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Learn to knit
Scarf Attack

I made a scarf! So exciting.



learn to sew (read all 3 entries…)
I'll call this a done deal

I love sewing now. I have patched fixed and made new most of the clothes in my closet. JoAnn Fabrics is now my shopping store of choice for everything and i’m officially obsessed with fabric.



finish my design portfolio (read all 2 entries…)
Working on it

So a few weeks ago I collected all of my old projects and combined everythign that i’ve done that’s worthwhile onto my mac. I started combing through all the trash that I did before I knew how to correctly set up a file and began messing with them. The ones that were more recent, I put into folders and saved some of them for the future website. I feel good about it!



get rid of psoriasis (read all 2 entries…)
I stopped noticing

I noticed for the first time in well, my whole life, that I stopped thinking about my skin. I’m down to id say about 2% from as i’ve said before like 65%. I don’t itch anymore, I dont worry about the fragerence contents of my lotions and shampoos. I dont worry about sweating anymore. It’s incredibly liberating. I feel like a new person. My boyfriend loves it and compliments me on how smooth I am. Only psoriasis suffers could think being “smooth” as the best compliment you could get. YAY!



start a worm bin
my wormies

So it took a little bit to stop the little fly larvae from getting into my makeshift worm bin, but I think I have it a little more together now. They’re eating food steadily now! One of the things I found very helful, was as i was getting food scraps, I froze them in the freezer until i was ready to put them in the worm bin, this cut down on my excess food in the bin. LESS STINKIES!



Start riding horses again
I totally agree.

I thought parties were way better, not so much boys. Going out with friends was the one thing i didn’t get to do when i was showing ponies. Fridays were spent getting ready to go to the show the next day. After riding from 4:30am – god only knows how late at night, there was NO WAY i was going out Saturday. Once i realized what i was missing, i ditched the ponies and started the parties. Now, all i want is my old way of life back. It was perfect and I didn’t realize. Now i’m older, fatter and way out of shape :(



Sort my finances out
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I feel much better. I’m kind of back on top of all of my finances. It just requred a little tweeking of my lifestyle. This might not be forever, but it’s not as high priority at the moment. woot!



take control of my arthritis (read all 2 entries…)
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I don’t know if it was arthritus I was feeling, but I can most definitely say that my toes and fingers have felt much better after starting the MTX. I’ll put this one on the done list just for the meantime. I hope i never have to pull it out again!



reduce my environmental footprint (read all 2 entries…)
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i absolutely hate that environmental footprint test. It’s just too vague to give you any type of actaul information. There are so many things left out of their computing. Never does it ask you if you compost or if you buy new clothes every week. what does the size of my house even matter? Never does it ask the acreage of your plot even. I just think the test was a little lacking. I’m sure it’s main purpose is to make us all think we’re evil enviroment haters.



Save money
Savin Maven

I just started saving money this month and it’s actaully easier then i thought. Instead of throwing huge chunks into an account and then wishing i had it later on, I started putting 40 a week into an account. it’s not much, but over the course of a month you save 160 dollars. that’s like 2250 a year. Not enough to break the bank with, but more than enough to start off?



learn to sew (read all 3 entries…)
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The sewing machine i got, was AWSOME. This woman had taken great care of it. It has monogram attachments and buttonhole and the whole bit. I’m going over to JoAnn fabrics to pick up some thread and hopefully by the end of this weekend i’ll be sewing at least small projects. UNF! for $50 i’ll at least have something to start with!



learn to sew (read all 3 entries…)
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Well, I’m on my way to get my new (old) sewing machine. I found an ad on craigslist for this great old 1970’s kenmore. I’m so excited. I think for $50 dollars i’ll at least learn the basics and if i still enjoy sewing i’ll buy myself a more expensive sewing machine. WOOT!



start composting (read all 2 entries…)
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My boyfriend and I made a compost tumbler last week and now we’re well on our way to wonderful soil for next year’s garden. I just ordered my 2 lbs of worms as well for my indoor vermicomposter as well.



get out of debt
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I’m at least starting to get a handle on my debt. I’m not so worried about the larger things like my school loans or the house. Those things are gonna be there forever. I would really like to get rid of these stupid credit cards. I have over 8k in credit card debt. Most of it is from my dog’s medical issues as a puppy. cost us almost 3k to keep her alive. worth it? I have no idea. We live a little over our means at the moment so i’m taking an effort to start paying off my high interest credit cards first. sigh at least it’s in the right direction!



make dread falls
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I just bought some roving and i’m waiting for it to come in now! I’ll be making wool dreads. Should be interesting!



stop biting my nails (read all 2 entries…)
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Welp, It’s been over a week. My nails still look like crap but I refuse to bite them. The manicure set has been just amazing. Whenever i get the urge, I just file them. Better to be short than bitten. I’m calling this a done deal. (at least till the next horrid thing in my life happens and I chew them off again :(



floss more (read all 2 entries…)
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I floss everyday now! I’d like to say this is a complete in my book.



get rid of psoriasis (read all 2 entries…)
Yay me.

I’m down from about 65% coverage to about 20% at the moment. I’m only a couple weeks into the new medication, but I’m optimistic that i’ll see a total riddance of it soon. Every day it gets a bit better. Every day my skin gets smoother. I really noticed my transformation this week. Instead of it burning when I would sweat (it’s been 100 degrees here) I actaully didnt even notice that i was sweaty. It really was remarkable. It’s kind of hard to look in the mirror and not see them since ive had them so long. It has especially cleared up on my face ( Thank goodness ) I finally feel like my embarassing marks are going away. insert sign of relief



build my own website (read all 2 entries…)
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So, I STARTED. i finally designed a website (in illustrator) that looked clean and simple. Instead of coming up with a design company name first, I decided to just start designing and come up with one as I went. my first few minutes into flash are going well. I’ve already got some nice motions and rollovers. NO ANIMATED GIFS THANK GOD. When i’m done i’ll post!



stop biting my nails (read all 2 entries…)
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day 2 in my nail biting saga. What’s helping me? I bought a little manicure set. So, instead of biting, I’m just filing, or messing. I’m initally trying to get rid of my oral fixation and then i’ll working on the LITFA method. (I tell all my clients this) it’s the Leave It The Fuck Alone method.



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