HI. It’s been half a year.
I’ve been gone, but these tasks are not forgotten. Just in a queue. That I’ll get to.
Alas, I am 30 and 5 days. What have I done in 30 long years besides read and wander around and be occasionally inebriated? Only the sober will know. Here’s what 30 looks like:
In a last ditch attempt to spend my 30th with people I care about, I whipped up a “Nerdy Thirty” boardgame night at my place and invited all 12 people I know in the Bay Area. Since my day of birth and Christmas are kissing cousins, few were around to attend – this was probably for the best as I left my flat mate, Lauren, zero time to prepare (she’s a doting cook and the best host around)!
In the end, I had a small group of people I care so much about here to entertain my current board game mania while dining on Lauren’s always delicious fare. There was mulled booze, beer, whiskey and wine, and fun was had by all (I presume).
While I had hoped to get to playing Dead of Winter, we spent most of our time fussing over the rules and calling eachother out on BS while playing Coup, a card game that’s advertised to take 15 minutes. After two hours with the first game of Coup, the folks had to call it quits because Tuesday, and I got to relish alone in the fun gifts below.
Lauren gave me this amazing Zombies Have Issues 2016 Calendar that chronicles #ZombieProblems through the months. A coworker, Lee, passed on her favorite books (I totally appreciate these kinds of gifts) plus an awesome AT-AT necklace that I’ll be sure to get loads of use out of. Then lastly, a little something for myself, 7 Wonders, though I cracked it open and decided it was too complex to learn while inebriated and promptly stashed it away.
So yes, achievement achieved. I celebrated my 30th birthday with happiness
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).
The Original Idea: 101 Things in 1001 Days
Start Date: July 2015
Finish Date: April 8, 2018
- Blog about every completed task on the list (1/101)
- Vlog about at least a quarter of the below goals (0/25).
- Create a new list before April 8, 2018.
- Replace ten things at the half-way point with new ideas (0/10).
.HEALTH & FITNESS
- Eat fresh & homemade every day for 2 weeks – no eating out! (0/14)
- Start an exercise regimen that’s at least 3 hours a week for 8 weeks. (0/8)
- Get into the habit of taking a multivitamin once a day for 2 weeks (0/14)
- Participate in an athletic event for charity.
- Participate in at least 20 outdoor activities (Hiking, surfing, skiing etc.) (0/20)
- Join a “sports” team – bocce ball, polo, croquet etc.
- Develop and maintain a skincare regimen for 2 weeks (0/2)
- Participate in a weekly yoga class for 8 weeks (0/8)
- Establish a vegetable garden with more than five varieties of vegetables (0/5)
- Start an herb garden for somebody else.
- Take at least three different classes of anything (0/3).
- Perfect an old trade (0/1).
- Build something from scratch.
- Knit or crochet a blanket.
- Build a compost bin (or have one built for me).
- Rig up a rain barrel to collect water for my plants.
- Start a succulent container garden.
- Reupholster something.
- Build and establish a living wall.
- Lure a hummingbird moth to the garden!
.WINE & BEER
- Take a class on wine/beer appreciation. (0/1)
- Brew (or assist in brewing) homemade alcohol.
- Develop a staple of favored wine varieties, totaling at least 7 bottles (0/7).
- Master the making of one cocktail that involves 3 or more ingredients.
- Go wine tasting in Napa/Sonoma.
- Build, buy or refurbish a beer/wine rack.
.FOOD & COOKING
- Take a cooking class.
- Master & memorize the making three delicious main dishes.
- Prepare 10 family recipes (0/10)
- Prepare a meal from at least 2 ingredients grown in the garden.
- Make reservations at 10 restaurants you’ve never been to & always wanted to try (0/10)
- Go berry picking!
- Make two kinds of jam from freshly picked fruit (0/2)
- Sleep under the stars.
- Go skinny dipping – in fresh water.
- Row a boat in a lake.
- Don’t buy plastic for 14 days (0/14)
- Make a time capsule for every year and bury them (0/2).
- Build my first snowman.
- Kiss in the rain.
- Go on a picnic.
- Star as an extra in a movie.
- Attend Comic con
- Have my palm read.
- Throw a themed party
- Agree to do 5 things that are currently unthinkable (0/5).
- Watch fireflies. catch one.
- Get a small tattoo.
- Get a large tattoo.
- Attend a summer fair.
- Go camping!
- Inner tube down a river!
- Leave the city and watch a celestial event.
- Develop a goal to set the tone for each month for a year (0/12).
.READING & WRITING
- Participate in NaNoWriMo.
- Get something published.
- Write a short story once a month for 3 months (0/3)
- Read at least 24 books a year.
- Leave the state to volunteer for a giant book/reading/writing/literacy event.
- Take a writing workshop.
- Go to a reading of one of your favorite authors.
- Write a zine.
- Attend Litquake at least once! (0/1)
.ON GROWING UP
- Find a job (part time, volunteer or otherwise) that brings you closer to words.
- Develop a fully workable, livable spare bedroom/office.
- Get a dog.
- Join and be apart of a dog community.
- Go on a trip – just you and your pup. Must be longer than 48 hrs.
- Start a retirement fund.
- Celebrate your 30th birthday with happiness.
.TRAVEL & LANGUAGE
- Leave the country. Twice! (0/2)
- Study through Level 3 with Pimsleur German (0/3).
- Go on a real road trip.
- Attend New Mexico’s hot air balloon festival in October.
- Visit 2 states in the south for more than 24 hours.
- Spend more than 24 hours in any 3 other states (except Hawaii) (0/3).
- Travel somewhere by train.
- Join a German-speaking community & meet up three times (0/3).
- Write a letter to your pen pal in German.
.FRIENDS, FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
- Throw at least 3 fancy dinner parties.
- Reconnect with a friend from the past with at least 3 exchanges.
- Send Christmas presents to immediate family – & birthday gifts too!
- Send birthday cards to at least ten different people (0/10).
- Have family visit – and host them!
- Frequent a bar enough time to be recognized by the bartender!
- Regular board game nights! Once a season should suffice (0/4).
- Make at least 3 new & close friends (0/3).
- Become a regular part of a local organization by volunteering at least once a month for a year (0/12).
- Volunteer at five non-profit events unrelated to the above (0/5).
- Do something just for the money.
- Donate said money to charity.
- Leave the state to volunteer for a satellite event for non profit of choice.
- Organize and throw your own non profit event.
- Start a monthly gettogether for likeminded folk in the Bay Area.
- Make a neighborhood friend. Prove it and hang out three times. (0/3).
I’ve been thinking about this list for years. The last time I engaged in the 101 Things Challenge, I wound up pushing myself to do some really awesome things (#7: Live In Another Country For A Year). I also broke bad habits (#78: Stop Biting Nails) while establishing some memorable new ones (#31: Learn New Trade – Video Editing). This all set me up so that, in a series of somehow related events, I found a path into the field of journalism, which connected me to my mentor, Cathrerine Toth, who then encouraged me to run in the Cherry Blossom Festival of Hawai’i where I won a title and served a year on court as the 60th Cherry Blossom Festival of Hawai’i Princess. I know.
The clear adage here is if you do this Challenge, you’ll get to wear a crown. And why stop at one?
So I’m at it again, five years later, because I’m list-driven and self-motivated to try a new, more adult-ish undertaking. Plus, gosh, I’ve been pining for any silly reason to write and post pictures of my plants. Besides, I have reason to forget that alzheimer’s and dementia run in the family – blogging is where all my memories get an extended half-life.
And without any more of this, I present:
Similar to how we all remember where we were and what we were doing when all the big moments in our life happened, I was wasting my morning scrolling through my Facebook feed when I learned that Target was doing a collab with 3.1 Phillip Lim.
At this moment, I believed in reincarnation. I’m telling you – I died, guys.
I watched that promo video over and over, then went in to work (where I was selling some real prime designer threads) to gush to everyone that, hashtag, PhillipLimForTarget was a thing. P Lim, like any progressive designer, has stunning and intricate and downright beautiful stuff… of the likes mere mortals can never afford. Oh, I’ve spent seasons pining over his dresses and sweaters and whimsical printed tunics, and while my job enabled me to exercise a very liberal discount, I’ve yet to add a 3.1 piece to my closet.
Not that any of it matters because I’ve never loved a garment the way I love his bags. And I’m not even a purse person.
What I carry my feminine nonsense in is always some combination of cheap and practical. I need a strap, and then like, a zipper. So why am I getting all doe-eyed every moment I pass by a Phillip Lim Pashli bag? Probably because we’re soul mates.
Please feel sorry for me because that sleek and perfect designer handbag on the left is sucking the living $700 right out of me. It’s a many splendid thing, but I’ve had to turn down love because, like Ewan McGreggor, I can’t afford to sleep with it.
But now there’s a cure for this ridiculous obsession with the Pashli bag, and it’s at Target, like, five hours ago. Hellooooo $35 sloppy-seconds satchel! It’s like the kind of simple sister to the one above, and, honestly, I wish I hadn’t cross compared them because now my cheap bag looks even cheaper.
Whelp, my early-morning ferver has been squandered, however, this only means the dream lives on. I start saving today!But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take a look at some of my DEBT!
Here’s what I’ve picked up at 3am from this collaboration:
In truth, I wasn’t able to get my physical hands on the yellow Pashli bag, color-blocked sweater or peplum top. For those, we’re going to have to thank Mom in Hawaii who snuck out of the house in the wee Sunday hours to get the things her daughter couldn’t snag in PST. How she got the mini satchel, I quote, “I have no idea.” I’m calling it a mix of fortune and a recessive ninja gene – And I’m not going to fight genetics.
All in all, Phillip Lim for Target was a circus everywhere, from small towns to the interwebs and isolated tropical islands. I got more than what I expected to, and I didn’t even have to punch anyone in the guts.
Blue Leather Jackets. What’s not fascinating about the prospect of a leathered blue. In jacket formation.
A woman came up to me last week and asked for it. “Do you have a blue leather jacket?” And I lost my shit. “…You’re kidding,” I said, because, duh, I’ve got your blue leather jacket right here.
It was Theysken’s Theory that first brought this blue leather nonsense to my attention. Minor correction: It was more like indigo suede, but the statement was there. It’s fibrous softness, padded shoulders and asymmetrical zipper placing were statements to this years’ moto jacket, but man, that blue was the portal to a very warm and fashion-forward heaven. So I died.
My favorite of the following draws from my general bias for Helmut Lang. I love the color blocking and the unusual draping that’s not often seen with leather. And I am curious to see how the Alexander McQueen piece functions and if those pocket details are more silhouette-shaping than they are practical. But, of course, Theysken’s Theory still holds my heart for being the originator, the emotional ground zero from which my fascination stemmed.
But Blue Leather Jackets, man, I’m telling you.