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DanT1999

is happily asserting imperfection



I'm doing 25 things
 

DanT1999's Life List

  1. 1. be more assertive
    9 entries . 195 cheers
    713 people
  2. 2. manage my time more efficiently
    2 entries . 145 cheers
    57 people
  3. 3. fake it 'til i make it
    8 entries . 193 cheers
    4 people
  4. 4. declutter my life
    2 entries . 199 cheers
    581 people
  5. 5. list three things every day that made me happy
    862 entries . 98 cheers
    420 people
  6. 6. improve my public speaking and presentation skills
    9 entries . 126 cheers
    12 people
  7. 7. finish my professional exams
    5 entries . 90 cheers
    1 person
  8. 8. stop being a perfectionist
    1 entry . 132 cheers
    140 people
  9. 9. be more open-minded to try new things
    3 entries . 150 cheers
    0 people
  10. 10. learn mandarin chinese
    2 entries . 97 cheers
    312 people
  11. 11. read at least one book per month
    14 entries . 152 cheers
    79 people
  12. 12. be a better swimmer
    5 entries . 78 cheers
    76 people
  13. 13. “Have a kick ass body that stops traffic without jumping in front of it”
    1 entry . 70 cheers
    20 people
  14. 14. Just wanted to say...
    3 team members . 19 entries . 33 cheers
    3 people
  15. 15. cook more often and eat out less
    2 entries . 160 cheers
    3 people
  16. 16. buy my first house or condo
    3 entries . 113 cheers
    1 person
  17. 17. hike a new trail
    16 entries . 54 cheers
    3 people
  18. 18. run a 10K
    16 entries . 59 cheers
    1,180 people
  19. 19. learn how to use my dSLR
    54 cheers
    13 people
  20. 20. have a daguerreotype taken of myself
    50 cheers
    2 people
  21. 21. Join a field naturalists' club
    2 entries . 54 cheers
    1 person
  22. 22. Participate in this year's Great Backyard Bird Count
    16 entries . 44 cheers
    0 people
  23. 23. Identify the 43 albums I couldn't do without
    14 entries . 66 cheers
    12 people
  24. 24. earn a masters degree
    1 entry . 130 cheers
    277 people
  25. 25. learn to ride a bike
    1 entry . 155 cheers
    691 people

How I did it
How to identify and photograph 43 birds
It took me
3 months
It made me


Recent entries
list three things every day that made me happy (read all 862 entries…)
fifth bonus day

August 19, 2014

1) Running this morning… For the first time in a few months, it was mostly dark during my run. Fall is gradually approaching; it makes me kind of sad even if the start of fall in Southern California is a lot like summer…

2) Birding at Malibu Lagoon after a busy day at work this evening… It was overcast and cooler than it has been which meant that the crowds were smaller. The variety of birds was still not that great, but I did manage some nice shots of some common birds…

3) I watched episode 2 of the Korean drama “Tell Me Your Wish” tonight. I was unimpressed with the first episode but found myself hooked with number two, even after I swore that I wouldn’t get addicted to another drama…

See the collage of photos I took today, all at Malibu Lagoon this evening except the squirrels which were photographed at Lake Balboa on my way to work this morning…



list three things every day that made me happy (read all 862 entries…)
fourth bonus day

August 18, 2014

1) Lying in bed early this morning with the window open hearing the calls of an American crow and a black phoebe…

2) I got my mid-year review from my boss today, and it was generally favorable…

3) Birding at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve after work early this evening… It was kind of slow, but I ran into Jim and Tang, a couple of fellow bird photographers. They were hunting down owls tonight; I let them know about the peregrine falcon I have seen hanging around the dam…

See the collage of miscellaneous photos I took in the mall today with my iPhone during my lunch break…



list three things every day that made me happy (read all 862 entries…)
third bonus day

August 17, 2014

1) Running this morning even though I felt “out of it” when I woke up…

2) Lunch with Andrew at Follow Your Heart in Canoga Park… We shared a bottle of ginger beer I bought in the store. I hadn’t had ginger beer in a long time. It reminded me of when I used to order it at a Jamaican restaurant I used to go to with my old coworker Mariko who had a Caribbean boyfriend at the time…

3) At the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve where I went birding late this afternoon, I found a juvenile peregrine falcon perched on the dam. I observed it for about half an hour waiting to catch a shot of it taking off in flight (see the collage of photos I took). My photos were not as great as I was hoping, but still these are the best shots I have of a peregrine falcon. The bird was banded; hopefully I can find some more information about it…



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