Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Week 1 Update

I have only been at this for a week now and at times I think I better get going on the list and at other times I feel like I have a ways to go and have plenty of time.

Not much going on this week. I have read 5 out of 7 days. Reading for pleasure is harder than I thought it would be but I am enjoying getting the reading in.

My attempt at starting the friendship bread started failed. I listed on Free Cycle that I was looking for a starter yesterday and got a few hits on it. I got the starter today from a lady who sent two things of it. So on Friday I will be making lots of yummy bread. Let me know if you want to try the bread or want some starter!

Mom and I are starting to think about our Christmas goodies that we will make this year. We have decided that we are going to do as much baking as possible the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. Which means I have to get looking for new recipes. I might also be looking into getting two new cookbooks!!! I think I have a cookbook problem!

Wednesday night we sat and watched Baby's Mama. Funny movie!

I have been doing well with my couponing. I have a blog for it... heathersavin.blogspot.com It helps me keep track of how I am doing with my saving, spending and such...

Oh and I cleaned out my car and blogged!

That's just about it for this week.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Things I have started

Well it is offically day one of my 1001 days but there are somethings that I have already started.

Cooking & Baking
I started my Amish Friendship Bread Starter last night. It takes 27 days to get the starter going before you can make bread. After that you get to make the bread every 10 days. The big struggle is to get the starter going when it is not given to you. Once you make the bread you then save some of the starter, use some of the starter and then give some of the starter way (FRIENDSHIP BREAD!) We shall see how it goes and hopefully if my starter makes it through the 27 days I will have bread on Saturday October 18th and let me tell you I can already taste the cinnomin and sugar on top of the bread.

Education
I have already started three things in this group. BJ started back to school in August. This is an adjustment because he is taking online classes and has also been out of school for a little while.
I also have completed my orientation class. It was done within 24 hours of starting the class but they allow 2 weeks and then I will get the grade.
I also started my first 8 week class with Columbia Southern.

Home
It seems like I have been unpacking boxes for forever. But I really haven't. I have unpacked all the stuff you need all the times. I am mostly down to the boxes of stuff that would have probably stayed at mom and dad's forever or stuff I have to find a place for...

Money
We are not fan of credit cards or accounts but we do have a few and they are for various reasons. We want to pay these off soon as most people do! We have started paying these off. I have also moved money around in our budget to help with this.

Creative
Thanks to my coupon adventiures I have been able to make some money at Walgreen's with their register rewards. With those I was able to get some pictures developed last week while they were running a sale and I was able to use the Walgreen's Register Rewards before they expired which meant I did not have to pay a great deal of money for all of the prints I got made!

Well its a pretty good start to the list... What do you think?

Why A Blog?

I decided it would be nice to keep up with how I am doing with my list through a blog.

Why not I sit at a computer for around 10 hours a day right!?!

I have gotten started with a couple of things on my list and I put them in Italics.

Also my start day is September 23, 2008 ending on June 20, 2011.

101 things in 1001 days

101 things in 1001 days

Blog (5)
- Learn to change backgrounds, fonts, ect.
- Learn how to link websites
- Learn how to draw lines threw words
- Post at least once a week (0/143)
- Find 4 new blogs to follow (0/4)

Cooking & Baking (9)
- Try a new recipe every month (0/33)
- Try two new Christmas goody recipes each year (0/6)
- Learn to decorate cakes
- Make a gingerbread house
- Start a Amish Friendship Bread Starter
- Keep Amish Friendship Bread starter and bread going
- Find MY cheesecake recipe
- Make homemade bread (other than friendship bread) 10 times (0/10)
- Make some homemade ice cream in our ice cream maker
- Expand my cookbook collection (0/10)

Education (4)
- Encourage BJ as he goes back and continues school
- Complete Orientation class with Columbia Southern University
- Look into Financial Aid and Scholarships I can get with Columbia Southern
- Completed the 12 classes needed for my Bachelor’s Degree (0/12)

Us (10)
- Take a Us picture at least every other month (0/16)
- Take a walk together once a month (0/33)
- Have a date night at least once a month (0/33)
- Go back to Rosswood Plantation
- Leave encouraging notes at least every other week (0/71)
- Daily pray for my husband (0/1001)
- Go on a trip together at least once a year even if it is a weekend trip (0/3)
- Try 5 restaurants we have never tried before (0/5)
- Go to a Colts game in the new stadium
- Have a movie night once a month (0/33)

Home (12)
- Plant trees and plants in front and backyard
- Find my table and mirror for the foyer
- Make some sort of arrangement for the foyer table
- Finish unpacking boxes
- Have a wedding picture of us enlarged and framed
- Host at least 3 parties or get together (0/3)
- Invite everyone from work over for a cookout
- Refinish grandmother’s dresser with BJ
- Organize closet – especially shoes!
- Order various fragrant candles
- Buy a rocking chair recliner
- Do a good deep cleaning once a month (0/33)

Others (4)
- Pay for the person behind me in the drive thru at least 3 times (0/3)
- Participate in Christmas Angel Tree each year (0/3)
- Donate 50,000 grains of rice through freerice.com (0/50,000)
- Send a thinking about you card once a month to a friend (0/33)

Reading (7)
- Read for pleasure daily (0/1001)
- Read 5 of the 9 Nicholas Sparks books I have not read yet (includes The Lucky One, The Choice, The Notebook, The Rescue, A Bend in the Road, Night in Rodanthe, The Guardian, Three Weeks w/ My Brother, True Beliver, and At First Sight) (0/5)
- Go to a bookstore once a month (0/33)
- Read 2 non-fiction books (0/2)
- Read a Karen Kingsburg series
- Read 1 biography (0/1)
- Keep up with the books and discussions of our cousin’s book club

Money (4)
- Continue in my coupon adventure and continue to get better with practice
- Put up $5 for every 101 completed (Thanks, Ash for the idea!) (0/101)
- Save up two to three months of living expenses
- Pay off all credit cards and open accounts

Creative (5)
- Finish printing out our wedding pictures and put them into photo albums (yes I said albums because I have A LOT!)
- Work/Learn how to make Cathedral pillows and Quilt
- Make Christmas Stockings
- Make a quilt for our bed
- Make a t-shirt memory quilt

Christmas (8)
- Send out Christmas Cards
- Buy at least one special ornament each Christmas (0/3)
- Buy Larger Tree
- Go see the Canton Christmas lights
- Watch Banana in the Nutcracker
- Decorate Mantel
- Make a wreath for the front door
- Go to Mistletoe Marketplace

Travel, Places, or Things (12)
- Go to the D Day Museum in New Orleans
- Go see at least 5 covered bridges I have not seen (0/5)
- Visit at least 5 historic places in Mississippi (0/5)
- Visit at least 8 historic places outside of Mississippi (0/8)
- Take a weekend trip to Tennessee
- Take a trip to Texas
- Take a train somewhere
- Visit the MS Museum of Arts
- Go to a Pilgrimage
- Research 3 places to go on vacation the BJ & I have not gone (0/3)
- Go on one of these vacations
- Visit BJ’s cousin in Chicago

Me (Not a long section but they are all for me) (5)
- Manicure at least 3 times (0/3)
- Pedicure at least 3 times (0/3)
- Day at a Spa including a Facial and Message
- Clean out my car once a week (0/143)
- Vote in the November 2008 election

Photography (10)
- Learn to use four features on my camera that I have not used before (0/4)
- Matte/frame five of my photos from my Hinds photo class projects (0/5)
- Take pictures of all us kinds to update dad’s kids photos at work
- Go on 6 photo taking trips (0/6)
- Learn to do after shot touchups and effects to photos
- Take another photography class
- Scan old photos onto the computer
- Backup said pictures to CD
- Send 10 CDs to friends and family (0/10)
- Load photos onto my digital photo frame

TO BE DETERMINED (5)
- By March 2009
- By September 2009
- By March 2010
- By September 2010
- By March 2011