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18 February 2019 @ 09:08 am
3. Read 5 books off BookCrossing TBR shelves

I recently read Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, which I got in the first line game at the last BCinDC holiday party. Though I didn't love it as much as I'd hoped, I still thought it was a great read and a wonderful merging of a lot of my interests along with quirky characters and a dramatic mystery that might hold the secret to eternal life.

Progress: 3 / 5
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24 January 2019 @ 07:24 pm
20. Make Kiva loans in 5 new-to-me countries

I've been checking Kiva repeatedly, but there haven't been any loans in countries I hadn't already backed. Today I got SUPER lucky and there was ONE loan in a country I hadn't supported yet. In fact, I was so lucky that it was the country I most wanted to support--the country where I was born! And the person with the loan has the same first name as my dad, which was a great coincidence as well. I wish him all the best with his crafts!
https://www.kiva.org/lend/1675959


Progress: 2 / 5
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22 January 2019 @ 10:14 pm
52. Get Inbox down to 5000 messages or fewer

When this list started, I had more than 36,000 emails in my Inbox. I've been working on it in chunks, and it's grown and shrunk multiple times over the months. But I worked on it for hours this weekend while listening to Critical Role episodes (another one of my things) and tonight I got my Inbox down to 5,000 and then below 4,000! Whoohoo!

I've still got a way to go before I get to Inbox Zero. And there are a LOT of folders now that need to be sorted through. But this is still a major accomplishment for me. I'm going to guess that I've not had so few unsorted messages in my Inbox since I first got email in the '90s!
 
 
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21 January 2019 @ 09:58 pm
98. Volunteer with a new-to-me organization on MLK Jr. Day of Service

I really like the idea of using MLK Jr. Day as a day of service--a day on, not a day off. As much as I love having a day off, I also know how important it is for me to not take advantage of the fact that I have a job right now with holiday pay. I did a search on https://www.nationalservice.gov/serve-your-community/mlk-day-service for something near me, and there wasn't much of anything. I expanded my search until I came upon a giant volunteer opportunity in Rockville, Maryland, so that's what I signed up for.

It was an event run by the Montgomery County Volunteer Center, which brought together about 50 different organizations in their community that needed volunteers. When the doors open, thousands of us were let loose upon these orgs. I headed straight to tables 40 and 41 where I manned the soap for the next 30 minutes or so, putting it in bags with other toiletries for the homeless. There was a nice group of people I worked with; we were a well-oiled machine!

After that, I floated around looking for something else, but everything was pretty well staffed. I asked at the no-sew blanket & scarf area, but they were out of scissors and space as well. So I wound up over at Manna Food Center, packing diabetic/vegetarian boxes. I went through the line a few times until they ran out of boxes for us to fill.

I did a couple more passes through. There were a few I would have liked to have helped out with, but they were filled with children who were having fun, so there wasn't room for me. It was awesome seeing SO MANY families and kids involved in this service day.



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13 January 2019 @ 08:56 pm
3. Read 5 books off BookCrossing TBR shelves

I started reading it in October, but finally finished this book today: Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer. I enjoyed the historical, fact-based telling about Salem, free of embellishment and speculation. I've been to Salem a few times, but I still learned quite a lot from this book.


Progress: 2 / 5
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13 January 2019 @ 08:38 pm
68. Watch a Saving Throw show live & sub

I accidentally missed my favorite "every so often" series on Saving Throw on Friday. But, luckily, I stumbled upon a multi-part on Tempting Fate using Lasers & Feelings called Into the Spiderverse! Oh yeah. I'm there! I watched part 1 to get ready and then joined live for part 2 on Twitch tonight. I subbed at the beginning of the show and gave my re-roll to the table (Hey, I'm a Hufflepuff. I am for the people).

Into the Spiderverse has been AMAZING so far, and I'm excited to find out what's going to happen next. I mean, we've got Peter Pupper, the Spider-dooooge, and Squeaker Parker, a Spider-mouse. And that doesn't even cover the genderbending and the songs and queer characters and an appearance from Shuri and ALL THE SPIDERVERSE VARIATIONS! Everyone has been so wonderfully creative so far with the characters and the story.
"Everything about this is good." ~Sam De Leve
 
 
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27 December 2018 @ 10:13 am
99. Start sending out holiday cards to friends/family

I mailed out the first round of cards on Monday just before the post office closed. I mailed out the second (last) batch yesterday. It took me a long time to put together a holiday letter. I was going to use some cards I bought for this purpose last year, but I realized I was 10 short. So I ordered another box of the same and, while I did that, ordered 3 boxes of another set of cards I'd fallen in love with. Those ones had a library lion on the front with a wreath around its neck. Considering I went to the New York Public Library and took some photos of the library lions out front, I thought this one was appropriate to send this year. The cards benefitted ProLiteracyWorldwide. I collected addresses and wrote out cards, using hockey stamps whenever possible.

It was actually a fun and rewarding experience to get to write notes to so many people I care about--some of whom I see often and some I haven't seen in many years.





 
 
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27 December 2018 @ 10:02 am
84. Walk home from Mordor

On December 21, I arrived in Isengard from Minas Tirith, which is a distance of 535 miles. With the help of the ents, its beginning to rebuild itself after the war. Now I'm on my way from Isengard back to Rivendel.
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27 December 2018 @ 09:57 am
14. Watch 5 movies at discount theaters or during discount days

I saw Bohemian Thapsody in November on a discount Wednesday (and ran into the discount movie meetup group while there, coincidentally, so I had some people to talk with when the movie was over). I loved the movie and, especially, the music!

Yesterday, at the same theater, I saw Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse on a discount Wednesday. I loved it--felt just like Bendis' stories but on the big screen. Lots of humor and surprises even though I knew the characters and story well.




Progress: 3 / 5
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09 December 2018 @ 08:58 pm
11. Write 5 stories for myself

Today I posted 10 stories that I wrote during NaNoWriMo purely for fun. What joy! I really love writing stories for people, but writing things just for me is such a great experience. I'm glad I put this on my list!

Progress: 12 / 5