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visit at least one new country a year (read all 8 entries…)

OK…so this is not another country. Puerto Rico is part of the U.S., but we went to Guanica for a trip in 2004 and thought I should make a mention. It was an amazing trip. My husband and I went for a week in April and stayed at a small beach resort. It was beautiful and inexpensive. I loved every minute.

We hope to go back and see San Juan and other parts of Puerto Rico!

visit at least one new country a year (read all 8 entries…)

I went to Israel on New Year’s Day 2000. What an AMAZING trip. I went with the Birthright Israel program through my college Hillel. We started in Tel Aviv, went to Jerusalem, the West Bank, Sea of Galilea, Mt. Masada, the Dead Sea, and back to Tel Aviv…with many stops along the way. I was there for 10 days and had walking pneumonia the whole time I was there, but it was still the best trip I have ever taken.

It was incredible to be in a place with so much history and to be amongst so many people just like me. I loved the falafels and learning about the different cities and places. I would go back in a second and would love to take my husband there with me. I think he would really enjoy it.

Highlights were swimming in the Dead Sea, visiting the Wailing Wall, standing on the beach at the Mediterranean Sea, and climbing Mt. Masada!

visit at least one new country a year (read all 8 entries…)

Ok, so this one is kinda lame I realize. I first went to Nogales, Mexico my freshman year in college. We would take buses from the dorms so that we could drink underage and just make assess of ourselves. So, I never saw Nogales in the light of day. Just the inside of a couple bars there!!

Junior year in college, I couple friends and I went to Rosarito Beach, Mexico for spring break, which is in Baja. Again, we didn’t go to experience Mexico. We went more for the bars and the booze. It was completely geared towards spring break americans there, which was fun at the time. I would like to actually see the true Mexico sometime soon.

visit at least one new country a year (read all 8 entries…)
Northern Italy

I went to Northern Italy on a high school trip during my senior year. We started in Milan, then went to Ravenna, Pisa, Padua, Verona, Florence, and Venice.

What an amazing trip. It was the perfect time to go with my friends! I loved the architecture, the language, the food!! I decided to take italian in college the next year because I fell so in love with anything italian. I would love to take my husband to italy! My favorite places were:

Milan – the beautiful duomo there looks like lace
Florence – the Uffizi gallery where we saw ‘The David’ and the gorgeous duomo
Venice – everything…gorgeous!

I can’t wait to explore the rest of italy!

visit at least one new country a year (read all 8 entries…)
Paris France - 1992

So I have been to 4 countries outside the U.S. I thought it would be fun to put those countries up and add to them throughout the years.

I went to Paris when I was 12 years old with a foreign exchange program at my Junior High. I don’t remember too much of it, honestly. We went to the Eiffel Tower, Versailles, Louvre, Notre Dame, and many other places. I remember not having a lot to eat while I was there because everything had meat in it. I loved the trip, though, and definitely want to go back again as an adult. Word of advice, don’t spend money to send your 12 year old to Europe unless it is a family trip. I didn’t appreciate it enough back then, but I’m glad I went.

stop pulling my hair (read all 162 entries…)
2 days!

I went all of yesterday without pulling my hair. It tends to always be easier on weekends since I am more active and my husband monitors me more.

I do think this commitment I made on here has helped me, though. I can’t wait to come on the site and track my progress!

So that is two days down.

2 iTunes songs!!

try a new recipe every week (read all 13 entries…)
this is a great one!

My husband and I have been doing this for a few weeks already. We are cooking ever sunday evening together. Last weekend we had Kasha with Bowtie pasta – A recipe that reminds me of shabbat. Loved it!! We had mushrooms on the side, it was amazing!

Read more (read all 18 entries…)
My list of books to time limit...

So here is my list of books to read, I will be starting out slow because of my monster job the next few months. Hopefully I can at least read a couple books between now and the end of busy season…here goes:

1. The Path of Minor Planets, Andrew Sean Greer
2. The Good Fairies of New York, Martin Millar
3. Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
4. On The Road, Jack Karouac
5. Night, Elie Wiesel
6. The Snow Leopard, Peter Matthiessen
7. When Elephants Weep, Jeffrey Moussaleff Masson
8. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
9. East of Eden, John Steinbeck
10. Dominion, Matthew Scully
11. The Case for Israel, Alan Dershowitz
12. Sailor Song, Ken Keasy
13. Sheltering Sky, Paul Bowles
14. Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
15. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
16. Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
17. Ignorance, Milan Kundera
18. Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
19. Dracula, Bram Stoker
20. Wicked, Gregory Maguire
21. The Love There That’s Sleeping, Dale Allison
22. Farewell To Arms, Ernest Hemingway
23. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
24. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe
25. About a Boy, Nick Hornby
26. Immortality, Milan Kundera
27. Seat of the Soul, Gary Zukov
28. Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
29. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Planet, Douglas Adams
30. Bee Season, Myla Goldberg
31. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
32. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
33. The Last Jew, Yoram Kaniuk
34. Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda
35. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
36. Interview With a Vampire, Anne Rice
37. The Joke, Milan Kundera
38. Cannery Row, John Steinbeck
39. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson
40. Fellowship of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
41. The Pilgrimage, Paulo Cohelho
42. Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer
43. Emma, Jane Austen
44. The Red Tent, Anita Diamant
45. Kinship with Animals, Various
46. Wanderings, Chaim Potock
47. Watership Down, Richard Adams
48. Under the Tuscan Sun, Frances Mayers
49. Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
50. Witch Child, Celia Reese
51. Reefer Madness, Eric Schlosser
52. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
53. Bright Lights, Big City, Jay McInerney
54. A Million Little Pieces, James Fray
55. The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle
56. Empire Falls, Richard Russo
57. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
58. Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolfe
59. 1984 – George Orwell
60. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
61. Sophie’s World, Jostein Gaarder
62. A Return to Love, Marianne Williamson
63. Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien
64. The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
65. Snow Falling on Cedar, David Guterson
66. The Curious Incident of the Dog…, Mark Haddon
67. Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien
68. Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, Rebecca Wells
69. Cosmos and Pornography, Witold Gombrowicz
70. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien

That’s enough for now…hopefully this list doesn’t take me 10 years to finish. I hope to read at least a book every 2 weeks. Wish I had time to finish them faster, but this will be fun!!

Explore San Francisco. (read all 22 entries…)
January 20

This morning my husband and I went on a long walk with our dog to Twin Peaks. We walked up our street up to one of the peaks and took tons of pictures of the skyline and the whole city. Then we walked up to Mt. Sutro near UCSF and took a trail into the eucalyptus trees. It was beautiful! We all had so much fun and we saw a banana slug!!

This was not on my list, but I am so glad we took this walk. It was great exercise (we were gone almost 2 hours and walked up and down steep hills and trails) and it was just nice to see a new place and spend some uninterupted time together.

stop pulling my hair (read all 162 entries…)
I got through one day

Seems so insignificant, but it is SO significant to me because I caught myself so many times throughout the day with my hand reaching for my hair.

I had a suggestion yesterday to reward and not punish and I will take that advice. So for every day I slip (hopefully not many) I will just not reward myself…no punishment. I think having such a terrible problem is punishment enough.

SO…1 iTunes song!!

floss (read all 25 entries…)

I hate flossing, but it is so good for you. I would love my dentist to be happy next time he sees me. So I will start slow…flossing on weekdays!!


organize my photos (read all 4 entries…)
this one might take a while

I have so many digital photos and loose pictures and it seems so wasteful to not have them organized so that I can enjoy them. I am not going to put a due date on this one, but I hope that I can have them together before we move again.

visit at least one new country a year (read all 8 entries…)
This one is in the works!

Right after busy season, my husband and I are going to go on a trip. We will probably start planning it in the next few weeks. We have been to several countries separately, but never together. So…we have no preference of where we go. Somewhere cheap and fun!! Can’t wait to see where we pick!!

make a scrap book for my husband for first anniversary (read all 2 entries…)

My friend bought me some materials so I have no excuse but to start. I want this to be really special for my husband. He is the most wonderful person in the world and I want him to know it (he already must, I tell him all the time!). I will really start this in April after busy season when I have more time.

take daily vitamins (read all 40 entries…)
this should be easy, we will see

I have a grandma pill box for AM/PM every day of the week. It is all filled up, but I never seem to take a whole weeks worth. I will make more of an effort this week and thereafter to take my vitamins. I am a vegetarian, so it is really important that I take care of myself.

get out of debt (read all 5 entries…)
get out of debt

My husband and I got in a bit of debt from our wedding and just having fun the last few months. We have about $3500 that we need to pay off. We have decided to make a budget this weekend so that we can make a plan to pay it off soon! I would like to be completely debt free by May.

Pass the CPA exam (read all 7 entries…)
I'm such a nerd

This is one that I will have a lot of pressure to do. I want to pass my CPA within the next year. I won’t start studying until March or April, though. After busy season. My company pays for everything so it should be ok…just super boring and annoying.

Explore San Francisco. (read all 22 entries…)
this should be easy

I moved to San Francisco about a year and a half ago and it is looking like my husband and I will probably be moving again in the next 6 months or so. There are still so many things in SF that I want to see before we move on to another place.

Here is a list of things I want to see (or explore further)before we leave, I’m sure this list will continue to grow and grow, but hopefully we can manage to see as many things as possible:

- tour of Chinatown
- tour of Northbeach
- Noe Valley
- Haunted Haight Tour
- Winchester Mansion
- Pointe Reyes
- Mendicino
- Big Sur
- Carmel
- Monterey
- tour of the Castro
- tour of the Mission
- Marina
- Palace of Fine Arts
- De Young Museum
- Japanese Tea Garden
- Tour of Financial District
- Tour of Richmond District
- Berkeley
- Yosemite
- Mt. Tam
- Sunset District
- Pacific Heights
- Asian Art Museum
- Art Galleries around the city
- Embarcadero farmers market

stop pulling my hair (read all 162 entries…)
This is a big one

I’m sure anyone reading this thinks I am such a freak. I do have a problem with pulling my hair. My hair doesn’t look so good, but I still have a very normal life and most people don’t notice because I hide it very well.

I am starting today with a pull free vow. I haven’t pulled yet today. The deal is that for every day I go pull free, I will be entitled to one song from iTunes, to be redeemed at 100 day intervals. Since this is such a demoralizing habit, I don’t want to punish myself too much when I slip. If I pull during the day, I will take away two days worth of songs.

I will see how things are going in 100 days. April 28th!!

drink 6-8 glasses of water per day! (read all 4 entries…)

So this goal is one that I need to start immediately. I would like to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. Even on weekends! The problem I have with this goal is that I hate using public restrooms so I hate drinking water during work. I will get over this.

Things I will do…starting tomorrow…to achieve this goal:

- always have 64 oz. of water available to me at my desk or at home.
- if I don’t drink the water during the day, I have to chug it when I get home…which is no fun and I will have to pee all night!!
- I will make water more appealing, by adding lemon.
- I can substitute a glass of water with a cup of tea.

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