Thursday, August 13, 2009
GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
I liked it more than I thought I would, even though it felt like it took a long time to get to that ending. The character of Scarlett O'Hara manages to be appealing even though she is so horrible.
BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, THE (1957)
I think this has become one of my new favorite movies. The story is so well written and the acting is superb, especially by Alec Guinness.
BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)
I've never really watched a western, but I loved this movie. It was funny and the two main actors were fantastic (and not bad on the eyes)
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I finished the Great Tree of Avalon series with the final book: The Eternal Flame. I know T.A. Barron has written other books about Merlin, but I don't think I'll be reading them. Even though it ended up with an entertaining story, I found the writing style annoying sometimes. For example, he would overdo writing in the accents of characters. However, I'm glad I saw the series through.
Lauren and I watched The Philadelphia Story. I liked it, but I was disappointed with who Katharine Hepburn ended up with at the end.
066. I'm still behind on laundry, but I've been doing enough to keep up with this goal
002. I haven't written in my journal since coming back to Albany. I have to restart this one.
053. So Far I have 30 dollars. I get a paycheck on Friday that I'll use to catch up.
025. I decided to pluck my own eyebrows this month because I didn't find anywhere that I would like to go yet.
050. Completed for this month. Mostly birthday wishes
065. I went to the library on Friday and am getting back in the swing of it.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I just finished The Great Tree of Avalon Book II: Shadows on the Stars by T.A. Barron. This is not my favorite fantasy series, but the book got better towards the end and I'm looking forward to finding out what happens to all of the characters in the third and final book.
002. Paper journal daily for a year
I am not doing well on this because I haven't written since coming back to Albany. I'm going to try to take it up again. I don't want to stress about the missed days because that is what leads me to give up writing completely.
035. Take vitamin and calcium daily for 3 months.
So far so good. I've gone 20 days.
054. Pay off my credit card
Just sent in January's payment today.
065. Go to the library once a week to do work or read.
I went with Justin last Wednesday and read some of my book. School is starting this week so I should have more work to do at the library soon.
066. Do some laundry once every 2 weeks.
I did some today and will probably have to do more this week. I hate laundry so this is really hard to motivate myself to do.
Friday, January 9, 2009
001. Read 100 books I have never read before. Finished 1/100:
The Princess Diaries Volume X: Forever Princess by Meg Cabot
I love this series and I am so sad it is over. It had a great ending though, and Meg Cabot said that she may someday write about Mia Thermopolis again! I really hope so!
002. Paper journal daily for a year
I have kept up with this so far, which I find impressive. I usually write before I go to sleep. Sometimes if I put it off too long I don't feel like writing so I do a pretty short entry. Other times I have actually written quite a bit. 8/365 days
027. Have one “me” day a month.
Finished for January '09. I went out shopping and bought new bras, sneakers, and a few video games. I also went to Barnes and Noble to have a coffee and look around.
033. Make a conscious effort to be heard the first time I say something.
I have been trying to do this, but it's going to take more work.
035. Take a vitamin and calcium every day for 3 months. I started January 1st and I've kept up with this goal so far.
045. Date with Justin once a month
Complete for January '09. We went out to dinner at TGI Friday's and then over to Barnes and Noble to look around and have coffee.
050. Write on 5 Face book walls a month. I have 4/5 for the month of January. I need one more.
053. Save $1.00 a day for 1001 days. I'm actually a little ahead on this one because I put $20.00 into my savings. I'm usually going to take the money out of my work paycheck but I'm not going back to work until the 19th.
066. Do some laundry once every 2 weeks. I did all of my laundry on 1/4/09 so I've gotten off to a good start.
084. Watch 40 of AFI’s top 100 that I haven’t seen before.
I started this one today with the number 1 movie on AFI's list. It was really weird because after I decided which movies I was going to watch my Tivo recorded Citizen Kane as a suggestion. It never records movies, and Citizen Kane was on my list so I decided to start there.
I really enjoyed it and I understand why it is so highly regarded. I am amazed that it was made in 1941. Many of the story telling techniques and cinematography would not be out of place in a more modern film. I did already know the ending, but that did not stop me from enjoying it at all.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
1. Read 100 books I’ve never read before
2. Paper journal daily for a year
3. Read 20 memoirs or biographies
11. Finish my quilt
Health and well being:
20. Find OBGYN and go to appointment
34. Take my pill at the same time every day for 3 months without missing
36. Watch only an hour of TV a day for 1 month
40. Create and donate 2 blankets to Project Linus http://www.projectlinus.org/index.html
43. Give a present to a child on a wish tree each Christmas
45. Date with Justin once a month
46. Get engaged
51. Surprise someone unexpectedly with something nice 3 times
53. Save $1.00 a day for 1001 days
54. Pay off my credit card
56. Earn my Masters of Information Studies
57. Update my resume and create portfolio
66. Do some laundry once every 2 weeks
67. Do the beginner baby steps on flylady.net
71. Wear a costume one Halloween
86. Go star gazing
90. Go to a state that is not on the East coast
101. Make a new 101 list
Why it is on my list: I like this sort of thing, and it is a way to be more active
Why it is on my list: I miss pubs from my time in England. They won't be the same here, but I might find somewhere I like
Why it is on my list: I need to make more of an effort to go outside, especially in the summer. Going to a park is a simple way to have fun outside.
Why it is on my list: I want to see more of the U.S.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Why it is on my list: I have done plenty of traveling in Europe but not in my own country.
Why it is on my list: I really like movies but there are many classics I haven't seen. The list is here. I've chosen 40 that I'm interested in but I might change my mind:
1. CITIZEN KANE (1941)
2. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
3. CITY LIGHTS (1931)
4. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
5. SUNSET BLVD. (1950)
6. GRADUATE, THE (1967)
7. ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)
8. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)
9. SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)
10. HIGH NOON (1952)
11. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)
12. ANNIE HALL (1977)
13. BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, THE (1957)
14. BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, THE (1946)
15. TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE, THE (1948)
16. KING KONG (1933)
17. BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967)
18. MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969)
19. PHILADELPHIA STORY, THE (1940)
20. STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, A (1951)
21. WEST SIDE STORY (1961)
22. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
23. NASHVILLE (1975)
24. DUCK SOUP (1933)
25. AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)
26. AFRICAN QUEEN, THE (1951)
27. WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (1966)
28. TOOTSIE (1982)
29. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)
30. IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967)
31. FORREST GUMP (1994)
32. MODERN TIMES (1936)
33. NIGHT AT THE OPERA, A (1935)
34. BRINGING UP BABY (1938)
35. SIXTH SENSE, THE (1999)
36. SWING TIME (1936)
37. LAST PICTURE SHOW, THE (1971)
38. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)
39. BEN-HUR (1959)
40. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
Why it is on my list: There are many people I admire and I'd like to write to a few.
Why it is on my list: I really don't like roller coasters but my friends and boyfriend do. I am going to give them one more try even though I think I will never like that dropping feeling in my stomach.
Why it is on my list: I have always thought it would be fun to get a tattoo but I didn't know what to get. I think if I find a great quote or cover image I would be willing to get a tattoo of that.
Why it is on my list: I love Star Wars (the original trilogy mostly). I know the movies so well that I haven't bothered watching them in a while, and I've never watched them all in order.
Why it is on my list: I work at a fabric and craft store and have never taken any of their classes. I am sure I could find other interesting classes in the area to expand my horizons.
Why it is on my list: I don't usually dress up anymore and ignore Halloween for the most part, but it used to be one of my favorite holidays. I think it would fun to get creative one year. It would also lead me to try and find something to do on Halloween.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Why it is on my list: I have file folders to keep me organized, but I don't go through them to get rid of stuff like old receipts so they aren't of much use.
Why it is on my list: I should really already have one of these. It will have things to help me if my car breaks down. Here is a website with ideas.
Why it is on my list: This is just to get me more organized and stop holding on to junk.
Why it is on my list: The tasks at this website are broken down a lot and can start good habits. The beginner steps are here.
Why it is on my list: I put off doing laundry and get overwhelmed by dirty clothes that make my room look very messy.
Why it is on my list: I love libraries and enjoy getting out of the house to do work and have a change of scenery. I can be lazy about leaving the house, so I need to make a mandatory outing each week.
Why it is on my list: The librarians I intern with are going to be my main references when I apply for jobs. I want to prove to them that I can think of creative ideas for the library and succeed in engaging the students.
Why it is on my list: I waste SO MUCH time on the internet doing nothing when I could be doing work, reading or writing.
Why it is on my list: I usually don't get things done until the day before they are due. I'd like to feel a little less pressure when doing my school work.
Why it is on my list: This is going to be a painful one for me. I have major anxiety and never talk in class. It makes me feel like a failure when I don't talk, so I want to improve upon this.
Why it is on my list: I belong to the ALA and NYLA but I don't do much with them. I'd like to get more involved and meet other librarians.
Why it is on my list: This is the career path I'm going down and I'm excited to be so close to getting my degree and being able to get a job!
Why it is on my list: I am a year away from getting my degree and being a certified school library media specialist
055. Adopt a black lab, or if I decided I cannot yet afford/house one, donate at least $100 to Labs4Rescue
Why it is on my list: I would love to give a lab a home and I really want a dog. I want a black lab because I learned that black dogs are the last to get adopted, and I love my current black lab! http://labs4rescue.com
Why it is on my list: I think it is nice to do things for people when there is no occasion, but I rarely do so.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Why it is on my list: I never keep in touch with anyone and this will help me do that.
Why it is on my list: I would like to show Justin appreciation and let him know why he is so important to me.
Why it is on my list: I need to do more activities. I don't know exactly what group I'd like to join, but I need to get involved somewhere
Why it is on my list: Recently when I'm at school I don't talk to anyone in my family except my parents and I'd like to improve on this
Why it is on my list: I think this goal is going to finally be achievable. We will both be done with graduate school in December 2009 and able to get jobs. Once we have money we should be able to get engaged.
Why it is on my list: We live together but sometimes don't make time to spend special time together. This will help us put in the effort to do things we want to do together.
Why it is on my list: It is a nice thing to do and my family used to buy for the wishing tree at our church. I will have to find where one is though.
Why it is on my list: I have never really done volunteer work that was not required of me and I think it is time that I do some. I would like to try a few different places to see what kind of volunteer work I like doing.
Why it is on my list: Project Linus takes homemade blanket donations for kids who need them. I thought this was a great idea because I could do crafts and not clutter up my apartment since I would be giving away the end product to help someone else in need.
Why it is on my list: I think my apartment needs some life, and if I buy a plant I want to make sure I take care of it.
Why it is on my list: I watch too much TV when I should be doing other things, so this will be a challenge, but a good thing to do.
Why it is on my list: Even though I did this on my last list it is still not a habit. I don't eat much dairy or drink milk so I really need calcium, and I also need a vitamin.
Why it is on my list: First I need to get back on birth control, then I need to make sure that I take it correctly because I was really bad at it before.
Why it is on my list: I am very soft-spoken and it annoys me and others when I cannot be heard.
Why it is on my list: I have never been to an eye doctor because I have always had good vision, but I have noticed my vision is starting to deteriorate a little bit and I may need glasses.
Why it is on my list: I have never been measured. I usually think I find a bra that is a good fit, and then after a while it doesn't feel right anymore. I'd like to know what size I am for sure.
Why it is on my list: I think it is important that I take time to pamper myself instead of stressing all of the time. This will make sure that I make this time.
Why it is on my list: I have curly, wiry eyebrows that look better when maintained. I'm too lazy to do them or get them done often, so it is a good goal for me to improve this.
Why it is on my list: I often leave a long time between hair cuts and end up looking unkempt. I'd like to change this. I won't get my first cut until Late February or early March of 2009 because I had my hair cut December 30th 2008.
Why it is on my list: I just got Wii fit for Christmas and I'm excited to use it. I want to make sure I make this a habit and try to strengthen my core muscles and improve flexibility.
Why it is on my list: I have done this one before and my teeth always feel nice, but I am lazy and have stopped doing all this again. I always brush my teeth twice a day but I'm too lazy for the rest of the maintenance which is bad.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Why it is on my list: I love cheesecake, and I think it would be an interesting thing to try making.
Why it is on my list: I like the motion of crocheting and would like to learn new patterns, but I don't have room for something useless.
Why it is on my list: Scones are delicious for breakfast and with tea. I would like to learn my mom's recipe and it isn't too difficult.
Why it is on my list: My parents bought me a beautiful bass when I was in high school and I haven't played it for a long time.
Why it is on my list: I started a bulletin board specifically to inspire my writing space and I would like to complete it.
Why it is on my list: I work in a fabric store and would like more experience sewing, especially if it can be used to make something useful like clothing.
Why it is on my list: I bought material for a fairly basic quilt a year and a half ago and haven't gotten further than cutting strips. It seems a little tedious but I'd like to finish what I started and I think I'll be pleased with the result. I'll also find out if quilting is for me.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Why it is on my list: I do not pay enough attention to current events and I am going to try to begin a new habit of reading the news.
Why it is on my list: I always buy books about writing instead of actually writing. I do find some of them helpful and would like to finally read some of the ones that I haven't looked at yet.
Why it is on my list: I love Shakespeare and I would eventually like to read all of his works. I've read quite a lot already, but I don't want to force it on myself too much so I've only committed to 5.
Why it is on my list: I am always amazed by really well written short stories. I think it is a difficult format and would like to try my hand at a few.
Why it is on my list: I used to write bad poetry all of the time and now I write nothing. Poems are a fun way to play with words and look at things in a new way, and I want to try doing that again.
Why it is on my list: I need to start disciplining myself if I want to start writing. Real writers write, and I only think about writing. This is about making myself make the time to do something I am dying to do, but am afraid to try.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Why it is on my list: I have had the desire to read more nonfiction, especially biographies for a while. I would especially like to learn more about U.S. presidents.
Why it is on my list: I love journals and have many, but I have never finished one. I have tried a few times to complete this goal and always fail, but I'm going to be more flexible with myself this time.
Why it is on my list: I love to read, but with school I sometimes do not make the time for it. Being able to check it off on a list and blog about a book makes me more excited about finishing it.