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Monday, July 7th, 2008
9:14 am - Ren Faire 2008
John and I are hitting the Ren Faire on Saturday, July 19th. We're going up with my friends Rob and Lysette -- Rob being a Medieval historian, so good times of the "making fun of shit that ain't right" persuasion are sure to abound.

Perhape some of you care to join us?

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Monday, January 21st, 2008
4:25 pm - 101 Things in 1001 Days
For the last two weeks, I've been working on a list of 101 Things to complete in 1001 Days. My list is finally finished, and I start tomorrow. Most things on the list are things that I've wanted to do for a long, long time, so hopefully this will be motivation to actually do them.

My end date is Tuesday, October 19, 2010.

Here's how it works:

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset 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 organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Some common goal setting tips:
1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.

2. Stay Focussed. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.

3. 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.

4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.

5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.


My list!Collapse )

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Monday, August 6th, 2007
1:17 pm
Chef's raised around $110,000. Thanks again, everyone!

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007
11:09 am
so here we are, all successfully married. i had so much fun on sunday that it was ridiculous. thanks to everyone who was able to share it with us. it really wouldn't have been the same without all of you there.

operation: honeymoon has been fun so far, too. monday we met a ton of the kids for lunch at wishbone, then headed off to millenium park with kaz, tracers, and danny g for aimless wandering and generalized chilling. that night we ate at wave in the w and it was super delicious (peaky toe crab!). on tuesday we headed for the pier for lunch and went on the ferris wheel for kicks. then we walked over to northwestern to get my stitches out. they're out now, but as my doctor said, "this is a very effective cut," so she taped it closed, instricted me to knock it off with the bending my finger, and i have to go back on friday for another looksee. so, being showered by john continues. i have to say that i was *really* looking forward to autonomous showering. ah well.

thanks everyone for posting pictures, too! they were so fun to check out when we got home yesterday. i'm actually a little frustrated this morning, because i woke up to an email that our professional pictures were online, yet when i follow the link, it tells me they haven't been released yet. sad. hopefully they'll spring up later!

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007
1:48 pm
weather forecasts are now agreeing that sunday's high will be high 60s/low 70s.

i think the universe figured i'd taken enough abuse and should throw me a bone.

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Monday, March 26th, 2007
10:14 pm - delicious and snuggly
this is worth a look, if you need a laugh:

http://www.sweet-meats.com/

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Friday, March 16th, 2007
9:57 am - shows
is anyone interested in seeing bright eyes at the riv on april 23 or 24?

or maximo park at double door on july 16?

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Monday, March 12th, 2007
9:17 am - pitchfork
tickets are onsale at noon today...who's going when?

i'm thinking just sat/sun for me, as i likely won't be able to spare the friday from work.

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Thursday, March 8th, 2007
11:51 pm
spinning class

=

hot holy damn

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2007
2:36 pm - Where's thefourthrow?
http://www.npcommunicator.blogspot.com/

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Monday, February 26th, 2007
2:53 pm - happy dance
it is going to be in the 80s while we're in arizona.

woza, Friday!

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Wednesday, February 21st, 2007
1:34 pm
i guess we need to post some "official wedding events."

so this is what we were thinking.

if we need you at the rehearsal, we'll contact you seperately. but soon.

saturday evening, we would like to see our friends. our friends include people from out of town and people who are part of our lives in chicago. many of my closest friends do not read lj, so it's not a very good place for me to plan something out. once we know who is going to be in town and who wants to hang out on saturday, we'll invite people accordingly. if it's just a few people, it'll be easy, but if it's a larger number, it might be harder to go somewhere where people can talk, or that everyone will enjoy, or whatever. so, we do plan on inviting our friends to do something social saturday evening. john and i will be calling it quits at 10 or 11pm.

we are tentatively planning to stay at the W Lakeshore on sunday after the wedding. the "official" wedding ends around 9pm. we don't have the reservations at W yet, but they have a really cool bar on the roof that we hope to be able to reserve some space at for sunday evening for the afterparty drink-fest.

we want to go out for breakfast on monday and were planning to see if anyone is off work and interested in joining us. again, we don't know where yet. we kinda suspect that not too many people will be up for it, but if anyone is that would be cool.

we understand that people coming from out of town may prefer to see other people and make other plans, and that's fine. john and i still plan to arrange the stuff listed above.

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Tuesday, February 13th, 2007
10:55 am - no need to lock this one...can anyone help?
an email i just received from the refugee agency...

As several of you know, we are about to receive some challenging cases in the next month. One particular arrival will include a family of fifteen (that's right) refugees. A case this large presents us with some unusual hurdles such as housing and transportation.

If you or someone you know has access to spacious and affordable housing near our offices in Uptown, please let us know ASAP. You would literally be saving lives.

More specifically, we are also in need of assistance on Monday, March 5th transporting this family to their first medical appointment and we need help from a volunteer who has access to a large passenger vehicle. If you have a large van or bus and you are able to help us around around 1:00, PLEASE let us know.

Thanks!


Robert Boyer
Volunteer Coordinator
Interfaith Refugee & Immigration Ministries
4753 N. Broadway, Suite 401
Chicago, IL 60640
T: (773) 989-5647
F: (773) 989-0484

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Friday, February 2nd, 2007
11:29 pm
from now on, all my posts will be friends only.

if you want to keep reading, you'll just have to make friends. sorry.

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Sunday, January 28th, 2007
7:18 pm - shockingly, no reported cases of the meat sweats
we have just spent two hours trying to remove turducken grease from pretty much every item in the apartment. seriously, the condition of the apartment is reminiscent of post-party college apartments. truly amazing, the havoc a turducken can cause!

there is still grease to be scrubbed, and liquidbrain is still going at it, but since conquering the dishes, i needed a break. those were not just gross but some gross. near the end the sink took on the distinctive odor of somat. not a welcome smell to have in your home.

thanks to everyone for coming, cooking, bringing cheese. we had a really good time and hope you did, too.

this morning at brunch liquid and i were complaining that we felt like we hardly had a chance to talk to anyone - the evening went by so fast! pinktornado and kidmissile wisely pointed out that this was good practice for the wedding, as we are sure to feel this way after that, too. i don't doubt it. i just look forward to not having food-prep duties at the reception!

let us know if you abandoned something last night - we have some kitchen stuff and a blue bag, and we aren't sure what belongs to whom.

current mood: drained

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Friday, January 19th, 2007
3:16 pm
i failed to mention that also, there is a rat - no, not a mouse, a rat - stuck to a glue trap in the utility closet immediately behind my desk. he is plenty big enough to break free.

hello, bubonic plague.

UPDATE: A guy just came and killed the rat, as i sat at my desk.

I am stupid enough to have thought he was coming to "collect" the rat, but the squeaking, followed by silence, demonstrated my stupidity.

I am anti-rat, but not pro-rat-assassination. I feel ill.

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Friday, January 12th, 2007
10:48 am
i got new fluevogs.

my feet are crazy happy.

aside from some decent workout shoes, i may never buy another brand again.

current mood: happy

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Thursday, January 11th, 2007
9:46 am
Becks is going to play in the US? That seems wrong. And yet, it might make me more inclined to care about MLS. Hmmm.

I haven't posted much lately. My great aunt died right after christmas, and it made me really sad because she was kind of the last link to my grandpa's side of the family. She was elderly, but she was still bright and lived on her own and everything despite her health problems, so it seemed sudden. I want to track down this wonderful letter she ent me about a year ago and post it, but I haven't had a chance to track it down yet.

We've been doing lots of wedding stuff, to the exclusion of most other fun things. Not that the wedding stuff is un-fun (our florist is cool as hell - two full sleaves of flower tattos) but it gets to be a little chore-y, and always takes longer than we think it will. Between that, consistent gym attendance, and (sadly) cleaning up cat pee more often than I'd like (want to not have fun? try to clean your vacuum after the cat has peed all over the cords and attachments), I feel like my free time has vanished. I've felt exhausted all this week. Not depressed or anything, just strecthed thin.

Maybe I'm due for an early bedtime tonight?

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Sunday, December 31st, 2006
5:41 pm
ok, some of these bjork videos are disturbing me a bit. what's up with the red stuff coming out of her nips?

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Thursday, December 28th, 2006
3:01 pm - what's up, scurvy
A coworker brought in a ton of oranges and left them in our lunch room.

Yesterday, I ate 3 of them.

So far today, I've had 2, but I'm contemplating taking one for the road.

These are either the world's best oranges, or I have some sort of deficiency.

current mood: pleased

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