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is starting over in 2011.

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donate 50,000 grains of rice through

I am going to try to donate every day that I am home with internet access. Since August 30, 2011 (when I started keeping track) I’ve donated 6470 grains.

Lose 10 pounds (read all 2 entries…)

Well I parked further away from work today but I ate awful stuff. I did find my pedometer though, so I’ll try to remember to use it tomorrow.

Start my own business (read all 2 entries…)
do it already

I’ve decided that if I don’t make enormous strides in doing this by the end of this year I am giving up. It’s stupid to keep half-assing things instead of just going for it. Whining about how I want to but not making any real steps. Time to put up or shut up.

Lose 10 pounds (read all 2 entries…)
regained some

I was losing weight and doing really well without even trying or paying attention to it. (Amazing what being happy will do.) Then yesterday, I discovered I’ve gained back 6 pounds. Some of that it likely hormonal and a lot is from not doing much this ridiculously snowy winter but I was not happy to see that number on the scale. So time to start incorporating baby steps in my normal day and then I’ll go from there.

First 3 steps:
1. Find my pedometer and start using it again
2. Start parking a bit further away from work (when I’m not working late)
3. Cut back down on the number of soft drinks a day

Make an inspiration board
2 actually...

I want to make one for house/garden that sort of thing. My dream living arrangement basically and ideas for how I want it to look etc. And then one for travel. That way, if I have a constant visual reminder of these things, maybe it will inspire me to save more money towards these goals as well as work harder in order to make more money to save. Maybe even place it directly above a piggy bank of something like that.

learn to quilt
working on it sort of

Signed up for a class but haven’t had a chance to take it yet. hopefully by the end of March I will have taken the 101 course and then later this spring I’ll take a 103 and maybe a 201.

stop wasting my commute (read all 2 entries…)
not quite...

I’ve been better about this. Not quite listening to books and NPR once a week but I have caught some really interesting programs (one of which lead to a new book I want to read) and I did finish the first half of a Stephen Fry book. I need to organize the cds in my car to make it easier.

Read 10 books this year
where did I put that King Tut book?...

I think it’s sad that it’s February and I haven’t even finished one. I have a couple half read. Need to make it a point to finish them. New mini-goal: start taking my books to work to read on break/lunch. I have trouble finishing them if I don’t read them all in one go so it’s probably best to stick to short ones til I can get some more free time.

stop wasting my commute (read all 2 entries…)
I travel, roughly, 1.5 hours roundtrip every work day.

At best, I’m commuting a minimum of 15 hours every two weeks. That’s over 16 days a year in total hours. It’s boring and repetitive and feels like a giant waste of time. So I’m going to make it a habit to spend at least one commute every week listening to audio books, NPR, lectures, and the like. Hopefully, I can even pick up a language learning disc. That way it won’t feel like such a massive drain on my time and hopefully I won’t dread having to drive as much as I do right now.

eat at a revolving restaurant
Nashville's is now a private event area with revolving ballroom

I’ve wanted to do this since I was a kid and my mom explained why a skyscraper in Nashville looked like it has a ufo on top. Apparently, however, the Nashville Sheraton doesn’t do that anymore. Because they SUCK. pouts So, instead, I will have to find another.

find and post 43 poems that I like to remind myself that I don't hate poetry as a whole (read all 23 entries…)
#22 Sara Teasdale - Peace

Peace flows into me
As the tide to the pool by the shore;
It is mine forevermore.
I am the pool of blue
That worships the vivid sky;
My hopes are heaven-high,
They are all fulfilled in you.
I am the pool of gold
When sunset burns and dies
You are my deepening skies;
Give me your stars to hold.

find and post 43 poems that I like to remind myself that I don't hate poetry as a whole (read all 23 entries…)
#21 William Shakespeare - Sonnet 116

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

find and post 43 poems that I like to remind myself that I don't hate poetry as a whole (read all 23 entries…)
#20 ee cummings - i carry your heart with me

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

read 52 books in 2009 (read all 46 entries…)
4 down

1. The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread
2. The Eyre Affair
3. Sweetness and Light: The Mysterious History of the Honeybee
4. A Fish Caught in Time : The Search for the Coelacanth

All 4 were really good and worth reading.

Update My Blog At Least Once a Week (read all 17 entries…)
update - new year's resolutions

Top ten New Year’s resolutions for Crafters

make sure 2008 is better than 2007 (read all 6 entries…)
I feel I can mark this as done

Every year will have bad things happen but I believe over all 2008 was a better year than 2007. I had a few scares and several very painful losses, more painful than last year I’m certain, but my outlook has been better, progress was made, and overall it just feels like a better experience looking back on it.

refine, redefine, reorganize, and revise my goals (read all 21 entries…)
hack and slash

I’ve been brutally culling my list tonight. Given up on most everything that is too vague and things that can be broken down better (for instance “get out of debt” may be longer term than what I want on here.) I will have a whole new list by the time 2009 rolls around if I can get focused.

read 52 books in 2009 (read all 46 entries…)
# 17

Sex with the Queen by Eleanor Herman

I’ve gone ahead and switched this goal over to 2009 since I know I won’t reach it by year’s end. I’ll still list any books I might get through before now and December 31st though I don’t know that there will be any.

own an Ursula Vernon original (read all 4 entries…)

I got this framed recently (about $80 even on sale & with discount because I wanted the museum glass) and it looks incredible. I have to decide where the best place to hang it is.

refine, redefine, reorganize, and revise my goals (read all 21 entries…)

Marked “be better at math” as done – hard to quantify but noticed improvement.
Removed “take better care of myself” and “Find a balance between the things I want to do and the things I need to do” – not specific enough.
Gave up on “read 35 books in 2008” – not going to happen.

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