#28: Be A Bridesmaid For A Friend

While it’s still probably a year away, my childhood friend Mandy recently asked me to be one of her bridesmaids! I am so flattered and excited to help with such an exciting time šŸ™‚ I’m rooting for a 4th of July 2012 wedding, so we’ll see what she ends up picking!

Thanks, Mandy, for your friendship…and for helping me cross another one off the list!

{Me and Mandy, Christmas 2010}

#14: Paint a Canvas

Recently, a very sweet man wanted to help me finish some items on my list, so he took me to paint a canvas. Better yet, to paint a picture of a piano! How perfect? I would like to say that I’m such a natural that I don’t need any sort of guidance or anything but let’s be real…I need a LOT of guidance. So we went to a class where they walk you through, step by step, and voila! I painted a canvas!

I really did it! Those are my initials!

Brown Sugar Body Scrub

I have been determined to make at least one or two homemade Christmas gifts the last few years. This year, Suzann and I made homemade presents for our female coworkers: Brown Sugar Body Scrub. We found the basic recipe over on “our best bites,” and how I am bringing it to you, and therefore completing number 12 on the list: Make Homemade Christmas Gifts Each Year.

I forgot to take a picture, so I bring you this photo from my phone. Hey, it works.

Brown Sugar Body Scrub

2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp. cloves
2 tsp. ginger
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup sunflower seed oil (though any oil with a pleasant smell will work)

First, mix the sugar and spices, then mix in the oil. So easy!

#77: Sledding.

Who would have thought we’d have snow in Nashville in December?

Well, we did, and thankfully this girl right here convinced me to leave work a tad early and go sledding with her.

Granted, I don’t have any photos of me actually sledding, but I promise that blue sled belonged to me. And so, another item unexpectedly gets crossed off the list. And for the record, we pretty much demolished all the snow that was on that hill, unintentionally bringing most of it back into the car with us. It happens. Sorry I’m not sorry.

Two years already?

I can hardly believe I am saying this, but I realized yesterday that I am now two years into my 101 in 1001 list— for my fellow lovers of math, that’s 730 days out of 1001 days, or 72.3%. The deadline is my 26th birthday — September 7, 2011.

the facts are these

62 items are crossed off

11 items are in progress

28 items have yet to be started

Again, for the mathletes among us, that means that I have about 61% of items totally completed. IF you add the finished items and the “in progress” items, I’m 72% of the way — right on track.

I hope to finish off a few of the simpler ones in the next month or two, like figuring out my favorite wine and completing a puzzle. Maybe I can even finally stop biting my fingers. Dad and I have talked about going shooting this Christmas, as well.

time sensitive items

I’ve noticed a few things as I’ve looked through my list today. Two of my items are “sledding” and “ice skating.” Those need to happen sooner rather than later…

There are also a few items that I’m noticing now will likely not happen. These are:

  • Traveling to Europe (it WILL happen, just probably not before I turn 26)
  • Being a bridesmaid for a friend (probably shouldn’t have picked something I couldn’t control)
  • Shamefully, getting off my parents phone and car insurance plans. I thought I would be finished with grad school by 26, but it’s not quite going to shape up that way.
  • Purchasing real estate. this is looking more like a 2012 venture, at best.

Other than that, everything is doable…I just need to make a plan and get it done!

So…who wants to do some of the remaining tasks with me?