Monday, December 29, 2008
Here's how it works:
The Mission: Complete 101 pre-set 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 organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.
Goal setting tips
- Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.
- Stay Focused. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.
- Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.
- Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.
- Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.
Here are my 101 in no particular order:
- re-learn crochet
- lose 30 pounds
- maintain said weight loss for remainder of 1001 days
- blow the dust off my exercise ball and band set and start using them
- attempt waterskiing
- attend church at least twice a month
- start a Christmas Club account
- finish Lily’s scrapbook
- attend a production at IRT
- attend a production at Beef ‘n Boards
- attend a production at The Murat
- find a long term volunteer opportunity to become passionate about
- learn to dive
- get all pictures on computer copied to CDs
- re-do Robin’s bedroom
- re-do main bath
- re-do master bath
- new kitchen counters
- install organizer in bedroom closet
- visit Indiana State Museum
- visit Indianapolis Museum of Art
- get family pictures from Mom copied
- learn to use some sort of photoshop-type software
- get some sort of sun damage treatment done on my face
- use sunscreen
- take an out-of-state weekend trip by myself
- climb Mount Baldy
- do front yard poop patrol at least once a week
- enroll Ringo in obedience class
- get Lola’s teeth cleaned
- spend a day with Lily in Broad Ripple
- balance checkbook every week
- clean out the attic
- spend a day at the spa
- visit a winery
- go to a high school basketball game
- buy some good bras
- figure out my iPod
- visit the Eli Lilly Home
- buy a cupcake from The Flying Cupcake
- go to England
- buy something at a thrift store
- call Dad once a week
- visit Crown Hill Cemetery
- go duckpin bowling
- go camping
- go to an apple orchard or U-pick produce farm
- go to an IMAX movie
- ride the carousel at the Children’s Museum
- go to a farmers’ market
- use the firepit on the deck
- reconnect with an old friend
- plant a tree
- go hiking in a state park I haven’t been to in at least a year
- go boating somewhere other than Lieber or Glenn Flint
- attend work-related seminar or class
- try sushi
- buy a wig
- clean carpets quarterly
- do something with Grandma’s quilt pieces
- actually go someplace to watch 4th of July fireworks
- buy a basket for my bike
- have a fire in the fireplace
- repair loveseat cushion
- say the Rosary at church
- go on a carriage ride downtown
- participate in a 5k
- make pasta from scratch
- have a Christmas open house
- grow my own tomatoes
- wear glasses for a week
- whiten my teeth
- record every penny I spend for one week
- make ice cream
- donate blood every 56 days or so
- buy more sheets
- new carpet in family room
- write a thank you letter for product or services
- host a ladies’ night at Creative Escape
- visit the Metropolitan Community Church
- find a signature perfume
- re-do my blog so IE users can view
- make 70s cheesy music CD for Farmer
- attend an away Colts game
- buy a t-shirt from nataliedee.com
- make homemade doughnuts
- attend a Switzerland County First Friday
- sign up for a water aerobics class
- refrain from shopping at Walmart for one month
- invite Tom over for pork chops olé
- complete a 500-piece (at least) jigsaw puzzle
- play bingo at the Legion
- finish cross stitch project given to me by Betty
- make caramels - successfully
- get home wireless mess figured out
- play Fantasy Football
- go vegetarian for one week
- complete my Everybody Loves Raymond and Seinfeld DVD collections
- for every completed goal, $5 goes into a fund for a TBD charity
- inspire at least one other person to start a 101 list
*For the record, I'm quite certain Gonzo has no shortage of female admirers, and that he couldn't care less what some slightly overweight, middleaged blogger thinks.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Okay, that's seven in a row. Let's beat Jacksonville on Thursday to avenge our 23-21 loss from back in September and secure a playoff berth.
By the way, Pro Bowl selections were announced. Peyton Manning is the starting quarterback for the AFC...yawn. Freeney is also a starter, and I was happy to see Robert Mathis selected as a back-up. Don't forget Reggie Wayne, also a back-up. Eli Manning will be the back-up quarterback for the NFC, which is kinda cool. Kudos to Kurt Warner; didn't see that coming.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
List of the Day had a post today about celebs who might be dead. One such person was Daryl Dragon of Captain and Tennille fame. In case you're wondering, he's alive. Anyhoo, this reminded me of a video I saw not too long ago and I was struck by a few things:
- While Toni Tennille is harmlessly cheesy, Daryl Dragon is one weird mo fo.
- Muskrat Love is a really stupid song.
- I lusted after Tennille's "pumpkin cut" so bad. Little did I realize, my crazy hair was never going to be that smooth and shiny. I think my 7th grade school picture is proof of that.
- My aunt gave me a choice of birthday gifts in 1976: a shopping trip or tix to see Captain and Tennille in concert. I chose the shopping trip and am still kicking myself. After all, I could have witnessed this in person:
(If video doesn't show up on blog, click here.)
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Now, on to something REALLY important...guess who's awesome?
ME, that's who!!
I won the Hank FM Pigskin Playoff last week! That's $250 just for being my usual football genius self.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
To quote the great Hunter Smith, "It was a good snap, a good kick, and I'm ready for an In-N-Out Burger."
Saturday, November 22, 2008
We had a room reserved at the Hilton on Saturday night. When we got to our room, it was teeny-tiny with a desk taking up half of the room. That bothered me, although John was okay with it (I think he was already formulating some naughty secretary game). What he didn't like was the sliver of a window. He apparently is claustrophobic. So we called the front desk and they said they didn't have anything else available, followed immediately by the question, "Have you done anything in there yet?" Hey, we're good, but not THAT good. After we assured her the room was unscathed, she told us to come down and she would get us something else. Our second room was on the 19th floor. I was pretty excited when we walked in and one entire wall was a window. Unfortunately, it was a rather unspectacular view that awaited us:
On closer view, you can see the behemoth Lucas Oil Stadium on the left, and the tattered, forgotten remains of the Hoosier Dome on the right.
Being a woman of simple means, I do enjoy some hotel swag.
You may think this is me trying to be alluring...no, I'm just checking out the room service menu; planning ahead for breakfast.
We headed downstairs to the restaurant bar for some cocktails. In case anyone wants to go to McCormick & Schmick's for Happy Hour, they have a killer food menu. They are practically giving the food away. Our bartender, Aaron, was a nice guy and bought our first round of drinks in honor of our anniversary.
John, sampling my girly Dreamcicle martini.
Aaron, who is NOT stingy with the alcohol.
He called me a "crazy lady" before we left.
In my defense, I hadn't eaten all day.
At this point, we went back to the room to freshen up for dinner, and by "freshen up" I mean John watched a ballgame and I did a faceplant into the bed. I've since learned this is called "pre-wasted." After a nice nap, John dragged me out of bed and forced me to get ready. At this point I would have been just as happy to get McDonald's and stay in the room, but get ready I did. As we're waiting for the elevator, John is standing there looking very intently at me. I'm assuming he's thinking, "She's just as beautiful as the day we got married. I am a lucky, lucky man." What he said was, "Your eyes are really bloodshot."
Their shrimp cocktail was the largest, meatiest shrimp (there's a contradiction in terms) I have ever seen. Delicious.
I can't believe I ordered sirloin at a place known for seafood, but this was really, really delicious. I'll just have to go back and try the seafood.
We said we weren't getting dessert.....
I've never really understood what the big deal was about Red Velvet Cake, but ordered this because it was the only thing I thought John would like. It was pretty fantastic.
42 seconds later...
So, that's it. As you all know from reading this, we went to the Colts game on Sunday. We had to drive Robin back up to Ball State so didn't get home until late Sunday evening. All in all, a fun weekend; and anytime we can spend that much time together without wanting to club each other on the head, I consider that a success.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
This week's Colts recap will be a little different than usual. Robin was able to attend the game courtesy of her friend, Janaye (Happy Birthday, Shanaye-naye!). Since their seats were field level, Robin graciously agreed to be my guest photographer. Anyone who knows Robin won't be surprised to see that my camera was returned to me with at least 100 different photos of Dallas Clark. I'll spare you every single one, but here are the highlights:
....and anyone who knows me knows I am exaggerating a little. She did have a few good action shots, I just like to tease her! Most importantly, she did get a picture of the scoreboard at the end of the game!
So, that's three wins in a row for the Colts; Pey-Pey's QB rating and passing yards are up; Addai finally broke 100 yards rushing, and it looks like they found a real-live return specialist in Chad Simpson.
Oh, yeh....John and I celebrated our anniversary, but that story will have to wait for another time.