird Island Pier
I’ve visited twice before — Sept 2012 and Nov 2013 — but due to construction most of the year on the bridge which leads to the park entrance, we didn’t make it back.

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.

24. Buffalo’s annual Garden Walk
We didn’t go on the Walk! Paul was out of town that weekend and I decided to skip it rather than go solo. We did go in 2014 and enjoyed it very much.

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.)

Me and Paul in DC

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.)

Ethiopian food at West Side Bazaar

31. Locate a fabulous Thai restaurant that I can confidently recommend to Thai-loving visitors
Jasmine Thai will do the trick.


32. Surpass my 2014 reading total of 53 books
I didn’t just surpass my 2014 reading total, I crushed it. Maybe I should have used some of that extra time to cross off items from this list instead…

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.

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  • Reply Jaclyn January 18, 2016 at 10:07 am

    What a busy, wonderful year you had! I’m glad we got to spend so much time together. We always love hanging out with you and Paul!

    • Reply Zandria January 18, 2016 at 10:17 am

      It looks like a lot of stuff but I still feel like I didn’t do enough. I always want to do more! I get bored otherwise. Hopefully we’ll have plenty of 2016 adventures together as well. 🙂

  • Reply Annette Kinsey January 18, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    You accomplished so many of your goals, you should be very proud. As for me, I’m going to set my goals after i do them ; )

    • Reply Zandria January 19, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      Some people prefer to do it that way (list their accomplishments after they’ve done them, rather than before). You do so much in your daily life, I’m sure you accomplish just as much (if not way more) than I do!

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