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Mission 101-2009 Update Part Six


 

1. Cut credit card debt by 10%

January 30/11 – Yeah. Well. Moving on....


 

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%) (114/985 – 11.57%) (114/988 – 11.54%) (115/1013 – 11.35%)

January 1/11 - ...and I've brought home a suitcase half-full of more books from my sisters. *looks sheepish* January 13/11 – I logged all the books I brought back from Saskatchewan. Now to get some reading done... :D January 30/11 – shockingly enough, I haven't read a single book this month. O.O I've been reading, but not the books in my TBR pile...of course, I'll probably have a weekend or two (or three or...) over the next year which will be taken up with book binges. I'm not that worried. :)


 

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


 


 

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

January 8/11 – This one is obviously a fail. :( *sigh* Maybe I'll aim for when I turn 50...


 


 

12. Go to Manitoba to visit friends.


 

13. Go to BC to visit relatives.


 


 

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)


 


 

19. Attend a writer’s retreat


 


 

20. Participate in a creative writing class


 


 

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) (16/19)

January 8/11 – One more course to go – scheduled for February/March. Then I'm DONE!! Yay!!!


 


 

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) (1,278)


 


 

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

28. Complete an inventory of all my DVDs/VHS tapes (54) (91) (98)

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


 

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


 


 

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


 


 

36. Go home for Christmas 2010

January 1/11 – Just got home yesterday from Saskatchewan after spending Christmas with my family there. So many people to see, so little time in which to do it. :(


 

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)

January 30/11 – I definitely need to re-do my inventory and determine which books I'm missing. There was some discrepancy the last time I tried to “true up”...


 

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)

January 30/11 – I'm not due to go back until July – which will just squeak in on this Mission 101. :) So, this will be 2/3 successful. LOL


 

44. Find a doctor

45. Make a will

46. Make a living will


 

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

January 13/11 – BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Oh, all right – I've been doing some cleaning every week – more than I used to, anyway – but I still haven't even made a dent in the debris. Well...all the accumulated crap on table has been cleared off...and I've cleaned off my desk...so, okay, I've made a little progress.


 

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


 


 

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

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


 


 

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


 

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. (FAIL)

January 8/11 – Ah, well. Maybe when I turn 50... :(


 

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) (4/143)

January 8/11 – Took lunch to work on January 5th. :) Now that I'm tracking my spending, this will be easier to track as well.


 

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)


 


 

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)

January 1/11 – Well, a new year, a new start to this one. *sigh* January 8/11 – So far, so good. LOL January 30/11 – No casino so far this year. :) It's very, very tempting, though, if only because it would mean I've gone out and DONE SOMETHING rather than just going home. It would be nice if I can hold out until the end of August which is when my #2 sister is scheduled to come to Edmonton...


 

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

January 30/11 – oooh, I should get started on this this weekend. :)


 

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


 

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


 


 

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)

January 1/11 – Now that I've subscribed to Netflix, I should be able to actually do this. :D January 8/11 – I may actually rent my first Netflix movie this weekend. See how it works. There's a lot of variety available, even though a lot of the more recent movies (and too many of the classics) aren't available yet. Where's my Cary Grant!!!! Oh, well. :( At least there's enough to get started. January 30/11 – I've been watching stuff on Netflix – mostly documentaries although I watched the first two episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender on Saturday. Made me laugh!! But no “movies” per se.


 

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. 

January 25, 2011 – I went to Costco on the weekend and bought a set of 20 (Gr8gel Zebra) pens in four colours (black, blue, red and purple). AND my friend's ex-boyfriend (who is still a good friend of hers and who went shopping with us) gave us each a pen. She got a green one, and I got a blue one. It's sooooo preeetttttyyyy...mmmmm....peeeeeeennnnnnnnsssssssss....... :D


 

81. Feed my shoe fetish as often as possible. 

January 25, 2011 – Okay – I don't know if I'll ever actually BUY anything from this site, but I clicked on an ad on Facebook that took me to a site where (apparently) they sell everything (shoes, purses, jewellery) for $39.95 – plus shipping and handling (which apparently would be about $9 for me plus customs/duties fees (if any). It's advertised as Kim Kardashian's shoe...something or other, which disconcerts me for two reasons: who the bloody hell is Kim Kardashian and why is she (and her sisters??) famous?? Although I don't really give a rat's patootie whose site it is (or who else uses it) – we're talking SHOES for $40!!!!! Okay, more like $50 or so for me – but that's still cheaper than most shoe stores in town.


 

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)


 


 

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) (6/33)

January 1/11 – Well, I suppose it's a bit of a gimme, but December, of course. Christmas, baby!!! :D


 

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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