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End Date:  September 29, 2011 

August 2010 Update September 2010 Update October 2010 Update November 2010 Update




1. Cut credit card debt by 10%

August 28/10 – Oh, we are soooo not going to talk about this. *eyes shift guiltily* I was doing so well and then it all went to hell in a handbasket. :( October 4/2010 – I'm not even looking at this one right now... *sobs quietly* November 2/10 – Oh, God, I'm never going to get out of debt...


2. Read all the books in my house I haven’t read yet – and want to read (82/931 – 8.81%) (93/950 – 9.79%) (101/958 – 10.54%) (110/974 = 11.29%) (110/976 – 11.27%)

August 28/10 – For the first time in my life, I've hardly read ANYTHING for the last couple of months. O.O I'm not quite sure what to make of that... September 21/10 – Amazing the stuff you find when you clean your bedroom...I knew I'd read more books this year than I'd originally listed. LOL September 25/10 – Happily, I'm reading again! \o/ Of course I knew I would – I could more easily stop breathing than I could stop reading. Which is a fairly scary thing to say. :)


3. Finish tiling the floor in the office

4. Finish tiling the floor in the hallway

5. Finish tiling the floor in the bathroom

6. Finish tiling the floor in the kitchen

7. Finish tiling the floor in the dining room

8. Finish tiling the floor in the attic

9. Finish yard clean up


10. Sell house

August 28/10 – If I would just get off my ass and DO SOMETHING, I could probably have this done before October. AAARRRRGGGHHH!!!! October 4/10 – Still not off my ass; still not doing anything; still have the @$$!#$!%&&**# house...gaaahhhhh!!!!! Maybe next summer?????? :( Or maybe I'll have to try and sell it during winter – I don't freakin' know....


11. Go to Europe the year I turn 45 (2011) 

September 21, 2010 – Well, this might actually happen (might!). One of my nephews has apparently been invited to play in some Polish national games on a soccer team...I'm not sure if he's on the team or if he's been invited to try out for the team, but my #2 sister has told me that, if he's playing in Poland, we're going to go watch him. Which means I'll never get out of debt.


12. Go to Manitoba to visit friends.


13. Go to BC to visit relatives.

October 4/10 – This may happen next year. The cousins I want to go and visit are having their 50th anniversary next year and I guess they're going to have a big bash. :) If I have holidays and can get the days off, then maybe this will happen!!!! Yay!!!!


14. Go home in June/09.

15. Go home for Christmas/09. (FAIL)

 16. Write a newsletter to my siblings once a month.

17. Successfully complete NaNoWriMo 2009

18. Successfully complete NaNoWriMo 2010 (FAIL)

August 28, 2010 – two months away from the starting gun...*bounces anxiously* September 21, 2010 – I get back from Vegas just in time to start NaNoWriMo. I'm trying to decide what to write...and having a heck of a time. Which, I suppose, isn't a bad thing. :D October 4/10 – Starting to get excited about this....I was on the site at lunchtime today and reading some of the postings in my regional forum. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.... November 2/10 – It's started...and I have no inspiration whatsoever. GAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!! November 30/10 – FAILED!!! *sobs* I can't believe it!!! It was the most boring post-post-apocalyptic novel EVER!! *sobs some more* On the other hand, there were things I kinda liked about it so, I may revisit this at some point. But not soon enough to win this year!!! *waaaaaaahhhhhhhhh*


19. Attend a writer’s retreat

20. Participate in a creative writing class

September 21, 2010 – I've been debating this one...right now, I'm just having fun with it, and I don't want it to be work...and I'm afraid that's what a creative writing class may turn it into. It may also be a really great time and a great experience...*sigh* I just don't know.


21. Attend one Jerichon

22. Get a second kitty

23. Have a new job.


24. Complete the MDP program (10/19) (8/19) (11/19)

September 21, 2010 – This will be completed (hopefully – fingers crossed) in March now. I had to re-arrange my courses because I'm going to be in Vegas when one of the courses was scheduled. So, it'll be done a bit later than planned. November 2/10 – Finished a class in October. I have a five day course in December and then another three days in February/March, and then I'm DONE!!!


25. Go to 45 movies by July 31, 2009 - (9/45) FAIL. :(


26. Complete an inventory of all my books (1012)  (1,244) (1,272)

September 21, 2010 – I still have one more bookcase to go through, as well as finding any more forgotten stashes around the house. This jump in number was because I finally cleaned up my bedroom for the first time in...ummm...awhile. *cough*


27. Complete an inventory of all my music  (220)  (380)

28. Complete an inventory of all my DVDs/VHS tapes (54)   (91)

29. Buy the complete Babylon 5 series DVDs (1/5)


30. Buy the complete Get Smart series DVDs (2/5) (3/5)

August 28/10 – Bought season 3 this month. :) And, of course, you can buy all the seasons together in one convenient package...which I only found after I'd already bought two seasons...grrrrr.....


31. Complete my X-Files series DVDs (4/9)

32. Complete my West Wing Series DVDs (2/7)

33. Complete an inventory of all my games  (131)  (146)

34. Complete my collection of Isaac Asimov books (written by him; fiction only) (38/224)


35. Celebrate with my sister when she turns 50 in 2010

September 21, 2010 – Vegas, baby – coming up!! \o/ November 2/10 – Had a week in Vegas – it was a great time, although I'm now deeper in debt than ever (see goal #1). But it was worth it! And something I'm glad I did. :)


36. Go home for Christmas 2010

September 25, 2010 – I just need to coordinate with my co-workers. I was checking WestJet on Friday, and flights are still at reasonable prices right now so once I find out on Friday what my co-workers are doing, I'll book my flights ASAP. I'm not going to miss a third Christmas in a row!! :(


37. Buy the complete Scarecrow and Mrs. King series DVDs

38. Buy the complete Bones series DVDs (3/4) (3/6)

39. Buy the complete NCIS series DVDs (1/6) (1/8)

40. Finish my Betty Neels collection (122/134)

41. Go for a hot air balloon ride

42. Use the treadmill for .5 hour once a week


43. Go for a physical every year (2009 (Fail), 2010, 2011) (0/3)  (1/3)

September 21, 2010 – My doctor's office phoned on the first Friday of September; I have a Vitamin D deficiency and I have to take 1000 units per day. And that was it. So, I've being doing that for the last 20 days or so and I have to say I'm already feeling better. Not 100% but way better than I'd been feeling for the last few months. I even did laundry on the weekend!!! I mean, lots of laundry. And I almost feel like cleaning!!!! I'm a little freaked out by that... ;D


44. Find a doctor

45. Make a will

46. Make a living will


47. Clean house once a week (1/143)

August 28/10 – oy. September 21, 2010 – Okay, I've cleaned house on occasion – but I haven't made it a habit. Soooo, okay, I cleaned house on Saturday (the 18th) and I'm probably not going to do any more until Saturday. Although if the mood takes me, God knows I have enough work to do to get this place suitable for human habitation (or for selling the bloody thing).


48. Do laundry once a week (1/143) (3/143)

August 28/10 – Double-oy. September 21, 2010 – Okay, I did laundry on Sunday (the 19th). Soooo, I'm not going to do any more now until this coming Sunday. Start a habit again, damn it!!! I used to do laundry every Saturday without fail. And then...I...just stopped....not really sure why. Anyway, Sundays. Laundry. October 4/10 – Whoo! I've done laundry every Sunday since the 19th. :) Sooo...that's three weekends in a row!! Not a habit yet, of course, but I'm just pleased I've been doing it consistently for the last three weeks. :)


49. Make at least one new off-line friend in 2009   (FAIL)

50. Make at least one new off-line friend in 2010

September 21, 2010 – Yeah, this isn't looking too great, either. *sigh* Hopefully, once I actually have more energy I may actually be able to accomplish this one or #51. On the other hand, you can't force anything either.


51. Make at least one new off-line friend in 2011

52. Think at least once about dating. Seriously consider thinking about it, anyway.

53. Actually get stuff out of my house. 

54. Keep the spare room clean and ready for guests

August 28/10 – Triple-oy.

55. Find a way to make some extra money every month.

56. Phone each of my siblings once a month.

57. Plan my 2011 trip to Europe.

58. Buy an SAD lamp.

59. Type up all the fanfic I've written so far

60. Post stories that are actually finished.

61. Go to the dentist

62. Take a cooking class

63. Cook a full meal once a week (0/143)


64. Bring lunch to work at least once a week (1/143) (2/143) (3/143)

September 25/10 – I brought my lunch to work for three days last week. \o/ I intend to do the same next week, too although I'm not going to get to the grocery store again until after payday on the 1st. :( October 4/10 – I brought lunch one day last week. :) This week, I need to get to the grocery store!!! November 2/10 – I brought lunch for two days this week. Yay!! :D But now I'm out of anything I can bring for lunch, so back to the food court for me tomorrow. :(


65. Find and participate in at least one singles-only event (trip; physical activity, etc.)

66. Type up my mother's notes/memoirs and make books for the family

67. Practice random acts of kindness

68. Accept random acts of kindness

69. Respond to e-mails every Saturday (in between loads of laundry)

70. Write one non-fiction book.


71. Write one fiction novel (original characters)

August 28/10 – Hmmmm. If I were to participate in the 3-Day Novel Contest, and complete it successfully, then this one would be done too....right?? Although technically, my 2009 NaNo novel could almost count for this except that it needs major re-writing before it's done...hmmmmmmm.....*ponders* September 25, 2010 – Well, I didn't take part in the 3-Day Novel Contest – you need a witness statement at the end (!?) and that's something I need to coordinate in advance. Unless they'll accept a statement from my cats... *ponders*. However, I'll have to remember it for next year. ;)


72. Do all the tourist things in Edmonton at least once


73. Only go to the casino when my sisters are in town (or I'm in their towns)

August 28/10 – Quadruple-oy. This has been a very bad, BAD couple of months. Sooo, we'll start again from this point on. *sigh* September 21, 2010 – yep, you guessed it – bad month. So, we're restarting AGAIN, as of today. November 2/10 – Well, I was in Vegas for a week which, technically, doesn't count...but I did go to the casino in October. So, I'm starting the clock (again!) as of November 1st. See how long I go this time... November 30/10 – Not one casino visit this month! \o/ YEAH!!!


74. Read all of the Discworld novels again. In order. Again.

October 4/10 – I should really start this one...it will be awesomely fun. :) The only Discworld novel I'm missing (I think) is The Last Hero – I don't think I'm missing any others except for the latest Tiffany Aching novel but that's only because it's not here yet...I should go to the bookstore tomorrow and check for the release date. :)


75. Complete my Cary Grant movie collection. (3/72)


76. Rewatch all the Cary Grant movies at least once (2/72) (3/72) (Charade)

September 21, 2010 – Watched Charade this weekend. Audrey Hepburn was so, so beautiful; Cary Grant was charming as hell, and this was just a fun little movie. :) October 4/10 – I was thinking I'd watched another Cary Grant movie a couple weekends ago, but that's not true. I only thought about it...I own His Girl Friday and Bringing Up Baby and I was going to watch those as I did laundry, but I watched Community instead. :) Maybe this weekend I'll get a movie or two in...I also have to go to the library and take some out so I can make progress on this one. :)


77. Get a library card 

78. Rent movies at least one weekend a month August 2009, September 2009, October 2009, November 2009, December 2009, January 2010, February 2010, March 2010, April 2010, May 2010, June 2010, July 2010, August 2010, September 2010, October 2010, November 2010, December 2010, January 2011, February 2011, March 2011, April 2011, May 2011, June 2011, July 2011, August 2011, September 2011 (0/26)


79. Go to the movies at least once a month (after July 2009) August 2009, September 2009, October 2009, November 2009, December 2009, January 2010, February 2010, March 2010, April 2010, May 2010, June 2010, July 2010, August 2010, September 2010, October 2010, November 2010, December 2010, January 2011, February 2011, March 2011, April 2011, May 2011, June 2011, July 2011, August 2011, September 2011 (0/25)(1/25)  (2/26)


80. Feed my pen fetish as often as possible. 

October 4/10 – bought some gel pens today...nothing too exciting – just blue, black and red – but hey! New pens!!! mmmmmmm....and a friend of mine sent me a link to order free pens to try and I really need to check and see if they're still available or what... :)


81. Feed my shoe fetish as often as possible. 

October 4/10 – ma-a-a-annnn – I haven't gone shoe shopping in soooo long...I need to check out what's in the stores soon. :( November 2/10 – Bought two pairs of shoes in Vegas. So cute – and so cheap!! Just the way I like 'em!


82. Feed my phone fetish as often as possible

83. Buy a china cabinet for my grandmother's china

84. Figure out a way to display the old lanterns, phones and other things I have

85. Buy a dress mannequin for my grandmother's wedding dress


86. Replace the furnace in the house (if I don't sell the house in 2009)

October 4/10 – yeah, I should have done this this summer...I'm sooo sick of being broke (and yet I still go to the casino, too...of course, that's only a hundred dollars or so rather than the $4000-$6000 I need for a furnace...grrrrr....Of course, if I were to add up all the $100 or so that I lose...yeah, let's not go there... :)


87. Study the Tarot cards again 

88. Write to friends at least once every two months August 2009, September 2009, October 2009, November 2009, December 2009, January 2010, February 2010, March 2010, April 2010, May 2010, June 2010, July 2010, August 2010, September 2010, October 2010, November 2010, December 2010, January 2011, February 2011, March 2011, April 2011, May 2011, June 2011, July 2011, August 2011, September 2011 (0/13 (1/13)

89. Buy my friend a wedding present before her first anniversary (!)

90. Write at least one fan letter to an actor or TV show I'm really enjoying

 91. Provide feedback or comments on fanfics I really like.

92. Respond to feedback and comments on fanfics I write and post 

93. Buy a Wii

94. Buy a big(gish) screen TV

 95. Upgrade VCR and DVD players


96. Go shopping at least once a month - whether I need to or not (January 2009, February 2009, March 2009, April 2009, May 2009, June 2009, July 2009, August 2009, September 2009, October 2009, November 2009, December 2009, January 2010, February 2010, March 2010, April 2010, May 2010, June 2010, July 2010, August 2010, September 2010, October 2010, November 2010, December 2010, January 2011, February 2011, March 2011, April 2011, May 2011, June 2011, July 2011, August 2011, September 2011 (2/33)  (3/33)  (4/33)  (5/33)

September 25, 2010 – aarrgh! I actually have the urge to shop but I'm trying to ignore it until October, when we're in Vegas. My #3 sister wants to go shopping there and I'm trying not to “use up” this urge to shop before then. Yes, there's still a month to go, but I'm soooo not a shopper there's no guarantee I'll be “in the mood” again by then if I go shopping now... :(


97. Go to Craven in Saskatchewan at least once

98. Go to at least one concert in Edmonton 

 99. Complete my Jimmy Buffett collection

100. Complete my Five for Fighting collection

101. Create a Things to Do Before I Die list.




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"All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need...fantasies to make life bearable."


"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little --"


"So we can believe the big ones?"


-- Susan and Death in Hogfather by Terry Pratchett


"And no practical definition of freedom would be complete without the freedom to take the consequences. Indeed, it is the freedom upon which all the others are based."

-- Lord Vetinari in Going Postal by Terry Pratchett


They thought the Library was a dangerous place because of all the magical books, which was true enough, but what made it really one of the most dangerous places there could ever be was the simple fact that it was a library.

-- Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett


As a wizard, it was something that Ponder had only before encountered in acorns: a tiny soundless voice which said, yes, I am but a small, green, simple object - but I dream about forests.

-- Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett


In the 24th century, there will be no hunger. There will be no greed. And every child will know how to read.

-- Gene Roddenberry, as repeated by Jonathan Frakes in the documentary How William Shatner Changed the World


We've got two lives, one we're given and the other one we make
And the world won't stop, and actions speak louder
Listen to your heart, and what your heart might say
Everything we got, we got the hard way.

-- Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Hard Way from the album Come On, Come On


Cause when they own the information, oh
They can bend it all they want.

-- John Mayer, Waiting on the World to Change from the album Continuum


Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, "I'll try again tomorrow."

-- Mary Anne Radmacher, as seen in Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Tales to Inspire


I never loved the soldier
Until there was a war.
Or thought about tomorrow
'til my baby hit the floor.
I only talk to God
When somebody's about to die.
I never cherished freedom
Freedom never cries.

-- Five for Fighting, Freedom Never Cries from the album Two Lights


It may sound absurd: but don't be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed: but won't you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream

-- Five for Fighting, Superman (It's Not Easy) from the album American Town


Had a dream last night took a time travellin' ride
Back to my childhood where those monsters reside
They snack on innocence and dine on self-esteem
But I like to be in touch with what makes me scream
Vampires, mummies and the Holy Ghost
These are the things that terrify me the most.
No alien, psychopath or MTV host
Scares me like vampires,mummies and the Holy Ghost.

-- Jimmy Buffett, Vampires, Mummies and the Holy Ghost from the album Fruitcakes


"I want to believe that... the dead are not lost to us. That they speak to us... as part of something greater than us - greater than any alien force. And if you and I are powerless now, I want to believe that if we listen, to what's speaking, it can give us the power to save ourselves."

-- Fox Mulder, The X-Files from the episode The Truth, pt. 2
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