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I'm doing 38 things

Kalibebti's Life List

  1. 1. Submit poems & etc. (bimonthly).
    3 entries . 50 cheers
    1 person
  2. 2. Build a house shaped like a four-dimensional labyrinth with lots of moving parts
    5 entries . 19 cheers
    1 person
  3. 3. Believe 10 impossible things before breakfast.
    24 entries . 28 cheers
    1 person
  4. 4. Apply for Amnesty International positions that would teach me new stuff.
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    1 person
  5. 5. do a tumble turn
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    1 person
  6. 6. Hike or bike around Scotland drinking whiskey and sleeping in castles (or hostels) with my man in 2014.
    3 entries . 45 cheers
    1 person
  7. 7. Vipassana or yoga & writing retreat
    1 entry . 7 cheers
    1 person
  8. 8. Visit as many mountains as possible mentioned in Woman on the Rocks.
    5 entries . 4 cheers
    1 person
  9. 9. Yawp barbarically.
    12 entries . 21 cheers
    1 person
  10. 10. See and be seen. Hear and be heard. Read and be read. ; )
    1 entry . 10 cheers
    1 person
  11. 11. Vengeance au Mark Twain.
    5 entries . 8 cheers
    1 person
  12. 12. Condescend to meet deadlines even though they are abhorrent works of evil whose very existence at the nexus of art and economic enterprise is antithetical to creation.
    1 entry . 28 cheers
    1 person
  13. 13. Be Poet Laureate of Anywhere.
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    1 person
  14. 14. Practice flute more than I did the week before.
    2 entries . 4 cheers
    1 person
  15. 15. Do what I do because that's who I am.
    10 entries . 30 cheers
    1 person
  16. 16. Set foot on all 7 continents before I'm 50.
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    1 person
  17. 17. See the Mariinsky at The Mariinsky.
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    1 person
  18. 18. Get chased by crazed fans.
    2 entries . 10 cheers
    1 person
  19. 19. Write a play. Write a screenplay.
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    1 person
  20. 20. Learn & Revisit: more surfing; WFR cert; stage aud; music aud; swim lessons; acting class; flute lessons; choreography class; sewing class.
    10 entries . 6 cheers
    1 person
  21. 21. Kiteboarding lesson Spring 2014 ?
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    1 person
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    1 person
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    1 person
  24. 24. See the Northern Lights from the Yukon.
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    2 people
  25. 25. Spend a fortnight on Mallorca.
    2 entries . 3 cheers
    1 person
  26. 26. Know one factoid about every country in the world.
    4 entries . 3 cheers
    1 person
  27. 27. Thailand 2011
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    1 person
  28. 28. Hike in Saxony with F & the gang
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1 person
  29. 29. Reread Bradbury.
    3 entries . 1 cheer
    1 person
  30. 30. Make my spouse do easy yoga once a week so he does not die of stress and TV.
    8 entries
    1 person
  31. 31. Prepare for and participate in a Latin and a Greek intensive.
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    1 person
  32. 32. See New York City in the springtime.
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    1 person
  33. 33. Complete a personal cookbook of favorite meals
    6 entries . 2 cheers
    1 person
  34. 34. adopt a manatee in 2014
    3 entries . 2 cheers
    1 person
  35. 35. Clean the HOUSE.
    1 entry
    125 people
  36. 36. scan a little each day
    1 person
  37. 37. Gratitudes
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    2 people
  38. 38. Complete NaPoWriMo (write a poem a day in April) 2014
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    0 people

How I did it
How to fyths
It took me
3 months
It made me

How to have a calendar full of smiley faces for November
It took me
30 days
It made me

How to clean Eating in October : )
It took me
3 months
It made me
healthy & mahvelous

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Recent entries
post random questions daily and see if anyone plays with me and answers them :) (read all 194 entries…)
Ever been in this type of situation?

I was inspired to share this by Always Free to Choose – just found it a rather interesting coincidence that this sort of communication-differences thing had been on my mind and suddenly someone had posted a Love Languages quiz! Click, click.

The Situation

Me: “I finally got rid of my dad’s old slide projector. I feel kind of upset about it.”

Spouse: “Why did you get rid of it then?”

Me: “What? We’ve talked about this stuff so many times. You know, because it’s not clear it still works, it takes up extra storage space when we already don’t have enough space, I never wanted to end up with it in the first place – it’s kind of my brother’s fault that I even have the old thing – and anyway, I want to get that digital slide conversion viewer thingy instead. Seriously, who would ever want to sit and watch me project slides from the ‘70s on a sheet?”

Spouse: “Then why are you upset?”

Me: “I don’t know. Part of me feels like I should keep these things like they were sacred items because this machine was kind of a centerpiece of many family gatherings when I was really little and my dad still enjoyed photography and sort of making it a family activity. But then when I was carrying it in to the donation center, I felt really sad and angry that my dad himself had never even pulled it out of storage since the ‘70s. If my brother and I neglected to ask after something, my parents always just said, ‘Oh, we assumed you didn’t care about that anymore.’ I wish my dad had made a point of resurrecting the old slide-viewing tradition.”

Spouse: “Well you didn’t have to get rid of it.”

Me: “Aren’t you even listening?”

Spouse: “I don’t get it.”

Me: “Okay, um…I’m happy, but I’m also sad that I got rid of it, and I also feel sort of guilty and mad. But I’m not sorry I got rid of it. It was just taking up space, and seeing it made me feel bad.”

Spouse: “That is way too complicated for me.”

So have you ever found yourself trying to explain to a friend and/or loved one the phenomenon of mixed emotions? If so, what words did you use?



post random questions daily and see if anyone plays with me and answers them :) (read all 194 entries…)
Sleep research

So my spouse and I recently purchased our first non-IKEA bed. (Quite the milestone and long overdue.)

However, we’re thinking we might have to go through the whole rigmarole of exchanging it for a different type of mattress.

My question is, have you found that a softer mattress causes you back pain even though it, um, I don’t know, SEEMS more comfortable other than that? (I know this might sound nonsensical, but if you’re like me, you’ll know what I mean.)

So do you like the type of bed that you have? What’s your current sleep arrangement?

Bonus question: Do you like to go camping and sleep on the ground or in a sleeping bag on a minimal pad?

Have you ever enjoyed sleeping on the floor or on just a carpeted floor?

Have you visited a crazy third-world nation where they favor rock-hard mattresses, and if so did you like sleeping on those?

p.s. As you can see, I have a persistent canopy-bed fetish, but other than that these images have nothing to do with the current dilemma. They’re just pictures of beds that I like.

Complete NaPoWriMo (write a poem a day in April) 2014

April is the coolest month, bringing
old friends out of the woodwork, their
mystifying memories (it
never happened that way) -
let me not to the marriage of two minds
leave mapquest directions -
amnesia kept us warm, huddled
over its low fire, feeding
by hand an utter belief in,
on sins of omission, but now
it’s warm, miracles sprout, what a sight to see
poppies poinged through the cinderblock.
Oh yeah, April is the coolest month,
even though it’s confusing and sad to be happy
that you can’t speak or see for the glare
because the sun has emerged beaming
[insert Sanskrit here]

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