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08 July 2018 @ 11:01 pm
5. Read 5 wrapped books

I finished Amalee by Dar Williams today. Dar and I share a birthday, and she happens to be my favorite singer-songwriter. I instantly bought this, her first book, when I found out about it. It took me a while to get to reading it, so I'm glad I ended up wrapping it to surprise myself with later. I liked that it dealt with a lot of interesting issues and themes you don't normally see in children's fiction (what a sick parent really goes through when he's scared of dying, close family friends who become a found family, feelings of a child who thinks she's the school bully, and more). I liked a lot of it, especially how real the emotions and dialogue felt; people don't often say the right thing at the right time in the real world, and they don't always say what they mean. I didn't so much care for the hypnosis section; it seemed a little too out there and blunt/obvious. I wish that that information could have come out a little more organically in the narrative. But otherwise, I really enjoyed seeing Amalee interact with her father's best friends and seeing them band together to help support her and her father seemed to be dying. It was also refreshing how it read like a kid's train of thought. The story jumped a lot, and there was a lot of uncertainty and misunderstanding. I felt for everyone in the book.

Progress: 1 / 5
08 July 2018 @ 06:43 pm
63. Wild release 100 books

I promise I won't do a separate post for every single release, but I adore theme releases, so those ones will most likely get their own post here.

I took A Mount Vernon Love Story with me to see Hamilton today and released it at the Kennedy Center. I hope it gets picked up and journaled!

Book: http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15115713

Progress: 2 / 100
08 July 2018 @ 01:02 am
63. Wild release 100 books

Without even remembering this was one of my things, I wild released a book today! I really want to get back into wild releasing--especially themed releasing. It's my favorite type.

I left a copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at Wolf Trap tonight when I went to see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert (National Symphony Orchestra performed the score).

Book: www.bookcrossing.com/journal/14547254

Progress: 1 / 100
07 July 2018 @ 08:28 am
86. Get weight down to 135 and keep it around there for at least a year
87. Exercise at least three times a week for 50 weeks

I'm officially down 37 pounds from when I started keeping records of my weight loss. So I'm starting off this list at 141.6 with hopes of getting down to 135.

Last week, I put together an exercise schedule that requires me to work out 5 times a week and do a stretching routine for the other 2 days in a week. It seems unlikely I'll be able to exercise every single day in a week, but getting at least 3 in a week consistently is hard enough for me that that's where I set my goal. I recently bought an incentive (DVDs I've wanted for a long time) and put together a beautiful chart to fill out to keep me on track for July. I hope that will keep me exercising!
07 July 2018 @ 08:23 am
90. Save $1 a day in two different accounts

I have had an automated deposit set up in one bank for years, so I'm keeping that in place. I set up a new automated deposit in my other bank to take $1 a day and move it from checking to savings. Hopefully, it will be a small enough amount that I don't notice the hit. And, in the end, I'll have a good amount of backup money for emergencies.
07 July 2018 @ 08:18 am
20. Make Kiva loans in 5 new-to-me countries

I had enough Kiva credit, so I made a long for personal housing expenses to a family in Tonga, a country I hadn't leant to before:

Progress: 1/5
07 July 2018 @ 12:15 am
This is my fifth round of 101 Things to Do in 1001 Days goals.This time, I really want to challenge myself, but I still want to try to beat the previous records (hard as that will be to do). I also decided to make a number of items on my list with the theme "five" in honor of my fifth list. I'm ready to have some fun and do some work for the next 3 years! Also, technically, 2 of my things are "do 5 things from a list" sorts, so really it's more like 108 Things in 1001 Days, but who's counting?

My successes in previous years: list 1- 50 done; list 2- 67 done; list 3- 86 done; list 4- 90 done. Think I can beat 90 this time around?

I will indicate the items on this list as I accomplish them. I shall keep this journal updated as I work towards these goals, with pictures/links whenever possible. Entries in bold are ones I have completed. Entries in italics are ones in progress, which are taking a while to complete. Entries that are struck out are ones I have failed. Entries with * were completed during the grace period before my next list began.

Start Date: Saturday, July 7, 2018
Finish Date: Saturday, April 3, 2021

0 / 101 things. 0% done!

Things to Do with the Number Five
1. Read 5 books off graphic novels/manga shelves
2. Read 5 books off fandom shelves
3. Read 5 books off BookCrossing TBR shelves
4 .Read 5 books off general TBR shelves
5. Read 5 wrapped books
6. Read 5 books that are on my Pinterest Future TBR board
7. Read 5 books in the Outlander series
8. Read 5 books in the Dinotopia series
9. Read 5 books I’ve had out of the library for too long
10 .Read 5 electronic books
11. Write 5 stories for myself
12. Finish writing 5 WIPs
13. Watch 5 older Disney movies I’ve never seen before
14. Watch 5 movies at discount theaters or during discount days
15. Watch 5 new-to-me shows on Netflix
16. Watch 5 new-to-me shows on Amazon Prime
17. Catch up on/finish 5 shows I’m behind on
18. Get 5 new Pawsport stamps
19. Complete 5 Sneaky Cards
20. Make Kiva loans in 5 new-to-me countries
21. Complete 5 unfinished things from previous lists
22. Do 5 things off of the list of items that got cut

Things to Experience
23. Attend the Scottish Walk again
24. Visit the Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore
25. Visit the Pentagon 9-11 Memorial
26. Visit the National Museum of the Marine Corps
27. Visit Yorktown
28. Visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
29. Visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture
30. Visit Hillwood Museum
31. Walk across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge
32. Walk in the Capital Pride Parade
33. Eat at a Rainforest Cafe
34. Ride the ferris wheel at National Harbor
35. Go to the Maryland Renaissance Festival again
36. Drive the Blue Ridge parkway from one end to the other
37. See Cursed Child in NYC
38. See Luncheon of the Boating Party painting in person

Things That Need to be Done
39. Write all missing book reviews for 2016, 2017, 2018
40. Copy all book blog book reviews to BookCrossing, Goodreads, & LibraryThing
41. Sort all unsorted LEGO
42. Give my electric toothbrush a chance
43. Do a wardrobe purge
44. Stick to budget for 30 weeks
45. Buy a new laptop
46. Start saving money for a new car

Things to Get in Order
47. Clear 50 books off my TBR shelves
48. Deal with my cassette tapes
49.Deal with my CDs & floppy discs
50. Do 25 things to clean/fix up my house each May
51. Go through 33 boxes of my things
52. Get Inbox down to 5000 messages or fewer
53. Paint & put up shelves in LEGO Loft
54. Organize all my digital photos
55. Finish archiving favorite fanfics
56. Read all the articles Mom has given me

Things to Do Just For Fun
57. Finish an adult coloring book
58. Put together Harry Potter 3D Puzzle
59. Play Poohsticks with friends
60. Participate in a game at Brickfair
61. Get a new teddy bear on September 9 every year (Teddy Bear Day)
62. Build Tower Bridge out of LEGO
63. Wild release 100 books (not at Kensington or Gaithersburg)
64. Release Chronicles of Narnia books at Little Free Library

Things to Watch
65. Have a movie marathon weekend of all my favorite movies to rewatch
66. Watch/clear out half of Netflix list
67. Watch all of Critical Role
68. Watch a Saving Throw show live & sub
69. Watch all Highlander episode commentaries
70. Rewatch Time Trax
71. Get DVR down to 50% full or less

Things to Read
72. Start a YA book discussion group for adults
73. Read all published illustrated Harry Potter editions
74. Read Burke history book
75. Read one of the Great Courses

Things to Create
76. Make a Christmas Tree out of books
77. Make 2 vacation photobooks
78. Put together a display with items representing my Strokes characters
79. Write a story using Story Cubes
80. Self-publish another Strokes collection
81. Start music video/fanvid a day project
82. Make it through an entire writing MOOC
83. Create another blanket fort or nest of blankets in living room

Things for Myself
84. Walk home from Mordor
85. Do a DNA ancestry test
86. Get weight down to 135 and keep it around there for at least a year
87. Exercise at least three times a week for 50 weeks
88. Eat breakfast foods for all three meals in a day
89. Take a week of vacation and do things that make me happy
90. Save $1 a day in two different accounts
91. Every week, put money into a savings account equal to how old I am
92. Personal thing (code name: CP)
93. Personal thing (code name: NU)

Things for Others
94. Leave a 100% tip
95. Leave presents for librarians at KP & PO
96. Buy a nice LEGO set for a holiday toy drive
97. Volunteer at NOVA Pride
98. Volunteer with a new-to-me organization on MLK Jr. Day of Service
99. Start sending out holiday cards to friends/family

Things About Things
100. Donate $2 to charity for every thing I haven’t started and $1 to charity for every thing I started but haven’t finished
101. Make a new 101 Things in 1001 Days list

01 July 2018 @ 12:47 am
92. Have someone take a photo of me with one of my collections (Eeyore?) in this style: http://www.flickr.com/photos/emilyblincoe/sets/72157633958747915/ *

Even though I'm in my grace period now, my generous friend 6of8 came over and helped me accomplish this! It's the sort of thing I was going to need to be two people for. This represents probably a little less than half of my Eeyore collection. There were a lot of items that wouldn't lie flat in a way that would make them photogenic. But I still think the final result was lovely in the end.

Click the photo for a larger image.

* completed during my 101 Things in 1001 Days grace period
28 June 2018 @ 10:17 pm
This is the end, my friend! I had so much fun making great progress and doing so many things I wanted (and needed) to do! I plan to start my fifth list on July 7, so until then I'm going to see if I can't get another thing or two finished during that grace period.

Finished: 89
Started: 7
Not Started: 5

By Category--
Things About Creating: 14/14
Things About Games: 4/4
Things About Books: 10/12
Things About Writing: 5/7
Things About Places: 8/10
Things About Fandoms: 25/27
Things About My House: 4/5
Things About Money: 6/6
Things About Others: 2/3
Things About Me: 7/9
Things About Things: 4/4

I'm so proud of myself! I improved over my last list which was 83 at the end of the list and 86 at the end of the grace period. I even improved over the numbers not finished. I'm setting the bar SUPER high if I want to keep improving for next time, but I don't really have much of a choice. And I really can only continue to do my best.

I'm so happy I had friends along for the ride this time. And I'm looking forward to starting my next round of things with at least one of them on board!

28 June 2018 @ 08:29 pm
100. Donate $2 to charity for every thing I haven’t started and $1 to charity for every thing I started but haven’t finished

Haven't started: 5 x $2 = $10
Started but haven't finished: 7 x $1 = $7

So I needed to donate $17 to charity. I ended up donating $20 to Whitman-Walker for the Walk & 5K to End HIV tonight. The nice round number was also the basic donation amount required to register for the walk. So I killed two birds with one stone. Their system swears the transaction date is 6/29/2018 at 12:24 AM... but unless I'm time travelling, I only just made the donation a few minutes ago.