Monday, December 31, 2012

Update on 101 Goals

Two years ago, I wrote down a list of 101 goals that I wanted to accomplish in 1001 days.

I went through my list today and updated it to reflect the stuff I'd finished and my thoughts on a few of the goals.

  1. Give up low-class humor at work (I am much better at curbing my rampant earthiness)
  2. Personal cookbook (6/12)
  3. Do a session in the Sacramento Temple
  4. Have a weekend with Brian in Morro Bay 4/12
  5. Make soap (dismal failure and I'm perfectly content to buy my soap here at The Wild Plum)
  6. Read lesson for next Sunday School (40x) (I am in Primary most weeks, so don't go, but that's not a good excuse not to be PREPARED)
  7. Save $1000 (I save this and promptly use it to pay some new bill. :( )
  8. Sell badges
  9. Buy a Silhouette cutter (not sure if I want to do this anymore now that I've spent my money purchasing a new archival photo printer that was recommended to me by Genine)
  10. Learn Spanish (Learn in your Car)
  11. Watch all 22 Shakespeare (BBC) DVDs from library (Macbeth, All’s Well, Comedy of Errors, Merchant, Twelfth, Merry Wives, Antony & Cleo,
  12. Work out on Wii 20+ min/day 6 days in a row 50x (I do well with this and then get tired after a few months - perhaps change the expectation?)
  13. Call Ethan every month
  14. Listen to all Jeffrey Holland speeches (the available number keeps going up!)
  15. Make a word quilt
  16. Attend a Fascinating Womanhood class (Carol Tuttle Marriage CD)
  17. Put family recipes on blog (2011)
  18. Remember family birthdays and send cards (now that I do visiting teaching via mail, I want to organize to include family)
  19. Clear out cookbooks (2011)
  20. Do a session in the Redlands Temple
  21. Do five alone activities with Alex
  22. Make mozzarella cheese (2011)
  23. Pay off student loan before 4/13 1/12
  24. Read 3 church books pertaining to Sunday School study
  25. Read 5 Heinlein books
  26. Sell barrettes in shop
  27. Wear size 16 pants again (not by October!)
  28. Create family silhouettes
  29. Give up doing personal things on work time (I can say I NEVER do business stuff, but I have been able to make Pinterest part of my job now! And Facebook, too!)
  30. Learn Excel
  31. Lose 5 lbs (---)
  32. Can fruits (jams) (seems cheaper to purchase at Costco)
  33. Do a session in the San Diego Temple (4/11)
  34. Do five alone activities with Mackenzie (pedicures, shopping, )
  35. Do something creative every day for a week (10)
  36. Organize garage
  37. Pay off Ken (1/11)
  38. Read 1 Agatha Christie book
  39. Sell paper flowers
  40. Paint family watercolor portraits
  41. Give up disliking **** (I do fine with this for a while and they do something that irks me again...)
  42. Lose 10 lbs (---)
  43. Learn to make pickles (9/11)
  44. Date night with husband once a month (12x) (Does going to Walmart count?)
  45. Visit an Eddy twice/month (x20)
  46. Pay off Beth (I'm down really low on this!!!! Only a few more months and it'll be paid off!)
  47. Read 5 Dickens books
  48. Sell book purses
  49. Take the kids to an aquarium
  50. Use or lose stained glass (2011)
  51. Give up eating fast food by myself as a rule
  52. Lose 15 lbs (---)
  53. Re-floor 3 rooms in house (unfortunately, this one involves my husband and I don't know that he cares as much about this as I do)
  54. Write 5 personal letters and mail them (2012)
  55. Can meats (use pressure canner) (again, cheaper to get at Costco?)
  56. Pay off Visa
  57. Prepare lesson week in advance (25x)
  58. Read 70 children’s classics (I think I'm somewhere in the 60's right now - this year's list was horrific for me)
  59. Sell book purse tutorial
  60. Take the kids to Pismo Beach  6/11 (Cayucas – close enough)
  61. Teach Alex five dishes (grilled cheese, bbq wraps, pizza, spaghetti, bread dough)
  62. I will stop trying to save people w/o their perm. (apparently, this is more pervasive of a problem than I first thought)
  63. Lose 20 lbs (---)
  64. Make 5 journals
  65. Read 1 Beatrix Potter biography
  66. Teach Mack five dishes (mac&cheese, cookies, bread, spaghetti, fudge)
  67. Contact VT-ees by 5th of each month (12x) (not necessary anymore now that I write them!)
  68. Crochet a sweater vest
  69. Pay off credit card each month if used (12x) (I think this goal is better after starting clean)
  70. Read 20 SF classics
  71. Sell book folding tutorial  2/11
  72. Take the kids to SF or Half Moon Bay
  73. Get hair done professionally (9/11)
  74. Read 1 CS Lewis biography
  75. Replace paper in leather journal (Dec. 2012)
  76. Teach Kiff to tie his shoes
  77. 100% VT (30x) (I've been 100% now that I'm writing letters)
  78. Get business license and pay taxes
  79. Go to Chinatown in LA with Brian (B. says this isn't really more than a block or two of stores...)
  80. How to change a tire
  81. Read 5 Ray Bradbury books
  82. Sell RAV4
  83. Get pedicure (4/ 2012)
  84. Make a quiet book for Kiff
  85. Read 1 prophet biography
  86. Read to Kiff 3x/week (20x) (HE CAN READ NOW!!!)
  87. Go to Magic Mountain with Brian
  88. Try Thai food/restaurant (2012)
  89. Call Meagan every month
  90. Family book for relatives' kids
  91. Go camping
  92. Read 1 US president biography
  93. Get manicure 4/12
  94. Try Indian food/restaurant
  95. Bake 50 types cookies (I've learned that I don't like anything but chocolate chip now. probably won't finish this one)
  96. Bake 50 types of bread
  97. Paint toenails once a week (15x)
  98. Buy/install drapes in living room
  99. New door in kitchen
  100. Curtains in Kiff's room (I put up hooks and an afghan - does that count?)
  101. Make bedskirt (2011)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Natural Dyeing Results

A few days ago, I posted that I was experimenting with natural dyes. I'd gotten the idea from several posts in a lovely blog I follow - lilfish studios. Lisa is an avid dyer using materials gathered from the nearby woods. I, on the other hand, used foodstuffs procured from Walmart. I'm classy like that.

In the picture above, I have (from left to right): red onion skins, yellow onion skins, red cabbage with baking soda and last, plain red cabbage.

You can see the plaster figures in the dye jars above. When I first pulled them out (after an overnight soak), they were rather disappointing - very pale. I let the plaster dry on my windowsill and forgot about them. A few days later I noticed that the figures were no longer pale. Ta da! I have no idea of the chemistry magic behind this, but I'm glad that I know how to dye my stuff brown, turquoise and light blue if I ever need... Clockwise from top left: yellow skins (terracotta), cabbage with soda (turquoise), red skins (gingerbread brown) and red cabbage (pale blue).

Monday, December 17, 2012

Mingos and Sharp Parts

My husband has just made his first book available through Amazon! It's a hilarious account of my son Kiff and his very interesting view of the world. Includes all things important to great literature: sex! violence! pasta! (just kidding about the pasta)

For only 99 cents, you too can pee your pants with laughing... :) And learn entirely too much about our parenting style. Please don't call CPS. Thank you.

Plantable Christmas Cards

I wanted to do something different for this month's letter writing venture. It had to be simple and useful. When I write letters, I like to include a recipe or something tangible.

Looking in my closet o'goodies, I found the leftover stack of handmade paper I'd made for my library's Mother's Day craft. It's paper infused with flower seeds.

Voila! Christmas cards with style!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Natural Dyeing

It wasn't until I took this picture that I realized I haven't cleaned the outside window in a few months!

We're going to be doing a presentation at the library about natural dyes. I wanted to dye plaster because that's something we have access to at my branch. I used (from left to right) red onion, yellow onion, red cabbage with baking powder and just plain red cabbage.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Yet Another Paper Ball Ornament Tutorial

This is what you can make. Go! Make!
 I did a Pay it Forward Christmas ornament thing this year with a bunch of friends. I decided to do these little paper ornaments. Easy. 15 minutes each. You'll like them. This will be mainly a picture tutorial. I've just finished grading about 800 finals this week and I'm too pooped to pop.


Circle punch (I used a variety to make different-sized balls. The balls end up the same size as the original circle.
hot glue
ignore the pins. They are not used. How did they get in the picture?

Cut out EIGHT circles for each half of the ornament

Bend in half like a taco. DO NOT FOLD. Pinch.

Fold in quarter. Crease fold. Leave petal ends lovely and round.

Dab on hot glue. Do not burn self. (I did not listen to me)

Attach next segment. Take care not to squish petals.

Just keep adding until you get to the next to the last.

Before gluing in last segment, add ribbon, folded over for a loop.
Pretend there is a ribbon in this one. Put glue on BOTH sides and insert last segment.

Ta da! Your first half. You could leave it like this, but I prefer to...

Make another and then put glue in a spiral on the first one and...
Attach second half. Don't worry too much about all the segments lining up.

Make in several sizes. I'm going to add the ribbons to these later. I ran out of ribbon. Yeah.
Admire on your cork board because all of your tables are messy.