Monday, February 28, 2011

101 in 1001 - 1 Year (& 5 Days) Later!

Here it is! A just after 1 year update on my list of 101 Things to do in 1,001 days! I've completed 28, I'm working on another 21, I switched one of the numbers, and I still have 631 days to go... I might be changing one more number out in the future and I can't help but think that #22 is completely unrealistic but I'm clinging to the hope that it will happen =o) Here's the list, current, up-to-date, and ready to be continued...

Start Date: 02/23/2010

End Date: 11/20/2012

Started: 21
Completed: 28
Updated: 2/28/2011

1. Make it to at least one of my niece/nephew’s birthday parties. (CG's 8/7/10)
2. Take my car in to get a ‘check-up’. (11/11/10-11/12-10)
3. Travel home to surprise my parents.
4. Read the Bible cover to cover. (started 1/1/11)
5. Get a passport.
6. Travel somewhere that requires my passport.
7. Lose the weight. 1001 days is more than enough time to lose all of it and be healthy!
8. Get a new (to me) car.
9. Take a girls weekend road trip to somewhere obscure and fun!
10. Become more proficient in using my camera.
11. Get out of debt.(paid off 3/31/10)
12. Travel to a state I’ve never been before. (6/25/10 - Mississippi on the way to New Orleans) see post
13. Actually take up coworker offers of ‘letting me practice my photography’ using their children.(KF 7/18/10) see post
14. Go on a short term mission’s trip.
15. Take a photography class
16. Buy a new camera lens I “can’t live without”.
17. Get a new tattoo.
18. Go to Paris, TN to take photos of the Eiffel Tower.
19. Go to Memphis and see the Civil Rights Museum. (5/29/10)
20. Have a “photography day” in Nashville with friends who like to take pictures.
21. Spend a quiet day by a lake with only God, my Bible, and a journal for company.
22. Visit my cousin in Canada.
23. Join a small group.
24. Run a half marathon.
25. Do a ‘professional’ photo shoot (actually charge someone).
26. Meet the man of my heart that God has for my future.
27. Start dating him.
28. Get engaged to him.
29. Marry him. (Of course it’s all God’s timing on this and the 3 above. A girl can hope!)
30. Move to a safe apartment that I actually like.
31. Travel to another state I’ve never been. (NOLA - 6/25/10) see post
32. Turn my blog into an income.
33. Go to The International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina.
34. Celebrate my 30th birthday by doing something fun and a little bit crazy… (6/24/10-6/26/10 - NOLA!!!) posts 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5
35. Get certified to do medical billing and coding.
36. Visit my BF and her hubby in Iowa (at least once).
37. Start a photography blog. (my 365 Blog) see post
38. Grow my hair long enough to donate (and donate it).(6/24/10)see post
39. Go to a Cubs game. (8/6/10) see post
40. Go to a Bears game.
41. Go to a drive-n movie double feature.
42. Swim in the ocean.
43. Dance in the rain.(7/10/10)
44. Read Les Miserables.
45. Watch every Cary Grant movie (minus ones I've seen already, and only if I can find them on DVD). see the list here
46. Watch a sunrise.
47. Watch a sunset. (9/5/10)see post
48. Bake bread using one of my Grandpa K’s recipes.see post
49. Take my vitamins every day, not just during the week when I'm in a routine.
50. Complete a 365 day photo challenge. (started 6/24/10) see post
51. Find a CD that I love and actually buy the disc, not just the iTunes copy. (6/9/10 - Addison Road) see post
52. Watch (in marathon format) all three Lord of the Rings movies.
53. Go to the Big Bang piano bar in Nashville with R-Jo.
54. Get my personal e-mail inbox to 0.see post
55. Donate blood.
56. Go to the dentist.
57. Go on a picnic.
58. Fly a kite.
59. Have an adventure.(6/29/10 - Distillary in Normandy)see post
60. Go to the Aquarium in Chattanooga.see post
61. Cook at least one thing from each of my cookbooks. see the list here
62. Buy something from Etsy.
63. Tie a note to a balloon and let it go.
64. Go to a concert. (KC & the Sunshine Band - 5/29/10)
65. Make a Bucket List.
66. Participate in NaNoWriMo.(I didn't complete it, but I tried! 11/2010)
67. Actually get the massage I always promise myself.
68. See a play or musical at TPAC.
69. Knit or crochet a new blanket.
70. Knit or crochet a scarf and give it away.
71. Read 10 books that I haven’t read on my bookshelf. see the list here
72. Have a 'Me Day' once a month.
73. Participate in Operation Beautiful.
74. Watch 26 movies I've never seen starting with each letter of the Alphabet.(completed 10/27/10) see the list here
75. Go to a wine tasting.
76. Finish a 1000+ piece puzzle.
77. Give clothes I don’t wear to Goodwill.
78. Learn to crochet. see post
79. Try geocaching.
80. Have a photo I’ve taken that I love turned into a canvas for my wall.see post
81. Watch all of AFI’s top 100 movies (including re-watching ones I’ve already seen) see the list here
82. Take a dance class (Zumba doesn’t count!)
83. Enter a photo I’ve taken into a photography contest.
84. Vote for candidates I actually read about in a non-Presidential election.
85. Send a card to each of my close friends ‘just because’.
86. Send thank you cards. (6/25/10 - to friends who came to NOLA)
87. Organize my craft supplies. (8/28/10) see post
88. Make cards to have on hand.
89. Have a girl's night once a month.
90. Save $5 for every completed task.
91. Donate $10 for every uncompleted task to a worthy organization.
92. Buy a pair of sandals from
93. Make and send Christmas cards (on time!).see post
94. Buy flowers for someone.
95. Take a Yoga class once a week for three months.
96. Make a ‘Living in Tennessee’ scrapbook.
97. Take my camera and actually use it when I hang out with Chicago friends.
98. Go to Brookfield Zoo.
99. Buy a cheap but awesome piece of wooden furniture and refinish it. see post
100. Go to a Civil War Re-enactment.
101. See Rock City.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Turkey and Swiss Stromboli

Yesterday I made homemade soup. Tomato soup, to be exact...

It was delicious and you should try it sometime! You can find the recipe here on I Am Mommy. Today to go with it, I made a stromboli with cajun turkey and swiss cheese...
I added some mustard and green onions, and it was quite probably one of the best sandwiches I've had. I really think the only thing it could have used was some romaine lettuce! Nice thick stalks of lettuce would have added a tasty crunch! You can't see the green onions in any of these photos, but trust me, they were there... It added a nice flavor that combined so well with the cajun flavor of the turkey and the light tang of the swiss. I started with this ham and swiss recipe from and then modified it to my own tastes.
Paired with yesterday's soup, and a few pickles (because lets face it, what's a deli-style sandwich without pickles?) it was a great dinner. And the best part? Plenty of leftovers to cover dinner for the rest of the week!
I hope you try one for yourself sometime! If you're really clever, you can find a way to invite yourself over for dinner ;o)

Monday, February 14, 2011

It Gives Me Chills...

If you’re in Christ, he’s given you a new name (Rev. 2:17), a name you’ve never heard and that wouldn’t make sense to you right now. It would be like yelling “Timothy Moore” in the halls of an orphanage when he was an infant. But you’ll get used to it. Other re-names, like Israel and Abraham and Peter and Paul didn’t make sense either, at first.

More important than your name, however, is hearing it called out by One you’ve come to know, or rather who has come to know you. When you see him for the first time face-to-face, when your legal adoption is fully realized, the Spirit within you will cry out, “Abba! Father!” And you’ll hear another voice, louder than all the others, cry the same thing. You’ll turn to see him, the Messiah of Israel, the Emperor of the universe, Jesus of Nazareth. And you’ll call him “brother.”
-Adopted for Life by Russell D Moore

Monday, February 7, 2011

1060 West Addison

#39 Go to a Cubs Game

In August, yes August, I got to go to a Cubs game with my friend Johnny and my new friend Cole (who I'm pretty sure I'd met before, but it had been years)! It was Johnny's birthday and I tagged along kind of last minute and no, the cubs didn't win, but it was AWESOME! Here are some memory photos... enjoy =o)

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Weekend

The weekend, for me, starts at 7pm. I fully intend to spend tonight and all day tomorrow at my house. Since I had a showing for the house where I live earlier this week, my house is clean. I did laundry last night. I do have to do a couple of tidying things, but otherwise I pland to spend my time doing something I truly love doing.


Almost a year ago, I co-hosted a crafting party where I live and it was extremely fun! And while I won't have a dozen friends over to craft with me, I do enjoy allowing the creative person in me to flow.

& then Sunday? Sunday I'll watch the Superbowl!

Who are you rooting for, blog friends?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sapphires & Faded Jeans

A friend of mine is working on an art project. Photos of people with lyrics that describe them… for me, she chose lyrics to Put Your Record On by Corinne Bailey Rae.

Girl, put your records on, tell me your favourite song
You go ahead, let your hair down
Sapphire and faded jeans, I hope you get your dreams
Just go ahead, let your hair down

I love it! And I think she’s right, although I never thought about it before… take that for what you will and how you would define the lyrics and apply them to me.

I spent last week baking and decorating cookies, and then setting up for a reception for the wedding celebration of some dear friends. It was fun, it was crazy, I was a dictator (self proclaimed) but it was lovely. All of it. From the ceremony to the fellowship afterwards. Oh, and the cookies I showed you my rough sketching for? They turned out pretty good, dontcha think?

After all was said and done, I used Sunday afternoon and evening to relax and edit some photos from last August! I was having so much fun taking photos for friends and editing them, that my own photos somehow got neglected. So, time to rectify that! I’m going to try to spend much of February editing photos of mine from last July through Christmas. It’s daunting, but I need to do it! And I need to show you photos from things crossed off The List that are somewhere mixed in between all while blogging and keeping you all up to date on my life, of course! =o)

How are you, blog friends? Are you stunned to believe that its already February? January 1st seems like yesterday, not last month…

And for those of you in Chicago… send me some photos of the real blizzard! Tennessee has nothing on you!