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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Cookies Delivered! (And info about substitution!)

I baked two dozen chocolate chip cookies this afternoon and took them to one of the local fire stations. The guys there were all smiles!

After talking to them for a couple of minutes, I asked about the possibility of riding on a fire truck and they said that it wasn't allowed due to liabilities, which didn't really surprise me. So, I'm going to substitute that on my list with one of the things that I had chosen in case I ended up doing more than 52 items this year.

Friday, January 22, 2010

This is so much fun!!

I highly recommend making your own life to do list! I'm so glad that I have this, especially now that I'm going through a divorce. It's nice to have something to look forward to every week. If I keep going at this rate, I'll definitely be getting through the list before the end of the year and be able to add some bonus items! Even though I've only been doing this for a few weeks, I can't imagine ever wanting to stop! I have always led a very full life, but my life feels more fulfilling than ever before.

My only concern with going bigger and better next year is financing, but who knows where life will lead! Maybe I'll get a book deal from all of this! LOL! Serious wishful thinking!

My Propeller Beanie Hat Brought Lots of Smiles Today!!

I am so NOT the type of person who would normally wear a hat, much less one like this, but it was fun! I knew the kids at school would get a kick out of it, but I was pleasantly surprised at how many compliments I got from adults, too! It was great to bring the smile to so many faces!

I also would have thought that I would have had to explain why I was wearing it all day long, but I was only asked a few times. It cracked me up when a student from another class asked what I was going to wear next! I'm amazed at how much fun I'm having with getting out of my comfort zone!

Dean Koontz sent a response to my letter!

I got a nice surprise in the mail on Tuesday! Dean Koontz sent a letter with a personal note and two of his "newsletters", which are hilarious!

In my letter, I told him that he is one of the few authors whose books get better and better as the years pass! Sometimes, I have grown bored with authors because their books are so similar that they get predictable and I give up on them. But I have loved every book that Mr. Koontz has written and his newest one, Breathless, is one of my favorites! It's one of those books that you don't want to end (and HOPE there will be a sequel!), but you can't stand to put it down, so it's over way too soon.

I'm attaching pictures of his letter, but it was hard to get them to turn out real clear. So, here's what Mr. Koontz wrote:

"Peggy~ Thanks for your lovely letter and kind words. You brightened my day so much that I gave my dog extra cookies. Now she adores you!"

I had a feeling that Dean Koontz would be a pretty cool guy and now I know that for sure!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Went to the Movies Solo Today!

My daughter is spending the day with my soon-to-be-ex-husband, so it seemed like the perfect day for me to head to the theaters! I've been wanting to see Leap Year because it looked like a cute movie - and it was! But it did seem a little ironic that I went to see a movie about getting engaged when I'm about to be divorced.

Being there alone was a little weird. When I posted my list, I had a lot of people tell me that they have gone to the movies alone before and that it was nice to get away from it all for a couple of hours. So, I had kind of expected to feel the same way. Yes, it was quiet and kind of peaceful, but I'm used to being able to share a laugh or a comment about something with someone. Anyway, I know it isn't likely that I'm going to like doing everything on my list and I think going to the movies by myself will be falling into that category. It was okay, but not something that I'll make a habit of doing.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Picking up the pace!

Well, I didn't know when I started this blog that I would be getting a divorce this year, but that's the case! I'm doing fine. It's been a long time coming and it's for the best. The transition period has been a lot to deal with, but now I have the freedom to do the items on my list without having to check with or answer to anyone else.

Today, I bought the cookie dough to make the cookies to take to the fire department - and, hopefully, that will be enough of a bribe for them to let me go for a ride! And I also ordered a propeller beanie hat from Amazon, so I'll have pics of me wearing that as soon as it arrives! I'm also going to go to the movies solo either tomorrow or Monday.

Life is never boring!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Letters are written!

My hand is killing me! In the days of emails (and blogs!), it's so much faster (and less painful!) to type everything, that writing six letters in one day has me using muscles that my hand forgot it had! But they are done and I think the personal touch of hand-written notes in hand-made cards is much better than sending an email. They go out in the mail tomorrow and, if I am lucky enough to get any responses, I'll be sure to share them on here!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

A slow start...

I had hoped to start off the new year with a bang - literally! - by firing a gun as the first item that I accomplish, but I ran into a couple of snags. So, I have to be a little patient, which I'm not very good at! My stepdad has a gun that I can use, but the people who we know who have a lot of land are out of town and the public gun range was closed for the holiday. I'm hoping to be able to do it next Sunday though. Until then, I've sent an interest form to Habitat for Humanity to volunteer with them. Also, I sat down today and listed the amounts that I owe for each of my credit cards so that I know what I'm aiming for.

Tomorrow, I'm going to write letters to the people who have inspired me (Oprah, Sarah ban Breathnach, and Barbara Ann Kipfer) and to my favorite authors (Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Jodi Picoult) and put them in hand-made thank you cards to be mailed on Monday. So, even though I didn't get to start exactly the way that I had hoped, I will be able to check off two of my items after tomorrow!