Hiatus

December 10, 2008 at 9:03 am | Posted in 101 Things, Allison, Holidays, Lindsey | 5 Comments

Not that I post all that much anyway, but I’m going to take a break from the blog (and the computer as much as possible) until after the new year.   I am so far behind on holiday preparations – in fact I have hardly done anything so far – and I’m also so far behind on the regular things of life – I AM STARTING TO PANIC!   It doesn’t help that 4/5 of us (all but Ben) have colds and the kids have been up at night a lot and I don’t feel well.  Time to cut out as much “fluff” as possible and buckle down and do the things I need to do.

I had a draft of a 101 Things Update post started but I will save that until next year too.  I haven’t made that much progress on it anyway 🙂 and have to focus on other things right now.  I did take the monthly picture of the girls so I will leave you with that.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  See you on the flip side!

11/30/08

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101 Things List Update

November 7, 2008 at 2:37 pm | Posted in 101 Things | 2 Comments
I edited my 101 Things list just a bit.  I won’t do this again, it’s not like I’m going to keep adjusting it if I’m struggling with some of it.  BUT, there are a few things that I’m supposed to do monthly, that I know just aren’t going to happen that often.  Rather than get frustrated that only 2 months into this there’s no way I can meet my goal on these things, I just tweaked them a little.  Here’s what I changed:

#31 changed to clean out the refrigerator/freezer 12 times instead of once a month. This is about 4 times a year.  I’ll admit I probably don’t even do it 4 times a year!  So it’s still a challenging goal for me, yet more reasonable.

#33 changed to go on a date with Jay 27 times instead of once a month. This gives us 6 months less than every month, to allow for those months that are just too busy or we can’t find a sitter or whatever.  Jay was out of town one week last month, and I forgot about this one, ooops!  Better luck this month!

#34 changed to taking a picture of me and Jay, or the whole family, every 3 months instead of once a month. A little more realistic yet way more than we were doing!  (which was almost never)

#91 changed to brush Chester at least once a month instead of twice a month. Then I can strive for doing it more than once, but if I don’t remember, I’m not behind.  He really should be brushed several times a WEEK, especially when his hair is longer, but I always forget, what can I say.   He doesn’t get matted or anything.  His fur still smells delicious. 🙂

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So here’s my (pathetic) October progress on my list.  I’m going to pick one or two things this month and try to make a real effort to make some headway on them.
#4 Knit 10 pair of socks. – Finished one Monkey sock and don’t want to make the second.  So I’m back to square one for this item.  I bought a skein of sock yarn though, so there’s that.

#5 Knit 3 items for charity. I started a wheelchair afghan that I want to donate to the nursing home my dad lived in.  I’m making it out of Plymouth Encore using the Plymouth Yarn Company Lap Throw With Top Ties pattern.

#10 Save $100 in change.Added about 50 cents to my total  Woopee.

#30 Memorize 4 chapters of the Bible – 1 OT, 1 Psalm, 1 Proverb, 1 NT. – Almost have verse 1 and 2 memorized of Isaiah 40.  This is going to be much harder than I thought!!!

#42 Declutter: sell or give away 101 material items I own. – I put a pair of my old shoes in the Goodwill pile.  Wow, such progress.

#47 Photograph girls on the 30th of each month. – Hey I never said it was going to be a “perfectly serious picture! 🙂

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#56 Eat out at 5 new restaurants. – Ate at Tijuana Rose when in Manitowoc for my annual “Packers Bye Week” trip with my sister Ginny.  It was very good but pricey!  I think we paid $12? for a burrito.

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#90 Complete Bible studies using all the methods in my Rick Warren’s Bible Study Methods book. – Started back with 2 Timothy 2, Chapter Summary Method, haven’t gotten very far though!

#91 Brush Chester at least once a month. – Did this once and again he hated it.  He cries!

#99 Finish reading through The Message Bible. – Slow going but I was about halfway through Proverbs at the end of October.

101 Things Progress

October 1, 2008 at 8:00 am | Posted in 101 Things | 3 Comments
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Month One – September 2008

Finished or made progress on these:

#4 Knit 10 pair of socks. – I’m working on a pair of Monkey socks, I’m halfway done with the toe decreases on the first one…..and then I have to make another one, sigh! 🙂  I’ve been working on this ONE sock for months!  Knitting time has been scarce lately.  (Although thinking about knitting, listening to knitting podcasts, browsing Ravelry, and other knitting related obsessions have NOT been scarce!)

#6 Get someone else to do this 101 things in 1001 days with me. – DONE!  My sister Ginny has her list done and started 9/29.  My other 2 sisters are working on theirs, and my cousin is going to do it too!

#9 Try 5 new recipes.I made Banana French Toast with Maple Cream Cheese Sauce.  It’s like a dessert!  I got the recipe from the Schwans catalog. It uses their French Baguette Bread. We had it for supper one night, but I’d like to make it after church sometime for brunch.

#10 Save $100 in change. Saved about $1.50 so far, LOL.

#30 Memorize 4 chapters of the Bible – 1 OT, 1 Psalm, 1 Proverb, 1 NT. Chose Isaiah 40 as my Old Testament chapter.  So far I have “Comfort, comfort my people” says your God” memorized from the first verse.  I can’t memorize like I used to!  I once memorized the first 3 chapters in James and the first 2 or 3 chapters in Ephesians, back when my brain was young. LOL

#31 Clean out the refrigerator/freezer once a month.I finally did this on 9/26.  Just under the wire for the month!

#33 Go on a date with Jay once a month. We went our for our 21st anniversary on the 19th.  We went out to eat at Uno Chicago Grill, then played mini-golf and went to Best Buy and picked out a new camera.

#34 Take a picture of me and Jay, or the whole family, every month.

#47    Photograph girls on the 30th of each month.

#56    Eat out at 5 new restaurants. I went to Door County with my sisters Sep 12-14.  Friday night we ate at Dal Santo, an Italian restaurant.  It was soooooooooo good!

#71    Get a new camera. Done!  Bought a Canon PowerShot A1000 IS on 9/21.

#82    Teach someone to knit (probably Lindsey but maybe a sister or friend) No progress yet BUT my sister Ginny (who is the one I got to do this list project with me) said she wants to learn.  Soon!

#91    Brush Chester twice a month. – I did it twice and he hated it (as usual!) both times.

#99    Finish reading through The Message Bible. – Just finished Psalms.  I started reading through this Bible, Genesis to Revelation, on 11/25/06!  It’s been slow going obviously.

No progress on this one:

#2    Learn fair isle knitting.

….but I changed “fair isle knitting” to 2-color knitting.

And I need help with this one….

#101    Find a TV series on DVD that I like and watch complete first season.

…..any recommendations on a good series???  Preferably a show with no more new episodes, but it doesn’t have to be.

Welcome!

September 20, 2008 at 7:42 pm | Posted in 101 Things, Uncategorized | 9 Comments
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Welcome to another new blog by me!  Are you dizzy yet?  It’s going to take me awhile to figure everything out here and get things the way I want them, so bear with me.  Thanks!

For my first post, I’m going to repost my “101 Things” list.  I’m hoping to do an update on my progress at the end of every month.

Thanks for following me here!

Start Date:  September 1, 2008
End Date:  May 30, 2011

  1. Get highlights in my hair.

  2. Learn fair isle knitting.

  3. Watch every episode of Family Ties on DVD.

  4. Knit 10 pair of socks. (0/10)

  5. Knit 3 items for charity. (0/3)

  6. Get someone else to do this 101 things in 1001 days with me.

  7. Get a pedicure or a manicure for the first time.

  8. Learn CPR (take a class).

  9. Try 5 new recipes. (0/5)

  10. Save $100 in change.

  11. Buy something from etsy.com.

  12. Buy something from eBay.

  13. Get up to date on Ben’s journal and keep updated.

  14. Get up to date on Lindsey’s journal and keep updated.

  15. Get up to date on Allison’s journal and keep updated.

  16. Print pictures from 2nd China trip and put in an album.

  17. Buy a swimming suit.

  18. Buy a dress.

  19. Over a period of one month, cut most of the sugar out of my diet. Read Lick the Sugar Habit to help with this.

  20. Buy a Wii.

  21. Complete a lifebook for Lindsey.

  22. Complete a lifebook for Allison.

  23. Finish Lindsey’s 100 Good Wishes Quilt (or have someone finish it).

  24. Collect squares from friends/family for Allison’s 100 Good Wishes Quilt.

  25. Finish Allison’s 100 Good Wishes Quilt (or have someone finish it).

  26. Finish scrapbook for Lindsey’s 100 Good Wishes Quilt.

  27. Finish scrapbook for Allison’s 100 Good Wishes Quilt.

  28. Go to a drive-in movie.

  29. Learn to play bridge.

  30. Memorize 4 chapters of the Bible – 1 OT, 1 Psalm, 1 Proverb, 1 NT.

  31. Clean out the refrigerator/freezer once a month. (0/33)

  32. Completely declutter bedroom and make it more warm and inviting.

  33. Go on a date with Jay once a month. (1/33)

  34. Take a picture of me and Jay, or the whole family, every month. (0/33)

  35. Get 2 professional family portraits done. (0/2)

  36. Go to Disneyland.

  37. Attend a wine tasting/tour winery.

  38. Call my friends June, Penney, and Rosemary. (0/3)

  39. Clean/organize hall closet 3 times. (0/3)

  40. Completely empty, clean, and reorganize kitchen cabinets.

  41. Print pictures from the computer and put in albums from 2004 to present.

  42. Declutter: sell or give away 101 material items I own. (0/101)

  43. Make an amigurumi character (crochet).

  44. Open a savings account for both Lindsey and Allison.

  45. See 3 movies in the movie theater. (0/3)

  46. Attend a fiber festival (i.e. Stitches Midwest or other).

  47. Photograph girls on the 30th of each month.(0/33)

  48. Take a “how to knit a sweater” class and finish one sweater.

  49. Reorganize recipe binder.

  50. Plant a small garden.

  51. Read 2 of these classics (Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense & Sensability) (0/2)

  52. Try 10 recipes from American Wholefoods Cuisine (0/10)

  53. Listen to 2 audio books. (0/2)

  54. Knit something from each knitting book I own as of date of the start of this project. (0/5)

  55. Do my Westie puzzle.

  56. Eat out at 5 new restaurants. (1/5)

  57. Sell all my cloth diapers.

  58. Sell Ben’s homeschool books.

  59. Take a multi-vitamin every day for a month. (0/30)

  60. Complete the Couch to 5K running plan.

  61. Host Thanksgiving dinner for my sisters and their families.

  62. Take Lindsey to 3 movies; Allison to 1. (0/3)

  63. Go to the Wisconsin State Fair.

  64. Send 10 cards in the mail “just because”. (0/10)

  65. Buy something for a child from the WalMart tree every Christmas. (0/3)

  66. Spend an entire week without getting on the computer.

  67. Go through all my books and keep only the ones I really want, give the rest away or sell.

  68. Sew a purse.

  69. Sew summer dresses for my girls.

  70. Stop having Quakes for breakfast and start eating something more appropriate. (don’t ask!)

  71. Get a new camera.

  72. Have everything possible stored in Rubbermaid tubs.

  73. Go to a corn maze.

  74. Go to the Milwaukee Zoo and stay overnight in Milwaukee.

  75. Purge old files and totally redo my filing system.

  76. Learn to locate all major countries and bodies of water on a map.

  77. Go for a bike ride 10 times. (0/10)

  78. Knit 10 projects from my 2008 Pattern a Day Knitting Calendar. (0/10)

  79. Buy myself a leather jacket.

  80. Find and buy an old Bible at an antique or thrift store.

  81. Go to a Milwaukee Brewers game.

  82. Teach someone to knit (probably Lindsey but maybe a sister or friend)

  83. Subscribe to a knitting magazine.

  84. Make a will. (I know, I know, it’s terrible that we don’t have one yet.)

  85. Go one week without spending any money (not including bills that are due that week).

  86. Watch 10 old movies (1950’s or earlier). (0/10)

  87. Learn to french braid the girls’ hair.

  88. Stay in bed until noon one Saturday morning.

  89. Learn to wear a little makeup (for occasional use, I’ll never use it on a daily basis).

  90. Complete Bible studies using all the methods in my Rick Warren’s Bible Study Methods book. (2/12)

  91. Brush Chester twice a month. (1/66)

  92. Host an all day Game Day at my house.

  93. Buy a new Packer t-shirt at the start of every summer. (0/3)

  94. Get a new Packer sweatshirt.

  95. Write to Laura P.

  96. Organize my loose knitting patterns binder.

  97. Take the girls to Heckrodt Center.

  98. Participate in “Gimme Your Stuff”.

  99. Finish reading through The Message Bible.

  100. Read Devotions for Homeschool Moms and take notes.

  101. Find a TV series on DVD that I like and watch complete first season.

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