Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Maybe one of my goals should have been to join the technology age and get (gasp!) a digital camera. I still need to buy real honest to goodness film for mine! O_o
I will probably have to since one goal is to document a day in the life of me!!! Maybe I can borrow someone's camera for the day...
#3. So I went to the gym once last week, but so far this week I've gone twice!!! I have two more days off this week so that will make four. If I get to bed early enough Friday night (ha!) and hence, can wake up early Saturday morning (double ha!) maybe I can do some pilates for like 30 minutes before I have to go to *sigh* work. Highly doubt I'll be able to do that Sunday or Monday morning with the way my luck's been running at that place-I almost never get out on time.

#6. I've been taking a multivitamin and omega supplement everyday since last Friday, so that's what-6 days!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Things and stuff



I thought now would be a good time to do a little update on all the "once a..." items on my list. I'm technically working on many different things on my list simultaneously but because they are things I said I should do once a week I can't officially cross them off my list! This is a list-maker's worst nightmare. However, I hope that making myself do a lot of these things once a week (or once a month, or even daily) will help them become routine in my life. And I suppose the benefits that a routine shall bring will all be worth it.


*Using my very own coffee mug at work for coffee and tea (#32) (though I haven't been using a reusable water bottle...yet! This is because the one I have and was planning to use smelled a little funky. Do you know how hard it is to thoroughly clean a bottle with an opening that's only like 1/2 inch wide?? So yeah, once I get the proper cleaning tools I will be using a reusable bottle for water as well).

*Taking a multi-vitamin daily (#47) (okay, I missed a day, but all in all I've been doing very well!) And once I find where I stashed my bottle of calcium supplement I will be taking that as well!

*I checked my oil on Sunday (#99) (which I suppose is technically considered THIS week, but hey, I did it...and good thing I did, too, because that stupid $20 additive that the guy at EZ Lube convinced me to buy in an attempt to stop my oil from being used up so fast didn't!)


*I don't think I technically initiated a conversation with someone new (#72) though I had lots of them. Hmmm, that's something I'll have to work on. I hate being shy!

*I've been to the store a bunch of times but each time I forget to bring in my reusable bags (#33). I think I'm going to have make a little reminder to put on my steering wheel or somewhere else just as noticeable so I'll remember next time! I do reuse the plastic bags I get for doggie duty, but it's just not the same.

Stay tuned for more adventures, coming to a monitor near you!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Okay, so I know it was only one time (so far!) but I went to the gym last night! This is one huge step toward completing #45 on my list: go to the gym 3 times a week, every week. I have no clue when the last time I went was, but if I had to guess I'd say sometime in late October, possibly early November. Embarrassing! You know it's been waaay too long when you forget which exit to take on the freeway...and then, upon realizing you took the wrong exit, proceed to turn left (which happens to be going in the opposite direction of the gym). 'Cause yeah, that's what happened to me last night. But I did not let this deter me, oh no! Even driving around to find a parking space for 10 minute did not turn me away. That's right L.A. Fitness, I'm more free money from me!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

One down, 100 to go!

I completed my very first task today. Yay for #50!

For those of you not looking at the list, # 50 entailed putting together a quick reference guide of the hospital, animal hospital, and police station nearest to my apartment. It's kinda scary to think that I've lived in my apartment for 6 months already and wouldn't have known where to go if I fell down the stairs and broke my arm (which I've kind of secretly always wanted to do...casts are cool!)...or if Ally was choking on a hairball at midnight and couldn't breathe. I mean, I've gone along well enough without one until now. But now that I have it I feel very, very secure(which probably means something really bad will happen tonight-maybe a cast is in my future? ;-)).

But alas, I am now prepared!

I will be putting a copy in the glove compartment of my car, as well as posting one on the refrigerator and entering the info into my cell (if that's even possible, considering its ancient-ness).

On to conquer some more things on the list!

Until next time,

Sunday, February 1, 2009

R's List

Being Healthy

1. lose 25-30 lbs and keep it off

2. 100 pushup challenge

3. exercise at least 4 times a week and learn to work my life around it

4. drink 8 glasses (64 oz) of water daily for 1 month

5. eat 2 fresh fruits and/or veggies a day for 1 month

6. take a multivitamin and omega supplement daily

7. drink green tea everyday for 1 month

8. no fast food for 3 months

Money Stuff

9. start a retirement fund

10. start (and keep) an emergency fund

11. start a savings account (again)

12. pay off college loans

13. pay off credit card

14. start a house fund

15. create a budget and stick to it for 1 month

Something New

16. take an ice skating class and learn to hockey stop

17. learn to play guitar

18. learn to crochet

19. learn to sew

20. make an outfit

21. learn something new every week for 6 months

22. take a self defense class

23. begin learning another language

24. learn to bake a pie and/or bread

25. take a noncredit course at BCC

26. take a painting and/or drawing class

27. go to Prospector’s for a beginning line dancing class

28. participate in a poker tournament ???

Doing Good/Going Green

29. use reusable bags when shopping

30. volunteer at a nursing home and/or animal shelter

31. start a compost bin

32. find 5 charities to donate time/$ to

33. don’t eat any prepackaged meals or snacks for 1 week

34. buy fair trade or organic coffee

35. use natural cleaning products

36. don’t use paper towels for 1 week

37. pay for someone behind me in line

38. leave a $20 tip for a meal under $20

39. donate blood every 3 months

40. go vegetarian (again)

41. buy food for a homeless person or someone in need ???

All for Me!!!!!!!!!!!

42. get a tattoo

43. get an apartment

44. save up and buy a dream purse (Chanel)

45. get a piercing

46. buy one designer piece of clothing

47. start a facebook page

48. take pics and put them on myspace and facebook pages

49. paint my toes every 2 weeks for 3 months

50. get a professional massage

51. treat myself to a nice dinner once a month

52. wear makeup everyday for 1 month

53. get a fish (or cat, if possible)

54. make a list of 101 things that make me happy

55. go to a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert (or another band I like if they’re not touring)

56. buy (and wear) a little black dress

57. go to a psychic ???

58. get gorgeous for an average day

59. go to a Preston and Steve event and take a pic with the gang

60. document “A Day in the Life of Me” with photos

61. attend a taping of a show (Maury ?)

Being Cultural and Domestic

62. go to a Broadway play

63. go to a wine tasting

64. take a cooking class

65. read 5 classic novels

66. take a dance class (belly dancing or hip hop)

67. cook dinner every night for 1 week

68. visit a museum

69. watch 10 documentaries

70. listen to one piece of classical music a week for 6 months

71. host a dinner party

72. publish something

73. grow herbs

74. watch all of the movies on AFI’s top 100 list

75. go to the movies once a week for 1 month (including at least one independent film)

76. see the Philadelphia Orchestra perform

77. subscribe to a scientific magazine

78. purchase an original piece of art or painting

79. go to the Philadelphia Zoo

80. stay in NYC or Philadelphia for 2 days and 1 night

81. read a newspaper once a week for 6 months

Fun in the Sun

82. go on a cruise (with Grammy?)

83. visit a national park

84. take a spur of the moment road trip to a place I’ve never been

85. make a scrapbook of backpacking trip

86. go horseback riding

87. go white water rafting

Umm…Secret Stuff!!!






And Stuff I Do Not Know How to Categorize

93. call Jim Bob Duggar

94. send a message in a bottle ???

95. go to a Flyers game (and take Ryan?)

96. organize desk (bills and important papers) and closet

97. write an inspiring message on a bathroom stall

98. get a job as a pool nurse on a med/surg floor

99. meet somebody online and keep in touch with them for at least 6 months ???

100. go to a comedy club and see a show

101. read 5 books and watch 5 movies that M recommends

M's List

Bold/Italics - Completed Item

Being Crafty

1. (Re)-learn how to knit and make something for someone
2. Make *secret project*
3. Complete at least one embroidery project with patterns I ordered
4. Frame Dawson’s Creek poster
5. Take a sewing class
6. Put together a scrapbook/photo journal of backpacking trip

Being Domestic
7. Wash the dishes every night for 3 consecutive weeks (0/21)
8. Make a home-cooked meal once a week (1/143)
9. Bake a vegan dessert
10. Make treats and give them to the neighbors for Christmas
11. Transform the apartment from a “house” to a “home”

Becoming a true (Los) Angeleno
12. Go to a non-chain restaurant or eatery that I haven’t been to before 1x/month (0/33)
13. Go to a new store or business that I haven’t been to before 1x/month (0/33)
14. See the L.A. Philharmonic at the Disney Concert Hall
15. Go to a Dodgers game
16. See a show at the Hollywood Bowl

Getting Cultured
17. Finish reading all of the books I have yet to read before purchasing another
18. Take a dance lesson with Ricky
19. Read 3 non-fiction books (0/3)
20. Write a review of something (movie, book, restaurant, etc.) and post it somewhere
21. See all 100 films on the AFI Top 100 List (0/100)
22. Go to the theater to see a movie every day for a week (0/7)
23. Order something at a restaurant in each country that we visit in Europe in the language they speak

Getting Deep
24. Make a “100 Things That Make Me Happy” List
25. Create a “Day in the Life” photo essay
26. Let the blogger who inspired me to do this know that she did so
27. Write a letter to my future self about where I am in my life

Being Geeky
28. Purchase an external hard drive and clean-up/back-up computer
29. Scan old photos and archive them
30. Purchase a nice digital camera for backpacking trip
31. Set up a wireless router in the apartment

Going Green
32. Use coffee mug rather than paper cup @ work for coffee and tea
33. Remember to bring reusable bags with me when buying groceries
34. Replace current normal light bulbs with the energy efficient ones as they burn out

35. Take the stairs @ work (including the parking garage) every day for a month (0/31)
36. Lose 30 lbs. (0/30)
37. Buy timer for brushing my teeth; use it everyday, 2x/day, for three weeks (0/42)
38. Complete the 100 Push ups Challenge
39. Do Yoga at least once (0/1)
40. Eliminate fast food for 90 days (0/90)
41. Drink 64 oz. of water a day for 3 weeks (0/21)
42. Get 8 hours of sleep a night for a week (0/7)
43. Buy new glasses
44. Buy Netti pot and use it
45. Exercise 3 days a week at L.A. Fitness every week (2/143)
46. Participate in a 5K
47. Take a multi-vitamin & calcium supplement daily
48. Climb a rock-climbing wall…and make it to the top!

Being Safe, Smart, & Aware
49. Buy pepper spray/mace and carry it with me at all times
50. Find the nearest hospital, police station, and animal hospital to my apartment and make a quick reference guide for home and on-the-go (02/03/09)

Getting Organized
51. Send birthday cards to everyone on my birthday calendar
52. Get PDA-like cell phone (G1?) and sync contacts/calendar with Gmail
53. Set up storage system for desk area
54. Watch and return Netflix movies within 10 days (6x) (0/6)
55. Fold/hang up clothes piled on bureau before bed each night for 3 weeks (0/21)
56. Sign up and utilize auto bill pay through ING
57. Reply to emails immediately after reading them every day for a week (0/7)
58. Write a blog entry for each task completed (1/101)

Being Philanthropic
59. Pay for the person behind me in the drive-thru
60. Give someone in need my recycling
61. Give blood
62. Donate my time and/or money to the organization of my choice
63. Perform a random act of kindness (10x) (0/10)
64. Give a $10 tip for a meal that cost under $10

Getting Rich
65. Get out of credit card debt
66. Start a retirement fund
67. Invest in stocks
68. Set budget for shopping trips and stick to it
69. Cash in on recycling
70. Sell Coach bag on Ebay or Craig’s List
71. Establish an emergency fund (enough money for 3 months’ worth of living expenses)

Being Social
72. Initiate a conversation with someone new once a week (0/143)
73. Join or start a book club and attend at least 3 meetings (0/3)
74. Attend three 20-something Ladies Social Club events (0/3)
75. Perform karaoke in public
76. Write a letter to or call Nanny & PopPop once a month (0/33)
77. Write and send a postcard to someone different each day during backpacking trip (0/14)
78. Date night with Ricky once a month (something other than the movies) (0/33)

Going Places
79. Go to San Francisco for a weekend
80. Go on a Cruise
81. Spend a day in NYC with R

Getting Ahead
82. Spend 5 hours per week writing for 3 weeks (0/15)
83. Get business cards
84. Get a promotion
85. Write a spec in time to submit to the ’09 WB Workshop
86. Write a children’s book

87. Buy a pair of designer jeans
88. Buy a new laptop
89. Get a professional massage
90. Get a facial
91. Go to Disneyland on my 26th birthday for FREE!
92. Buy a KitchenAid Artisan Series mixer..and then bake some amazingly delicious cupcakes!
93. Get a tattoo with R
94. Buy a pair of totally kick a** boots
95. Get REALLY dressed up for an evening out on the town, even if it's just dinner and a movie
96. Blow dry my hair every day for a week (0/7)
97. Have a proper bra fitting and buy a nice bra
98. File/Shape/Paint my nails once a month (0/33)

Being Car Smart
99. Check oil once a week (1/143)
100. Get a new windshield
101. Get a tune-up/check-up