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20 September 2018 @ 07:44 am
29. Visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture

I've been wanting to go to this since it opened--unfortunately, so has the rest of the country. This month, they eliminated the need for tickets on weekdays, so I decided to take a day off work and go see it, finally. There were other visitors there, obviously, but it wasn't crowded at all. I spent a little over 5 hours there, and I never made it into the special exhibit gallery or to one other place in the museum. But I still think I saw plenty. I loved the community and culture galleries in the top floors. Starting off the bottom three levels in slavery and working our way up to modern day was powerful and emotional. I didn't actually expect to cry as many times as I did. It was wonderful seeing a lot of familiar names and images throughout--people I'd learned about in school or more recently. But there was also plenty I learned for the first time like what a bottle tree is for and the women who were part of the Niagra Movement in civil rights. I loved seeing pieces of the past--items actually owned by people I admired. I ate lunch at a counter right by a photo of four young men at a lunch counter sit-in. I understand the point of "The Paradox of Liberty" display, but I was pretty annoyed to walk into a room and see a giant status of Thomas Jefferson front and center. But the rest of the museum was fantasic. It's definitely a thoughtful and important way to honor such a large portion of the history and culture of the US. I already look forward to my next visit!









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20 September 2018 @ 07:04 am
28. Visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Though it was built years ago, I'd never been to this memorial in DC. It took me a little while to find it, as my phone was on car directions not walking, and I kept taking the wrong paths. But I got there in the end. I thought it was a wonderful tribute. Dr. Martin Luther King's likeness towers over everything and everyone it's been pulled out of a mountain. And though his greatness and wisdom overwhelm, there is a lot of space in the memorial for quiet, peaceful contemplation.



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19 September 2018 @ 10:26 pm
63. Wild release 100 books (not at Kensington or Gaithersburg)

I wild released two books today! So far, all my releases have been themed releases--probably, because they're my favorite kind. Maybe I should have put that explicitly in the wording of the thing originally.


Book Links:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/12074899/
http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/3029316/

I hope that they find good, new homes!

Progress: 45 / 100
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16 September 2018 @ 10:30 am
9. Read 5 books I’ve had out of the library for too long

This morning, I finished reading Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines. I've had it out of the library forever, just reading it little by little over the months. It had an interesting supernatural concept, an engaging and dramatic mystery, and characters whose love triangle ended up surprisingly satisfying at the end. I am glad to have finished it! The melding of books and magic here was highly enjoyable.

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16 September 2018 @ 09:53 am
13. Watch 5 older Disney movies I’ve never seen before

I watched two movies this week: Bolt (was a little surprised at the twist at the beginning and then surprised how enjoyable I found it) and Planes (definitely didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did). I'm really glad I made this one of my things. There are a lot of Disney movies I skipped, and so far I've enjoyed these ones.



Progress: 2 / 5
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15 September 2018 @ 11:22 pm
22. Do 5 things off of the list of items that got cut
51. Go through 33 boxes of my things
63. Wild release 100 books (not at Kensington or Gaithersburg)

I went to the National Zoo today with two good BookCrossing friends. I brought 100 books to wild release, but I wassn't able to release them all at the zoo. And it seems silly to count all 100 toward this goal, as I did it all in one day. I did put a lot of work into the releases, though. So I decided to count 35 of the releases, my favorite themed releases for the day. I'd forgotten how much fun this was. Even though it was a hot day and a lot of walking (and three trips to the car) I had a lot of great moments releasing books and seeing some really great animals. In clearing out so many books, I also managed to empty one and a half of my storage boxes.











Thing 22 Progress: 2 / 5
Thing 51: Progress: 4 / 8
Thing 63 Progress: 43 / 100
 
 
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09 September 2018 @ 10:56 pm
61. Get a new teddy bear on September 9 every year (National Teddy Bear Day)

I went to my first National Teddy Bear Day event today at Build-a-Bear Workshop. The store was pretty quiet when I arrived, so I stayed and built my free teddy. His name is Prince!



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02 September 2018 @ 10:29 pm
I created a new merit badge-style book for my List 5 and began filling it out already. I love doing this each time around. There's something about having it physically in hand where I can make notes and use my "COMPLETED" stamp on pages.

 
 
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02 September 2018 @ 10:25 pm
93. Personal thing (code name: NU)

I made 6 purchased in August toward this. I'm not sure how to measure it to know when to mark it complete, so I'm going to have to think about this one a little harder. In any case, I'm making great progress with this. It's nice to give myself an excise to buy something I really needed.
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02 September 2018 @ 10:23 pm
Exercise at least three times a week for 50 weeks

I missed a couple days, especially at the beginning of August. But I worked hard and did well to keep up with my workout schedule. In fact, I earned a stuffed goose for my efforts! heehee



Progress: 8 / 50
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