Showing posts with label 101 in 1001. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 101 in 1001. Show all posts

Monday, March 22, 2010

Losing Never Felt So Good, Part I

Wayyyyyyyyyy back over a year ago I wrote a post about how I had a goal to lose 20 lbs. Let's just say since that time I've gained more than I've lost and, well, whatever. It is what it is.

Earlier this month one of my friends decided to start up a "Biggest Loser" type challenge on Facebook. I got a couple of my friends, and even my Aunt to join and the journey began. I am so very very very happy to say I have hit my first goal (#33) and lost my first five pounds!!!!

(this terrifying and horrendously disgusting picture is from here***.)

The only bummer about this loss is that I really can't tell where it has come from. Don't get me wrong, I'm SO excited but I want to see results....lots of them! My body looks the same to me; I know it will take time. I'm just impatient.

It hasn't been too hard, honestly. I signed back up for WeightWatchers.com - and I've identified my biggest problem areas
  • Portion Size
  • Eating out far too often
  • Drinking Soda
  • Snacking at work
WW has helped me figure out how much I can eat in a day and a way to space it out. The hardest part has been staying motivated to cook when we get home from work (We're gone from the house at least 13 hours a day) and getting my food set for the next day.

I have come across some great recipes that I will be posting here. Not every recipe is a WW recipe, a lot of them I have modified to fit into my "points" system. I feel so much better knowing that SH and I are eating more healthy. The thing is we've been eating the same foods over and over...so I've been in kind of a food rut - getting bored with the foods I have been making.

I'm going to be doing some recipe searching over the next week or so. Today I found this great blog (Skinny CEO)and she had a recipe for a Turkey Brie Apple Honey Dijon Sandwich. I cannot wait to try it (minus the Dijon and with Boar's Head turkey). I love that she uses the Arnold's Sandwich rounds. They have been a life saver for me. They are so flavorful and soft - and I can buy them at BJ's in huge packages and freeze what I'm not using. You should definitely try them.

What do you do to stay healthy (especially if you don't have time/money to go to a gym and/or can't run....)? What are your favorite healthy recipes?

***You can get your own Pet Fat here: http://www.mypetfat.com/

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The One About The Ten Best Days of My Life

Part of Goal 70

The Ten Best Days of My Life
by Adena Halpern
My Grade: B - It was great - recommend it
January 2009

After some of the really (good but) depressing stuff I had been reading I decided it was time to lighten things up. SH and I headed to Barnes & Noble after going to the movies yesterday (we saw Marley & Me and on a side-note I am happy to report SH showed some emotion. He wasn't crying and certainly not sobbing like half of the theater, but he showed emotion and that makes me happy.)

I had never heard of this book, or this author but the cover premise was cute and I thought I'd give it a try.

A 29 year old finds herself in heaven, after being struck and killed by a MINI Cooper (ha ha!) and learns it's everything heaven is cracked up to be, and more. However, in order to stay in her "7th Heaven" instead of moving down to the 4th Heaven (with the druggie musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison and without a custom walk in closet-room full of designer clothes) she needs to prove she was on the way to living a fulfilling life by writing an essay about the ten best days of her life.

The book is light-hearted (even though death is a main topic!) and funny and a totally entertaining read. I got through the whole thing in one day (started it at bed time and finished when I woke up). It reminds you to live each day to the fullest and have fun, not take things so seriously. That was certainly something I needed to be reminded of. Plus the book makes you feel like you really will see your loved ones again after you die (I know the author has no way of knowing this, it was just a good feeling I got. Don't judge me!)

I woke up refreshed and in a good mood, like a re-birth of sorts (I'm giving the book credit, not the 12+ hours of sleep I've gotten for the past few nights in a row) - and is it a coincidence it was 1:04 when I looked at the clock (the time of my birth so many years ago) - maybe?! But maybe not ;o)

The One About If I Am Missing Or Dead

Part of Goal 70

If I Am Missing Or Dead
by Janine Latus
My grade: C - It was good - recommend for some people
January 2009

Once again, this book was totally not what I was expecting (that seems to happen to me quite a bit these days.) I guess that's good. I guess it means I've ventured out a little bit and am reading more than Chick-Lit (but don't you worry, I'm still reading plenty of that.)

I expected this to be a fictional mystery-type book, not a memoir and definitely not one with so much abuse and sadness. Yeah I had a feeling there was going to be a death - you know, from the title - but I just didn't expect what I got. Yup, I totally judged a book by its cover.

This story isn't so much about Janine Latus' sister, the one who left the note saying,"If I am Missing or Dead" - it's more a story about Janine growing up, being subjected to abuse by her father and dealing with shitty relationships as a result of it. What you learn is that Janine wasn't the only child in that family who ended up in physically and or emotionally abusive relationships - unfortunately her sister did as well, and one such relationship turned fatal. What you also learn is about how courageous Janine truly was.

For anyone who has ever been subjected to any type of domestic abuse, this story is a must-read. It shows courage doesn't come easily, but that you CAN get out before it is too late. And if you don't...well what could be your cold, hard reality.

The One About Weight Loss

Goals 33, 34, 35 and 36 are all centered around me losing some weight.

33. Lose 5 lbs (0/5)
34. Lose 5 lbs (0/5)
35. Lose 10 lbs (0/5)
36. Make goal weight of losing 20 total lbs (0/20)

I broke them out into different segments so I didn't totally overwhelm myself. I mean, it sounds so much easier to say "I want to lose 5 pounds" instead of "I want to lose 20 pounds" (and realistically I want to lose 25-30 pounds but I don't want to set myself up for failure and I'll be thrilled if I'm 20 pounds lighter than I am now.)

Anyway, since it's a new year all sorts of resolutions have been popping up on the Internets (like this and this) and it seems like a good time to jump on the bandwagon (man oh man I HATE bandwagons) and try and take care of some of these goals.

So here is my little counter:




And here some pictures from the past few years or my "lighter" days for inspiration









Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The One Where I Talk About Wanting To Go to BlogHer

I'm Going to BlogHer '09



I'm only slightly embarassed to admit I never heard about BlogHer (or Dooce) before last year. And before you go all crazy on me, I am not Internet-Ignorant. I actually work in the Internet industry and have been blogging since late 1994 (yeah, my blogs they come - they go. I've yet to find my voice).

Since learning about BlogHer I've been interested in going and seeing for myself what it's all about, and hopefully make some friends along the way. In fact, I'm so serious about going I made it one of my 101 in 1,001 goals (Goal 26 to be exact).

I'm super-excited because BlogHer '09 is being held in Chicago, a city I have never visited -yet always wanted to! I hope after this holiday season I'm able to save up enough money to make it.

Who else is thinking about going?

Ugh, is NaBloPoMo over yet? Sorry if my posts are too boring or dry for you but I'm really feeling the pressure and just don't have enough creative energy after my hellish-as-of-lately days at work.

Monday, November 17, 2008

The One About Goal #70

8. The Ten Best Days of My Life by Adena Halpern
My Grade: B - It was great - recommend it
January 2009

After some of the really (good but) depressing stuff I had been reading I decided it was time to lighten things up. SH and I headed to Barnes & Noble after going to the movies yesterday (we saw Marley & Me and on a side-note I am happy to report SH showed some emotion. He wasn't crying and certainly not sobbing like half of the theater, but he showed emotion and that makes me happy.)

I had never heard of this book, or this author but the cover premise was cute and I thought I'd give it a try.

A 29 year old finds herself in heaven, after being struck and killed by a MINI Cooper (ha ha!) and finds that it's everything heaven is cracked up to be, and more. However, in order to stay in her "7th Heaven" instead of moving down to the 4th Heaven (with the druggie musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison and without a custom walk in closet-room full of designer clothes) she needs to prove she was on the way to living a fulfilling life by writing an essay about the ten best days of her life.

The book is light-hearted (even though death is a main topic!) and funny and a totally entertaining read. I got through the whole thing in one day (started it at bed time and finished when I woke up). It reminds you to leave each day to the fullest and have fun, not take things so seriously. That was certainly something I needed to be reminded of. Plus the book makes you feel like you really will see your loved ones again after you die (I know the author has no way of knowing this, it was just a good feeling I got. Don't judget me!)

I woke up refreshed and in a good mood, like a re-birth of sorts (I'm giving the book credit, not the 12+ hours of sleep I've gotten for the past few nights in a row) - and is it a coinsidence it was 1:04 when I looked at the clock (the time of my birth so many years ago) - maybe?! But maybe not ;o)


7. If I Am Missing Or Dead by Janine Latus

My grade: C - It was good - recommend for some people
January 2009

Once again, this book was totally not what I was expecting (that seems to happen to me quite a bit these days.) I guess that's good. I guess it means I've ventured out a little bit and am reading more than Chick-Lit (but don't you worry, I'm still reading plenty of that.)

I expected this to be a fictional mystery-type book, not a memoir and definitely not one with so much abuse and sadness. Yeah I had a feeling there was going to be a death - you know, from the title - but I just didn't expect what I got. Yup, I totally judged a book by its cover.

This story isn't so much about Janine Latus' sister, the one who left the note saying,"If I am Missing or Dead" - it's more a story about Janine growing up, being subjected to abuse by her father and dealing with shitty relationships as a result of it. What you learn is that Janine wasn't the only child in that family who ended up in physically and or emotionally abusive relationships - unfortunately her sister did as well, and one such relationship turned fatal. What you also learn is about how courageous Janine truly was.

For anyone who has ever been subjected to any type of domestic abuse, this story is a must-read. It shows courage doesn't come easily, but that you CAN get out before it is too late. And if you don't...well what could be your cold, hard reality.


6. Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult

My Grade: B - It was great - recommend it
December 2008

I love Jodi Picoult. I own all of her books (ok, except for Songs of a Humpback Whale, but one day). She has the most amazing way of taking a controversial subject, showing "both sides" of the controversy and making an incredible story out of it. It's so hard to describe. Her books are usually heartbreaking in some shape or form and her latest is no exception.

This story is about an inmate on death row who wants to donate his heart to a little girl whose sister and father he was charged with murdering. The problem is, when he is to be executed it will be by lethal injection, which will render his heart useless.

Honestly, this book is thought provoking and has a lot of good twists. It's not my favorite Jodi Picoult book, but it is definitely towards the top of the list.

The biggest issue I had with this story, which is nit-picky on my part is that a certain relationship seemed to develop rather quickly. Yeah, that's about the worst I could come up with. I cannot wait to hear what Picoult will write next.

5. The Time It Takes to Fall by Margaret Lazarus Dean
My grade: A - It's made my list of favorite books - definitely recommend
December 2008

I think it's the best when you go into a situation without any expectations, and you come out "wowed" on the other end. That was my experience with this book by Margaret Lazarus Dean.

SH and I were shopping at Christmas Tree Shops (for those of you who don't know what this little slice of retail heaven is, you are truly missing out. Contrary to popular belief it is not all Christmas items) and wandered over to the book section. I found this book for $2.99. The reason I decided to get it is because it is a historical fiction book about the Challenger Disaster.

The explosion of the Challenger is one of those events in history where I will always remember where I was. It was January 28, 1986 and I was in Mrs. Frostholm's 3rd Grade Class. A television had been wheeled into the classroom for us to watch the shuttle launch. It was of primary significance because Christa McAuliffe (a MA native) was to become the first Teacher in Space. After the explosion I remember my teacher crying. I remember the boys laughing and making jokes (much like in the book!) - and I remember an extreme feeling of helplessness.

This book is about a fictional family whose father works for NASA and the events leading up to and following the disaster. The facts are historically accurate (wow, I had forgotten that the crew likely survived the explosion, but died when their cabin hit the water. amazing) but the family is not "real."

If you've ever had any interest in the Challenger, or the space program in general I definitely recommend reading this book.

4. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
My grade: C - It was good - recommend for some people (but definitely not me)
December 2008

This book was a great reminder for me NOT to give into blog pressure (my term for the 2008 version of school-yard peer pressure for us 'adults'). I know myself. I know no matter how many times people say how aweome the Harry Potter Series is, I will not have any intrest in reading it (I don't want to hear how good it is and how I just need to give it a chance, I know I won't like it. Seriously peeps.)

Anyway, like I said previously I hate Vampires. I think they're lame. Ya'll insisted this book wasn't about vampires, though! You said it was a love story and since I'm a chick I kinda dig stuff like that. So I gave it a try. And I didn't like it.

Hello...it's totally a vampire story! You can't go more than a couple pages without reading Edward is a vampire. I don't care that he doesn't suck people blood. He still sucks. He's like a million years old in love with this little high-school chick. Ew. Creep. I

I'm not even going to write anymore. I mean if you like vampires and shit like that I'm sure you'll like this creepy teen "romance" novel.

3. Here's The Story by Maureen McCormick
My Grade: D - I struggled to finish - don't recommend

Ok, so I didn't have any high expectations going into this one. It was more of a strange curiosity that made me pick it up, hoping to get an "inner glimpse" into life as a Brady.

There were no juicy details about the Brady's, though. The book barely focused on them as a group of people, just how Marcia Brady "ruined" McCormick's life.

She also seemed to spend a lot of time bragging about how much coke she could snort in one sitting. The book was shallow, lacked depth and even though there is a good message in there - I wouldn't recommend reading it.

If you want to read a good autobiography about a child star who overcame a drug habit, read Little Girl Lost by Drew Barrymore. Even though that was written way back in 1991, when she was just a teen, it was a much much better book.

2. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
My Grade: A - It's made my list of favorite books - definitely recommend

I had never heard about this book before, but the woman who runs Spike's doggy daycare said it was recommended to her by another client friend and lent it to me to read. I let it sit on my night stand for a good week before I picked it up. To be honest, I thought it was about dog racing. And I'm still a little bitter about the way things ended up in the MA elections regarding Question 2. I had no real interest in reading it. I considered returning the book without reading it. What a mistake that would have been.

The book is written from the point of view of Enzo, a dog on the last legs of his life. He writes about his life with Denny Swift, his owner, a race car driver. Enzo has spent many years watching TV documentaries and analyzing races. Through this he learns that in Mongolia they believe when a dog dies, if he is ready, he is reincarnated into a human being. This fascinates Enzo and he makes sure to live his life so that he IS ready when the time comes. He gets frustrated at his lack of opposible thumbs and speaking voice, but always finds a way to be there to support Denny and his family.

So much of the story is actually about the struggles of Denny and really I can't remember what is disclosed on the back of the book and I'm too lazy to go upstairs and look. I don't want to spoil anything but lets just say Denny deals with a lot of adversity and through it all Enzo is always there.

Much of the book talks about race car driving and the principles needed to be a good racer, but you do not need to be a race fan to appreciate the story Enzo is trying to tell. Not at all.

I was planning on giving this book a rating of "B" until I spent half of the night laying awake and crying my eyes out (I may have woken my husband up at 3am with tears streaming down my face.) It didn't stop there, when I started writing my review I got teary eyed just thinking about the story. While I'm an emotional person - a very emotional person - I very rarely cry during movies or books. I am usually able to internalize it, but this time I wasn't. And it stuck with me. So I will be buying my own copy and placing it on my bookshelf of favorite books.

UPDATE: I bought SH an iPod Touch for Christmas this year. In the past he'd mentioned wanting to try an audio book. I thought this would be the perfect one for him. So far, so good - he's really enjoying it. Yay!

1. Dirty Water: A Red Sox Mystery by Mary Ann Tirone-Smith and Jere Smith
My grade: C - It was good - recommend for some people




One of the authors of this book writes a Red Sox blog which I frequent. His posts are always informative, usually entertaining and he definitely knows a lot about the game of baseball. He wrote this book together with his mother, who was a published novelist before Dirty Water: A Red Sox Mystery hit the stands.

The book itself is a fictional mystery based around the Boston Red Sox and uses the names of actual players from the 2007 World Series Championship team. The mystery surrounds linking a baby left in the Red Sox clubhouse to smuggling Cuban baseball players to play in the US - with breaking news posted on a (fictional) Red Sox Blog.

I love the fact the book revolves around baseball, in particular the Red Sox. I like the plot line (inspired by the case of Gus Dominguez. If you don't know about this case, I'd look into it. It's very interesting and something that has defnitely been swept under the rug by MLB). And the mystery itself is not predictable and well thought out. I don't love the writing style but that's just personal preference and doesn't reflect on the quality of the book at all.

For me, there is too much overlap between sports/mystery and religion. The religion part just didn't fit in for me - but then again the main detective in this story has been carried over from Tirone-Smith's other novels so maybe it's a big part of his character? I need to clarify - this is NOT a religious book. There are no plot lines around religion, there are just mentions of it relating to one of the main characters.

I'm also not a huge fan of mystery's so I didn't fit the best demographic to read this book. If it didn't involve the Red Sox, I likely wouldn't have read it. But I did - and it was enjoyable. You don't have to be a Sox fan to like this story, but it helps.

The best part of the book, for me, was seeing how Jere incorporated his own blog posts and real life game facts into the story.

UPDATE: Take a look at the comments section for a comment on this book from the author of Dirty Water: A Red Sox Mystery

This post is dedicated to Goal #70 in my 101 in 1,001 Days Challenge

(photo credit to Lincolnian from his Flickr Stream)


Goal 70. Read 75 Books


Not much to explain on this one. I love to read, but don't always make the time for it. This way, I'm hoping to at least remind myself that I NEED to make time to read.

I'm also going to write short reviews of each of the books. You know, in case it's a book that interests you (fine, and so I don't forget - because, well....I often times get halfway through a book before realizing I've read it before. Ah well.)

Grades:
A - It's made my list of favorite books - definitely recommend
B - It was great - recommend it
C - It was good - recommend for some people
D - Got half way through, but couldn't finish OR I struggled to finish - don't recommend
F - Couldn't even get half way through - definitely don't recommend

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The One About Goal #9

This post is dedicated to Goal #9 in my 101 in 1,001 Days Challenge.

(photo credit to Tabbi Kat from her Flickr Stream)

Goal 9: Take a picture, or have a picture taken, of me and SH at least once a month

I love pictures.
I love taking them, and I love being in them (although I rarely like how I look in them, but whatever that has nothing to do with this post or my goal!!)
SH doesn't share my same passion for pictures at all. I blame it on his family (who I love dearly). His mom has all his and his sisters baby pictures in ONE shoebox!! One! I can't even comprehend that.
Naturally because of his lack of picture love he never wants to take the time to have pictures taken. I have to give him credit, though. He makes an effort because he knows how much I love them. Sure that effort sometimes comes with an eye roll but he puts up with it!
The point of this goal is to document the first years of our married life, even if that means we only have one picture together a month!
I'll be updating with the pictures on a monthly basis.

October 2008
At the end of October we took a hike around Blue Hills, anticipating it was one of the last nice days we'd have until Spring. This picture is a self-portrait of me, Eric and Spike! I love how Spike (with his big ears!) towers over our shadows.

November 2008

Our friends at the Red Seat (Great Red Sox Shirts. Not a Red Assed Monkey!) invited us to the 2008 Red Sox Hall of Fame Induction Dinner (which will be getting a post of it's own over at SoxyLady). During the cocktail hour we I was excited to see the two Red Sox World Series trophies!

December 2008

This December we have had a lot of snow. More than usual (at least I think so). Today marked the second big storm of the season. SH suggested we take a picture outside in the snow. I thought snow angels would be fun - until I got outside and realized how cold it really was. So here we are, all cute and cuddly out front in the snow.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Goal #24

This post is dedicated to Goal #24 in my 101 in 1,001 Days Challenge.

(photo credited to Leo Reynolds from his Flickr Stream)

Goal 24: Write 450 Blog Posts

There is nothing too exciting about this goal.
No real background to it, other than the fact I want to remain consistent in my blog writing.
Writing 450 blog posts during this challenge will be equivalent to writing 45% of the days. I should be able to do that, right? If I want this blog (as opposed to my blog here) to be more like an online journal of what is going on in my life, I think it's an attainable goal.

Here is a list of the blog posts I've written since the challenge started:
  1. Help4Bobby
  2. It's Already November?!
  3. Massachusetts Voters - Vote NO On Question 2
  4. Goal #3
  5. It's Up To You
  6. I Voted
  7. This Post
  8. Totally Emo
  9. Wedded Bliss, UR Doin' It Right
  10. The Bloody Sock
  11. Who/What's an SH?
  12. A Day At The E-Vet
  13. Photo Meme
  14. The One About Me Dreading My Dentist Appointment
  15. The One Where I Talk About Balance
  16. The One About Goal #9
  17. The One About 'Expose Yourself!'
  18. The One Where I Make Confessions About How Un-Cool I Am
  19. The One Where I Talk About My Mini Shopping Spree
  20. The One About 'Girl, Get Your Scarf On!
  21. The One About Goal #70

Friday, October 31, 2008

Help4Bobby

One of my very best friends in this world has a cousin (who is more like a sister to her) who is going through some rough times. I know - we all go through difficulties in life, it's not unique to my friend's cousin. But this story, in particular, has touched me and I want to share it with you in the hope we can come together and help.

Bobby's mom is a loving mother. She and her husband raise their seven children on a functioning organic farm in Massachusetts. They home-school them and teach them about the rights and wrongs in society. While their lifestyle is alternative, and extreme, to some - it works for them. They have found peace in the way they live their life and have a happy family. They always put their children first and truly believe the way they are raising these kids in in the childrens best interest.

Their son, Booby, is 10 years old and suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He is a happy kid, who has independence thanks to a motorized wheelchair. Unfortunately things are at a point where they cannot go out, as a family, unless there is someone strong enough to carry Bobby. Their 15-passenger van isn't compatible with wheelchair ramps. They have considered installing a lift in their van, however to do so they need to take out too many seats - which wouldn't leave enough room for their family.

Bobby with his brothers and sisters

They are doing everything they can to raise money for a used bus and are asking for some help. They have found one which will fit their needs. It's not extravagant but it runs. And fits the entire family. Most importantly - Bobby can easily get in it.

They are asking for our help, they desperately need $4,500 to meet the price of the bus by November 3rd, of the owners may sell it to someone else. Every little bit counts. We all know the economy is tough on everyone, although if you have $25, $15, $5 to spare this family will greatly appreciate it.

How you can help:
Make donations to their paypal account, information can be found here: http://help4bobby.blogspot.com/2008/10/please-help-us-raise-money-for-bus.html

Email Bobby's mom at help4bobby@gmail.com to send a check or money order.

Retweet or Repost my blog post - or write one of your own - and send it out to friends and family.

If you aren't able to help - or just don't want to - we'll still be friends. No matter what, thank you for taking the time to read this.

I made my donation today and not only feel good about helping Bobby, but that I was able to start on my personal growth goal #67 for my 101 in 1,001!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

My 101 in 1,001


I've been inspired to start a challenge. This challenge is for nobody by myself. I'm going to push myself to complete the challenge, but I will not be disappointed in myself if I don't finish. I don't think it's a cop out. I guess the point I'm trying to make is this challenge is to better myself, not to tear myself down. So if I don't complete it, I don't complete it. But if I do - how cool will that be?

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as New Year's resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

So without further ado.....and in absolutely no particular order

Goal Start Date: Friday, October 31, 2008
Goal End Date: Friday, July 29, 2011

Family Goals
1. Send my Grandmom 100 cards/letters (0/100)
2. Write down all important birthdays and anniversaries for family and friends
3. Scan old family pictures and copy them to discs for family members
4. Take SH on a romantic picnic
5. Make Mamajuana from honeymoon and drink it with SH
6. Write SH 25 surprise love notes (0/25)
7. Teach Spike to "stay"
8. Teach Spike not to bark when we pass another dog during a walk
9. Take a picture, or have a picture taken, of me and SH at least once a month (2/33)
10. Make Spike Doggie Treats from Scratch
11. Continue to research my family tree, that my Granddad started
12. Have a date night with SH, where we leave the house at least once a month (0/33)
13. Build a snowman with SH
14. Get Great-Grandmothers Dining Room Set stripped and refinish it (OR - buy a new dining
room set)

Photography Goals
15. Get Serious with my photography hobby
16. Have someone buy one of my photos (0/1)
17. Take a class for graphic design
18. Take a class for photography
19. Ask for Photography tips from 10 photographers I admire (0/10)
20. Sell a picture on a stock photography site (0/1)
21. Make a coffee table book of my photography
22. Take pictures of 101 things that make me happy - must be new photos not ones I have
already taken (0/101)

Blogging Goals
23. Participate in NaBloPoMo three times (0/3)
24. Write 450 Blog Posts (7/450)
25. Get 101 blog hits on my blog 10 days in a row (0/10)
26. Attend a BlogHer Conference
27. Write a blog post on each of my 101 things explaining why i chose them (minus this one,
similar items can be lumped together into one post - click on the hyperlinks next to each goal to read the blog post pertaining to it) (5/101)
28. Include at least one photo in each of my blog posts (they do not have to be photos taken by
me)
29. Learn how to make a Favicon for my blog
30. Leave comments on 10 blogs I've never commented on before (1/10)

Health Goals
31. Be Vegetarian for 1 week
32. Try fish, again
33. Lose 5 lbs (0/5)
34. Lose 5 lbs (0/5)
35. Lose 10 lbs (0/5)
36. Make goal weight of losing 20 total lbs (0/20)
37. Give up Soda for 30 days (0/30)
38. Drink 8 glasses of water a day for a week, 4 times (0/4)
39. Be able to touch my toes
40. Take a Daily Vitamin every day for a month (and try not to stop..) (0/30)
41. Treat myself to one professional massage every six months (0/5)
42. Get a professional facial
43. Try acupuncture

Financial Goals
44. Pay off Credit Card Debt
45. Place $40/month into savings account for first six months (0/6)
46. Place $60/month into savings account for months 7-12 (0/6)
47. Place $80/month into savings account for months 13-17 (0/5)
48. Place $100/month into savings account for months 18-22 (0/5)
49. Place $125/month into savings account for months 23-27 (0/5)
50. Place $150/month into savings account for months 28-33 (0/6)
51. Increase my 401k contribution by 1% every open period (0/5)
52. Save $150 using coupons in the grocery store -not store savings card (0/150)
53. Increase my credit score by at least 10 points (0/10)
54. Roll $101 worth of coins and deposit it into Savings Account (0/101)

Organization Goals
55. Finish my 2004 and 2007 Red Sox World Series Scrapbooks
56. Finish my brothers 2007 Red Sox World Series Scrapbook
57. Organize all of the photographs I own
58. Get rid of 101 things I don't use/need/want - clothes count, paperwork does not (0/101)
59. Make a living will
60. Copy Contents of Everything in My Wallet, in case my purse gets stolen again
61. Organize the guest room
62. Organize my dressing room
63. Organize the dining room
64. Organize the attic
65. Organize the kitchen
66. Organize the bedroom

Personal Growth Goals
67. Make 25 different charitable contributions (1/25)
68. Do something nice for 5 strangers (0/5)
69. Send an old-fashioned letter/card to 10 people for no reason - Goal 1 doesn't count (0/10)
70. Read 75 Books (1/75)
71. Go to movie by myself
72. Try 3 foods I've never had before (0/3)
73. Cook/Bake 75 New Recipes (0/75)
74. Keep a dream journal with at least 30 entries (0/30)
75. Make Snow Angels
76. Dance in the Rain
77. Convince, at least, 3 other people to make a 101 in 1,001 list (1/3)
78. Find my lost diamond earrings or get a new pair (buy for myself or receive as a gift)
79. Buy a plant and keep it alive for at least 2 months
80. Get up the courage to drive past 276 Mass Ave
81. Be on time to work for one week straight - 5 different times (0/5)
82. Visit 3 Museums in boston I have never been to (0/3)
83. Volunteer 25 hours of my time (0/25)
84. Write a letter of advice to myself in the past
85. Watch 5 classic movies i've never seen (0/5)
86. Read 5 classic books i've never read (as part of my 75 books - 5 must be classic) (0/5)
87. Write a letter to myself on where I think I'll be in 10 years - seal it and don't open it for 10
years
88. Continue my annual cookie exchange parties (0/3)
89. Learn to tie a tie (not that my husband can't tie it on his own, I just want to know how!)
90. Learn to drive a stick shift
91. Take one of the Williams & Sonoma cooking classes
92. Add (at least) 20 recipes to my tastebook cookbook from wedding shower (0/20)
93. Not quit my job
94. Get a promotion at work
95. Visit 2 Major League Ballparks I've never been to
96. Visit Europe Again
97. Visit a National Park
98. Plant a Vegetable Garden
99. Eat Vegetables from Said Garden
100. Donate to Ecolibris for every book I purchase
101. Buy energy efficient light bulbs every time I need to replace one



Goals which are italicized are in progress. Goals which have been stricken are completed.