Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Oh Such Luck!

Lion Brand is doing their first Crochet Along with a sampler blanket, which is a pattern Haley has already given me! :-D This makes me very, very happy.

I also got a packet of flower seeds in the mail, so I now have more than enough seeds to begin my flower garden. Wal-Mart also has lots of adorable pots on sale. They look like buckets in various pastel colors, and I went nuts for them. I generally reserve my "please please can I get it" for yarn, but this once, I will let it slip for a non-yarn item. ^_^

There was also an awesome PSA on the radio the other day with tips for items to have in your car's emergency kit. This particular tip was for some canned good that re-inflates the tire and temporarily seals it long enough to find a gas station. I thought this was a very nifty idea and have made a mental note to get those for our kits.

My official start date is September 1, 2008 and my ending date will be May 30, 2011. I am very, very excited!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Pre-101 Post

While playing DDR, I decided to take a whirl on the Purple Levels. See, the music is divided up into color-coded levels. They are as I interpret them:

Green - Easy
Yellow - Advanced
Blue - Disco (some fast, some insanely slow)
Gold - Very Advanced
Purple - Expert

Today, I learned Purple Levels are NOT expert levels. They are "omgwtfbbq were they thinking?!" levels. My screen exploded with arrows going in every single direction. The big blue "GAME OVER" appeared within seconds. I think it was because my jaw was pressing the up arrow on my dance pad.

Methinks I have my work cut out for me. :-/ The other day, I successfully completed "Afronova," which is a Gold Level, 200 bps tune and thus the fastest song on the entire Beginners Mode. I've completed it with either an A or a B. The best you can get is AA, I think.

I could do "Afronova" and pass it on the first try with 200 bps (whatever THAT means, besides fast). I could not beat a 130 bps Purple Level.

I am sad.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The List

101 Goals in 1001 Days
Start Date: September 1, 2008
Goal Date: May 30, 2011

Janne's Rules
1) Due to the frequency of drastic and unexpected changes in my life, I reserve the right to alter my goals as needed under extreme circumstances.
2) For every incomplete goal, I will donate $5 to a charity... or multiple charities, depending on how many goals I miss. ^_~

In Progress

101 in 1001
1. Make weekly blog entries for progress (54/143)

Cleaning and Organizing
2. Clean my car, inside and out
3. Get film that’s laid around for years developed
4. Print up special digital pictures
5. Organize all photos and place in a photo album or scrapbook
6. Clean out email inboxes (2/2)
7. Wash dishes once a week for two months (8/8)

Confidence Building
8. Be more open about being bisexual (lose this lingering shame I was taught growing up)
9. Wear a bikini outside (beach, pool, lake, etc.) -- Bikini bought 4/29
10. List as many great life accomplishments I’ve made as I can think of with an explanation as to why they’re great.

11. Learn to make a basic patchwork quilt
12. Make Larry’s “Pocket Quilt”
13. Start Larry’s Vinnland flag blanket
14. Learn to knit
15. Knit a pair of pink socks
16. Participate in a crochet/knit along project
17. Complete the 100 Snapshots Challenge (0/100)
18. Complete 26 Things and post in my journal (1/26)
19. Complete A Day in My Life Challenge (70/70)
20. Draw or paint five pictures (1/5)

Do Unto Others
21. Make 10 hats for Knots of Love (0/10)
22. Handcraft 2+ items as Christmas gifts each year (2/6)
23. Donate hair to Locks of Love
24. Sponsor a kid off an Angel Tree for two Christmases (0/2)
25. Write 5 letters to teachers who inspired me, telling them so (0/5)
26. Commission Gina to do a picture for me
27. Make a photo album of grandkids for Karen
28. Visit elderly in a nursing home (“adopt a grandparent”)

29. Learn to shoot a shot gun
30. Learn how to change a tire
31. Learn how to use Photoshop
32. Learn how to use Poser

33. Spend the day shopping with Karen
34. Have another slumber party with Chrissy
35. Take Chrissy on a “Cool Girl Club” outing
36. Visit my mom for a weekend
37. Arrange a visit/outing with Ron and Jeff
38. Burn CDs for Ron and Jeff
39. Call Papa once every two weeks

Food and Health
40. Try a new recipe and/or food every month (12/143)
41. Find a workout routine and do it once a week.
42. Compile a book of recipes that I have collected, created, or were gifts
43. Give up caffeine for 2 weeks (0/14)
44. No internet on Wednesday for 2 months (0/8)

45. Call or email (two paragraphs of 4+ sentences each) any two friends once every week for two months (0/16)
46. Send each close friend a handcrafted item (2/5)
47. Arrange for a girls night (at home or in public as long as we spend time together)
48. Create/send 5 care packages for friends (0/5)

Love My Larry
49. Take Larry on a surprise date that I will pay for
50. Make sure his 27th 28th birthday is the best one he’s ever had
51. Find an activity we can do together and do it often (craft, game, sport, whatever)
52. Save up enough money to take Larry to Pigeon Forge for a weekend
53. Create a list of 1001 reasons why he makes me so happy… just to remind him :-)

54. Find a new home near new job, preferably a farm
55. Be reasonably unpacked within 2 weeks
56. Make at least one new friend within walking distance from the new home

57. Plant flowers in a flowerbed and/or in hanging flower pots from the porch
58. Plat a small garden with at least three different fruits and/or vegetables
59. Set up a bird feeder and a humming bird feeder

Personal Upgrades
60. Buy clothes suitable for an office work environment
61. Get a cushy state job
62. Buy 6 matching sets of pretty bras and panties (2/6)
63. Buy a new little black dress
64. Wear my hair down for one week (7/7)
65. Completely restock makeup box and throw away old stuff

66. Complete Cringer and Karl’s notebooks of records and pictures
67. Leash-train Jack and Jasper
68. Breed Zoe and Frank
69. Supervise Zoe as she delivers her kids
70. Rescue a dog from a shelter

Political / Getting Involved
71. Participate in a protest
72. Write a letter(s) to a government official(s) about a cause(s) I feel strongly about.
73. Attend a LGBT event
74. Write an article or “fiction piece” on a topic of concern for a teen magazine (eating disorders, LGBT issues, abuse, etc.)

75. Create emergency kits for all of our vehicles and for the home
76. Research horse ownership and care
77. Begin serious plotting future offspring

78. Read the following books:
• One Twilight book
Memoirs of a Geisha
• Catcher in the Rye
• Gone With the Wind
Bridge to Terabithia
79. Read 5 banned books I haven’t already read (0/5)
80. Go to the library and select 5 random books I normally wouldn’t read and complete them (0/5)

Related to Stories
81. Begin “The Next Great Appalachian Novel”
82. Complete at least one book in the Jade trilogy
83. Learn about and begin the process of getting books published

Satisfying Nerdom
84. Successfully unlock every song on DDR Max 2 in beginner’s mode
85. Improve DDR Max 2 scores in beginner’s mode to a B score or better
86. Successfully complete all Final Fantasies I own and never beat the end bosses… (0/3)
87. Send 3 secrets to Post Secret (0/3)
88. Leave 3 “inspirational secrets” in a public place (0/3)
89. Place tags on all of my old journal entries including LJ and Xanga

Shits & Giggles
90. Defeat Adam at DDR
91. Read a trashy romance novel all the way through -- Finished Savage Thunder 9-13
92. Try a glass of wine
93. Take Larry on a tour of Harlan and show him where I grew up
94. Sing a goofy Broadway or other tune for three different people (0/3)
95. Make and sell 5 items on Etsy (0/5) -- Soap/washcloth set? 7-27-09

96. Visit Adam and Gina in Franklin
97. Visit Haley and Justin in Huntington
98. Visit Connie wherever she's living at the time
99. Visit EdwArd in Louisville

Very Personal
100. **** * ****
101. ******* ** ******

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