Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Big 101 Accomplishment

So, I established I'm not doing "101" as it is intended, I think I might start calling it "General Life Pursuits." Either way, I'm crossing a big one off the list next month:


Yup. I buckled down and did the thing. I have all my work done and my approval in writing. I'm graduating and getting my Masters degree.

Let's see where I'm at on the rest of the list:

101 in 1001

Plain text = haven't started this goal
Italic text = goal in progess
Colored text = finished & hyperlinked to the appropriate blog post about the accomplishment (commentary added)
I've removed counts from things like weekly/monthly, since that's not really applicable anymore.

1. Perform in a play
2. Perform in a dance show/recital
3. Get En Pointe
4. Get to Circus Skills school at least 3x (0/3)
5. Get to an aerial silks class (I got into silks January of this year and attend weekly classes)
6. Go to the indoor trampoline park (meh)
7. Learn to rollerskate again (was doing OK, until I hurt my elbow. haven’t been on skates since)
8. Run a 5K in under 30 minutes (Hate. Running.) (I picked up C25K over the summer, stopped 2 weeks from the end. Won't revisit it until Winter is done)
9. Bike to/from work 40% of the year
10. Take a horseback riding lesson (loved riding as a kid, but it has been about 18 years since my last ride)
11. Do a morning workout 1x per week (Hate. Morning. Workout.) (I do morning exercise now as needed)
12. Do a workout DVD 1x per week (no srsly, I only have a TON of workout dvds collecting dust) (Do as needed. I've gotten better about exercising overall, but prefer weightlifting & aerial classes)
13. Walk in the park at least 1x per week (picked our house in part b/c of park proximity. I best use it) (not quite once a week, but I am better at taking advantage of this amenity)
14. 1 pleasure bike ride per month (Apr. - Oct)
15. Relearn Poi
16. Learn hoop dance (just found a local club very recently and started on this)
17. Be able to do the full splits (both front/back & side)
18. Have 1 week per month with daily physical activity
19. Get back to rainbow colored hair
20. Learn to rock the long-hair fauxhawk (& get back long hair) (got it, but no pics, so maybe next time...)

Physical & Crafty
21. Be Star Sapphire Wonder Woman for Halloween (get strong & make the costume)

22. Sew a men’s dress shirt (for Mr. Burly)
23. Sew myself a blazer
24. Sew a duvet/coverlet/or quilt for our master bed
25. Refinish the master bed
26. Make a headboard for the Queen guest bed
27. Make a headboard for the Twin guest bed
28. Make our wedding album
29. Create 10 items (or variations of items) I’ve “pinned” on Pinterest (0/10)
30. Repurpose my armoire to hold crafting supplies
31. Make 1 recipe every other month I’ve “pinned” (0/17)
32. Make my special kitchen & bathroom signs (sssh. secret plans. you’ll see when done)
33. Finish Mr. Burly’s scarf (I only started on it 1.5 years ago; it’s only ⅕ finished)
34. Clean out my yarn stash (make more things, gift to friends who’d use it, sell on craigslist. Just GET IT GONE)
35. Create a home message & planning center (this was mostly done, then it fell off the wall and I haven't rehung it yet)
36. Make a monthly file system (I don't even know what I wanted from this anymore, there are other ways to file)
37. Refinish a piece of furniture to sell (no need for "sales" pressure, I'll just refinish pieces I WANT to refinish, for me)
38. Finish sewing my UFOs (unfinished objects: pillowcases, curtains, clothing, and the like)
39. Construct a cookbook (or 4) of favorites - get rid of unneeded cookbooks once this is compiled)
40. Learn to do silver plating. Replate my favorite necklace.
41. Reupholster our wingback chairs
42. Sew/Construct a proper Wonder Woman costume

Non-Physical Self-Improvement
43. Play my instruments 2x per week (I've been rather enthusiastic about aerials, music has taken a back seat)

44. Blog at least 1x per week (haaaaaa)

45. Create my new website
46. Learn more Adobe Creative Suite (specifically, complete a tutorial book I own but haven’t cracked)
47. Learn to take better pictures
48. Take more pictures with the freshly acquired skillz of #47
49. Book my photos (not necessarily “scrapbook,” just put them in a freaking book already)
50. Keep a daily journal (mundane things) (this started with 101, then stopped, but I actually restarted a few months ago and am keeping at it)

51. Keep a weekly diary (the juicy bits)
52. Digitize CDs, clean MP3 tags, organize music (sorta ongoing, as the mood hits me)
53. Digitize photos, organize photos
54. Grow a veg/fruit garden
55. Can/Preserve things from the veg/fruit garden
56. Grow Queen of the Prairie flowers (now looking into peony bushes,QotP are not practical for the type of land around my house)
57. Grow a formal rose bush
58. Start/maintain a compost pile
59. Learn basic lockpicking
60. Travel to Colorado to visit family (super fun!)
61. Travel to a new-to-me state or Canada
62. Brush up on German 1x per week (I do a daily email thing, but haven't been "actively learning," just maintaining)
64. Go camping each year (1/3) (didn't this year, but I'm rather ...meh... about camping in general)
65. Visit the library (again, it’s within walking distance of the new house) 2x per month
66. Resume our CSA
67. Visit 1 new restaurant each quarter
68. Read 12 books (4/yr. I'm supremely slow at getting around to reading anything longer than most long-form magazine articles. I read a lot of those, yes. And sometimes some pseudo-science non-fiction book, and a few comic books per month, and that's about where I stop. I used to read so, so much more. But then, I don't think reading a lot is the key to living life, just a great enhancement - and I still question anyone who flat-out scoffs at reading):
a. Sandman
b. Watchmen
c. Female Chauvinist Pigs
d. Underworld

 e. Something by Christopher Moore
f. Something by Bret Easton Ellis
g. Something by Warren Ellis (probably Transmetropolitan)
h. Something by Terry Pratchett

i. A Biography/ Autobiography/ Memoir (Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson)
j. A NYT Bestseller (see letter
"i". Yeah, I'm gonna cheat this one, 'cause Bloggess is awesome, and I'm lazy.)
k. I am Legend
l. Something a friend recommends

(I've been reading, just not necessarily this list)
69. Memorize 18 poems (6/yr) (1/18)
70. Improve my touch-typing by 20 wpm
71. Learn to do more w/ Excel/spreadsheets
72. Conquer left-handed writing (I have it legible, now it’s going to be pretty)
73. Work through How to Think like Leonardo DaVinci
74. Work on a Habitat for Humanity home
75. Make a Bucket List
76. Streamline style/closet

77. Visit each 1x/yr

a. IMA (2/3)

b. Indiana State Museum (1/3)

c. Indiana Historical Society (0/3)

d. Children’s Museum (1/3)

e. 1 other unvisited location within the state (0/3)
78. Attend 10/12 First Fridays per year (I'm not making 10/12, but I'm getting out enough)
79. Buy a painting
80. Become a member of NPR
81. Get to a convention (Gen Con, C2E2, something of those sorts) (Been to Gen Con twice now)
82. Go to a ballet (never been!)
83. Go to an opera (never been!)
84. Go to the symphony (technically never been to a fancy pro symphony, just college orchestra concerts. Close, but much more Free.)
85. Go to the drive-In (never been!)


86. It's a surprise! (and not of the baby kind, so you can forget that. Just something I want to do but not tell anyone about until after the fact).
87. Get a couch (the futon is a zombie. It died so long ago, yet it lives through some crazy voodoo magic)
88. Get a piece of jewelry in celebration of #63
89. Spend 1 week per month carb-free (0/33) (pointless exercise)
90. Spend 1 week per month dairy-free (0/33) (pointless exercise, if in part b/c I should really just be dairy-free pretty much 24/7, but I'm noooooot)
91. Go to a casino. Gamble. (I’ve never even purchased a lottery ticket. I’m just weird about any sort of gambling.)
92. Create our Emergency Binder, update yearly (0/3)

93. Fully fund emergency savings account
94. Start retirement savings
95. Write my will
96. Start saving monthly for a trip to europe
97. Donate to at least 1 charity per year (1/3)
98. Save $5 for each goal accomplished
99. Save for the Colorado trip & another in-North-America trip
100. Pay off either car or small Sallie Mae loan (if not both)

101. Personal goal, not to be shared on the blog. (Done in December!)


Sometime over the next few months I'll reformulate/reformat my "General Life Pursuits." Will I update more frequently? ehhhhh....

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