#Before30BucketList: Learn A DIY Craft

(First, go to this post if you don’t know what my #Before30BucketList is. I’ll also be going back to that original post and noting each goal accomplished if you want to keep up but miss out on some of my posts.)

Right around when I was first making my list, my mom invited me to go to her Mindfulness Class with her, which was held at her local library every Monday — for free. I didn’t put it on my list because it wasn’t really something I was going to follow up on, but I did go (because this is not only my #Before30BucketList year but also my “Yes Year” aka my “Year of Experiences” in which I try to say yes to everything and do as much as possible and probably kill myself in the process).

Anyway, it worked out perfectly that I was figuring out my goals at this time because when I read them to my mom and worried about how I was going to afford and/or find everything she pointed out that all of our local libraries hold all different kinds of free classes. So I spent way too much time looking up every class offered in all of my county and the neighboring county (because I live literally on the edge of the two) and wrote down anything I might be interested in or that would apply to my list.

Originally I found two classes that could count as “Learn A DIY Craft” and I was considering making this one my “Take A How-To Class” but the second crafting class was canceled so here we are. I may have skimped a bit because it was only one class and I didn’t really learn a lot about the craft, but I did complete two projects and plan to follow up on my own to learn more.

The class was origami, which I’ve always been interested in but never really pursued. When I got there they asked me if I’d ever done origami before and I said no but halfway through class I remembered that back in middle school we used to make cootie catchers basically every day and I used that memory to turn them into programs for my wedding, and I designed, printed, cut, and folded all 80 by myself (rarely anyone even took one).


These are the cootie catcher wedding programs, not what I did in the origami class.

So I did remember a few things that I learned along my wedding-prep route, like folding twice (once on each side) made things easier and how to best align the paper so you got even folds. That doesn’t mean I was an expert, however. More than once the other women in class asked me to help them because I’m impatient and kept going ahead without instructions and looked like I knew what I was doing, then ended up being wrong and having to help them undo what I had previously done and redo it the right way once I got the hang of it.

There’s not really too much to say about this class. It was fun and the instructor had been a kindergarten teacher so she dealt with us rebels well. I’ve noticed in my free class-taking time that the majority of people like to goof off and not take themselves too seriously. There were also snacks and drinks and the whole atmosphere was wonderful, so I rather enjoyed myself.


If you can’t tell which one I am, well, you need to come around more often.

I got the hang of things pretty well and made a super awesome basket, which I still have in my room holding various knick-knacks I refuse to move into another room but also don’t know what the hell to do with. Originally we were told we’d be making two baskets but we were so goofy about the first one that we had about 5 minutes left to make the second one. I insisted that I could stay if anyone else could, so most of us hung around to make the second. That’s when everyone learned I lived 20 minutes away and couldn’t believe I drove that far but then kept inviting me to other classes so I don’t know what was going on in their heads.


I gave the top one to my friend for her birthday because I’m poor and kept the bottom one for my crap.

At the end of the day I felt successful productive and inspired to teach myself more Origami, so I do believe it was a success.


**EDIT — I bought an at-home origami kit from 5Below the other day and have been doing all sorts of creative animals. I’ll update with pictures when I feel I’ve finished, but for now I just wanted to add that in and change some of the specifics at the bottom.

Companions: Group of Older Women also Taking the Class, No-good instruction manual

Class: Free
Gas: $5
Tolls: Courtesy of Dad
Materials: Included

At-home Kit: $5

Goal Total: $10

6th Goal Accomplished
List Item #63: Learn A DIY Craft
On 4-6-2017

Bucket List Total: $139

#Before30BucketList: Go To A Brewery

(First, go to this post if you don’t know what my #Before30BucketList is. I’ll also be going back to that original post and noting each goal accomplished if you want to keep up but miss out on some of my posts.)

This was the very first thing I achieved on my bucket list. I didn’t even know I wanted it on my bucket list until Mike’s cousin (my cousin-in-law?) invited me to join him for his birthday which was about a week prior to mine (though we went on mine). Then it hit me that I always hear about wineries and people loving to get silly drunk while sampling all the different kinds of wine, but I hate wine and prefer beer so of course it would make sense for me to go to a brewery. Why aren’t they more talked about? They should be.

Anyway, even though I was very excited about going, I was also kind of skeptical because I’m not a high-maintenance beer drinker. I don’t know about IPAs or Porters or Stouts or Lagers (I literally just had to google “different kinds of beer” to give you a decent selection). I’m a Miller Lite kind of girl. The fanciest beer I drink is Cinnamon Blue Moon because I just happened to stumble upon it at a family party one time. Whenever anyone talks about “really good beer” I tend to dislike it. Something about me not liking it very hoppy, or liking it more hoppy — my sister-in-law tried to explain it to me once based on my average beer choice but I didn’t understand. Or maybe I quit listening. Or maybe I got drunk on my cheap beer.

That’s another thing. This cousin (in-law) is very “cultured”. He enjoys finer things. I don’t know the first thing about finer things. He was the best man at my wedding and I literally changed the attire for the whole wedding party because we argued for months about him not wanting to wear the colors I initially chose for the groomsmen (not outrageous, mind you). Apparently he reads GQ and I read Playboy not for the articles.

We do share a love of books, and our family, and politics, and drinking, and some eccentricities. So we bond over the things we have in common.

When we got to the brewery I half expected the beer to be delivered in fancy-pants glasses and for him to sip them carefully and mutter things men with pocket-watches say. Instead we got our beverages in plastic cups in a great barn room with a very relaxing atmosphere. There were a few other family members with us, and although we didn’t stay long I had a great time.

I also learned that I do really like beer. I sampled every kind they had and enjoyed them all, but the Porter was definitely my favorite. I still don’t know what that means, but at least I’m beginning to learn. Maybe someday I’ll be considered “cultured” instead of “a weird hippie-like freak”.

Brewery Beer Tasting

Hildreth German Wheat / Dennisville Inn Porter (fave) / Farmstead Bradner Brown / (There were also two other options that I tasted separately)

After receiving our beer (and fancy homemade soda for the husband / designated driver) we went out back to the “fire pit”. It took us some fooling around to realize that the fire pit was more like those hot rock pits you find in saunas. Only it was only hot in the middle. And when you dug through the warm rocks there were pipes running through it. I guess that was the source of heat. I was a little tipsy by that point.

I looked up at the trees and smiled with my belly warm and my family near. It wasn’t an exhilarating adventure, but it was an adventure nonetheless and I enjoyed it. I learned from it. I bonded over it. And I plan on doing it again.

Companions: Husband, Aunt, Cousin, Cousin

Food Along The Way: $20
Beer: Courtesy of Aunt
Gas: $8
Tolls: Courtesy of Dad

Goal Total: $28

1st Goal Accomplished
List Item #2: Go To A Brewery

On 3-19-2017

Bucket List Total: $28