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List 5 Wrap-up

Finished: 80
Started: 6
Not Started: 15

By Category--
Things to Do with the Number Five: 20/22
Things to Experience: 12/16
Things That Need to be Done: 4/8
Things to Get in Order: 6/10
Things to Do Just For Fun: 7/8
Things to Watch: 5/7
Things to Read: 4/4
Things to Create: 7/8
Things for Myself: 8/10
Things for Others: 5/6
Things About Things: 2/2

Several factors beyond my control made it impossible to do 6 of the things on my list, such as traveling during the pandemic. I am glad that I didn't procrastinate and I did a lot of "Things to Experience" early on. Beating 90 things was going to be difficult in a perfect world, and this definitely hasn't been a perfect world lately. So I am proud of my ability to get 80 things done this round, despite the pandemic and losing my job.

I've already got much of a list drawn up for round 6, and I'm planning to start it on my birthday, April 19.
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Thing 46, 90, 91

46. Start saving money for a new car
90. Save $1 a day in two different accounts
91. Every week, put money into a savings account equal to how old I am

I am grouping the financial ones together here at the end of this round. I did indeed create a new savings account for a new car. I started it in September 2018 with an initial deposit of $1,000 and had some money from each paycheck automatically put into the account since. I've pulled some money out of it for the upkeep of my current car, but I did manage to save a bit in the account. So I'm considering it a win.

I kept my current 101 Things in 1001 Days account with its weekly deposit of $7 running, even through my unemployment. I have a second account in another bank where I set up an automatic deposit of $1 a day as well. Both accounts have remained untouched throughout the duration of my 1001 days.

I kept this savings account up as well, and I kept it active even when I lost my job. So I have indeed been saving an amount equal to my age each week, and I've incremented it each year after my birthday.

Thing 80

80. Self-publish another Strokes collection

I spent most of this month working on this collection, and I'm nearly there. I'm waiting for proofs at the moment before it's officially available. But I've done the writing, editing, formatting, and designing. So I'm considering this one done. It's just a matter of waiting for the mail and hitting approve.

It was thrilling to get to have two of my characters finally get married, and it's a great way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of my characters.

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73. Read all published illustrated Harry Potter editions

This month I read the illustrated versions of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. I loved experiencing the magic of these stories again in a new way. Reading them with these illustrations made them feel especially magical. I look forward to the final three books, when they get published in the future.

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67. Watch all of Critical Role

To be honest, I am checking this off though I have only made it through campaign 1. The 115 episodes (plus one-shots) and about 500 hours took me several years to get through, so I'm counting it as a major accomplishment. I'll put campaign 2 on next time's list.

I'd always wanted to watch it, and I'm so glad I did. I absolutely loved it. It was worth the time commitment and more. I felt the full range of emotions from cheering and dancing around my room to ugly crying/sobbing. I definitely fell in love with the Vox Machina characters and Matthew Mercer's storytelling. Absolutely amazing adventures I couldn't get enough of. I can't wait to start the second campaign!

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95. Leave presents for librarians at KP & PO

I was hoping to give the librarians their presents by dropping them off in their mailboxes or on their desks, but COVID-19 had other ideas. I bought these containers and some Hershey's kisses. Then I created 30 bookmarks for each library. One side had a cancelled postage stamp from my collection and the other side had a nice, literary quote and message of appreciation.

I dropped one off for the librarians at each library, and it was nice seeing some of them again in person :-)


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78. Put together a display with items representing my Strokes characters

For years now, I have been collecting Christmas ornaments that remind me of my Strokes characters. This year, I finally put them together for this tree. I had to make a few for remaining characters, and I'll probably refine the display next year when I can afford to buy things again. For now, I'm really happy with the results.

Nik- rainbow disco ball
Sweetie- Christmas-themed LEGO ball (including building pieces and a computer terminal)
Jamie- Christmas-colored hockey goalie
Olly- Doctor's bag
Ducky- Fortune cookie
Sinclair- Hockey skates and stick
Coyote- Microphone
Trip- Sailor duck and rainbow dog tag
Toby- Stuffed Labrador dog
Auntie Al- LEGO Alfred from Batman
Julia & Robert- Limousine
Ace- Motorcycle
Pit- Garage King tire and tools

Strokes tree
Groom & groom wedding
Genderqueer pride heart
Rainbow pride heart
Rainbow converse shoes
Beads, most of which were from various pride festivals

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61. Get a new teddy bear on September 9 every year (National Teddy Bear Day)

I found a really good sale and used gift card money I'd saved up from doing Bing searches to buy myself a bear for National Teddy Bear Day this year. I've wanted a Gund Snuffles bear for years now, ever since I read The Joyful Bear by Margaret Meps Schulte & Frank Lloyd Bear. I do not regret the decision, as Ray is incredibly soft and huggable.


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81. Start music video/fanvid a day project

Ever since I attended a sing-along vid show as the first morning panel at a con, I had the idea of putting together a collection of fun fanvids to wake up to. After thinking about the project a while, I decided to start out a little softer than one a day and, instead, modified this to one a week. I posted the first one today on my fandom blog:

I have scheduled out fanvids through April of 2021 (45 of them, to be exact). So I am considering that an excellent start to this project. My hope is to keep it going and finish up a whole calendar year of fun videos I recommend that appear every Friday.