19. Go to Disneyland in the fall.

I’m been really bad about updating my 23 Things list, but I’m happy to report that it’s time to cross number 19 off! The weekend before Halloween, I went to Disneyland with the Wulff family for some lovely Halloween Disney Time.

Jack & Sally!
Jack asked me if my bow was keeping my head attached. So great.
 
Rapunzel!
      
My favorite solo Ariel of The Little Mermaid ride.
  
Tower of Terror
We ate a lot of food.
For some reason, it took a really long time for people to enter The Haunted Mansion behind us, so we took advantage of the empty space and sang and danced around like strange little creatures. And it was really, really good.
 
Mickey must have missed me because he gave me a great big hug right before this picture.
Mickey and the Wulffs. Haha, that sounds like a band name.
 
 
The traditional Minnie picture.
 
 
Yeah, I stood there by myself.

I’m glad I was finally able to visit the lands during my favorite season of the year. Thank you, Annual Passport. And the Wulffs.

23 Things+ Update

Oh dear blog, I have missed you so. When I first started this blog in September 2009, I intended it to be a place where I can recap what’s been going on in my life so that I have something to look back on. Obviously, I haven’t been keeping that up, so here is my long overdue recap on how my 23 Things are going, as well as a little of what I’ve been up to lately.
 
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!
-This has gotten nowhere. I’m a little ashamed. I’m still considering investing in Rosetta Stone though…
 
2. Identify which is which in a Coca-Cola/Pepsi challenge.
-I’m reading Buyology by Martin Lindstrom. It’s a really interesting read–all about neuro-marketing and why we buy what we buy. Anyway, towards the beginning of the book (which, is where I still am–don’t judge me), Lindstrom writes about the Pepsi Challenge that Pepsi conducted back in the early 1980’s. Research shows that consumers prefer Pepsi over Coca-Cola in a “sip test,” but when consumers are going to sit down and drink a whole can of cola, they prefer the taste of Coca-Cola. Anyway, this has nothing to do with my own skills in identifying the differences between the two, which I have not yet accomplished.
3. Become a Student of the Word.
-I just finished reading Revelation last night. There’s so much interesting/scary/confusing information in that book. Next I’m going to go through it in my study Bible. I think I’m going to try to read the Bible backwards, book by book. We’ll see how that goes.
 
4. Read at least one book a month.
-This has been going better. I wanted to make note of all the books I’ve been reading, but I’m a little embarrassed by the junk books I’ve been indulging in (read: I finished Lauren Conrad’s LA Candy series. Within about a two week span). As I mentioned above, I’m currently reading Buyology and plan to start Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala soon. The whole point of this goal was to get myself to read more. I figured since I’m out of school, I can finally start reading for pleasure again. On that note, I finally finished the Harry Potter series and watched the last movie yesterday with Kaitlyn–in 3D. So wonderful. I think I’m going to need to see that again–in 3D. Anyway, I’m also planning on investing on either a Nook or Kindle soon–I just need to decide which one I want.
5. Create and stick to a budget and savings plan.
-This hasn’t been too bad. I finally feel like I’m saving money. I’m not sure where it was all going before. I have a good tithing and saving system going on at the moment, although once I move out, more of my paycheck will be going towards rent. Eck.
 
6. Follow an exercise regime.
-There were days where I would feel motivated to do some sort of workout outside the gym, but then I’d feel guilty for not using my gym membership, so I’d end up not working out at all. To solve this, I quit the gym. Now I’m $10 a month richer. I am still, however, exercise regime-less. I have a dream that I will move into the city and suddenly become a runner. I like to dream big.
 
7. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
-This could always be better, but it’s not bad.
 
8. Finally learn how to strum properly on the guitar.
-Yeah this is probably going to be something I do when I’m 24…
 
9. Become a San Francisco navigational pro.
-This is going quite well. I still don’t always have 100% confidence about where I’m going, but for the most part, I know the general directions.
 
10. Drink more water.
-Ever since I purchased my lovely Camelbak water bottle from REI, I’ve been drinking at least 25+ oz. daily.
11. Disallow myself from putting off on removing chipped nail polish from my nails.
-I got a manicure three weeks ago and it’s still looking pretty good, but I’m cutting it close, so it will be coming off this weekend.
 
12. Attempt to knit or crochet.
13. Attempt to sew something on a sewing machine.
-These may have to be moved to my 24 Things, along with goal 8.
 
14. Go geocaching.
-Still haven’t done this, but I did download an app on my phone that lists geocaching spots in your area. Haha, it’s a start.
 
15. Develop proper sleeping habits.
-Work and sleep is pretty much all I do, so this is OK.
 
16. Stop saying “like” as often.
-This has been easier than I thought, which is good.
 
17. Get a better idea as to how I’ll get to grad school and what I want to study.
-I just finished taking a night class in interpersonal comm. That was kind of tough–tough because going to class after working all day is tiring, and because my teacher was a little quirky. But I’m making some progress on this, slowly but surely.
 
18. Be craftier.
-24 Things?
 
19. Go to Disneyland in the fall.
-Tiff and I will be heading to the happiest place on Labor Day Weekend. I know that technically that’s still summer, but I don’t know that I’ll be able to fit in a trip before Christmas, unfortunately, so this may have to do.
 
20. Make pancakes more often.
-Yeah this isn’t going anywhere. Maybe pancake-making isn’t in my blood. My mom hates making pancakes. That isn’t very motivating.
 
21. Go shooting at a shooting range.
-And done.
 
22. Visit more museums.
-Still haven’t made it out to the de Young Museum on Fridays. Yesterday I read about how the Walt Disney Family Museum puts on different events as well. Next weekend, they’re making flubber. I’m a little intrigued.
 
23. Imagine myself 23 years past 23 years.
-This is kind of a silly goal. But I crossed it, so I’m leaving it at that.
 

That’s my progress. I’ve been going to Giants games almost every month, which has been awesome. This weekend, Franklin, Daphne and I are going to a cabin in Point Reyes. Yes, it just screams teen horror film, but it should be fun.

21. Go shooting at a shooting range.

This update is long overdue, but I’m glad that I was able to cross something off my 23 Things. Franklin took Tiff and me to Jackson Arms on the day after my 23rd birthday (Thursday) for “Group Night,” where the third shooter is free. (Maybe my next shooting range adventure will be on a Monday for “Ladies Night,” haha.)

And of course, me being who I am, during practice, when Franklin was showing us how to hold, use, load, unload, etc., the gun, Franklin sacrificed his finger to save mine. I was about to stick my finger somewhere it wasn’t supposed to be, so Franklin swooped his finger in the little socket instead. What a pal. I did get a mini glock bite on my right finger from the pistol when we were shooting, but nothing major (or unexpected, really, haha.)

It was kind of weird being in the shooting range, because with the ear muffs on, all you could hear is the inside of your own head, with the occasional far-away bang of a gun going off.

Tiff aiming…

and firing!

Franklin’s the pro.

Aiming…

So fun!

Franklin said we should hang these up in our rooms. Haha, creepy.

Not bad for my first time, if I do say so myself.

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.

23 Things Update

I’m still on a blogging hiatus, but life is starting to settle down. So here is an update 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!
-Yeah haven’t gotten too far on this one. Although now that I have a fairly long commute, I’m planning on listening to Italian podcasts.

2. Identify which is which in a Coca-Cola/Pepsi challenge.
-We tried doing this at Chris’ Super Bowl Party this past Sunday, but it wasn’t really an accurate experience since the Coke had been open for a while and wasn’t as bubbly as the Pepsi. So I’ll need to try this again.

3. Read the entire Bible.
-Yesterday, Reality SF had an Understanding+Interpreting the Bible class last night. The point of this goal was to better learn Scripture, so I don’t know that I’ll actually read through the whole Bible, book to book by the time I’m 24. That sounds so funny. Anyway, so I’m editing this goal: I want to become a student of the Word, even if that means it takes me a year to get through a book.

4. Read at least one book a month.
-This has been harder than I thought. During the first two weeks in December when I didn’t have a job yet, I read five books. Like a weirdo. Hopefully this will pick up though, due to commuting. Oh the pros of public transportation.

5. Create and stick to a budget and savings plan.
-Yeah I should get on this.

6. Follow an exercise regime.
-This too. Although I am joining the gym very soon. So there we go.

7. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
-I’ve definitely been eating more fruits since I’ve been 23. Now I just need to get on the vegetables.

8. Finally learn how to strum properly on the guitar.
-Eck. I must practice.

9. Become a San Francisco navigational pro.
-This has been going well, but it isn’t something I’d cross off the list anytime soon.

10. Drink more water.
-And check. But this also does not get to be crossed off.

11. Disallow myself from putting off on removing chipped nail polish from my nails.
-Sarah and I went and got mani/pedis two weeks ago, and I was sure to remove my nail polish this past weekend, since it was getting close to being not pretty.

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

13. Attempt to sew something on a sewing machine.
-Eck I’m scared to try this lol.

14. Go geocaching.
-Franklin’s been wanting to do this for a while now, so we just need a free Saturday.

15. Develop proper sleeping habits.
-Yeah… not sure how this is going to happen, but I’m working on it.

16. Stop saying “like” as often.
-This has been easier than I thought it would be, so that’s good to know. Maybe I should work on not saying “so” before a sentence so much. When I went to a Toast Masters meeting at UCSB, I went up and spoke for (I think) three minutes, and the person noting what kind of “filler” words you say (and how often you say them) noted that I used “so” seven times. I hadn’t even realized I say it so much until I heard that. (But we’ll see if I decide to do this. It’s such a useful story-telling word, lol.)

17. Get a better idea as to how I’ll get to grad school and what I want to study.
-This is a little easier, now that I’m getting work experience.

18. Be craftier.
-I attempted to work on this by deciding I would make Valentine’s Day cards for my friends and mail them out, but that didn’t happen. So don’t expect anything–sorry. Maybe I’ll just make random cards or something, haha.

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

20. Make pancakes more often.
-Haha, one day I came home and found a box of pancake mix in my room from my mom. Still haven’t made any yet though. Maybe I will this weekend.

21. Go shooting at a shooting range.
-Aaaannnnnddd done. Franklin took me and Tiff to Jackson Arms in South City the day after my birthday and taught us how to shoot. It was pretty fun.

22. Visit more museums.
-Still haven’t been to a museum as a 23 year old.

23. Imagine myself 23 years past 23 years.
-Getting there.

Alright, so that’s that. And now it is waaaay past my bedtime. Good night.