Sunday, June 26, 2011

a week's plus a day's worth of progress...

I have to admit that I totally love the way that the 50x50 keeps chugging along without much conscious effort. I realize that eventually it will take concerted effort to get some of these goals done (heck, some I still don't have a single thing checked off for some), but for now I still seem to be able to make progress without really even trying. :) the past week...

*Mission: 50x50

#3-Visit 50 parks. On Father's Day, we went and took a short hike at Mendon Ponds Park. And had a lovely time, I might add. :)

#8-Donate 50 trunkloads to charity thrift store, etc. YES! Another full trunkload of stuff out of this house!!! I tell you, I get such joy getting to check the items off of this one. :D

# 13-Drink 50 different mixed drinks and/or wines. Had a Tom Collins Sunday night for the first time in ages. And then, I may or may not have had another one every night since...

#15-Try 50 new recipes. I think this goal is bound to be the first one I actually finish. The Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake I made this week brings me up to 28 items for this baby! :)

#28-Make 50 different things for us/our home. I finished Bacon's placemat. Which was also one of my summer goals. Yay me. :P Yes, he always manages to have it bit scrunched up, but it seems to serving its purpose of not having a puddle of water dribbled onto the floor every time he takes a drink.

#31. Take 50 photos I absolutely love. As I said in the disclaimer, these pictures do not need to be of high quality or any such thing...they just need to be pictures I love. And I absolutely adore this picture I caught of Max at his soccer game Wednesday night.

#37 and #42-Read 50 books I never heard of before buying/borrowing from library *and* Read 50 memoirs, biographies, autobiographies, etc. Not sure why, but rarely read this type of book. The not sure why part comes in because I actually find that I do generally enjoy them. Anyway, I saw The Wisdom of the Radish by Lynda Hopkins on the new non-fiction shelf at the library a couple weeks ago and just couldn't resist. Thoroughly enjoyed this book--the story of 20-something woman and her boyfriend starting up a small farm and trying to make a living selling their produce at a farmers market. She writes with humor, a bit of irreverence, and a lot of heart. I spent 90% of the time envying the hell out of her and 10% of the time being utterly grateful that I was not living her life. I realize it's not a book for everyone, but I can think of a few darling friends who would probably love this one, too. (Yes, of course I'm looking at you two, Chris and Heather!)

#45-Read 50 short story collections. I finished up How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity edited by Michael Cart. I have to admit that I found this collection to be really uneven. Some stories I really didn't like much at all. But others I absolutely loved. Loved, loved, loved, loved, loved. My favorite story of all was "Dear Lang" by Emma Donoghue. (Between her novel Room and this story, I'm sort of convinced that I need to read everything she ever wrote.) But I also loved the stories by Gregory Maguire, Julie Anne Peters, Jennifer Finney Boylan (who I'm sorry to say that I'd never even heard of before), Francesca Lia Block, and Jacqueline Woodson. Pretty awesome line-up of authors there, huh?

*Mission: De-clutter.

YES! Another "area" done! The hall closet. Which probably doesn't sound all that impressive an accomplishment, but I assure you it is. Two whole liquor boxes full of papers to be recycled. Four large bags of things to donate to the thrift store. And a decent-sized bag that really could go nowhere other than the trash can.


Amanda said...

That picture of Max is awesome!

We're de-cluttering and donating now, and YES it's a wonderful feeling!!

DesLily said...

wow! can we say Max is enthustiatic?! lol.. go Max!!

and she declutters.. oh wow.. when did you say you were coming to visit me? lol

Megan said...

Looks like you're making tons of progress! I hate tackling my de-cluttering, but ah, that feeling once it's done is definitely priceless

Love the Max "action shot"!

animewookie said...

Holy Pic Batman!!! Love it..just amazing.
Mmmmm Tom Collins...mmmmmm
I <3 your mat...great color :D

Kailana said...

I really need to get back around to my 50x50. I have been slack!

Carl V. said...

Wow, that was a productive week! Love the pet mat you made, and the action shot is very cool.

Cracked up about the may or may not part regarding the Tom Collins.

Unless one has done it the satisfaction of getting just one closet cleaned out cannot truly be described. We cleaned out our small bedroom closet a few weeks back and it felt like a major accomplishment. And it netted some good clothes for giveaway, so a bonus all around.

Jean said...

Love the photo and so glad to hear that you're dedicating a second day to the funner side of life. I may have to reacquaint myself with Mr. Tom since you seem to be so pleased with his company. Have you tried iced tea of the Long Island variety? You possibly should, really. I shall be looking for the something you mentioned in your email. Cue to Carly Simon ... an-ti-ci-pa-tion ...

Chris said...

Umm...WOW!! There are so many awesome things to comment about here :D I think I'm going to have to go update my 50x50 soon...I haven't been keeping track :( But I'm going to plug in what I can!

Is Mendon Ponds the park we went to? Did you get to feed the birdies??? One of my absolute favorite memories of our trip :) I'd love to go there again!! Or if there's another trail for us to go on that would be fun too!

Mmmmm...chocolate peanut butter cake..that sounds like ABSOLUTE heaven!

Awwww!!! I love Bacon's placemat :D So adorable!

I am in love with that photo of Max!! I bet you he really likes it too, doesn't he? :p Awesome.

I'm so dying to read Wisdom of the Radish! I looked for it at Octavia Books today, but they didn't have it.

Couldn't agree with you more on How Beautiful the Ordinary! I think we both had the same reactions to everything! Too much fun! We really need to do another collection! I still think you and Annie should get Losing It! Or how about one of the Datlow/Windling compilations??? Do y'all have any of those?? The Green Man, Coyote Tales, The Faery Reel? Any of those?

Can't wait to see you again Debs XD

Chris said...

Oh yeah, and we totes need to have some drinks together too :p I may or may not have been having a cup of baileys every night :p It's my fav!

Melissa said...

I love that picture of Max, too! And chocolate peanut butter cake? How could you go wrong? :-D

Debi said...

I know, it's like this special little thrill with every bag or box that leaves the house, isn't it? :D

LOL--yes, enthusiasm is definitely one of Max's strong suits.

So true! Not a "fun" job, but so rewarding in the end.
Thanks! And come on over anytime--I'll have Rich whip us up some Tom Collins. :)

You do! I've missed seeing yours and Chris' updates!

Exactly! You know, in some ways I think closets are as tough as an entire room to declutter, because closets are so easy to just shove anything and everything into. At least it works that way for me. :P

I don't think I've had a Long Island iced tea since college. (And we'll just not delve into how long ago that was.) Anyway, I do think it's time we got reacquainted as well. :)
And I can't wait until your bday gift arrives--I so hope you like it!!! (And I really think you will.)

Yes! Get back to your 50x50! I miss your updates so much!
And yep, Mendon Ponds is the park with Birdsong Trail. It's actually a pretty big park, and we went to a different area of it on Father's Day. We've been wracking our brains trying to come up with the perfect trail for this weeks visit...Birdsong Trail is hard to top! :P
And I shall be sure to make that cake for your visit too--it is freakin' heavenly!!! I should have shared the recipe in this post, but I got too lazy.
Isn't that photo of Max awesome? It captures his personality perfectly! :D
We'll find you The Wisdom of the Radish while you're here--never you fear! :P
And YES! Let's read one of the Windling/Datlow compilations! I've got Faery Reel and Coyote Tales. Which one do you want to do?
Yep, I think we should focus on a new drink every night. In addition to Rich's homebrew. ;)

LOL--good point!!! :D