Update on my 101 in 1001

It’s October first. There’s a chill in the air and the leaves are starting to turn. I’m taking my sweaters out and switching out my short sleeved shirts. I love the fall!

I’m not going to re-iterate things already accomplished. Just an update on section BODY, and any new developments.

4. Continuing with the gym, but it’s down to two times a week. I’m going to make an REAL effort to get my sorry ass there a third and/maybe fourth time.

6. I didn’t have any bacon. I swear.

9. I bought and used the Diva Cup! Bloody adventures here!

10. I have been going to the dentist. But not progressing. More like waiting to see if my teeth “firm up.”

11. I have been taking my vitamins every night. I added Glucosamine to the mix.

12. I missed ONE day of wearing makeup. I put it on in the morning right before I do my hair.

13. So far, I’ve blogged every month about my Body items!

27. I was “elected” Fifth Grade Representative. I don’t know how that happened since a) I didn’t volunteer for that position, and b) I didn’t go to the PTA meeting. So by default, I’m going to be active in 5th grade PTA whether I like it or not!

29. Still following the meal plan.

40. Alterations still pending.

46. I work on the sewing room a little every day. Next thing I have to do is get rid of the piles. Next pile to tackle is filing all my crap away.

That’s it. Pretty pathetic. I think I’m going to print this list out and post it in several places so I see it more often. There were some things I totally forgot about. Really, though, it’s only been two months. I have to stop beating myself up about the shit I DON’T get down and start focusing on the things I DID get done!

Keepin‘ a positive attitude, dude…

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Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
so dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

I had to learn this poem by Robert Frost in Junior High School. Then, when I read “The Outsiders” I came across it again. I think it’s a fitting poem for how I’m feeling right now. September came and FLEW by, and I feel like I didn’t, once again, get what I wanted to accomplish done. I had such high hopes for this month and here it is the last day and my good intentions sank to grief.
So I continue into October with the projects that I didn’t get to in September.
To recap from here:
  • I didn’t get to St. Andrew’s renovation. The weekend I wanted to do it, MR went bear hunting. Then I got a migraine. So hopefully this weekend the last two pieces will be glued in.
  • I’m going to work on St. A’s website this weekend. My deadline for giving Pastor a template is Monday.
  • I finished the ceiling in the hallway…BUT…when I took the blue tape off the wall, it took pieces of the finished wall paint with it. So now I have to touch that up. ETA- tomorrow (Thursday.) After that it’s sanding the stairway wall and steps.
  • My alteration pile yielded me 3 pairs of capri pants, a fitted shirt and a new skirt. Still left to do are two backpacks that ripped and two pairs of Z-girl’s pants to be shortened.
  • The sewing room has been organized but not cleaned. There are piles stacked everywhere- I have to invest in more bins. I did clean out the closet and was able to store more crap in there.
  • I have not touched my credit report for fear of blowing up my PC. How would I explain that to my boss?

So here I am again. I’ll be trying to make these things work out in the next week or so. Then it’s clear sailing through my 101 in 1001 goals.

Unless i get kidnapped by aliens.

I Never Finish What I Start…

“By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.”
– Helen Hunt Jackson, September, 1830-1885

So I missed the last day of August blogging. So sue me. Things came up.

So I missed the first day of the month to update my 101 in 1001 Days. Things came up. So sue me.

I can never seem to finish what I start. Crafts, home improvement, life improvement and, recently, books, all seem to never…quite…get…finished. I have the best intentions then BAM! I get bored or sidetracked or distinterested. So I said here that I was going to use September to be anti-procrastination month. A new beginning or rather cleaning up some of the things I never finish.

So, audience who complains that I don’t blog every day, here is my update on my 101 in 1001 Days. I’ll only comment on stuff that I’ve accomplished/started:

3. I started back at the gym (yay!) I’m sore, but it feels so good. I actually laugh when I hit that rep that makes me feel the muscle work. This is a good start. I’m not afraid of the gym anymore. And a bonus! I have 17 training sessions! Seems they gave me 12 instead of 6, and I had 5 left over from two years ago. The manager that helped me was a total tool and told me the past training sessions were expired. So this will bring me into October working out 3 days a week! Bring on the sexy Halloween costume! Oh, and my trainer’s name is Mike, and he’s awesome!

4. Three days a week at the gym is a go! Just need to maintain it.

6. So far no cheating with any meat.

7. Have been having some sort of greens once a day.

8. I’ve only had one veggie burger at Cheeburger Cheeburger so far!

17. Am getting quotes, but haven’t made a decision. Seems that our home isn’t eleiglbe with a lot of insurance companies because of our closeness to the ocean. We’ll keep trying…

21. The arrangements have been made to scatter mom’s ashes and place the rest into their vault at Pinelawn. We’ll be doing a beach thing on their 50th Wedding Anniversary and then two days later do something out at the cemetary. I have to find some pieces to read besides the one Mom requested Beena read from Desperate Housewives.

22. Been spending time with Dad- about once a week!

29. Made this week’s meal plan and have been sticking to it. Just enlisted MR to make the meatballs for tonight. I’m going to make the meal plan every Saturday, so I can shop during the weekend.

33. Went camping with the soccer familia. Still need to blog about it.

41. I sold something on ETSY! I will definitely blog about the conclusion of this!

46. Started cleaning out sewing room. Yard Sale!

67. Got one tattoo.

90. I started my 100 list. Soon to be posted.

93. I started my sketchbook while camping. Notes on recipes and drinks as well as sketches.

I think this is a good start. And I’m going to try to post everyday, but at least I won’t feel guilty if I don’t. That was the whole point of NaBloPoMo. To get used to blogging every day. I have a lot of crap in my head I need to get out so there is enough fodder for a fresh blog post on a regular basis.

Now back to work…

NaBloPoMo #7- My First Commission!

One of my 101 Things in 1001 Days was to up my Etsy sales. I’ve had an Etsy shop since January, with a few of my bags and a few of my dinosaurs. I haven’t sold anything yet. I was really thinking of taking down the shop and just concentrating on craft sales, but then I got the bill. A whopping $3.03 to keep these items active. Big deal, I decided- it’s costing pennies and I’m not doing anything but waiting. So I kept it going.

Yesterday I get a convo from Etsy. My first commission! This little baby is sold!She’s going to a customer who, six years ago, asked his girlfriend if he could buy her anything what would she want? She said “A Stegosaurus!” He finally decided to ask her to be his wife and he’s using MY stegosaurus to help him propose! How freaking awesome is this? I hope he puts the ring on the tail!

I made three of these dinos for my nieces and nephew, and one each for Parker and JJ. I took the pictures before I wrapped them, and put them on Etsy as a made-to-order item. The customer picks the colors and I’ll sew it up. This way I don’t have these giant dinosaurs (two feet long) sitting in my office waiting to be sold. So this customer wants black, red and green. (eesh) I’ll go and pick the fabric, email him the samples and get his approval. While I’m at it, I’ll make a second one to sell at the West Hampton craft sale in 3 weeks. It’s really not a big deal to make two at the same time. (I don’t have a picture of the Brontosaurus I made for Lilly. I also made that Brontosaurus for the little girl in the family my office adopted at Christmas. Is it a Brontosaurus anymore? I think it’s really an Apatosaurus, but the pattern is so old they still call it a Bronto!)

I get so excited when someone actually wants to pay money for the things I create. When I make something for someone as a gift, I always picture that item in the recipient’s life. As a gift, it’s kind of forced on them. But when someone wants to pay me for my talent- wow. That just blows me away every time.

Check out the Etsy tab for other stuff I’m still selling!

NaBloPoMo #5- My 101 in 1001

I recently found this awesome idea on this blog. Y’all know how much I like making resolutions and how much I like NOT keeping them! But I’m going to try this and roll all of my resolutions into one list. I think my problem is not setting a deadline. My resolutions are more like life changes, but life moves on and I “forget” or become preoccupied with something else. This way I have a list, and a deadline to think about. I think I can clean up my life in three years!

Here goes:

The Mission: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria: Tasks must be specific with a result that is either measurable or defined.

Why 1001 Days? Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as new year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows several months or seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Start Date: August 5, 2009

End Date: May 12, 2012

Body

1. Lose 30 pounds (0/30)
2. Fit into old pair of jeans- the ones in my bottom drawer.
3. Complete 6 sessions with Tameko, my trainer. (0/6)
4. Maintain a workout schedule of at least 3 days a week at the gym.
5. Practice yoga at least 4 days a week.
6. No cheating with bacon. Or meatballs. Unless it’s deer.
7. Have a green salad once a day.
8. Cut back the pre-made veggie burgers to once a week.
9. Buy and use the Diva Cup.
10. Continue going to the dentist to have my teeth fixed.
11. Take my vitamins and herbs daily.
12. Put makeup on everyday. At home, before I leave. Not at work or on the train.
13. Blog about the progress of these Body items on the first of every month.

Finances

14. Build up savings account to equal 6 months of salary.
15. Fix credit report.
16. Refinance the house.
17. Get quotes on new insurance for house and car.
18. Secure 2 more years of student loans for Beena.
19. Sell stuff on Ebay.
20. Transfer coupon savings into ING account. Try to save $700 a year.

Family and Friends

21. Arrange ceremony to scatter Mom’s ashes.
22. Spend more time with Dad.
23. Attend Beena’s college graduation.
24. Attend Zombiegirl’s 5th grade graduation.
25. Have Communion party for Zombiegirl.
26. Celebrate Beena’s 21st birthday in a big way.
27. Be active in PTA for 5th grade.
28. Write or email my aunts regularly.
29. Make and follow family meal plan. Remember to keep it healthy.
30. Meet a long lost friend for lunch.
31. Have a “no reason” dinner party.
32. Go shopping more with the girls.
33. Yearly camping trip or rent a house with soccer families.
34. Yearly “Mom’s” overnight trip. (0/3)
35. Go out with “Mom’s” once a month. (0/33)
36. Plan MR and my 50th birthday party.
37. Send handmade birthday cards to everyone in my calendar. And NOT late.
38. Do not gossip or rant about friends to friends.
39. {Private}

Craftiness

40. Finish all the alterations on that pile of clothes in the sewing room.
41. Build up my Etsy shop and sell something.
42. Make all my own Christmas cards. (0/3)
43. Make 50% of all my Christmas gifts. (0/3)
44. Make enough merchandise to rent my own table at craft sales.
45. Make an article of clothing and wear it to work.
46. Clean out and organize sewing room.
47. Make mirror for living room using broken Fiesta pieces.
48. Learn how to crochet a granny square.
49. Finish MR’s Christmas stocking.

Recreation

50. Visit 2 states I’ve never been to before. (0/2)
51. Hike 2 more sections of the Appalachian trail. Overnite. (0/2)
52. Take a “real” family vacation. (0/1)
53. Play “tourist” in NY once a month. (0/33)
54. Try five new restaurants. (0/5)
55. Go to new Citi Field and new Yankee Stadium. (0/2)

Just for Me

56. Get my Pistol Permit
57. Upload all our CD’s into our hard drive
58. Scrapbook 2008 photos in 2011.
59. Scrapbook 2007 photos in 2010.
60. Scrapbook 2006 photos in 2009.
61. Finish Beena’s school scrapbook.
62. Help dad get the Mustang on the road.
63. Get passports for the whole family.
64. Cross 3 things off my bucket list. (0/3)
65. Learn the basics of Photoshop.
66. Learn how to make a blog template using html and Photoshop.
67. Get my 2 tattoos. (0/2)
68. Organize my computer files. Including flash drives.
69. Find a therapist.
70. Read the newspaper everyday.
71. Watch Gone With the Wind, Doctor Zhivago, Great Expectations, The Maltese Falcon, La Dolce Vita, Casablanca , North by Northwest, Rear Window, 39 Steps, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Psycho, Notorious, Dial M for Murder and Spellbound. With popcorn. (0/14)
72. Re-read Sherlock Holmes.
73. Blog about each completed item.

Greening my life

74. Make net produce bags.
75. Compost.
76. Collect rainwater- ask for barrel for Christmas!
77. Grow herbs every year.

House stuff

78. Balustrades and newel posts for the upstairs stairwell.
79. Replace the ceiling and tile in the upstairs bathroom.
80. Change the theme of the upstairs bathroom.
81. New baseboard molding in the kitchen.
82. Start cleaning out the basement for TV room.
83. Start demolition on the downstairs bathroom.
84. Make the fountain for the backyard.
85. Finish walkways in backyard.
86. Follow Flylady everyday.

Spirit

87. Renew relationship with St. Andrew’s.
88. Engage in 25 random acts of kindness. (0/25)
89. Read the Bible.
90. List 100 things that make me happy in a blog.
91. Participate in 5 community service activities. (0/5)
92. Maintain St. A’s website.
93. Sketch and doodle in new sketchbook.
94. See beauty everyday. Blog or put it down in sketchbook.

Purchase

95. New digital SLR camera
96. A pistol
97. A drawer dishwasher
98. A dual flush toilet for the downstairs bathroom
99. A sink for the downstairs bathroom
100. A new refrigerator for the basement
101. A new hybrid car