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keep on truckin’

ola amigos
here is a quick update..

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.


surprising myself

you know… i didn’t think i was doing very well on this 101 in 1001 list. i was actually going to post a “i’m sorry for failing miserably” blog when i signed on, but then when i went over my list, i realized i am actually taking some pretty big baby steps. (go me!)

many of my goals are long term. for example, one of them is write weekly in my journal for the entirety of the 2.75 years… so its kind of tough to “complete” that now. i guess at the very end, i will (hopefully) be able to say that i have completed many of those long term goals.

anyway, here is my recent update for y’all. pictures will follow… i don’t have my camera at work right now, so i will upload them tomorrow, and then update this post!

#9: i have been working on a bill system that i think is working pretty well so far. what i need to do is organize the past few years bills. i guess an average person is supposed to keep all their financial info for 3 years, so i have 2006, 2007 and 2008 bills to organize. i have been working on 2008, so that year is almost complete. once i finish organizing 2006 and 2007, then i will be complete. i will just have to make sure i keep up with my 2009 organization monthly.

#18 and 28: i’ve eaten at my 3rd new-to-me restaurant. amy and i went to a new sushi restaurant on mineral spring. at first i loved it. its quaint and quiet and the sushi tasted wonderfully…..BUT then i went to the bathroom, and the bathroom (as well as the hallway leading to the bathroom…which also led to the kitchen) was SO DIRTY. it was GROSS! after working at restaurants and bars, i understand that things can’t be perfectly clean all the time. so i can overlook messes here and there. usually i am not the type to notice things like this. amy always notices this kind of stuff, and will not want to go back to that restaurant. makes sense, but i always thought it was a little drastic. anyway, back to the point. the bathroom was so gross that i didn’t enjoy my food for the rest of the evening. i don’t think i will go back. which is too bad, because the food was so good, that i would have gone frequently… but all i can think, is if the bathroom was that gross, what is the kitchen like? and do the chefs wash their hands (the same hands which touch the raw sushi i put in my mouth)? probably not. ewww.
#20: one of my goals was to go camping with my friends. while i obviously have not done that yet, i’m beginning to plan it. YIPPEE!!! my friends are a hard bunch to make plans with. everyone is super busy and usually everyone has different schedules. so, i february, i sent an email out asking if everyone wanted to take a group camping trip this summer and mostly everyone said yes! woo hoo! now i am going to research prices and then we will pick and pay for a place! sooooo excited and i guess more on this later 🙂
#29: so i did continue to support an independent business last month. i went to a bar in east providence (so sorry, i can’t remember the name, but i know it is on lion street, lol!) anyway my friend missy bartends there, so me, sa, kerri and amy all went their for our monthly girls night out. it was interesting to say the least. there were a lot of ghetto people there. one guy tried to tell us we looked like snobs (i think he was actually saying this as his own way to hit on us…) but it was fun. a dj we used to work with was actually djing there, so we danced the night away. we all also drank the night away, so it was actually really fun. it felt exactly like my sophomore year in college again! here are a few pictures of the evening!

43: so i’m trying to take a picture every two weeks so that long term i can see a change in myself in almost 3 years. haha.

this one above cracks me up! i can’t even stand how awful/silly i look in this picture. i figure what the hell. i might as well post “real” pictures of myself. it would be silly if i posed for every one! this was taken the drunken night that i wrote about in number 29. this is my “i’m drunk, i don’t give a shit, and i don’t believe a word you’re saying” face! it was taken 2/19/09.

this one was actually taken today. i was at a stop light on my lunch break, and i figured what the hell. most people hate my sunglasses, but i love them, so i’m posting a pic of me wearing them!
i’m not a huge fan of this one either…but it was taken at work on valentine’s day. i was taking a picture of the cake i made my clients, and then i realized…it is about time to take my bimonthly picture!

#46: so i bought the ring i have been dying to buy in my favorite etsy store!! i guess this means i completed this item… but i want to buy as much as i can from etsy… so i am going to keep working on this goal even if it is technically completed. i’ll post a pic just as soon as i get my nails done! it may sound insecure, but there is nothing like a pretty manicure to showcase a beautiful ring!
#63: i’m trying to write a handwritten entry in my journal once a week. i try to do this on saturdays, because i’m usually always working, and i am also usually always posting a ‘stealing saturday” on my other blog. so i’m trying to make it a habit. i’ll be honest. i’m not doing a very good job remembering this. most of the time i forget my journal at home, so i say that i will write in it when i get home from work… but never do. anyway. i want to work harder on this, but at least i have written in it 10 times (it should be 10 saturday entries), even if i write more than one a week to catch up!
#66: i’ve decided to be hard on myself for this one. i joined grace in small things about a month or so ago and did an EXCELLENT job in post daily. but then i stopped for about a week or so. i was just going to pick right back up on g.i.s.t. on #13 or whatever number i was on… but i decided that wasn’t fair. my #66 on this list says i will write one thing (even though i write 5 for g.i.s.t.) i am grateful for every single day for 365 days. so i am starting all over again. and i will start all over every single time i miss a day. i’m going to do this right. so today is GIST#1 all over again on my other blog.
#68: when i was scrolling through my list to see what i had actually completed or worked on, i was happily surprised by #68. i forgot that this was on my list… and i actually completed this item last week the best way possible! on march 4, 2009 i went to hope high school in providence, ri to see JODI PICOULT, MY FAVORITE LIVING AUTHOR, read from her new book and then do a book signing. it was my first book signing and the absolute best ever. i am still shaking with excitement about this. seriously, this was a huge event in my life. i want to be a writer like jodi picoult one day, so to meet her and hear her speak so conversationally to the audience was pure joy to me. she is such a down to earth, kind, intelligent, funny, normal human being. it was cool too, because her new book just came out two days before so i think we were her second stop on the book tour. it was still so fresh! oh i am so happy. and she autographed my book! ugh, joy, joy, joy! there was someone who used my camera to take a picture of me and her there, but the idiot did something funky, so the picture is just a blur. i’ll post it anyway though.

and that’s all folks! not too bad for an update where i thought i was going to be disappointing! hope you are all doing well and you are happy and healthy!