Category Archives: Tasks
085. Take a photo of every state I visit.
I haven’t updated since AUGUST! I guess I’ve got a semi-massive post in me somewhere. Bear with me while I dredge it up.
Ok, here goes!
001. Pay off credit card.
On September 12th, I FINALLY paid off my credit card!! It was such an accomplishment for us! The only thing we use credit cards for is reserving rental cars and hotel rooms, but then we pay for them with our debit card. We’d been paying down on both of our cards for awhile now, and mine finally got low enough where we could bite the bullet and pay it all off. Hopefully, within the next few months we’ll be able to pay of S’s, too.
008. Buy a winter coat.
So we live in North Carolina. It doesn’t snow much here, but it does get very cold. Two weeks ago it got down to about 14 degrees. We also travel to upstate New York to visit family at least once a year. I decided to invest in a winter jacket so I wouldn’t freeze my bum off when it got cold, and on the odd occasion that it does snow. It’s not very fancy, in fact my mother described it as “a Michelin Man” coat, but it keeps me warm. When I wear it, it’s because I want to be warm, not because I want to be stylish. It has a cool pocket to keep my phone handy, too, which is the best feature, in my opinion.
027. Crochet a blanket.
My cousin L is having another little boy, she’s due in May. In my effort to be more creative and give of myself more than from the wallet, I’ve been working on a baby blanket. It is, admittedly, not going to be spectacular, as I haven’t really made more than scarves in.. well, ever. I’m working a double stitch in a soft baby-blue Bernat’s in fingering-weight. I’ve gotten about 4 rows done so far, and I’m planning on just going until I feel it’s big enough.
044. Participate in the Red Scarf Project.
On a related note, I’ve begun my scarf for the Red Scarf Project. I’m going to have to re-start it, but I wanted to re-learn how to knit. I wasn’t having much luck with it, so while I was home for Christmas, I asked my aunt to help. She gave me some pointers and taught me how to purl, and with some more supplies (ie, bigger needles and perhaps some stitch counters), I should be good to go.
060. Scan wedding pictures.
Also while we were home for Christmas, Mom produced our wedding album. I’m not able to remove the photos from the album without ruining it, so I’m going to have to scan them IN the album and then do some cropping. I’ve previously put the candids from our wedding on my Facebook page, so as soon as I get a block of free time with the scanner, I’ll be adding the official photos.
040. Donate 50k grains of rice on freerice.com.
I’ve gotten my total up to 12,850. A few months ago, they switched to a new system which allows you to sign in and keep track of your total, instead of relying on cookies that expire after 30 days to do so. In fact, they’re planning a mobile app to debut soon, which will really help me amp up my number. It’ll be nice to be able to help feed people while building my vocabulary (etc) instead of playing Cut the Rope or some other
inane game when I’ve got a few minutes to myself. If you haven’t played on freerice.com recently, you
should. You can connect the login to your Facebook or Twitter, so no excuses.
076. Get a coloring book for myself and color every page!
A few months ago, I found myself a Hello Kitty coloring book and some coloured pencils and markers and have started colouring. It’s very relaxing, and believe it or not, it helps me focus. If I’m having concentration issues at work, I find that if I colour a small portion, I can then go back to billing and have no problems staying on task.
I’m also proud to say that in 2010, I read 111 books, which brings my project total up to 125 [Task 034]. I plan on updating more often with.. well, updates, even if tasks aren’t finished. I should be reporting their progress, dangit! Happy New Year!
009. Buy 1 item from thinkgeek.com.
I’ve been wanting to purchase something from this geektastic website for years now, and I finally got my opportunity in July. In fact, I’m wearing one of my purchases now. Yes, ONE. Not only was I able to get my Bazinga! shirt, S had been oogling the Annoy-A-Tron for awhile now, so we got that for him. As a bonus, Jim Parsons won an Emmy for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series today!!
091. Get up to 10k tweets.
On August 26th, I sent my 10,000th tweet on my Twitter account. I’ve no idea which it actually was as I thought I had at least 100 left, but when I signed in later that evening, I had 10.017. I know for certain I didn’t send over 100 tweets that day, so who knows?
I do know that I’m halfway through 034 (Read 200 books.)!! I’m so excited! I think this one will be easy, I may need to rethink the number. I can definitely read more than 100 more in the next 699 days.
I’ve decided to change #028. (Read 40 Classics). It’s not too big of a change. I’m just changing the 40 classics. Some of the ones on that list were hard to come by, so I’ve chosen to read the top 40 from this list instead. They’re more readily available at my library. If I’ve already read them, my goal is to read them again, unless they’re on my 2010 booklist, which off the top of my head I don’t believe any of them are. I’ve also decided that these will count toward goal 034.Read 200 books.
005. Increase giving to Marcus’ ministry
S’s brother is a leader with Young Life. Young Life is an organization that comes to high school students where they are and gets to know them and for those seeking help, who need it, they give them an opportunity to know the Gospel. It reaches out to those who may have fallen through the cracks and gets them engaged and, in a fun way, lead them to Christ. There are weekly groups, and summer camps, and lots of fun things for them to do. By moving our donation to debit later in the month, we were able to increase our monthly gift. It’s still not as much as we would like, but it’s an improvement. Once some of our other expenses are eliminated, we’ll hopefully be able to contribute more.
I haven’t updated in awhile, but I have been working on my list. Mostly adding to the books and movies, but some others are in the works as well.
On June 4th I shall be seeing my favourite band live for the first time ever! The Barenaked Ladies will be near Richmond and we’re driving up to see them. I can’t wait!! I’ve wanted to see them ever since I was a freshman in high school. They were at the Balloon Fest in Jamesville, NY one summer and I begged my mother to take me (it would have only cost the $5 admission to the festival, the show itself was free) but it was drizzly that day so she refused. This was back when ‘If I Had A Million Dollars’ was in heavy rotation. Since then, their music has gotten me through some tough times (when I was in SC), lonely times (long bus rides and walks to work), even boring times (hello, marathon work days!). They never failed to make me laugh or smile when I felt like doing anything but. Sometimes, their songs even helped me out of a funk and I felt like they touched on what I was going through at the time (‘War On Drugs’, ‘Tonight Is The Night I Fell Asleep At The Wheel’). They even helped me with the perfect Scrabble word in ‘Crazy ABCs’!
In honor of my first show, we’ve sprung for the Gold Circle seating. We’ve made our hotel reservations, the tickets have already been delivered and in less than 2 weeks I shall be rocking out with Ed, Kev, Tyler and Jim! It’s going to be fantabulous!!
Task 094. Win a prize on Winster
I’ve been playing on Winster since March and accumulating points.What it is is a site where you can play games (for free, or there are different levels of membership)and accumulate points for actual prizes. I was a member for awhile, but then I didn’t have as much time to play as I did, so I canceled my membership. I was actually going for a bigger prize, but without the membership, your point levels don’t accumulate as quickly (you get 4x the points when you’re a member vs just a regular user), so I decided to cash them out for a smaller one. So, for 3,000,000 points, I have won a $15 gift certificate to Amazon.com! 😀
Now I get to decide what to buy!
Task 015. No nail biting for a week.
I’ve done it! I’ve not bitten my fingernails in (over) a week! This was the one thing I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to do – I’ve been biting my fingernails as long as I can remember. I’m so very proud of myself!! I even sent a picture to my mother (lol!!). I’m so very happy to be crossing off Task 015. Now let’s see how long I can keep it up!
Task 096. Delete my MySpace profile.
Today, I’ve also deleted my MySpace profile. Hooray!! I hardly ever checked it anyhow, and every time I did I was overloaded with spam and whorish pictures. Good riddance to bad rubbish, as my grandmother used to say. There goes Task 096!
Now to update my master list!
I’ve got a lot of things in progress, but a lot of my goals are ongoing anyway.
I’ve been working on 015. No nail biting for a week. So far, it’s been three days. I’ve been tempted, but I try to consciously remove my hands from my mouth in time. My hands look prettier already!
I’ve also started my first scarf for 044. Participate in the Red Scarf Project. I’ve got about six rows done. Not much, but it’s a start! I try to do a few rows when I’m having a hard time falling asleep. It helps calm me, I think, so falling asleep is easier.
I hope to be updating more in the future!
I have compiled my Geek Code
GH/S/ED d– s:++ a C++ |U P L- |E W++ N* |o K- w+ O– M– V– PS– PE+++ Y+ PGP+++ t+ 5 X R tv b+++
DI+++ D G e+ h– r+++ x+++
Well, it was Day 1.
017. I’ve got a few underway, most notably the one about Invisalign. I’m not sure if this is a goal we’ll be able to accomplish,simply because our insurance doesn’t cover adult orthodontia at all, and we’ve got some debt to work down. I have, however, taken the first step in getting my troublesome tooth removed. The oral surgeon and the dentist agree that with the baby tooth gone, the tooth behind it may move more into place simply by the pressure of my tongue. Either way, there’d be no charge for a consult with an orthodontist and then we’d have a better picture of what we’d be looking at down the road.
040. I’m also knocking down the freerice.com goal of 50k fairly quickly. I may need to increase that goal. I’ve also gotten my friend Jenn to play around on it and she got up to 2k in about 10 minutes.
025. My first PostCrossing went to a 10 year old boy in France. His profile seemed really cute, he likes animals and scenery.
035. Scott and I watched Slumdog Millionaire this evening, and surprisingly we both liked it.