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15 February 2018 @ 10:03 pm
93. Using a pedometer to keep track, walk to Mordor (1779 miles)



Yesterday (on Valentine's Day) I walked just enough steps to reach Mount Doom in Mordor! I made it all 1,779 miles! Quest accomplished! Now I just wait here for the eagles to pick me up, right?

 
 
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05 February 2018 @ 10:05 pm
65. Rewatch all of Highlander in order


Despite all its faults, it's still my favorite show and favorite fandom ever. I have watched this series so many times, but lately I've watched episodes out of order during viewing parties. It was lovely to give myself an excuse to watch it again in order, feeling the natural highs and lows as they came. I cried and laughed and fell in love with the characters all over again.

"You make me glad. You always have."
 
 
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30 November 2017 @ 09:16 pm
36. Write Strokes graphic novel story draft

I spent all of November working on the draft of this story. I originally thought it would be for a graphic novel, but I'm writing it in story form. I didn't finish the draft, but I did WRITE it. I have a little more than 51,000 words of it, which is a great start. There are certainly some really rough scenes that won't make it past the first draft. And there are still a lot of scenes I still want to write. But I had a great job writing Pit and Ace for the whole month.
 
 
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27 October 2017 @ 09:02 pm
11. Take a photo of the Kings Park tree every October



I almost forgot to take a photo in October. I kept remembering and forgetting and remembering and forgetting again. I finally remembered on October 27! So far, the tree doesn't look all that different. But I hope to keep this project going for many years.
 
 
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16 October 2017 @ 09:11 pm
24. Read all of the wrapped books

I have read a few books so far. I'm not going to be able to get through them all during this list, but at least I've made some progress reading some books I've wanted to read for a while. And it's fun to unwrap them now that I have absolutely no idea what it is.

Wrapped books read so far:
Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

   


Progress: 2/18
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10 October 2017 @ 08:51 pm
20. Read a Terry Pratchett Discworld book


I laughed through this whole wonderful book. Terry Pratchett's style is wonderful and appealing. I definitely want to read more Discworld books in the future! They're so hard to find on audio, but I'm glad this one was. It was a great standalone full of drama, fantasy, and humor.
 
 
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14 September 2017 @ 09:35 pm
67. Read Buffy Season 8+ (get as caught up as I can)

I finished a few more of these and forgot to put them here!

Season 8, Volume 5: Predators and Prey
Season 8, Volume 6: Retreat

     
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26 August 2017 @ 02:05 pm
63. Rewatch all of the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles



I finished watching this series. It was such a great time, and I'm glad to have finally watched it all considering I've owned it for so many years. This was such an important television show to me when I was growing up. I Loved rewatching episodes from my formative years that I must have seen at least a dozen times and episodes that I'd never seen before as well (there were quite a few of those, as it turns out). It was also really neat watching the series in chronological order by historical event and also seeing a lot of the DVD special features on the historical figures and events referenced in each episode; I would have been crazy for those if they'd existed back then, as I'd had to do a lot of the research myself in pre-Internet times.

I loved seeing so many of my favorite characters again, from Ned to Molly to Hemmingway to Miss Seymour to Sid-Man. I also loved seeing so many names that are familiar to me now that went right over my head back in the day, like Damon Whitaker, Alec Mapa, Carrie Fisher, Daniel Craig, Jane Wyatt, Anthony Daniels, Elizabeth Hurley, Christopher Lee, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

I thought I'd be sadder to lose the Old Indy bookends, but I adjusted quickly enough because I went in knowing they weren't there. Though I'm VERY glad they kept in the Harrison Ford bookends in one of my favorite episodes, The Mystery of the Blues. The only really tragic moment was the my second-to-last DVD didn't play! There seems to be something wrong with it. So I had to find the episode online (thankfully, someone uploaded episodes to YouTube) to watch it. Disappointing, as it's a hilarious episode and the special feature about The Algonquin Round Table would have been really interesting to watch (maybe someone's uploaded it somewhere as well. I'll have to do some investigating).

 
 
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20 August 2017 @ 02:52 pm
29. Read/reread the Outlander series

I finished rereading Outlander for the I'm not sure how many-ith time. I decided to read my copy of the book from when I was a teenager, and I loved seeing all the places past!Kate had dogeared. I loved all those spots/moments/lines just as much this time around (and even put a few new dogears in as well). I enjoyed getting to know Claire and Jamie and all the other characters all over again. And I loved being thrown right back into 18th century Scotland along with Claire.

Unlike when I was a teen, this book took me a long while to read. Back then, I inhaled the books, unable to take them out of my hands when reading (I slept with them, ate with them, practically showered with them back then!). Nowadays, I'm lucky to get through 10 pages before falling asleep at night. So I'm unlikely to get through the whole series in 10 months at this rate, but I hope that future!Kate puts this on her fifth 101 Things list so that I have the chance to finally get caught up on this series properly.
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19 August 2017 @ 03:35 pm
95. Complete a merit badge in You Can Do It: the Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-up Girls

I decided to try badge 30, "Party On!" the entertaining badge. Its 7 steps involved throwing a dinner party. So I decided to throw a Murder Mystery Party for my Harry Potter group. I found the script online and used some tips from the book (as well as my previous experience with murder mystery parties). I spent a few months prepping, including sending out actual paper invitations, making goodie bags and name tags, setting the table, and even folding memos into paper airplanes. The guests assured me they had a good time.

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Some Setup:







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The Host: