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Thing 66a - complete!

66a. Volunteer at the library

Date Completed: 3 May 2014

My local library had a book sale, and I volunteered. I showed up before the library opened and spent the next 4ish hours lugging books around: tidying up sections, turning the books to face the same direction, filling in spaces as people took books, moving books into their correct subject locations, taking empty boxes to the back, bringing full boxes out front. It was fun, appealing to my inner organizer. I told one of the ladies that I could do any heavy lifting. I don't think she believed me until I hoisted a box of cookbooks like it was nothing. After that, she'd call me over whenever there was a box of heavy books to move. :) I was supposed to go back this afternoon, but I woke up feeling ill so I'm staying home. But I'll probably help out next time there's a sale.

Thing 23a

23a. Finish S&R comic

Hooray! I found it! For some reason I had stuffed everything into a bag: script, page layouts, finished panels, character sketches, pencils, art markers, everything. And then the bag somehow ended up in my closet under a pile of backpacks and purses. I don't understand; I'm just glad I found it and don't have to start over from scratch.

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Thing 90a - complete!

90a. Fly a kite

Date Completed: 26 April 2014

just_the_things was generous enough to invite me to fly kites with her Harry Potter group. It was a lovely, gusty day down on the National Mall. My $2 TMNT kite performed admirably, despite Donatello's tendency to suddenly veer right and plow into the ground.

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Halfway Through!

According to my calculations, today is Day 500, the halfway mark. Here's my current progress:

36 completed
17 in progress
48 not yet started

Personal: [1/1/8]
Car and Home: [6/1/12]
Art: [1/3/7]
Gluebooking: [0/4/4]
Reading: [0/2/6]
Watching: [3/0/5]
Projects: [4/1/11]
Markeroni: [3/2/8]
BookCrossing: [1/1/4]
Local: [9/1/17]
Travel: [2/0/5]
Misc.: [6/1/14]

Only mildly alarming - I'm not as far as I'd hoped but still feeling confident about a lot of them. In fact, I may be checking off a few within the next couple of weeks. Here's to the next 500 days! :D

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Thing 58a

58a. Reach 4000 snarfs on Markeroni

Current progress: 3707/4000 (92.675%)

Less than 300 to go! It's actually starting to feel truly doable, especially as I have a few dozen from Baltimore as well as the majority of Antietam (and all of Gettysburg) left to log. Very exciting! Now I just need to find some time to sit down and do it.

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Thing 64a

64a. Get to 3000 wild releases on BookCrossing

I just wanted to mention that as of right now I am at 2305 wild releases. I kind of wish I'd gone with 2500 as my goal, since 700 releases in 500 days feels like way more than is humanly possible. The recent jump is because of Kensington coming up next weekend, but I won't be staying there all day so I won't be able to re-release any of the leftovers. I'll probably have to hit a library sale or three before Gaithersburg. And just increase my wild releasing habits in general. It's something that's not on my mind nearly often enough.

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Thing 68a - Xanadu

68a. Attend 5 plays

Current Progress: 4/5

This past Saturday night my husband and I saw the Reston Community Players production of Xanadu. I've never seen the reportedly terrible movie, and before RCP staged it I didn't know the musical even existed, but I had been told to expect roller skates, Greek mythology, and a heaping helping of the 1980s. And wow, did it ever deliver. Clio, the leader of the nine Muses, comes to earth to inspire chalk muralist Sonny Malone to embrace his artistic dreams. He wants to create a space where all the arts come together: dance, music, painting, even athletics. He wants to build....a roller disco! ("How timeless!") Meanwhile, Clio's older sisters Melpomene and Calliope plot to curse her to fall in love with a human (strictly forbidden), but mostly just succeed in stealing the show.  (Especially Calliope, played by Emily Jonas, who was by far my favorite character in the entire show.) The music is all '80s pop, including some familiar hits like Evil Woman and Strange Magic.

It took me a couple scenes to realize that the acting was supposed to be campy, melodramatic, and completely over-the-top, but once I did I really began to enjoy myself. The humor is not subtle: people sing guitar solos, dance around on roller skates, speak in hilariously terrible accents, and are all generally ridiculous. I laughed hard and often.

In addition to never taking itself at all seriously, with only a single act Xanadu doesn't drag or overstay its welcome. This production in particular kept things moving at a steady clip, with quick dialog and upbeat songs and, more often than not, something bizarre going on in the background. Definitely recommended if you get the chance, but be prepared for some intense silliness.

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Thing 72a - complete!

72a. Visit Glen Echo Park

Date Completed: 2 March 2014

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Glen Echo Park is a semi-abandoned amusement park from the early 1900s. I say semi-abandoned because clearly a national park isn't abandoned, but it's no longer an amusement park and most of the buildings have been left more or less untouched on the outside. It's a center for the arts now, with the carousel the only still-functioning attraction. It's a lot smaller than I'd realized, and while it was interesting to look at, I think a gifted photographer like my husband would have a field day there. Maybe sometime in the summer I might go back to see the carousel, which was closed for the season.

Nearby is the Clara Barton National Historic Site, which offers hourly tours. Unfortunately I arrived ten minutes after the hour and was too tired to try again after wandering around the park. Still, I enjoyed reading about her and seeing her house.

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Thing 67a - complete!

67a. Eat at 10 new-to-me restaurants

Date Completed: 25 February 2014

BGR is a pretty decent burger joint that opened up near my old apartment sometime since I moved out. It's a favorite among my coworkers so we went there for lunch today. It was pretty good. I just got a cheeseburger and fries, but the burger-of-the-month is reportedly yummy pretty much all the time. This month's involved jalapenos so I passed. I might have to try some of their specialty burgers before I form an opinion. My meal was plenty tasty, but nothing special.

Thing 33a

33a. Read/listen to 200 books (not counting rereads)

Current Progress: 112/200 (56%)

92. Standing Up by Marion Grodin
93. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
94. Solomon the Peacemaker by Hunter Welles
95. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
96. People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
97. Broken Allegiance by Mark Young
98. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
99. Undead by Kirsty McKay
100. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
101. Obstacles by Chris Reardon
102. The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
103. The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles by Katherine Pancol
104. The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
105. The Conspiracy Kid by E.P. Rose
106. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
107. The Secret Rooms by Catherine Bailey
108. Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant
109. Noodles by Michael Zulli
110. Reckless by Cornelia Funke
111. The Law of Superheroes by James Daily and Ryan Davidson
112. The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland

Thing 87a - Complete!

87a. Do one Day Trip Through History

Date Completed: 16 February 2014

6of8 and I drove out to sunny Odessa, Delaware, where we saw #64 and #65 in the book: the Corbit-Sharp House and the Wilson-Warner House. We also brunched at Cantwell's Tavern. Delightful. Probably more fun in the warmer months, though. Not even the visitors center was open.

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Thing 14a - complete!

14a. Hang curtains in study

Date Completed: 12 February 2014

Finally hung these things today. For a long time we were busy or lazy, then my husband tried to buy the curtain rod but couldn't find the hooks, then vice versa, but then we finally had both and so now they're up. My husband doesn't like the fabric - they're little singing turtles - but I'm okay with him being wrong.

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Thing 68a - Les Miserables

68a. Attend 5 plays

Current Progress: 3/5

Last night we saw Reston Community Players' production of Les Miserables. My thoughts, let me show you them:

1. I really miss the revolving stage.
2. Valjean was excellent. And strangely reminded me of the singer from the FreeCreditReport commercials.
3. On the whole, it was played much more melodramatically than I like, and some of the songs felt rushed, but I still really enjoyed it.
4. I was slightly disappointed with Javert's singing, but I can't fault the actor because I am very particular about that role.
5. Marius was apparently played by Wesley Crusher. I hadn't known he could sing.
6. Bill commented that it seemed like every single character got a big solo number to complain about how much their life sucks. I reminded him of the name of the play.
7. Bringing the bishop back at the end was a nice touch.
8. Gavroche was adorable and I wasn't the least bit surprised that he'd previously played Oliver.
9. I made it all the way to Who Am I before catching myself mouthing along. (I also did this on a plane while watching the recent film version. I'm not sure I can help it.)
10. The Thenardiers were just great, though Monsieur seemed to be doing a Captain Jack Sparrow impression.
11. Man, how I miss the revolving stage.

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Thing 67a - Rosemary's Thyme

67a. Eat at 10 new-to-me restaurants

Current Progress: 9/10

This afternoon we all went to Rosemary's Thyme for a friend's birthday brunch. It's less than five miles from my house so it's kind of stupid that we haven't eaten there before, but we really enjoyed it. My husband had cured salmon (if there is smoked salmon on the menu, he will order it) and I got a cheddar and mushroom omelet. Both came with home fries and fruit, and it was all quite tasty. I also had a French martini (raspberry vodka, Chambord, and pineapple juice) which was yummy and very strong. Definitely a sipping drink. :) We'll definitely be coming back here again.

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Thing 93a - complete!

93a. Create paperback book of previous 101/1001 journal

Date Completed: 24 January 2014

The book arrived, along with the 2012 and 2013 versions of my LJBook. It's thicker than I'd expected - I guess I was pretty chatty. :)

Thing 93a - almost there!

93a. Create paperback book of previous 101/1001 journal

I FINALLY fixed the formatting issue with my journal and got the whole thing buttoned up with LJBook and sent it onto Lulu. I'm going to wait until it actually arrives to mark this done, but man does it feel good to have finally identified and fixed the stupid thing.

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Thing 6a - Complete!

6a. Buy new brown and black dress and work shoes

Date Completed: 10 January 2014

After several fruitless journeys to assorted shoe stores, I finally gave up and ordered online: black and brown versions of Skechers shoes I already own. These replacements are long overdue.

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Old Shooz

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New Shooz

Thing 67a - Alto Plaza and Celadon Thai

67a. Eat at 10 new-to-me restaurants

Current Progress: 8/10

Alto Plaza: A relatively new Mexican place in my hometown. My husband is extremely picky about Mexican food (he got really spoiled by living in Dallas for five years), so while he's out of town I took the opportunity to give it a try. And, honestly, it wasn't all that great. It wasn't bad - just fairly mediocre Mexican food. I had the chicken fajitas, which were fine, though the service was pretty slow. I doubt I'll be going back there again, when there are plenty of tasty (and cheaper) places around to choose from.

Celadon Thai Cuisine: I stopped for dinner at this little place in Springfield on my way to a party in Burke. I had the Pad Thai (which is really the only thing I ever order in Thai restaurants) and it was tasty. I'll probably eat there again if I'm in the area.

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Thing 21a

21a. Complete 10 ATC swaps on Swap-bot

Current Progress: 2/10

Finally got started on these. I like making ATCs but it can be very tiring at times. I also like to collect them - I have a lovely binder of them that can always use new additions. I wasn't feeling too energetic today but I did manage to make a couple of swaps:

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ATC bizarre, wacky, & unique holidays DEC.

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ATC Postage stamp collage #2

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Thing 11a

11a. Deal with postcard collection

I used to collect postcards. I had a wall where I pasted them all up, one by one, covering every available square inch. When I moved to a house I decided not to hang the again, and they ended up in a bag. Even after thinning them there were still way too many. Check it out:

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So today I went through them all, one by one. There were so many - ones I'd kept from my PostCrossing days, ones from friends and family, ones I'd purchased as souvenirs from places I'd visited. There were also a surprising number of blank ones other people had given me, though I don't know whether they intended for me to send them to other people. Would that be rude? I'm not sure what else to do with blank postcards from places I've never been. For now they sit in a pile on a shelf.

I pitched a bunch of them, saving some of the more interesting stamps for a collection I likewise am not sure what to do with. A few other bits and pieces were put in my ephemera stash. I saved some, almost exclusively from friends and family, and put them back into the bag. I did not fully decide what to do with this mess, but I did pare it down considerably:

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So what next? I don't know. For now I'm marking this as "in progress".

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Thing 58a

58a. Reach 4000 snarfs on Markeroni

As of right now I have snarfed 3302 landmarks. And I still haven't finished logging Antietam or Gettysburg. Not bad.

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Thing 56a - complete!

56a. Scan/log pre-Markeroni snarfs

Date Completed: 30 November 2013

I scanned in 32 photos dating from 1990 to 2004. Some of them were double snarfs, meaning I logged some 46 markers. Not bad, not bad at all. I even got to add a few new places to my "snarfed in" list: Missouri, Indiana, and England!

Thing 43a - complete!

43a. Go 1 month without playing any online puzzles or games (kakuro, Neopets, etc.)

Date Completed: 30 November 2013

Well, I made it. No kakuro for an entire month. I haven't played Neopets in ages so that's less impressive, but I used to play kakuro every single solitary day, so going an entire month is kind of a big thing.

And I only cheated once. :)

Thing 1a

1a. Donate blood 5 times

Current progress: 2/5

I arrived at my lung doc appointment 45 minutes early so I decided to donate blood since it was in the same building. I managed to fill the bag in under 5 minutes. I think I startled the phlebotomist. I got this sticker:
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I shared this with my Australian friend Pete. His response: "Fair dinkum, you're a bonzer sheila and yer blood's worth bottlin'. Good on yer."

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Thing 15a - complete!

15a. Clean out plastic shelves on desk

Date Completed: 21 November 2013

These have long been my "why is this crap on my desk it needs a home so it'll go on these shelves" shelves. I'd originally purchased them with the idea that they'd be very transitional, with things living there only a short time while I figured out what to do with them. That, well, that didn't happen. Among the items I found, buried among an obscene number of snarf maps, were the worksheets from the Sine Fine Films production Quatrain, which I helped write back in 2007. I am hoping to once again make these shelves into temporary homes, but we'll see how well that works out. Here are the before and after photos:

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Thing 62a - complete!

62a. Send 10 RABCKS

Date Completed: 21 November 2013

Sending off the last three today, to Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Illinois. That last one is technically part of Holiday Gift Giving, but there are three books inside so I'm counting it as a RABCK. It feels so good not only to make others happy but to get those books out of my house! :)

Thing 29a

29a. Make a purple color sketchbook

At 6of8's Project Palooza party yesterday, I managed to make serious headway on this project, completing some 64 pages. Many thanks to my friends for being so enthusiastic about helping me find purple objects.

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Thing 62a

62a. Send 10 RABCKS

Current Progress: 7/10

Another four went out yesterday, to New Hampshire, Florida, Georgia, and Oklahoma. It feels really good to keep books moving like that.

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Thing 33a - another chunk

33a. Read/listen to 200 books (not counting rereads)

Current Progress: 91/200 (45.5%)

I kind of forgot about updating this, so here's another 20 books. Almost halfway!

71. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
72. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
73. Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
74. The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
75. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
76. Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
77. The Book of Times by Lesley Alderman
78. The Hand of Osiris by Jim Mastro
79. Native Tongue by Carl Hiaasen
80. The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
81. BUtterfield 8 by John O'Hara
82. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
83. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
84. Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix
85. Feed by M.T. Anderson
86. French for Cats by Henri de la Barbe
87. XO Orpheus edited by Kate Bernheimer
88. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
89. Otherworld Tales 2: Demon Invasion by C.T. Markee
90. City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
91. The De-Textbook by Cracked.com

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One third down, two thirds to go.

According to just_the_things, we hit 333 days on the 5th of this month. Let's see how I'm doing, shall we?

Completed: 26
In Progress: 16

Legend: Category [finished/in progress/total]

Personal [0/1/8]
Car and Home [4/1/12]
Art [1/2/7]
Gluebooking [0/3/4]
Reading [0/1/6]
Watching [3/0/5]
Projects [3/1/11]
Markeroni [2/1/8]
BookCrossing [0/2/4]
Local [7/2/17]
Travel [1/0/5]
Misc. [5/2/14]

I'm behind where I ought to be, but I'm not fussed.

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Thing 23a - Stalled?

23a. Finish S&R comic

This past Friday I was packing up my bag with plans to work on the S&R comic a bit, only to discover that I couldn't find my materials anywhere. I'd written and storyboarded the whole thing, designed the characters, and even drawn the first few pages, and now it's all gone. I'll keep looking, of course, but until it's found I won't do anything with it. Starting over from scratch is just too disheartening.

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Thing 25a - switcheroo

Old 25a. Complete Sketch a Day journal

New 25a. Fill TAD sketchbook

I refer to this as my TAD sketchbook because I first started it during Thing-a-day a few years ago. If I cared about accuracy, I'd call it my face journal, since that's pretty much all I draw in it: faces of people, mostly from magazines, all drawn in simple #2 pencil.

Make no mistake - I am about equally as likely to complete this Thing as I was the previous one. The only reason I changed it is because I made a bunch of progress last Friday only to discover that while it was on my previous 101 list, it wasn't one this one. So I decided to remedy that.

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Thing 51a - complete!

51a: 2013 project

Date Completed: 10 October 2013

I forgot to post here when I actually finished this, which was actually rather soon after announcing it in the first place. Most of the pages are available for viewing at The Glue Stick Tourist blog.

Thing 22a - complete!

22a. Participate in a SketchCrawl

Date completed: 19 October 2013

I attended my very first official sketchcrawl this past Saturday. We started at the Maine Avenue Fish Market, then moved a little way down the shoreline to the Capital Yacht Club.

Drawing objects from a distance is very hard for me; I'm used to drawing still life mere feet away, or even photographs right in front of me. Plein air sketching is a new challenge. So because I have a tendency to over-explain/defend my drawings, I'm just going to present them without comment.



In conclusion: I had a good time and enjoyed the company of the artists very much, even if I felt more than a little bit intimidated when we all shared sketchbooks at lunch. Oh well - everybody has to begin somewhere!

Thing 81a - Complete!

81a. Visit the Stuart-Mosby Civil War Cavalry Museum

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This is pretty much right in my backyard, and while I went to their open house during Centreville Day a few years ago, they didn't have their full collection out yet. So since I'm enjoying some time off courtesy of our incompetent government, I figured I might as well visit it today. And it was nice. The best part about tiny museums like this is that you always get a personal tour. It's not a big place - a single room - but there's quite a bit to see. Not recommended if you're not interested in J.E.B. Stuart or John S. Mosby, because that's pretty much all that's here.

(Thanks to 6of8 for accompanying and chauffeuring me.)

Thing 67a - Blue Water Grille

67a. Eat at 10 new-to-me restaurants

Current Progress: 6/10

Blue Water Grille - Some coworkers took me here last week and I totally forgot to mention it here. It was tasty but nothing spectacular. Our waitress was great, though.

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Thing 67a - Sou'Wester and First Watch

67a. Eat at 10 new-to-me restaurants

Current Progress: 5/10

Sou'Wester - With a name so casual you'd think this would be kind of a dive, but it's actually a fairly upscale restaurant inside the super fancy Mandarin Oriental Hotel in DC. I was there because my friends and I were stranded in the culinary wasteland that is 12th Street and this was pretty much the only thing that Yelp said was open and near by. (Weekend meals in downtown DC can be tricky, as most places are only open Monday through Friday.) Anyway, we went and the burgers were quite tasty, the bread was yummy, and the corn fritters were kind of just weird. Probably not somewhere I'd go again, but it's nice to know it's there. Bonus: across the street is a CVS where I bought a bag of Brite Crawlers. It made my day.

First Watch - I'd never even heard of this apparently national chain of restaurants until my personal trainer encouraged me to go one morning after my workout. She did not lead me astray - the omelet I had was really yummy. Better yet, their motto is, "If eating pancakes for lunch is wrong, then we don't want to be right." That's my kind of place. I'll have to take my husband there sometime.

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Thing 76a - complete

76a. Visit the Holocaust Museum

Date Completed: 21 September 2013

This is a difficult museum to take, but a very important one nonetheless. I'm glad I had two very close friends with me when I went. I did a gluebook spread of the museum, mostly because you can't take pictures inside so this would serve as a reminder of the collection's impact on me. I think what I liked most about this museum was that it was clearly trying to inform more than shock. I don't think I need to go back any time soon, but it's good that I did. Everyone should.

Thing 51a - progress

51a. 2013 Project

I've decided to make this project my Eurotrip gluebook. Whenever I travel, I picked up assorted pamphlets and guides and when I get home I cut them up and paste them into journal spreads. When I go on longer trips, I take a special journal, set aside just for that trip, and when I get home I do all my gluebooking there, so I have one book for that trip. This book will be for my Eurotrip from this past April. I've already made good progress, as I decided months ago that this would be my 2013 project but forgot to actually blog about it. Hopefully I'll be able to post a "complete" entry soon.

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Thing 18a - complete!

18a. Organize and downsize "tupperware" collection

This happened while I wasn't looking. My husband went through the tupperware collection a few weeks ago, pitched all the stuff we never used or had no lid or whatever, and reorganized the whole thing so you can actually find things - and both drawers still close. So I'm counting this as done even though I didn't technically do anything, because I'm certainly not going to redo his efforts, and it's not exactly "failed" either. I also doubt it'll need to get done again with the next 1001 days because we simply don't get new tupperware that often, especially now that we don't eat lunchmeat regularly.

Thing 97a - complete!

97a. Help Six accomplish a thing

Date Completed: 16 August 2013

For 6of8's Thing "Visit/photo/snarf Pittsburgh", I made her a snarf map. She said it was quite helpful, and she even promised to remember me in her will. ("I remember you. You were great!")

Thing 9a - Complete!

9a. Clean out inside of car

Date Completed: 30 August 2013

My husband often doubles as my conscience, and he requested that I spend part of my day off today cleaning out my car. So I did: I threw out all the trash, vacuumed the whole thing, wiped down the frankly gross dashboard, and cleaned the windows. Meanwhile, my husband power-washed the front steps, so it's not like he was just watching me work. He also power-washed the fronts of both cars, but no more because the hose wasn't long enough.

I eat a lot in my car, which is why it gets so gross so fast, so it's good to have someone to remind me to deal with it from time to time.

Thing 62a

62a. Send 10 RABCKS

Current Progress: 3/10

RABCK, which I pronounce "rabbick" but some people pronounce "r-back", stands for Random Act of BookCrossing Kindness, and generally means sending someone a book they didn't request. For me, it means I do a wishlist search for a book I have in my hands and PM folks to ask if they're still interested. Not everyone keeps their wishlist up to date.

After catching up on a large number of book reviews, I browsed wishlists and found three folks to send books to: one in Florida, one in Wisconsin, and one in Utah. Interesting journaler distribution: one I bought at the dollar store but didn't read, one I picked up at the convention in Sweden from an Austrian BookCrosser (and recently read), and one that Cookie gave me as a sort-of joke that I ended up listening to on audio. The packages will go in the mail tomorrow.

I'm pretty picky about my RABCKing: I only count books I send via post (so it doesn't count if I give it to a BCinDC person), I only mail domestically, and I only contact people who have been active recently (that is, their bookshelf shows they've released a book, caught a book, or posted in the forums within the last four weeks). And most of the books I read aren't on people's wishlists, whether because it's too obscure or because it's so new (like most of the books I receive for review).

All the same, it's kind of fun to send people presents, so next time I have a fair number of availables I'll have to go browsing again.

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Thing 33a

33a. Read/listen to 200 books (not counting rereads)

Current Progress: 70/200 (35%)

OMG I GOT CAUGHT UP ON REVIEWS.

57. Dragon's Keep by Janet Lee Carey
58. Reader by Erec Stebbins
59. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
60. And Another Thing... by Eoin Colfer
61. American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett
62. The Ghost from the Grand Banks by Arthur C. Clarke
63. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
64. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco
65. Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
66. Mr. Obvious by James Lileks
67. The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
68. The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse
69. Gulp by Mary Roach
70. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend

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Thing 67a - Bob O's

67a. Eat at 10 new-to-me restaurants

Current Progress: 3/10

Before BrickFair a few weeks ago, my friends and I had lunch at nearby Bob O's. It was standard pub fare, but they served omelets all day so I was all over that. I could eat cheesy eggs all day long.

Verdict: I would eat here again. I don't know that I'd go out of my way to eat here - it was good but not unique - but it's certainly a good place to stop by when you're attending something at the Dulles Expo Center.

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Thing 54a - complete!

54a. Snarf in 2 states I've never snarfed in before

Date Completed: 23 July 2013

I was on a business trip to California this past week, and managed to get a small amount of snarfage in. My first one was the Camarillo Ranch House, but I got snarfs in Oxnard, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, and Newbury Park. Good times. Wish I'd had more time to really explore the area. Maybe next time.

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Thing 67a

67a. Eat at 10 new-to-me restaurants

Current Progress: 2/10

Roy Rogers is a decent fast food restaurant. Though we make jokes about Trigger Burgers, both the burger and the fried chicken were fine. I don't think I'd go out of my way to eat at a Roy Rogers, but I won't actively avoid it anymore either.

Jersey Mike's was a sub shop I'd never given much thought to until I saw some folks debating the relative merits of various sub places, including Subway, Firehouse, and Quizno's. There's one fairly close to my house so I decided to give it a try. It was pretty blah. I mean, it wasn't a bad sandwich, but certainly nothing I'd go out of my way to eat.

These two places, while they are major chains, are both in my local area and new to me, so they count. I didn't eat them on the same day, or even in the same month. I simply forgot to post about them.

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Thing 89a - complete!

89a. Make three Kiva loans

Date Completed: 17 July 2013

I had some Kiva credit lying around so I relent it to Kelsinbubu in Kyrgyzstan and to Sokheng in Cambodia. Both were agricultural in nature: one for cattle, the other for pig feed.

Thing 68a - Anything Goes

68a. Attend 5 plays

Current Progress: 2/5

I went to the Kennedy Center in DC with my parents and husband to see Anything Goes. I knew a lot of the music, it being Cole Porter and all, but I'd forgotten a lot of the plot. It's quite funny, and the dancing was incredible. Good times.

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Thing 40a - complete!

40a. Watch Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex

Date Completed: 17 July 2013

This is quite possibly my husband's favorite anime series of all time, and it is quite good. Basically it's about a Sooper Seekrit government agency called Section 9. They do a lot of undercover work and solve crimes and stuff, but this all takes place in a future where cybernetic implants are commonplace, to the point where several of the main characters have gone "full cyborg" - that is, everything but their brains are artificial, and most people's brains have implants of some sort or another to improve memory or allow for telepathic communication. This puts computer hacking in a whole new light, since now you can hack people's bodies - for example, hacking someone's eyes so they only see a logo where your face should be.

The characters and premise are interesting, the tachikoma are adorable, and the English voice acting is excellent. In short, it's a good show.

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