Thursday, July 31, 2008

Photo Finish

Ninety minutes left in July but by gum I'm going to check in on this list in July. July has felt pretty lazy and yet I know I did stuff. So I guess we'll just have to go to the list and see what the scientific results are. Heh. Like anything I do is scientific.

As always new(ish) information is in italics.

1. Get regular vocal coaching (see also #14) [I got a phone number for a guy months ago. I still haven't called it.]
2. Record 2 more tracks for CD
3. Night Before Christmas for fam (make a book? buy them? convince this guy to illustrate a version and help him publish it?)
4. Continue Floor Barre classes - IN PROGRESS Her current form of torture for me is to make me stand first at the barre when we're standing. I'm pretty sure she's trying to develop my ability to remember combinations and perform them immediately. Should be easy enough since any ability at all will be an improvement for me.
5. Add another hour per week of exercise (3 sessions of 20 minutes each per week) - I have taken a picture of my ass for Mrs. G's 5K Ass or Ass '08 Challenge or whatever she's calling it. That's as far as I've gotten. (It's the 5K Ass Challenge actually and it's very brave and smart, you should go sign up for the group.)
6. Submit Chekhov or Speed Dating play to 20 places - Still submitted to one place. I also wrote a screenplay for an actor-director team so I'm counting that as a submission of sorts, too. So 2 down, 18 to go. I put out a couple of feelers for this one but haven't gotten anything concrete. I can focus more effort here though.
7. Book Shakespeare 10 places
8. Go on a date - I'm going to enter this but I'm a little unsure about how to describe my financial style. Would a one word ad "Scattered" be at all alluring?
9. New Year at the steam pipes
10. 2 field trips with Alita We've been to the Botanical Gardens and out to lunch and we had the most awesome Mermaid Parade experience. I'm sure we'll do more before year's end but I'm counting this DONE.
11. Post-Thanksgiving Open House
12. Find director for Chekhov - I'm changing this to find a director for the Speed Dating play, which is DONE and is working out wonderfully.
13. Reading of Chekhov - In accordance with #12 I'm changing this to a second run of the Speed Dating play in NYC. We've got a director, we're doing it in MA so this might not be too difficult. More of a reach than changing this to performing it in MA.
14. Find new vocal coach
15. Sing live
16. Hang pictures
18. Perform at Boerum Hill nursing home sing along - This has been at the forefront of my mind lately. I need to just go.
19. Lobsterbake (June) - DONE
20. Complete play for Women's Night (Feb) - DONE
21. Complete non verbal piece for Women's Night (Feb) - DONE
22. Complete admin work for Women's Night (Feb) - DONE
23. Perform Women's Night (Feb 15 & 16) - DONE
24. Polish up 3 short stories - Working on a new short story and I just wrote a very short piece that I think is highly submittable. You'll probably see it here in a couple of days.
25. 20 short story submissions
26. Go to Met Museum - DONE Had drinks on the roof with friends, did the Turner exhibit in depth and visited the new layout of the impressionists gallery. It was a great way to spend a Friday night.
27. See South Pacific - DONE
28. See Farnsworth Invention - Totally missed this.
29. 3 activist actions that do not include the use of form e-mail (suggestions welcome) - saving Lorry and donating to Jen Lemen's friend. 2 down, 1 to go. I think I'll make a donation to the Obama campaign before tonight's midnight deadline and so we'll call this DONE.
30. See an opera
31. Go to MoMA - Doing this next Thursday.
32. Go to Frick - DONE in Jan when ChemE came to visit.
33. Fix back-up hard drive
34. Install Final Draft (script writing software)
35. Learn how to use Final Draft
36. Continue Weight Watchers eating plan - Have canceled my subscription (thanks for all your help!) and have been staying within 3 lbs of goal.
37. Meet goal weight of 125 - DONE!!!!!!!!! MOTHERFUCKING DONE!!!!!!!!!
38. Check in on this list once per month - Keeping up with this by the skin of my teeth. I could have sworn I'd looked at this in July but that's probably because I checked in last on the very last day of June.
39. Re-do work files - In progress.
40. Keep work files current
41. Clean out closets
42. Set up home filing system
43. Gyn appointment
44. Dentist appointment
45. Buy scanner
46. Scan family photos
47. Auntie Blanche's birthday (98 on August 23)
48. Trip to beach
49. Post photos to Flickr - Calling this DONE, it's a habit and something I love.
50. Invest 1/2 savings
51. See accountant in person - DONE, and I mailed her a check for her services today, too.
52. Re-work investments to maximize return
53. Sort out IRA contribution
54. NaBloPoMo (Nov)
55. Go to Brooklyn Museum
56. Update address book - Ah "Mobile" Me. At least the address part works. I've made a tiny amount of progress here.
57. Make Christmas cards
58. Take more photos (practice makes perfect after all) - DONE I've got a couple of portrait sessions booked now, too. It's all pretty exciting.
59. Learn more about how I'm taking those photos (suggestions welcome) - Audio Girl found me a one day class at ICP that will teach me all about my camera. It's a little under $300 but I think it'll be worth it. I will take this class Sept. I've been learning some stuff on the web but I need a good lecture demo.
60. Read 4 classic/good-for-me books (perhaps from this list Chrome mentioned) - Orlando done and quite enjoyed even. Add that to Sin & Syntax and you've got 2 down, 2 to go.
61. Plan 40th birthday celebration for Jan 2009 (trip? party? both? both, right?) - Yes to both. The venue I wanted fell through. I'm exploring others now.
62. Research health insurance providers - DONE! HooHA! I researched some, my insurance company decided to up my payment by over two c notes per month (see how creative I have to be without my number two key), I presented all the options to my bosses and they decided they'd rather pay the increase than make other arrangements.
63. Change health insurance providers if appropriate - Do I call this done since I didn't need to? How do I score this one?
64. Bring lunch 3 days/week - Doin' it, doin' it, doin' it!
65. Get photos framed
66. Get contact lenses
67. Make out will
68. Inquire about grave plot
69. Renew passport
70. Submit for print audition (actors access?)
71. Submit for commercial audition
72. Write Aunt Rena once/month - Sent this month's installment today.
73. Write Auntie Blanche once/month - See above and I'll see her this month too probably.
74. Cook once/week (doing this is integral to being able to do #64) - Doing it. Reminds me that I need to order some food.
75. Go to Cyclones game (Kath has said that I can tag along on one of their trips this summer)
76. Take all vacation days - When the laptop crashed I lost some of this info. I need to tally again. I think I'm taking another writing day next week, though. The bosses are out of town and work is slow so it's a good time to do it.
77. Make new cookbook pages (this may morph into making another homemade Christmas gift)
78. God's Love for Thanksgiving
79. Solve electric meter problem
80. Write on something significant (short story, play, etc.) 15 minutes/day, 5 days per week - I think I'm averaging this but I'm not writing a small amount consistently, I'm writing a larger amount with more space in between.
81. Send Christmas thank you notes - Must finish this.
82. Vocal warm-up 5 days/week
83. Physical warm-up 5 days/week
84. Pay extra mortgage payment
85. Get facial
86. Record financial outgoings faithfully (see #96 re: Quicken) - I talked to Zelda about this the other day but we haven't hit on a good system of support yet.
87. Get Elvis's ultrasound (May) - DONE!
88. Complete at least half of the items on this list (I'm so meta) - There's hope but who knows?
89. Actually hang up my Christmas wreath properly
90. Change over to those swirly energy saver light bulbs - I've installed a grand total of 1.
91. Host Supper Club
92. Host Brunch
93. Get lip biopsied - DONE and then my derm disappeared. I'm so unimpressed.
94. Wear sunscreen every day - Habit. DONE
95. 30 minutes per week home improvement (above and beyond my definition of maintenance cleaning) - Trying, weakly.
96. Learn how to set up a new "me" in Quicken (Any Quicken experts out there? I took a look at it last night and I don't know if I know how to do it right. And I want to know how to record cash purchases, too.)
97. Go to one participatory music event for the holidays
98. Finish sending out 2007 Holiday cards (I'm 2/3 done!) - This just ain't getting done.
99. Re-organize kitchen cabinets
100. Apply creams/lotions/oils/ungents to scar daily - Doing it.
101. Get new digital camera - DONE
102. Send birthday cards (preferably before the birthday) - Doing OK.
103. Travel once outside of "event" trips (birthdays, Christmas, lobsterbake etc.) - DONE, DC Day trip.
104. Floss thrice weekly - I have actually flossed twice this month. That's something.
105. Move Music and Photos to desktop Mac - I moved the photos (three times! oops), need to learn how to do the music just once.
106. Leap more often (as opposed to plan, plot, think, prepare ex. I just decided to produce an evening of work by my female friends and the next day I sent out an e-mail.) - This is so impossible to quantify. It feels like I'm getting better, though.
107. Make at least 1 of the books in #60 a non-fiction (maybe the Omnivore's Dilemma, definitely not Fast Food Nation. Probably better if it's not a food book at all. I have enough trouble with food already right now.) - I read Sin & Syntax so this is DONE.
108. Finish this list. DONE!

DONE: 23 (+4 from June if I'm counting right and I think I am.)

In Progress: 32 (+9, which seems impossible but very cool, also a palindrome for the number I've got done, how cool is that?)


  1. with regards to #7 - If your are in the L.A. area I would love to book you at the MS I teach and the HS my daughters attend.

  2. Anonymous1:50 PM

    I think if you don't have to change health insurance providers, you can definitely call #63 done.

    Regarding #93, did your dermatologist disappear before giving you your results? Maybe your insurance company can help track her down.

    Regarding #104, I've tried for YEARS to get myself to floss. Finally, even though I know it's better to do so at the end of the day, I decided to do so in the morning. For some reason, I can make myself do it then - at least 3 times a week - whereas I'd do it maybe once a MONTH at the end of the day!

  3. Oh you're gonna do #5??? I'm trying to get the courage...

  4. Darci, are you serious? For a couple of bookings I could (and would like to) make a trip to LA.

    Miflohny, if you say I can call it done then I'll call it done. You're always far more strict than I. I did get the results from my derm but she also put me on a med to watch something closely and then went AWOL. Flossing is just nasty, don't you think?

    SDM, I took the picture and I'll absolutely post it but I don't think I'm actually going to start running or anything.