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02 April 2019 @ 08:24 pm
5. Read 5 wrapped books

I unwrapped another book a few weeks ago and read half of it on the Metro and the other half while waiting for my flight home from Portland. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo was a super sweet (though sometimes heartbreaking) story about a child's rabbit toy that finds itself separated from its family and moving from home to home in search of love and caring. It meets a whole lot of different people and beings--some who love it and others who are rough with it. And it learns a lot about the world at the same time, including learning some tough lessons. The illustrations were simply gorgeous and really got to the heart of each scene chosen.

Progress: 5/5
21 March 2019 @ 09:29 pm
45. Buy a new laptop

My current laptop opens up on one side to reveal its insides, which is a feature I never asked for in a machine. It was past time to replace it. I finally found a laptop with specs that seemed to be what I want/need. It's got a ton of storage space and a media drive, which is hard to find these days. I haven't even had time to take it out of the box yet. I'm not looking forward to setting it up at some point, but I'm looking forward to using it once it's all set up.

17 March 2019 @ 09:26 pm
38. See Luncheon of the Boating Party painting in person

I read Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland a few years ago, and I was thrilled to discover the painting was at a museum in D.C. It took me putting it on this list to finally make my way to the Phillips Collection, though. The red line terminated earlier than I had planned, so I ended up walking a lot more than expected to get there. I also had a bit of a hard time figuring out the museum map. But it wasn't a very big museum, so I decided to just wander until I found it. Luckily, I discovered it in the second room I chose. It was even more amazing than I'd anticipated. All the brushstrokes, detail, care, movement, expression, cleverness, and work that went into it just flooded over me. I studdied it for a long time, then I went and saw everything else on the floor. Then I checked out the painting again and listened to the audio tour entry for it. Then I looked at the other floors of work and came back to the painting one more time. I tried to listen to the meditation audio track, but realized it was not for me. So I just enjoyed the painting a little longer before heading out to meet my friends in Georgetown.

I'm definitely glad I finally had a chance to see it and explore the whole museum as well.

02 March 2019 @ 09:37 am
85. Do a DNA ancestry test

My parents got me a LivingDNA kit for Christmas this past year, and I finally got around to swabbing my cheek and sending it in last month. The results arrived! They weren't what I thought. I'd always assumed I was a quarter German, a little more than a quarter English, and the rest mostly Irish with a tiny bit of Welsh and Scottish mixed in. Instead, my results (which were repeated twice on the page for a reason the company has yet to explain to me) show I'm 100% from the UK & Ireland. This particular company breaks it down further into counties/regions, which is fascinating. Though I'm having a tough time believing it entirely. How did my family on my Mom's side get the last name Gehr if there's no German at all?

I'm thinking about doing another ancestry test and seeing how different or similar the results are. But it's still super interesting to see where it's likely my people came from!
28 February 2019 @ 09:10 pm
3. Read 5 books off BookCrossing TBR shelves
5. Read 5 wrapped books

Tonight I finished Millions by Frank Cottrell. I watched the movie years ago and really liked it. So when I found the book at a used book sale, I bought it to read. And I was excited when I unwrapped it! I liked the story and characters a lot. The movie was pretty faithful to this quirky, touching, adventure. What would you do if a bag of hundreds of thousands of dollars lands in front of you? It was great seeing what happens to the characters here. And I definitely enjoyed Damian's obsession with saints here just as much as I did in the movie version. A good read!

BookCrossing Book Progress: 4 / 5
Wrapped Book Progress: 4 / 5
26 February 2019 @ 09:24 pm
Read all the articles Mom has given me

Over the years, my mother has handed articles to me, and I have been not reading them right away. In fact, I found a large stack of articles a year or two ago when I was cleaning, so I decided to make this a thing to get them read finally. I have been reading a few articles here and there all month, and I finally made it through the last one.

Topics ranged from hockey to books to politics to science to travel to awesome women to pride. I learned a lot and enjoyed every single article. I'm so glad I had the chance to read them all!

23 February 2019 @ 09:20 pm
63. Wild release 100 books
64. Release Chronicles of Narnia books at Little Free Library

I released 20 books in the Chronicles of Narnia series at a nearby Little Free Library. I've been meaning to release these books for years, so I'm glad I finally made myself do it! I have another dozen or two to release there as well, so I'll have to go back again some time. I had a hard time closing the LFL afterward, but I finally managed to get the door closed and locked. Those 20 books put me over my goal of wild releasing 100 books! So it was two things finished in one shot.

18 February 2019 @ 09:35 am
63. Wild release 100 books

I released a few books at Little Free Libraries in January and 18 books on the release walk yesterday with my BookCrossing group. So I'm nearly to my goal here!

Progress: 97 / 100
18 February 2019 @ 09:33 am
57. Finish an adult coloring book

I colored some turtles!

Progress: 7 / 24
18 February 2019 @ 09:25 am
20. Make Kiva loans in 5 new-to-me countries

On Valentine's Day, I always make a loan with the Becky's Hugs group. I was lucky to find two in a country I hadn't yet supported: Thailand. This one had a woman in a pink shirt, so I chose it.

Progress: 3 / 5