Monday, April 25, 2016

Birthday-Eve! and the 35 Before 35 Wrap-Up

Today is my last days of 34. This is traditionally the post when I reflect on the past 365 days and see how well I did on my birthday bucket list. I kinda forgot about the list of 35 challenges I set a year ago so I am pleasantly surprised by the results.

This has been a year full of adventures and the unexpected. I was in a very different place and situation than I had ever been before. There have been low moments but when I think for the people in my life, the answered prayers, and joys I've experienced all I can say it's pretty rad to be alive:

This is the results from last year's list:
1) Choose a "My One Word-DONE!
My word is Seek

2) Read the whole Bible
I've read much of the Bible and more than I did last year but not the whole bible.

3) Paint the canvas
The canvas is still white. I am indecisive about what to paint on it.

4) Go on a spiritual retreat -DONE!
Last May I attended Mark East, an annual retreat put on by Intervarsity. It was amazing and exactly what I needed at the time. I loved it so much I am going next week.

5) Fill a journal -DONE!
I have less then ten pages to go...but it will be filled tonight. Regardless, the point was to get me back in the habit of journaling and that was the bigger success.

6) Take a course -DONEish
I started a course...not finished yet, does that count?

7) Write more  -DONE!
This was an abstract goal, I was not as successful as I had hoped but I did NaNoWriMo, wrote a bit of fiction outside of November, started journaling again, and had some good blogging months, so I'm giving me the win.

8) Read more -DONE!
I read it was good.

9) Dance more -DONE!
My friend Jen has video proof, I dance on beachs, in stores, in homes. There was dancing. It was a good challenge that could be repeated.

10) Draw (almost) weekly
I doodled but not has much has I had hoped.

11) Be thankful -DONE!
I have been so blessed.

12) Make 500 cards
It was closer to 100 cards. There were just other things I wanted to give my attention to this year.

13) Do something I've been putting off -DONE!
There was a big job of organizing that I had been putting off for seven years. I finally did it!

14) Experience Summer -DONE!
So many adventures: camping, hilking, swimming in a lake and the ocean, road trips, day trips, tubing, s'mores, berry picking, picnics, and bonfires. It was a wonderful summer!



15) Learn to cook five dishes -DONE!
I poached an egg, cooked three new vegatarian dishes, and took a medieval cooking class that taught five dishes.

16) Cosplay with my sister (at Hal-Con) -DONE!
So much joy!

17) Know 1000 Spanish words -DONE!
Between Duolingo and Babble this vocabulary goal was achieved. Now I just need to find away to use those words so they stick.

18) Finish four children stories
I wrote out one.

19) Send a completed work to an agent or publisher
I got scared...and didn't send anything.

20) Go to the symphony -DONE!
So much joy!

21) Send mail
Stamps are expensive.

22) Swim in the ocean -DONE!
There is actual proof on someone else's phone.

23) Visit a provincial or national park -DONE!
This was a great adventure with my sister

24) Find My Style -DONE!

25) Be healthy
Not how I had hoped

26) Be a vegetarian for 30 days -DONE!

27) Host a party -DONE!
I helped host a Harry Potter birthday for a good friend's son's 10th birthday.

28) Let someone know how much they mean to me -DONE!

29) Keep a plant alive -DONE!
Hank survived the summer...I think in spite of my care:

This is my tomato plant; his name is Hank.

30) Try something new -DONE!
I tried a new church with new traditions, especially celebrating a whole Holy Week with Mandy-Thursday. Also I discovered a love of comics.

31) Vlog

32) Surprise someone in a way they will appreciate -DONE!

33) Have an adventure with my family -DONE!
When I was visiting there were mini adventures. Mom and I went for walks, Dad and I hunted down fabric, and Sister and I went on a road trip, explored a town, and saw One Direction.

34) Celebrate someone's birthday by celebrating others -DONE!

This goal comes straight from Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome, step 25 to be exact. I highly recommend reading the book. It has been helpful in the refining of these 35 challenges. The best part was that I read step 25 a few days before my sister's 15th birthday and thought the idea would be a perfect way to celebrate her birth with others. With the help of many people Operation Cupcake was a huge success!

35) Take a risk -DONE!
The risk is that I've put my notice in with my landlords and will be moving from where I've lived for the past ten years. Next month everything in my world is changing.

26 out of 35 challenges. That's better than half! I am happy with the result. Now the question is, do I make another list for the coming year and if so what do I put on it?

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Simple Woman Daybook 173

FOR TODAY: April 24, 2016
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Blog.

Outside my window...darkness; it's actually 1 am. I just got home from a day in the city. Two friends took me to a board game cafe as an early birthday gift. We were there from 2:30 pm to 11:00 pm followed by a fruitless search for fro-yo.

I am thinking... about superheroes. We had the most geeky of discussions the entire dive back.

I am thankful... Nova Scotia.

I am wearing... black pants, grey sweater over a purple argyle sweater over a purple tank top with my Twilight Sparkle scarf. 

I am creating... two Jayne Cobb hats, both have been knitted and just require me to make the pom poms.

I am reading... Forgiveness by Adam Hamilton

I am geeking out... on the Librarians. It is so much fun! It is a franchise that is currently preparing for the shows third season (I can't wait!). I've seen season 1 and 2 and loved them so much I recommended it to good friends, who did some research. The Librarians began as a made for TV movie called The Librarian: Quest for the Spear with Noah Wyle (Dr. Carter from ER) in 2004. They then made The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines and The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice. After three months of search I have a borrowed copy of each of the movies (they are extremely hard to track down...I would love these for Christmas). We had a big movie night Friday and watched the first one. I can't wait to watch the rest!

We played... Stone Age, Firefly: Out of the Black, Firefly: the game, Five Tribes, Concept, and Dixit, yesterday.

One of my favorite things... friends.

Verse of the week... Matthew 6:14 New International Version

"For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you."

Song of the Week:...

A few plans for the rest of the week:... Monday I have plans to be productive, Tuesday is birthday celebrations starting with seeing the sunrise and ending in an epic, all expansions included, five player game of Firefly. Wednesday is new comic book day. I am following the Spider-Women story so I am excited for the next issue. Thursday is a house chores day. And Friday I am packing for Mark East, the spiritual retreat I went on last year.

A few pictures to share:...On Tuesday I had a very early morning and a big trip to the city. It was a glorious day full of joy and joyfulness.

Jen took me to a beach where there was jumping and dancing and a jellyfish rescue which lead me to walking around barefoot.

And Aquaman comic!!!

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Simple Woman Daybook 172

FOR TODAY: April 18, 2016  and part of yesterday I actually stated this yesterday but didn't get it all finished...
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Blog.

Outside my window...Spring sunshine.

I am thinking... I've been thinking about forgiveness and friendship and the joys of life. The sermon this morning on forgiveness was beautiful, transformative, and deeply applicable. I then had the most wonderful brunch with a friend who let me share all my experiences and thoughts gleaned from my new group study and the following sermon of forgiveness. Good times.

I am thankful... that my Dad introduced me to good music.

I am wearing... a black and while polka-dotted dress with a pop of yellow from a sunshine yellow tank top.

I am creating... two Jayne Cobb hats.

I am reading... Forgiveness by Adam Hamilton

I am geeking out... on more comics. I've added Spider-Gwen, Spider-Women (an 8 issue crossover between Spider-Woman, Sider-Gwen, and Silk), and now Aquaman. And before anyone harasses me about Aquaman being a dumb hero that can only talk to fish...just don't you're wrong.

I am playing... Upon a Fable and Firefly.

One of my favorite things... brunch.

In my kitchen... well, more in a kitchen... last week I took a cooking class with my friend Duane. We helped create a medieval feast. I am sorry by I don't remember the names for anything except the mixed vegetable dish which was called "compost". Duane, if you read this, a little help?

This last thing is "gingerbread" it was my biggest contribution to the preparation. It was bread crumbs, honey, cinnionion, and a bit of ginger. It's mush together till it can fold a shape. Then smushed into the tray and left to sit. No cooking need; that's my skill level.

Verse of the week... Isaiah 1:17-18 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)
17 Learn to do right; seek justice.
    Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
    plead the case of the widow.
18 ‘Come now, let us settle the matter,’
    says the Lord.
‘Though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
    they shall be like wool.

Art for the week:...I said I was going to share what I was drawing and it just hasn't happened so for now it's going to be part of the Simple Woman posts:

Song of the Week:...

A few plans for the rest of the week:... I'm in the city tomorrow. Wednesday has become my favourite day; it's new comics (and other items like board games and figures) day at the shop. My Thursday study group that was looking at the Lord's prayer during Lent has decided to continue. We're looking at the second chapter of the Forgiveness book (see the I'm reading section above.) Then Sunday a few friends are taking me to the city for an early birthday present. We're going to a board game cafĂ© and I've requested a trip to a frozen yogurt place.

A few pictures to share:...the first is from Easter sunrise service. The second I was missing my sister. The picture is from my visit home last September.