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just little ol’ me checking in

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#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!)

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?

slow going

minor changes on the list to update you about:

#28- local businesses i try to support with my business…can you believe i haven’t updated this since november? well, there are a lot of obvious and boring ones… my credit union, my nail lady, my gas station, the two sushi places i usually visit and my dentist. i also have gotten an oil change, went to a local school for a clinic massage and threw my sister a baby shower at the local country club.

#66- i’m almost done my grace in small things challenge, which seems crazy to me. i’m on day 333 of 365! wow. check it out on my other blog.

#69- i finally got around to writing a couple handwritten letters to my friends. i need to write 100 before the end of this challenge… i’ve done four!! one to my friend lauren and the other to my friend sarah. i have two to mail out to my pen pals- kate and erin- today or tomorrow. so i’m just going to count them here. do you want to be my pen pal? find out how.

#70- i own 225 books i’v never read. when i started this project, i read three. off the top of my head i’ve read another three: operating instructions by anne lamott, the MFA handbook by tom kealey and eat, pray, love by elizabeth gilbert. i’m sure i’ve read much more but i guess i’ll just have to update this later.

#75- apply to grad school. well, i’ve fully applied to three schools. I’m probably going to be fully applied to another three tonight, and within the next week, i will be completely done this goal…. AND I CANNOT WAIT!

#88- still paying off credit cards and doing a great job, but the grad school apps have put a definite dent in the payment plan. can you guess how expensive it is to apply to 14 schools?

#90- i’ve been updating my credit card and bank info into the spreadsheet i have.

#91- still working on paying off my car. well, my credit union is at least. they automatically take money out of my account once a month.

#100- i’m supposed to get 5 people to start their own 101 list…. do any of you want to be inspired by me??? i don’t have anyone who started their list because of mine yet!

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!

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.

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.