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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!

well i’ve got some work to do

ola amigos
ready for an update?
#3: http://www.freerice.com/ today i went on and used my knowledge to done 500 more grains of rice. which means so far i have donated 500 of my proposed 100,000 grains of rice. i’ve got a while to go.
#6: my mother so very nicely dropped off my 2 bags of donated goods to the salvation army. (thanks mom!) i’ve still got like 2 more bags to organize and i plan on dropping them off this coming week.
#10: i actually have been organizing my bookshelves. i still have more books to get in there, BUT i actually broke one of my shelves because i have too many books and it was too heavy! ugh. go figure! so hopefully i can finish it this evening, and maybe i will be able to add some pictures tonight too. after i finish then i am going to have to catalogue all my books. yikes. i don’t promise to get that all done this week though.
#18: i did go to another “new to me” restaurant with some of my classmates after class last week. we went to ixtapa which is a mexican restaurant near school. they have excellent sangria there! yummmm.
#21: i’ve done some more research on training for fenway, and found an affordable place to get fenway her training. i just need a little more info and then i am definitely registering her. it will start when i get back from my cruise. i think it starts the end of june.
#28: support local artists: i got my haircut on friday- nothing too exciting because i’ve got a few weddings to be in soon- i don’t think i have included her in this category yet. i’m also hoping to go to a zox concert next weekend. i haven’t seen them in a while. so i’m pretty excited.
i’ve been to a bunch of independent businesses so far. i mentioned above ixtapa, my
hairdressers, my nail salon. i didn’t mention this before (i think) but i consider my business for april would be the book sale i went to at a local library. i actually attended on may 2. but i was originally planning on going april 29, but they opened a day later due to some organizing problems. and i couldn’t make it until the 2nd. so that counted for april. i’d say my major business this month would be the mexican restaurant, ixtapa.
#34: i’ve got a few pictures to put start off my urban alphabet project. this is something i really haven’t kicked off. so i need to work a little more on capturing the alphabet in what i see.

#35: i’ve got a few more pictures for the 100 snapshots project.
#12
growth
#39
central
#59
two
 
#71
lock
#78
rest
#91
desk
(i know i already did desk, but this is just another one.)

#39: i’ve got my second cork for my frame project. it was nothing special. i’ve had a bottle of cabernet savignon i’ve been wanting to try for a little while so i opened it up myself the other night and had a glass while i watched a movie. and guess what. the wine was notttttt good. ha.
#43: i’ve got a new picture for my biweekly pictures.
#47: i’ve decided to start my time capsule project as soon as i get home from the cruise. i want this to be my main goal priority (well along with my GIST project and weekly journal entries!) my 25th birthday is september 5 and i would actually like to “seal” the capsule before my birthday. i will be in VA for my bday, because two of my closest friends are getting married the day after. so instead of prolonging this, i’d like to have it done before i leave. i’m thinking of heading down there on the third possibly. so i’d like to be finished by september 1st, or the 3rd at latest. anyway. i’ll get back from the cruise on the 6th of june, so it gives me less than 3 months to get myself a quarter of a century time capsule. hollur.
#49: my cruise is in 12 days. incredible! i cannot wait to go!
#63: the journal writing is going well. i’ve completed week 20 this weekend. i’m absolutely bringing my journal with me on vacation and i am going to try to write once a day.
#64: since i have almost finished organizing my bookshelves then the next goal i can start on is writing a book review for every book i’ve read (or at least all the books i own). i do not plan on doing all of that at once. one book at a time. i just think i will be able to get a good bunch done this summer.
#66: i just did grace number 67 this morning about my singing life.
#67: i realized i did “join” a writing group. we are called the artichoke writers. its an inside story. it consists of most of my grad class and we’ve already planned the first ever artichoke festival this summer. i’d still like to actually start a reading group and have everyone read a book a month and possibly get together and discuss the book? i watched a movie i really liked last month about a reading group and i think its a great way to read/communicate. but in a sense whether i start a reading group or not…this is another complete item!!!
#69: i’m going to start working on my 100 personal letters to friends while i am on my cruise tanning by the pool!
#70: another goal for vacation is reading a few of the books i own but haven’t read before.
#74: i went to my second red sox game of the year on 5/8. my brother and i actually took my mom because it was her bday that day! and we took my other brother whose bday was in april. it was nice. the ride home was torture cause the boys were cranky and we were STUCK in traffic FOREVER! we won though. my mom was so excited because she has always left before the game ended, and we stayed the whole game. so it was really nice to see her so happy.
#88: obviously i am still kicking ass at paying off my credit cards. although i’m a huge asshole and i’ve bought way too much shit for this cruise that i don’t really need. oh, well. at least i will look hot. and i can’t be too mad at myself. i’ve done a good job getting things at great prices.
#90: yes, i am keeping my budget up to date. it keeps me on track.
#91: and yes, still paying off my car. i do it once a month so i doubt i’m going to keep mentioning it in my updates, lol!

#93: i know i am going to get teased about this one, but… i’m going to look into writing out a “living will” before i go on my cruise. just in case. ha that sounds so morbid, but you never know. its not like i have anything i need to give away…just the security of knowing my medical wishes, etc will be respected. you never know. its never too early to get these things in order!

there are also some things i want to get started working on while on vacation. i know i mentioned most before, but here is a quick round up. #18– eat at restaurants i have never been to before. #26- hopefully i can go to the gordon beirsh brewery in miami. #32– i’d like to photograph a day in my life while on the cruise and then do it again when i get back. i think it would be fun to compare “vacation erin” with “normal erin”! #34– i would love to work on the urban alphabet project while out of america. i think it would be so cool to get some letters in places i may never go to again. #35– i’ll hopefully also be able to take some of my 100 pics while on vacation for the same reason. #43– i’ll get a picture on vacation for my biweekly pictures. #69 i know i mentioned this but i’d like to send some personal letters to friends. and #70 also read some of the books i own. damn this all seems like a lot to do. but i think i’ll be okay.
phew. that was a lot of typing. i cannot wait to update after the cruise. hopefully i will have some pretty darn fantastic pictures!

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 😉