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i guess all i seem to do is drink and eat

i’m kicking ass and taking names.

7) address book issues: well, i’ve officially taken my old, nasty, worn down address book and entered all the information into my computer. now its just time to buy or build an address book/holder of my own.

18) i’ve completed another item and it feels glorious! my goal was to eat at 20 new to me restaurants, and i did! i went to the melting pot in providence in the end of december (the 28th or 29th) with mrs. emerson, who not only is one of my best friends, but my old roommate. after going there i decided i want to cook all the food i eat for the rest of my life in boiling liquid although i won’t because it is not practical and then the twentieth restaurant was la tasca in alexandria on new years eve with sa, jim and amy. it was yummy in my tummy. both places were. i get so excited when i finish an item! i’m actually going to keep working on this item because i liked it so much. i will consider it complete for the 101 in 1001 challenge, but i want to see how many new-to-me restaurants i will actually go to.

26) another goal was to drink at 5 different breweries. i planned on going to one with friends while i was on vacation in VA. we decided on the shenandoah brewery in alexandria. well, we went and while i can tell you it seemed like a cool place, i can’t tell you much else. you see, they claim that its a place you can go and hang out and eat and drink while you wait for your turn to make beer….  but that just didn’t happen. we were there for almost 45 minutes waiting for something to happen. no one came over to us and took our order or asked us if we were feeling the itch to brew some beer. and when we went to the bar, we were told they’d be with us “in one second” and just flat out ignored us the rest of the time. maybe the just didn’t like northerners. and there were 4 out of 5 northerners there, so…who knows. anyway- since i didn’t get the whole brewery experience, but did spend some time there, i decided to consider it 1/2 a visit. i managed to go to another “brewery” called Hops that day, so i’ve technically knocked one whole brewery off this goal. the second place we went was more of a restaurant than a brewhouse, but the beer sampler was super cheap and the beer was pretty darn good. plus they had a beer with ‘alligator” in the name, and we all know how much i love gators 😉

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update time!

#7
well, i haven’t purchased it yet, but i found an address “box” i really like. maybe i can hint at getting this for a christmas present from someone. i don’t think i want the exact colors, etc. but for the most part, this is what i am looking for.

#18
so the goal here is to frequent 20 “new-to-me” restaurants before the end of this project. and because i really like this goal, it’s almost done! i’ve actually finished 18 on goal #18! fun. because i’ve already written on a few of them before, i’m just going to list them here:
1) jackie’s galaxy in rhode island in august
2) yorgos in virginia in the beginning of september
3) lusitanno’s in massachusetts in mid-september
4) cafe dolce vita in rhode island in mid-september
5) caravellas in massachusetts in beginning of october

#28
frequent local businesses, artists, etc.
well, everything above in goal #18 counts here… also, i’ve went to like 4 local restaurants while i was in virginia, as well as norfolk wholesale where i bought all the flowers i used for my friend’s wedding. then i went to a sushi place i like in the area and also brought my puppy for her annual checkup at the vet’s office. oh, yeah… and i went to the dentist. (ugh)

#45
well, i already finished this goal, but just to update… i’m going to perform in another monologue show! yay! it will take place in november. i’ll be sure to share more details or pictures if i can.

#46
shop more on etsy. well, i’ve purchased a few wedding gifts on etsy which i adore. i’ll try to take a picture of one and post it on here soon. but i don’t have anything yet. i’ve also been working on building a shop, but i think it’s going to take me a while to get there.

#47
sigh…my time capsule. i don’t really know what to do about this- consider it a fail, or be lenient with myself? i didn’t get it finished before i turned 25, but i def. got started with it. i’m thinking i might extend it to be finished by the time i’m 26. that way it fully encompasses my whole first 1/4 of a century of living. any suggestions? is this fair?

its been TOO long… even for me.

hey y’all- so sorry its taking me forever to catch up with everything going on.
i have just been a little busy/stressed so i haven’t been making the time (like i should) to update this list.
so i’m thinking i will do a few quick updates.
here is one:

#10
well, i told you about how i already organized my bookshelves. but now i am currently working on cataloguing all the books i own.
its a pretty daunting task let me tell you!
but i’ve done a good job. I think I have one more shelf to go on one of my bookshelves. and then the whole second bookshelf- but there are much less books in there.
almost done this goal!!

#13
i did do some organizing of the pictures on my computer. but the problem with that is once i realize some photos are in the wrong folder…. it creates a monster because then i find a whole bunch of other messed up folders. you know?! but the good thing is i have been deleting a lot more photos. and actually naming them. i have NO CLUE when this goal will be done, but hopefully soon. i have begun to hate sorting through these pics. i just want to print them all out and put them in albums. and speaking of that…. i printed all the photos from my oldest brother’s wedding, and most of the photos from my other brother’s recent wedding. (i printed out exactly 200 so they could all just go in one album) so happy about that. i guess i’m going in the right direction!

#18
i ate at another new place! on 8/21 the regular friday work lunch crew went to this little diner called highland luncheonette. its right down the street and i’ve driven by it a hundred times in my life, but never managed to eat there! it was good. i got a stuffed quahog and a salad. yummy.

#21
dog training. sign. i believe no one should be able to buy or adopt a dog without bringing her to training classes, lol! the good news is that i found a really good person to train my dog. the bad news. its quite expensive, so i doubt i can afford it until october. one step in the right direction!

#28
i have been supporting the local artists and businesses. i’ve been to a restaurant called tweets, newport vineyards, the country club in my city, that diner i mentioned above, my nail lady and my favorite restaurant in the next city.

#29
i technically went to two completely new places this month. newport vineyards for my sister-in-laws bachelorette party, and highland luncheonette, but because i already mentioned the second one in #18 i will choose newport vineyards to be my one local business/artist for the month of august.

#30
this one is slightly humorous. not if you are me though. i consider #30 to be one of the scariest goals on my list: “ask a stranger out”. i can’t handle it! and yet…i ALMOST did it. but i chickened out (for slightly decent reasons). i’ve been working with this guy who provides a benefit to our staff here at work (so we don’t work together, but deal professionally with each other) and he is pretty hot. i ALMOST worked up the courage to ask him out, until my boss casually asked him how old he was, and he said…. 22!!!!!!!!!! hot damn! now, granted… i am probably only a few years older than him. but I. DO. NOT. DATE. YOUNGER. GUYS. i was totally bummed out. totally.
for my to work up my courage like this is huge, but i don’t want to date a little boy. he just graduated in 2008 and i doubt he has any clue what he is looking for. if i am going to put myself out there, then it has to be for someone who is going in the same direction as i am. and i don’t know what his deal is quite yet. i know its not fair to judge him on his age, but this is very confusing for me.
i guess we will just have to see what happens with this one.

#39
i’ve had QUITE a few bottles of wine since the last post on my cork collecting, but oddly enough they all had twist off caps. (and they weren’t even that cheap!) but last night i decided i wanted to have a glass (or two) of wine while i laid alone in my bed and watched House… so i did. in a very big wine glass.

#63
this is the big shocker.
my first failed item on my list.
son of a… gun.
i guess i am pretty idealistic, because i really didn’t want to completely fail any item. but the time has come to admit that i have. since this summer got a bit hectic with the wedding, etc. i really slacked at my journal writing. i don’t think i wrote anything from the end of july until mid august.
so that means i DIDN’T write in it every single week.
although i really enjoyed the habit of writing in it so regularly, so i am going to try and keep up with it.
but for 101 in 1001 reasons… that item is over.

#66
going strong on listing stuff i am grateful for every single day. its coming pretty natural to me now. kind of like remembering to put on deodorant. today was #169.

#82
i’m going to walk in a 5K. for those who do not know this, my brothers-in-law(ish) were on the 2008 biggest loser show. one of them is doing a second annual 5K walk/run/job for his daughter’s foundation. this ought to be interesting to say the least. it is in october, so more on this later.

#88
i’ve been paying a good chunk on my credit cards, and it is leaving me pretty much penniless! i am so ready to be done with this item, lol 🙂

#90
using my spreadsheet for all my bills/credit cards info still. in fact… i already have september completely budgeted out.

more (including pictures) later

keep on truckin’

ola amigos
here is a quick update..

#6:
i’ve been trying to simplify my life. and organize. all at the same time. so a of right now, i am working on my 5th bag of stuff to donate to charity.

#7:
while i have yet to buy an address book… i have updated my contact info in outlook on my computer. so, when i actually get a book to write all this stuff in, it will be an easy task to complete.

#13:
i have done a pretty damn good job of organizing some pictures on my computer. and that makes me very happy. i have a GILLION pictures, so i feel like this is a project i would love to finish soon. i’m sick of organizing pics. i just want them organized, printed out and then put in photo albums once and for all. but i still have a little while to go.

#18:
i’ve eaten at another new-to-me restaurant. a couple weeks ago me and michaela went to a restaurant we’ve both been wanting to check out: temple. it was nice. i wasn’t head over heels for the food…but it was pretty good. the atmosphere however was incredible! it had private booths and candles hanging from the ceiling instead of lights. i loved it.

#20:
so obviously i didn’t go camping this month, or i would have written about it. so i took that out of italics. there’s always next summer.

#24:
for part of my soon to be sister-in-laws bachelorette party, we’re taking her to a nearby vineyard for a tasting in two weeks. which is super exciting because it is one of the vineyards in the tour i want to do for goal #24 yay! more on this later.

#29:
my one new to me place per month for july will be a bar called the belmont. its got a lot of character. dark wood, low ceilings, lots of leather and a dim atmosphere. i might have made is sound creepy, but its actually rather chill.

#47:
yeah, not much to say. i have been crazy busy preparing for my brother’s wedding, and the time capsule project is totally falling behind. i don’t want to give up on this project though, because i really want to get this done. so, hmm. i don’t know what to do about it, but i am sure i will figure it out.

#63:
yesterday was my 30th weekly journal entry…at least i can keep up with something.

#66:
just finished my 135th grace in small things entry. i am kicking ass on those entries.

#70:
i’ve finished another book: “if i had my life to live over/i would pick more daisies” a compilation of stories and poetry about being a girl or woman at all stages of life. it was rather beautiful. the title is something that really motivates me. maybe i should ruminate on that and write something of my own. the only thing is…i really need to recount the books i own. i can’t remember and i’ve donated some. so its time for a recount.

#85:
i accidentally completed another goal without expecting to. while i am considering it complete, i didn’t bold it on the side just to leave it open again. i dove in my friends swimming pool, but i didn’t do any of my wild dives i used to do because it wasn’t super safe. ha. number 1, i had been drinking and number 2, while the diving board is obviously in the deep end- i’m sure its not as deep as a college pool. so item completed, but hopefully i will still make it somewhere i can really do some wild dives.

#88
ugh. yes, still kicking my ass and paying off those credit cards. and yes, still kicking myself in the ass for even having any debt to begin with.

a few of…

…the pictures I told you i would post before, yet never did.
 
these were taken on 6/9/09 at that little bar in bristol.

it was from goal number 18. it was a new independent restuarant i went to with my friend larry. and we ate oysters. yummy. i have to apologize to him for putting this pic up. i don’t think he would love it. but to make things even, i put up a pretty silly picture of myself as well.

huge update. are you ready for this?

well, well, well. can you even believe i let so much time go by without updating you guys on the hard work i have been doing on my goals. 

the second place we went to eat in miami was this amazing little italian restaurant in south beach. i think it was on 14th street off of washington ave we didn’t read the menu before we sat down, so we were a little surprised by the price- but in reality it wasn’t too expensive. after we got the food we realized it was completely worth it. WOW. the food was PERFECT i was amazed with everything. and everyone who works there are hardcore italian. the men are fricken gorgeous and i was in love with every single one of them
anyway, we also went to jimmy buffet’s margaritaville in mexico and that was an outrageous time! they had a fresh guacamole “hut” that would come around to your table if you wanted any. WOWEE! best guac. i have ever eaten in my entire life. it was perfect.


the next place was a restaurant/bar on the waterfront in bristol, RI where i got the best rhode island oysters i have had in a while. i also don’t remember the name of this one, but i’m sure i can figure it out soon enough. there are just so many restaurants in that area, that i don’t want to google it and tell you the wrong one!
and then yesterday i went to another RI restaurant. J.D.’s, a “hole in the wall”, aka a family restaurant…amy, sa and i got breakfast there the morning after the new kids on the block concert. i really enjoyed it there as well. the french toast was the best.


#twenty eight: i did a pretty good job supporting local artists. in haiti, i got a bunch of local artwork. statues and masks for the most part. i don’t have any pictures now, so i will try to take some. in jamaica i got some nice jamaican coffee. i also went to watch a friend’s band : dancing nancys at a bar in bristol one night.

#twenty nine:
 i guess for may i will chose 11th street diner as my independent business for the month of may because it was my favorite place. for the month of june, my independent business was that cute family restaurant J.D.’s.
#thirty four: i’ve got quite a few pictures to add to my urban alphabet. some on the cruise and some in the countries we visited. and i think there are a few since i have been home. i’m going to put these pics in a separate post because this one is already going to be too long!

#thirty five: i also have more pictures to add to my 100 pictures project. i’m just going to include them on a separate post too.

#thirty nine: i am adding to my cork collection that i will use to make my cork frame. two of the new corks i got on my cruise when amy and i dined and had our favorite waiters, ivan and parag. the other is from friday night at the NKOTB concert.


#forty three: take a picture at least once every two weeks. gosh i have teaken quite a few so far. which is surprising, usually i take one of myself, but it was nice to have a few taken by others.
this one below was taken on may 29 in miami. i am so in love with ami james. too bad i didn’t meet him!
below is from may 30th. it was our first day on the boat. this is my sexy look! haha ya right.this one was taken on june 1st after visiting haiti.
this one was taken later that night.

this picture was taken in mexico on june 4th. we were re-re-routed there. originally we were supposed to go to mexico, but we were re-routed to the bahamas. then we didn’t find out about it being changed back to being mexico until we were on the cruise. so i was so excited because i really wanted to swim with the dolphins there…and i got to!

this one was after the dolphin swimming same day.

this picture also taken on june 4th. i love it because the whole time i was being photographed by the people at the dolphin cove, my eyes were closed or i was making crazy faces because i was paying so much attention to the dolphins…so in the moment that i paid no mind to them!

hmm, i like the casino. this was on june 5th the night before the cruise ended.

this picture was taken by The Bestie as i slept on the plane ride home!

#forty seven: the time has come to kick ass on this time capsule project. i expect it to be complete by september 3rd, because that is when i will be going to virginia, and my birthday will be during that weekend! i obviously am just beginning so i don’t know what i will put in it. i’m going to obviously put in letters people write me, but i also need to find items which commemorate the last 25 years of my life! do any of y’all have any ideas? any suggestions as to when i should open it?#forty nine: i completed another item! i am back from my cruise! here are just a few random pictures.

#fifty seven: here is a picture of my pretty new passport! goal complete!

#sixty three: this week will be my 25th weekly entry. i’m totally loving that i am sticking firmly to this writing weekly schedule. its become more of a habit now. and i did a pretty good job writing in my journal during my cruise. at least for the first few days! haha.

#sixty six: yesterday i completed my 101st grace in small things entry. i am so excited about this. i cannot believe i have done so many of these entries. i feel like this is such a big accomplishment. i wonder what one complete year will feel like.

#sixty nine: my plan on vacation was to write letters to some of my friends on my cruise. i failed that one miserably! ha. didn’t write any. but that is okay because i know i have one sobby letter to write to my lovely “wife” who is moving with her fiance Cornmuffin to the DC area. i have the feeling that this letter will get me started on writing a few more!

#seventy: i read another of my books which i purchased and never read (i think i have a total of 194 or something like that books to go) i read jodi picoult’s new book which SHE AUTOGRAPHED WHEN I MET HER!

#seventy four: so the goal is to attend 20 more red sox games (before the end of the 1001 days…trust me i would like to attend many more than 20 in my life) i’ve already done two this year (yes, i know i owe you pictures from the second game i went to) i’m going to go down to baltimore at the end of july to travel and visit My Wife and Cornmuffin and i am definitely going to watch the sox play baltimore when i am there. holla! so that will be my third game of the year. i’ve got tickets for three more games at the end of the season too!

#eighty three: i know i finished this one already, but i added some vitamins to my daily routine. i worked on this goal by taking vitamin D which i am still taking. now i am taking vitamins C and E as well.

#eighty eight: still working hard on this one. the cruise definitely set me back much more than i thought, but i am going to think positive. i was doing an excellent job at this and i will continue to do an excellent job. there is no way i am going to let a negative attitude weigh me down in debt.

#ninety: still downloading all budget stuff into my spreadsheet.

so here goes

# six: after doing a massive cleaning in my apartment, i filled two more huge construction sized bags of clothing, etc. to donate. i gave them to a friend whose agency is going to have a huge yard sale for charity. four down and six more to go!
#eighteen: eat at twenty new to me restuarants. wow, i am really doing fantastic on this goal. i am now 12 out of my goal of 20 restaurants. i will consider this goal completed at 20, but i’d like to see how many i can actually get to by the end of my 1001 days. can i double it? triple it?
here is where i have eaten:
11th street dinner in south beach, miami. this place is absolute HEAVEN! if you go to miami then i recommend this place as a must see! everything tasted perfect and they had such a wide variety of food- and healthy food too. i actually went there twice in my 1.5 days of being there. got a turkey burger, fries and fruit on my first day and french toast, eggs and fruit on the second meal. yummy in my tummy.

 

well i’ve got some work to do

ola amigos
ready for an update?
#3: http://www.freerice.com/ today i went on and used my knowledge to done 500 more grains of rice. which means so far i have donated 500 of my proposed 100,000 grains of rice. i’ve got a while to go.
#6: my mother so very nicely dropped off my 2 bags of donated goods to the salvation army. (thanks mom!) i’ve still got like 2 more bags to organize and i plan on dropping them off this coming week.
#10: i actually have been organizing my bookshelves. i still have more books to get in there, BUT i actually broke one of my shelves because i have too many books and it was too heavy! ugh. go figure! so hopefully i can finish it this evening, and maybe i will be able to add some pictures tonight too. after i finish then i am going to have to catalogue all my books. yikes. i don’t promise to get that all done this week though.
#18: i did go to another “new to me” restaurant with some of my classmates after class last week. we went to ixtapa which is a mexican restaurant near school. they have excellent sangria there! yummmm.
#21: i’ve done some more research on training for fenway, and found an affordable place to get fenway her training. i just need a little more info and then i am definitely registering her. it will start when i get back from my cruise. i think it starts the end of june.
#28: support local artists: i got my haircut on friday- nothing too exciting because i’ve got a few weddings to be in soon- i don’t think i have included her in this category yet. i’m also hoping to go to a zox concert next weekend. i haven’t seen them in a while. so i’m pretty excited.
i’ve been to a bunch of independent businesses so far. i mentioned above ixtapa, my
hairdressers, my nail salon. i didn’t mention this before (i think) but i consider my business for april would be the book sale i went to at a local library. i actually attended on may 2. but i was originally planning on going april 29, but they opened a day later due to some organizing problems. and i couldn’t make it until the 2nd. so that counted for april. i’d say my major business this month would be the mexican restaurant, ixtapa.
#34: i’ve got a few pictures to put start off my urban alphabet project. this is something i really haven’t kicked off. so i need to work a little more on capturing the alphabet in what i see.

#35: i’ve got a few more pictures for the 100 snapshots project.
#12
growth
#39
central
#59
two
 
#71
lock
#78
rest
#91
desk
(i know i already did desk, but this is just another one.)

#39: i’ve got my second cork for my frame project. it was nothing special. i’ve had a bottle of cabernet savignon i’ve been wanting to try for a little while so i opened it up myself the other night and had a glass while i watched a movie. and guess what. the wine was notttttt good. ha.
#43: i’ve got a new picture for my biweekly pictures.
#47: i’ve decided to start my time capsule project as soon as i get home from the cruise. i want this to be my main goal priority (well along with my GIST project and weekly journal entries!) my 25th birthday is september 5 and i would actually like to “seal” the capsule before my birthday. i will be in VA for my bday, because two of my closest friends are getting married the day after. so instead of prolonging this, i’d like to have it done before i leave. i’m thinking of heading down there on the third possibly. so i’d like to be finished by september 1st, or the 3rd at latest. anyway. i’ll get back from the cruise on the 6th of june, so it gives me less than 3 months to get myself a quarter of a century time capsule. hollur.
#49: my cruise is in 12 days. incredible! i cannot wait to go!
#63: the journal writing is going well. i’ve completed week 20 this weekend. i’m absolutely bringing my journal with me on vacation and i am going to try to write once a day.
#64: since i have almost finished organizing my bookshelves then the next goal i can start on is writing a book review for every book i’ve read (or at least all the books i own). i do not plan on doing all of that at once. one book at a time. i just think i will be able to get a good bunch done this summer.
#66: i just did grace number 67 this morning about my singing life.
#67: i realized i did “join” a writing group. we are called the artichoke writers. its an inside story. it consists of most of my grad class and we’ve already planned the first ever artichoke festival this summer. i’d still like to actually start a reading group and have everyone read a book a month and possibly get together and discuss the book? i watched a movie i really liked last month about a reading group and i think its a great way to read/communicate. but in a sense whether i start a reading group or not…this is another complete item!!!
#69: i’m going to start working on my 100 personal letters to friends while i am on my cruise tanning by the pool!
#70: another goal for vacation is reading a few of the books i own but haven’t read before.
#74: i went to my second red sox game of the year on 5/8. my brother and i actually took my mom because it was her bday that day! and we took my other brother whose bday was in april. it was nice. the ride home was torture cause the boys were cranky and we were STUCK in traffic FOREVER! we won though. my mom was so excited because she has always left before the game ended, and we stayed the whole game. so it was really nice to see her so happy.
#88: obviously i am still kicking ass at paying off my credit cards. although i’m a huge asshole and i’ve bought way too much shit for this cruise that i don’t really need. oh, well. at least i will look hot. and i can’t be too mad at myself. i’ve done a good job getting things at great prices.
#90: yes, i am keeping my budget up to date. it keeps me on track.
#91: and yes, still paying off my car. i do it once a month so i doubt i’m going to keep mentioning it in my updates, lol!

#93: i know i am going to get teased about this one, but… i’m going to look into writing out a “living will” before i go on my cruise. just in case. ha that sounds so morbid, but you never know. its not like i have anything i need to give away…just the security of knowing my medical wishes, etc will be respected. you never know. its never too early to get these things in order!

there are also some things i want to get started working on while on vacation. i know i mentioned most before, but here is a quick round up. #18– eat at restaurants i have never been to before. #26- hopefully i can go to the gordon beirsh brewery in miami. #32– i’d like to photograph a day in my life while on the cruise and then do it again when i get back. i think it would be fun to compare “vacation erin” with “normal erin”! #34– i would love to work on the urban alphabet project while out of america. i think it would be so cool to get some letters in places i may never go to again. #35– i’ll hopefully also be able to take some of my 100 pics while on vacation for the same reason. #43– i’ll get a picture on vacation for my biweekly pictures. #69 i know i mentioned this but i’d like to send some personal letters to friends. and #70 also read some of the books i own. damn this all seems like a lot to do. but i think i’ll be okay.
phew. that was a lot of typing. i cannot wait to update after the cruise. hopefully i will have some pretty darn fantastic pictures!