7 Quick Takes: All Star Game, Whining, and A New Addiction

7 Quick Takes

— 1 —

I finally did the post-mortem on my 101-in-1001 list… two months after my deadline. Recapping for those who don’t usually read my blog, I completed 19/101 goals and that means a $82 donation to charity. (As an incentive to complete as many goals as possible, I donate $1 for every goal I fail to complete.) My charity choice this time: Brett’s adoption account at Reece’s Rainbow. I’m glad that I accomplished almost 20% of my goals this time — they’re all about bettering myself so it’s all good in the end.

— 2 —

I got just a *little* bit mouthy while watching the All Star Game on Tuesday. All those who follow me on Twitter are probably saying, “A little, Jen?” Can I help it if the evil teams are all in the American League? I mean, you’ve got the Texas Rangers, the New York Yankees (evil personified), and the LA Angels. (OK… technically, they’re the Anaheim Angels. They’re still evil.) I do enjoy a good skunking and this was a glorious one. I’m also amazed they let the minor league team from Oakland send players. [/trash-talk]

— 3 —

I hate heat. It has been in the triple digits here. Did I mention that I hate heat? I think that relocating to Alaska for summers would be a capital idea. Did I mention that this heat is oppressive and that I’d prefer it to be -20F?

— 4 —

Seriously, why is me flipping on my turn signal to change lanes a sign that people should speed up and keep me from passing? Someone did this to me last weekend in Elk Grove and nearly caused an accident. As I swerved back into my lane, the driver flipped me off. Um yeah… YOU almost caused the accident and you’re flipping *me* off? Great one. They’re freaking lucky that I didn’t call the police and report them for reckless driving.

— 5 —

We have an abundance of mulberry pollen. Did I mention that I’m allergic to mulberry pollen? This has led to lots of sneezing on my part as the A/C has to be on (and seems to be the entry point of it into the house) and Daniel is laughing uproariously every time I sneeze.

— 6 —

Oh great… I have a new addiction. I managed to kill 90 minutes of Daniel’s naptime today by surfing PassiveAggressiveNotes.Com. This is not a good thing for me to discover, especially as I think I could outdo some of them. (I learned passive-aggressiveness from the BEST.)

— 7 —

Argh. I did not find a short URL where you can donate to Brett’s adoption account. My bad. Meanwhile, you have 19 days to go if you want to participate in the Bottle Challenge and 15 days until Brett’s Blogathon 2012.

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101-in-1001: Recap

My deadline was May 12, 2012 and obviously this post is 2 months late. Go me.

Here’s the list:

Faith
001. Keep a prayer journal for 3 months.
002. Read through the entire Bible in a year.
003. Participate in Taize prayer at least yearly.
004. Lead worship at least once.
005. Taebo six days a week for six weeks.
006. No soda for a month.
007. Yearly exams every year until deadline. (2009, 2010, 2011)
008. Get crown done on root-canal tooth in lower jaw.
009. Eat properly vegetarian for one Lent.
010. Keep Lenten discipline faithfully once during this time.
011. Do couch-to-5K.
012. Run in 5K race.
013. Participate in a triathlon.
014. Prepare all meals from scratch for a week.
015. Camp at least 5 times. (0/5)
016. Cook a 3-course meal over a campfire.
017. Lead a camp-style singalong.
018. Perform a serious classical work for voice.
019. Accompany a worship service on piano.
020. Play some Lorie Line as a prelude.
021. Write a Sunday school curriculum.
022. Write a VBS curriculum.
023. Write a Confirmation curriculum.
024. Grow an herb garden.
025. Plant a garden and harvest it one year.
026. Grow my own pumpkins for Halloween.
027. Make Daniel a Halloween costume.
028. Teach Daniel sign language.
029. Pottytrain Daniel.
030. Teach Daniel to read.
031. Have another child (if it is feasible health-wise).
032. Get my living will in order.
033. Participate in NaNoWriMo.
034. Raise at least $500 for Blogathon blogging on my own.
035. Do an independent blogathon for a worthy cause.
036. Give a speech or presentation of some nature.
037. Create a Powerpoint presentation for something.
038. Send out Christmas cards every year. (2009, 2010, 2011)
039. Learn how to tell what kind of wine goes with what kind of meal.
040. Bake a cake from scratch.
041. Visit Calgary.
042. Visit Seattle.
043. Visit the Woodland Park Zoo.
044. Visit Santa Cruz.
045. Visit the redwoods.
046. Visit Toronto.
047. Create a podcast and do 20 weekly episodes.
048. Stay caught up on dental care for two years.
049. Improve my BMI.
050. Meet three online friends. (1/3)
051. Attend an Orthodox Pascha.
052. Re-read all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books.
053. Re-read all the Baby-sitter’s Club books.
054. Read the works of Beatrix Potter to Daniel.
055. Write an “I Believe” statement.
056. Write an article and have it published in a reputable non-web publication.
057. Write a “letter to the editor” and have it published.
058. Sort and cull book collection.
059. Twitter daily for three months.
060. Learn how to make decent iced vanilla lattés at home.
061. Learn to sew by machine.
062. Learn to knit.
063. Crochet at least three garments and wear them regularly. (0/3)
064. Crochet 4 items for Daniel. (0/4)
065. Acquire 3 UCSC garments. (0/3)
066. Read at least one semi-serious book per month for a year. (0/12)
067. Create a WordPress design for ::Meditatio:: from scratch.
068. Learn how to change my own oil.
069. Change a tire by myself at least once.
070. Eat venison.
071. Eat rattlesnake.
072. Eat elk.
073. Eat moose.
074. Create a crocheting pattern.
075. Make at least 5 wedding/baby shower presents from scratch. (0/5)
076. Write 10 Amazon.Com book reviews. (6/10)
077. Read at least 5 books recommended by Oprah. (1/5)
078. Host a game night.
079. Have a dinner party 5 times. (0/5)
080. Wear earrings on every work day for a week. (0/5)
081. Get a second piercing in my ears.
082. Make 3 pairs of my own earrings. (0/3)
083. Acquire 3 pieces of furniture from IKEA and put them together solo. (0/3)
084. Do ELW/LBW/BCP Morning Prayer six days a week for a month.
085. Give money to public radio during a pledge drive.
086. Give money to public television during a pledge drive.
087. Call in on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.
088. Eight glasses of water a day for a week.
089. See Great Big Sea in concert.
090. Attend a symphony concert.
091. Sing Handel’s Messiah.
092. Learn Arabic.
093. Learn Spanish.
094. Teach a Bible study utilizing a Koine Greek text.
095. Do a walk/run for charity.
096. Heal my knee.
097. Live without any regrets during this time.
098. Compile a recipe book.
099. Attend a professional sporting event.
100. Blog daily for a month.
101. Participate in a snowball fight.

I completed 19/101 which means that $82 will be going to charity. In this case, it will be Brett’s adoption account on Reece’s Rainbow.

Am I mad that I didn’t get more accomplished? Nope. It’s about setting goals to better myself and the fact that I got almost 1/5 of them accomplished is pretty good, given that I wrote this at a time when I was at a crossroads and had no idea where we’d be living in a matter of months or of what challenges we would face with Daniel.

101-in-1001: Catching Up

Last night, I was having difficulty sleeping so I decided to go through my 101-in-1001 list and see what I could tick off.

007. Yearly exams every year until deadline. (2009, 2010, 2011)

My deadline is May and I’m not due for my 2012 one until October.

010. Keep Lenten discipline faithfully once during this time.

This would be my Occupying Lent posts?

018. Perform a serious classical work for voice.

Vivaldi’s Gloria, a Hallelujah Chorus flash mob, and parts of other classical works during my time in the choir at Christ Lutheran Church in West Covina.

024. Grow an herb garden.
025. Plant a garden and harvest it one year.
026. Grow my own pumpkins for Halloween.

Did this in 2011 and will do it again in 2012.

028. Teach Daniel sign language.

Finally got him to use “more” and “all done”.

036. Give a speech or presentation of some nature.

I do this semi-monthly for Ladies’ Night Out because I usually get tapped to do the devotional.

038. Send out Christmas cards every year. (2009, 2010, 2011)

I’ve sent out picture ones all three years. Thank God for reward points from Pampers.

059. Twitter daily for three months.

That would be December 2011 to present.

095. Do a walk/run for charity.

I did the Promise Walk last year and am doing it again this year.

100. Blog daily for a month.

By the time Lent is over, this will be accomplished.