23 Things Update

As promised, to myself and to you, here is my progress on my 23 Things.

1. Be able to watch a movie in Italian and understand 95% of what the people are saying. I.e., learn Italian once and for all!
-My plan was to listen to Italian podcasts during my commute. But instead I’ve been listening to sermon podcasts. I’m considering buying Rosetta Stone for Italian though. We’ll see.

2. Identify which is which in a Coca-Cola/Pepsi challenge.
-I haven’t attempted this since Chris’ Superbowl Party. We had talked about doing it the weekend Christine and I visited Summer, but we never got around to it.

3. Read the entire Bible. Become a Student of the Word.
-In my last update, I edited this goal a little. As for my progress–I’m not really sure how to evaluate this. I did buy a study Bible, as well as a Bible that has four different translations side-by-side, so I’m really excited about those. I also finally got Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology. Steph got it for me as a late Christmas present. I haven’t actually used any of these yet though… I guess I’ve been focusing on gearing up my “toolbox.” Community group has been really good though–we’re studying The Sermon on the Mount. It feels good to actually be studying the Bible again with a group. Oh how I’ve missed Bible studies.

4. Read at least one book a month.
-I’ve been failing miserably at this. I never did finish reading Harry Potter in March like I had hoped. Here we are at the end of April, and I have yet to have finished even one book. I started Water for Elephants though, since the movie is coming out on Friday. I’m determined to finish reading it before I watch the movie, and since I want to see the movie in theaters, that doesn’t give me TOO much time. At least that’s what I’m telling myself. My goal is to finish it by Monday. Totally doable. (Ha, yeah yeah, I said that about Harry Potter, I know.)

5. Create and stick to a budget and savings plan.
-I’ve been thinking about this–I probably need a savings plan more than a budget plan. I’ve been using Mint more often, and staying on top of balancing my check register–gosh, I hate doing that–so the next step is opening up a savings account. I can definitely meet this by the end of the month.

6. Follow an exercise regime.
-Yeah this hasn’t really been working for me. And now that my knee is all scraped up, I can’t really walk, run, or bend without my poor little injuries hurting. Although now that I’m actually being charged for my membership, I think I’ll feel more motivated to go.

7. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
-Working at Jamba Juice and drinking Naked Juice have helped with this. While I know that I’m not to substitute smoothies for real fruits and veggies, it is nice having other options.

8. Finally learn how to strum properly on the guitar.
-I must really just not want to ever know how to play the guitar, because I definitely haven’t done this. It may have to be a rollover-into-24-goal.

9. Become a San Francisco navigational pro.
-Definitely becoming better at this. I guess I should actually define what I mean by “navigational pro.” I guess I mean that I’d like to be able to get to a specific place in the city without much help from a map or GPS. A few weeks ago, Anna-Marie was here visiting, and I drove her all around the city. We started in Haight, went down Lombard, through North Beach, up to Coit Tower, down to Fisherman’s Wharf, to Ghirardelli Square, to the Golden Gate Bridge, through the Presidio, to the Legion of Honor, around the Marina, into the Sunset, through the Castro, into the Mission, and then back to her Aunt’s house in South City. All with only some help in the Presidio-Legion of Honor-Marina area. So I’m getting there…

10. Drink more water.
-There’s always a learning curve, and I feel like I’ve been drinking less water again. I think it’s because it makes me pee so often when I’m at work, haha. Eck.

11. Disallow myself from putting off on removing chipped nail polish from my nails.
-Kaitlyn, Jia Min, and I got our nails done a few weeks ago. I would say I removed my nail polish in a timely fashion. But this doesn’t get crossed off til the end of my 23rd year.

12. Attempt to knit or crochet.
-Still haven’t tried this yet.

13. Attempt to sew something on a sewing machine.
-Still scared to try this out, lol.

14. Go geocaching.
-Still need to pick a good Saturday to do this with Franklin and company.

15. Develop proper sleeping habits.
-I think this is getting better. I’ve been going to sleep at normal hours (not counting the weekend at Summer’s).

16. Stop saying “like” as often.
-This has been going well, especially because I spend most of my day talking on the phone to customers. They already think I’m very young (apparently I look young too–according to this lady at Borders… but I digress), so I’ve made it a point to exclude this from my vocabulary. It slips out every once in a while though.

17. Get a better idea as to how I’ll get to grad school and what I want to study.
-I was talking to my co-worker who was telling me to take some classes at a community college in comm, so that I can get letters of rec from my instructors. I’m hoping to apply this fall, and I’ve been looking into the programs at CSUN and CSUEB. Eck. Pray for me. I keep telling myself (and other people) that I’m seeking the Lord when it comes to my future, but I don’t think I ACTUALLY am.

18. Be craftier.
-Yeah I’m not going to be good at this. But I won’t give up.

19. Go to Disneyland in the fall.
-Must needs.

20. Make pancakes more often.
-Still haven’t made any pancakes since being 23. I’ll try it out this weekend and report back.

21. Go shooting at a shooting range.

22. Visit more museums.
-When Anna-Marie was here, we went to the Walt Disney Museum, but we only visited the gift shop (and I’ve already been there), so that doesn’t count. Kaitlyn was telling me about how the de Young Museum has events on Fridays, though, so there’s an option for a starting point.

23. Imagine myself 23 years past 23 years.
-When I’m 46, I imagine that my mind will still feel the same, the way I can remember my six year old mind not being all that different from my nine year old mind. You always feel like you, no matter how old you get. Before I couldn’t imagine a life at 46 though. Now, while I still don’t know what my life will be like, I can imagine getting there. That’s nice. So whether I actually get there or not doesn’t really matter anymore. I don’t think I need to dwell on this one any longer.

One thought on “23 Things Update

  1. -whoa, bible with four translations?! awesome. bible nerds, represent.
    -the “like” thing reminded me, when we had intern training weekend, toastmasters were next door haha i really wanted to sneak in…they had tea.
    -i have the pancake recipe from gwyneth's book if you want. if you're needing more motivation or just want it.
    -maybe this update could be a quarterly thing! :]

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