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Create a budget, and stick with it (read all 2 entries…)
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I have discovered it helps to have enough money to cover the basics.

And then there’s always something that comes up.

So my budget has to stay pretty flexible, it seems.

I’ll take care of the usual bills, save what I can, and deal with the hailstorms, stuff breaking in the house, etc. as it comes up as best I can.

Trying to have a very strict budget just makes me panic and go waste a bunch of money at Target or somewhere dumb like that.



Create a budget, and stick with it (read all 2 entries…)
Roof is paid for!

(and we’ve had 4 hail storms since it was done…p00p)

BUT, assuming I don’t need a NEW new roof, I now have that debt out of the way, so I can start putting money aside for my next large home expense, whatever that may be. hopefully something optional and fun rather than mandatory.



sell things on etsy (read all 2 entries…)
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I need to get rid of crafts, beads, and findings that I don’t need and won’t be using.

http://thinksimplenow.com/clarity/stuff-onomics-hidden-side-of-what-you-own/



try each and every one of the 20 worst foods in America (read all 3 entries…)
ooh, what about THESE?!?

http://www.divinecaroline.com/article/22177/48751-ten-foods-you-ll-find-eat



Educate, enlighten, inspire and empower others (and myself) about sexuality and gender (read all 5 entries…)
reading the Archives.

I was browsing through old journalings and found this entry.

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Nov. 23rd, 2004 at 11:00 AM

There are days, such as this one, perhaps, that I feel a tremendous feminine power inside me, the power of sex and love and lust…that if I could only break the barriers of society and morality, I could open my arms, legs, heart, and heal the world with this Goddess Power.

All the shy lonely sad strange smart wonderful beautiful interesting people could come forward and be filled with love and power.

Some days I really wish….



Have a real nice picnic
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It’s all about planning & choosing a nice, portable menu, a wonderful location, and charming dining companion (s). I’ve had baguette, brie, and wine looking out over the 360 bridge on a double-date, take-out barbeque and convenience store sodas at Mt. Bonnell with a guy I liked, snacks and sketching on the grounds of the McNay Art museum with some girlfriends…all good & fun. I think I should do this again, soon.



see a movie at a drive-in theater
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I used to do this pretty frequently with the ex. There’s an old drive-in in San Antonio called “the Mission” that’s still in operation (or was, last time we went). Car clubs would come out for their social time and that was kind of fun to see. The movies were usually not first-run, but it’s just nice to be able to lounge around in your own car, BYOB, or whatever, and enjoy the night.



go to a nude beach
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I’ve been to Hippie Hollow in Austin a few times, and it always seems there’s some fully clothed creepy guys rustling around in the bushes, who basically paid their $ to get in to the park and sit around drinking piss beer watching naked women.

I don’t have the best body in the world, but I’m comfortable enough with it…I just start getting creeped out when people I don’t know are staring rudely, and creating a socially awkward situation by not at least showing some goods in return.

Anyway. I might still go to HH again with the right group of people, but it wouldn’t be first on my ‘fun things to do’ list.



burn a mix CD (read all 2 entries…)
I'm going to go ahead and retire this

My sweetheart got me an MP3 player and my car has a jack where I can plug it into my MP3 player. I can also listen to my MP3 player at work, since I’m not allowed to listen to streaming media on the work computer anymore. So I don’t need CDs for work or car, really.

I was also given a cool phone by a friend when she lucked into an Apple iPhone for half price & needed a new home for her old phone. My ‘new’ phone has a memory card slot where I could put in a memory card loaded with music. Even more tune-storage and portability.

So, it really doesn’t seem I need to learn to make CDs anymore.

Obsolete!

Now what do I do with these new blank CDRW things I managed to accumulate in anticipation of making awesome mix CDs? Hrm.



put together an interesting and appropriate wardrobe for my style and life (read all 7 entries…)
Stalled out on shoes

I am still thinking about getting to work on my shoe closet. Everything is just sorta jumbled up in there; I don’t think I could find a pair of shoes in there if I tried.

And I’m still looking for good footwear that’s work appropriate, nice with skirts or dresses, but still comfortable and has some personality. It’s a tall order, it seems.



try each and every one of the 20 worst foods in America (read all 3 entries…)
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And, HEY, if I can’t achieve this one, I won’t feel BAD about it! yay!



try each and every one of the 20 worst foods in America (read all 3 entries…)
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http://health.yahoo.com/experts/eatthis/139/the-20-worst-foods-in-america/



do more camping (read all 2 entries…)
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I have an opportunity to go camping the last weekend of March in Huntsville. I need to do a bit more research to find out how far that is from here and what all we will need to take.

It could be fun :)



Get up when my alarm goes off
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It’s harder to do when you have a snuggle buddy who prefers to snooze. I like snuggling. I also like getting up the first time the alarm goes off. It’s always a tough choice!



drink bubble tea
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My friend Hojo introduced me to bubble tea. Good stuff. I like the purple one!



put together an interesting and appropriate wardrobe for my style and life (read all 7 entries…)
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I got a very nice compliment from a lady in my office today. She really liked my outfit, said I looked sophisticated! Wow :P

(btw I’m wearing: black knit spaghetti strap dress with a long sleeve light brown shirt underneath, brown boots, black leggings, and a leopard print ‘cardigan’ over the dress. My new glasses. And I put a little mousse in my hair this morning when I got out of the shower to give my bangs some volume. My nail polish needs a renew; I painted them last week in OPI “I’d like to thank”, kind of a coppery coral pink)



get a new roof (read all 2 entries…)
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Barker Roofing did a great job. I now have a ridge vent, too, so we’ll see how that affects the utility bills this summer.

I did have to call them back to get a few nails they left on the ground, but luckily the nails hadn’t damaged anything before we noticed them.

The roof looks great…but draws attention to the fact that my house needs paint!



remodel my bathroom (read all 2 entries…)
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the contractor I called was unhelpful.

I spent more on the roof than I really wanted to or can afford.

Giving up for now.

It will happen some day, but it’s a year or more away so I dont’ want to look at it and be reminded it’s not happening now.



put together an interesting and appropriate wardrobe for my style and life (read all 7 entries…)
Making progress

I’ve gone thru my closet and gotten rid of a LOT of stuff. Goodwill should be happy. Next step: get rid of shoes.

I have 2 pairs of work pants now—one black corduroy in a small pattern, and one black denim. One pair of jeans that I’m not 100% happy with, but good for Casual Friday at work. And one pair of jeans that I really like.

I got a good deal at Newportnews.com on some plain long sleeved shirts in various colors: offwhite (will layer under things, not wear by itself!), light brown, dark brown, olive, burgundy, and black. They’re the right ‘weight’ to layer or wear all by themselves.

1 shirt that looks layered but isn’t. cuffs, collar, and hem in leopard print cotton/poly, V neck ‘overshirt’ in dark brown. Spiffy.

2 camis: one dark brown and one leopard print.

2 blazers: one light brown corderoy and one black tux jacket that’s fun and I’ve had since I was 19 or so. Vintage :)

And a long sleeved sort of wrap-cardigan thing in leopard print. It’s not warm, but it’s really cute and can be worn open or wrapped and tied in a few different ways.

I’m mostly going for neutral colors, a couple of prints, and then cool shoes and jewelry.

I’ve been remembering to wear earrings and necklaces. Need to get bracelets, rings and pins someplace where I can easily see them in the morning as I’m getting ready.

Now…SHOES. I have a lot of those little chinese mary janes in different colors, which are cute but not really professional for work.

I’m having a hard time finding shoes that are a good heel height, professional without being old-lady/church shoes, ...I want to find the middle ground between frumpy and precious. I want to look quirky enough to express my personality a bit, but not so odd that people won’t take me seriously.

(OH, and I am kinda nutty…I don’t like open heels, open toes, or open sides on shoes. Picky, picky, I know.)

I have a couple of pairs that work well with trousers, one light brown suede and one in black patent with kind of a leopard print on the tongue area. So I probably don’t need any more shoes that go with pants. But I still like these:


Mudd Knowles
$31.49
Brown


Outlooks Darian
$20.99
Black


Women’s Rampage Tierney Loafers
$28.99
Black


Women’s SO Tamera Dressy Loafers
$29.99
Black

& the Rigid Platform Loafers from goodgoth.com look cool, too but I can’t seem to get a price or size to load.

http://www.goodgoth.com/shoesunder15.htm

NOW, here are the ones I think would look nice with skirts or dresses, but still be sorta ‘me’.


$22.49
Naughty Monkey Women’s Nightie Night Pump
black

These are bordering on “Old lady” but still kinda OK looking:


Aerosoles Women’s Volcano Platform Skimmer
$24.90
comes in Black & Brown


Rampage Women’s Oliviya
$ 29.99
black


Rocket Dog Women’s Rattle Slip-On
$31.99
black

A little too ‘gothic lolita’ for daily wear, and the heel’s probably too high. but still kinda cute:


T.U.K. Women’s Piped Mary Jane Pump
38.95

& These are great, too…but WAY too “young” for work. Also might be too ‘clunky’ for wearing with a dress or skirt.


T.U.K. Women’s Cat Multi Color Mary Jane
$38.95
black

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Also, I just like these. For general Piratey dress-ups. Probably not daily wear.

RAMPAGE Rugby Motorcycle Boot W/ Knit Trim
$15.00
black


T.U.K. Women’s Jolly Roger Mary Jane Pump
$38.95
black

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And…these are just WRONG. But I want them for Vegas. (yes, I have a ‘Vegas’ section of the closet—3 tacky shirts with things like dice, money, and cowgirls on them.)

http://images.buycostumes.com/mgen/merchandiser/19641.jpg
$59.95



lose one pound a week (read all 2 entries…)
Lose 1 lb a week for 1 year.

I think this is a reasonable weight-loss goal. I would be setting myself up for failure by trying to revamp my entire eating and exercise plan and then not being able to stick with such an extreme change.

So I’m going to try and make moderate changes and lose a small amount of weight over a long amount of time. Walk more. Drink less alcohol. Eat fewer sweets and more veggies. Nothing crazy, just small steps to make a healthier life.



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