Wow, it sure has gotten lonely around here. I haven’t completely given up over here, but I have been blogging a lot more frequently over at my joint Cambridge-related tumblr with my husband. If you’d like to keep up with our life in Cambridge, visit us at www.FreschFamily.tumblr.com
As far as my 101 in 1001 list goes, I have been picking out a few items from my list to focus on each month. Well, I say I’ve been doing that, but it’s more like I was doing that. Then March hit…and I didn’t even write down any goals. Such is life, I suppose. Considering that it’s April (how did THAT happen?), I thought it was time I wrote an update on my progress, if not for you, then at least for my own records.
With these seven items I’ve completed, I’m up to 36 completed. Only 65 left!
Health (physical, spiritual, emotional, and otherwise):
4. Learn to enjoy tea with half as less sugar as I do now
Success! I’m not sure when this actually happened, but sometime over the past few months I realized that I wasn’t adding my normal multiple heaping spoons of sugar to my tea. I still add sugar, but it’s a much more modest amount. I think this came about when I worked as a temp in a British office. Tea was a big thing in the office, but not many people added sugar, and when they did it wasn’t much. Considering I already stuck out as the American, I didn’t want to ALSO be the weird girl who drank a little tea with her sugar. Hey, whatever works!
11. Consistently have some dedicated time with God every day for a month
I unfortunately have to admit that this was more difficult than I thought it would be. It took several months of suddenly realizing I’d skipped three days to finally be successful. I’m still not perfectly consistent, but it’s a work in progress and I’m improving. Yay for progress!
Food (and cooking food)
21. Cook a shrimp dish
This was so easy, I don’t know why I was putting it off. The only bad part was the way the shrimp felt when I was trying to bread them. I felt like I was touching smily worms. Eww. But the dish tasted great, so I’d say it was a win!
35. Join a book club
I love my bookclub. Last month we met for dinner and our hostess made us WONDERFUL salad, bread, and lasagna. With homemade macaroons!! Apart from the wonderful food, though, we also discussed the book and it was a lot of fun. I hope to start the next book today!
57. Learn the train system in England
While I couldn’t just spout off train information to you, I do know just where to look to find out what I need to know. I haven’t missed or taken any wrong trains in months. I also know my way around King’s Cross pretty well. It’s good to know how to get where I’m going!
59. Learn how to curl my hair
When I wrote this, I had meant to learn how to curl my hair with a curling iron. But then I found this girl. She explains (and demonstrates) how to curl your hair with a straightening iron! Considering that I’ve been using a straightener for over 10 years, I am much more comfortable with those than with a curling irons. I tried it out, and it works GREAT. Unfortunately, no matter what method I use, my hair doesn’t hold curl very well. All my curls fall out within five minutes of leaving the house. Sad days for me.
94. Meet and have a real conversation with someone famous
Internet, I met JOY WILLIAMS, of The Civil Wars. As in, she talked to me and touched my shoulder. That happened. Read all about my experience here.