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15 September 2019 @ 08:42 pm
86. Get weight down to 135 and keep it around there for at least a year

On August 17, 2018, my weight dipped below 135. So it has been a year since that date, and I've managed to maintain my weight loss with diet adjustments and exercise nearly every day. This morning, I was at 122, in fact. I have every intention of keeping my habits up and getting as fit as I can. I suspect my weight will stay around 120 going forward.
15 September 2019 @ 08:37 pm
84. Walk home from Mordor

I sat down today to fill out my spreadsheet and discovered that I made it to beautiful Rivendell in July! I'm now on my way from Rivendell to Bag End.
15 September 2019 @ 08:33 pm
61. Get a new teddy bear on September 9 every year (National Teddy Bear Day)

This year for National Teddy Bear Day, I ordered a Build-a-Bear Winnie-the-Pooh. He is extremely soft and has a lot more character than the online photos showed, so I'm quite pleased with the choice.
15 September 2019 @ 07:23 pm
20. Make Kiva loans in 5 new-to-me countries

A loan in Bangladesh opened up recently, and so I jumped on it. The loan was to help provide low income communities in Bangladesh with clean drinking water.

There are only 8 countries on Kiva I haven't lent to, and none of them have had loans in a long time. So I keep checking back regularly in hopes that one might have a loan. Meanwhile, the repayments for outstanding loans trickle back in. So I'm hoping I'll hit a sweet spot when I have enough for a loan again at the same time one's available in one of my 8 new-to-me countries.

Progress: 4 / 5
15 September 2019 @ 07:17 pm
16. Watch 5 new-to-me shows on Amazon Prime

I don't watch nearly enough shows on Amazon Prime, which is why I made this one of my things. Recently, I watched another two shows:

2. ENDGAME (1 season)

3. Good Omens (1 season)

Progress: 3 / 5
15 September 2019 @ 07:10 pm
15. Watch 5 new-to-me shows on Netflix

I've watched two of these so far, since my round 5 list began:

1. Atypical (2 seasons)

2. The Good Place (3 seasons)

Progress: 2 / 5
15 September 2019 @ 06:54 pm
6. Read 5 books that are on my Pinterest Future TBR board

Almost unintentionally, I've managed to read a few books this year that were on the Pinterest board of books I want to read (this is how I kept track of things I wanted to track down before I joined Goodreads). Here's my Pinterest Future TBR board: https://www.pinterest.com/katemmcdevitt/future-mt-tbr/
The neat thing is, I inadvertantly read two of the first few books I ever added to the board (they're at the very bottom). I feel good about finally getting to them.

And here are the books off it that I've read since starting my 101 Things in 1001 Days Round 5 list:

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Luna by Julie Anne Peters

Progress: 3 / 5
15 September 2019 @ 06:12 pm
4. Read 5 books off general TBR shelves

I recently finished a few books off my general TBR shelves! 3 more down... about 2,000 left to go! LOL I've got one more I started this week, so I'm hoping to have this thing completed pretty soon. I read:

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz- I was SO sure I knew the twist. I felt so smart for figuring it out. And then... I was 100% wrong. *facepalm* An enjoyable read nonetheless. I can't say it wasn't engaging!

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi- John Green recommended this book on a vlog years ago, and I found a copy pretty recently, so I finally got around to reading it. While parts definitely made me panic (I'm not good with underwater possible drowning scenes in books/movies) I really loved the culture and worldbuilding. And crew=found family, which is one of my favorite tropes.

An Absolutly Remarkable Thing by Hank Green- I feel bad for taking so long to finally get around to reading this, but I'm very glad I did. I don't read a lot of straight sci-fi set in our world and in present day, but I really liked the mix of commentary about human behavior (and social media celebrity) vs. mysterious puzzles (and I always love a good Queen reference).

Progress: 4 / 5
02 September 2019 @ 07:35 pm
31. Walk across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge

On Labor Day, I found myself at National Harbor, staring over at the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. I had water and a hat and my sun sleeves, so I decided to give this a go. In hindsight, that was a gigantic mistake. I was wearing jeans and converse and no sunscreen/cover for the back of my neck. By the end of the walk, I was in so much pain--not only were my feet actually bleeding but both my hips were hurting as they haven't hurt since before my hip surgery. So, yeah. Bad, bad idea. But apart from the physical suffering, I really enjoyed the path.

10:45am- started at National Harbor along the walking path (stopping at every single historical marker to take photos of them)
11:17am- reached the bridge itself on the Maryland side and started across (stopping to take photos of the historical markers along the way)
11:53am- got to the end of the bridge on the Virginia side. Sat for a few minutes then turned around and headed back
12:17pm- returned to the Maryland side of the bridge
12:45pm- got back to the parking lot at National Harbor

I got in more than 11,000 steps during the trip and really enjoyed the views. I drive over this bridge several times a week to get to work, and I've always wondered what the historical markers on the path read. There are also some spectacular views of the Potomac River, Washington, DC, National Harbor, and Alexandria, Virginia. I'm really glad I walked the whole thing. I just wish I'd been smarter about doing it. I was just about dead at the end of it all!

14 July 2019 @ 09:47 pm
24. Visit the Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore

Yesterday, I went with two friends to the American Visionary Art Museum. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, but I really enjoyed the experience. There were a lot of interesting pieces with deep meanings that made me think. There were a lot of pieces that I just enjoyed experiencing. And there were some that deeply disturbed me that I won't forget any time soon. I love the kenetic sculptures and a lot of the pieces were too whimsical not to love. The gift shop was also amazing and overwhelming. I might have bought too many things... but probably not. heehee It was a great experience. I would totally go back some time!