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30 Before 30 List: Year in Review

I have entered a new decade of life! This also means that my 30 Before 30 List is over. And once again, I didn’t complete my entire list. I finished about 50.5% of the things on my list this year. A few favorites include: visiting Iceland, buying my first house, trying standup paddleboarding, biking the San Juan Islands, buying a mixte bike, doing yoga for a month, and going to 200ish new restaurants. So of course the next logic step is to create a 31 New Things Before 31 list. And then I need to try harder this year! :) Read more…

#18. Try Kiteboarding, er Stand Up Paddle Boarding?

Guess what? I didn’t go kiteboarding! Ever since my windsurfing class in Naxos, Greece, I’ve been wanting to try kiteboarding. I’ve tried all the board sports I can think of [and loved them all!], except kiteboarding and stand up paddle boarding. I figured I would have the opportunity to try out kiteboarding this spring during my “escape from weather hell” vacation. After deciding on Hawaii, I started looking at paddle boarding instead. So after researching Maui stand up paddle boarding (SUP!) options, we ended up renting two at the beach and sharing. So. Much. Fun! Honestly, I thought it would Read more…

#4: Take a Cooking Class – 30 Before 30 List

Taking a cooking class is one of those things that I’ve been claiming I’m going to do “soon” for about two years now. Success! After more than a year of staring at the cooking class schedule from Sur La Table, I chose the “Provencal Sunday Supper” class. I’d originally wanted to take a fish class, but since Provencal food is Mediterranean, fish at least made an appearance on the menu. So last weekend, my bff and I headed over to Sur La Tabla, here in Portland, for our first official cooking class. There ended up being about a dozen people Read more…

#9: Go To 52 [More] New Restaurants – 30 Before 30 List

After completing #9 on my 30 Before 30 List of going to 52 new restaurants/coffee shops/bars in the first three months of my list, I’ve continued to keep track of places, so here’s round two of 52 new restaurants. Foursquare makes this so easy to keep track of. :) New Restaurants Visited September – November: Pok Pok – possibly over-hyped — awesome regardless Olympic Provisions Dragonfish Asian Cafe Kennedy School (Counts! I had never eaten there!) Ugarit (foodcart) North 45 – awesome patio Pyro Pizza (foodcart) – tasty, tasty pizza Whiffies Fried Pies – I could maybe [not] eat 11 Read more…

#25: Start a Grown-up Liquor Collection – 30 Before 30 List

Yoga one month, drinking the next. :)  The only liquor I have at home is Pastis, and the occasional vodka or gin. So when I decided to do a bit of research for #25 on my 30 Before 30 list, I first of all discovered that I should call it a liquor collection, as alcohol collection is clearly the wrong name. So what belongs in a liquor collection? According to my dear friend Martha (who likes to hide information in 20 page photo galleries and downloadable pdfs, of which I don’t have the patience for) the following items belong in Read more…

Olivia Raymer
Things I ♥: travel, food (I'm a pescatarian), the Pacific Northwest, bikes (I ride an orange mixte), beer (IPAs), summer, coffee, lists, and kitties. Travel enthusiast, former product manager, dabbler, and currently helping small businesses with digital strategy at Early Bird Strategy.

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