Friday, 6 March 2009

The List 09

Here is the new List for 2009/2010! Let me know what you think... I know I am posting this on the 6th March but I will still be finishing it on the 5th March 2010. Wish me luck!

Health/Food

1. Try 10 new fruits/vegetables I’ve never tried before or thought I didn’t like

2. Take up Yoga
3. Make each of the book marked recipes in my copy of Tatiana’s Table
4. Hike 6 mountains (can repeat if necessary)
5. Start taking Spiralina at least 3 times a week
6. Buy a piece of exercise equipment and use it properly


Giving to Others

7. Make a donation to a large charity
8. Make a donation to a local charity
9. Become a volunteer
10. Buy dog food when doing the weekly shop and give it to the RSPCA
11. Donate blood whenever possible
12. Donate to all charities that I see during the day (at least once per organization)

Arts/Theatre

13. Attend 2 Concerts - Myself Destruction, Sounds of Spring, Britney Spears, Dead Letter Circus
14. Attend 2 plays - Statespeare, The Crucible
15. See an exhibit at the art gallery or museum - Statue of David in Florence
16. Go to 2 wine tasting events

Travel and Vacation

17. Go camping for more then 1 night
18. Take Boy away for the weekend without him knowing we are going anywhere
19. Swim in the ocean

20. Go to a theme park
21. Visit a zoo

Trying New Things

22. Build something
23. Paint a wall a colour other than white
24. Get my scuba diving license
25. Do a TAFE course
26. Do a first aid course

Writing/Arts & Crafts/Reading/Photography

27. Learn another craft
28. Write a letter to Boy once a month
29. Start reading the Harry Potter series from the beginning again
30. Get an external hard drive and back up my photos and music. Including things on disk
31. Watch 30 movies I have never seen entirely before
32. Print out some of my favorite photos, frame them and create a “photo wall”
33. Support a craftsperson – buy something handmade (either online or in person)
34. Make a canvas painting

Monthly Challenges

35. Work out 3 times a week for 1 month
36. Walk every day for 1 month

37. No TV for 1 month
38. No alcohol for 1 month
39. Eat only vegetarian meals for 1 month

40. Record total amount of money spent on food for a
41. Photograph my outfits’ everyday for a month
42. Have a dinner containing at least 3 vegetables at least 6 days a week for 1 month
43. Have no sweets/desserts for 1 month
44. Keep my nails clean and manicured for 1 month
45. Use reusable grocery bags every shopping trip for 1 month
46. Wash my face and brush my teeth every night no matter how tired I am for 1 month
47. Make our bed every day for 1 month
48. Make lunch the night before work every day for 1 month

Budgeting and Organization

49. Save all change left over at the end of each week
50. Keep the budget going and update when needed
51. Organize finances and other important documents into a filing system and update monthly with new papers
52. Set up a cleaning schedule so dust does not overwhelm my house again!

Miscellaneous

53. Go to the farmers markets
54. Make at least one new friend IRL
55. Document 100 things that make me happy
56. See five sunrises
57. See five sunsets
58. Go one week without calling Boy a name
59. Compile my favorite recipes into a book or
box
60
. Go on a picnic
61. Go out for dinner with Boy one night a month
62. Watch all 6 Star Wars in order
63. Watch Buffy and Angel from the beginning
64. Plant a veggie garden
65. Read at least one book per month
66. Subscribe to a photographic or nature magazine
67. Set up an ABN for the crane company
68. Open a bottle of the worlds best, most reasonably priced, champagne to celebrate completing the list!

Thursday, 5 March 2009

The List

I am finished! 365 days ago I started the task of completing 60 random tasks and today its finished!

To start with I can not begin to explain how glad I am that I took this on and how much more exciting the last 12 months have been for it. I really stress to everyone that they should create a list, it not only kicks your arse into gear to do things that you wouldn't usually do but it also makes you feel like you have accomplished something, even if its as small as a trip to the fruit markets! 

I started off by printing my list out on nice pink paper, folding it up and putting it into my diary so I could keep it on me every day. I didn't start this with the idea that I HAD to complete EVERYTHING on the list, just to give them a shot and try some new things. And I admit, I haven't completed it. I am a little let down in my self for that but more so I am so excited/proud/happy that I completed the things that I have!

I didn't tell any of my real life friends or family about this for about the first 6 months (with the exception to Boy and Rumbles) not because I was embarrassed but more because I was scared I would fail it like I usually do. I'm like a fish in that way. Ohh something shiny! 

So tomorrow I will be starting my new list, I wont post it until then. For now I will give you a recap of what I have (and haven't) done in the last 365 days!! :D

Health/Food

1. Try 10 new fruits/vegetables I’ve never tried before or thought I didn’t like 
Durian - this was pretty awesome, I will be eating them again in the future!
Butternut Pumpkin - nothing overly exciting but I did quite like it!
Tomato - I used to HATE tomato (but love tomato sauce... go figure!) But now I will eat it raw, I'm not going to be having tomato slices on my sandwich tomorrow but I will eat it on brushetta and things like that.
Celery - Now this one I'm still on the fence with, I will eat it when its mushy in a soup but NOT raw! EW!
Pomegranate - I really wanted to be impressed by this but sadly I wasn't. It didn't taste to bad but it was a pain to eat!
Beetroot - still a big NO
Squash - I like!
Mangosteen - YUM!
Date - OMG I threw up! It was just WRONG!
Fig - I liked this, I will be having it again. I want to try it with a desert next time!
2. Buy proper cupcake making things and make fancy cupcakes
Boy bought me this stuff for Valentines and I made some lovely cupcakes. They were delish and I will be making them again soon!
3. Do 50 push ups (boy style) in a row
Yeh... This one didn't happen! I got up to 40 at one stage but sadly, no go :(
4. Do 50 sit-ups/crunches in a row
DONE! I actually did 100 which I totally think makes up for not doing the push ups... right? RIGHT?
5. Hike 6 mountains (can repeat if necessary) in 12 months 
Flinders Peak, Mt Barney, Eungella x2 ... Ok so I didn't complete it, But I was close.
6. Eat only raw foods for an entire day
Done! It was very painful though. There was one failed attempt. When I did succeed I cheated a little, I had balsamic vinegar on my salads. Lemon juice just wasn't enough for me!
7. Buy a piece of exercise equipment and use it properly
Boy bought me sneakers for my birthday, I had only had hand me down ones before that so it is so good having sneakers that fit me and aren't warn out! I love them!

Giving to Others

8. Make a decent donation to a charity 
$20/mth gets transferred to Amnesty International... Its not massive but it helps 
9. Send my mum flowers
Done, with the help of Rumbles I got a bunch of Sunflowers (her favorite kind) delivered to her apartment. She was very happy with that.
10. Donate blood every 3 months for a year
 
I have attempted and attempted this one... the first half of the year I was still anemic. I then got to give blood (yay!) but when I went back the next time I didn't weigh enough... More reason to eat a big dinner! YAY!
11. Make a donation to a local charity
Guide Dogs Queensland
12. Write a letter to both grand mums
Done! Even if one of them can barely see it let alone read it!
13. Spend one day being a “servant” to Boy
Done! Hehe I kind of cheated on this one though... I didn't actually tell him that I was doing it until midnight. But he still got everything he wanted that day! 
14. Send a small gift or letter to some of my favorite flickrites/bloggers 
DONE! Muirnait got a CD, Becca got some sockies for her beautiful little girl, Germ got a card, GeekBrat got a lip gloss and a bunch of you got Christmas Cards 
15. Buy birthday presents for everybody in both families 
DONE! Nearly... Big Bro 12.03.08 Boys Mummy 15.03.08 Boys Lil' Sis 11.04.08 Big Sis 29.04.08, The champ 11.06.08, big big sis 13.07.08, Mim 15.07.08, Gral 18.08.08,Potato Head 19.08.08, Daddyo 25.08.08, AH 22.10.08, Lil' Miss PBB, Trevor, the Dominator and Mummy... I still owe Boys Step Dad a present from his birthday last weekend but with the move and everything it hasn't gotten to his hands yet. It is here and waiting though!

Writing/Blogging

16. Post a real blog (not just from
Flickr) on ChickenTherapy at least once a week 
Yeh... this lasted 4 weeks.... I suck
17. Write a short piece of fiction
Its better that I didn't... 
18. Write a letter to each family member (who can read)
Presents we rent enough?? Honestly! Some People!
19.
Hand write a blog entry and scan it to the blog
I FAIL OK! I KNOW THIS! WRITING AND BLOGGING IS NOT MY FORTE!  I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF FORTE IS THE RIGHT WORD! OR IF THAT'S THE SPELLING! BAH

Arts/Theatre

20. Attend a Concert 
Millencolin 5.4.08
21. Attend a play 
The Anatomy of Titus 25.08.08
22. Attend a musical
We have two booked for when we are in London! I havent seen one no... but I think it counts!
23. Attend a non-mandatory lecture or seminar
I attended two! One was a marketing seminar run by the local paper and another was a AXA Admin thing
24. See an exhibit at the art gallery or museum
Mackay gallery... Not very interesting...
25. Go to a wine tasting
At the Ginger Bread Factory! Plus we have a wine tour booked for when we are in Florence

Travel and Vacation

26. Travel out of Australia
LONDON! Its booked and paid for! We leave in 10 days! WOOO
27. Go camping for more then 1 night
This didnt happen :( I booked it in a dozen times but something kept coming up. I am actually really sad this one didnt happen...
28. Ride a roller coaster 
Mackay Show! 
29. Visit one of the Islands in the Whitsundays
HAMO!!
30. Stay 1 night at the Harbor and have dinner at one of the good restaurants
This one was half done... We went to the nice restaurant but we didnt get to stay there as it turned out there was only one hotel and it was booked out on the night we were going out for dinner :(

Trying New Things

32. Wear a skirt/dress every day for a week 
DONE! This was actually one of the hardest tasks! I tried it a dozen times but I just couldnt go a whole week. The only way I got around it was by wearing stockings most of the days! 
33. Build something 
Boy and I built my bike but I also built a TV cabinete 
34. Sew something 
I fixed the bed sheets and all of boys work clothes!
35. Wear fingernail polish for a whole week
Done!
36. Help Boy out at work for a day
Done!
37. Get my boat license
Done!
38. Get a new piercing or a small tattoo
Done! Nope I'm not telling!

Arts, Crafts, and Photography

39. Attend one of those pottery classes/days
I'm anti social... Didn't happen... 
40. Support a craftsperson—buy something handmade (either in person or online)
I just bought this beautiful Necklace of Etsy! I TRIED to get hold of the awesome Artsy T to buy one of her prints but she didnt reply to my comments :(

41. Document a “day in my life” with photos
Done!

42. Do a photo essay of some of my most sentimental possessions
Done!

43. Find a local photography group/class and go to at least 1 session
Again with the anti social...
44. Learn more about the DSLR
I read a dozen books and feel I know a fair bit more. I'm not going to be quitting my day job anytime soon but I can have heaps of fun and now end up with some really nice photos out of it :)
4 5. Learn a craft
I made mosaic photo frames for the fam for Christmas and I taught myself to knit! Thank you Internet!

Monthly Challenges

46. Work out 3 times a week for 1 month
Done!
47. Walk every day for 1 month 
start 21.03.08 finish 21.04.08
48. One month without TV
I LOVED this one! I have always had the TV on as background or watched TV while eating breakfast and dinner so a month was pretty crazy but now I do NOT like TV! I HATE the ads! I still watch a couple of shows when I am really bored or watch the news when something big happens but I have lost nearly all interest in TV and I am SO glad about it!
49. Record total amount of money spent on food for a month 
Done! We spent $480. I really dont know what happens to the rest of our money! I blame drugs. 
50. One month without sweets/desserts
This was painful. I got two weeks through then a charity person came around selling chocolates and I was a good person and bought one COMPLETELY forgetting about the no sweets thing.. I had to start again! But its DONE! 
51. Photograph my outfits everyday for a month 
Done!
52. Have a dinner containing atleast 3 vegetables atleast 6 days a week for a month 
Done! This was really good. We are eating so many more and so many different types of vegies because of this!

Miscellaneous

53. Learn a language – even if just basics
Gemacht! Ich habe ein kleines Deutsch gelernt!
54. Go to the Saturday fruit markets
Done! I totally want to keep this one up!
55. Buy a piece of Victoria Secrets anything
Done! I got pants, a couple of singlets, some girlie things and some socks!
56. Subscribe to a photographic or nature magazine
Nat Geo!
57. Plant a herb garden
Ok... It may be dead now but I did plant one! Plus I now have a big basil plant so that still counts!
58. Read at least 1 book per month 
I didnt do this per month. But I read twelve so I think that counts. Life of Pi, Annakarenina, Angel, Christopher, the Bronze Horseman (x 2), Twilight, Tully, New Moon, the Alchemist, Red Leaves, Life of Reptiles
59. Rent and boat for a day and take Boy on a cruise (after I get my boat license)
This didnt happen :(
60. Set up Make-up Company and begin trading again
Done and thriving! WOOOOOOO

So thats the 08/09 list done. Now onto the new! Thanks to everyone for your help and support I had so much fun with this and cant wait to keep going with next years!!

Thursday, 2 October 2008

I have ebola

Ok more just a stomach bug, but seriously, Im dieing! I've spent two nights camped in the bathroom. And that one I'm not lieing about. I had a towel as a mattress, a robe as a blanket, a pillow, a glass of water next to me and a good book for those less nausious times.

A perfect day for a dentist appointment!

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

I jingle and I jangle with my dangle

Boy: (While watching 'Two and a Half Men') OMG You totally just saw his wang!
Me: What? Where?
Boy: Below his chest but above his knees. Around his boxers.

Friday, 29 August 2008

staws

whys is it whenever Im drinking out of a straw I have to try and fit each of my 4 top front teeth in the top of the straw. Does anyone else do this?

And yes, I am posting again, I am taking notes from the Amazing Amalah, and will try and post more!!!

(I say that everytime, minus the Amalah thing, everytime, dont I? :s)

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Seven Deadly Sins

WRATH
1. Who did you last get angry with? Boy... but it was because of someone else so does that count?
2. What is your weapon of choice? Words. Or cross bow.
3. Would you hit a member of the opposite sex? Daily :s
4. How about of the same sex? I have but I dont like to
5. Who was the last person who got really angry at you? People dont really tell you when they are angry with you.... My mother? Maybe one of the guys that live with me.
6. What is your pet peeve? Bad parenting.
7. Do you keep grudges, or can you let them go easily? Keep them... bad trait

SLOTH
1. What is one thing you're supposed to do daily that you don't? shower :s
2. What is the latest you've ever woken up? Im not sure about ever... Im sure there are some crazy times from the teenage years, but of late? 10am
4. What is the last lame excuse you made? "I just cleaned the car so I cant be bothered cleaning the room"
5. Have you ever watched an infomercial all the way through? sadly.
6. When was the last time you got in a good workout? last month
7. How many times did you hit the snooze button on your alarm clock today? 3times usually

GLUTTONY
1. What is your overpriced yuppie beverage of choice? Jam donut shots or martinis
2. Meat eaters: white meat or dark meat?? dark meat. I usually feel better for eating white though
3. What is the greatest amount of alcohol you've had in one sitting/outing/event? I dont often remember after those nights. I think I did a bottle of tequila, the worm, a few cocktails and too many chick drinks to count.... that was probably the biggest night.
4. Have you ever used a professional diet company? no.
5. Do you have an issue with your weight? many.
6. Do you prefer sweets, salty foods, or spicy? salty.
7. Have you ever looked at a small house pet or child and thought "lunch"? am I that weird? yes. but not in a way that I would actually eat them!
LUST
1. How many people have you seen naked (not counting movies/family): 10+... im not really sure.
2. How many people have seen YOU naked (not counting physicians/family): Evil question.... 6+....
3. Have you ever caught yourself staring at the chest/crotch of a member of the opposite gender during a normal conversation? haha yes
4. Have you ever kissed two people in one night? yes
5. What is your favorite body part on a person of your gender of choice?Just one? boobs. Or sholders on boys mmm
6. Have you ever been propositioned by a prostitute? No.

GREED
1. How many credit cards do you own? Two.
2. What's your guilty pleasure store? Tiffany & Co. but more often is Victoria Secret.
3. Would you rather be rich, or famous?Rich
4. Would you accept a boring job if it meant you would make megabucks?yep
5. Have you ever stolen anything? yes
6. How many MP3s are on your hard drive? Computer just got wiped so none

PRIDE
1. What's one thing you have done that you're most proud of? Bought our house.
2. What one thing have you done that your parents are most proud of? probably bought a house.
3. What things would you like to accomplish in your life? Be a mother. Be a vegitarian. Be self sufficient. Have an empire.
4. Do you get annoyed by coming in second place? yes.
5. Have you ever entered a contest of skill, knowing you were of much higher skill than all the other competitors? yes.
6. Have you ever cheated on something to get a higher score? yes.
7. What did you do today that you're proud of? Cleaned the evil car.

ENVY
1. What item (or person) of your friends would you most want to have for your own? The Champ? Hes good to give back though. My sisters new necklace!
2. Who would you want to go on "Trading Spaces" with? Big Sis.
3. If you could be anyone else in the world, who would you be? im happy being me. Maybe Angelina Jolie though.
4. Have you ever been cheated on? yes.
5. Have you ever wished you had a physical feature different from your own? hourly.
6. What inborn trait do you see in others that you wish you had for yourself? whats the opposite of laziness?


thanks to Muir for letting me copy that (ok, she didnt let as I didnt ask... but shes nice so I will assume she would approve ;p)

Thursday, 24 April 2008

I created post its...

OK so on paper it sounds really good - I am 21 and run my own business as a make-up artist, and own a home with my partner of nearly 4 years. Good right? I sound kinda successful?

Out in the real world - I am nearly 22, I am living out in a shit hole of a small town. I just quit my job and am trying to set up a company which I've already closed down once in an industry I have not worked in in nearly 2 years. I still have a decent debt on my one house that I own with my partner of 3 years who I fight with constantly (that's a healthy thing, I like the fighting).

I have my high school reunion in exactly 1 week and I'm starting to get scared. I think I've gone over the kind of school I went to once before but to recap - Private all girls school, snobs, feminists and all round spoilt petty bitches. Of course there was exceptions to that but they were few and far between and had usually gone through so much shit keeping the friends they had that they didn't want any more.

I don't know why I am going back, quite a few of my friends aren't going for the sole reason of why go visit the people that we tried so hard to escape from for 5 years. All of the people that I want to catch up with I have on Facebook and the others? Well its like when you see some thing really gross, you really really don't want to go there but some masochistic part of you wants to look.

So I'm doing the best I can, I'm putting on my armor. Hopefully there will be less that can be picked on if I wrap my self up in something I know and try to hide the little holes of failure that creep through. I started today with my nails, this weekend will be the tan, next week will be the waxes, scrubs and hair.

Wish me luck!

Friday, 18 April 2008

Retribution

**UPDATE*** So as my last day progresses on these are a few of the things I have heard that have been said about me:
I
am bulimic, that is why I cant keep my food down.I faked going into hospital last month just to have a few days of work.
There is nothing wrong with my stomach I should just get over it and shut up
I am a slut
I do no work at all, the other girl has to do work for two people.

And there is more to come....

Any advice on how to return the favor this thing has persented me would be muchly appreciated!

Saturday, 12 April 2008

60!

Yep this is my 60th post, pretty pathetic for how long this blog has been going but still pretty funky!!

I've not really got much to say today. I did the whole IM QUITTING thing over on my flickr YAY I did a trial for the wedding make-up today, came out rather pretty I think. I've just emailed the photos to Big Sis to see what she thinks, hopefully she likes it. If you didnt catch it over on Flickr I reactivated my ABN this week, I am officially a trading make-up artist and I am soooo excited by that!!!

Im starving so Im going to go make a chicken sandwhich and make me a cocktail, hey its 4:30 on a Saturday arvo, you're lucky im not slurring my typing already!!!!

ill leave you with this hilerious email I got from Potato Head this week. I sent him my list and these were his replies... well I found it funny :)

Health/Food

1. Try 10 new fruits/vegetables I’ve never tried before or thought I didn’t like (tropical fruit world down the coast) Emma and I can take you.
2. Buy proper cupcake making things and make fancy cupcakes (yum)
3. Do 50 push ups (boy style) in a row (I am push up king, lets do it together, will be hard)
4. Do 50 sit-ups/crunches in a row (easy)
5. Hike 6 mountains (can repeat if necessary) in 12 months (mount coolum, Mt warner, Mt Barney, Mt Adam he he he he )
6. Eat only raw foods for an entire day (easy, fruit , sashimi, water )
7. Buy a piece of exercise equipment
and use it properly Running shoes

Giving to Others

8. Make a decent donation to a charity (decent compared to your income)
9. Send my mum flowers ( suck up)
10. Donate blood every 3 months for a year (once the anemia clears) (needles yuck)
11. Make a donation to a local charity (Adam holiday fund)
12. Write a letter to both grand mums (on old paper)
13. Spend one day being a “servant” to Boy (Why??)
14. Send a small gift or letters to flickr/blog friends (Ah nice)
15. Buy birthday presents for everybody in both families (make them, it's more from the heart)

Writing/Blogging

16. Post a real blog (not just from Flickr) on ChickenTherapy at least once a week (blah blah blog)
17. Write a short piece of fiction (You do that everyday when you email me)
18. Write a letter to each family member (who can read) (count me out then)
19. Handwrite a blog entry and scan it to the blog ( then people can copy your handwriting and steal you money)

Arts/Theatre

20. Attend a Concert (easy, done)
21. Attend a play (Frankie)
22. Attend a musical (boring)
23. Attend a non-mandatory lecture or seminar (Pole dancing not included)
24. See an exhibit at the art gallery or museum (Andy Warhol was good)
25. Go to a wine tasting (that is a lot of fun)

Travel and Vacation

26. Travel out of Australia (Check)
27. Go camping for more then 1 night (spiders everywhere)
28. Ride a roller coaster (3 times in a row)
29. Visit one of the Islands in the Whitsundays (Hamo)
30. Stay 1 night at the Harbor and have dinner at one of the good restaurants (Whatever)

Trying New Things

32. Wear a skirt/dress every day for a week (Your a boy)
33. Build something (With wood and nails - A bird box)
34. Sew something ( buttons on)
35. Wear fingernail polish for a whole week (Toes and feet)
36. Help Boy out at work for a day (???)
37. Get my boat license (way overdue, got mine when I was 16)
38. Get a new piercing or a small tattoo (no tats, Go the nipple piercing)

Arts, Crafts, and Photography

39. Attend one of those pottery classes/days (boring and too expense to set up for yourself at home)
40. Support a craftsperson—buy something handmade (either in person or online) (hand crafted food)
41. Document a “day in my life” with photos (not the toilet bits)
42. Do a photo essay of some of my most sentimental possessions (not the toilet bits)
43. Find a local photography group/class and go to at least 1 session (strange lonely people go to those you will get stalkers)
44. Learn more about the DSLR (??????? camera talk)

45. Learn a craft (There are some really old crafts, wickery? Karma Sutra? )

Monthly Challenges

46. Work out 3 times a week for 1 month (check, makes you feel good)
47. Walk every day for 1 month Run or walk on your hands)
48. One month without TV (excellent)
49. Record total amount of money spent on food for a month (no way you will stop eating)
50. One month without sweets/desserts (No way, sugarrrrrrrrrrr goooodddd)
51. Photograph my outfits everyday for a month (Boring)
52. Have a dinner containing at least 3 vegetables at least 6 days a week for a month (pooo)

Miscellaneous

53. Learn a language – even if just basics (Spanish )
54. Go to the Saturday fruit markets (You will need to as it is all you will eat)
55. Buy a piece of Victoria Secrets anything (Nice, get the wings)
56. Subscribe to a photographic or nature magazine (Nat geo)
57. Plant a herb garden (Grasshoppers eat it all)
58. Read at least 1 book per month (puts me to sleep)
59. Rent and boat for a day and take Boy on a cruise (after I get my boat license) (go fishing)
60. Set up Make-up Company and begin trading again ( done nice work)