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29 April 2019 @ 05:53 pm
1. Read 5 books off graphic novels/manga shelves

I've recently read some of the graphic novels off my TBR bookcase as well, two of them just yesterday. However, I've read a few others so quickly upon getting them they never made it on the shelves, so I can't technically count them for this thing. Here are the ones I've read:
I Was the Cat by Paul Tobin
Check, Please! Vol 1 by Ngozi Ukazu
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol 1: The Coulson Protocols by Marc Guggenheim
The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen

Progress: 4 / 5
29 April 2019 @ 05:47 pm
8. Read 5 books in the Dinotopia series

I've been really enjoying this series. I have watched the miniseries so many times, but it's great having a proper dive into the world. Here are the Dinotopia books I've read so far:
Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time by James Gurney
Dinotopia: The World Beneath by James Gurney
Dinotopia: Windchaser by Scott Ciecncin

Progress: 3 / 5
29 April 2019 @ 03:03 pm
14. Watch 5 movies at discount theaters or during discount days

I took the day off of work today and went to see How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World at the discount theater. It turned out to be a private screening, as I was the only person in the theater at noon on a Monday. I thought parts were super cute and sweet, but I still felt a bit unsatisfied and cried a lot at the end, though I know it was supposed to be happy.
27 April 2019 @ 11:41 pm
3. Read 5 books off BookCrossing TBR shelves

I finally finished reading The Woman and the Ape by Peter Hoeg, which happens to be the book that has been sitting the longest on my BookCrossing bookshelf (so it counts for that square in 2019 BookCrossing Bingo).

I didn't love the book, which was the story of a highly-evolved ape who escapes, is recaptures for a zoo, and escapes again with the help of the zookeeper's wife, who begins an intimate and obsessive relationship with it. It did make me think about the line between human and animal. And there were a few lines here and there that were interesting to me. But, overall, I didn't enjoy the story or feel much for the woman. Some of the writing was absolutely gorgeous, and some of it was short and blunt and under-developed. Anyway, I am glad to have read it, though it's not a book I could personally recommend to anybody.
21 April 2019 @ 03:39 pm
59. Play Poohsticks with friends

For my birthday celebration, I asked my friends to play Poohsticks with me. I've always wanted to play, and it's not something I can do on my own. I have amazing friends. one of whom lives within walking distance of a bridge in Rock Creek Park that was so perfect for playing Poohsticks that as soon as we got there, we found a family already standing on the bridge playing their own game of Poohsticks! We even asked them if that's what they were playing and, yep! That was so incredibly magical.

We chose a bunch of good sticks from melydia's backyard and carried them to the beidge, just in case there weren't any in the forest (yeah, we shouldn't have bothered, but at least we didn't have to leave the path to hunt for any). Poohsticks is played by dropping sticks on the upstream side of the bridge and then running over to the downstream side to see whose emerges first. We played about 8 rounds, and I lost absoluely every time except for the very last round! It was so much fun learning the tricks of the river and choosing the sticks. My favorite moment was when one of the sticks got caught in a weird back current (is that a thing?) and decided to go back under the bridge.

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It was also International BookCrossing Day, so I released two Winnie-the-Pooh books near the bridge. One book was about playing Poohsticks and the other about birthdays.So appropriate!
09 April 2019 @ 06:34 am
14. Watch 5 movies at discount theaters or during discount days

On Sunday, I finally had a chance to see The LEGO Movie 2 in theaters. I thought it was a highly enjoyable continuation of the first movie's two different storylines. And I thought it did a good job of integrating more styles of LEGO (Duplo, Friends) and licenses. There were a good number of jokes aimed at adults as well, so I certainly appreciated that.

Progress: 4 / 5
02 April 2019 @ 08:24 pm
5. Read 5 wrapped books

I unwrapped another book a few weeks ago and read half of it on the Metro and the other half while waiting for my flight home from Portland. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo was a super sweet (though sometimes heartbreaking) story about a child's rabbit toy that finds itself separated from its family and moving from home to home in search of love and caring. It meets a whole lot of different people and beings--some who love it and others who are rough with it. And it learns a lot about the world at the same time, including learning some tough lessons. The illustrations were simply gorgeous and really got to the heart of each scene chosen.

Progress: 5/5
21 March 2019 @ 09:29 pm
45. Buy a new laptop

My current laptop opens up on one side to reveal its insides, which is a feature I never asked for in a machine. It was past time to replace it. I finally found a laptop with specs that seemed to be what I want/need. It's got a ton of storage space and a media drive, which is hard to find these days. I haven't even had time to take it out of the box yet. I'm not looking forward to setting it up at some point, but I'm looking forward to using it once it's all set up.

17 March 2019 @ 09:26 pm
38. See Luncheon of the Boating Party painting in person

I read Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland a few years ago, and I was thrilled to discover the painting was at a museum in D.C. It took me putting it on this list to finally make my way to the Phillips Collection, though. The red line terminated earlier than I had planned, so I ended up walking a lot more than expected to get there. I also had a bit of a hard time figuring out the museum map. But it wasn't a very big museum, so I decided to just wander until I found it. Luckily, I discovered it in the second room I chose. It was even more amazing than I'd anticipated. All the brushstrokes, detail, care, movement, expression, cleverness, and work that went into it just flooded over me. I studdied it for a long time, then I went and saw everything else on the floor. Then I checked out the painting again and listened to the audio tour entry for it. Then I looked at the other floors of work and came back to the painting one more time. I tried to listen to the meditation audio track, but realized it was not for me. So I just enjoyed the painting a little longer before heading out to meet my friends in Georgetown.

I'm definitely glad I finally had a chance to see it and explore the whole museum as well.

02 March 2019 @ 09:37 am
85. Do a DNA ancestry test

My parents got me a LivingDNA kit for Christmas this past year, and I finally got around to swabbing my cheek and sending it in last month. The results arrived! They weren't what I thought. I'd always assumed I was a quarter German, a little more than a quarter English, and the rest mostly Irish with a tiny bit of Welsh and Scottish mixed in. Instead, my results (which were repeated twice on the page for a reason the company has yet to explain to me) show I'm 100% from the UK & Ireland. This particular company breaks it down further into counties/regions, which is fascinating. Though I'm having a tough time believing it entirely. How did my family on my Mom's side get the last name Gehr if there's no German at all?

I'm thinking about doing another ancestry test and seeing how different or similar the results are. But it's still super interesting to see where it's likely my people came from!