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13 January 2019 @ 08:56 pm
3. Read 5 books off BookCrossing TBR shelves

I started reading it in October, but finally finished this book today: Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer. I enjoyed the historical, fact-based telling about Salem, free of embellishment and speculation. I've been to Salem a few times, but I still learned quite a lot from this book.

Progress: 2 / 5
13 January 2019 @ 08:38 pm
68. Watch a Saving Throw show live & sub

I accidentally missed my favorite "every so often" series on Saving Throw on Friday. But, luckily, I stumbled upon a multi-part on Tempting Fate using Lasers & Feelings called Into the Spiderverse! Oh yeah. I'm there! I watched part 1 to get ready and then joined live for part 2 on Twitch tonight. I subbed at the beginning of the show and gave my re-roll to the table (Hey, I'm a Hufflepuff. I am for the people).

Into the Spiderverse has been AMAZING so far, and I'm excited to find out what's going to happen next. I mean, we've got Peter Pupper, the Spider-dooooge, and Squeaker Parker, a Spider-mouse. And that doesn't even cover the genderbending and the songs and queer characters and an appearance from Shuri and ALL THE SPIDERVERSE VARIATIONS! Everyone has been so wonderfully creative so far with the characters and the story.
"Everything about this is good." ~Sam De Leve
27 December 2018 @ 10:13 am
99. Start sending out holiday cards to friends/family

I mailed out the first round of cards on Monday just before the post office closed. I mailed out the second (last) batch yesterday. It took me a long time to put together a holiday letter. I was going to use some cards I bought for this purpose last year, but I realized I was 10 short. So I ordered another box of the same and, while I did that, ordered 3 boxes of another set of cards I'd fallen in love with. Those ones had a library lion on the front with a wreath around its neck. Considering I went to the New York Public Library and took some photos of the library lions out front, I thought this one was appropriate to send this year. The cards benefitted ProLiteracyWorldwide. I collected addresses and wrote out cards, using hockey stamps whenever possible.

It was actually a fun and rewarding experience to get to write notes to so many people I care about--some of whom I see often and some I haven't seen in many years.

27 December 2018 @ 10:02 am
84. Walk home from Mordor

On December 21, I arrived in Isengard from Minas Tirith, which is a distance of 535 miles. With the help of the ents, its beginning to rebuild itself after the war. Now I'm on my way from Isengard back to Rivendel.
27 December 2018 @ 09:57 am
14. Watch 5 movies at discount theaters or during discount days

I saw Bohemian Thapsody in November on a discount Wednesday (and ran into the discount movie meetup group while there, coincidentally, so I had some people to talk with when the movie was over). I loved the movie and, especially, the music!

Yesterday, at the same theater, I saw Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse on a discount Wednesday. I loved it--felt just like Bendis' stories but on the big screen. Lots of humor and surprises even though I knew the characters and story well.

Progress: 3 / 5
09 December 2018 @ 08:58 pm
11. Write 5 stories for myself

Today I posted 10 stories that I wrote during NaNoWriMo purely for fun. What joy! I really love writing stories for people, but writing things just for me is such a great experience. I'm glad I put this on my list!

Progress: 12 / 5
01 December 2018 @ 08:52 pm
96. Buy a nice LEGO set for a holiday toy drive

I found a nice set at the store a few months ago. It was so nice, I was tempted to keep it myself a number of times. I like that it has both boy and girl minifigs in it and that it's very imaginative. I thought it would make a really neat thing for a child to wake up to Christmas morning. I was waiting for the Toys for Tots bins to appear for the season, but I ended up going to a concert with 6of8 and they encouraged food and toy donations. How perfect that I had this ready and waiting!

01 December 2018 @ 08:41 pm
88. Eat breakfast foods for all three meals in a day

melydia once mentioned to me a magical day when she happened to have breakfast for all three meals. I asked my friends if doing it on purpose would make it less magical. They said it was still BREAKFAST FOR ALL THREE MEALS IN A DAY, and you can't beat that. I've got to agree. I had a normal breakfast (though treated myself to a waffle, which I only have once or twice a week at most). Then I found myself by a La Madeleine at lunch, so I had my favorite French toast there for lunch. Then I had a wonderful dinner at a cute little diner with my friend 6of8 where I had an omelette with muenster cheese (my favorite cheese).

It was definitely a magical day of food, and I'm not usually even a fan of food. I must do this again sometime.

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Breakfast #3
01 December 2018 @ 08:15 pm
23. Attend the Scottish Walk again

Wearing five layers for warmth, I ventured out to see the Alexandria Scottish Walk this year. I went a number of times when I was young with my dad and a few times as a teenager when I couldn't get enough of all things Scottish. But it has been more than 20 years since my last time attending, so I made it one of my things to go back again. About 3 minutes before the parade began, it started raining. And then it was cold and wet. As soon as the whole event was over, the rain let up. But apart from feeling miserable, I thoroughly enjoyed the parade. The people walking looked far wetter and colder than I was, and some of the poor dogs were shaking. But the bagpipers were wonderful and the atmosphere was festive. Lots of clans I love--including the Frasers and the MacLeods--and Clan Ramsay all dressed as Star Wars characters! There was a great mix of clans, local groups, dignitaries (including the state governor's wife) , and dogs. And, of course, Santa on bagpipes at the end.

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01 December 2018 @ 07:45 pm
5. Read 5 wrapped books

I finished reading So Shelly by Ty Roth. I have been fascinated by the lives of the romantic poets since I was in high school. So it was interesting to read this imagining of Byron, Shelly, and Keats as high schoolers. I wasn't a huge fan of all the jumping back and forth in time for this particular story. But I did think that the way the characters were put together and modernized was enjoyable. I wish I had LOVED it, but I did definitely like it. And I'm glad this wrapped book project got me to finally read it.

Progress: 3/5