I’ve been going completely overboard with my fast food consumption lately, so I’ve challenged myself to go an entire month without it. It’s not good for me and I feel awful after I’m finished with a meal, but somehow I keep going back (despite having read Fast Food Nation and watched Supersize Me).
I think I’m actually going to reread Fast Food Nation. It couldn’t hurt in my quest to stay motivated!
I’ve been a member of this site for more than five years, and although I’m not very consistant with it, I’ve had a lot of fun! My bills have traveled to 13 different states, and paid for everything from cheeseburgers to medical expenses. I’d like to eventually have hits in all 50 states.
I’m a little shy about handing over bills that are obviously marked, so I generally just include the website on the back of the bill. I have a stamp that I’ll use on the front every once in a while. The first time I paid for something with marked bills, the gentleman at the register read the stamp, and then took out his wallet and switched them for three of his own bills. He joined the site and has continued to participate, which is very cool!
I’m ranked #483 in California right now, which isn’t half bad!
I read Purgatorio in college, but never read the other two. I think I’m going to check out a copy from the public library, so I have a real deadline to read it by. I have a horrible habit of buying more books than I can read and letting them sit in a pile, unread.
I’ve always been the kind of person that gets stressed out if things aren’t planned. I’ve always wanted to know where I’m going when I walk out my door. But it’s never made me happy, and I really wish I was a more impulsive person.
I keep putting this goal off, because I work a fairly intense job and never feel like there’s a good time to take a vacation. Today, I had the thought “Why not just go for a weekend?”
It seems like such an obvious solution, but even my days off have standing plans and obligations. I suppose that I will have to just cancel everything for two days and go. It scares me, but I know it will be the best thing for me to shake off my routine for a couple days and just live.
I’ve had this as one of my goals for a long time, but even though it shouldn’t have been a time consuming endeavor, I didn’t get it done. I knew what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it. Putting it down on paper just seemed too terrifying.
Tonight, I found myself deep in thought and I realized how much energy I was spending by NOT saying anything. I put the card together, and immediately drove it to the post office so I couldn’t change my mind.
I didn’t think I would feel this much better just for sending an anonymous postcard.
I want to both sort out all my pictures and back them up on my external hard drive for safekeeping. I had a computer scare lately, and realized that so many of my favorite pictures will be in danger if anything ever happens!
This won’t be a difficult goal to achieve, but I have a LOT I want to go through so it will be time consuming. I want to go through a little bit every day, and it will be done by the end of the month.
This is driving me insane. I really need to make this goal my top priority because it’s just not healthy for me. It’s making me absolutely miserable at work. Logically, I know that there is no reason for me to compare myself to anyone. Just because someone does something well, it doesn’t make me any less of a person.
I’m never happy with my appearance, intelligence, or skills. I want to be happy with myself and to constructively work on the things about myself that could be better.
This will be hard, but I will do it. I have to.
Well, I have at least gathered together all the stuff that I need to go through. And my paper shredder is sitting right there. I just need to grab some more file folders and actually DO this. I want this goal completely checked off within the next seven days.
I think my family was entertained by hearing me drop the word brouhaha into a sentence. It has been tricky finding good occasions, but totally worth it!
I recommend starting simple. Try making a one dish meal, casserole, or lasagna. Ask friends or family for recipes if they make something you adore. Or, ask them to teach you how to cook it! It will be a fun way to spend time with the people you care about and learn new skills.
I took Spanish all through high school, and after spending some time in Spain once I graduated, I spoke the language fairly well. In college, however, I decided to take French one term. This ended up in me now having trouble speaking BOTH languages. I really don’t know any French at all at this point.
However, one of my goals is to work or study in France (I’m a baker, and you can’t find a better place to work in the culinary arts than France) so I need to figure out what the best way to learn this language on my own is, without spending a fortune.
Luckily, my best friend is fluent so I have that as a resource. Does anyone have any suggestions as to any books, tapes, computer programs, or websites that can aid me (without costing a fortune)?
I ended up in a situation where I just had to do it, and I managed to do a halfway decent job! I’m still not great, but if push comes to shove I know I can get my car into that spot now… without going around the block in hopes that something easier turns up!
I haven’t done anything with this goal for the past eleven weeks since I made my original entry, but tonight I took a step and released a book out into the wild. I’m currently registering two more, which I will find good locations to drop tomorrow!
My month-long experiment in taking more pictures is coming to a close today. I think that this has really become a habit now, and I have this fantastic documentation of my life and the world around me. Tons of pictures of my kitten, too!
Total cheers given: 266
Total cheers received: 102
Obviously I have quite a ways to go, but I’m excited. I especially like cheering people who are brand new to the site—I know the first cheers I recieved were particularly special and definitely encouraged me to stick around! I love reading everyone’s entries and cheering them. I’ve learned so much hunting for things to cheer!
I’ve been gathering all the papers up from various unorganized locations in my house, I’ve got new file folders and labels all printed up nicely, and my paper shredder is ready for action. Soon, my lovely new file cabinet will be serving a more important purpose than just being an end table!
It took forever, but I just finished getting everything organized! And it was a great process, because I kept finding music that I forgot I had. Lots of junk I will never listen to again has been deleted as well.
Now, I’m going to get each file put away as I get it, instead of waiting for them to pile up!
What better way to start the New Year than with a clean slate—both in life and in my house! Thanks to a three day weekend and some extra time, this has become a major cleaning day. Unfortunately, it had been a little longer than I’d care to admit since I last really scrubbed my kitchen floor, but now it’s shiny and clean!
Next stop—picking up my messy bedroom!
I don’t want to spend another year angry. I don’t want to be hurt by things that happened in the past. Neither of us can change what went down, all that we can do is try to make our friendship as great as possible now.
I think that I expect too much of people sometimes, or maybe I just expect them to think like I do. Which are both unreasonable. All I can do is focus on being the best person and friend that I can be, and hopefully the anger will subside. I think I can forgive, but I’m not sure how easy it will be to forget, because it seems that lately, there are constant reminders of everything.
I’ve been trying to decide on what I have to do to consider this goal completed, and I’ve decided that I really want to make it a part of my everyday life. So… I will consider this goal complete if I take at least five photos every day. If I can maintain this through the end of January, I will consider it completed and hopefully it will be a new, great habit! I managed to do this with reading more and now it’s time to add in photography.
I particularly like photographing nature, especially flowers. Since January isn’t a great time of year for that, I think this will force me to think outside my normal box and really grow!