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101 Things update

Monday, March 12th, 2007

I got to thinking about my 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge and realized that some of the things on the list are going to have to wait until the next 101 Things because of the latest big news – 11 things actually:

4. Take tap dancing lessons
(not with this belly – I don’t think I could handle the bouncing!)

7. Learn to salsa dance
(I have lost any sense of rhythm and I doubt I could pick it up at this point!)

8. Try to learn to surf
(my center of balance is already thrown off, board + water…does not = me!)

13. Kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland again
(not going to travel overseas while I am pregnant as much as I would love to)

15. Watch the sunrise and sunset over a foreign beach
(again, no foreign travel planned at this point)

18. Take Randy to Disneyworld
(will probably wait until this little one is older and can join us)

20. Go downhill skiing
(see surfing)

36. Go water skiing
(see surfing AND downhill skiing)

37. Run a mile without stopping
(not gonna happen)

79. Adopt another dog to keep Truman the Dog company
(will probably wait until the baby is a little older)

98. Ride a roller coaster with my hands up the whole way!
(they don’t let pregnant people on roller coasters!)

Plus there are also 4 things that might not get done based on where we decide to go on vacation before the baby is born – our Babymoon:

12. Bet $20 on Red in Las Vegas

17. Take a ride on the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls

22. Go to the Grand Canyon

23. See a Saturday Night Live taping in person

So, that is the update – I have completed 26 things with a few more that could be completed with a smidge of effort on my part. We’ll see where it ends up. I think the new list will be fun because I’ll be able to add “Baby Things’!

Halfway to #75

Monday, December 4th, 2006

75. Be quoted in at least 2 magazine or newspaper articles

1 down, 1 to go.

The January/February 2007 issue of Bridal Guide Magazine features an article called “20 Wedding Secrets.” 2 of those secrets are from yours truly! From the article:

15. Orchestrate.
Seven to 10 days before the wedding, call your vendors to confirm details. Give everyone a timeline of the day. The biggest mistake is leaving any of this to chance, warns Emilie Duncan , a professional wedding consultant in Columbus, Ohio.

17. Take a Break.
“If things get too tough, give yourself some time out,” says Duncan. “Walk away for a day, a week or even just go out with your groom-to-be for an evening. Trust me, your wedding planning will be there when you go back to it, and your relationship will be better off in the long run if you take care not to overload yourself or him.”

I am very happy to have been included in the article – so one quote down, one to go!

45. Buy a new house

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

45. Buy a new house

We closed on our new house on Friday, October 13! We are already tackling the renovation (wait until you see the changes to the family room – think pictures of Randy and I in safety glasses and toolbelts!)

This is now home:

87. Contact my favorite teacher to thank them for their influence on my life

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

87. Contact my favorite teacher to thank them for their influence on my life

I found an email address for Mrs. Rocker. She was my 12th grade AP English teacher and she was amazing. Very soft spoken yet you never missed anything she said and the most amazing thing was the way she got her students to think. That kind of teacher is powerful.

A little of the email:
“I recently turned 30 and looking back on my life, I realized that I owe you a large thank you for your patience, knowledge and for being a truly wonderful teacher. AP English was one of my favorite classes even if it meant actually having to work. As my Mother likes to point out from time to time, I coasted through many of my classes in high school. Yours was one of the only classes that actually challenged me and one where I actually had to work to earn my grades. Thank you for pushing me. Thank you for making me think. It has served me very well in my life.”

I hope my children are lucky enough to have at least one teacher like Mrs. Rocker.

66. Make fresh salsa from scratch

Monday, April 17th, 2006

66. Make fresh salsa from scratch

I got a fab new cookbook called The Best Light Recipe today and decided to try out the Fresh Tomato Salsa recipe. Great recipe – mild enough for anyone but easily spiced up, chunky and very easy to make! All important things in a good salsa. The recipe from The Best Light Recipe:

Fresh Tomato Salsa

1-1/2 lbs firm, ripe tomatoes, cored and cut into 3/8 inch dice.
1 large jalepeno, seeded and ribbed (the heat is in the rib and seeds so reserve to spice it up later)
1/2 cup minced red onion
1 small garlic clove, minced or pressed
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pinch of black pepper
2-6 teaspoons lime juice
Sugar to taste.

1. Place chopped tomatoes in a large colander to drain for 30 minutes. Layer on jalapeno, onion, garlic and cilantro. After 30 minutes, shake to drain off excess tomato juice and discard juice.

2. Transfer tomato and veggies to serving bowl. Add the salt, pepper and 2 teaspoons of the lime juice. Toss to combine. Taste and add the jalapeno ribs and seeds (if desired), sugar and more lime juice to taste.


The thing about draining the tomatoes for 30 minutes? Keeps the salsa from being too watery. Great tip from a great book with all kinds of fun tips and hints like that!

That makes 15 things done, 1 postponed and 85 remaining! I am in a cooking/baking mood so I think Thing number 69 is next on my plate.

40. Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

40. Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

I am now a regular on the schedule for Wednesdays at Lexington Habitat ReStore. The store has an ever changing, quite extensive assortment: furniture, appliances, building material, accessories, knick knacks – you name it! You never know what will be there from day to day as donations come in all the time. Swing by and see me if you are in Lexington!

Once building season starts up, I plan to do at least one house – apparently last year there was a women’s build which I think would be a BLAST. Hopefully that happens again this year.

I love this Thing – it makes me VERY happy to be able to give time to such a cool organization.

96. See another concert at House of Blues Cleveland

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

96. See another concert at House of Blues Cleveland

Okay, okay, I know the picture is awful but give me a break I took it from my Treo from 3rd row of the balcony! Now it doesn’t look so bad does it? I also have video from said show taken by said Treo but that really doesn’t sound or look that good.

Lifehouse put on a great show. They did a couple of covers, some old stuff, some new stuff. Even Randy thought it was a good show and he isn’t that big a fan – they are “usually too poppy” for his liking. The lead singer has an incredible live voice and from the 3rd row in the balcony looked a little like Stifler from the American Pie movies.

HOB is an amazing place to see a show but a warning, see one and you won’t ever want to see a show anywhere else. Randy is threatening to boycott every other venue. We shall see.

80. Go to a dog show

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

80. Go to a dog show

I have never been to a dog show before so off I went to the Crown Classic Dog Show at the IX Center in Cleveland on 12.17.05.

Anyway, I arrived and wandered around for a little while through the vendor area (got Truman a new collar for Christmas. I predict the family will love it – Truman and Randy probably not so much.) and then headed over the show rings. Found the Goldens because I, of course, have a soft spot for them. While walking around to the other rings I met a HUGE Mastiff, a St. Bernard, several Great White Pyrnees. I do love big dogs – seriously the bigger and fluffier the better in my book.

I followed the applause to the agility rings where I stayed for a while. I love watching agility because you can tell that the dogs are having so much fun. The Border Collies and Australian Shepards just killed me – they talked the whole way through the course. They would go over a jump and bark, run over a bridge and bark, go through a tunnel and bark. It was hilarious – like they were talking about how much fun they were having.

I made my way over to the obedience rings – yeah, Tuman needs to go back to doggy college. It was interesting to watch the dogs being put through their paces. Some of the habits the owners instilled in their dogs are rather quirky. I guess one thing that was needed was a way to get the dog sitting next to the owner so one owner would raise her hand and say a command and the dog would spring into the air and land in place. Very cute.

No Buzzy Bee sightings to speak of, but overall an interesting day nonetheless.

And with that, another 1 thing out 101 completed – onto the next.

95. Go to a movie solo

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

95. Go to a movie solo

I went and saw Rent this weekend.

Honestly, I was a little wary of going to see this movie because I love the stage play so much. I love the energy, I love the music, I love the story and I didn’t know how it would translate. As it turns out, I was silly to worry – it was AMAZING. It was breathtaking and stunning and beautiful and true to the original and sooooo worth going to see. I want to go see it again to take it all in again.

Interestingly, I went into the movie not expecting to change my opinion on certain songs – I figured that if I liked it on stage, I would like it in the movie and vice versa. For the most part that held true but there was 1 song that I was neutral on in the stage version that I LOVED in the movie – I’ll Cover You. What an amazing song – especially the reprise at Angel’s funeral. It never touched me in the stage version like it did on the big screen. Of course, I love Jesse Martin so that probably didn’t hurt the situation.

Rosario Dawson does a fantastic Mimi, I wasn’t sure what to expect but she blew me away. The rest of the cast was the original cast from Broadway in 1996 and they were, of course, amazing.

Never forget that we have an amazing 526,600 minutes to spend in a year.

When embarking on this journey to complete 101 things in 1001, I had 1,441,440 minutes. Just under 3 seasons of love. Pretty cool and something I should take more time to appreciate.

49. Build up a 3 month emergency fund in savings

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

49. Build up a 3 month emergency fund in savings

I forgot to mention this but with the deposit made to the ING Emergency Fund account on 11/18, I can officially mark this as completed!

(I love ING. The current interest rate is 3.75% APR on their savings accounts. Highly recommend!)