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Done and I’m onto the next one.

Well, I knocked something off my list. I got a tattoo last night. The Boychik went with me, and thank God for that. I honestly thought I was going to be sick to my stomach, I was so scared on the way there. I wanted to do it, though, and I did, and the Boychik will tease me for years about how I turned all sorts of colors while I was on that table. Still, I’m really, really glad he was there, and I’m glad I did it. I’m definitely pleased with how it turned out. One of these days I might post a picture, but I want it to heal up first. It’s definitely not that pretty right this second. (Okay, it is, because it looks awesome, but it’s a bit red, and there’s no reason to go posting that image.)

I’ve come close to completing other things, too, except I’ve missed specifics. Last month I treated Mom to dinner one evening, but I chose the place: Longhorn. We hadn’t had steak in forever, so we went out. It was my first time ordering an alcohol drink, too. (Not on the list, just a happy little event.) Lo and behold, their watermelon margaritas are amazing. Huge. And amazing. Amen.

Also got to the Fondue Haus once or twice since the list started, but we haven’t done entrees, just appetizer and dessert (which is really all you need there, because it’s so filling), so I’m not sure I should count it.

The whole family’s planning to go visit Aunt Mary for a week over Thanksgiving. It’s not quite what I had in mind when I wrote the list, but I didn’t specify, so I’m not going to sweat it. The important thing is that I get to go back up there and visit my family. I love those people. My little cousins are amazing.

And in terms of cleaning out my closet and redoing my filing system… We’re slowly planning/beginning to work on my room. Aunt Kathy, who’s got a lot of experience with interior decorating and the like, came and took a look at things, did some measurements… She’s in the process of drawing up floor plans and such. We’ve got ideas; we’re just figuring out how to implement them before we get started.

I guess that’s the State of the List address for now; I really need to get a move on here. There are so many things I want to get done; I’ve just got to focus and get to work.  Which reminds me. 19 days til classes start. Ugh.

Just keep swimming.

Well, this morning I got myself up at oh-dark-thirty and went to the Y. This is a big step for me, as I am utterly horrible about getting myself up so early unless it’s for something super exciting and fun that I’ve been really, really looking forward to. This morning was not such a case; rather, I decided last night that I needed to get up, get moving and hit the gym.

And I did. I swam for an hour this morning. It was hard, but in a good way. I’ve missed swimming. It is delightfully exhausting. It’s calming, too; I don’t know why, but it’s so much easier to think underwater. In fact… today? Today has sucked. In many ways, today has been downright rotten. But I went swimming this morning, and for whatever reason it is hard to get too depressed after a good hour of swimming your heart out.

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101 Things in 1,001 Days: The Beginning

Today has been so busy I haven’t managed a single blog post. Thankfully I realized this now, while I still have time to write something up.

So let’s talk about this project I’m starting. One of my favorite blogs is misszoot.com, where the Lady Z just posted a list of 101 things she plans to do in the next 1,001 days. This isn’t a new idea, evidently; it’s something she nabbed from another blogger. Still, it’s something I saw and knew I had to participate in. I’ve been hard at work on my own list, and I think, after a lot of research, rewriting and reorganizing, I’ve got it. The list is here, and I’ll be updating it (and the blog) as I cross things off.

For more information about the 101 Things in 1,001 Days project, check out the home page.