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Chelsea Steed in Tallahassee is doing 37 things including…

experience 100 new things by the end of December 2009

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Chelsea Steed has written 62 entries about this goal

73/100: Learned how to play Texas Hold-Em.

And I won a round! But we didn’t play for long because this was at the New Years party and everyone gave it up quickly. I played an electronic version last night at a pub and was kicking everyone’s butts, but most of them weren’t experienced players either, so I can’t say I’m amazing or anything. (;

72/100: Went to a New Year's party.

I don’t think I’ve ever gone to a party for New Years. I’ve been to sleepovers on New Years but never a party. It was fun and I met a ton of new people.

71/100: Tried Sake.

In Japan. In Epcot. It was disgusting. It was like drinking a bottle of rice vinegar. Hot. Blurgh!

70/100: Had a drink around the world at Epcot.

Well, 5 drinks. This was the solution to not being allowed into Magic Kingdom. It’s a lot of fun and it makes it fun to take time strolling around the countries.

69/100: Went to Disney on New Year's Eve.

It’s crazy! It’s their busiest day all year, and I actually wouldn’t recommend doing it if you’re not going to see a fireworks show. I got a park-hopper pass and at 11 am I was unable to take the bus from MGM to Magic Kingdom because they were at capacity and only letting resort guests enter. And I wasn’t staying for fireworks. Disney’s always fun though, so I made up for it!

68/100: Visited college friends post graduation.

I’m down in Florida to visit friends in Lakeland and Tallahassee for the first time since I graduated in Spring. It’s been so long and I’ve missed everyone!

67/100: Displayed Trekkie tendencies.

I just bought two Star Trek movies on VHS at Goodwill. I mean, come on, they were a dollar each!! I’d gotten my Dad the Star Trek 2009 movie because I saw it in theaters with my sister and we loved it. I’d seen First Contact a looooong time ago, and that was one of the movies I got today. The other one is Generations, which I haven’t seen.

66/100: Started a running routine/training program.

I thought by now I’d have put this in, but I haven’t. I’m in a running routine for the first time since graduating from high school and leaving my cross country team. I keep motivated by following a training program and striving to race further distances than I had the opportunity to in high school. I feel stronger and healthier and it’s nice to have an exercise habit now. And people who hold me accountable for it. (;

65/100: My parents got new furniture!

I’m up at my parent’s house for Christmas and they finally had furniture delivered that they’d picked out this fall. They’re replacing furniture that we’ve had for almost 10 years… since we lived on the other coast! We used to have a very SouthWestern bungalow styled interior when we lived in San Diego. The colors were warm and M & D bought a lot of Stickley furniture. Recently Mom’s been wanted to soften the look up and she’s also liked more beachy colors like teals and soft browns. We now have a new sofa and two new small armchairs. They look beautiful and really fit our house and our butts much better… they’re slightly smaller pieces that don’t make you feel like you’re falling into your sofa everytime you sit down.

64/100: Gave my sister a gag gift for Christmas.

So, my 3/4 sized dryer in my apartment doesn’t wash powdered detergent from my clothes—a fact I complained to my sister and friend about after putting a load through the rinse cycle THREE times and still finding huge streaks of soap residue. My friend explained that I should obviously be using liquid detergent and that it’s soooo much better. And my sister asked if she could have the rest of my nearly brand new powdered detergent, but she refused to buy it from me. So I gave it to her for Christmas instead. The box was really heavy and everyone was trying to guess what the heck it was!

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