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Saturday, January 24, 2015

35 Before 35

I don't want to be at a disadvantage this year, so I am posting this in an ultra-timely fashion.

1. Be in bed every week night by 11:30 PM, if not earlier.

2. Get my passport.

3. Read at least one book a month.

4. Finish one of my crossword puzzle books.

5. Implement the budget I created for myself.

6. Develop a regular exercise routine.

7. Use up all of my stationary.

8. Figure out the whole eBook thing.

9. Finish my frivolous, flippant eBook.

10.  Teach myself how to make good tres leches cake.

11. Finish and work on my Life List for Go Mighty.
As it turns out, I definitely did create one. 

12. Take overflowing basket of clothes in need of repair/alterations to the seamstress.

13. See irises in bloom at the Tucson Botanical Garden.

14. Go to Muse Apparel in Phoenix.

15. Go to Tohono Chul Park.

16. Fully decorate one of my balconies so it is a warm, inviting living space.

17. Write at least one *real* blog post a week - not just a Ten on Tuesday post.

18. Host at least 7 families that I have never had over for dinner.

19. Meet my spiritual goals for 2015 every month.

20. Take the express bus to work regularly.

21. Add at least 20 more pins to my "Pins I Made Happen IRL" board.

22. Stop biting my nails!

23. Obtain/edit/develop a small, quality wardrobe.

24. Get a subscription to Russian Vogue.

25. Go to San Diego to visit my friend Erin. (I am so overdue to visit her!! #badfriend)

26. Get a full annual physical.

27. Clean out all my old notebooks that I have around the house, so that I just have a few notebooks of the notes that really matter.

28. Get a reliable car or at least be ready to buy a reliable car in early 2016.

29. No fast food February. Go the entire month of February without ever becoming desperate or lazy enough to get food from a fast food establishment.

30. Try eggplant.

31. Get an emergency kit and save up an emergency fund. This will also be called the Boy Scout goal, because, well.....always prepared.

32. Go to Old Tucson.

33. Go to the Arizona State Fair in October.

34. Finish a project/gift to send to my friends as a wedding present.

35. Spend more time in St. Louis this year than I did last year.

34 Before 34 - The Final Analysis

So in looking back, I posted my 34 before 34 on February 6th. I put myself at a distinct disadvantage from the start. I guess that makes it not that surprising that I only fully accomplished 8 of my 34 goals. I did make good progress on at least 6 others.

1. Institute a bed time. Keep it.  

2. Get my passport.

3. Read all of Anna Karenina (read about it here)

4. Read 18 other books.
I think I only read 3 or 4 others. 

5. Finish one of my crossword puzzle books.
So close on this one. 

6. Put myself on at least a one month spending freeze.
I crack myself up. 

7. Develop a regular exercise routine.
I crack myself up. 

8. Hike Seven Falls, Sabino Canyon.
Done. Just yesterday, but done. 

9. Use up all of my stationary.

10. Make some progress/decisions about the non-profit I work for in my "spare time."
Decision made. Will be implemented very, very soon. 

11. Finish my frivolous, flippant eBook.

12. Figure out the whole eBook thing.

13. Go to the Tucson Gem Show.  (read more about this here)

14.  Teach myself how to make good tres leches cake.

15. Create a Life List for Go Mighty.
I think I may have actually done this back at the beginning of the year or at least started it. I need to go check.

16. Take overflowing basket of clothes in need of repair/alterations to the seamstress.

17. See irises in bloom at the Tucson Botanical Garden.

18. Go to Muse Apparel in Phoenix.

19. Go to Tohono Chul Park.

20. Create a home that "rises up to meet me." (Oprah-ism)
I love my home! I wish I kept it cleaner and I have a few final projects I want to do, but yeah, I definitely love walking in my door. 

21. Go to Portland. (read more about this here)

22. Organize my digital music library.
I did a ton of organizing, but since I am always adding to my library, I don't think it is ever going to be completely thoroughly organized. I am calling this done. 

23. Write at least one *real* blog post a week - not just a Ten on Tuesday post.
Obviously this didn't happen. 

24. Host at least 12 families that I have never had over for dinner.
Total of 5. Not bad. 

25. Develop an actual, working budget that I can stick to.
Yup! Have I implemented it? Nope! 

26. Meet my spiritual goals for 2014 every month.


27. Take the express bus to work more. ( I took it about 35 times last year.)
I probably took it about 10 times this year. Definitely wish I had taken it more. 

28. Add at least 20 more pins to my "Pins I Made Happen IRL" board.

29. Stop biting my nails!

30. Write a tactful, well-formed letter of complaint about an experience/product/etc that I found dissatisfying.
This was a dumb goal. Why did I think this was a good goal? 

31. Obtain/edit/develop a small, quality wardrobe. My current wardrobe is a bit of a mess.
This goal requires money. So.....nope. 

32. Organize my jewelry. (Yes this is a bit silly, but it is driving me crazy and I keep putting it off.)
I did this. It's now completely disorganized again. Better system needed. 

33. Give myself a pedicure at least once a month

34. Make a new friend.

Monday, January 12, 2015

I Believe I Can Fly ~ R. Kelly

Sometimes the amount of people in an airport gives me hope that there will be a lovely chance encounter with someone I know.  A cinematic coincidence, if you will.  A romantic notion, I know.  Especially odd considering that I am queen hater of crowds. I am not that fond of people and yet I love scanning the airport for people I know.  I spend all of my time in airports eager with expectation for what I know will be the most charming of run-ins.

In this respect, experience has taught me nothing.


Experiences:

Two fat old racists in the security line drawing a TSA Agent's attention to a young woman who had gone to the front of the security line.  It was abundantly apparent to me that the young woman was some sort of employee, but these two repugnant old jerks clearly only saw her skin color and that she dared get through security in advance of them.  I took extreme pleasure in seeing that they were singled out for the full body scanners and additional screening.   I never knew I could like TSA agents so much.  Definitely not a charming run-in. Instead just a moment of me wishing those two men would behave like the dinosaurs they were and go extinct already.


Sitting next to a woman who, when not getting out of her seat repeatedly, applied hand sanitizer with a fervor and frequency that implied mental instability and/or being under the influence of some substance.  I had the extreme misfortune of accidentally making eye contact with her and spent the rest of the flight listening to her overshare highly personal information.  Highlight: She dated the biggest drug dealer in Kansas City! He is now in prison!


On a flight a few months ago (height of Ebola paranoia thus far), I rested my head against the window.  Little did I know that I had a mannerless oaf of a teenager sitting behind me.  He coughed without covering his mouth.  I felt the full weight of his hot diseased breath hit the back of my neck and my ear.  I spent the rest of the flight twitching in a fit of germaphobic despair.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ten on Tuesday - Recently



1. Shade ~ Portugal, The Man
2. Breath ~ Taylor Swift
3. Kaleidescope Dream ~ Miguel
4. Shake Me Down ~ Cage the Elephant
5. Blue ~ Beyonce
6. Call Me Crazy ~ Sevyn Streeter
7. Life, Love and Death from San Francisco ~ Lupe Fiasco
8. Fallen Star ~ Scientifik
9. Mood Swings ~ Asheru and Talib Kweli
10. When We're Fire ~ Lo-Fang