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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Number 24: Throughly clean and detail my truck interior

I cleaned it myself at the beginning of summer, then I hired some JH kids to do it back in November.  The truck has been cleaned and detailed twice this year, but it is, of course, still dirty.  Such is life!

Number 1: Lose 30 pounds

226 in June to 196 in December.  

Number 4: Update my resume

I learned that it's hard to write an updated resume when you dont know what job you're applying for or where you are going to live.  I also have a whole portfolio to update.  I updated what I could, but was not really feeling it since I am so far out from actually applying for a new job.

Number 30: Teach Ryder a new trick

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Crawl.

Finish the rip rugs

I started this rug back in November as a Christmas gift for my friend Sadie.  It quickly became a tedious project and I abandoned it.  So I've had this box full of strips of cloth hanging around my bedroom for months.  Today, I got sick of looking at it and decided to finish it once and for all.  Ta-da!

Friday, February 06, 2015

Write a letter of resignation



Wow!  That was the most difficult letter I've ever written.  I dont know if I should feel daunted or excited that this was the first thing I crossed off my new birthday list.  Maybe both?

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

35 things to do before I turn 36

This year I'm gaining some inspiration from my friend, Erin, who started a birthday list last year.  Her list includes a long list of things to accomplish with the goal of hitting a certain number of them, rather than writing a certain number of goals and trying to accomplish them all.  So, there are 70 items on this list and my goal is the accomplish 35 of them before I turn 36.  The first nine are rollovers from last years list.

Volunteer for Librivox
Complete 12 sections in my Bible study workbook
Publish my book
Yoga class/yoga in the park
Day hike
Go skiing/sledding/play in snow
Read When Kids Cant Read
Sew myself a wearable garment
Read 5 more book off this list or this list
Finish the rip rugs
Play Zelda
Read Game of Thrones
Harvest, preserve, and eat wild mushrooms
Make butter or cheese
Try 3 new spices
Quilt
Play frisbee golf in Anchorage or Indiana
Host a multiple course dinner party
Kentucky Derby party
Make soap with Erin
Get Baptized
Advent calendar Christmas boxes
Attend a movie at the new Bethel theatre
Attend a service at the Russian Orthodox Church
Make colored ice balls for winter
Ride roller coasters at Great America
Write a letter of resignation
Take a class
Visit the Indiana Sand Dunes
Run a 5K
Have my truck waxed and detailed
Hang out with Avery
Start a new tradition
Get under 175 pounds
Go roller skating
Find a new church home
Join a bible study group
Find a farmers market/organic farm
Community garden
Fourth of July with Kassia
Read the paper
Set up a real live Christmas tree
Go to a haunted house
Read Mitchner's Poland
Recycle
Bikini wax
Segway tour
Adler Planetarium
Sleep under the redwoods
Drive the coast highway
Float in the Great Salt Lake
Visit Crater Lake
Eye exam
Check my credit report
Pay off my house or sell it
Alphabet picture gifts
Bake a rhubarb pie from scratch
Fast for three days
Make a time capsule
Write thank you notes just because
Get past 20 push ups
River tour in Chicago
Hang a prism
Go to a horse race
Tour a brewery
Make a Bethel appreciation list
Make a 2014 photo album
Transfer my info to a new address book
Move out of my storage unit
Get ObamaCare

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Modern Library and Readers Lists

  1. ULYSSES
  2. by James Joyce
  3. THE GREAT GATSBYby F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MANby James Joyce
  5. LOLITAby Vladimir Nabokov
  6. BRAVE NEW WORLDby Aldous Huxley
  7. THE SOUND AND THE FURYby William Faulkner
  8. CATCH-22by Joseph Heller
  9. DARKNESS AT NOONby Arthur Koestler
  10. SONS AND LOVERSby D.H. Lawrence
  11. THE GRAPES OF WRATHby John Steinbeck
  12. UNDER THE VOLCANOby Malcolm Lowry
  13. THE WAY OF ALL FLESHby Samuel Butler
  14. 1984by George Orwell
  15. I, CLAUDIUSby Robert Graves
  16. TO THE LIGHTHOUSEby Virginia Woolf
  17. AN AMERICAN TRAGEDYby Theodore Dreiser
  18. THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTERby Carson McCullers
  19. SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVEby Kurt Vonnegut
  20. INVISIBLE MANby Ralph Ellison
  21. NATIVE SONby Richard Wright
  22. HENDERSON THE RAIN KINGby Saul Bellow
  23. APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRAby John O’Hara
  24. U.S.A.(trilogy)by John Dos Passos
  25. WINESBURG, OHIOby Sherwood Anderson
  26. A PASSAGE TO INDIAby E.M. Forster
  27. THE WINGS OF THE DOVEby Henry James
  28. THE AMBASSADORSby Henry James
  29. TENDER IS THE NIGHTby F. Scott Fitzgerald
  30. THE STUDS LONIGAN TRILOGYby James T. Farrell
  31. THE GOOD SOLDIERby Ford Madox Ford
  32. ANIMAL FARMby George Orwell
  33. THE GOLDEN BOWLby Henry James
  34. SISTER CARRIEby Theodore Dreiser
  35. A HANDFUL OF DUSTby Evelyn Waugh
  36. AS I LAY DYINGby William Faulkner
  37. ALL THE KING’S MENby Robert Penn Warren
  38. THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REYby Thornton Wilder
  39. HOWARDS ENDby E.M. Forster
  40. GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAINby James Baldwin
  41. THE HEART OF THE MATTERby Graham Greene
  42. LORD OF THE FLIESby William Golding
  43. DELIVERANCEby James Dickey
  44. A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME (series)by Anthony Powell
  45. POINT COUNTER POINTby Aldous Huxley
  46. THE SUN ALSO RISESby Ernest Hemingway
  47. THE SECRET AGENTby Joseph Conrad
  48. NOSTROMOby Joseph Conrad
  49. THE RAINBOWby D.H. Lawrence
  50. WOMEN IN LOVEby D.H. Lawrence
  51. TROPIC OF CANCERby Henry Miller
  52. THE NAKED AND THE DEADby Norman Mailer
  53. PORTNOY’S COMPLAINTby Philip Roth
  54. PALE FIREby Vladimir Nabokov
  55. LIGHT IN AUGUSTby William Faulkner
  56. ON THE ROADby Jack Kerouac
  57. THE MALTESE FALCONby Dashiell Hammett
  58. PARADE’S ENDby Ford Madox Ford
  59. THE AGE OF INNOCENCEby Edith Wharton
  60. ZULEIKA DOBSONby Max Beerbohm
  61. THE MOVIEGOERby Walker Percy
  62. DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOPby Willa Cather
  63. FROM HERE TO ETERNITYby James Jones
  64. THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLESby John Cheever
  65. THE CATCHER IN THE RYEby J.D. Salinger
  66. A CLOCKWORK ORANGEby Anthony Burgess
  67. OF HUMAN BONDAGEby W. Somerset Maugham
  68. HEART OF DARKNESSby Joseph Conrad
  69. MAIN STREETby Sinclair Lewis
  70. THE HOUSE OF MIRTHby Edith Wharton
  71. THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTETby Lawrence Durell
  72. A HIGH WIND IN JAMAICAby Richard Hughes
  73. A HOUSE FOR MR BISWASby V.S. Naipaul
  74. THE DAY OF THE LOCUSTby Nathanael West
  75. A FAREWELL TO ARMSby Ernest Hemingway
  76. SCOOPby Evelyn Waugh
  77. THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIEby Muriel Spark
  78. FINNEGANS WAKEby James Joyce
  79. KIMby Rudyard Kipling
  80. A ROOM WITH A VIEWby E.M. Forster
  81. BRIDESHEAD REVISITEDby Evelyn Waugh
  82. THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCHby Saul Bellow
  83. ANGLE OF REPOSEby Wallace Stegner
  84. A BEND IN THE RIVERby V.S. Naipaul
  85. THE DEATH OF THE HEARTby Elizabeth Bowen
  86. LORD JIMby Joseph Conrad
  87. RAGTIMEby E.L. Doctorow
  88. THE OLD WIVES’ TALEby Arnold Bennett
  89. THE CALL OF THE WILDby Jack London
  90. LOVINGby Henry Green
  91. MIDNIGHT’S CHILDRENby Salman Rushdie
  92. TOBACCO ROADby Erskine Caldwell
  93. IRONWEEDby William Kennedy
  94. THE MAGUSby John Fowles
  95. WIDE SARGASSO SEAby Jean Rhys
  96. UNDER THE NETby Iris Murdoch
  97. SOPHIE’S CHOICEby William Styron
  98. THE SHELTERING SKYby Paul Bowles
  99. THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICEby James M. Cain
  100. THE GINGER MANby J.P. Donleavy
  101. THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONSby Booth Tarkington

  1. ATLAS SHRUGGEDby Ayn Rand
  2. THE FOUNTAINHEADby Ayn Rand
  3. BATTLEFIELD EARTHby L. Ron Hubbard
  4. THE LORD OF THE RINGSby J.R.R. Tolkien
  5. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRDby Harper Lee
  6. 1984by George Orwell
  7. ANTHEMby Ayn Rand
  8. WE THE LIVINGby Ayn Rand
  9. MISSION EARTHby L. Ron Hubbard
  10. FEARby L. Ron Hubbard
  11. ULYSSESby James Joyce
  12. CATCH-22by Joseph Heller
  13. THE GREAT GATSBYby F. Scott Fitzgerald
  14. DUNEby Frank Herbert
  15. THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESSby Robert Heinlein
  16. STRANGER IN A STRANGE LANDby Robert Heinlein
  17. A TOWN LIKE ALICEby Nevil Shute
  18. BRAVE NEW WORLDby Aldous Huxley
  19. THE CATCHER IN THE RYEby J.D. Salinger
  20. ANIMAL FARMby George Orwell
  21. GRAVITY’S RAINBOWby Thomas Pynchon
  22. THE GRAPES OF WRATHby John Steinbeck
  23. SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVEby Kurt Vonnegut
  24. GONE WITH THE WINDby Margaret Mitchell
  25. LORD OF THE FLIESby William Golding
  26. SHANEby Jack Schaefer
  27. TRUSTEE FROM THE TOOLROOMby Nevil Shute
  28. A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANYby John Irving
  29. THE STANDby Stephen King
  30. THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’S WOMANby John Fowles
  31. BELOVEDby Toni Morrison
  32. THE WORM OUROBOROSby E.R. Eddison
  33. THE SOUND AND THE FURYby William Faulkner
  34. LOLITAby Vladimir Nabokov
  35. MOONHEARTby Charles de Lint
  36. ABSALOM, ABSALOM!by William Faulkner
  37. OF HUMAN BONDAGEby W. Somerset Maugham
  38. WISE BLOODby Flannery O’Connor
  39. UNDER THE VOLCANOby Malcolm Lowry
  40. FIFTH BUSINESSby Robertson Davies
  41. SOMEPLACE TO BE FLYINGby Charles de Lint
  42. ON THE ROADby Jack Kerouac
  43. HEART OF DARKNESSby Joseph Conrad
  44. YARROWby Charles de Lint
  45. AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESSby H.P. Lovecraft
  46. ONE LONELY NIGHTby Mickey Spillane
  47. MEMORY AND DREAMby Charles de Lint
  48. TO THE LIGHTHOUSEby Virginia Woolf
  49. THE MOVIEGOERby Walker Percy
  50. TRADERby Charles de Lint
  51. THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXYby Douglas Adams
  52. THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTERby Carson McCullers
  53. THE HANDMAID’S TALEby Margaret Atwood
  54. BLOOD MERIDIANby Cormac McCarthy
  55. A CLOCKWORK ORANGEby Anthony Burgess
  56. ON THE BEACHby Nevil Shute
  57. A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MANby James Joyce
  58. GREENMANTLEby Charles de Lint
  59. ENDER’S GAMEby Orson Scott Card
  60. THE LITTLE COUNTRYby Charles de Lint
  61. THE RECOGNITIONSby William Gaddis
  62. STARSHIP TROOPERSby Robert Heinlein
  63. THE SUN ALSO RISESby Ernest Hemingway
  64. THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARPby John Irving
  65. SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMESby Ray Bradbury
  66. THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSEby Shirley Jackson
  67. AS I LAY DYINGby William Faulkner
  68. TROPIC OF CANCERby Henry Miller
  69. INVISIBLE MANby Ralph Ellison
  70. THE WOOD WIFEby Terri Windling
  71. THE MAGUSby John Fowles
  72. THE DOOR INTO SUMMERby Robert Heinlein
  73. ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCEby Robert Pirsig
  74. I, CLAUDIUSby Robert Graves
  75. THE CALL OF THE WILDby Jack London
  76. AT SWIM-TWO-BIRDSby Flann O’Brien
  77. FARENHEIT 451by Ray Bradbury
  78. ARROWSMITHby Sinclair Lewis
  79. WATERSHIP DOWNby Richard Adams
  80. NAKED LUNCHby William S. Burroughs
  81. THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBERby Tom Clancy
  82. GUILTY PLEASURESby Laurell K. Hamilton
  83. THE PUPPET MASTERSby Robert Heinlein
  84. ITby Stephen King
  85. V.by Thomas Pynchon
  86. DOUBLE STARby Robert Heinlein
  87. CITIZEN OF THE GALAXYby Robert Heinlein
  88. BRIDESHEAD REVISITEDby Evelyn Waugh
  89. LIGHT IN AUGUSTby William Faulkner
  90. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NESTby Ken Kesey
  91. A FAREWELL TO ARMSby Ernest Hemingway
  92. THE SHELTERING SKYby Paul Bowles
  93. SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTIONby Ken Kesey
  94. MY ANTONIAby Willa Cather
  95. MULENGROby Charles de Lint
  96. SUTTREEby Cormac McCarthy
  97. MYTHAGO WOODby Robert Holdstock
  98. ILLUSIONSby Richard Bach
  99. THE CUNNING MANby Robertson Davies
  100. THE SATANIC VERSESby Salman Rushdie

Number 3: Read 5 more books off this list

I've been reading off this BBC 100 best books list since 2010.  Hard to believe I only have read 39, some of them only in part. I think I will continue to read occasionally off this list, but I'm also ready to move on to some more modern reading lists.  So many books to read and so little time.  Here are the 5 I read this year...

Little Women- Louisa May Alcott
The Great Gatsby- F Scott Fitzgerald
The Woman in White- Wilky Collins
Sense and Sensibility- Jane Austin
Tale of Two Cities- Charles Dickens

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Number 15: Attend a roller derby meet

 Went into Anchorage last weekend for some doctor/dental appts, shopping, and rollerderby!
 It was fun to see what a roller derby meet was actually all about.
 Watching those ladies out there really made me crave skating.  I miss have roller skates on my feet!
 I think if I lived in a place where there was a roller derby team, I would be very interested in being involved!
Good times!