Sunday, March 23, 2008

101 Goals in 1001 Days

So, I've begun this adventure. I created a list of 101 goals that I want to accomplish in the next 1001 days. I began on Feb 1, 2008, and I have until October 29, 2010 to finish all of them. I haven't been sure how I was going to record everything, but it would seem that this is the most convenient place to store all of my experiences and accomplishments. Here is my list of goals.

101 Goals in 1001 Days

1. Get engaged.
2. Take three random weekend road trips.
3. Lose 15 lbs and keep it off.
4. Drink only water and tea for one month.
5. Eat 3 fruit everyday for one month.
6. Exercise five days a week for one month.
7. Buy a car.
8. Publish something.
9. Finish my book.
10. Get $3000 in my savings account.
11. Keep $1000 in my checking account for more than three months.
12. Fill another bookshelf.
13. Paint the dining room and bedroom.
14. Learn how to knit.
15. Learn how to tango or salsa.
16. Learn how to cook 20 easy meals.
17. Create my own cookbook.
18. Find/buy a new apartment/house.
19. Do an English related internship.
20. Earn my degree in English and Women's Studies with at least a 3.5 GPA.
21. Revamp my wardrobe.
22. Finish Pace's 5-year Publishing Master's program.
23. Re-read the Tao of Pooh and finish the Te of Piglet.
24. Get my Tree of Life tattoo.
25. Figure out a career.
26. Volunteer for a fundraiser.
27. Celebrate every Wiccan holiday for one year.
28. Go to a Pagan festival.
29. Take 4 belly dancing classes.
30. Travel to England, Scotland and Ireland.
31. Read all of Shakespeare's plays.
32. Write on the beach.
33. Whiten teeth.
34. Play 5 hours of music a week.
35. Keep the apartment really clean for a month. Really clean.
36. Find a better paying job.
37. Camp out on the beach with friends.
38. Eat organic for one week.
39. Take a wine testing tour on the North Fork.
40. Read the entire Berea Reading List.
41. Complete Guitar Hero III on Expert.
42. Go to yoga classes for one month.
43. Buy three staple dresses that I look amazing in.
44. Make ice cream.
45. Learn to drive a stick-shift.
46. Save $1000 in my IRA every year.
47. Take a painting class.
48. Photo-document an entire day.
49. Go to a spa and get the works.
50. Travel to the west coast.
51. Eat New England Clam Chowder in New England.
52. Eat a Philly Cheese-steak in Philadelphia.
53. Learn to do a cart-wheel.
54. Learn how to make apple pie from scratch.
55. Make a giant sandcastle.
56. Take a glass-blowing class.
57. Make sea-glass jewelry.
58. Get a nice tan.
59. Throw a masquerade ball.
60. Learn how to make peach cream pie from scratch.
61. Learn how to bake bread from scratch.
62. Wander around the New York Public Library.
63. See at least 4 plays a year.
64. Talk to a Tibetan monk.
65. Donate blood.
66. Be able to write a full paragraph in Latin.
67. Read five books on Oprah's reading list.
68. Read the whole Bible.
69. Go to the opera at least once a year.
70. Stretch at dawn five days a week for one month.
71. Watch a new movie once a week for three months.
72. Throw a surprise birthday party for Nikki.
73. Go to the TriBeCa film festival.
74. Go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art every season.
75. Make peanut butter from scratch.
76. Make orange juice from scratch.
77. Sing and dance in the rain.
78. Stay up talking all night, and then sing "Good Morning" from Singin' in the Rain.
79. Read "the Faerie Queen" by Edmund Spenser.
80. Stay completely up to date with the news for three months.
81. Train Turbo to sit and stay.
82. Get an 80 gb iPod.
83. Fill an 80 gb iPod.
84. Listen to 1,001 new songs.
85. Write every day.
86. Go an entire month without cursing.
87. Play "Throught the Fire and the Flames" on Hard.
88. Celebrate another country's independence day in that country.
89. Have all homework done in advance (before the day it is due) for two months.
90. Read the Koran.
91. Find a new haircut that I love.
92. Find a signature drink.
93. Learn a new instrument.
94. Take vitamins every day for three months.
95. Stop cracking knuckles constantly.
96. Take Turbo for at least 2 long walks a week for four months.
97. Take Zach out for a really nice evening "on the town".
98. Beat Nikki at a game of Scrabble.
99. Reread 1984, Brave New World, and Farenheit 451.
100. Lay in the grass and do nothing.
101. Make a scrapbook or slideshow of my goals.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Did I get on the Crazy Train?

So my ride home from work today on the train was.... bizarre.

I pulled out my book and began reading as soon as I got on the train. Two stops later, three... kids got on. They couldn't have been more than 15 and they were loud and obnoxious. After shouting mindlessly for a few minutes, the one girl in the group turned to me and asked me what I was reading. Upon showing her the cover, she stared blankly at it for a few seconds, and then I explained that it was a story about King Arthur. Her blank look didn't change, and she asked me if he was English. King Arthur?? Of course he's English - who doesn't know who King Arthur is? But she just started laughing and scoffing about dead white men. Because mocking what you don't know always makes you seem more intelligent.

These youths continued to mock everyone on the train, as loudly as they could. And about halfway home, this troupe of Christians came onto the train. I can't call them anything besides a troupe. .There was one guy preaching about his love for Jesus, while the other people in his group sat or stood around the car. As he was talking, the trio was shouting and mocking him. They repeated everything he said and laughed whenever he paid attention to him. As soon as the main guy stopped talking, they all turned to the people near them and began asking what they had thought about the guy's speech. One girl asked me how I felt about Jesus. Then we came to the next station, and they all got off. It was odd.

A few stops after that, the trio got off, and I could hear them hollaring as we pulled out of the station. I finally got home, and was very wary as I walked home. I was afraid of running into more weird people.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

New Job

This is mostly a quick experiment.

I just got a new job working for this company - the Warm Biscuit Bedding Co. (
People always ask me if I cook dinner for my boyfriend. And they always seem shocked when I say that he does it more often than I do. In order to explain why I am slacking in the my womanly duties, I usually tell them that he gets home before I do, and that it's just easier on both of us not to wait. But... why should I have to explain myself? It's becoming more and more normal for men to hold their share in household dutes. And fine, I may not cook dinner most of the time, but I do the majority of the dishes, and I clean the apartment. Zach does the laundry most of the time, but again, he usually does it because he needs to clean his work uniforms more often than I need to wash my clothes, so we just throw my stuff in with his.

We share chores. Why do people find that so odd?

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