Sunday, June 13, 2010

#5: Organize All Computer Files

Well, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I've done it. I've officially completed one of my 101 goals.

#5: Organize All Computer Files

And man, did it take forever. I had to combine and clean three different versions of my hard drive that I had backed up on my external hard drive, and then I had to clean and defrag my laptop's hard drive when it came back from the computer doctor. But I am happy to say that all duplicate files have been purged, my beloved laptop Spock is running faster than ever, and I am happily organized.

Now I just have to remember to back up my hard drive periodically...

But on another note in a similar vein, I don't know why I put off my list for so long. I've been tackling a lot of the larger projects, but as of yet I've resisted actually finishing one. I'm not sure why that is...

five plays: Doubt

Last night I went to see my university's production of John Patrick Shanley's Doubt: A Parable. We usually don't include summer shows, but the department put on the production as part of the Christian Scholar's Convention. The show was directed by the head of the department and the cast was made up of Nashville actors (the crew was mostly university students).

The play is absolutely phenomenal on its own right, I can tell you that. It takes place in the 1960s in a Catholic school, where the principal, Sister Aloysius, begins to have doubts about a particular priest and his relationship with a particular male student- the first black student that has ever attended the school. It is an unsettlingly ambiguous play, but very powerful.

This particular performance was astounding. I've read the play, and a couple of fellow students used a scene from the show for class performance, but this was truly amazing. The acting was so believable, so motivated. There was never a second where I was distracted from their performance. And at the end I turned to my friend Erin and said "I know it's a good show when I'm tired at the end."

What makes it even more exciting is that the playwright himself, John Patrick Shanley, came to see the show and did a talkback session. He was very impressed with the production, and I have to say that I feel quite proud to be an alumna right now.

Friday, June 11, 2010

a thousand books: A Girl of the Limberlost

A Girl of the Limberlost A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I discovered my grandmother's copy of A Girl of the Limberlost when I was ten years old. I think I read it four or five times that year, and still come back to it on occasion, as well as the other two books in the trilogy (the prequels Laddie and Freckles).

The girl of the title, Elnora Comstock, is a lovely girl with a thirst for knowledge. However, her mother Kate, bitter over the loss of her husband sixteen years previously (for which she blames Elnora), has denied her any form of familial love. The book progresses from a coming-of-age story to a love story with a satisfying ending.

Is it melodramatic? No shiz. The book was published in 1909, when melodrama was at its peak. Is it worth a read? Most definitely. Unlike thousands of other sappy Perils of Pauline-esque novels of the time period, this one is still in print and still pulls in audiences. The novel ostensibly focuses on the sweet, wholesome heroine Elnora, but the charm of the story is found in the acerbic Kate, the dedicated Phillip, and the tempestuous Edith Carr.

The ecological themes are also still relevant. Many other reviews lambast Porter's hounding on taking down the timber and drilling for oil. I wish they would read a little further. The novel includes a character called the Bird Woman- that is Gene Stratton Porter herself. A devoted naturalist, Porter spent much of her life researching and documenting the moths that Elnora loves, amongst many other forms of wildlife. She also grew up in the Limberlost swamps herself. It wasn't until years later, when Porter returned out of homesickness to her beloved swamp, that she realized the timber and oil, while profitable, had destroyed what she loved. The 13,000 acre Limberlost Swamp in Indiana, while once a real place, is now desecrated.

At the end of the day, I realize this book is not for everyone, but the old-fashioned sweetness of the story with the relevant and poignant references to nature make it an interesting, enjoyable, and time-tested read.

Six books down, 994 to go.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wednesday Weigh-In #1

Well, ladies and gentlemen, here we are. The horrible, ugly, awful truth about my weight.

I've blogged about my weight before, but it's time for me to really get started on losing it.

Basically I'm just going to eat in moderation, exercise more, and log everything. Simple, really. I know better than to crash diet or starve or run marathons until they kill me. It's just a matter of sticking to it.

My biggest help is actually a video game. No, not the Wii Fit that everyone is so enamored with, but a Nintendo DS game called My Weight Loss Coach. It combines a food tracker, and exercise tracker, daily challenges, and a plug-in pedometer to help me lose weight. I've used it before and found it rather helpful, so I'm hoping it'll do it again.

I'll track my efforts here weekly (on Wednesdays, hence the title), and hopefully the numbers will start going down. And without further ado, here are the shameful numbers.

Heaviest Weight: 161 lbs
BMI: 31.4
Bust: 39.5"
Waist: 34"
Hips: 40.5"
Upper Arm: 11.5"
Thigh: 21"

Starting Weight: 148.5 lbs
BMI: 28.9
Bust: 38"
Waist: 32"
Hips: 40"
Upper Arm: 11"
Thigh: 20"

good news, bad news, awesome news

Good news: I've participated in Summer Blackout 2010 so far! I've created two whole outfits without any black in them at all.

Bad news: I haven't taken any pictures of them. Sad day. I'll have to do dramatic reenactments.

Awesome news: I've finally gotten off my lazy butt and have nearly finished a new dress! I'm sewing Simplicity 2883 in a green and white floral print. It's super simple, but very pretty. I don't know if I'll have it done in time to wear to work (since I have to leave in 45 minutes and I haven't even taken a shower yet) but at least I'll have it done soon!

Monday, June 7, 2010

sleepy lazy days

I haven't written much. Things have just been sort of meh.

I'm gearing up for a grueling week at work. Usually I work about thirty hours a week, which is tiring enough (and this is coming from the girl who used to work nearly fifty hours in the hot Orlando sun!). But the alterations manager is on vacation, so we're all working extra. I'm working five days in a row, which might possibly kill me. So I've spent most of the day in my pajamas, nibbling on my leftover corned beef sliders from the pub.

I might have to revamp my goals a little bit. I picked so many arduous, long-term sorts of things that while I've made progress, I haven't completed anything. And that makes me feel a little dumb.

Oh, well. Onwards and upwards, I suppose!

a thousand books: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was in middle school when the first Harry Potter book was published. My paranoid and overly conservative parents ordered that I shouldn't read them. I started the first one in sixth grade, but put it aside. I picked it up again as an eighth grader, read it in a day, and I've been hooked ever since.

There's really not a point in writing a summary of the plot. Everyone is familiar with the concept- the eleven-year-old hero finds out he's a wizard, goes off to magical boarding school, and finds himself embroiled in a war that he didn't know he was involved in. It's such a simple concept, and yet it has exploded in a fiery burst of awesomeness.

Rowling has created a whole new world- and most importantly, a believable world. Nearly everyone who has read her books has wished at some point or another that they could go to Hogwarts. Her characters seem so vividly real, and her pacing is incredible. I dare anyone to read this book and not get hooked.

(Case in point- my husband picked up Sorcerer's Stone for the first time on a whim just a week ago. By the end of the week he was already on Chamber of Secrets. He's hooked, and I'm excited.)

Five books down, 995 to go.

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a thousand books: Emma

Emma (Bantam Classics) Emma by Jane Austen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My mother got me a copy of Emma when I was probably around eight or nine- a desperate attempt to pull me away from the lure of the Babysitters Club, most likely. I tried reading it several times, but didn't actually complete reading it until high school. I also studied it for my English Novel class in my final year of college.

The titular heroine is a bright yet selfish young lady of privilege who doesn't feel the need to marry, so she busies herself with arranging marriages for others, particularly for her impoverished friend Harriet Smith. Very few of Emma's grand schemes come together, but in the end all is well and everyone is happy.

I have to confess something. I hate Jane Austen's books. They bore me to tears. Even the Keira Knightley version that everyone waxed poetic over couldn't hold my attention. (Second confession: I watch Jane Austen movies for the dresses). Out of all of her books, the only one that I have genuinely enjoyed is Emma, mostly because I see a great deal of myself in her personality. It's well-written and is undoubtedly a classic...but Emma is still hard for me to slog through.

Four books down, 996 to go.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Thursday's 10: Life in Pictures

I haven't done a Thursday's Ten in months- and never on this blog- so I'm going to start back up again.

(I bet Lora will be surprised to see that I'm back...and from a different blog! Um...surprise?)

In any case, without any further ado, here's ten recent pictures.

#1: Me and one of my best friends, Erin, in the dressing room while we got ready for a performance of Beau Jest (I played the mama, she played the daughter). Please note the jet black hair, dyed specifically for this play. (September 2009)

#2: When one is bowling, one must definitely match their outfit to their bowling shoes. (February 2010)

#3: My onstage meet 'n' greet with the Beauty and the Beast cast. (August 2009)

#4: In my Guys and Dolls glory. I played General Cartwright (November 2009)

#5: Tasting cheap sake for the first time. Verdict: it tastes like warm bread dough. Yick. (March of 2009)

#6: Don't be fooled by my bridal getup. I am going to eat your soul. (March 2010)

#7: Bachelorette parties can be embarrassing, but the tiara makes up for it. (February 2010)

#8: Sleepovers are fun. Sleepovers where you drive to Walmart at 2am for coloring books are even more fun. (January 2010)

#9: Christmas caroling requires fierceness. (December 2009)

#10: Dragon Park in downtown Nashville is awesome. (February 2010)

I hope you've enjoyed this Thursday's Ten! I certainly did. I also learned that I wear my red and white polka dot dress way to often.

(Case in point: I'm wearing it right now. Coincidence? Yes. Entirely.)

Summer Blackout 2010

I've been reading Already Pretty for probably about a year now- one of my first tenuous forays into the world of fashion blogging, and when Sally posted the idea for the Summer Blackout, I was intrigued.

Basically the Summer Blackout is a whole week without wearing black pieces- black dress, black pants, black shirts. Black shoes and accessories are allowed, as well as prints with black in them, but it's a challenge to go as far as possible within one's wardrobe without settling for the comfort and safety of black.

I want to take the challenge because I want to push myself. I have a couple of nice black dresses to wear to work, and some black tees that I wear on my days off, and since I work at a bridal shop where wearing black is common, I can already feel myself slipping into that comfortable realm. I'd like to stop that in its tracks.

I also want to wear brighter colors. My usual palette is navy, red, and white, sometimes with yellow. Occasionally I wear pink. But I want to wear some outrageous color, and I feel like this is a good week for that.

So I'm taking the Summer Blackout 2010 Challenge. Are you?

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

fifty movies: Gangs of New York

I was in high school when this movie came out...I remember wanting to see it, but too scared because of the R-rating. Well, it was on AMC today, and I realized I needed to watch fifty new movies, so I kept it on while I sorted computer files.

My first impressions? Leo DiCaprio: awesome. Daniel Day-Lewis: awesome. Liam Neeson, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly: awesome. Cameron Diaz: what?

Seriously. I don't understand how Cameron Diaz got this part, or managed to keep it. She's just terrible. She's a rom-com, cheesy action flick, television show remake kind of actress in an A-list actors' film. Her accent is awful and she never seems to connect properly with anyone else around her.

On the other hand, the film is beautifully colored, historically authentic, and tells a compelling story. It's almost like Newsies for grown-ups, just without the song and dance numbers and with a lot more violence.

I might watch it again, maybe if it pops up on TV another day. I really enjoyed, but I'm glad I didn't watch it as a fifteen-year-old. That would have been too much.

a thousand books: The Jedera Adventure

The Jedera AdventureThe Jedera Adventure by Lloyd Alexander

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this around the same time that I read the Illyrian Adventure, the first Vesper Holly book. So...somewhere around age ten or eleven.

Vesper Holly, the lively and clever heroine, embarks on a mission to return a fifteen-years' overdue library book in the dangerous country of Jedera (which is quite reminiscent of Aladdin's Agrabah). Along the way she and her stick-in-the-mud guardian Brinnie encounter blue men, a flying machine, and lots of recalcitrant camels.

It's not my favorite of the Vesper Holly books, but Alexander is a great writer and The Jedera Adventure is fun to read.

Read June 2, 2010, in under an hour

Three books down, 997 to go.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

a thousand books: The Illyrian Adventure

The Illyrian AdventureThe Illyrian Adventure by Lloyd Alexander

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I first read this book when I was about ten or eleven and just fell head over heels in love with the whole series. I devoured them all, although I only own the first two.

Basically, the star of the book, Vesper Holly, is what it would be like if Sherlock Holmes and Indiana Jones had a redheaded love child. She's a brash Yankee adventurer in the 19th century who has a penchant for globetrotting and strange adventures. The series is narrated by her Watsonesque guardian Brinton "Brinnie" Garrett, who is a prim and proper sort of man who nevertheless accompanies his teenage ward on all of her quests. The Illyrian Adventure, the first in the series, sends them to the Romania-reminiscent country of Illyria, where a centuries-old feud and a mythical folk hero wreak havoc.

Alexander is an amazing writer, and I'm glad that I still enjoy this book as much as I did as a child. The writing is brisk and breezy, and makes for an effortlessly enjoyable read.

Read June 1, 2010, in under an hour

Two books down, 998 to go.

a thousand books: The King's Shadow

The King's Shadow The King's Shadow by Elizabeth Alder

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My mother got me this book from one of the monthly Scholastic mailers I brought home from school when I was in sixth grade. I remember enjoying it immensely, as I was keenly interested in English and Welsh history at the time. Reading it as a young adult, however, is a slightly different experience.

The story centers on a Welsh boy, Evyn of Carmarthen, who is a peasant but has a beautiful voice and is destined to become a storiawr. However, his tongue gets cut out and he is sold into slavery. Through a long series of circumstances, he becomes a right hand man to King Harold during his brief reign before William conquered England in 1066.

Alder blends romanticism with authenticity, and it's rather odd. While she paints a bleak portrait of peasant life and the harsh reality of the wars, she describes Lady Ealdgyth's manor and Harold himself in glowing terms. She also has a very formal writing style, which carries through to the dialogue- serfs and royals speak alike.

However, it's an absorbing, quick read, that delves just deep enough into a historical event that usually doesn't get remembered.

Read June 1, 2010 in about an hour

One book down, 999 to go.

101 in 1001

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as New Year's resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Start Date: May 31, 2010

End Date: February 25, 2013

#1: Keep a daily 5-minute journal for at least 500 days
I tried to start this as a New Year's resolution, but it didn't really stick. I want to do it- just to keep a a quick handful of sentences to summarize my day so I can flip through and see what I was up to way back when. Sort of like the concept of the five-year journal. Actually, that would be a pretty nice goal. Maybe I'll end up doing that...

#2: Redesign my blog
I am a frequent reformatter. Very frequent. But I want to get it looking clean and simple and nice and something that I can stick to for a while.

#3: Post at least 1,000 blog entries
I really want to blog frequently. I think 1,000 entries in 1,001 days shouldn't be that bad, right?

#4: Answer "The Fifty Questions That Will Free Your Mind"
This was one of the popular entries for the list, and I thought it would be worth a shot. Answering fifty questions isn't that arduous, and it seems like a good idea.

#5: Organize all computer files
My hard drive is in absolute chaos. Absolute. It's pretty awful. Plus I have a massive external hard drive that is also really disorganized, which makes it a pain to back up all my information. But I really ought to, right? Right.

#6: Organize iTunes
This goes along with #5. An organized iTunes makes for an organized iPod, and both of those make me happy.

#7: Legally change my name
I need to do it, now that I'm married!

#8: Get a DSLR camera
My camera is pretty awful. It was a present for my nineteenth birthday, and it's spent the past four years bouncing around in my bag without a case. Plus it wasn't really a top-of-the-line camera to start out with. But I think a good camera would be a great investment.

#9: Watch 50 new movies
I have a tendency to just rewatch my favorites all the time. I think I need to branch out a little more, watch some new things.

#10: Sell something on Etsy
I have an Etsy store. And I'd like someone to buy something from it. So...yeah. Plus, it would be nice if I could make some sort of income from things that I make.

#11: Fill up a yearly scheduling planner
Every single school year I would buy a planner...and then never use it. I think that needs to change. I'm a grown up now and I need to keep track of things like my work schedule in a better manner than scribbling it on a scrap of paper and putting it on the fridge.

#12: Get a library card
Well, technically I have a library card. But I haven't used it in probably two years, and I think there's still some fines sitting on it. But if I clean it up I can start using it again, which will help with a lot of my other goals.

#13: Read 1,000 books
Yes, you read that correctly. One thousand books in one thousand days. I'm a mega speed reader, so I can read several books in a day- especially if I travel at all in the next three years. But I've kind of gotten bored with reading, so I haven't done it much in a long time. I'm going to reread all of the books I already own, and I'm going to visit the library regularly. And I do mean regularly.

#14: Watch every Disney feature film in order
I'm a huge Disney fan, and I've seen just about every Disney feature, but I'd like to sit down and watch them in order, just for the fun of it.

#15: Watch every Miyazaki film
This is along the same lines as #14. I saw Spirited Away in high school and loved it, and I really want to see all of his movies.

#16: Make mixtapes for 10 people
I think this will be fun. Plus, I have a huge music collection, and I think there are some songs I have squirreled away that some of my friends would like.

#17: Finish the final edit of Beatrice and the Cat and send it out
I started writing my book in 2007 (after two years of development) and finished it during the summer of 2008. And it's been languishing since then, waiting for me to finish editing and send it off. I desperately want to see it in print, and even though it's a rather small goal, I know that having it on here will motivate me to finish it.

#18: Get published
Originally this goal was just to send out query letters, but I think I can do better. I think I can get published. I really, really, really think I can. A lot of people put "get published" on their list, but they never finish writing a book in the first place, or they settle for an article published on line or a poem in an anthology. I have a finished novel that I labored over for years and has been well-received by the handful of people that have read it, and I know it has something special because I keep coming back to it. I think I can see it published before three years is up.

#19: Write an original novel
And when I say "original," I mean not Beatrice. It's planned as a twelve-book series, but hey, I can have other ideas, right? Right? Yes. I think I'm going to write my Beauty and the Beast retelling first.

#20: Write another Beatrice novel
Time to write book #2, Beatrice and the Greenfinch Carnival. I wrote up to chapter seven and stopped, so it's time to start again.

#21: Complete NaNoWriMo
I've participated three times and never won, so I think it's time for a change.

#22: Complete fanfictions
I have a lot of unfinished fanfictions that have been languishing since my high school days (that's about seven years, yikes) and I'd like to get them done.

#23: Sort through my wardrobe once a year
I stopped growing as a sixth grader and never threw anything away. I did a massive wardrobe purge a few years ago, and let me tell you, it was bananas. I want to have a nice big sort every year...followed by a nice shopping trip.

#24: Dye my hair red- really red
My hair has been in various shades of red for about two years, but I'm not satisfied with the color anymore. It's kind of a darkish auburn, but I want it to be more of a glorious red-gold color. I picked out a Garnier color (hot tamale!) that I'm going to try this summer.

#25: Join Chictopia and Weardrobe
I love those sites, but I don't feel that my wardrobe is good enough quite yet. Once I get more comfortable with my wardrobe (and, to be quite honest, with my body) I want to join.

#26: Sew a hundred dresses
When I was a little girl, I read a novella called The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes. It was about an immigrant girl named Wanda, who was quiet and kept to herself and wore the same dress every day but claimed she had a hundred dresses at home. Well, the other children teased her and she ended up leaving the school, but not before she entered a school contest for a drawing of a dress. Not only did she win, but she had entered one hundred unique sketches. That story stuck with me as an eight-year-old, as a bullied kid and a lover of fashion. I'd like to put my sewing skills to use by sewing one hundred unique dresses.

#27: Buy a grown-up perfume
I usually use body splash or little testers of grown up perfume, but I want to go into Sephora or something like that and pick out a grown-up perfume to be my signature scent.

#28: Buy a bathing suit I actually like
I have three bathing suits in my closet- an orange one-piece that I got as a high school sophomore that I use for whitewater rafting or washing cars, an aqua tankini that I wore twice and is now so large on me that it doesn't fit in the slightest, and a china blue bikini that I bought for the sole purpose of owning a bikini. I want a bathing suit that's flattering and doesn't make me want to run and hide when I need to wear it public.

#29: Buy a Betsey Johnson dress
This actually goes along with #18, actually. The day that I find out Beatrice is getting published, I am strolling into the Betsey Johnson store in Green Hills and picking out a dress.

#30: Buy five pieces from Modcloth
This goes along with developing a better wardrobe. I really love Modcloth, even if it can sometimes be pricey.

#31: Grow my hair to midback length
I'm really in the last stretch of having super long hair. Once I start having babies, I think having long hair will just get in my way and be completely unmanagable. So I'd like to have one last go with long, waving tresses.

#32: Stick to a nighttime routine for at least 500 nights
I'm really bad about not taking my makeup off before I go to sleep. I need to make it a habit.

#33: Take vitamins daily
I think that'll be good for me in the long run.

#34: Drink water every day
I am awful about not drinking enough water. Last summer I drank water incessantly because I was working in Disney and Orlando is unbearably hot, and I definitely felt much better. I'd like to get back to that.

#35: Go as long as possible with drinking soda
I'd like to go as long as humanly possible without drinking soda. I don't need the sugar and extra calories and caffeine.

#36: Have fruits and vegetables every day
Another one of those things that needs to change. I want to start with one serving a day and build up.

#37: Keep a food and exercise diary for at least 500 days
I'm going to use my Nintendo DS and the weight loss coach program I have to do this. It's a pretty useful tracker, plus it calculates exercise and tracks my weight changes.

#38: Walk more than 6,000 steps a day
My Nintendo DS game will track this too. I walked about 15,000 steps a day on average last summer, so I know it's more than possible.

#39: Relearn how to ride a bicycle
I have a simply killer pink Schwinn cruiser, but I stopped riding my bike when I was eleven when I flipped off. So I need to relearn it.

#40: Relearn how to rollerskate
I loved rollerskating as a kid, but stopped when I outgrew my skates. This needs to change!

#41: Regain my toe-touch
I cheered for several years in high school and loved it. I used to have a pretty killer toe touch, but with time and lethargy it's gone away. I'd like to get it back!

#42: Do the 200 situps plan
Basically it's a six-week plan to get you to be able to do 200 situps in one go. Better abs, here I come!

#43: Complete Couch to 5k
When I finish the situps plan, I'm going to the Couch to 5k plan. I'm a terrible runner (mostly due to a combination of apathy and asthma), but I think this can get me going.

#44: Complete the 30 Day Shred
And when I finish the situps and the Couch to 5k, I'm going to the 30-Day Shred. I've done the first level before, but never really progressed farther. I'm determined to finish it!

#45: Lose five pounds
I'm not at my heaviest weight, but I'm not at my thinnest either. And my thinnest isn't even as thin as I'd like to be. I want to lose a total of thirty pounds, but I divided it into chunks so it'll be easier to get to.

#46: Lose ten pounds

#47: Lose fifteen pounds

#48: Lose twenty pounds

#49: Lose twenty-five pounds

#50: Lose thirty pounds

#51: Get a tattoo
When I'm down to my target weight (in the 110s), I'm going to reward myself with a little tattoo, probably on my shoulderblades.

#52: Write a love letter
I think my husband would appreciate that.

#53: Renew my wedding vows
I know, I've only been married for two and a half months, but I still think it would be nice.

#54: Get a pet
I've never had one! My dream is to have a Yorkshire terrier or little yorkie mix, but I would also be happen with a kitten or a rabbit. Or just a small dog. Something like that.

#55: Go on a honeymoon
We didn't have the time or money to go on our honeymoon immediately after the wedding, but we're planning on going soon!

#56: Move to a larger apartment or house
We have a very nice little apartment, but it's teeny tiny. I'd like to move to something a little larger when our lease is up.

#57: Get a new job I love
I have a good job, and I like it, but it's not exactly deeply fulfilling. I'd like to work in theater, maybe as a teacher or a costumer. Or maybe I'll get to be a published author and I can do that full-time!

#58: Get pregnant
I definitely don't want to have a baby within the first year of marriage, and I'd really like it if we can get through a few anniversaries with just the two of us. I'd like to have my first baby after I'm twenty-five, which will be in 2012. So if I can at least get pregnant before the end of the 1,001 days, I'll be a happy camper.

#59: Go on an audition
I've got a theater degree. Might as well use it, right?

#60: Pay off credit card
After the wedding, my credit card balance is a bit...well, a bit higher than I want it to be. I'd like to get it completely paid off.

#61: Maintain a money ledger for 500 records
When my name is changed, P and I are going to combine our bank accounts, and I want to have a physical ledger where we can keep a record of all of our spending.

#62: Hold a garage sale
There's a lot of stuff we can get rid of. A lot.

#63: Regain fluency in French
I started learning French in third grade and studied it extensively; I was conversationally fluent in high school. Then I had to take exhaustive French classes to fulfill my requirements for my bachelor of arts degree, and I was so fed up with it that I dropped it. Now I still have a decent accent and a handful of vocabulary words, but no memory of grammar and an inability to speak it. I need to fix that.

#64: Listen to 100 different musical artists
I have a pretty exhaustive collection of music, and I'd like to amp it up. Some of them will be rediscovering old favs, and some of them will be ones.

#65: Learn to sight-read harmony lines
I taught myself to play the piano when I was ten, and while I can sight-read melody lines and fake an accompaniment, I want to play well.

#66: Write down ten of my recipes
I experiment when I cook...but I never write anything down. Some of them are keepers, though!

#67: Learn to play the ukulele
Particularly "Soul Sister" by Train. I think it would be awesome.

#68: Complete the 365 photo challenge
I want to do this once I get a nice camera. It would be a great way to learn photography skills.

#69: Complete a coloring book
This is just pure fun.

#70: Have a tea party
Basically this is an excuse to put on a ball gown and be a princess for a day.

#71: Buy something from Etsy
I've oohed and aahed over Etsy for years, but I've never gotten the courage to buy anything. That should be remedied.

#72: Go to a concert
The last time I went to a concert was ninth grade, when I went to the Ichthus festival in Kentucky. I'd like to go to a legit concert, though-Regina Spektor, Kate Nash, Florence + the Machine, White Tie Affair, Cobra Starship...something awesome like that. Unfortunately most of my favorite bands are British...

#73: Start a garden
I've always wanted a garden, ever since I was six and read The Secret Garden. It's too late to really plant anything at the moment, so I'll just wait until next spring.

#74: Have a picnic
P and I sometimes go on spur-of-the-moment picnics, but I want this to be a fancy, well-planned picnic.

#75: Host a dinner party
I want to something outlandishly fancy.

#76: Have a spa day
I've never had a manicure or pedicure, or a massage, or anything. I think I'll splurge on some nice products and spoil myself for a day.

#77: Buy an iPad
This is completely selfish, but I really want one. I'm debating between the iPad or an iPhone, but I really kind of want one.

#78: Complete a Sudoku book
It shall make me feel smart.

#79: Go on a road trip
I have the perfect car for a road trip, now I just need to get a posse and go somewhere.

#80: Go to a non-Disney theme park
I love theme parks. Love, love, love. It's been a while since I've been to one, and I think that needs to change.

#81: Visit a historic house in Nashville
I'm surrounded by beautiful historical locations. Have I visited one in the past six years I've lived here? No.

#82: Go to five plays
I love plays. I need to go see them more often.

#83: Go back to Disney World
Disney is my drug. Seriously. I need to return to my home.

#84: Take pictures in my wedding dress
I never took any bridal portraits, so I'm thinking about putting on my dress and romping through a park.

#85: Go to dinner and a movie by myself
I love my husband and I love my friends, but I need to have time to myself.

#86: Spend the day at the zoo
I haven't been to a zoo in years!

#87: Go to the midnight showing of a movie
I love midnight showings, but I haven't been to one in ages. And with two Harry Potter movies and the Last Airbender, I think this will be easy to achieve.

#88: Sing in public
I took voice lessons for years, but I've been too self-conscious to actually sing in public.

#89: Have a birthday party
I haven't had one in a while.

#90: Throw someone else a birthday party
I've never thrown a birthday party for someone else. And it's a great excuse to bake a cake!

#91: Thoroughly clean the apartment every Sunday
Sunday used to be my cleaning night in my dorm room. I'd like to keep that going.

#92: Clean out bedroom at parents' house
I moved out as much as I could, but my bedroom at home is still stuffed with old things. I think it would be nice to fix that.

#93: Go to a state fair
I went to the Dutchess County state fair in New York when I was in the fourth grade, but I've never been to the Tennessee one.

#94: Complete three projects
More chances to improve my photography skills!

#95: Have parents over for dinner
My mom still hasn't seen the apartment. Plus, I like cooking.

#96: Finish writing post-wedding thank you notes
I'm terrible about thank you notes. Terrible.

#97: Go to a Predators game
I went to a Preds game a few weeks ago, but I was very out of my element and confused. I'd like to go back and see another one.

#98: Have a killer Halloween costume every year
Usually I wait till the last minute. But not this year! I fully intend to plan, design, and construct my costumes in August or September. Or at least the week before.

#99: Beat Mario Kart
I've never beaten a video game, but I think I can handle this one.

#100: Save a dollar for each completed task
That's $1,001, man. I could do a lot with $1,001.

#101: Write another list
My goals for the following 1,001 days.