When I'm not advising first year students at the local community college, I'm finding ways to express my creative side at home by decorating, making gifts, and remodeling. My 3 cats and my roommate's gerbil keep me company.
Started approximately January 2008 to be completed by September 28, 2010 (carried over into 2011). I decided to add items to this list that I did but wasn't planning to do initially. Sort of a "life happens while you're making other plans" list. It encourages me to realize all that I have been involved in over the last few years:
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1) Apply for grad school 2) Take a camping trip with Christy 3) Sort through filing cabinet and decrease papers in storage 4) Assemble craft inspiriation notebook 5) Make home decorating ideas notebook 6) Journal daily for 1 month 7) Read entire Bible in 90 days 8) Organize photographs 9) E-mail parents with picture of hope chest 10) Finish photo collage for brother 11) Finish scrapbooking Seattle trip 12) Finish crochet tote (and publish picture on blog!) 13) Don't buy anything made in China for two weeks 14) Finish b&w polka dot dress 15) Finish blanket for brother 16) Finish baby blanket for Debbie 17) Finish baby blankets for twins(Mayah = done; Madison = in progress...the twins now are 4 & have a baby sister...) 18) Paint pantry walls 19) Add trim & chalkboard paint to pantry cabinet doors 20) Move lights in kitchen & pantry; patch ceiling & paint 21) Clean up & paint walls over cabinets in kitchen 22) Take pictures of kitchen & pantry 23) Crochet seat covers for dining room chairs: not going to do 24) Make jungle gym for cats 25) Purchase and install wall sconces in living room 26) Purchase and install backyard fence: maybe not until we get a dog 27) Re-do patio floor 28) Spray paint privacy screen 29) Scrape & paint patio furniture 30) Plant catnip in garden (which the cats ate before it got a chance to grow!) 31) Scrape & paint decorative fence & mailbox 32) Plant wildflower garden 33) Install pond/waterfall 34) Plant tree in front garden 35) Add stone edging to front garden 36) Assemble house numbers plaque for front porch 37) Build insulated cabinet for water equipment 38) Plant strawberry patch 39) Begin counseling sessions 40) Go to NYC 41) Finish ripple blanket 42) Finish dress-up dresses for S & B 43) Finish my sundress 44) Read through Romans 45) Read Captivating 46) Read the Gospels 47) Develop a plan for self-reflection and solitude 48) Finish bathroom remodel (see below) 49) Get wrists X-rayed 50) Have Dr.'s visit about wrists 51)Paint shelf for office/set up tea shelf in office 52) Expand garden in front yard 53) Take road trip to Mt. Rushmore/Mall of America 54) Sew 1812 dress 55) Learn how to knit 56) Take a vacation with my family 57) Tear apart front bathroom 58) Get front bathroom put back together 59) Serve as a co-dean for Laura Ingalls Wilder Camp 60) Read C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity 61) Serve as a co-dean for Laura Ingalls Wilder Camp 62) Attend funeral for former student's mother 63) Wrap all Christmas gifts in old maps/atlas pages 64) Budget for Christmas and stay out of debt for Christmas 2011 65) Throw an amazing 10-hour birthday party for my dear roommate/best friend on 10-10-'10!!! 66) Have three camping trips in one year (spring, summer, and fall!) 67) Spend a weekend away in Rockville, Indiana, eating only microwave meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner!) while watching Gilmore Girls 68) Do a 90 (actually only about 45 days the first attempt) day challenge with my mom (Donna Partow's Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be) 69) Have a serious relationship & find out it wasn't meant to be 70) Make matching PJ's for two little girls and their American Girl dolls (and get paid for it!) 71) Crochet a backpack that converts into an American Girl sleeping bag for a favorite friend 72) Learn how to bake bread (Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day) 73) Tear down a closet only to discover that it is actually a retaining wall...ooops! Waiting for some help to fix that mistake! 74) Seek an estimate on replacing my roof and gutters 75) Get roof and gutters replaced 76) Start a new family tradition at Thanksgiving 77) Buy a plane ticket to see my family at Christmastime 78) Turn 25 79) Turn 26 80) Turn 27 81) Turn 28 82) Help my brother and his young family move to Ithaca, NY 83) Visit my brother, my sis-in-law, and my niece for a week (then again for a weekend!) 84) Turn 29 and be excited about it and have a fabulous birthday fortnight