12th Quarterly Report: January – March, 2014
I had worried that I would have nothing to write about once I finished my list of 101 things in 1001 days. In this first quarterly report after finishing, that seems to have happened. And I’m okay with that. After the final push to finish my list, I was quite pleased for a while to feel like I didn’t have to do a damn thing.
Still, I’ve done a few things in the last three months that I got excited about.
My biggest news is that I updated my eBook Timid No More to include all 101 things. (I had published the first version in 2013 after I was about halfway through the list.) I am also self-publishing a paperback version. The proof is being shipped to me, and I can’t wait to hold it in my hands.
I also made a new video that featured all 101 things in order, set to “Ripple” by the Grateful Dead. I like watching it myself, letting so many memories from the last three years wash over me.
There are worms in my basement
I have wanted to try composting with worms in my basement for years, so I was pretty excited to get them in the mail.
Delicious and easy, I made homemade limoncello, another thing I’ve always wanted to try.
Basement Sunflowers Still Blooming
I started with about 100 seeds of various types of sunflowers, got about 30 sprouts, and grew six big plants. So far, three of them have bloomed, one was a dud, and two more have new buds. I continue to be pleased by watching these flowers grow. The project is almost at an end. I will feed their remains to my worms.
Chopped-style Home Cooking Challenge
My husband played along and picked me up some mystery ingredients for my challenge basket: catfish, Cream of Wheat, curry paste, and turnips. My job was to open the basket and feature them in a meal in 30 minutes. The meal turned out well, better in fact than many of my pre-planned meals.
Let it Be
I continued to work on learning guitar and was excited to learn about many songs that can be played (in a basic way) with four or five chords. I’ve been working on “Let it Be,” “Brown Eyed Girl,” and “Stand By Me,” although not in the last month or so.
One thing I did to push myself out of my comfort zone was agree to serve on a committee that organizes a charity tennis tournament. The Wint Filipek Sr. Memorial Tennis Tournament awards scholarships to Connecticut students athletes and promotes tennis as a sport. Connecticut residents, please enter the tournament. I played in it last year. It’s fun and for a good cause.
In Other News … A Guest Post
I had a guest post published on Pick the Brain.
I’m always lethargic in the winter, but I’m starting to get itching for more activity. Bring on the spring!