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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!

Number 33: Make a rip rug

What to do with all those old t-shirts?  Throw them away?  Nah...too wasteful.  Turn them into rags?  You can only have so many rags.  So, I looked for something better!  And found this tutorial on making rip rugs.  
You can also use any other old fabric like old bed sheets or towels or whatever.  This rip rug was made out of a pair of Christmas themed fleece pajamas.  The fabric was too thick to put under the sewing machine, so I had to sew it by hand, but it turned out good.  Nice and soft and comfy.  Just perfect for putting your feet down on when you get out of bed in the morning or good for the dog to curl up on.

This rug was a little too tedious, so I've decided to try this method instead. http://www.craftpassion.com/2010/03/recycle-tutorial-woven-rag-rug.html

I've got one almost finished.  Maybe I'll work on it today!  

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Number 28: Complete a 30 day challenge

Completed this challenge along with my roommate and our Bethel Biggest loser group.  It was a great way to kick start my weight loss and the participation in the group.

Number 25: Renew my Alaska teaching license

It's kind of ironic that this came in mail the day after I've decided that I'm pretty sure I'm not coming back next year.  At least I have the option to come back anytime before 2020!

Number 14: Whiten my teeth

I had been thinking of whitening my teeth for awhile when I found a whitening package at Costco.  It included a 15 pack of regular Crest whitening strips and a 2 pack of 1hour express strips.  I decided that I was going to do the whitening over the summer while driving in the car.  I started with one of the 1 hour strips, then did the 15 strips over the course of the summer whenever I was bored driving in the car, then ended with the other 1 hour strip. I dont really have a before pic, but this is the after pic.  I do think it made a difference and even my dental hygienist said they looked good when I was there last week!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Number 2: Pay off a credit card

I've had this credit card since 1998.  It was the first one I got in college.  I've kept it all these years because they are a good company with good interest rates and frequently have low rate balance transfer offers and other perks.  It is the card that I used for all of the house remodel costs two summers ago.  This is the first time it has had a zero balance since 1998!!!!  That's pretty exciting!