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{Disclaimber: Obviously this is not me and ManFriend. Because ManFriend would never wear a bow tie.}

It’s Monday. Why am I always sleepy on Monday?

Oh yeah. It’s also Valentine’s Day. And, as a blogger, there is an obligatory post to be written today.

But I’m not going to give you a list of reasons why I love ManFriend. Or tell you that love is not just about your other half, but about family and friends, as well. I’m not going to add pictures of red and pink hearts and roses.

You’re welcome.

I am going to tell you what I did this weekend.

The kids had a Mommy Weekend, which meant ManFriend and I were alone with two stinky dogs. Instead of sitting around for two and a half days testing out how greasy our hair could become as we only went out in public to grab a calzone (ya know, like normal), we each showered and decided it was date day.

Agenda: Movie theater. All day. The goal was to mark off #81 from my 101 in 1,001: See three movies in a row at the theater.

We stocked up on five different kinds of candy from WalMart ($1 each = $5) beforehand and stashed them in my luggage purse. At the theater, we purchased our tickets ($14) for No Strings Attached and grabbed a large coke and a ginormous popcorn ($7). We settled into our seats right before the lights were turned down and the screen was reduced to 1/2 it’s size to accomodate the formatting of the movie. Seriously? (Movie was very funny! Loved it.)

That movie started at 4:55. Add 15 minutes of previews plus the 1 hour, 50 minutes of the movie = 7PM. The next movie, True Grit, started at 6:45. Add 15 minutes of previews, 7PM. We did superhuman-quick pees and refilled our Coke. And ran back to the movie.

Yeah, that’s right. We snuck into movie #2. We’re so dangerous.

True Grit, also 1 hour and 50 minutes, ended at 8:50. Our next film, Just Go With It, started at 8:30. Add 15 minutes of previews, it would begin at 8:45. We were hoping for some technical delays.

We superhuman-quick peed again and raced back to the movie.

Yeah, that’s right. We snuck into movie #3. We’re like rebels or something.

Unfortunately, we forgot to take into consideration it was Just Go With It‘s opening weekend. There were literally no two seats open that were together. In fact, I saw at least three girls sitting on the steps. Apparently everyone else wanted to see it, too. Here were our options:

[1] Pop a squat with the tweenies on the stairs.
[2] Stick around until the next Justin Bieber movie at 10.
[3] Leave.

Option 2 was really tempting, but we decided to go with the latter.

Unfortunately, we didn’t complete our mission, so I’m not allowing myself to mark it off my list. BUT – we had a lot of fun. And a whole day of date for $26? I’ll take it.

Tonight, we’re hitting the cheap theater in town to see Ryan Gosling Blue Valentine. Just one movie tonight. It’s all we’ve got going on for Valentine’s Day. No candy hearts. No chocolate. No romantic dinners over candlelight. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Well, maybe I’d take a hamburger. 



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You can find the list here. (Or by clicking the tab that says 101 in 1,001 at the top of this page.)

Every now and then, I’ll take a look at my list of 101 in 1,001. Sometimes, I’m a little disappointed that “sleep ’til noon” and “see how much you can eat in one sitting” aren’t options. Other times, I’m all “oooh! I did that … check!” Though, not often.

Today, however, was a day I took a look. And although I could have marked off “binge on homemade quesadillas and Pepsi” had it been there, I was more pumped that I get to mark off a few and italicize a couple more. Go me.

You’re updated, starting….. now:

8. Be in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.
If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, it’s impossible for you to have missed that I was in NYC. I was a little obsessive. Annoying. But I was in NYC and, well, who cares?

I definitely will need to dedicate an entire post to this here mark-off, complete with pictures and recounts of the 10-hour day of standing. It was painful, but we did it. And it. was. amazing.

9. Play a game of pick-up volleyball.
I’m very excited to be playing again, although I have certainly lost the skills that I never had. I have three knee bruises and a pulled thigh muscle to prove just how much fun I had the first week. Even if I was on the misfits team.

10. Read three classics. (in progress)
A few days ago, I posted this blog about how I just can’t get into reading classic novels, particularly Pride & Prejudice. It’s rough. I’ve set it aside for a weekish to finish Nicholas Spark’s The Wedding, but I will soon be picking it back up and making myself push through. I can do this…

77. Paint Daysie’s nails pink.
I did this a long time ago, actually, and although it didn’t exactly work, I’m still marking it off with A for attempt. And an F for fail. She licked the polish off her nails before they dried. Oops.

97. Try five new wines. (in progress)
I’m quite unadventurous when it comes to wine. I know nothing about it and, to be honest, don’t like to smell it or swirl it in my glass. I prefer Moscato D’Asti every day of the week. But, I have tried two new ones. The first, at Jenny’s in NYC, I don’t know what it was called, but it was a red. Not my favorite, but it wasn’t ghastly. The second, I have sitting on my counter: White Zin. And all I have to say is guh-ross. I’m feeding it to the dogs.

What? My dogs like to be pampered, too!

I’m kidding. They hate White Zin, too.

Anyway. I say this every time I talk about my 101 list, but it’s undergoing a makeover. As in, I’m changing it around. Except this time, I’ve actually started doing so. I’ll let you know when I’ve made changes. I know you’re just so excited you can’t stand it. Put on your Depends and try to hold it in. Seriously. Get a hold of yourself.


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On Getting Things Done

Today, I checked my 101 in 1,001 page to see if it included “Be in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.” And it did.

And after December 31, 2010, I CAN MARK IT OFF! That’s right, blog world, ManFriend and I will be the crazy people standing for 12 hours in the freezing cold to watch a ball drop and drown in confetti.

And I can’t. freaking. wait.

But as I read through my other things on this particular to-do list, I realized I have accomplished many of these goals and have yet to let you know. Please accept my apology. Now I’m letting you know. Here’s what I’ve been doing…

#4  Complete a 5K
This was clearly completed a few months ago. Like, when I actually did something other than eat and watch TiVoed shows, which is wonderful, just not very figure-friendly. I was sluggish and sweaty, but I ended up with a time of 31:51, which was faster than my first 3-mile run. And that’s all I can hope for. Even if it was only a few seconds quicker.

(Robin and myself at the Short 5K)

#18 Visit Sam in Ohio
Technically, Sam no longer lives in Ohio, so this mark-off came about by pretty great incident. My little Sammy, whom I’ve known since before Kindergarten, is getting married. And having a baby. So, she hired me to take some pictures of her and her fiance. And I did. Here’s one…

#29 Paint at the Pottery Place
I’ve only been once, mainly because you pay for the experience and not the the pottery. And it’s a relatively pricey experience. I painted a mug. With polka dots.

#33 Go to a Marshall Women’s Volleyball Game
And we came away with free McDonald’s breakfast for a year. I’d call that a success.

#45 Lay on the beach … all … day … long
Remember that one time ManFriend and I took a weekend vacation that turned into an eight-day escapade that took six blog posts to explain? Yeah, one of those days was when I laid on the beach for, like, ever.

#48 Have a rummage sale
And I made $280.

#50 Go to a concert
I’d obviously gone to concerts before, but it was still part of my to-do list because, well, I heart concerts. To mark this one off, ManFriend and I bought last-minute tickets to see one of our favorite people, Corey Smith, at a little live-music club in the city. He’s great. And hilarious. And surprisingly not at all what I thought he’d look like. But what does that matter?

#53 Take an unplanned weekend trip
Technically, the entire week of the best vacation ever was unplanned, but the part where we decided to not go home and keep driving south to meet up with friends at Myrtle Beach was actually a spur-of-the-moment decision. And I’ve decided unplanning is way more fun than planning. In most cases.

#57 Go camping. In a tent.
Again, part of the best vacation ever. We camped. In a tent. By the dunes. On the beach. And it was all kinds of fantastic.

#58 Cook a three-course meal for myself and ManFriend
…and friends. A couple weeks ago, our friends (from the best vacation ever) Jamie and Tyler came over for Margarita Monday where I prepared homemade salsa, enchiladas and kind-of-gross-but-they-ate-it-anyway cheesecake. And then we watched Saw 3D.

#71 Get an apartment
It’s small and nothing special, but I love it here. It’s across the street from a field where Piper loves to run. A couple blocks from the park. A 10-minute drive to work (on days that I decide to go). And a block and a half away from the quadruple homicide several years back, so at least we have some distance there. I love it here. For now.

That’s ELEVEN things marked off my list, and that, my friends, makes me happy. After re-reading my list, I do need to make some adjustments. I just don’t think I’ll be in the market to buy a diamond for myself or make a hard copy of my blog any time soon, so I’ll have to come up with some more feasible goals. I’ve still got some time. Until then, looks like I’ll be rubbing ManFriend’s feet and reading some classic novels.

And spending New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Did I mention that?

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I haven’t been actively trying to complete things on my list, mainly because I’m pretty disappointed in my list. I may revisit my 101 in 1,001 in the near future for some revisions … but for now, here’ s an update.

You can find the original list here.

6. Buy a car.
I finally got something! Emphasis on finally. My great-grandmother loves me and let me buy her Taurus for a great price. It’s not my Beemer, but it gets me where I need to go and it is certainly better than what I had before (nothing).

7. Build an Etsy Store.
It’s nothing special and I haven’t sold anything, but I did it! Go look, go look! Pretty People Etsy Store

30. Beat Super Mario Bros. on Wii. By myself.
Okay, so I didn’t technically beat it by myself, but I only had help on a couple small (or very integral, you’ll never know) parts. Sometimes in life you need help. And in Mario Bros., I definitely needed help. It only took six months! (That is sarcasm.)

74. Go to Zumba with Mom.
Again, I’m altering the item because … well … I’m allowed. I went to Zumba, but not with my Mom. I went with my friend Caleb, who was way better at it than I was. I only went once, mainly because I looked like a retarded fish flopping around. I may go back. You never know.

83. Try a brand new shampoo / conditioner set.
This is something I rarely do. When something works for you, why change? Tresemme smells wonderful and makes my hair feel perfectly smooth, so I’ve never thought about changing. Then I found myself without a single bottle of shampoo or conditioner, so what’s a girl to do? Fortunately, my hairstylist-friend Jenny had given me a couple samples of KMS California Moisture Repair shampoo / conditioner a while back, and it finally came to my rescue. It was okay. Not something I’d pay big bucks for, I don’t think. But at least I tried. Even if I didn’t have a choice.

That is all. Sad, isn’t it? I should really get out more.

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