Sunday, December 21, 2008
As you can see, the snow is blowing across the road. And it's exceeding the speed limit, gusting up to 40 mph. I wonder if it'll get arrested.
It was fairly sunny, the light sparkling off the snow. Our camera couldn't do it justice!
And the running water of the rivers and streams was more like running slush!
We are happy to be home & back in a warm environment!
Item #95: We are currently within our holiday shopping budget! And all of our shopping has been done for a while, so I'm going to count this a success for 2008!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Item #80: I thought of a couple people for whom I wanted to make soap as little Christmas gifts, and suddenly, *poof!* I've used up all of our soapmaking supplies! Cross one more off our list! Now, does anyone want some soap molds, dyes, and scents? All you have to do is add your own soap. *grin*
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Tomorrow, we may be tackling Item #91 ... just have to see if we can afford to outfit the house with all those bulbs. They're not cheap!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
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We've completed 40 of our 101 items thus far!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Item #75: We went for our monthly visit to the Arboretum. All the leaves are off the trees, the sky was quite blue, and the air wasn't too chilled. We are hoping (okay, I am hoping, H is dreading) snow tomorrow!Item #99: We invested in an entertainment coupon book, and we found a number of restaurants that are near us that we've never tried before, so we'll be able to try out some new spots AND eat cheaply!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Item #90: We went to the local Teavana store we'd located & sniffed about 8 different teas, and chose 4 to bring home. We've tried the Ceylon one so far (I found it a bit too smoky for my tastes, but H admits he may have used too much tea ... and now we learn, possibly too hot water and too much steeping). Yes, tea brewing is becoming an art! We'll try the other 3 flavors over the rest of the winter.
Item #95: We purchased 3 more holiday gifts today ... and we've been reminded why we do not shop at Woodfield Mall: parking insanity, too many shoppers, and now a 10% sales tax! HOLY COW! We will not be returning there anytime soon. Except, maybe to visit Teavana in January, since there is only a 2% tax on the tea -- must be because it's a food item? I need to purchase one more gift, on Tuesday, then most of the rest are handmade to some degree!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Item #74: We are doing great with our credit card usage ... or more accurately, lack thereof! We've got a few more weeks to go ... and I am hoping that, like with Item #29 (no fast food for a month) we will decide to continue it, because it's working out very well for us!
Item #81: I should take a new picture of the "potions & lotions" closet shelf, because we are really making a significant dent in the stuff. We are now totally out of stockpiled shampoo & conditioner (except for one set that is for guest use), and we are making our way through hand lotion pretty fast, now that the air is drier! We do seem to have an excess of bath gel and body wash, so I'm making an effort to use it on a more regular basis, too.
Item #84: I now have on the calendar to attempt making homemade ravioli the weekend after Thanksgiving. Just have to buy the ingredients & set aside a few hours. I may even invite some friends, because I think it will be fun!
Item #90: This weekend, we are planning on going to Woodfield Mall & hopefully we can scope out the Teavana store there.
Item #94: I asked our friends' handyman to look at our closet door ... it turns out that one of the disks has deteriorated rather badly, so that is why it keeps getting stuck. I'll have to call the manufacturer to see if we can get a replacement part. But, hey -- progress!
Item #95: So far, so good with the holiday budget. I am doing my best to keep us on track. We are making several holiday gifts this year, which we often do anyway, to supplement our funds. I'm finding new & fun ways of stretching out a buck!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Item #95: I'm also keeping a careful eye on our holiday budget. We're making several gifts this year ... but even so, I want to be sure we stay under our limit!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Okay, here's the thought that germinated in my head while biking at the gym this morning (a wonderful spot for pondering the universe, let me tell you): I would like to begin an email discussion with you about positive changes that each and every one of us can make, above and beyond what we're doing now. I am inspired by the wave of enthusiasm and excitement from the election, and regardless of politics, I think each one of you will agree with me that the nation, indeed the world, will be a better place if we each step up and do just a little bit more than we are doing now. Whether we invest in our communities, our families, our government, our places of spiritual value, our environment, or some area I haven't considered, we have the potential to create a massive positive effect.
I know that many of you are excited about last night's election results ... and just about as many of you are sorely disappointed. I would like to step beyond the question of who has been elected and move on to the question of what will each one of us do in our own lives? Some of you I know are already actively involved in church activities, in deepening your spiritual self, in helping your community, and in other forms of activism. I think this is awesome, because you can inspire the rest of us to consider activities that we might not ever have thought of.
Here's my vision: I am sending out this email, asking if you'd like to participate in this discussion/brainstorming session. If you agree, I'll send out an email with some of my thoughts & ask people to reply with more ideas, to everyone on the list. It will not be an arena for political discussion, merely an opportunity to exchange ideas & to come up with plans of action. If you don't want to participate, that's fine, too -- I don't expect everyone to jump on this as it's got the potential to generate quite a few emails & to start up a larger process than some of you may want to undertake at this time!
If you want to participate, please email me back (hit reply, not reply-to-all, please) by this Friday, November 7th. If you do not reply, then I will make the assumption you prefer not to participate. If you have friends who you think might be interested in this little undertaking, please feel free to forward the email to them, and then have them email me directly to ask to be added. On Saturday, November 8th, I'll send out the first email to get the ball rolling & start the process of identifying different ideas ... it is my expectation that from there on out, it'll be a fairly organic process, but I'll try to step in and keep people on topic if they're straying a bit.
If, at any point, someone sends a flaming email or makes a nasty comment, I will contact that person for clarification. If, in my best judgment, I feel the person's having a negative effect on the process, I retain the right to rein them in and possibly exclude them from discussions.
So, are you up for it? Let me know! :D
If you are interested in joining, please contact me through my profile & I will add you to the distribution list!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Item #83: We made Enchilada Casserole in the crockpot, so the 3rd week in a row for a crockpot meal ... next week will be #4 & will mean we've reached our goal, but we may make it a trend for the remainder of the winter season, 'cause, gosh ... it's so super simple to cook like this! And it tends to make some pretty tasty leftovers for the next day or two! I'd share tonight's tasty recipe with you, by way of a link, but sadly, Cooking Light's partner, MyRecipes.Com is doing some kind of wacky overhaul & I can't access my saved recipes anymore ... and I can't find it on the site via search ... and I can't seem to get anyone to respond to my emailed requests for help. Ah, well. One more useful tool gone the way of the dodo. Maybe they'll sort it out sooner or later.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Item #40: H played for 3,480 grains today, and I played for 2,000, bringing our total to 66,480. We have a long way to go to reach a million grains of rice!!
We managed to accomplish a couple of things in October ... and now November is right around the corner, so we'll have to give our list another look-over and see what we want to tackle next. I'm all for doing #90 & patronizing a Teavana store, but we're slim on funds at the moment, so it may have to wait until later in the month. Tires & contact lenses come first!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Item #99: We tried Go Roma today (gosh, I love having coupons that let us try new restaurants at reduced rates!), and declared it very good! It's not a very posh spot, but the food was quite tasty (I had pizza on a whole wheat crust, so it was even moderately healthy!) and reasonably priced (even without a coupon!), and the decor quite appealing. Two thumbs up. And we now have another 19 new local restaurants to try!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Item #99: My brother & his wife were in town, so we went out to lunch at Redstone, which was quite nice! We will most likely go back. 20 more new local restaurants to go!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Item #100: We are trying Sarpino's Pizza tonight. It should be arriving soon. I hope.
Item #81: I didn't take all the little travel sized shampoos, conditioners, soaps & body lotions from our recent trip. We took ONE set, because we anticipated that subsequent overnight locations wouldn't have 'em. And we were mostly right. And we already used up the shampoo & conditioner ... so just brought home the half-used soap. 'Cause I hate wasting it. Maybe this is how I wound up in this predicament. *grin*
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Just for good measure, we visited a 2nd roadside stand (Item #14) and it made me wish I had an empty suitcase ... I purchased 4 huge gingergold apples & 2 bartlett pears for only $2.00!!And we WERE able to complete Item #96, viewing a sunset from the top of a mountain -- not as dramatic as over an ocean or lake ... but still, very cool!
To answer Bethany's questions from the previous post ... H did NOT like mint at ALL!!!! ... and YES, it is THAT Cascadian Farms! I hadn't made the connection until we went inside the little stand & saw the cereal & thought I'd recognized the label!! Their ice cream was out of this world!!!!!!
On to more adventures!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Item #14: And yesterday, we stopped at roadside vendor & bought stuff ... yummy yummy stuff!
Soon, we hope to see a sunset from a mountain top (Item #96) ...and if SUPER lucky (not likely), see the Northern Lights (Item #48)!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Item #89: I forgot to mention in the previous post that H talked to the music trio he enjoyed at the farmers' market & got some leads on some places that might teach banjo!
In October, we are setting our sights on #24 (clean our gutters) and #83 (make a crockpot meal once a week for a month).
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Item #51: Sadly, on Friday, H's hard work didn't show up on the scale. I am certain it's a temporary condition and am behind him 100%!
Item #81: Although we spent last night at a hotel, I did not abscond with any travel sized soaps or shampoo. *grin*
Item #86: H was reluctant to go to the Farmers' Market this weekend, but when a parking space opened right where he was going to wait for me, he really didn't have much of an excuse. We purchased peaches, apples, kettle corn & cookies, all to take down to my parents for the weekend. But the best part? The live music!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Item #41: I'm waiting for H to try his next 3 foods, and then we'll be done with this one, too. *grin* Comically, I tried 2 more on Tuesday -- parsnips and cauliflower. They were minced & melded into a cold salad, and they were pretty tasty, but I don't know if I'd rush out and have more of it tomorrow.
edit: I forgot to give H credit for the lima beans he tried last week. He only has 2 more foods to try. And he's trying to weasel out of it.
Item #51: According to the gym scale, I'm down 5 pounds ... according to the one at home, I've lost 2. Either way, it's the right direction. H weighs in tomorrow ... and I fully expect that he will have lost some weight, too!
Item #79: I made chocolate chip cookies & sent them with H to take into work, for no reason, yesterday. It turned out that they were dealing with some massive, unexpected issues ... so the cookies were much appreciated!!!
Item #81: I used up one of the refill bottles for handsoap & pitched it in the recycling. Slowly our stash is shrinking. Soon, we'll be completely out of travel-size shampoo (okay, I'm saving a couple of bottles for houseguests), and we'll have to start buying it at the store!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Item #33: I have all the ingredients to make cinnamon rolls ... maybe we'll be able to make them this weekend!
Item #51: The scale at the gym says that H's lost 4 pounds & so have I! I don't believe my readings, though, because my first weigh-in was post-breakfast, post-2-waters, and post-workout, so I don't know how reliable the reading was. Still, if my home scale's anything to go by, I think I've lost 1-2 pounds, which is good.
Item #74: Money is tight (just an ebb-and-flow thing with my job), and it is awfully tempting to put something on a credit card and "just pay it off later," but we are sticking by our plan to not put anything on a credit card except travel expenses & emergencies ... like the string of vet visits we just dealt with!
Item #81: I am doing my damndest to use up this soap/body care stuff, and it just seems never ending. The shampoo is almost all gone ... what we have surfeit of is body wash (neither one of us seems to be a huge fan of this stuff!) & lotion. And bars of soap, thanks to Item #80. I have to say, I will be stunned if we actually accomplish this item at the end of 1001 days.
Item #90: In keeping with #81, I thought about creating an item for our next list (yes, I am thinking that far ahead) to use up all of our tea before buying more, because we seem to have so much of it, but I've been making a serious effort to make iced tea for H, and also to make us both a cup of hot tea a couple times a week, and our tea supply is starting to dwindle. I am looking forward to polishing off a couple more tins & then maybe this item will surface.
Item #95: It's far off in the future ... supposedly, but I am already thinking about our holiday shopping & what I want to buy/make people. We're sticking to a plan to spend no more than $50 on each other and $20 on each friend or family member for whom we choose to buy gifts!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Item #75: We made our "September" visit to the Arboretum, this time with H's parents. It was a gorgeous pre-fall day, or as my dad-in-law put it "A San Francisco day"... cool, sunny, breezy! We got so many great pictures, it was a struggle to narrow it down to just 3, but here are the 3 we feel are most representative of our afternoon!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Item #51: I signed up for a class at the gym to help me with some of the 15 pounds I want to lose & H may sign up for it as well. Wish us luck!!
Item #64: Although I consider this item officially "done", I still wanted to share with you one of the zinnias that I grew from seed! Cool, yes?!
Item #99: We just tried Boudin SF, and pronounced it good, inexpensive, and close-to-home!!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Item #99: One of H's online buddies was in town, so we decided to try a new restaurant & went to Pappadeaux's. Good seafood & nice ambiance. The outer courtyard was quite pretty!And the food, although on the pricey side ($20 for tilapia, $25 for shrimp pasta), was well-prepared & quite tasty.
Only 23 more restaurants to try!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Item #41: I tried swiss chard today, making my score 10/10 ... H is still stuck at 7/10, so he'll have to try some foods he's pretty sure he doesn' t like. I discovered I'm not a huge fan of swiss chard ... but it won't kill me to eat it, at least not like tomatoes would.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Item #64: While I was gone, H ate the tomato. He said it was sweet and delicious. I will take his word for it, since I think tomatoes are vile!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Item #35: Done! H had been to a couple of Cirque du Soleil shows in the past, but I had never seen one. We had hoped to catch La Nouba when we went down to Disney earlier this year, but it turned out to be the one week they were off this year! Argh! It's okay, though, because I loved this performance. The music was just amazing, and the acrobatics were stunning. My favorite act is a toss-up between the unicycle duo and the Wheel of Death. Just ... wow. H preferred the juggler, who moved the objects so fast that they blurred! And our jaws both dropped when the contortionists did their thing. Human bodies can't do that, can they?? Oh, yeah ... and the guy balancing on chairs -- raw power & precision balance. Two thumbs up, here!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Item #64: Although this item is technically "done," since we said we'd be successful at "growing something" if we managed to keep it alive for 3 weeks, I still thought I'd share a picture of our tomato, slowly turning red. See the slight haze on the photo? That's the rapid condensation on the cold camera lens as I quickly stepped outside to snap the shot. The 2nd shot was so fuzzy, it was unusable. Welcome to August!
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Item #50: In celebration of our wedding anniversary, we booked treatments at Kohler Waters Spa, at their newest location. We were too fluffified (plus we had too much respect for other patrons!) to get many photos, but the surroundings were lavish, yet peaceful!
The showers had lots of different kinds of jets coming out at different angles. H wants one at home, now. Riiiiight. The 25' whirlpool actually whirls. I'm not kidding. When I floated in it, I got pulled around in circles. How cool is that? And it wasn't crowded at all. There were something like 4 other people there the whole time. H had a 75 minute massage, during which he fell asleep. Twice. And the technician was able to massage his feet and legs without him injuring her, which says a lot. I had a 25 minute soak, followed by a Vichy shower & lime scrub (think margaritas!) exfoliation & moisturizer. Yeah. I'm fluffy now. I think we'll be going back.
Item #75: On another whim, H took us to the arboretum today. It wasn't too hot, yet it was mostly sunny, so the views were just gorgeous & we were able to cruise along slowly with the windows down. Just beautiful.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Item #26: And then, we realized, "Hey, this is Chinese food. One of our items is to have a Chinese banquet for friends and family..." and before you knew it, we'd added a noodle salad, chicken fried rice, egg rolls, pots of tea to our menu planning ... and shot off some emails to friends, after talking to some family members to be sure we had enough critical mass to pull this off. I expanded my tai chi playlist on my iPod to create the right ambiance & started pulling out teapots & chinese-themed bowls, and we were off and running, making dinner for 8!
Chicken & Pork Potstickers
Mini Pork Egg Rolls
Noodle Salad with Snow Peas, Carrots, and Radishes
Chinese Green Salad
Black Rice & Jasmine Rice
Chicken Fried Rice
Homemade Fortune Cookies
Jasmine & Black Teas
Coconut-Banana Bread with Lime Glaze (okay, not very Chinese ... but tasty!)
I have to say we are both incredibly pleased with how the meal turned out!!
Item 64: Remember our tomato plant? Well, the tomato has stopped growing, and it is not yet turning red.
But the exciting news is that we have a second tomato! I pollinated a flower with one that had dropped off the plant ... and now it's becoming a tomato!!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Item #6: Tonight, we made Chicken Marsala, together, so now we just need to cook together once next week & once the week after that. We actually do a fair amount of cooking, but usually it's one or the other of us, taking turns, not cooking together!
Item #40: I played for another 1,000 grains of rice on freerice.com. I figure if we just keep at it, eventually we'll top the million grain mark. Eventually.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
So, today we did some strategizing about which items we want to tackle next. There are some biggies on there: losing weight, traveling far away, paying off a credit card. Those are just simply going to take time. But there are some we can tackle over the next 2 months that we think will be good stretches for us!
Item #20: We discussed where we wanted to spend our $50 at Global Giving and we decided upon this project, which helps halt the progress of desert in Kenya through reforestation & alternative fuel sources. If you'd like to help us fund this project, please click on the link ... or click on the button in the sidebar! A mere $10 gives resources to plant 140 trees!!!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Item #64: See? The tomato plant, with its lone tomato, is thriving! Compare this to the post from June 29th. The tomato's huge! (Remember, we bought the plant on June 14th ... so it's actually been thriving under my care for more than a month!)
Item #72: I put $100 in our savings account! It's not a lot ... but it all adds up, right?
Item #74: I kept receipts from our recent trip & just got around to totaling them & paying off the amount on the credit card, so we're not carrying a balance on that card! I look forward to the day we complete Item #32!
Monday, July 14, 2008
nowhere to be, no one to connect with! It was strange, but enjoyable. Just a few hours into the day, H asked if we'd said anything negative, and I realized we hadn't, so we went
ahead and tackled Item #42 as well! It was odd, being inside on such a gorgeous day, but we had a fun time washing & freezing blueberries, making a lavish breakfast, reading in bed, watching History Detectives & Hogans Heroes, going through H's veneering stuff to see what else we need to try it out, making blueberry cobbler, making a lavish dinner, playing with our cats, making handmade envelopes ... the day just rolled on with one activity spilling into another! We both missed our computers, and we almost called out for pizza delivery, which would've blown it! I think it was a very worthwhile exercise & we might want to do it again in a few months, just to recalibrate!