Category Archives: 101 in 1001

My 101 – yearend 2010 update

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Original (updated on an ongoing basis) list is here. Previous updates linked in original post.

Items like this are in progress

Items like this are completed [date]

Items Done: 30/101

Items Started but not completed: 17

% of 1001 days elapsed: 45%

% of items completed: 30%

% of items started or completed: 47%

It would seem that I’m not really on track here.  Might have to step up my game a little.

My 101

Just For Me (10)
1. Re-pierce my ears 10/11 and buy some earrings I really ❤ 11/6/09
2. Get that next tattoo

Planning a trip to Sedona in February.  Have a tattoo artist there who will do this.

3. Put readings, powerpoint etc. from Dad’s memorial on blog 02/21/10
4. Totally blow off work one day and go to the beach. Alone. Feel no guilt 09/03/10

5. Do a past life regression

This is also on the agenda for the Sedona in February trip.

6. Get makeup professionally done 10/31/09
7. Go Bejeweled Blitz-free for 30 days 11/06/09
8. Go unplugged 1 day / month (15/34)
9. Get that hot stone massage 3 times (0/3)
10. Sign up for and take a class offered at SRHS

Home Dec (12)
11. Paint laundry room 12/31/10
12. Window treatment in front room

This was high on the list of good intentions.  However, I know what I want to do and the perfect fabric has not found me yet.  A trip to Boca Bargoons is called for.

13. Shower curtain in boys bath
14. Window treatments in my bath

I’m counting “have purchased the fabric and the design is worked out in my head” as started since that often takes as long, or longer, than actually making them.  Of course, I had a design idea and fabric purchased for this year ago, but I’m not loving it for with the paint job I ended up doing in there.

15. Get boys @ beach painting done
16. Finish painting boys room
17. Get curtains and make valances for bedroom
18. Repaint the blue in bedroom 4/04/2010
19. Get new coffee tables in FR
20. Get new bedroom furniture
21. Paint master hall closet doors 3/28/2010
22. Stencil border in master bedroom

Honestly, I am rethinking this.  It is a 3 layer stencil and the MBR is huge.  There is probably ~60 feet of wall this would go on.  Not really sure there is anything I could love enough to invest that much time in.  I’ll probably complete one small section, live with it for awhile and then decided if I’m going to do the rest of paint over it.

Hobbies / Leisure (16)
23. Make the boys pillows 01/03/10

Of course, one of them fell out during a rest area stop in the middle of one of those midwest states on the Great Road Trip of 2010.  So, while this is technically done, I still have one (replacement) to make.

24. Write a new poem February 9
25. Redo music swap CD and mail out 01/23/10
26. Rip the rest of my CD’s
27. Do Postcard Crossing with the boys, 45 postcards (0/45)
28. Create custom google travel map
29. Crochet or knit an afghan
30. Sew a dress
31. Read 20 fiction books (15/20)
32. Make a Best of Julia dvd
33. Sing at a karaoke bar
34. Make an apron
35. Try 25 new recipes (25/25) 12/29/10

Recipes made here

36. Watch 20 movies I’ve never heard of that are recommended by friends (5/20)

Movies watched and my thoughts (if I have any) are here

37. Grow some herbs
38. Make at least one thing with all those beads 05/21/10

DH’s niece graduated last spring.  I made this for her using green aventurine, lapis lazuli, and green jasper.

Travel, Adventure and Outings (21)
39. Hike Zion Canyon Rim 06/13/10

I changed this from from Zion Canyon. After backpacking the canyon rim through all manner of weather, I’m not too keen on backpacking in the river.  Maybe just do the canyon day hike portion one day.  This was an overnight trip with my BFF Sara.  It deserves a photo blog post of its own which, whenever I get it done, will be linked here.

40. Try kite surfing
41. Go to Kennedy Space Center
42. See a shuttle launch 11/16/09
43. Camping @ Anastasia SP

This was originally Bahia Honda SP in the Keys.  However, the point being to camp by a nice beach.  After checking out the both of them (and finding that the beachfront campsites @ BHSP are all booked through the 18 month booking window I’m changing it to Anastasia SP as the beach there is actually nicer (although no sunsets)

44. Biking and geocaching in Jonathon Dickinson SP 02/15/10
45. Sleep under the stars. Preferably in the desert
46. Go skinny dipping in water that is not glacier fed (ahem, girls)
47. Take the boys to an outdoor music festival
48. Go kayaking
49. Go to Cassadaga
50. Go back to Sedona

Planned for Feb 2011

51. Watch a sunrise on the beach with the boys 10/16/09
52. Find a local laser tag place and take the boys
53. Take DS1 to Washington DC
54. Log visits to 10 earthcaches w/boys (1/10)

Logging the earthcaches visits here

55. Make and activate 5 currency series geocaches
56. Visit a cave with the boys Jewel Cave Nat’l Monument, toured 7/17/10
57. Go snorkeling with the boys (like, somewhere with great snorkeling, obviously.  Not just off Jupiter Beach)
58. Go with the boys to somewhere with snow in winter
59. Take a cruise w/DH

Health / Fitness (5)
60. Bike (or roller-blade) 1000 miles you would otherwise drive (200/1000)
61. Lose that last 7 lbs (5/7)

I think I need to set something to define when this is done.  I have lost 3 – 5 of these pounds 4 or 5 times already.  I have lost them all once but they were back a week later.  So, I think I will need to be @ or under my goal weight here for 1 month or more to mark this complete.

62. Try those yoga DVD’s (at least once) (1/2)
63. Lower blood glucose # 9/24/10
64. Get a good bike – 11/30/09

Giving Back (9)
65. Donate blood 4 times (0/4)

I have tried this a couple times and end up with blood flow stopping, me nearly passing out from their efforts to salvage the donation. So, I’m going to try one more time after a couple weeks doing all the right stuff (drinking lots, cinnamon etc).  If it’s still a disaster, I’m gonna give up on this.

65. Make Heather’s chocolate cake for school staff for no reason Feb 08, 2010
66. Pay it forward by helping a mom with twin babies
67. Inspire someone else to do a 101 in 1001 My niece did one, posted 12/7/09
68. Donate 101 cans of food to a shelter 11/10/10
69. Volunteer 101 hours (66.5/101)
70. Donate $5 of fun money for every item not completed.
71. Do the Reef Sweep / Beach Cleanup day as a family
72. Update school Amazon site 10/29/09

Family and Friends (7)
73. Meet 10 of my “pretend friends” in person for the first time (3/10)

One of the highlights of The Great Road Trip of 2010.  Had planned to meet one more but it didn’t work out due to tight schedules.  The Hypothetical Great Road Trip of 2011, if it were to go as I am loosely planning at the moment, would complete this.

74. Visit Mary Kaye or get her a ticket here
75. Have a sleepover or girl’s day/night with CLC and JMS
76. Take a sushi-loving friend to lunch and let them attempt to convert me
77. Have a crawl with Kirbo + Capper and any other PNW-ers that can make it.
78. Send cards to 20 friends or family for no reason (5/20)
79. Play a complete game of Risk with DS1 12/17/10

The Endless Pursuit of Organization (15)
80. Split health and education files 01/06/10
81. Finish dumping all home video tapes to drive
82. Write a will
83. Get Canadian passports / IDs for me and the boys
84. Print photos of all DS’s creations and put in an album
85. Get pics in orange striped photo album
86. Organize recipes into binder
87. Get photo dump folder organized / purged
88. Get boys DVD’s organized into a binder and indexed 3/21/10
89. Get dumped video time-stamped and org’d by quarter
90. Get dumped video edited and burned onto DVDs
91. Purge and restock travel bins, 11/09/10
92. Purge and reorganize family room closet 01/09/10

Sadly, this could stand to be done again.  Probably won’t be anytime soon, though.

93. Make that “what you’re gonna need to know if I’m dead” spreadsheet for DH
94. Organize / purge laundry room 01/30/10

Financial (4)
95. unspecified / personal (0/6)
96. Pay off short-term debt (3/100%)
97. Start construction on a pool (this comes after #96 obviously)
98. Track budget / spending for 6 consecutive months

This was originally done as a 0/34 (i.e. to be completed, had to be done every month.  It wasn’t.  After the first year, I’m changing it. But for purposes of #70, it will be considered incomplete.

Work (3)
99. Log 5000 calls (475/5000)
100. Hit quarterly work hour targets on schedule spreadsheet (0/11)

My life being what it is, this turns out to be impractical / undoable in the manner I’d envisioned.  (yes, that’s a movie I’ve seen many times).

100. Set and track SMART goals for business for 4 consecutive quarters 

101. Develop 4 new (to me) companies as clients (1/4)

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100 Things that make me happy

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Making such a list is  one of the top 101 things on the Day Zero project site. I thought it was a great idea so I’d put it on my list for my next 101 but decided to just make it a post. I’ll be adding them as I think of them. Or maybe one-liner posts since going back to find the original post to edit is a big PITA to someone as lazy as myself.

The decision to do it now was inspired by the sight of a single gardenia bloom on the bush that is right outside my office.  That location being intentional since gardenias are way up there on the list of things that make me happy.  This particular one makes me especially happy because it’s kind of aberrant. The gardenia bloomed heavily this year but it’s been done for months already. And it was a rather short blooming period, comparatively. Maybe for the same reason it was particularly heavy.  That’s  just a guess, of course, since I’m not exactly in tune with the plant world (what with my black thumbs and all).

So… my list begins
1. Gardenias – in particular their scent. Only actual gardenia blossoms, though. I have never smelled anything ‘gardenia scented’ that came close. Almost universally, gardenia scented = nasty to my sensibilities.

Others just off the top of my head
2. sitting in my chair and watching my kids play at the beach

3. Driving the wide open road, music playing loudly on a good stereo (one of which my DH gave me for Xmas one year and installed in my van allowing me to play my ipod in my older model van.  Yes, the man does know a few things about what is on this list.)

4. Hazelnut coffee creamer in fresh (good, obviously) coffee

5. My latest coffee mug from Starbucks

6. Looking down and seeing perfectly painted toenails in a bright (but *non-pink or pink-ish*) color. I’m talking about mine, here. Other peoples are fine but I wouldn’t go so far as to say seeing them makes me happy. :D.  And if the view of my toes looks like this, even better.  See #2.

7. Roller-blading

8. Hiking

9. trip-planning – at least as much fun as the actual going.

10. Spreadsheeting my life – what can I say.  My inner geek loves a spreadsheet and my inner control freak likes to have things distilled into neat little columns and rows of black and white.  Well, actually, I like to add color to my spreadsheets.  The ability to do so also makes me happy.

11. Dove Dark Chocolate promises – the chocolate, always.  The inspirational and/or clever saying inside the wrapper, frequently.

12. A new pair of shoes – some more than others.  I’m still enjoying the afterglow of this purchase many months later.

They might be my favorite shoes ever.  I’m almost tempted to buy a second pair just in case because sooner or later, these will get wrecked.  And twice this week I saw these in the stores again.

… to be continued

New recipes

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As part of my day zero project / 101 things in 1001 days, I have “trying 25 new recipes”.  This post will get updated with the new recipes as I try them.  Probably in no particular order.

First, I’m catching up on the stack I’ve tried and intended to put here for the last 5 months.  My memory on some is gonna be sketchy but suffice to say if I don’t remember much about it, it couldn’t have been either terribly good or terribly bad.

1. Pastor Ryan’s Bronzed Sea Bass with Lemon Shallot Butter

I got this from one of my friends that live in my computer.  I know several are big fans of pioneer woman cooks (I think that is the blog this comes from).  I remember doing this – I think it was ok but I didn’t make a mental note to put it into the mental list of regular repertoire of meals (something I’m always looking to expand so anything that most of us like goes there).  I think my conclusion was that this was just ok and kind of a lot of messing around (for someone like me, who sets the cooking bar fairly low, that is).

2. Delightfully Delicious Hershey’s Kisses Peanut Butter Blossoms

This is a recipe from the back of a bag of Hershey’s Kisses, I believe.  I changed it up a bit (for Christmas baking) and used the peppermint stripe kisses and cream cheese instead of peanut butter.  Then I rolled them in colored sugar.  There’s a picture somewhere that I may or may not eventually get into this post.  They were good, looked very festive and I’ll probably do them again for the plates of goodies I do for the teachers and various other peeps at the kids’ school.

48 Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolates
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Granulated sugar

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Remove wrappers from chocolates.

Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl. Add 1/2 cup granulated and brown sugar, beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk, vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually beat into mixure.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Back 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press at Kisses Chocolate into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

3. Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Excellent!  I believe I made this to the recipe – perfect for a cold day of which we had many this year. (from allrecipes)

4. Potato Soup

Also, really good and going into the “cold weather cooking” section of that regular repertoire list in my head.  The boys weren’t too crazy about it but they’ll eat it and DH and I both thought it was really good.  I made this to the recipe (from recipezaar)

5. Sugar and Spice Candied Nuts

O.M.G.  These are to die for!  This was posted to a message board I’m on, I made them for Christmas and will be doing these up to include with the school staff goodies next year.  Also, my inlaws are all big nut people (yeah, that is totally intended) so these didn’t last to the end of the day @ Christmas.  And I made a double batch.  I used almonds, pecans and cashews (because I am a big hater of walnuts and yes, I do know how healthy they are.  I still don’t like them and I’ll just get my healthy somewhere else).  Next time I would leave out the cashews – too soft.  Maybe try hazelnuts or just leave it @ pecans and almonds. Oh, and I think I’d put a little more cayenne in there too.  Maybe a tsp instead of a “generous pinch”.  It didn’t come through really at all.

Sugar-and-Spice Candied Nuts
Adapted from Elizabeth Karmel of Hill Country

Karmel says: “A mason jar full of nuts and a pretty ceramic bowl is my favorite gift. If you bring these to a party, tell the host or hostess to hide them, or they will disappear.”

Deb says: These are so insanely easy to make — and from ingredients you probably already have on hand — they’re perfect to bring to any party. Like that one tonight.

1/3 cup dark-brown sugar
2/3 cup white granulated sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt (I might up this by a 1/2 tsp. next time for more of a sweet/salty balance)
Generous pinch of cayenne pepper (I swapped this with 1/4 teaspoon of hot smoked paprika)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pound walnut or pecan halves or whole peeled hazelnuts
1 egg white, room temperature
1 tablespoon water

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix sugars, salt, cayenne, and cinnamon, making sure there are no lumps; set aside. Beat egg white and water until frothy but not stiff. Add walnuts, and stir to coat evenly. Sprinkle nuts with sugar mixture, and toss until evenly coated. Spread sugared nuts in a single layer on a cookie sheet fitted with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven, and separate nuts as they cool. When completely cool, pour the nuts into a bowl, breaking up any that stick together.

6. Baba Ghanoush

First, I really ❤ baba ghanoush.  I’ve had this recipe and been meaning to try it since we had it at my SIL’s sometime around Christmas 1998 (to anyone who doubts my spectacular procrastination abilities, that should put it to rest).  I have to say that, in fact, my BIL did most of the work on this one as it was for appetizers on Christmas and I was delegating.  But I’m counting it anyway…

This was really really good.  However, he kind of  just mashed it all up.  I think next time I would food-pro it smooth.  Just a personal preference, I think.  It was still delicious lumpy.  Oh, and thank goodness for Facebook Mobile and friends that are more clueful than I when it comes to all things food / cooking related.  Otherwise, I might still be wandering about from store to store trying to find tahini and having no idea what to tell the staff that asked me what it was.

1 large eggplant
1/4 c tahini, plus more as needed
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 c fresh lemon juice, plus more, as needed
1 pinch ground cumin
salt, to taste
1 tbsp EVOO
1 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (??  I don’t know about this, I just bought regular parsley)
1/4 C kalamata olives

Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill (I think you could just use the broiler here… I can’t remember if we used the broiler or the gas grill). Preheat an oven to 375. Prick the eggplant with a fork in several places and place on the grill rack 4 to 5 inches from the fire. Grill, turning frequently, until the skin blackens and blisters and the flesh just begins to feel soft, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer the eggplant to a baking sheet and bake until very soft, 15 to 20 minutes

Remove from the oven, let cool slightly and peel off and discard the skin. Place the eggplant flesh in a bowl. Using a fork, mash the eggplant to a paste. Add the 1/4 C Tahini, the garlic, the 1/4 c lemon juice and the cumin and mix well.

Season with salt, then taste and add more tahini and/or lemon juice, if needed. Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl, drizzle the olive oil over the top and sprinkle with parsley. Place olives around the sides. Serve @ room temperature.

7. Slow Cooker Pork Roast

From my message board friend Jenny.  This, I think, would’ve been really, really good.  Except the pork was really dry.  A problem I very frequently have with my slow cooker food so if anyone knows the solution, please shout it out!

Ingredients
1 large onion, sliced
3 pounds boneless pork loin roast (trimmed of fat)
2 cups hot water
½ cup white sugar
6 tbsp. red wine vinegar
4 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. ketchup
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. garlic powder

Arrange onion slices evenly over the bottom of the slow cooker, and then place the roast on top of the onion. In a bowl, mix together all remaining ingredients and pour over roast.
Cover and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours or on High for 3 to 4 hours, or until tender.
When meal is cooked, remove roast to a platter. Strain the drippings into a saucepan, removing the onions and placing them on the platter around the roast. Cover the platter and keep it warm in the oven.
Dissolve 2 tbsp. cornstarch in ½ cup cold water, and stir into the drippings. Cook on medium high, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil, and then let mixture boil for at least a minute. Continue to reduce until mixture is at the right consistency to your liking.

8. Salsa Shrimp Dip

This was another dip / appetizer we had @ Christmas.  Also, mostly made by my BIL.  Also, good – will make again but between this, the baba ghanoush and the Cucumber and Herb Dip (next) this was my least fav.  This recipe and the next were from a BJ’s Wholesale magazine.

Salsa Shrimp Dip
4 oz cream cheeses (recipe called for Neufchatel)
16 oz jar chunky salsa
6 oz can  tiny shrimp, drained
1/2 C chopped celery
1/4 C sliced green onion

Beat cheese in a small bowl until smooth.  Gradually beat in salsa until well blended.  Stir in shrimp, celery and green onion until well blended.  Cover and refrigerate at least one hour.  Serve w/crackers.  Can garnish with chopped cilantro.

9. Cucumber and Herb Dip

Really, really good!  Will make again.  Quick and easy to make ahead

Cucumber and Herb Dip
8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
1 C finely shredded cucumber, well drained
1/2 C shredded swiss cheese
1/2 tsp dill weed
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp minced, fresh garlic

Mix all ingredients until well blended.  Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.  Serve with crackers.

10. Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Another recipe from a friend living in my computer (yes, that is where 90+% of my ideas come from).   I won’t make these again – they are a ton of messing around and, while they look really great, they aren’t really all that good.  They are just OK so totally not worth the effort.  Unless you’re making cookies for purposes of photographing them.

11. Cranberry Bliss Bars

This is supposed to be the recipe for the bars you get @ Starbucks around the holidays.  These are really good but they didn’t actually turn out that similar to the ones @ Starbucks.  The cake was too cake-like, not heavy and bar-like like the Starbucks ones.  Also, the frosting and the drizzled icing is a completely different consistency than the SB ones.  Still good, though.  I might tweak it next Christmas to see if I can get it closer to the SB version.

12. Light and Crispy Asparagus Quiche

I had high hopes for this as several ‘puter-dwelling friends raved about it and said their very picky kids loved it.  Mine tried it and made a valiant attempt to not make faces while eating it.  But it was not a hit.  And neither DH nor I were too crazy about it either.  But my kids will eat asparagus just lightly steamed, which is a way less work for me anyway…  so, needless to say, this one does not make it to the regular repertoire.

13. Walnut Pesto Breadsticks

I made these for Thanksgiving to take to the inlaws and again at Christmas as they were a hit.  Nice, light flavorful appetizer.  Bit tricky working with the breadsticks to baked them twisted without mutilating them.  Also, they burned easily.  But this is a recipe I will make many more times.  I used Parmigiano Reggiano instead of Parm.

14. Cappers Salad

My friend Capper / Jackie’s salad and dressing. I don’t know if she just made it up or what but I made this over the holidays and everyone *loved* both the salad and the dressing.  It goes onto the list.

Salad

mixed greens (she’s a purist, I buy the bagged Spring Mix salad), cucumber, thinly sliced red onion, garbanzo beans, avocado and roasted walnuts (I used pecans)

Best salad dressing EVER:

1/3 cup veggie oil
1/3 cup rice vinegar
3 T soy sauce
1/4 white onion
1 carrot

Put everything in a blender and puree.

15. Tom’s Trinidadian Curry Chicken

Again, from the Pioneer Woman cooks via one of my many friends who are fans and pass along the good stuff.  Everyone liked this, I will likely make it again although I will say it was more work than the regular Curry Chicken we make (my husband, the Jamaican’s, version).  This nice thing about it was that the messing around came before, then you marinate it so it’s a good make ahead kind of thing.  Different and more varied flavor.  Will make again but probably not often since it requires a little planning ahead – something I don’t do much of when it comes to cooking.

16. Boilermaker Tailgate Chili

Really great chili recipe.  This goes on the list!  I don’t think I used nearly so much chili powder – maybe half of that but that’s just personal preference (and a pretty good idea that my kids wouldn’t care for that strong a chili flavor.  I also don’t think I could find the beans in spicy sauce or else I was trying to keep it not too spicy.  I used all regular ones.  I also omitted the green chilies to keep it from being too spicy.  Next time I might make two versions.

17. Perfect Potato Salad (from Audrey)
3 Medium Potatoes
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp vinegar
1/2 C sliced celery
1/3 C finely chopped onion
1/4 C chopped dill pickle relish
1 tsp salt
1 tsp celery seed
3/4 C mayo
2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced

In covered pan, cook whole potatoes in enough boiling salted water to cover till tender. Drain well. Peel warm potatoes. Slice potatoes into mixing bowl. Sprinkle potatoes with sugar and vinegar. Add celery, onion, relish, salt and celery seed to potatoes. Stir to combine. Add mayo & eggs. Mix well. Cover and chill thoroughly. Makes 4 servings.

This? Is awesome. It actually is the perfect potato salad. Unfortunately, the first time I made it I was taking it to the inlaws and was doubling or tripling it – I don’t remember. Somewhere along the way, the math played tricks on my brain and I put in waaay too much celery salt. I don’t recommend this. As written, it is perfect. But a little celery salt goes a long way.
18. Pizza Pasta

19. Panera Bread’s French Toast recipe

20. Sara’s Broccoli salad

21. Uncle Bill’s Green Split Pea with Hambone Soup

I was in Target one day and they had a sample lady with a spiral cut ham that was on sale. The boys all tried it and assured me they loved it and would still love it even after I bought it. So I did and they did, remarkably. Usually, it’s something Costco size and they eat it one time after we bring it home and then decide it’s not edible, after all. Which leaves me with a Costco size container / package / of something no one will eat. But, I digress.

After a lot of turkey and ham sandwiches there was just the bone with chunks of ham that were good but not good for slicing.  So, I decided to google to see WTH I was supposed to do with this thing now.  (I was all good with the thing being already sliced.  Too bad that stopped halfway through!)  So, I found this recipe with lots of reviews / stars and, most importantly, didn’t require me to buy any funky ingredients that I couldn’t find @ Target which is where I happened to be when the idea struck me.  In fact, I only had to buy 2 things for it.  I still managed to forget one of them.  This is why I live and die by lists.

Anyway. I made it today.  I substituted the boullion and 6 cups of water for chicken broth since I hate messing with boullion and I always have chicken broth anyway.  I also added one potato when I thought it was too thin.  Turns out, I didn’t need to.  I had cut chunks off the hambone previously.  I kept those out initially.  After the 1.5 hr cooking with the bone in, I took out the bone and pureed the whole thing.  This was primarily so that there were no identifiable veggies in there.  I thought the odds of the boys liking it were much, much higher that way.  It’s just going to be referred to as ham soup in this house since they like ham. When I put it back in the pot to reheat, I added the chopped up ham that I’d taken off the bone but hadn’t had in the pot with the bone all along.  Oh, and I used fresh tyme and way more of it than this recipe called for.  Also, 2 bay leaves, quite a bit more pepper and salt, as well.  3 stalks of celery and about 10 largish baby carrots.

I made some garlic bread to go with it.  I had some of the soup and thought it was really good.  It was cold so soup was great.  Of course, the real test will be when I try to get the boys to eat it.

22. Holiday Morning French Toast

23. Christmas Morning Casserole

24. Rosemary and Garlic Roast Leg of Lamb

25. Nanaimo Bars

26. Cherry Cordial Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

About #75 of the 101

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Make an apron. Yes, this is on my list… I can think of a few friends who would laugh their asses off if they read this. But no, I’m not kidding.

Sometimes I have to, you know, cook food. And I’m, uhm… not especially proficient, let’s say, in the kitchen so I ruin my clothes in there a lot. My friend Tricia that lives in my computer (and in CO) makes really cute aprons so I’m going to try one. Plus, it’s an excuse to buy fabric. Which is always good. Yes, there will be pics when this is done. Only of the apron, probably not me wearing it. That would be taking things a bit far, I think.

101 things – 2nd quarterly (or thereabouts) update

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Original list here

Items Done: 22/101

Items Started but not completed: 17

My inner geek has calculated the following: 17% of the 1001 days has elapsed.  To be on track for completion, I should have completed 17% or 17 of the tasks.  So I’m 30% ahead.  Of course, I used to be 40% ahead.  But I did all the quick / easy stuff first.  Most things left (and not started) are much more time consuming (or expensive / involving travel) or I just dread doing them (hello laundry room.  You need paint but you have so many, many shelves attached to the walls in a small space.) .

My 101

Just For Me (10)
1. Re-pierce my ears 10/11 and buy some earrings I really ❤ 11/6/09
2. Get that next tattoo

Design for this in previous quarterly update.  Trying for Sedona in September.  Would like to get it done then / there.

3. Put readings, powerpoint etc. from Dad’s memorial on blog 02/21/10
4. Totally blow off work one day and go to the beach. Alone. Feel no guilt

Well, we got our beach weather now.  I’m getting very close to this.  Probably going to close one more deal first to help with the “feel no guilt” part.  The birthday thing (previous quarterly update) didn’t work out … I forget why. Oh right.  I was sick on my birthday.  Spent the day in bed watching Netflix on demand.  I had the “feel no guilt” part right, though.

5. Do a past life regression

Sedona, September.  If I can swing the trip then.

6. Get makeup professionally done 10/31/09
7. Go Bejeweled Blitz-free for 30 days 11/06/09

I think maybe it’d be good for me to do this one again.  That game is very crack-like.

8. Go unplugged 1 day / month (6/34)
9. Get that hot stone massage 3 times (0/3)
10. Sign up for and take a class offered at SRHS

Home Dec (12)
11. Paint laundry room
12. Window treatment in front room
13. Shower curtain in boys bath
14. Window treatments in my bath
15. Get boys @ beach painting done
16. Finish painting boys room
17. Get curtains and make valances for bedroom
18. Repaint the blue in bedroom 4/04/2010
19. Get new coffee tables in FR
20. Get new bedroom furniture
21. Paint master hall closet doors 3/28/2010
22. Stencil border in master bedroom

I started this.  It’s a 3 layer stencil in an 18″ pattern. It took me ~45 minutes to do 4 lengths of one layer.  There is probably ~ 60 ft of wall in that bedroom.  It’s a bit of a shame that I don’t tend to consider the practicality of implementation when I get set on an idea.  This *will* take forever.  But it’ll look awesome if it ever gets done.  There will be pics here one of these days.  Once I get any part of it done with all 3 layers.

Hobbies / Leisure (16)
23. Make the boys pillows 01/03/10
24. Write a new poem 02/09/2010
25. Redo music swap CD and mail out 01/23/10
26. Rip the rest of my CD’s
27. Do Postcard Crossing with the boys, 45 postcards (0/45)
28. Create custom google travel map

This is something that will continually be updated.  I’m putting on routes, attractions, museums etc. that I / we’ve been to and/or want to go to.  There are different colors for things I’ve been to (w/o the boys), been to with the boys and want to go to.  It’s a bit time consuming as first I had to google for code that more or less accomplished what I wanted and then tweak it to do exactly what I wanted.  Made more time consuming given that I don’t know the first thing about programming in java (well, I do know a couple things now from doings this).  Once I get the routes / places we’ve been all added along with what is already on my mental travel bucket list, I will mark this done even though my mental travel bucket list is forever getting longer.

29. Crochet or knit an afghan

I did pick out the pattern and I know, generally, what color.  That’s it, though.  I hardly think even I – the queen of rationalization – can consider that “started”.  Seems I’d need to have at least bought some yarn and own needles (or hooks. I can’t remember if it’s a crochet or knitting pattern.)  I think we need at least a few stitches done.  And let’s consider that I haven’t put yarn on a hook / needle for at least 30 years.  (Dang, that makes me feel old to type that!)

30. Sew a dress
31. Read 20 fiction books (10/20)
32. Make a Best of Julia dvd
33. Sing at a karaoke bar
34. Make an apron
35. Try 25 new recipes (5/25)

I need a separate post for the recipes – haven’t started that yet.  I can think of at least 5 I’ve done but have to go through them because I think I’m forgetting a few.

36. Watch 20 movies I’ve never heard of that are recommended by friends (3/20)
37. Grow some herbs
38. Make at least one thing with all those beads

Travel, Adventure and Outings (21)
39. Hike Zion Narrows

Trying to tack this onto the end of a conference in early June.  Hoping my niece can come with (since I’m not crazy enough to do it by myself).  Might ask a friend whose daughter lives out there, also, if he wants to come.  Am trying to pretend the idea of camping under the stars in mountain lion country doesn’t scare the heck outta me

40. Try kite surfing
41. Go to Kennedy Space Center
42. See a shuttle launch 11/16/09
43. Camping @ Bahia Honda SP

Don’t think I’ll pull this off now before it’s cool again.  NFW am I camping in FL heat.

44. Biking and geocaching in Jonathon Dickinson SP 02/15/10
45. Sleep under the stars. Preferably in the desert

This will presumably happen along with hiking Zion Narrows as we’re planning to do the hike as an overnight backpack trip.

46. Go skinny dipping in water that is not glacier fed (ahem, girls)

This could be marked off w/the Zion Narrows trip also.  Particularly since said niece is the inspiration for this item

47. Take the boys to an outdoor music festival
48. Go kayaking
49. Go to Cassadaga
50. Go back to Sedona

As above – hoping for September

51. Watch a sunrise on the beach with the boys 10/16/09
52. Find a local laser tag place and take the boys
53. Take DS1 to Washington DC
54. Log visits to 10 earthcaches w/boys (1/10)
55. Make and activate 5 currency series geocaches
56. Visit a cave with the boys

This will be part of the summer road trip to Canada if it happens

57. Go snorkeling with the boys (like, somewhere with great snorkeling, obviously.  Not just off Jupiter Beach)
58. Go with the boys to somewhere with snow in winter
59. Take a cruise w/DH

Health / Fitness (5)
60. Bike (or roller-blade) 1000 miles you would otherwise drive (128/1000)
61. Lose that last 7 lbs (1/7)
62. Try those yoga DVD’s (at least once) (1/2 <-I think)
63. Lower blood glucose #
64. Get a good bike – 11/30/09

Giving Back (9)
65. Donate blood 4 times (0/4)
65. Make Heather’s chocolate cake for school staff for no reason Feb 08, 2010
66. Pay it forward by helping a mom with twin babies
67. Inspire someone else to do a 101 in 1001 My niece did one, posted 12/7/09
68. Donate 101 cans of food to a shelter 11/12/09
69. Volunteer 101 hours (33.5/101)
70. Donate $5 of fun money for every item not completed.
71. Do the Reef Sweep / Beach Cleanup day as a family
72. Update school Amazon site 10/29/09

Family and Friends (7)
73. Meet 10 of my “pretend friends” in person for the first time (1/10)

Met my twin board friend “asilam” (and her adorable boys) in Daytona

74. Visit Mary Kaye or get her a ticket here

Again, if there’s a road trip, it will include an MK visit

75. Have a sleepover with MAM, CLC and JMS
76. Take a sushi-loving friend to lunch and let them attempt to convert me
77. Have a crawl with Kirbo + Capper and any other PNW-ers that can make it.
78. Send cards to 20 friends or family for no reason (2/20)
79. Play a complete game of Risk with DS1

This is turning into the longest game of Risk EVAH!

The Endless Pursuit of Organization (15)
80. Split health and education files 01/06/10
81. Finish dumping all home video tapes to drive

Need to make a trip to Radio Shack or somewhere for the right cable since I no longer use the ‘puter with the firewire card in it.  Then I will probably have to re-purchase my video editing software since I don’t think I kept the download file and it’s probably outdated by now.

82. Write a will
83. Get Canadian passports / IDs for me and the boys
84. Print photos of all DS’s creations and put in an album
85. Get pics in orange striped photo album
86. Organize recipes into binder
87. Get photo dump folder organized / purged
88. Get boys DVD’s organized into a binder and indexed 3/21/10
89. Get dumped video time-stamped and org’d by quarter
90. Get dumped video edited and burned onto DVDs
91. Purge and restock travel bins, 11/09/10
92. Purge and reorganize family room closet 01/09/10
93. Make that “what you’re gonna need to know if I’m dead” spreadsheet for DH
94. Organize / purge laundry room 01/30/10

Financial (4)
95. unspecified / personal (0/6)
96. Pay off short-term debt (3/100%)
97. Start construction on a pool (this comes after #55 obviously)
98. Track budget / spending every month (0/34)
Work (3)
99. Log 5000 calls (172/5000)

This appears to be having the desired effect as I’m much better at making a habit of logging my communications.  Not yet where I should be, though, in terms of habit.

100. Hit quarterly work hour targets on schedule spreadsheet (0/11)
101. Develop 4 new (to me) companies as clients (1/4)

Just closed a deal today with a new company.  Now, it’s not exactly a new client in that my contact there is an old client who came from another company.  However, since the task is to make 4 new companies clients (and the old one he left continues to be) I’m counting it.  Have active searches with 2 more new companies but I’m only counting ones that I am successful in making placements with.  Not really a client until they pay you.

Travel Bucket List

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This will be a work in progress. I was updating my 101 list and thinking about stuff that I’ll have to put on the next one, etc. It occurred to me that my 101 lists could easily be all in the vein of “places to go”. Of course, life gets in the way of getting 101 of those things marked of in 1001 days.

So, I’m just going to keep all those things here. Without question, this list will outlive me. Just as well, though, as I’d hate to carry on living when I could think of no more things I want to do. At some point I might categorize this but for now I’m just going to add them as I think of them.

Petra
Florida State Caverns
US National Parks
Canada National Parks
Hike Kilimanjaro (this is actually my friend Sara’s plan. She’s got it worked out that we’re doing this in 2021, I believe. She’s a planner.)
Hike Na Pali Coast on Kauai

List of US National Parks (copied from wikipedia)


Acadia Maine
SealHarborANP.jpg Covering most of Mount Desert Island and other coastal islands, Acadia preserves the tallest mountain on the Atlantic coast, granite peaks, ocean shoreline, woodlands, and lakes. There are freshwater, estuary, forest, and intertidal habitats.

National Park of American Samoa American Samoa
Ofu Beach NPS.jpg The southernmost national park is on three Samoan islands and protects coral reefs, rainforests, volcanic mountains, and white beaches. The area is also home to Samoan peoples, flying fox, brown boobies, sea turtles, and 900 species of fish.

Arches Utah
Delicate arch sunset.jpg This site features more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the Delicate Arch. In a desert climate millions of years of erosion have led to these structures, while the ground has life-sustaining soil crust and potholes. Other geologic formations are stone columns, spires, fins, and towers.

Badlands South Dakota
2003-10-15 1600x900 south dakota badlands.jpg The Badlands are a collection of pinnacles, spires, and grass prairies. It has the world’s richest fossil beds from the Oligocene epoch and wildlife including bison, bighorn sheep, black-footed ferrets, and swift fox

Big Bend Texas
Named for the Bend of the Rio Grande along the US-Mexico border, this park has part of the Chihuahuan Desert, ancient fossils, and cultural artifacts of Native Americans

Biscayne Florida
Located in Biscayne Bay, this park at the north end of the Florida Keys has four interrelated marine ecosystems: mangrove forest, the Bay, the Keys, and coral reefs. Threatened animals include the West Indian Manatee, American crocodile, sea turtles, and peregrine falcon

Black Canyon of the Gunnison Colorado
The park protects a quarter of the Gunnison River, which has dark canyon walls from the Precambrian era. The canyon has very steep descents, and it is a site for river rafting and rock climbing. The narrow, steep canyon, made of gneiss and schist, is often in shadow, appearing black.

Bryce Canyon Utah
Bryce Canyon is a giant natural amphitheatre along the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The unique area has hundreds of tall hoodoos formed by erosion. The region was originally settled by Native Americans and later by Mormon pioneers.

Canyonlands Utah
This landscape was eroded into canyons, buttes, and mesas by the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries. The park is divided into four districts by the rivers. There are rock pinnacles and other naturally sculpted rock, as well as artifacts from Ancient Pueblo Peoples.

Capitol Reef Utah
The park’s Waterpocket Fold is a 100-mile monocline protruding from the earth that shows its geologic layers. Other natural features are monoliths and sandstone domes and cliffs shaped like the United States Capitol

Carlsbad Caverns New Mexico
Carlsbad Caverns has 116 caves, the deepest of which is 489 m. The Big Room is almost 4000 feet long, and the caves are home to over 400,000 Mexican Free-tailed Bats and sixteen other species. Above ground are the Chihuahuan Desert and Rattlesnake Springs.

Channel Islands California
Five of the eight Channel Islands are protected, and half of the park’s area is underwater. They are home to over 2,000 species of land plants and animals, and 145 are unique to the islands. The islands were originally settled by the Chumash people, and there is a unique Mediterranean ecosystem.

Congaree South Carolina
On the Congaree River, this park is the largest portion of floodplain forest left in North America. Some of the trees are the tallest in the Eastern US, and the Boardwalk Loop is an elevated walkway through the swamp.

Crater Lake Oregon
Crater Lake lies in the caldera of Mount Mazama formed 7,700 years ago after an eruption. It is the deepest lake in the United States and is known for its blue color and water clarity. There are two islands in the lake, and, with no inlets or outlets, all water comes through precipitation.

Cuyahoga Valley Ohio
This park along the Cuyahoga River has waterfalls, hills, trails, and displays about early rural living. The Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail follows the Ohio and Erie Canal, where mules towed canal boats. The park has numerous historic homes, bridges, and structures.

Death Valley Nevada
Death Valley is the hottest, lowest, and driest place in the United States. There are canyons, colorful badlands, sand dunes, mountains, and over 1000 species of plants in this graben on a fault line. Further geologic points of interest are salt flats, springs, and buttes.

Denali Alaska
Centered around the Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America, Denali is serviced by a single road leading to Wonder Lake. McKinley and other peaks of the Alaska Range are covered with long glaciers and boreal forest. Wildlife includes grizzly bears, Dall sheep, caribou, and gray wolf.

Dry Tortugas Florida
The Dry Tortugas on the west end of the Florida Keys are the site of Fort Jefferson, the largest masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere. With most of the park being water, it is the home of coral reefs and shipwrecks and is only accessible by plane or boat.

Everglades Florida
The Everglades are the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. This mangrove ecosystem and marine estuary is home to 36 protected species, including the Florida panther American crocodile, and West Indian manatee. Some areas have been drained and developed; restoration projects aim to restore the ecology.

Gates of the Arctic Alaska
This northernmost park protects part of the Brooks Range and has no park developmenmt. The land is home to Alaska natives, who have relied on the land and caribou for 11,000 years.

Glacier Montana
Part of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, this park has over 50 remaining glaciers and 130 named lakes under the tall Rocky Mountain peaks. There are historic hotels and a landmark road in this region of rapidly receding glaciers. These mountains, formed by an overthrust, have the world’s best sedimentary fossils from the Proterozoic era.

Glacier Bay Alaska
Glacier Bay has numerous tidewater glaciers, mountains, and fjords. The temperate rainforest and the bay are home to grizzly bears, mountain goats, whales, seals, and eagles. When discovered in 1794 by George Vancouver, the entire bay was covered by ice, but the glaciers have receded over 65 miles.

Grand Canyon Arizona
The Grand Canyon, carved out by the Colorado River, is 277 miles long, a mile deep, and up to 15 miles wide. Millions of years of exposure has formed colorful layers of the Colorado Plateau in mesas and canyon walls. Ecosystems vary on the north and south rims and elevation within the Sonoran Desert.

Grand Teton Wyoming
Grand Teton is the tallest mountain in the Teton Range. The park’s Jackson Hole valley and reflective piedmont lakes contrast with the tall mountains, which abruptly rise from the glacial sage-covered valley.

Great Basin Nevada
Based around Wheeler Peak, the Great Basin has 5,000-year-old bristlecone pines, glacial moraines, and the limestone Lehman Caves. It has some of the country’s darkest skies and animal species including Townsend’s big-eared bat, Pronghorn, and Bonneville cutthroat trout.

Great Sand Dunes Colorado
The tallest dunes in North America are up to 750 feet tall and neighbor grasslands, shrublands and wetlands. They were formed by sand deposits of the Rio Grande on the San Luis Valley, and the park also has alpine lakes, six 13,000-foot mountains, and ancient forests.

Great Smoky Mountains North Carolina, Tennessee
The Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountains, have a wide range of elevations, making them home to over 400 vertebrate species, 100 tree species, and 5000 plant species. Hiking is the park’s main attraction, with over 800 miles of trails, including 70 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Other activities are fishing, horseback riding, and visiting some of nearly 80 historic structures.

Guadalupe Mountains Texas
This park has Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas, the scenic McKittrick Canyon full of Bigtooth Maples, part of the Chihuahuan Desert, and a fossilized reef from the Permian

Haleakala Hawaii
The volcano on Maui has a very large crater with many cinder cones, Hosmer’s Grove of alien trees, and native Hawaiian Geese. The Kipahulu section has numerous pools with freshwater fish. This National Park has the greatest number of endangered species.

Hawaii Volcanoes Hawaii
This park on the Big Island protects the Kīlauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes, two of the world’s most active. Diverse ecosystems of the park range from those at sea level to 13,000 feet.

Hot Springs Arkansas
The only National Park in an urban area, this smallest National Park is based around the natural hot springs that have been managed for public use. Bathhouse Row preserves 47 of these with many beneficial minerals.

Isle Royale Michigan
The largest island in Lake Superior and one of two parks not accessible by road, this least-visited park is a site of isolation and wilderness. It has many shipwrecks, waterways, and hiking trails. The park also includes over 400 smaller islands and the waters up to 4.5 miles from the island. There are only 20 mammal species and it is known for its wolf and moose relationship

Joshua Tree California
Covering parts of the Colorado and Mojave Deserts and the Little San Bernardino Mountains, this is the home of the Joshua tree. Across great elevation changes are sand dunes, dry lakes, rugged mountains, and granite monoliths.

Katmai Alaska
This park on the Alaska Peninsula protects the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, an ash flow formed by the 1912 eruption of Novarupta, as well as Mount Katmai. Over 2,000 brown bears come here to catch spawning salmon.

Kenai Fjords Alaska
Near Seward on the Kenai Peninsula, this park protects the Harding Icefield and at least 38 glaciers and fjords stemming from it. The only area accessible by road is Exit Glacier, while the rest is viewed by boat tours.

Kings Canyon California
Home to several Giant sequoia groves and the General Grant Tree, the world’s second largest, this park also has part of the Kings River, site of the granite Kings Canyon, and San Joaquin River, as well as the Boyden Cave.

Kobuk Valley Alaska
Kobuk Valley has 61 miles of the Kobuk River and three regions of sand dunes. Created by glaciers, the Great Kobuk, the Little Kobuk, and the Hunt River Sand Dunes can reach 100 feet high and 100°F, and they are the largest dunes in the arctic. Twice a year, half a million caribou migrate through the dunes and across river bluffs that contain ice age fossils. This is the least-visited National Park.

Lake Clark Alaska
The region around Lake Clark has four active volcanoes, including Mount Redoubt, rivers, glaciers, and waterfalls. There are temperate rainforests, a tundra plateau, and three mountain ranges.

Lassen Volcanic California
Lassen Peak, the largest plug dome volcano in the world, is joined by all three other types of volcanoes in this park: shield, cinder dome, and composite. Other than the volcano, which last erupted in 1915, the park has hydrothermal areas, including fumaroles, boiling pools, and steaming ground, heated by molten rock under the peak.

Mammoth Cave Kentucky
With 365 miles of passageways mapped, Mammoth Cave is by far the longest cave system in the world. Cave animals include five bat species, the Kentucky cave shrimp, cave fish, and cave salamanders. Above ground there are rivers, hiking trails, sinkholes, and springs.

Mesa Verde Colorado
This area has over 4,000 archaeological sites of the Ancestral Pueblo, who lived here for 700 years. Cliff dwellings built in the 12th and 13th centuries include Cliff Palace, which has 150 rooms and 23, and the Balcony House, with passages and tunnels.

Mount Rainier Washington
Mount Rainier, an active volcano, is the most prominent peak in the Cascades, and it is covered by 26 named glaciers including Carbon Glacier and Emmons Glacier, the largest in the continental United States. The mountain is popular for climbing, and more than half of the park is covered by subalpine and alpine forests. Paradise on the south slope is one of the snowiest places in the world, and the Longmire visitor center is the start of the Wonderland Trail, which encircles the mountain.

North Cascades Washington
This complex includes the two units of the National Park and the Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. There are numerous glaciers, and popular hiking and climbing areas are Cascade Pass, Mount Shuksan, Mount Triumph, and Eldorado Peak.

Olympic Washington
Situated on the Olympic Peninsula, this park ranges from Pacific shoreline with tide pools to temperate rainforests to Mount Olympus. The glaciated Olympic Mountains overlook the Hoh Rain Forest and Quinault Rain Forest, the wettest area of the continental United States.

Petrified Forest Arizona
This portion of the Chinle Formation has a great concentration of 225-million-year-old petrified wood. The surrounding region, the Painted Desert, has eroded red-hued volcanic rock called bentonite. There are also dinosaur fossils and over 350 Native American sites.

Redwood California
This park and the co-managed state parks protect almost half of all remaining Coastal Redwoods, the tallest trees on Earth. There are three large river systems in this very seismically active area, and the 37 miles of protected coastline have tide pools and seastacks. The prairie, estuary, coast, river, and forest ecosystems have varied animal and plant species.

Rocky Mountain Colorado
This section of the Rocky Mountains has ecosystems varying in elevation from the over 150 riparian lakes to Montane and subalpine forests to the alpine tundra. Large wildlife including mule deer, bighorn sheep, black bears, and cougars inhabit these igneous mountains and glacier valleys. The fourteener Longs Peak and Bear Lake are popular destinations.

Saguaro Arizona
Split into the separate Rincon Mountain and Tucson Mountain Districts, the dry Sonoran Desert is still home to much life in six biotic communities. Beyond the namesake Giant Saguaro cacti, there are barrel cactus, cholla cactus, and prickly pears, as well as the Lesser Long-nosed Bat, Spotted Owl, and javelinas.

Sequoia California
This park protects the Giant Forest, which has the world’s largest tree, General Sherman, as well as four of the next nine. It also has over 240 caves, the tallest mountain in the lower 48, Mount Whitney, and the granite dome Moro Rock.

Shenandoah Virginia
Shenandoah’s Blue Ridge Mountains are covered by hardwood forests that are home to tens of thousands of animals. The Skyline Drive and Appalachian Trail run the entire length of this narrow park that has more than 500 miles of hiking trails along scenic overlooks and waterfalls of the Shenandoah River.

Theodore Roosevelt North Dakota
This region that enticed and influenced President Theodore Roosevelt is now a park of three units in the badlands. Besides Roosevelt’s historic cabin, there are scenic drives and backcountry hiking opportunities. Wildlife include American Bison, pronghorn, Bighorn sheep, and wild horses.

Virgin Islands United States Virgin Islands
The island of Saint John has rich human and natural history. There are archaeological sites and ruins of sugar plantations from Columbus’s time. Past the pristine beaches are mangroves, seagrass beds, coral reefs and algal plains.

Voyageurs Minnesota
This park on four main lakes, a site for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing, has a history of Ojibwe Native Americans, French fur traders called voyageurs, and a gold rush. Formed by glaciers, there are tall bluffs, rock gardens, islands and bays, and historic buildings.

Wind Cave South Dakota
Wind Cave is distinctive for its calcite fin formations called boxwork and needle-like growths called frostwork. The cave, which was discovered by the sound of wind coming from a hole in the ground, is the world’s densest cave system. Above ground is a mixed-grass prairie with animals such as bison, black-footed ferrets, and prairie dogs.

Wrangell – St. Elias Alaska
This mountainous land has the convergence of the Alaska, Chugach, and Wrangell-Saint Elias Ranges, which have many of the continent’s tallest mountains over 16,000 feet, including Mount Saint Elias. More than 25% of this park of volcanic peaks is covered with glaciers, including the tidewater Hubbard Glacier, piedmont Malaspina Glacier, and valley Nabesna Glacier.

Yellowstone Wyoming, Montana, Idaho
Situated on the Yellowstone Caldera, the first national park in the world has vast geothermal areas such as hot springs and geysers, the best-known being Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic Spring. The yellow-hued Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River has numerous waterfalls, and four mountain ranges run through the park. There are almost 60 mammal species, including the gray wolf, grizzly bear, lynx, bison, and elk.

Yosemite California
Yosemite has towering cliffs, waterfalls, and sequoias in a diverse area of geology and hydrology. Half Dome and El Capitan rise from the central glacier-formed Yosemite Valley, as does Yosemite Falls, North America’s tallest waterfall. Three Giant Sequoia groves and vast wilderness are home to diverse wildlife.

Zion Utah
This geologically unique area has colorful sandstone canyons, high plateaus, and rock towers. Natural arches and exposed formations of the Colorado Plateau make up a large wilderness of four ecosystems.

My next 101

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this is a holding area post. I’m still working away on my 101 things in 1001 days and now and then I think of something to put on the next list. I need somewhere to write these down because making the first 101 list was hard and took forever. I expect the next one will be much harder (assuming I mark everything off of this one).

Of course, now that I’m thinking of starting this post for somewhere to put them, I can’t remember any of them. I might have to do some calculations on what ages my kids will be by the end of the next 1001 days to see if that visit to Petra that I’m now inspired to put on my To Do list is even feasible.

Update 3/28/12
Organization
Raise closet shelves – turns out the builder install these in such a way that this would be far, far more involved that it would be worth. So, the closet shelves will be staying just where they are.

Organize and purge bin with my greeting card stash

Home Dec
Paint inside of master bedroom door
Paint inside of french pocket doors
Paint WC in master bath

Household
Get a composter and start using it

Friends and Family
Mail birthday cards to everyone in the family for one year (0/41)
I totally stole this off my niece’s list

Do scrapbook pages for Mom

Just for Me
Mine the ng archives for posts to keep and copy them to blog
Write a letter to myself to open in ten years

travel and adventure
Take the boys to an airshow

Climb a rock-climbing wall (stolen from SG)