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#29…One New Independent Business Per Month

This one goes back a few months….

November 2010– My first time at the Yardhouse in Dedham, Jake and Joes in Norwood and The Beauty Bar in Westwood

December 2010– Kings in Dedham, Sky Lounge in the Riv for the comedy show

January 2011– Not Your Average Joes in Dartmouth

February 2011– Chiazza Trattoria in Barrington

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updates

#7- yes, i am keeping my address book up to date, so i’m just going to consider this COMPLETE!

#13- i’m working on organizing and printing my digital photos, but its taking some time. i really hope that i get to finish this before the 101 in 1001 goal project is over.

speaking of that, there is LESS than a year before my first 101 in 1001 goal will be finished. way too quick how did i get to the point where there is less than a year left in this project?

#28- here is another goal i’m just going to consider finished: support local artists, businesses, etc. i’ve found that the goals that work well for me in this project are measurable ones. how can i just keep reading over this goal every time i look to write an update. i honestly try to support all things local as often as possible, and i do well with following through. so for this project, this is also being considered complete. its not that i am going to stop doing local stuff at all, i’ll keep on keeping on. but its silly to try to track it.

#29- support one new to me independent business per month:
june- waterside grill on the docks in east greenwich, ri
july- lake pearl in foxborough,ma & the liquor store in mystic,ct
august- D&G deli in westwood, ma
september- sapphire in twin river- lincoln, ri
october- illsington pizza

#62 and 65- i’m soon to begin my final month of nablopomo. i’m going to attempt nanowritmo (i know, i know- shoot me. i’m overwhelming myself) so i’m hoping to actually succeed but i understand i’m setting myself up here. so lets all keep our fingers crossed. i’ll probably be putting all the info on my other blog, (which is brand new, have you checked it out yet?) so catch me over there…

#69- my 14th letter (of the 100 i plan on writing to friends) was to my friend stephan.

this blog needs pictures…

…but unfortunately we are going to have to wait to see any of those pictures until the next post 😉

#6- i donated one more bag of clothes and household stuff to charity, so that makes it 6 bags donated out of my goal of ten!

#9- organize bills and stick with a system. i’m going to go ahead and mark this as complete as i am all organized and keeping my bills up to date.

#28- i’m not even going to waste your time and mention all the places i’ve been in the past month or two. basically i’ve been to many places for wedding and baby showers. i’ve eaten out at a bunch of place, drank at a couple places, bought dresses at a couple places, etc. even though there is barely any money in my pockets, i sure as hell have been doing some spending. so lets just consider this up to date!

#29- one new to me independant business per month.
i’ve got some serious catching up to do with this goal. here goes:
may- hawthorne country club for my bestie’s wedding.
april- aspire- a new restaurant we went to for girl’s night.
march- ames pub- a new bar that we went to for michaela’s bday where all the signature drinks are named after literary figures.
february- i cannot remember the name of the place for the life of me, but i went to a local hall/restuarant for a friend’s wedding shower. it was called something so simple, like The Veteran’s Hall, but it wasn’t a VFW. i just can’t remember the name!

its been a while

time for lots of fun updates. sorry i totally slacked on updating this project this winter. i did a decent job of working on some of the items on the list, but not recording what i’ve done. so i have to play some catch up. i’ll probably have one more catch up post.

#28- support local “stuff”:  i went to see a local band “bobs days off” play twice- once in december and once in february. i’ve been to a few local bars and restaurants- barrets ale house, rogers, playoffs pub and the grad student bar at brown. and i went bowling- yay- at a local alley.

#29- can you believe i actually had to go back and look through my planner to figure this one out? i have a super amount to catch you up on this one! my goal was to support a local NEW independent business every month. i haven’t updated since october so here goes:
october: i bought my dress from “wishing well” a local bridal salon for trisha’s wedding
november: we went to a tranny karaoke club in boston then the club revolution for trisha’s bachelorette party
december: we went to the local restaurant “lobster pot” for trish’s rehersal dinner, and i also stood at hotel monacco in alexandria, va for NYE. i totally loved the hotel and recommend it if anyone is going to be in that area.
january: i went to the “stork connection” with my family to watch my future niece for my sister-in-law’s 3D ultrasound

#30- i’m supposed to ask a stranger out on a date. does kissing a random extremely handsome man on stage then later exchanging numbers, kissing some more and going out for a late night snack at like 3am count as “asking a new man out on a date?”  does it make a difference that we went bowling the next week (in truth it was mere circumstance, & i didn’t ask him to go bowl with me)?  i think y’all need to be the judge of this one, because i honestly am not sure whether to allow it or not!

#66- my grace in small things challenge (to write what i’m grateful for every day for one year) will be over soon. i can’t even believe it. i’ve only 12 more days left!

#69- write 100 letters to friends. since the last update, i had sent 4 letters. i’m up to number 6. i’ve sent a letter to my friends stephan and to phampants! i’m also working on my 7th letter right now, but i’ll count that one later when its actually finished and mailed.

#80- start wearing red lipstick. well i wore red lipstick the night i kissed the handsome stranger on stage (#30) so thats got to mean something, right?

its time…

i know, i know, i know… i’ve neglected my posting to my 101 list.
i’ve been working on the list, but i’ve just been a bum about posting things.

forgive me?

#ten
i finished cataloguing all the books i own. i own 324. i’ve yet to read 225. seriously? damn. i’ve got quite a few books to read.

#thirteen
so i’m supposed to work on organizing my pics on my computer, printing them and putting them into albums. can you believe i printed like 800 pictures. SERIOUSLY! no exaggerating. and that was like 1/14th % of the photos i own. ugh this is going to be such a daunting task. hopefully i will be finished with it by the time this project is over.

#twenty seven
i failed. AGAIN. gosh.
i said i wanted to go to the drive in at least once per summer. i did not go to the drive in at all this entire summer (i suck) so because i am trying very hard to be honest with this list, then i’ve got to admit that i failed at my second item. boo.

#twenty nine
support a new-to-me local independent business at least once per month. this month i went to this place called lusitannos for my next bride’s wedding shower. it was beautiful and i had a marvelous time. i also went to a new-to-me local independent business in virginia (hey, i used to be a local there) called yorgos. its ridiculous that i lived there and never ate there. i also frequented my regular local hot spots while i was down there. and finally, i ate at cafe dolce vitta last night in providence. LOVED it!!

#forty eight
i brought up the idea of doing a small stuff swap at 20SB. i got a decent response. but i honestly expected much more. it kind of bummed me out. but i’m going to stay positive. i need to get the ball rolling and get this project started.

#eighty eight
still paying those damn credit cards.

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.