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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.

just little ol’ me checking in

update time:

#22- i took fenway on a “doggy date”…aka i took her to work, lol. she hurt her hip and i didn’t want to leave her home alone, so i took her to work. it was like “bring your kid to work day!” my little puppy is a very good worker 🙂

#62- did i actually write in here that i failed NABLOPOMO for the month of january? cause i did 😉

#66- I FINISHED ANOTHER GOAL! my grace in small things challenge is complete. for 365 days in a row i listed the stuff i was grateful for on my other blog. i was actually glad to complete this goal; it was kind of draining me. its funny how normal it became for me though, every day i seem to notice more and more of things i should be thankful for.

#69- i’ve actually written 13 letters to friends! i’ve written another to EP, another to sarah, another to lauren one to both my brother and his wife, one to my friend monica, one to nicky and one to my friend chris. (i think that i named everyone!)

dumping info all over this blog.

gosh. i doubt i even have any readers anymore. its been so long since i updated…plus, i moved my blog over from blogger to wordpress in october, so i’m sure that change left a few people in the dust.
is anybody out there, or am i writing this just for myself?

anyway, i’ll give you an update, but there are some better updates coming (with pictures!)

#9 i have been continuously organizing the pile of bills i have sitting around. i just don’t seem to devote enough time to doing this though. so after i put a few things away, i end up making more piles. ugh. one day.

# 13. same goes for organizing and printing my digital photos! this goal might take me a lifetime to complete! if anything it just makes me want to delete half of the pictures on my computer just so i can be done sorting through them.

# 16. i seriously thought i made a friend who was over the age of 70…but then i learned this person was only 60. i was wayyyy off. oh well, i’ve just got to keep trying.

# 62. i tried to accomplish an actual nablopomo in both november and december. total fail! in november i got sick and almost missed the day’s deadline a thousand times. i barely tried. in december i gave it another shot, and i was kicking ASS! and then one day (i think the 14th?) i totally forgot to post and didn’t realize it until i went to post the day after that (the 15th?) so yeah. big failure on my part. oh well, i need to do 2 more to complete this goal, so hopefully i can actually complete one of those 🙂

#66. today i am officially on day #292 of my grace in small things challenge. you can check out the specifics on my other blog. 

#74. hmm, recapping: in 2009 i attended 5 red sox games at fenway park. 2 i already wrote about on this blog (april 17 and may 8). on 9/8 i brought my best friend to fenway for a “three days after my birthday sox game” on 9/16 i went to fenway with my grandfather and we sat right on the side of pesky pole!!! it was fantastic 🙂 it could possibly be one of my top 5 fenway experiences. then on 10/1 i went with another good friend to fenway. it was only her 2nd time! plus every game i call her during “sweet caroline” so to actually be there and sing it with her was PRICELESS! she will absolutely be attending with me again this year! anyway for 2010 i bought tickets to 5 games so far. i might sell 1-2 of those games depending on whats happening in my world. i also absolutely want to drive down to baltimore and watch the sox play down there too. so i guess i’ll just have to keep you updated.

75. i’ve been in the process of applying to grad school again. it makes me want to vomit. i should have all my applications sent out by feb 1, 2010 which means i need to seriously work my ass off this month, because they still need a lot of work.

80. i’ve been attempting to wear red lipstick lately. i’ll totally try to post a picture soon.

88. and 91. i’ve been working my ass off so that i can finally say i’ve paid off all my credit cards and my car. although…its the holidays and i had to buy xmas presents. that doesn’t mean i still didn’t kick ass at paying the bills. it just means it’s still a hard process. my credit cards should be paid off in full by the end of august 2010 if i can simply stick with my plan…and not charge any more! so i guess that means 8 more months of being broke!

update

howdy folks.
i’ve got an update for you. i’m doing big things!

#4- send flowers for no reason
i actually did not send anyone flowers since the last update. the reason i am writing about this is because i was actually going to send flowers to someone, but then i realized i had a REASON to send flowers to them. think about it. when sending flowers, there is always a reason. even if you only send them because you happen to be thinking about someone, that is still a reason!!! anyway, next time i think i will be a little easier on myself in regards to sending flowers “for no reason.”

#6- donate 10 bags of clothing, etc to charity
well, i tried to get some spring cleaning done, so as of right now, i’ve got three large trash bags filled with clothing to bring to salvation army. i haven’t brought them because i am thinking i might have one or two bags, and i figured it would be much easier just bringing them all together.

#9- i’m still working on organizing my bills.
not complete because i can only do a little at a time since i am so busy with school, but it is getting there!

#28- support local restaurants, businesses, etc.
well, i brought my niece to newport creamery to get some ice cream. she was having a sleep over at my house, so i did her makeup, let her play with my jewelry and then took her on a date. she loved it!
also, i went with my friends to a restaurant called paragon and a bar called spats. we’ve been to them before, but i am including them because they are still indep. restaurants.
i also got my nails done again, so i supported my nail tech. lol. expensive, expensive, expensive!

#35- i do not have any new pictures for the 100 pics project, but i do actually have a few ideas of pics i would like to take, so i will get started on that soon.

#43- i believe it is definitely time for my bimonthly pictures of myself.

this one above was taken at the red sox game on 4/17/09this one above was taken on 4/25/09 i was in a cleaning fit. def. a spring cleaning moment!

this one was taken today on 4/30/09 at work. thats why i look a mess!

#49- well this item is actually going to be complete next month…I’M GOING ON A CRUISE! how exciting is that? i am beyond stoked. i’m going with my best friend amy. the person she was originally going with wasn’t going to be able to make it, so i’m in! i cannot even believe how cool this is. and i’m so excited, i don’t think i could even express all my excitement. i will be going to haiti, jamaica, grand cayman and the bahamas. originally i was supposed to go to mexico, but they rerouted us to the bahamas. thank goodness. if i got the swine flu, i would probably blog even less than i do now… and i don’t want to do that!

#57- i’ve actually completed another item.
i applied for my passport. i actually had to pay double to expedite my passport, but whatever. i haven’t gotten it in the mail yet, but my check has been cashed and i don’t have any type of criminal record, so i think i will be A okay 🙂

#62- i tried but i failed!
i did do one of my five nablopomos i wanted to do, but i failed because i missed a day. oh well, i tried. 4 more to go. lets see if i can actually pull off a real completed one before this ends!

#63- i am doing an excellent keeping up with my weekly journal writings. totally getting into a groove, and i can really appreciate looking back and seeing how much i have written. i usually write in a journal for a month or two then a whole year will go by and so many major parts of my life have not been written about. so this weekly thing is keeping me on point!

yes, that is my real journal below.


#66- grace in small things is moving along well.
today i actually wrote the 50th gist out of 365 🙂

#74- i went to a red sox game! yay! it was my first game of the season and i loved every single second of it. fenway park is like a second home to me. i feel so good when i am there. and i am going again next week! my brother and i are bringing our mother and other brother to a game on may 8th for their birthday presents. (my mom’s bday is actually the day of the game)


#83- i have completed my 30 straight days of vitamins challenge. so this goal is actually complete as well! i’m still taking the vitamin D until i go get my blood drawn and see the results in a few weeks. so we will see what comes of that!


#88- pay off my credit cards.
well this one is difficult. i actually didn’t get the interest rate i wanted on the loan i applied for, so i decided to just forgo the loan and pay down my cards myself. it was a limited time offer from the bank, and i guess i didn’t submit the application in time, so whatever! but since the last post, i have been doing great paying my loans off. i see a bright future ahead when it comes to getting out of debt. i think it will actually be sooner than i thought if i stick to my budget. the only thing that is screwing me is this cruise. because if you add up all the costs including excursions, miami overnight, booze, shopping, etc. i think i might spend between 1,500 and 2,000. my theory is that i’m not going on this cruise and pinching pennies. i want to go on all the excursions i possibly can…even if they are expensive. it isn’t everyday i get to climb a 600ft waterfall or helmet dive with sting rays. so if i rack up a bill, then so be it. i’m only young once. i just need to stay dedicated to this budget and i’ll have that paid off in no time. plus, i already have about 500 to go towards the trip, so i think i am in good shape 😉


#90- i am doing great keeping up with my spreadsheet for bills and my budget. it is really keeping me on track. so thanks fabulously broke! its working. y’all should check her out.

#91- pay off my car loan
i wanted to introduce this item into my posts, because i am in fact paying my car off every month in this project. i get it payment automatically deducted from y bank account so i’m on track with this item. i was thinking of paying it off quicker by making extra payments, but i won’t do that until i eliminate my debt and save a large emergency fund. the interest rate is so low that i’m not worried about it at all.

and thats all folks! aren’t you so glad you know all these random facts 😉

i am kicking ass…excuse the french ;)

alright folks…
you ready for your update?
first, even though i am probably being too hard on myself, i should say i decided to be “honest” and take some of the things on my list which are currently in italics (which means i am working on them) OUT of italics. i know i am trying to take on a whole bunch at once, but i don’t want to make it look like i am working on things which i really am not. i obviously will get back to work on them… maybe even real soon as i start my spring cleaning… but for now, they are coming out of italics.

those things were:
#10 (organizing bookshelves)
#21 (getting fenway trained)
#40 (vision board)
#64 (writing book reviews)

okay, moving on to some super stupendous news! i finished another item!
#5: leaving a $10 tip for a meal less than $10 dollars.
i didn’t realize yesterday that the bill was “supposed” to be under $10, so i guess if you want to be technical, i didn’t complete this number “correctly.” but then today, when i sat to write this entry, i though. when the hell am i going to go out and spend less than $10 on my bill? umm, i wish. that would be one pretty thing, but i doubt that will happen. so yesterday, i had a real small bill ($16.99) and left a $15.00 dollar tip. our bartender was EXCELLENT, which i barely ever see anymore,, so she deserved it.

okay, so here are the items i am currently working on:
#3 i donated 300 grains for rice. i was bored at work, and it was the end of the day, so i figured, what the heck… lets play some trivia! now i only have 99,700 grains to go!

#18 eat at new to me restaurants… well, i try NOT to go to chain restaurants while working on this number, but i did go to smokey bones this week, and it is a new to me restaurant. actually, this is where i left my $15 tip! also, i went to a restaurant called Fours in boston before the celtics game. wow, what a wait! but the food was pretty good, and there were a lot of hot guys there! so this brings me to 5 out of my 20 restaurants… which means i am 1/4 complete. cool 🙂

#28 support local independent businesses: i went to somerset creamery, a local amazing ice cream shop about a week ago. i wanted to go on the day they opened, but i missed it and went about a week after they opened…. and i STILL had to wait in a HUGE line!

#29: support one local new to me independent business every month. in march, i went to Depolzelli Bakery to pick up some bakery pizza and treats. the emerson’s were up from GA and it was dave’s birthday, so we went to get him so special treats for his party 🙂

#35: i started working on my goal to take 100 specific pictures. so far i have completed numbers 19, 60 and 63.

the first one i took is number nineteen: within

the next one i took is number sixty: red (i can’t figure out which one of the next two i like best. y’all have any input?)
then here is number sixty three: decrepit
maybe i’ll post a few more later. i’ve got to look at my pictures and see if i have any others.

#39: i am ready to begin my cork frame. well, not really. but i do have my very first cork! i got it while i was drinking with amy and joie at amy’s apartment. it was a fun night. amy pretty much played dress up the entire time (with clothes she just bought to go on a cruise) and we all drank! i got some great pictures too!

#43: i’ve done a good job keeping up with my bimonthly pictures. in the one above, i had just got home from work and had to run in my house from my car because it was downpouring! i think this picture was taken 4/3/09

i’m the above picture, i am all a mess. i’m trying to build a desk and take a pic all at the same time!

#62 and #66: i’m excited about this one, because i find it very challenging!!! i am doing another nablopomo! april 2009– but this one is difficult! see, i am combining my nablopomo and its theme: growing (up) with my daily grace in small things posts!…..and instead of listing five things i am thankful for everyday, i am listing one, and writing about it more in detail. THAT MEANS I AM DOING NUMBERS 62 AND 66 AT ONCE! wow.

#63: i am still doing excellent writing in my journal every week. its actually nice to see how much i have actually recorded in my journal. i am really glad i am doing this goal! oh, and i am on week 15!

#74: i am going to my first red sox game (of the year) in 7 days! yahoo. i’m sure i will post all about this on my other blog, and i can guarantee i will take loads of pictures to post on here!

#80: i am working on finding the perfect red lipstick. i did find one i *like*. i don’t LOVE it, but it is okay. i’ll have to ask amy for the name, because it is her lipstick. also, i think sarah might have taken a picture of me at some point the night i wore it out, so if so i will ask her to send it to me, so i can post it on this blog! BUT i have also found some AWFUL lipsticks that don’t look good on me. i have a family member who sells avon, so she got me this HUGE sample of lipsticks, haha maybe as a joke i will try on every red lipstick and take a picture and post it on here. trust me. with skin as pale as mine, i look like a clown sometimes!

#83: well if you read my other blog, you will know that i have recently got some possibly bad medical news. basically one of my issues is that i am extremely deficient in vitamin D. so since last week i have been taking thousands of mg daily. so, i am on day 8 of taking a vitamin daily for a month! lol. i need to do this to be healthy 😉

#88: pay off credit cards. well, lets just say i am waiting on this one. i applied for a personal loan with an EXTREMELY LOW interest rate. i think i will find out the beginning of nest week if i got it. if i did, then i will be able to completely take the balances off all my cards, and then i SHOULD be able to pay my loan off within a year. how freaking wonderful is that??!??!

#90: i am also still working on trying to download my bills on a spreadsheet and budget. i am doing pretty well, but because it is really detailed i need to just sit down one day and enter everything… that way i will be up to date and pretty much done with this goal. then all i will have to do is stick to the spreadsheet and budget!