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15 October 2018 @ 09:05 pm
33. Eat at a Rainforest Cafe

I've always wanted to eat at one of these restaraunts. There was one in the nearby mall when I was growing up, but my family never ate out. My best friend at the time got to eat at one multiple times and told me how much fun it was. I loved walking by and seeing the animals and running water inside. Turns out that there are only 24 locations left in the United States, but I was lucky to find out that I was going to be in the same town as one of them. So I made it a point to go.

I had a natural (veggie) rainforest burger and vegetables. It was yummy, though not the best meal ever. Eating it in the middle of a jungle, on the other hand, was a whole lot of fun. I loved the fish especially and also when the thunder and lightning storm happened. I was seated by a gorilla who was constantly proving himself to the others across the room. It was silly and the animatronics were old, but I loved the experience. It was exactly what I'd thought it would be--lots of fun!







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09 October 2018 @ 10:11 pm
75. Read one of the Great Courses

I have seen these on the shelves for years and have always wondered if I'd like to learn while driving. I tried earreading one about the American Revolution, but the first CD was so scratched, I couldn't get through it. So I turned that one back in and tried again, this time with a course called Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines.

I enjoyed the lessons, and often I'd come up with counter-arguements to theories being presented a minute or two before they were covered by the instructor. I also loved hearing about Ada Lovelace and Alan Turing, of course. The discussion of AI wasn't all that new to me, but in the context of the human mind, it was an interesting spin. However, I don't learn well by hearing things. So while I made it through the whole series of lessons, and I followed it all, I didn't retain very much. I remember a number of the theories and some of the counters to them, but I couldn't tell you their context or the names of those who developed them. So now I have weird, iincomplete knowledge of this subject without any firm idea of what I actually believe on the subject.

I'm glad I gave it a shot, but I don't think the format works for me.

 
 
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08 October 2018 @ 06:06 pm
Well, I'm just three months in and finally I'm caught up to my goal of finishing 3 every month (for a total of 9 finished so far). I'm back on par. Now I just have to finish 3 more in October to stay there, but I think I've set myself up for being able to do that. If all goes well, I should have 2 more done this week and then another done on the 22nd of October.

Anything I do on top of that or any progress I make toward my started but not yet finished goals will only help me out in future months. I'd love to get a little ahead so that months when I'm otherwise busy (like I will be in November with NaNoWriMo and December with the holidays) I won't have to worry as much if I don't get to 3.

It's early yet, so I shouldn't be worried. But I need to stay on top of things, especially the goals that are going to take a lot of time, if I want to shoot for more than 90 accomplished for this list. My list #4 finished thing number is a tough goal to beat, but I'm going to give it my all! Feels nice right now just to be caught up with a full month ahead of me with which to do things.

On we go!
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08 October 2018 @ 05:44 pm
34. Ride the ferris wheel at National Harbor

It was a little cloudy, but not too bad when I woke, up, so I took a quick trip to National Harbor today. I arrived an hour later than I intended to, but it turns out the ferris wheel doesn't open until noon on weekdays, so it worked out perfectly. It was a fun trip around four times (ended up being five, if you include the first one where we stopped multiple times to let people on, so it feels like I got an extra treat for my money). It was clear enough for me to see the Washington Monument as well as a lot of other locations. I enjoyed the ride on this new-to-me feature in my area. Certainly a fun way to end my holiday weekend.





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08 October 2018 @ 05:35 pm
18. Get 5 new Pawsport stamps

I decided to take a few hours out of my day for a short visit to National Harbor. While there, we got Morgan Bear his first Maryland Build-a-Bear pawsport stamp. It's a stamp we didn't have before and specific to Maryland and in red! Pretty awesome. The store employee wanted to make sure there was room for lots more stamps, so she made a point to stamp near the top of the page. I appreciate that so much!


Progress: 3 / 5
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08 October 2018 @ 05:29 pm
63. Wild release 100 books

I released Potomac Fever on the banks of the Potomac River today.



progress: 57 / 100
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07 October 2018 @ 01:42 pm
44. Stick to budget for 30 weeks

I had a rough September with travel and unexpected car repairs. But I managed to stick to my budget during two weeks.

Progress: 4 / 30
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07 October 2018 @ 01:37 pm
87. Exercise at least three times a week for 50 weeks

I had a perfect September, though I had to cheat slightly on the last day. I definitely hit at least 3 times a week, though.



Progress: 13 / 50
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07 October 2018 @ 01:30 pm
63. Wild release 100 books

I'm up to 56! So far, I've managed to make them all themed releases. There are two I set aside to release at special events and just completely forgot to bring them with me. Drat! But I'm definitely enjoying getting back into wild releasing.





Progress: 56 / 100
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07 October 2018 @ 01:25 pm
37. See Cursed Child in NYC

This was a big adventure for me, so I made it one of my things. I was super nervous about scheduling everything--hotel, travel, parking, etc. But it all worked out wonderfully. I had an absolutely magical time, despite the story being so terrible.





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