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101 in 1,001 | March ’16

Posted on March 18, 2016

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This little bucket list is coming to a close really soon, might as well give an update on what I’ve been up to! More than anything, it’s funny to look at where I was when I wrote this list and how life has unfolded since then. Some of my tasks are of zero interest to me anymore and I honestly wonder where my head was when I wrote some of them.

So, here we go! A 101 in 1,001 update:

5. Give up sweets for two weeks. This happened organically, actually. I’ve been thinking about cutting out added sugar from my diet for awhile. It’s harder than you think, but I’ve been avoiding it pretty well for the last couple weeks. No more kombucha and cookies from Earthfare, but my addiction to La Croix makes it a little easier.

14. Maintain a weight under 125. Don’t wanna jinx it here, but this one has been pretty constant over the last few years. Partially due to Kent’s healthy eating habits that I’ve picked up, but I’ve been really finding my vibe in the gym lately. I started the BBG program from Kayla Itsines recently and I’m wiped out after each workout.

20. Send 50 handwritten notes. This kinda happened on it’s own, we held a conference at work that had a bunch of panelists from the community. A few weeks ago, I wrote and mailed out around 30 thank-you notes. Plus, we’ve been sending snail mail to Kent’s grandpa in Kansas lately. He always sends back a note thanking us for the card and telling us he is always thinking of us.

27. Make a budget and stick to it. When I bought a new car, I had this panic to get all my finances in OCD order. I started using the envelope system in January, pulling out for different envelopes with different paychecks. It’s been really helpful and it’s easier when we grocery shop and I can give Kent cash rather than asking the cashier to run two cards. I’ve been really plugging away at my students loans and today my total went under $17,000. I started plugging away in Fall 2014 when my loans were just over $25,000. It’s SO gratifying to see that number drop every month.

35. Harvest my own vegetables. I may have blogged about this before and not crossed it off, but I’m a seasoned cucumber farmer now! Last spring I planted a few different seeds and the cucumbers TOOK OFF. Wrapped up around the porch railing and down the stairs. It even climbed up the utility line to my upstair neighbor’s apartment. THEN she stole one of my huge, beautiful cucumbers. But – can’t say I blame her.

42. Visit a factory. I literally did this TWO YEARS AGO and I haven’t marked it off. C’mon, Kate. We’re planning our Europe trip bit by bit and we’re signed up to tour the Carlsberg beer factory in Copenhagen, Denmark! Really excited for that.

53. Have perfect attendance for an entire semester. Considerably easier when you’re only taking two graduate courses as opposed to five undergrad classes. Last semester & this semester I’ve made it to eeeeevery lecture. Go me.

61. Take a picnic somewhere pretty. Yet another one I did 2.5 years ago and haven’t marked off. We had a picnic in Baldwin Park on our one-year dating anniversary.

73. Stop Cursing. Lol, what came over me when I wrote this one? Not happening.

85. Go back to New York City. I did this in October with my sisters! I blogged about it here.

98. Learn Calligraphy. Can we amend this to say “sorta learn calligraphy”? I’m definitely comfortable with the pens, but I’ve found I’m more into freehand lettering than using a traditional calligraphy pen.

 

 

2015 is ALMOST OVER!

Posted on December 2, 2015

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Just 29 days left in 2015. Time for a 101 in 1,001 update.

The list is getting thin and the more difficult tasks are what’s left. Namely, perfect attendance… Dean’s list… traveling… eating fresh food… Ya know.

35. Harvest my own vegetables

This was a fun one! Last year I planted a few different plants, zucchini, carrots, cucumber. Only my cucumbers were resilient enough to withstand my lack of attention and I ended up with two strong cucumber plants! They wrapped up around our porch fence and grew like CRAZY. I’ll definitely be replanting them this spring and making a huge batch of pickles come summer.

42. Visit a factory

This one happened forever ago, literally over two years ago and I’ve somehow managed to neglect it on every update. On our one year dating anniversary, we went to Baldwin Park in Orlando and did a chocolate class at Foster’s Chocolate Factory! Not the kind of factory you see on an episode of Unwrapped, but a factory nonetheless! We each made a pound of chocolate and ate it all that night :0

85. Go back to New York City

This one was on the list and I wasn’t sure it would happen. Because my aunt Tierney is an absolute angel, the seesters and I went in October. Read a recap on that trip here.

October/November Happenings

Posted on November 13, 2015

2015 is dangerously close to being over. I turned 23 this week. We went and saw Walk the Moon and I DIDN’T EVEN BLOG ABOUT IT!!? A 101 in 1,001 update/life update is in order.

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Welp, we went and saw Walk the Moon! KB, Reid and I went and I loved it. More than anything, I was really really surprised how much I liked HOLYCHILD. I’ve been listening to both of their albums for weeks now.


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Job is good. Tallahassee is finally getting cold(ish) and it’s Homecoming Week! Homecoming here is a totally different beast than it was at UCF. We’ve had a couple events at work that have gone off without a hitch (thank you Jesus) and the game is tomorrow. Last year, KB and I went to a tailgate and the game and FROZE.


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Halloween came and went, we carved pumpkins with our friends and as per usual Kent’s pumpkin was “unique”. This years is below (I’m on the left… obv) & the picture under that is Kent’s creation from last year. They sorta look like happy old men, right?

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The weekend before my birthday, we all went hiking at Leon Sinks! Up until this last year I was a 0% outdoors kinda human. I had no desire to go into the woods, climb stuff, etc. After we went to Puerto Rico and hiked the rainforest, I was surprised how much I liked it. Since then, KB & I have made an effort to go out and hike when it isn’t deathly hot. Tallahassee has a bunch of great spots and there’s a spot in Georgia that’s next on our list.

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“Veterans Day day-off, on the way to breakfast” selfie. Absolutely love this guy who supports all my dreams and pushes me to try new things and be a softer, kinder person.

I FINALLY Read the Harry Potter Books

Posted on July 3, 2015

Growing up, I didn’t read Harry Potter. Might have seen one or two of the movies at some point. Cracked open the first book in elementary school, maybe? I don’t really remember. I’ve tromped through Harry Potter World at Islands of Adventure a handful of times and found it charming, but not enough to get me into reading the books.

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When I made my 101 in 1,001 list, I randomly put “read the Harry Potter series” on there. Why? Who knows. I was struggling to come up with a list of 101 things I wanted to do, much less in 1,001 days. I made that list in 2013 and it took me until May 2015 to start the task. I was scrolling through Amazon, adding books to my Wish List. I saw a paperback version of The Sorcerer’s Stone was $3.99, so I ordered it. Came in two days later and I finished it in one sitting.

Suddenly, Prime wasn’t fast enough. I had to read the second book now. Like right now. I found PDF versions and devoured them. I came home from work, opened my laptop and didn’t stop until my battery died, my stomach growled or my laptop seared big red marks on my stomach. I guess I caught the Harry Potter fever that everyone had caught almost a decade ago.

I read the Order of the Phoenix by the pool and finished The Half Blood Prince in a hammock in Puerto Rico. I think reading the books as an adult let my imagination wander back to a younger, exciting place. Goblet of Fire was my favorite but tied with Order of the Phoenix, I think the personal storylines you get in Phoenix are the best. I finished the series in five weeks.

I know it’s corny but I was honestly heartbroken when I shut the cover of The Deathly Hallows. I was totally sucked into this imaginary world and it’s characters. Kent and I watched the movies in a weeks time, I loved those just as much. Kent probably didn’t love “oh, well it wasn’t like that in the books” over and over.. but it softened my fall back into reality, I guess.

Anyway, probably some of my favorite books I’ve read. I cried and I laughed and I basically ignored Kent everyday after work for five weeks – that warrants a blog post, eh? :)

Recent Reads

Posted on February 25, 2015

When I was in fourth and fifth grade, I competed in the Book Bowl. When you read all (12? 15?) Sunshine State books for the year, you qualified for the Book Bowl and you battled the other elementary schools on trivia questions about the stories. I vaguely remember getting the list and begging my mom to take me to the library so I could put them on hold. It’s also important to note that I was undefeated at #1 on the AR point wall in the library for like, ever. I bought a Stuart Little remote control car and a “day as a librarian” pass with my spoils.

Though it’s been over a decade since I read a Boxcar Children book, I still love to get lost in a book. On my 20th birthday, Kent and I were newly dating and I asked him to torrent me books for my Nook, my present from my parents. He loaded that baby up with HUNDREDS of books. (Yes, not ethically but that’s besides the point right now!) I tore through over a dozen Patricia Cornwell novels and sobbed my eyes out for the third time reading Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. Reading has that magical ability to take you into a world that you create with your imagination, not a world that’s fed to you over a tub of popcorn.

Every paycheck, I buy myself a book. Sometimes two books if I get excited/can’t decide/find a great Amazon Prime price. Over Christmas Break I read Amy Poehler’s ‘Yes Please’ and loved every last scrupple of her witty words. I felt an obvious next choice would be Lena Dunham’s ‘Not That Kind Of Girl’ which left me disappointed by page 52. I’ve put that one down and have a wealth of opinions about Lena, but that’s another day and another blog post.


 

Some books I’ve read lately that have been hard to put down:


 

Yes Please – Amy Poehler
Homegirl is a great writer. I’m still thinking about how beautifully she addressed the subject of her divorce, saying “I don’t think a 10-year marriage constitutes failure” which was followed by “Divorce really sucks.” I read it during a car ride to Tampa and was honestly bummed out when I finished it. It left me feeling like Amy and I would be friends, if I were a witty comedian/celebrity/disgruntled state employee.

 

 

 

 

 

Spiritual Midwifery – Ina May Gaskin
Anyone with a vagina should read this! Anyone who plans on supporting someone who will push a human out of their vagina should read this! While you’re at it, read ‘Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth’ too – just for good measure. I’m a strong believer in the power and strength of a woman’s body and this books instills that. I’ve read a bunch of Ina May’s books and when I put each one down, I feel like an invincible, bad ass woman who is gifted with the opportunity to grow a human. Spiritual Midwifery opens with a sea of birth stories from women who gave birth in the 1960-70s in school buses, log cabins, under the trees and on a farm. It later goes into the birthing process, anatomy and physiology of a pregnant woman during labor, etc. I think birth is a naturally frightening thought for a lot of people, but Ina May really brings it down to a natural level that makes you wanna have five babies without anesthesia. Well, not really, but you get the point.

 

 

 

 

Creativity, Inc. – Ed Catmull
I ordered this off Amazon ($15!  Prime!) while I was sitting in a leadership talk. The woman speaking said it was inspiring and was a great read for someone managing, a creative person, or both. I’ve had to try my hand at leading/managing lately and I love Pixar, so why not! I really wasn’t expecting such an engrossing book from a “how-to” type of book – but Ed Catmull tells the story of his career, Pixar and Disney in that same warmth that made me feel like I’d be friends with Amy Poehler. Addressing change, accepting mistakes, keeping inspiration alive and the communication of a successful team are a handful of the things Ed writes about, often while explaining the company culture at Pixar which is fascinating by itself.

I read because I love to, but sometimes feel I don’t have the time. As a part of my 101 in 1,001 challenge, I’m pushing myself to read at least 12 books a year.