Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Weekly Update #18

78. Read the following books:
• One Twilight book
Memoirs of a Geisha
• Catcher in the Rye
• Gone With the Wind
• Bridge to Teribithia

Haley gave me her copy of Memoirs of a Geisha and I've positively torn through it, figuratively speaking, of course. I've already read over half of it in one day and would have probably finished it in a day if I hadn't been baby-sitting. I love the book, but I still love the movie for what it is. It's impossible to put everything in the book into an already helluva long movie.

But yes, I can has the pleased with my new book. It won't replace The Devil Wears Prada as my favorite fun-reading book, but I'm really loving this whole time warp to 1930's Japan. It's like a whole other world.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Weekly Update #17

33. Spend the day shopping with Karen

I think we did this Saturday? Friday? Honestly, the days have been running right together anymore. :-/ Oh well. Mission accomplished, and it was a lot of fun!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

New Food

Food and Health
40. Try a new recipe and/or food every month (3/143)

I tried Wendy's mushroom swiss burger the other day, but I'm not entirely sure it counts. :-/ Granted, I usually have my DQ mushroom swiss burger with just meat, mushrooms, and cheese. This burger had everything advertised: meat, mushrooms, cheese, tomato, lettuce, bacon, and some kind of sauce.

All-in-all, it wasn't bad. I like Dairy Queen's better, but this one was a nice substitute. I didn't have high hopes for the bacon, but it worked out really well. What threw me off was the cold contrast of the tomato and lettuce as compared to the warmth of the meats and mushrooms.

If I don't try anything else this month, this will be my new food. I did branch out in my (rare) fast food cuisine, which I rarely do. It was different, and I didn't alter the advertised trimmings (only because it didn't have mayo or onions... I will not eat those on my burger).

*nods* Yup.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Weekly Update #16

Do Unto Others
22. Handcraft 2+ items as Christmas gifts each year (1/6)

It's almost done! If I would just SIT and finish it, it would be done in a night.

67. Leash-train Jack and Jasper

Well, Jack was the only one who got to "walk" on a leash in a new environment. He walked out of the transport cage and in a small circle so the vet could examine him. Then came the traumatic neutering process. O_o We won't go into that, though.

A success, nonetheless.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Weekly Update #15

17. Complete the 100 Snapshots Challenge (0/100)
18. Complete 26 Things and post in my journal (0/26)

I need to just do these and get them over with. Honestly, they're not THAT hard. You point the camera at something and take a picture. End of story. Alas, yon ADD, I know thee well... for I am easily distracted. ^_~ lol

Do Unto Others
22. Handcraft 2+ items as Christmas gifts each year (1/6)

I really need to finish that scarf for Oaksy...

33. Spend the day shopping with Karen

We might do this during the upcoming weekend. There's Christmas shopping to be done! We'll see if it happens, though.

67. Leash-train Jack and Jasper

They have their first "real test" this week when I take them to the vet. They've outgrown their transporting cage, so they will have to ride in the "cannot leave the truck" cage and be walked into the vet's office. Wish my boys luck!

68. Breed Zoe and Frank

Frank is no longer rutting (thank God). Zoe still doesn't appear pregnant. Larry worries Frank is infertile. At first he suggested Zoe was, but considering she's got Jack and Jasper... But like I've read, it's hard to tell until right before they pop. I'll wait until February or so before I give up.

Related to Stories
82. Complete at least one book in the Jade trilogy

I'm going to try my best to put real effort into writing on this story. I have the prologue mostly edited. There's still kinks, but it's something, right? I've also worked out a better first chapter. Hopefully, it will work out as well as I hope it will.

Replacement Goal #101
No idea. I would like to have this slot filled before the new year, but so far I can't come up with anything. :-/ I have plenty of other goals to keep me occupied right now, so I haven't given it much thought at all. Oh well, we shall see.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

An Unexpected Start

Related to Stories
82. Complete at least one book in the Jade trilogy

I dug up the old prologue to Jade 2. I've been revising it for a couple of days now. It's not much, but it's a start. :-)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Weekly Update #14

Very Personal

Over the weekend, one of my personal goals became somewhat on the null and void side. Technically, I could still do it, but it's at a point where it would be pointless to do so. I'm going to have to replace it with a different goal... what, I'm not sure just yet, but hopefully I'll come up with something.

It's not really a bad thing per say that this goal is no longer valid, but I'd be lying if I said it wasn't disappointing.

Do Unto Others
24. Sponsor a kid off an Angel Tree for two Christmases (0/2)

When I made my list, I'd hoped to have a job by now. Even if the bank called me today, said I had a job, and I started tomorrow , by the time I finally got paid, it would be too late to meet the deadline. With all the expenses lately, I couldn't get my sponsored child anything nice anyway... Dollar Store Delights wasn't what I had in mind. :-/

*sighs* I'm not sure what to do about this one. Do I wait until next Christmas and sponsor two kids? Or do I chalk this one up to failure? I dunno... thoughts?

Edit: It was pointed out to me that my dates for my 101 fall so that three Christmases will pass before my deadline. Yay! I still have a chance! It was also suggested to me that if I'm still unable to spend money, in lieu of Angel Tree gifts, I should donate x-amount of time to a charity or shelter during the holiday season. :-) That works, too.

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