Also, 43things stretched the image I uploaded, for some reason. It doesn’t look anything like a bear paw in reality. ;) 2 years ago
I finally got my tattoo yesterday… I got the outline of a wolf’s pawprint on my ankle. I am ridiculously pleased, and I will definitely get another once I decide what I want. 2 years ago
I’m pretty sure I can get this crossed off before January. I know what I want my first tattoo to be (a life size wolf pawprint) and I have saved most of the money I’ll need. The biggest thing left to do is to find a tattoo artist! 2 years ago
This is an easy goal and I have neglected it for way too long. I’d like to add something to my list so I need to cross something off!
10. Free things! Whether they are gifts, free samples, or random stuff found on the side of the road, I love finding/getting free things. It’s that fun element of surprise that makes it so enjoyable, much like getting letters in the mail.
11. Getting letters in the mail! There’s something fantastic about that.
12. Libraries. I love going to libraries, much like I enjoy visiting book stores. But the thing that makes a library so much better than a book store is the welcoming environment. I don’t get nervous reading books at the library because there are no irritable shopkeepers to chase me out for reading half a book in one sitting. They’re also great places to do homework or discover something new.
13. Houseplants. It’s sad when they die, but keeping houseplants really makes me happy. It’s very satisfying to know you’ve kept them alive for a long time, and they are something like companions. They’re just less interactive than most pets (and less annoying than keeping fish).
14. Freshly baked cookies. Need I go on? They smell great, and who can resist their soft warmth?
15. Bats (the animal kind). I like bats. I don’t really know why. I’ve never held one. But they’re very under-appreciated creatures, and pretty darn cute as well. Many of them also eat a ton of mosquitoes, and I do not like mosquitoes.
16. Asian grocery stores. I went to one the other day, and it was so fascinating to see all the strange plants and seafood products. I was tempted to get some whole dried shrimp, but I’m not sure how I feel about eating their crunchy shells and whiskery appendages.
17. Cats. Such silly, fickle creatures they are. Dogs are lovely, but cats are so unpredictable. They can be very sulky, but when you least expect it they do a jump kick off a wall or roll around in the bath tub.
18. Peaches. “Millions of peaches, peaches for free!” But really, I love peaches.
19. Christmas gift products. By this, I mean those items with the colorful holiday packaging, or the elaborate gift baskets. hate buying them because they’re so overpriced, but I love to look at them all lined up on the shelf.
20. Sleeping. Ah, sleep. Who doesn’t love it?
21. Sales. I love finding something I wanted (or something a friend wants) for half or one third of the original price. It’s awesome when it’s something you’ve sort of wanted for a while, but even better when it’s a surprise.
22. Blankets. I love collecting blankets. Is it weird that I sleep on the floor with no mattress, but I take blankets very seriously? It probably does make sense, considering that my ‘mattress’ consists of blankets and sleeping bags.
23. Cooking. There are some things you can’t get in stores easily. Good chicken and dumplings or hot ginger cookies are two of them.
24. Fishing. I haven’t gone fishing in years, but there’s something really satisfying about relaxing in silence and then catching a fish by surprise.
25. Blueberries. I love them! Have you ever tried frozen blueberries? I got a bag the other day that is so good. They’re just like fresh, except if you eat them cold they’re like berry popsicles.
26. New books from favorite authors. I don’t keep up with it as well as I should, but I love finding out that one of my favorite writers has something new on the shelf.
27. Onion rings. I don’t know why. I don’t really like onions. But hey, onion rings are tasty.
28. Orange blossom honey. It has such an amazing flavor. If you like honey and haven’t tried it, go find some right now. Or better yet, go find some yesterday.
29. Watermelons. So delicious, and you can use the rind for a hat when it’s too sunny outside!
30. Koi ponds. Have you ever fed a pond full of koi? They cluster together and try to climb over each other for the food. It’s pretty cool. 2 years ago
Wow, I should have crossed this off ages ago. I’ve been giving advice for years, mainly through online advice websites. I don’t ooze fake understanding and sympathy; I don’t tell be to think positive and shake things off. I’ve gotten that kind of advice before (without asking for it), and it is so irritating and disheartening. I think (I hope) that I actually give good advice. I’ve had some really positive feedback, so I’ve succeeded, and I intend to keep giving advice for a long time. As long as there is somebody asking for help, I will be answering to the best of my ability. 2 years ago
...I added this goal at least 18 months ago, and I’ve really been dealing with this for over five years. I’m working on it, I really am. I’ve been in therapy, taken medication daily for years now, and formed several ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ friendships that are really worth living for.
I still have problems. Last year I spent some time in a hospital and had to drop out of college. I spent six months living in my parents’ house, sleeping around the clock and going outside about once a month. It was easy living; there was no stress on me at all. But I hated myself. I was useless, worthless, accomplishing absolutely nothing at all. My life was dripping away in front of me, and I just watched it slip away. My parents were starting to baby me, afraid I’d crack if they pushed me the wrong way, and my mother constantly told me that I wasn’t ready for real life. Something had to change, but I was terrified to try because I have failed so many times before.
But now I’ve moved away from my parents, gotten back into college, and gotten a part-time job. I feel like I am finally moving toward a future that doesn’t end within the next year. I don’t know whether I’ll make it through the next two years, but I’ll keep going in the meantime. It may be inevitable that I will die by my own hand, but I intend to make the best of my remaining time, whether that’s three months or fifty years. And right now, I feel good about myself. Compared to the last nine years, that is a huge improvement.
So I have beaten my depression for now, but it will never go away. It will come back, and it will break me again. Unless scientists produce some magical instant cure, I will never be able to cross this off my list. But for now, I think I can live with that. 2 years ago
Alright, I am definitely done with this now. I got a part time job as a barista, and now I technically spend over 20 hours a week exercising. I walk and lift things constantly in this job, and I can feel my muscles hardening. It doesn’t even feel like a big deliberate effort. Time goes by quickly and I don’t feel the aches until I get home. But I’m thrilled to be working my muscles more. 2 years ago
I wont be able to work on this for a while, but I want to put a starting reference so I remember what I’ve read. I don’t put much stock in “_s you must _” lists, but in this case it’s more to familiarize myself with a few more essential books. Take Catch-22 for example. After I read it I had a very solid understanding of just what a catch-22 entails, but people who haven’t read the book often get it totally wrong. And more important than its cultural impact is that I really loved that novel, though I had no idea what to expect going into it. So I’ll use this list as a suggestion list and try to work my way through them. Even if I can’t get through one, I’ll at least pick it up and try to read it.
1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
So yeah, hopefully I will start this within the next 3 months! 2 years ago
Man, I have been telling some stories. I tell my friends a lot about the bizarre experiences I’ve had in my life, and they say they enjoy it. “So did I tell you guys about the time my first grade class went on a field trip to an alligator farm? It was our only field trip, and we raised money by raffling off a rabbit. The winning family probably ate it. How about my first and only boyfriend, and his harem of 8 girlfriends who all knew about each other? We were in first grade, and I was afraid to kiss him on the lips because I thought that was how people got pregnant. So I kissed him on the shoulder instead.”
Yeah, I have some odd stories. I experience/collect more every year, and even though my life is no epic tale, it’s amazing how interesting ordinary events can be.
I feel like I’ve really improved my oral storytelling abilities, and hopefully at this rate I’ll be a master by the time I have grandkids to talk at. 2 years ago