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13 May 2017 @ 08:28 pm
56. Watch all of the Fourth Doctor’s episodes

Yesterday I finally finished the Fourth Doctor's episodes. I really thought I would get through them in April, but that wasn't to be. I can see why a lot of people consider him their favorite. He was funny and delivered puns perfectly. I was surprised that Sarah Jane Smith and K-9 never had any screen time together. I wasn't a huge fan of the whole Key to Time search, nor the voice and personality changes to K-9, but I loved Leela. I had a very hard time not thinking of Puddleglum the marshwiggle for a very long time while making my way through these episodes, because that's what I know Tom Baker best as and a lot of the vocalizations and gestures are the same. But, like the others before him, I was sad to see him go when it was time to regenerate. I was glad that it was another big, dramatic reason.



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07 May 2017 @ 03:18 pm
77. Save money and make an extra mortgage payment every May

I had a little extra in my account, so I made another nice round payment this year.

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16 March 2017 @ 05:45 pm
28. Read 5 Torchwood novels I haven’t read yet

I finished reading Intro the Silence (Torchwood 10) and thoroughly enjoyed most of it. There were parts where I was very scared for the main characters, and other parts where I was scared for the other characters. One couple in particular met an extremely tragic and unfortunate end. But it was lovely watching them all flail about, having no idea what was going on for a good long while. And then, when they sort of figured it out, I got to see Ianto singing. I certainly would have loved to have heard that on the show! And the fact that they didn't figure it all out until the very last second when it was almost too late had me sitting on the edge of my seat.

Progress: 2/5
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14 March 2017 @ 10:08 pm
61. Watch all of Sanctuary

One of my good friends adores the show (and let me borrow seasons 1-3 on DVD), and I saw a lot of commercials/talk about it when it was on. Something made me decide that I definitely wanted to watch it. I'm so glad I did! There were definitely some story lines I didn't like so much. But I quickly fell in love with the show and its many layers. Amanda Tapping is fantastic. And the number of interesting different kinds of abnormals is creative and varied. But I loved all the story lines relating to The Five as well as the "monster of the week" type episodes. However, I was most thrilled to see Jim Byrnes as Magnus' father (OMG attempting an English accent!) and Peter Wingfield as James Watson! And when they did the musical episode, they somehow managed to brilliantly write Jim into it--they don't miss anything, these writers. I blame Gillian Horvath ;-) Well done! I thoroughly enjoyed this show and am so glad I put it on my list. I might have bought the first season on DVD before I was done watching the copy I'd borrowed. I also might have made a detour to Nikola Tesla Corner when I was in NYC because of this show.
 
 
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05 March 2017 @ 08:42 pm
39. Visit Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

Afraid that I would miss the cherry blossoms this year, I headed to Dumbarton Oaks today. I spent a long time trying to figure out the bus system in DC, because of course there isn't a Metro stop too nearby and there's absolutely no parking. Travel time: 4.5 hours. Time there: 1 hour. Still, it was worth it. I heard about the place through Bing, as one of their daily images was of the cherry blossoms in the gardens, and apparently it's free during the winter months. So the fact that the cherry blossoms were out super early this year made it the perfect timing.




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05 March 2017 @ 08:27 pm
47. Get to 5,000 snarfs on Markeroni

I did some direct-logging in February and a little on Friday as well.

I still have a long way to go before I get to 5,000. It seems pretty unlikely, but I'm still going to keep trying!
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05 March 2017 @ 11:01 am
27. Make a list of 10 books on my BookCrossing TBR shelves and read those books

8. The International Bank of Bob: Connecting Our Worlds One $25 Kiva Loan at a Time by Bob Harris
This is a book ring book, so I should have finished it in a month or two; instead, it took me 3 years. Yikes! But I finished it on the bus ride from New York to Virginia yesterday. So now it can make its way to the next reader. I enjoyed learning about the people involved in Kiva--from this loaner to the staff to the the MFIs to the hard working people who receive the loans. There was a lot of information packed into this book, but also some humor and humanity, both of which I loved.
Review: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/256873.html
The Book: http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/11729899/

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25 February 2017 @ 01:03 am
Last week (February 12) was my halfway point for this list. While there are a few things on it I don't think I will be able to do, I'm still feeling good about the list. I think I did a good job this time around choosing things that held my interest. But I think I did a bad job including so many reading and watching items. With a lot of hard work (and sticking to my spreadsheet) I am aiming for at least 90 this time!

Finished 55

In Progress: 21

By Category [completed + in progress + untouched = total]:
Things About Creating [12 + 2 + 0 = 14]
Things About Games [4 + 0 + 0 = 4] --category completed!
Things About Books [6 + 3 + 3 = 12]
Things About Writing [4 + 1 + 2 = 7]
Things about Places [4 + 1 + 5 = 10]
Things About Fandoms [14 + 4 + 9 = 27]
Things About My House [1 + 2 + 2 = 5]
Things About Money [2 + 3 + 1 = 6]
Things About Others [2 + 1 + 0 = 3]
Things About Me [4 + 4 + 1 = 9]
Things About Things [2 + 1 + 1 = 4]

I think I'm doing all right at spreading things out by category And I'm thrilled that I already have one whole category completed. I look forward to making more progress.
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24 February 2017 @ 09:41 pm
55. Watch all of the Third Doctor’s episodes

I just finished! It was a rocky run for the doctor. At first, I thought his being trapped in one time and place would be frustrating and limiting. And I was starting to get tired of the Master showing up so often. But then it all started to just make sense. If the Master knows where and when the Doctor is, that gives him certain advantages. And the Doctor having his Unit lab and support system gives him certain advantages. I also adored his car. And seeing the Sontarans was pretty exciting. Plus, I hadn't realized Sarah Jane Smith came in during the Third Doctor's run (I always associated her with the Fourth Doctor). Just like before, it took me a while to get used to the change but, once I did, I was so sad to see his run over. And his end this time was so wonderfully brave and self-sacrificing!

Oh! And the Three Doctors was just as epic as I had hoped it would be. What a treat to see all three of them together.


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20 February 2017 @ 04:50 pm
14. Bring all personal websites up-to-date

This took me a month of hard work, but I'm so excited to finally finish it!

I updated 6 different websites and one of my blogs as well.

Kintailscape: Gave the front page a new design, turning it into a list of links. I actually went through several different redesigns until I settled on one I liked the most.

KateKintail's Crossing Zone: My BookCrossing site hadn't been properly updated since around 2009. I brought most of the pages up-to-date and redesigned the entire site.

KateKintail's Travel Blog: I hadn't been planning on updating this, but I noticed the theme I was using for it didn't work any more with a recent WordPress update. So I ended up installing a new skin, tagging every article, selecting featured photos for each article, and building a slideshow for the main page. The last entry is in 2014, so it could definitely stand to be updated again.

Personal story archive site: The last time i'd updated this was 4/29/12. So I ended up adding over 4 years' worth of stories I'd written. That amounted to coding and adding 344 stories and more than a dozen new pages for new fandoms or new projects I'd done. This is an update that I'd been putting off for so long, and it feels amazing to have finally done it!

My Birthday Challenge of 2004: Some friends got together and created a whole website full of stories and graphics for me on my birthday in 2004. Unfortunately, it got eaten by Geocities a few years back. Using the only page that the Wayback Machine managed to archive and the stories in the Yahoo Group, I managed to reconstruct the website entirely, coding all the stories and creating various category pages. I'm hosting it on my site now, so I know it won't vanish again.

Prompt Generator: Years ago, I created a form so people could submit writing prompts. I hadn't updated the site since 2010. So I posted the last of the un-posted prompts, added listings & links for several stories that had been written for prompts, and changed the site into archive mode.

Moods Challenge: I put together a challenge to encourage people to write stories based on the LJ list of moods. It was inspired by a bunch of other similar mood challenges. I had not touched the site since 2009, even though one member has been writing amazing stories starting again in 2013. So I erased all outdated claims, coded and added all fills, and updated the community in multiple places to abide by new rules.

I am THRILLED to have finished this project. It's like a weight has been lifted. I'm all caught up and ready to move forward on my current blogs and sites without worrying about the ones I've let slip for so long.