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Task 027 – Dear Self

28 June 2012

027. Write a letter to myself to be opened on the last day of the challenge

October 2, 2009

Dear self,

You are about to complete a journey which you began the day this letter was written. The 101 in 1001 project was something you discovered through a friend on LiveJournal and now, nearly three years later, you’re journey is over. 101 tasks in 1001 days may not have seemed like a challenged at the beginning, but how do you feel now? Hopefully you have completed enough tasks to feel accomplished and hopefully you have begun writing your second 101 list so that you can do this all over again.

Some stuff about today:
Today is
October 2, 2009.
Weather: 50°, raining, cold
Listening to: Good Charlotte – “You’re Gone”

I really don’t know what else to write in this letter to myself. Things I’m sure when I read this again will be very different than they are right now. By time you read this, you’ll be in law school [hopefully] and living somewhere other than New Castle. Are you still with Mike? It’ll be seven years together if we are still together.

Finally, best wishes in the future. You’re a great girl and you deserve the best.


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Task 026 – The Bible [Intro & Week One]

5 January 2010

026. Read the New Testament

Growing up a Christian, I read the Bible here and there to learn various verses or to read stories for Sunday school lessons, or to follow along during church service. I read the Bible straight through once, when I was in my early teens. For this list, I am going to read the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible) instead of the Old Testament and then the Christian New Testament. I have found a website/Blackberry application which will allow me to track my progress and give me specific passages to read each day. The current timeline is set for one year but I am hoping that it will not take me that long to finish. Feel free to follow my progress by visiting my page: click here Then, each week, I will make a post with what I have read for that week (adding to it daily, or every few days), along with any specific lessons or verses which are important to me.

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All Rights Reserved.

Day 1 [January 4, 2010]: Matthew 1 & 2

Matthew 2:22-23
22But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, 23and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: “He will be called a Nazarene.”

Day 2 [January 5, 2010]: Matthew 3 & 4

Matthew 3:2
Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.

Matthew 4:10
You must worship the LORD your God, serve only him.

Day 3 [January 6, 2010]: Matthew 5 & 6

Matthew 5:3-10 (The Beatitudes)
3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:21-22
21 You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ 22 But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.

Matthew 5:31-32
31 You have heard the law that says, ‘A man can divorce his wife by merely giving her a written notice of divorce.’ 32 But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman also commits adultery.

Matthew 6:34
So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Day 4 [January 7, 2010]: Matthew 7-9

Matthew 7:7-8
7 Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 7:12
Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.

Day 5 [January 8, 2010]: Matthew 10 & 11

No verses.

Day 6 [January 9, 2010]: Matthew 12-14

No verses.

Day 7 [January 10, 2010]: Matthew 15-17

No verses.

Task 023 – Read 50 novels in one year

27 December 2009

The majority of these are going to be novels, but some may not be novels in the traditional sense. Some of them may just be books, which is why I titled it “50 Books / 1 Year”. This list will contain more than 50 books when I am done and less than 50 until then so bear with me. If you would like to suggest books to read, feel free to leave comments or email me. Find me on Goodreads.

Titles in green, I have finished
Titles in bold I am in the process of reading

01. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
02. A Great & Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
03. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
04. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
05. The Translator by Leila Aboulela
06. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
07. The Time it Snowed in Puerto Rico by Sarah McCoy
08. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
09. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky
10. The Shack by W.M. Paul Young
11. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
12. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
13. Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
14. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
15. The Trilogy of Morgalla, Part One: Diary of a Lonely Demon by Jon David
16. Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson (completed 12-24-2009)
17. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (started 12-27-2009)

Award – Day Zero List Makers

21 December 2009

I’m so excited to have won the Good Will Award from the Day Zero List Makers Ning for December 2009. The award goes “to the member with the most volunteer and kindhearted goals”. I have always been a person who wants to help others and would rather someone else be helped than help myself so I am so proud to have won this.

To those of you that are traveling to my page for the first time from my Ning page, welcome, and I apologize for the lack of updates as of late, Christmas is so busy for me at work. I will be posting updates regularly beginning next week or the week after New Years.

I hope you all have a splendid holiday and be safe!

Love Always,

Task 057 – I’ve got the travel bug!

26 October 2009

057. Go to New York City

On 24-October-2009 I  took advantage of an opportunity to go to New York City on a bus trip with my mom and a few people that I knew. This post will document my trip with text and photos. I hope you enjoy.

We left Friday night around 11pm for our seven hour trip to New York City. We arrived in New York just shy of 7am and got dropped off at Grand Central Station for changing and freshening up and what not.

After we cleaned up, we got dropped off at Rockefeller Center and had the next twelve plus hours to do whatever we pleased. We were to meet back at the spot where we were dropped off at 8pm to head home. My mom and I headed on our way. We wanted to go to Magnolia Bakery, so we started walking. We found the bakery and it didn’t open until 8am and it was only about 730 at best so we kept walking and found ourselves in front of the Observation Deck, NBC Store, Today Show studio, etc. We stood across the street from the Today Show studios and I was looking through the window and who was in there but Suzanne Somers! I zoomed my camera in (10x optical zoom, I could have had her) but some lady walked in front of her right as I clicked the shutter, so I only got the side of her face (3rd picture below).

Since by the time we got down there, it wasn’t much later, we skipped Magnolia because we didn’t want to stand around waiting for them to open, plus there was no where to sit down to eat inside, and the benches by the skating rink were soaked from the rain. We ended up meandering down to Times Square.

Nothing in Times Square opened until 9 or 10 so we kept walking and headed toward Macy’s on 34th, which didn’t open until 10 on Saturday. I was getting frustrated at this point because nothing was open. We opted for the Empire State Building because we knew it would be open.

After we got the the bottom on the Empire State Building, it started to rain, so we ducked into the Starbucks that is in that building and had a drink and sat for a little while. We went to the Manhattan Mall on Broadway & 33rd which I don’t think is very old. It had a giant JCPenney that I loved! From there, we were exhausted, so we hitched a subway train back to Times Square to get some lunch/dinner and we settled on Red Lobster. Can’t go wrong with that, except prices were at least $5 more than they are here. It ended up costing us $70 for two of us for lunch! Nevermind the near 10% sales tax they charge you up there. After we left lunch, I took my mom to the giant Toys ‘R Us in Times Square.

When we walked outside of Toys ‘R Us, it started to rain again, and we were standing outside trying to decide where to go next when we saw The Naked Cowboy!

After that, we headed back to the subway and made our way to the South Street Seaport. As soon as we walked in the door of Pier 17 it started pouring, so I didn’t get a chance to take any pictures down that way. We wandered around there for a while, bought a few t-shirts at the one souvenir shop in there. Hopped back on the subway and headed to Chelsea Market. Or what we thought was Chelsea Market. We took the train to 14th street, like the MTA told us, and we walked and walked and walked, and then it started pouring this cold and blowing rain. After walking for about a 1/2 hour, we found a police officer writing tickets and I asked him, and the building was right in front of us. Chelsea Market is fabulous! I got some brownies at the Fat Witch, some bread for my grandma at Amy’s Bakery and we tried to dry out a little bit. When we left it was only raining a little bit, but the subway was blocks away, so we hailed a taxi to take us up to 5th and 55th. We went to the Disney store and got my dog a collar and then went to the GAP and got me some sweat pants for the ride home because my jeans were sopping wet. Then we walked back to Rockefeller Center. We sat in the Starbucks in the Concourse for a little while and around 10 to 8 we walked back to where the bus was going to pick us up (in the pouring rain).

We waited and waited for the bus to come and get us. Five after 8, no where to be found. Ten after, quarter after, 8:30… no bus. When we finally got a hold of him, he told us he was on his way. We were standing in front of a bank on 51st between 5th and 6th under scaffolding that was leaking and we were getting even more soaked. We boarded the bus and one of the ladies questioned him about where he was. He told us that the pick up time was 9pm. It was a disaster. Everyone was upset and soaked. That being said, at the first rest stop, we asked him to put some heat on for us, which he said he would. When we were getting ready to leave, one of the girls asked him if he put it on because it was still blowing cold air, and he got very smart with her and said “YES”. He never did. We froze the entire way home. I couldn’t feel my feet. I had my fleece jacket over my head because I was so cold. My mom was soaked and freezing. It was a nightmare.

If it wouldn’t have rained, I think we would have been just fine, but no. [sigh] Oh yeah, and one of the girls that was with us ended up going into labor while we were there. She was only four months pregnant and her water broke. I haven’t heard an update about that but we assume she lost the baby since she was only 4 months.

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