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Am I Even Now?

I need to catch this 101 blog up to date. Here is my best shot…

#4– Send Flowers….I sent flowers to my friend Micaela and my Memere for their birthdays. My memere turned 100 this year!!!

#6- Donate Stuff… I dropped off two bags of clothes and  home goods about a month ago… So that brings my total up to 8 out of 10.

#71- Write a Love Letter...I’m going to consider this one complete. I wrote my boyfriend (yes, I have a boyfriend. wild, huh?) a few letters as part of his Valentine’s Day present.

#72– Go to Red Sox Spring Training…. well seeing as how Spring Training is going on right now and I’m not there and also that this project is ending in October….I failed yet again.

#74- Get this…I bought tickets to see the Red Sox EVERY MONTH this season! Ahhh! Which means I have tickets to 6 games this year. As of right now that means I need to either go with friends to extra games or buy some more tickets, because I won’t be able to make this goal if I don’t.

#88- Pay Off Credit Cards….Almost done. I’m down to just one more card. Depending on whether or not I need to have work done on my car, I will either be DONE in a week or two, or I will be done at the end of March. This is super exciting!

i guess it is about time

ola, amigos!
here is a quick update for you:

#56: I’ve finished another item! I went to another Cirque Show… two actually! Cirque Dreams- Jungle Fantasy was at Foxwoods, and I was able to get tickets for one show extremely cheap and then the other show was free! So within one week, I went to two shows 🙂

#88: I’ve also been doing real well at paying off credit cards. I should be debt free (card debt free) by 12/31/10! After that my only debt is a car and school loans. But seeing as how I just started school, I technically don’t have to start paying until 2012-2013. So in all honesty, I’m not even factoring that in right now. And the car should be paid off sometime in the spring of next year :)! So that in essence means I will be super duper debt free!

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 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.