Thing 61

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.


Thing 81

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: http://thefangirlproject.com/?p=2346

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.

Thing 73

73. Read all published illustrated Harry Potter editions

In June, I read the second illustrated book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Hands down, my favorite illustrations were of Diagon Alley. But I also liked all the little hidden Easter Eggs like the busses outside King's Cross bearing familiar initials. This isn't my favorite Harry Potter book, but it was still a wonderful, magical adventure with these illustrations to enjoy along with the story.


Thing 2

2. Read 5 books off fandom shelves

In July, I read two more books for this thing, which completes it. I really enjoyed the Ghostwriter story (even though it was written in 1993, it could be set now, given the state of race relations). The Doctor Who book starred one of my favorite doctors (Two) and several of my favorite companions, but the politics left me a little cold.

4. Ghostwriter: Alias Diamond Jones by Cristina Salat
5. Doctor Who: Dreams of Empire by Justin Richards


Thing 54

54. Organize all my digital photos

I've been working on this off and on again for years, but having my laptop die this month required me to move all my files and rethink my organizational systems for files in general. So now all my photos from 2005 onward are in the same place by category/subject. It should be much easier to find photos from now on.

The final stats are:
294 folders
342 subfolders
100,694 total files

Thing 2

2. Read 5 books off fandom shelves

In May, I read three books off my fandom bookshelf:

1. Gargoyles: Demona's Revenge by Francine Hughes
2. The Art of Star Wars Episode I by Jonathan Bresman
3. Young Indiana Jones and the Plantation Treasure by William McCay

Progress: 3 / 5

Thing 50

50. Do 25 things to clean/fix up my house each May

I had a productive but exhausting month of May! I also forgot to post my progress from 2019. So here are both lists and some photos of this year.

  1. Clean glass stovetop

  2. Fixed light in upstairs hallway

  3. Replaced wreath on front door

  4. Set up new bench in bedroom with extra storage

  5. Put away Easter decorations

  6. Donated kitty litter and food that was sitting around

  7. Planted flowers and added a hanging basket of flowers to backyard

  8. Emptied a box of BookCrossing books

  9. Purged books and reorganized library shelves

  10. Hung new art/posters in library

  11. Threw out old medication

  12. Swept and cleaned deck

  13. Put together Harry Potter castle diorama and found a display location

  14. Put up new art in bedroom

  15. Cleaned upstairs bathroom including shower

  16. Recycled 2 bags of plastic bags

  17. Recycled lots of extra cardboard boxes

  18. organized DVD collection into binders

  19. Changed sheets on bed

  20. Dusted all over!

  21. Cleaned living room and table

  22. Cleaned workstation in basement

  23. Put up new art in craft room

  24. Bought new lightbulbs (LED)

  25. Got rid of old, expired cleaning products

  1. Repotted aloe plant

  2. Organized the pantry

  3. Bought new bathroom items and set them up

  4. Threw out old medication

  5. Set up glider outside

  6. Washed kitchen floor, entry way floor, and all bathroom floors

  7. Swept the deck

  8. Cleaned the washer and dryer

  9. Organized dresser; purged clothes from dresser

  10. Went through 30 boxes from large storage area

  11. Cleaned the microwave

  12. Dusted all vents

  13. Decluttered and reorganized craft desk

  14. Switched to spring bedding

  15. Washed all couch covers and couch cushion covers

  16. Vacuumed all carpets

  17. Dusted and reorganized office bookshelf

  18. Washed all curtains and ironed (put up new curtains in craft room)

  19. Cleared kitchen counters

  20. Organized pins into pin book

  21. Cleaned sink and garbage disposal

  22. Cleaned humidifier with decalcification powder

  23. Organized storage area

  24. Dusted all blinds

  25. Decluttered office desk

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Thing 51

51. Go through 33 boxes of my things

In May, I managed to sort through 30 boxes of things from my larger storage area! It took me almost all month, but I got rid of a lot and feel extremely proud.


Thing 44

44. Stick to budget for 30 weeks

Yesterday, I hit my 30th week! This has been very difficult for me. And it's going to continue to be something I work on. But it's nice to have this done to prove to myself I really can do it.