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Thing 40b - update

40b. Post, on average, one comic a month

Current Progress: 14/33 (42%)

This goes in spurts, but I'm pretty sure I'm ahead of the game, on average.

7. Excitement
8. Petting Guide
9. Pet Names
10. Mondegreen
11. Earworm
12. Deodorant
13. Burning
14. Misheard


Thing 15b - complete

15b. Clean out left side of closet - top shelf

Date Completed: 30 July 2016

This was part of the fallout from Pan's incarceration in my closet. I had to pull everything out to wash the floor, and in the process I noticed that the top shelf was sagging a bit too much for comfort. So I took a whole bunch of stuff down to reduce the weight. I still have a bin of notebooks and binders yet to go through, but I'm calling this one done because I don't expect more than one or two of those binders to go back into the closet.

Thing 25b - complete

25b. Ruthless clothing purge: shirts

Date Completed: 25 July 2016

I did not plan this. Pan got stuck in my closet most of the day while we were at the theater. Not only did he pee a little bit, but he also bit into the dehumidifier thingy, dumping diluted calcium carbonate water all over the place. To add insult to injury, the smell was so offensive to Hook that he hissed and growled at both me and his brother until we both bathed. So since I had to wash everything anyway, I figured I might as well toss the shirts I no longer wear. I only kept three shirts that I can't really fit into anymore. Hope springs eternal and all that.

Thing 13b - complete!

13b. Clean out file cabinet

Completed 30 May 2016

We recently purchased a king size bed, which required rearranging the bedroom in such a way that the old file cabinet no longer fit. So I spent a few days going through all our files, ultimately re-filing them in a couple of those plastic file boxes.

Thing 92b

92b. Post a picture of me holding Hook in August of each year

I actually took this picture on August 29th, and then didn't get around to updating this.


Thing 91b - in progress

91b. Make three Kiva loans

Current Progress: 2/3

Today I lent money to Agustina in Bolivia for an industrial knitting machine, and to Loice in Kenya for poultry.


Thing 69b - Mary Poppins

69b. Attend 5 plays

Current Progress: 2/5

We saw Mary Poppins put on by the Reston Community Players. We really enjoyed it. It's not just the movie on stage, but rather an adaptation of the books that keeps some of the elements and songs from the movie. P.L. Travers (the author) was famously displeased with the movie, so this was created more to her specifications. Most of your favorite songs are still there, with somewhat altered context, except "Stay Awake" and "I Love to Laugh." Plus there are some fun new ones, like "Practically Perfect" and "Brimstone and Treacle."

It did have some issues. The orchestra left a bit to desired. The spotlight operator was having some serious trouble. The tap routine was over-ambitious, to say the least. (Yes, I know tap is hard, and it only takes one person out of step for it all to fall apart, but maybe put fewer people in tap shoes?) But the leads - Mary, Bert, and the Banks family - were all excellent, the songs were great, the sets were beautiful and complex, and the special effects were cute and mostly well-executed. Definitely a fun night out.


Things 48b, 49b, and 50b

I just want to note what suggestions I've gotten so far:

48b. Read one of Kate's favorite books

Kate gave me several suggestions. I removed the ones I've read and the ones I probably won't read and narrowed it down to these:

It by Stephen King
The Wind Blows Backward by Mary Downing Hahn
The Shadow of the Wind by Carols Ruiz Zafon
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
As You Wish by Cary Elwes, Joe Layden
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Hawkeye, Volume 1 by Matt Fraction
Instructions by Neil Gaiman, Charles Vess
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith/JK Rowling
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

49b. Read one of Reve's favorite books

The Player of Games by Iain Banks
The Bohr Maker by Linda Nagata
Naked Economics by Charles Wheelan
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

50b. Read one of Six's favorite books

Rifles for Waite by Harold Keith
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Thing 14b - Halfway there, more or less

14b. Clean out left side of closet - shelves

In progress. I've gone through most of the bins: stickers, pens/pencils, buttons & lanyards, assorted office supplies, and random junk. Still to go: stationery and the milk crate that usually holds puzzle magazines but who knows what else is in there.

I had no idea I had so many staples and paper chips. And notebooks. Holy Moses, that's a lot of notebooks.


Thing 26b - complete

26b. Test all the pens and toss the ones that don't work

Date Completed: 6 February 2016

I ended up tossing a whole lot, plus I put some novelty pens (that still work) in the donation bags. Why keep something I'll never use? (I did keep all my Doctor Who novelty pens. That goes without saying.) I even tested all my art markers!

Thing 34b - complete

34b. Host a project party

Completed: 20 February 2016

Had the girls over for crafts, coloring, and snacks. Very fun. Gonna host another for my birthday.

Thing 66b - complete

66b. Visit David

Completed: 14 November 2015

Totally forgot to post about this. We had a fabulous time! Attended the Richmond Cider Fest, saw David and Bobby's impressive homemade cider press, ate some tasty food, had a lot of laughs. We really need to visit more often.

Thing 40b - update

40b. Post, on average, one comic a month

Current progress: 6/33

2. Brief
3. Time
5. Ninja
6. Equality

Good thing I've done a bunch because I didn't post a single one in February.


Thing 12b - complete

12b. Clean out art supply drawers

Completed: 18 January 2016

I actually forgot this was on my list when I went on my cleaning binge. I consolidated a whole bunch of stuff and tossed their individual packages. I gutted a couple of art kits and threw a few things into the donation bags. I even found some stuff I thought I'd lost long ago. Now I know where everything is and exactly what I have, so that's good. Unfortunately, it also confirms what I'd long suspected: my grayscale manga markers are gone for good.

Thing 81b - Complete!

81b. Vote in a primary election

Completed: 1 March 2016

In Virginia, you can vote in either primary without joining a party. The vote counter machine broke so I had to wait a bit to submit my vote, but otherwise it was smooth.

Thing 40b

40b. Post, on average, one comic a month

Current progress: 1/33

I'm way behind on average, but I'm not too concerned about it just yet. I drew this one for Halloween, inspired by a conversation with my coworker: Trick or Trunk

I have a lot more comic ideas up my sleeve. The trick is actually drawing them!


Thing 35b - complete!

35b. Make a gluebook for my sweetie

Date Completed: 25 November 2015

Though I'd been working on this for quite some time, I finally managed to finish it just in time to give it to my husband for our 10th anniversary. He hasn't finished going through all of it yet (there's a lot of stuff in my gluebooks) and he's already said that he'll have to ask me what some of the things are, but he seems to really appreciate it. :)

Thing 69b - Shrek

69b. Attend 5 plays

Current Progress: 1/5

We saw Shrek: The Musical at Reston Community Center. Honestly, it was just okay. The songs are pretty forgettable, and it might have been too technically difficult for our beloved local theater company. However, the acting was still quite good. Lord Farqaad in particular was hysterical.


Thing 99b - complete!

99b. Do one thing on my back-up list

Date Completed: 29 Oct 2015

12. Refinish deck (or have it refinished)

The reason this ended up on the backup list instead of the main one was because I honestly didn't expect it to happen. Then my husband got a wild hair one day and powerwashed the deck. That changed everything. We couldn't leave it untreated over the winter, so we took a couple days to repaint the whole thing, including the stairs. The paint we used - a "deck repair" goop roughly the consistency of pudding - did a great job filling in a lot of the cracks. We'll repaint the white railing in the spring.



Kitty Supervision
We had plenty of supervision.

Thing 03b - progress!

03b. Squat 350 lbs

Current Progress: 315 lbs

I was feeling strong today so my trainer decided to do an impromptu assessment. I ended up squatting 315 lbs - and I did four reps! I may have stalked around the gym afterward saying I AM THE GOD OF THUNDER.

The calculator says my one-rep max is now 350, but I'm not counting this as done until I actually do it.


Thing 96b - Batch 1

96b. Send all postcards in my possession as of October 1, 2015

Put the first batch in the mail. 20 postcards in all, which of course didn't even make a dent. The drawing requests have been interesting. I'm learning a lot about how strange my friends really are. Here's my favorite so far (which I feel fine with posting here because the recipient doesn't know this blog exists):

2015-10-18 17.23.23


Thing 16b - Complete!

16b. Deal with belt collection

Date Completed: 16 October 2015

For years I've kept my belts slung over the bedpost, which isn't very useful considering (1) I get dressed in the study and (2) the kittens are chewers. So I took the collection, pitched a couple of the more gnarly ones, and put them in my study closet, which makes way more sense. Just one of those Things that is totally simple but probably never would have gotten done had I not put it on my list.



Thing 100b - Complete!

100b. Make paperback book of previous 101/1001

Date Complete: 15 October 2015

My first Thing finished! Yay! Through the combined magic of LJbook and Lulu, I now have a paperback book of my second round of 1001 days, rather sadly thinner than the first volume. But that's okay because I'm going to totally rock it this time around. I actually put this together over a week ago but it just arrived today.

Thing 96b: postcard madness

96b. Send all postcards in my possession as of October 1, 2015

I have a stack of postcards that I want to send. I just need recipients.

These are not local postcards from where I live. They are freebie postcards, art postcards, postcard books, and even postcards from places I've never been. (People sometimes give me blank postcards when they travel; I'm not sure what to do with them but send them on.)

If you would like to receive one, send me your address. Do not assume I have your address;* I am not that organized.

If you would like me to draw on the back of the postcard, tell me what. If you say you want a drawing but don't specify what, you will get a Yumachu and you will be disappointed.

If you would like to make a request regarding postcard theme, you're free to do so, but I make no promises to honor them. These are postcards I already own; buying new ones would defeat the purpose of this project.

*Except Reve, Kate, and Six. I definitely have their addresses.

Post script: This will be a long, ongoing project. Because holy jeez I have even more postcards than I realized.



Thing 92b Intro

92b. Post a picture of me holding Hook in August of each year

We adopted two kittens, Pan and Hook, in August 2014. My husband took a very cute picture of me holding Hook. A year later, I took another picture of me holding my now very much larger cat. I'd like to continue this tradition, even though there are only two Augusts in this 1001 days.



Thing 71a - Quickway Hibachi

71b. Eat at 10 new-to-me restaurants

Current Progress: 1/10

We were in Chantilly to visit eStarland, so we stopped by Westfields to see about eating at this one cafe I recalled liking. It turned out to be gone, so we tried Quickway instead. It was actually quite tasty: the vegetables were very fresh and crisp, and the meat had a good flavor, and it wasn't very expensive. A nice alternative to traditional fast food. We'll be going back for sure.


Thing 99b - the list

99b. Do one thing on my back-up list

When composing my current list, there were a large number of runner-up Things. Rather than choose, I decided to just make one generic Thing on this list to do something on that other list. But because I don't want to be fickle, here is that list, set in stone:

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Thing 30b - Intro

30b. Do an annual memory LJ post series

This title is kind of vague because I didn't know how best to describe it, so I'll go into a little more detail here. For blogtoberfest one year (last year?), my sister did a series of memory posts, one for each year going backwards. So if I did it this month, I'd post about 2014 today, 2013 tomorrow, etc. through the end of the month. So in this case I'm using the term "annual" to mean each post will cover one year, not that I plan on doing it every year.


Things 01b, 02b, and 03b - Starting point

01b. Bench press 200 lbs
02b. Dead lift 300 lbs
03b. Squat 350 lbs

As of my last assessment this past April, my maxes were:

Bench press: 135 lbs
Dead lift: 265 lbs
Squat: 295 lbs

The squat goal is easy. The bench press one is iffy.

My 101/1001 List b

Start Date: 1 October 2015
Finish Date: 28 June 2018
Last Updated: 28 June 2018 (technically)
Current Progress: 55 Things Completed

bolded are complete
italics are in progress
strikeout are failed

01b. Bench press 200 lbs
02b. Dead lift 300 lbs
03b. Squat 350 lbs
04b. Donate blood
05b. Don't eat fast food for a month
06b. Get engagement ring fixed - 9/22/2017
07b. Get T. Rowe Price stuff sorted - 5/8/2018
08b. Get weight under 200 lbs
09b. Go to the gym every day for a month - 3/31/2017
10b. Make a will

Home and Car
11b. Clean car inside and out - 9/21/2017
12b. Clean out art supply drawers - 1/18/2016
13b. Clean out file cabinet - 5/30/2016
14b. Clean out left side of closet - shelves - 9/24/2017
15b. Clean out left side of closet - top shelf - 7/30/2016
16b. Deal with belt collection - 10/16/2015
17b. Deposit my pennies
18b. Fill desk drawers - 9/21/2017
19b. Frame and hang ASCMM poster
20b. Frame and hang Bill's Disney park maps
21b. Frame and hang Pixel Who poster
22b. Get a new desk chair
23b. Refinish front steps
24b. Ruthless clothing purge: pants - 9/24/2017
25b. Ruthless clothing purge: shirts - 7/25/2016
26b. Test all the pens and toss the ones that don't work - 2/6/2016

Art and Writing
27b. Big art project TBD
28b. Create a T-shirt quilt
29b. Disney Trip Book - 5/7/2016
30b. Do an annual memory LJ post series
31b. Fill at least one of these sketchbooks: purse, TAD, Everyday Matters
32b. Fill ten pages in general gluebook - 9/24/2017
33b. Finish S&R comic
34b. Host a project party - 2/20/2016
35b. Make a gluebook for my sweetie - 11/25/2015
36b. Make a gluebook for REDACTED - 9/10/2016
37b. Make a good faith attempt at NaNoWriMo - 11/16/2017
38b. Make quantifiable progress on the BRRP
39b. Pick three fairy tales and illustrate/comicize them
40b. Post, on average, one comic a month [18/33]
41b. Try out my easel and everything that came with it
42b. Do one of my drawing or writing books

Books and Movies
43b. Listen to Doctor Who audio dramas
44b. Read all the Death Note manga/novels
45b. Watch the Death Note movies
46b. Read one book of Bill's choosing
47b. Read one of Ixy's favorite books - 5/12/2018
48b. Read one of Kate's favorite books - 12/22/2017
49b. Read one of Reve's favorite books - 10/10/2016
50b. Read one of Six's favorite books - 12/22/2017
51b. Read TMNT comic collections
52b. Reread childhood picture books and post reviews
53b. Send 10 RABCKS - 2/17/2018
54b. Visit an OBCZ I've never been to before
55b. Walk into the library, select one book based on the cover, and spend a weekend reading it - 9/24/2017
56b. Buy a new book from an indie bookstore - 11/10/2017

57b. Attend a BookCrossing (Un)Convention - 4/23/2017
58b. Go on a solo road trip - 11/10/2017
59b. Go on an overnight trip with the girls
60b. Renew passport - 12/2/2016
61b. Take advantage of BoA free museum weekend - 7/2/2017
62b. Visit Ash Lawn
63b. Visit Appomattox - 11/10/2017
64b. Visit C/U - 6/23/2016
65b. Visit Colonial Williamsburg - 10/14/2016
66b. Visit David - 11/14/2015
67b. Visit Grandma - 6/23/2016
68b. Visit my sister

69b. Attend 5 plays - 5/4/2017
70b. Attend a local festival or fair - 10/7/2017
71b. Eat at 10 new-to-me restaurants - 1/8/2017
72b. Complete the Culpeper Gran Fondo - 8/5/2017
73b. Go on a Potomac cruise - 9/17/2016
74b. Go to a flea market - 1/17/2016
75b. Go to the top of the Washington Monument
76b. Start a hyperlocal tourism journal and make five entries - 10/22/2017
77b. Tour Ben Lomond - 10/7/2017
78b. Tour the Baltimore Zoo
79b. Visit Dinosaur Land - 5/29/2017
80b. Visit the Manassas Museum - 7/3/2016
81b. Vote in a primary election - 3/1/2016

82b. Achieve Inbox Zero at home
83b. Achieve Inbox Zero at work - 3/24/2018
84b. Do a link rot check on writing prompt websites list - 9/8/2017
85b. Eat a whole lobster with my hands
86b. Get another Ancestry.com account and update family trees -
87b. Go a full month without playing any stupid pointless soul-sucking games (solitaire, kakuro, Neopets, etc.)
88b. Go completely unplugged for one weekend - 9/24/2017
89b. Make a good faith effort to go through Google Bookmarks
90b. Make good faith effort to go through "figure out later" folder
91b. Make three Kiva loans - 4/1/2017
92b. Post a picture of me holding Hook in August of each year - 8/31/2017
93b. Rejoin Markeroni
94b. Say "yes" to something I would not normally do - 11/12/2016
95b. See a performance of dueling pianos
96b. Send all postcards in my possession as of October 1, 2015
97b. Try absinthe

98b. Make a new 101/1001 list
99b. Do one thing on my back-up list - 10/29/2015
100b. Make paperback book of previous 101/1001 - 10/15/2015
101b. Donate $1 to charity for each goal left undone


101/1001 (take 2) wrap-up

Time flies. I didn't do so well this time around. I think part of it was starting so quickly after the last time, not giving myself enough time to get excited about the next list after the craziness of finishing the previous one.

Final Stats:

Things completed: 59
Things in progress: 13
Things never even started: 29

Topic breakdown [complete/in progress/total]

Personal: [4/1/8]
Car and Home: [10/0/12]
Art: [1/3/7]
Gluebooking: [3/1/4]
Reading: [2/2/6]
Watching: [4/0/5]
Projects: [6/0/11]
Markeroni: [3/5/8]
BookCrossing: [2/1/4]
Local: [12/0/17]
Travel: [3/0/5]
Misc.: [9/0/14]

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On to the next! :D

Thing 73a - complete!

73a. Visit National Arboretum

Date Completed: 22 August 2015

6of8 and I explored the National Arboretum on a rather toasty late August day. We saw the herb garden and the bonsai exhibits. Quite pleasant, but why don't they sell postcards in the gift shop?

Thing 83a - Complete!

83a. Visit my sister

Date Completed: 20 July 2015

I stopped by my sister's place for a couple days after visiting a friend in Maine. It was nice, if all too short. We hiked the Quechee Gorge trail, watched glass blowers, picked up their farm share, watched a fantastically terrible movie, and generally had a lovely time. We really need to do this more often.

Thing 33a - Complete!

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

Date Completed: 30 August 2015

I actually accomplished this months ago but was putting it off because I hadn't reviewed them. Now, well, now I just want to post it and be done. :)

197. Interworld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves
198. The Meaning of Everything by Simon Winchester
199. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
200. Tolstoy's Short Fiction by Leo Tolstoy

Thing 38a - Complete!

38a. Finish The Key to Time

Date Completed: 12 July 2015

Netflix Streaming and Hulu have different episodes available, and ultimately I had to get the final installment, “The Armageddon Factor,” on Netflix DVD. It was really strange seeing Lalla Ward playing opposite Mary Tamm, since she would be playing that same role the very next season. Anyway, I enjoyed it, but then I always expected to. Classic Who makes me happy. :)

Thing 21a - progress

21a. Complete 10 ATC swaps on Swap-bot

Current Progress: 4/10

My scanner was being stupid so I didn’t get a chance to scan them before mailing them off, but I completed two more ATC swap: Speedy Octopus ATC and Under the Sea.


Thing 5a - Complete!

5a. Write one thing I'm grateful for in my diary every day for a month

Date Completed: 30 June 2015

I haven’t kept my diary very faithfully for the last, oh, ten months or so, but I have stared keeping something akin to a bullet journal. Maybe because it doesn’t require full sentences or maybe because it’s just small enough to fit in my purse, I’ve found myself very much able to jot down what’s up every day. I don’t have the long meandering discussion of my feelings, but I hadn’t been doing that for a long time anyway, and besides, I always have random other notebooks for freewriting.

Anyway, throughout the month of June I wrote down something I was grateful for every single day. It really does help with your perspective, though often I’d have to write it down the following day because I tend not to write much in my bullet journal once I’ve come home from work. That’s okay; it’s more about the practice than the timing anyway.

Thing 33a - so close!

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

Current Progress: 196/200

Four books to go! I thought about just quick digging up some children's books or something to polish this off but I'm kind of busy right now. Maybe later. Still, it feels SO GOOD to be caught up on reviews again!

159. Life Beyond Measure by Sidney Poitier
160. Bossypants by Tina Fey
161. City of Illusions by Ursula K. LeGuin
162. Vampirates: Tide of Terror by Justin Somper
163. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
164. You Have to F*****g Eat by Adam Mansbach
165. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
166. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon
167. How I Paid for College by Marc Acito
168. Attack of the Theater People by Marc Acito
169. Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
170. Twilight: The Graphic Novel, vol. 2 by Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim
171. The Fly by Elise Gravel
172. Death Masks by Jim Butcher
173. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
174. 'Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy by Gavin Edwards
175. The Lynne Truss Treasury by Lynne Truss
176. Everyday Matters by Danny Gregory
177. Blade Runner by Philip K. Dick
178. Bright Lights, Big Ass by Jen Lancaster
179. A History of PI by Petr Beckmann
180. The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean
181. The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke
182. Midnighters: Touching Darkness by Scott Westerfeld
183. The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall
184. Stimulated! by Andrew Pek and Jeannine McGlade
185. Farscape: Dark Side of the Sun by Andrew Dymond
186. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
187. The Scavengers by Michael Perry
188. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes by John H. Watson
189. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
190. Stories: All-New Tales edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio
191. Cosmos by Carl Sagan
192. My Fair Lazy by Jen Lancaster
193. Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
194. Barrel Fever by David Sedaris
195. Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks
196. Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman et al


Thing 32a - Complete!

32a. Get TBR pile under 50 books (even just temporarily)

I did it! Whoop whoop! The list below is the entirety of my TBR pile at this very moment. Now I just need to catch up on my reviews...

1 Peter Anghelides: Another Life
2 Isaac Asimov: Nightfall and Other Stories
3 Trevor Baxendale: Torchwood: The Undertaker's Gift
4 Peter S. Beagle: The Folk of the Air
5 Colin Brake: The Price of Paradise
6 Jim Butcher: Proven Guilty
7 Jim Butcher: Dead Beat
8 Julia Cameron: The Right to Write
9 Stephen Cole: The Feast of the Drowned
10 Stephen Cole: The Art of Destruction
11 Dorothy Daniels: The Tower Room
12 Kenneth C. Davis: Don't Know Much About the Bible
13 Sharlee Dieguez: The Bearded Lady
14 Richard P. Feynman: The Meaning of It All
15 Hyde Flippo: The German Way
16 Rice Freeman-Zachery: Creative Time and Space
17 Stephen Fry: The Liar
18 Bonni Goldberg: Room to Write
19 Natalie Goldberg: Thunder and Lightning
20 Natalie Goldberg: Wild Mind
21 Douglas R. Hofstadter: Godel, Escher, Bach
22 Judy Jones: An Incomplete Education
23 Jen Lancaster: My Fair Lazy
24 Ursula K. Le Guin: The Beginning Place
25 Stephen Lyons: The Stealer of Dreams
26 Augusta Moore: The Pocket Guide to the Afterlife
27 Grant Naylor: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers
28 Grant Naylor: Better Than Life
29 Beatrix Potter: Giant Treasury of Peter Rabbit
30 Kris Radish: Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral
31 Jacqueline Rayner: Winner Takes All
32 Jacqueline Rayner: The Stone Rose
33 Mike Resnick: Adventures
34 Mike Resnick: The Return of Santiago
35 Mike Resnick: The Buntline Special
36 Mike Resnick: Stalking the Dragon
37 Justin Richards: The Deviant Strain
38 Justin Richards: The Resurrection Casket
39 Gareth Roberts: Only Human
40 Mark Russell: God is Disappointed in You
41 Carl Sagan: Cosmos
42 David Sedaris: Barrel Fever
43 Hershel Shanks: Understanding the Dead Sea Scrolls
44 Mike Tucker: The Nightmare of Black Island
45 Brenda Ueland: If You Want to Write
46 Tim Waggoner: The Roads Not Taken
47 Scott Westerfeld: Blue Noon
48 Roger Zelazny: Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming
49 Roger Zelazny: If at Faust You Don't Succeed

Thing 65a - Complete!

65a. Do a TBR sweep

Date Completed: 28 December 2014

My TBR started at 100 books (which is amateur hour compared to most BookCrossers), and is now down to 68, plus I pulled a bunch of books that I'd never even put on the list in the first place but still wasn't going to read. The shelves look kind of stupid now, what with the random gaps here and there. On the bright side, everything fits for the first time in ages, with the exception of a couple of oversized books which will require a complete reorganization to accommodate. It feels good to downsize.

Thing 33a - update at last!

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

Finally caught up! Whoop whoop!

Current Progress: 158/200 (79%)

113. Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
114. Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
115. A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
116. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
117. Don't Know Much about Geography by Kenneth C. Davis
118. The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs
119. The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore
120. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
121. Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins
122. Long Quiet Highway by Natalie Goldberg
123. First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde
124. Lexicon by Max Barry
125. Neptune's Brood by Charles Stross
126. Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson
127. Tokyo Fiancee by Amelie Nothomb
128. Doctor Who: The Clockwise Man by Justin Richards
129. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
130. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
131. Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy by Peter Carlson
132. Eiger Dreams by Jon Krakauer
133. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
134. The Bookman's Tale by Charlie Lovett
135. A Gazillion Little Bits by Claudia Brevis
136. The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz (abridged)
137. The Hit by Melvin Burgess
138. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
139. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
140. Dreamwood by Heather Mackley
141. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
142. World War Z by Max Brooks
143. The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O'Melveny
144. The Gates by John Connolly
145. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
146. The Infernals by John Connolly
147. Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch
148. Fearless by Cornelia Funke
149. Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein
150. Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch
151. Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
152. Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch
153. Lies Across America by James W. Loewen
154. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
155. 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth and Other Useful Guides by Matthew Inman
156. Dark of the Moon by John Sandford
157. Doctor Who: The Monsters Inside by Stephen Cole
158. The Children Act by Ian McEwan


Thing 2a - complete!

2a. Go to the dentist

Date completed: 29 September 2014

I'd noticed the floss snagging between two of my teeth, so I finally went to the dentist for the first time in, like, five years. My gums are really great, but I have five cavities (including the fracture that was catching my floss), which will be filled this Friday. Ugh, but better now than later.

One Year Left

According to my calculations, yesterday marked one year left of our 1001 days. Which means I should be somewhere around two thirds of the way done, which I totally am not, but that's all right.

I am in progress on several Things, so here's a quick update on some of those:

7a. Complete Podrunner Gateway to 8k - I'm currently in week four of First Day to 5k. I'm doing a modified version. I'm trying to run every week's mix three times but most of the time it ends up being just twice. However, weeks 5 and 6 have three mixes each, and I plan on treating each of those as individual weeks, so over all I'll be taking a lot longer to finish the program. Which is fine. I plan on tackling Gateway to 8k more traditionally. I fully expect it to kick my ass.

34a. Read TMNT comic collections - One and a half volumes left, if I recall correctly.

35a. Read Doctor Who books - I've only read one of the twelve so far. It was good, but I need to space them out. Unlike the show, I don't think I can binge on the books.

39a. Watch SFF DVD collection - This may end up being a failure, because my computer keeps saying there are errors on the discs. I'll try them in the TV, or maybe even my laptop, before giving up.

23a. Finish S&R comic & 46a. Make S&R book & 47a. Make BRRP vol. 1 - I do not anticipate any of these being finished within the next year. I'll call it a win if I even make any progress on them, to be honest.

55a. Organize Markeroni photos - They're currently organized into states. I want to further sort them into subfolders based on marker type (state, Civil War Trails, etc.), but that hasn't happened yet.

99a. Help Spunkie accomplish a thing - Pretty sure she's not actually doing this anymore. But that's okay. Another dollar to charity is never bad.

And now a quick roundup, in which I discover that I actually have completed one less Thing than I thought.
done/in progress/not started:

Personal: 2/1/5
Car and Home: 7/1/4
Art: 1/3/3
Gluebooking: 3/1/0
Reading: 0/4/2
Watching: 3/0/2
Projects: 5/1/5
Markeroni: 3/2/3
BookCrossing: 1/1/2
Local: 11/0/6
Travel: 2/0/3
Misc.: 7/1/6

TOTAL: 45/15/41

Thing 29a - complete!

29a. Make a purple color sketchbook

Date Completed: 31 August 2014

This was finished largely thanks to two marathon sessions at 6of8's house. It was fun to do but I don't see myself doing another single-color journal.


Thing 3a - complete!

3a. Take an online course

Date Completed: 16 August 2014

Today I finished Sketchbook Skool: Beginnings, a six-week course about starting to draw your life. It was marvelous and I hope its lessons will stick with me - or at least the habit of drawing regularly, which is why I took it in the first place.

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All in all, a really great class. It gave me a lot more confidence when drawing with pen or in public. All drawing is drawing practice, after all, and you'll never get any good at anything if you don't do it a lot.

Now I just need to get my hands on a water brush.

Thing 30a - complete!

30a. Fill Jem journal gluebook

Begun: February 14, 2005
Finished: July 27, 2014

Since this book had no theme, the pages are filled with all kinds of weirdness, both funny and serious. Sometimes I wonder how much you'd learn about my personality by looking through my gluebooks. Probably more than I (or you) would be comfortable with.

On to the next!


Thing 13a - Complete!

13a. Clean out cabinet under bathroom sink

Date Completed: 6 July 2014

With my parents visiting next week, I decided to get this out of the way. I filled a trash bag with crap, mostly long-expired medicine. The oldest I found was some Pepto Bismol that had expired in 2006. That means it expired before we moved into this house. Craziness.

But anyway, there's loads more room in there now and a lot of stuff, like the first aid stuff, is consolidated into bins. If you don't mind seeing my toiletries, there are pictures under the cut.

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Thing 52a - complete!

52a. 2014 Project

Date Completed: 28 June 2014

I have decided that this year's project is the reorganization of my study. It's not a big project - it took most of a day - but it is pretty major and will change the way I do things at home.

Basically, I got a second desk. Now I have a smaller one for my computer and a larger one for crafts. Having a large one for both computer and crafts just wasn't working. Unfortunately, the recliner had to go (it's going to be in the living room, I think, because it's way too comfy to throw out) and the file cabinet is now in the bedroom, but everything else remained.

I like it. I think it'll be a big help. Sorry for the quality of the photos - the sun shines brightly in my southern-facing windows.

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Thing 28a - complete!

28a. Fill GST gluebook

Date Completed: 14 June 2014

My first Gluestick Tourist spread in this journal (that is, a collage made from pamphlets picked up while traveling) was in August 2011. Less than three years later, it is full. On to the next!


Thing 68a - complete!

68a. Attend 5 plays

Date completed: 10 May 2014

My husband and I caught the closing performance of Chapter Two, put on by the Reston Community Players. The hubs was both sound designer and assistant director, so it was nice to see what had been taking him away from me so many nights a week for the last few months. It was a good show - funny but also touching. Neil Simon is usually a good bet, though.

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