thingism: (local)
56a. Scan/log pre-Markeroni snarfs

Date Completed: 30 November 2013

I scanned in 32 photos dating from 1990 to 2004. Some of them were double snarfs, meaning I logged some 46 markers. Not bad, not bad at all. I even got to add a few new places to my "snarfed in" list: Missouri, Indiana, and England!
thingism: (home)
43a. Go 1 month without playing any online puzzles or games (kakuro, Neopets, etc.)

Date Completed: 30 November 2013

Well, I made it. No kakuro for an entire month. I haven't played Neopets in ages so that's less impressive, but I used to play kakuro every single solitary day, so going an entire month is kind of a big thing.

And I only cheated once. :)
thingism: (home)
15a. Clean out plastic shelves on desk

Date Completed: 21 November 2013

These have long been my "why is this crap on my desk it needs a home so it'll go on these shelves" shelves. I'd originally purchased them with the idea that they'd be very transitional, with things living there only a short time while I figured out what to do with them. That, well, that didn't happen. Among the items I found, buried among an obscene number of snarf maps, were the worksheets from the Sine Fine Films production Quatrain, which I helped write back in 2007. I am hoping to once again make these shelves into temporary homes, but we'll see how well that works out. Here are the before and after photos:

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photo 2
thingism: (reading)
62a. Send 10 RABCKS

Date Completed: 21 November 2013

Sending off the last three today, to Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Illinois. That last one is technically part of Holiday Gift Giving, but there are three books inside so I'm counting it as a RABCK. It feels so good not only to make others happy but to get those books out of my house! :)
thingism: (other hobbies)
51a: 2013 project

Date Completed: 10 October 2013

I forgot to post here when I actually finished this, which was actually rather soon after announcing it in the first place. Most of the pages are available for viewing at The Glue Stick Tourist blog.
thingism: (skull)
22a. Participate in a SketchCrawl

Date completed: 19 October 2013

I attended my very first official sketchcrawl this past Saturday. We started at the Maine Avenue Fish Market, then moved a little way down the shoreline to the Capital Yacht Club.

Drawing objects from a distance is very hard for me; I'm used to drawing still life mere feet away, or even photographs right in front of me. Plein air sketching is a new challenge. So because I have a tendency to over-explain/defend my drawings, I'm just going to present them without comment.

In conclusion: I had a good time and enjoyed the company of the artists very much, even if I felt more than a little bit intimidated when we all shared sketchbooks at lunch. Oh well - everybody has to begin somewhere!
thingism: (local)
81a. Visit the Stuart-Mosby Civil War Cavalry Museum

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This is pretty much right in my backyard, and while I went to their open house during Centreville Day a few years ago, they didn't have their full collection out yet. So since I'm enjoying some time off courtesy of our incompetent government, I figured I might as well visit it today. And it was nice. The best part about tiny museums like this is that you always get a personal tour. It's not a big place - a single room - but there's quite a bit to see. Not recommended if you're not interested in J.E.B. Stuart or John S. Mosby, because that's pretty much all that's here.

(Thanks to [ profile] 6of8 for accompanying and chauffeuring me.)
thingism: (local)
76a. Visit the Holocaust Museum

Date Completed: 21 September 2013

This is a difficult museum to take, but a very important one nonetheless. I'm glad I had two very close friends with me when I went. I did a gluebook spread of the museum, mostly because you can't take pictures inside so this would serve as a reminder of the collection's impact on me. I think what I liked most about this museum was that it was clearly trying to inform more than shock. I don't think I need to go back any time soon, but it's good that I did. Everyone should.
thingism: (home)
18a. Organize and downsize "tupperware" collection

This happened while I wasn't looking. My husband went through the tupperware collection a few weeks ago, pitched all the stuff we never used or had no lid or whatever, and reorganized the whole thing so you can actually find things - and both drawers still close. So I'm counting this as done even though I didn't technically do anything, because I'm certainly not going to redo his efforts, and it's not exactly "failed" either. I also doubt it'll need to get done again with the next 1001 days because we simply don't get new tupperware that often, especially now that we don't eat lunchmeat regularly.
thingism: (skull)
97a. Help Six accomplish a thing

Date Completed: 16 August 2013

For [ profile] 6of8's Thing "Visit/photo/snarf Pittsburgh", I made her a snarf map. She said it was quite helpful, and she even promised to remember me in her will. ("I remember you. You were great!")
thingism: (home)
9a. Clean out inside of car

Date Completed: 30 August 2013

My husband often doubles as my conscience, and he requested that I spend part of my day off today cleaning out my car. So I did: I threw out all the trash, vacuumed the whole thing, wiped down the frankly gross dashboard, and cleaned the windows. Meanwhile, my husband power-washed the front steps, so it's not like he was just watching me work. He also power-washed the fronts of both cars, but no more because the hose wasn't long enough.

I eat a lot in my car, which is why it gets so gross so fast, so it's good to have someone to remind me to deal with it from time to time.
thingism: (travel)
54a. Snarf in 2 states I've never snarfed in before

Date Completed: 23 July 2013

I was on a business trip to California this past week, and managed to get a small amount of snarfage in. My first one was the Camarillo Ranch House, but I got snarfs in Oxnard, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, and Newbury Park. Good times. Wish I'd had more time to really explore the area. Maybe next time.

thingism: (skull)
89a. Make three Kiva loans

Date Completed: 17 July 2013

I had some Kiva credit lying around so I relent it to Kelsinbubu in Kyrgyzstan and to Sokheng in Cambodia. Both were agricultural in nature: one for cattle, the other for pig feed.
thingism: (other hobbies)
40a. Watch Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex

Date Completed: 17 July 2013

This is quite possibly my husband's favorite anime series of all time, and it is quite good. Basically it's about a Sooper Seekrit government agency called Section 9. They do a lot of undercover work and solve crimes and stuff, but this all takes place in a future where cybernetic implants are commonplace, to the point where several of the main characters have gone "full cyborg" - that is, everything but their brains are artificial, and most people's brains have implants of some sort or another to improve memory or allow for telepathic communication. This puts computer hacking in a whole new light, since now you can hack people's bodies - for example, hacking someone's eyes so they only see a logo where your face should be.

The characters and premise are interesting, the tachikoma are adorable, and the English voice acting is excellent. In short, it's a good show.
thingism: (home)
12a. Clean out file cabinet

Date Completed: 30 June 2013

I'd planned to do this over Memorial Day weekend, but ended up spending that holiday sick in bed. So I randomly decided to start working on it over the last few days of June. I filled up a large box of paper to be shredded, and the drawers no longer have difficulty opening and closing (due to being so weighted down by their contents). I need to do this more often so it'll be a smaller job each time. After all, I really don't need to keep cable bills from 2008. Really.
thingism: (local)
71a. Visit the National Postal Museum

Date Completed: 29 June 2013


I visited here with my friend Six one sweaty morning before a BookCrossing meetup, and we had a grand time. It's a fairly small place, but there's plenty to see and a fair number of hands-on sorts of things, like fake stamp cancelling stations where you can keep the postcard you stamped, and a "make your own stamp collection" kiosk where you got to pick out six stamps from these huge bins and take them home with you. Definitely fun. The emphasis placed on Owney the postal dog is a little weird, given that he's stuffed and on display (as opposed to just photographs or even an animated character), but otherwise it's a fun place to visit.
thingism: (travel)
44a. Put together Ticket Stub Diary

Date Completed: 8 June 2013

This didn't take long; it's one of those things I just probably never would have gotten around to were it not for this list. I'd gotten all my ticket stubs together quite a while ago, and honestly there weren't that many. I'm not much of a movie ticket saver (though I did discover four from Phantom Menace, which is a pretty terrible movie; Ewan McGregor is a powerful force, y'all), and many of my more recent stubs end up as part of gluebook spreads. Still, it was fun to see some of the old stubs I'd kept from high school - the oldest ticket in the book is from seeing Jesus Christ Superstar in 1993. There may be older stubs floating around in the two bins of my stuff in my parents' attic, but they'll just get stuck in at the end. I'm not going to be a stickler for chronology here, as moving everything around would be a bit of a pain, and I already wrote in the margins of each ticket with the event, date, and city. Several of my older tickets have faded quite a bit so I figured I should write down the info before it's completely illegible.

One last note: this ticket stub diary was a birthday gift from my BookCrossing friend grubsneerg, who is awesome. Just wanted to mention it.
thingism: (travel)
94a. Say "yes" to something I would not normally do

Date Completed: 4 May 2013

On Facebook, my friend Mary randomly invited me to an Artbomb Party. I had no idea what this meant, only that it was in Baltimore and that Mary and art were somehow involved. I can count on one hand the number of times Mary and I have spent time together in person, and it turned out that she'd be the only person there I'd know, online or otherwise. That's a long way to go to a vaguely themed party where you don't know anybody.

But you know what? I went anyway. And I had a blast. We made art with the intention of installing it publicly at some later date (we were going to do it a couple weeks later but were rained out). It was just so wonderful to sit with a bunch of awesome artsy folks and play with materials until we came up with these beautiful little creations. Mary has an excellent write-up of the event, but in the meantime, here's the photo she took of one of the cork people I made:

thingism: (reading)
85a. Attend a BookCrossing (Un)Convention

Date Completed: 19 April 2013

Though I was only able to attend for a single day, I had an absolute blast at the 2013 BookCrossing Convention in Gothenburg, Sweden. BookCrossers are the very best people.

thingism: (skull)
10a. Deposit my pennies

Date Completed: 26 May 2013

I can't take credit for this one, but I'm still marking it completed, because it is. I was sick Memorial Day weekend, and my husband decided he wanted to empty his rather large jug of change, so I asked him to take my penny cup as well. He had me look up free coin-counting machines and I discovered that CoinStar is free so long as you get the payout in the form of a gift card. So that's what he did, and ended up with nearly $60 in Amazon credit. Not bad!

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