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dragonfly35 in San Diego is doing 19 things including…

Achieve 10 things that nag & eat away at me so I can be free of them & feel smugly pleased instead. :)

30 cheers


dragonfly35 has written 20 entries about this goal

#20 - Buy supplies to try out instead of shampoo

I’ve had the “stop using shampoo” goal on my list for ages and started taking serious steps towards it months ago by reducing the frequency with which I was washing my hair. However, I was delayed because I wanted to use up the giant bottle of shampoo I had in my shower! It’s finally almost gone, so I’m ready to experiment with alternatives and I decided to start with baking soda and apple cider vinegar, since these are common ingredients – but I had neither of these in my cupboards and because of traveling etc. have not properly restocked my kitchen in weeks. I finally went to the store yesterday and bought both, and I also got some containers for mixing them in/ storing the mixture in my shower. I’m trying it out today. Whether or not it works, or needs more experimentation, I’m nevertheless feeling pretty

smugly pleased

for finally trying!

Also, this is my 20th niggly thing that I have achieved so I’ll be marking this goal done again and taking a break from it. You may see another incarnation pop up on my list at some point though. It’s been very useful!

#19 - Shredding

Usually I just shred things as I get them, but I’ve been distracted by schoolwork and just letting everything pile up! I ran three full basketloads through the shredder today, bagged the paper up, and put it out for recycling. Clearly I should feel

smugly pleased.

#18 Map my runs in VT

Finally I mapped out 5 run routes that I will/may need in VT: 4 miles, 5 miles, 6 miles, 7 miles and 20 miles. I used the screen print to One Note and copy/paste feature to create printable maps, including the elevation graphs and mile markers, and detailed directions for each route without having to pay the $2/map fee charged by the “free” online service I use. I checked the satellite view and the terrain view. There are some nasty hills, but most of the runs are shaded. That’s pretty much what I remember from running in the area last year.

So having done this at last, I not only feel

smugly pleased

but frankly, I also feel


#17 - Fix the printer

Well, it wasn’t really broken but it was out of commission for an embarrassingly long time. First it was out of colored ink so I changed all the settings so it would print in grayscale. Then it ran out of black ink. After weeks of just letting it sit there, I realized it would be really nice if I could print boarding passes for tomorrow so I had C pick up a black cartridge on his way home (and it turned out we had a colored one sitting here the whole time!) and I finally got everything set up.

When all was said and done, I thought the printer was still broken. Then I realized it just wasn’t connected to the computer. In the end, I think I can feel

smugly pleased.

#16 - Mail the box!

Hmmmmmm. Talking like Yoda today I am.

For six months, sit in the closet that stuff did. First, no appropriate box there was. Then, the address missing it was. Then out of sight, out of mind that box for many moons was.

Finally USPS the package has. Today with me the Force is.

Smugly pleased, I am. Hmmmmmmm…

#15 - Sign up for mileage account

I realized that I might as well sign up for a mileage account and earn miles for the trip I’m taking next week. Even though I don’t usually use that airline much, you never know. It could come in handy, and I could start using them more in future. I finally got that done today and modified my reservation to include my frequent flier number.


That’s right. After an entire week of procrastination (actually more because I should have been working on this in advance) on a very easy paper, I finally wrote that pesky self-evaluation paper and submitted it to my advisor. If I never go back to school (well, I just might be that dumb) this would be my last paper ever. Damn straight I’m

smugly pleased!

#13 - Mailing my thesis

I have to mail a hard copy of my thesis to campus for my capstone facilitator to read – that’s the faculty member who will be facilitating my presentation at the seminar in a few weeks. It needs to arrive Monday. After many hitches and false starts, I got everything printed today and mailed it off express mail. It is guaranteed to arrive on Monday by 3 p.m. Phew.

Guess what folks – I did it! I wrote a thesis! I am more than just a little

smugly pleased.

#12 - Phew! Plane tickets

I finally have plane tickets booked for the capstone seminar, which is the final event for my MA program. I was very stressed about this and so relieved to have it done. Frankly, I am

smugly pleased. :D

#11 - Sort out May transit issue

I’m doing this goal again, since I loved it so much the first time. I’ve never tried to do a goal again a second time, and didn’t realize that it leaves it on your “DONE” list rather than moving it back onto your active list. Rather annoying. I guess I expected it to be on both lists. Had I known, I would have just started another goal for it…

Anyway, I’m going for 20 things now. #11 is sorting out my transit issues for May. I’m only working 10 days in May because I have a short break and then I’m headed back east to present my capstone paper (thesis). It’s not worth buying a monthly pass just for ten days, and they don’t have the single-use passes available on the re-usable cards yet so I had to go down to The Transit Store and stand in line to buy tokens, but at least I won’t have to have exact change every time I ride the bus now. I could have done something tricky with four-day and one-day passes, but it wouldn’t save me much money and seemed rather sketchy so I just got the tokens. I suppose I’ll have to do the same in June, but at least I got May taken care of – and amazingly I didn’t leave it until the very last minute, so I think I can feel smugly pleased about that. :D

dragonfly35 has gotten 30 cheers on this goal.


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