February 2008

ย Light at the end of the Tunnel

Writing is a muscle that when not used atrophies. And as a creature of habit, I am still working on trying to settle in and settle up my life, including trying to incorporate writing/blogging/finding my voice again back into it. So for the mean time you get my random drivel… and know that the blog redesign it be a coming to a theater near you! Soon ๐Ÿ™‚

I have to laugh my arse offย  at my day today… and while it isn’t exactly a NO TINK ONLY YOU story, it made me giggle so I figured I’d pass it on to all two people who stumble across this page.

I have been a special bit of a cheeky thing one might say this week… not that this is to be surprising. For all who think I have even an ounce of Pollyanna in me they are quickly and sharply reminded that I am much more like Mrs. Parker (Dorothy Parker that is) than anyone else. And I have no inhibitions about showing my cheek either.

This morning in my commute through the snow (wheee there is white stuff and it has stuck!) I had my head down to the stone and all. Trudging along grudgingly, I am most certainly not a morning person, I was walking along trying to avoid the sludge… and ALMOST at my office. So as I am crossing the last street, on a green walk light no less- said the jaybird… this diplomatic plated car aims to play bumper cars with my lower half. In my refreshing and ever so Pollyanna-ish way, and reminiscent of an altercation that me and an RATP bus once had, I hit the hood of the car and shouted WATCH IT, GREEN LIGHT! And then proceeded to notice that the diplomatic plated car, it happened to belong to the Irish Permanent Representative (whom I know and have had drinks with). There goes my chances of cajoling a futzing of an Irish passport for me…

As a funny yet related aside at every international organisation I work for I some how end up friendly with the Irish delegations. And everyone in the Irish delegations and that I encounter from ministries etc are 90 PROOF LIQUOR POSITIVE I am Irish. As in they think they know my family is from so and so county in Ireland and did I go to UCD or not Irish. I have had one or two of them call me an outright liar when I have told them that while I have the origins and the ability to say “Pog mo thoin”effectively (kiss my arse in Gaelic), it is unfortunate and as much as I would like to say to the contrary, I am not in possession of that passport. My story is that I enunciate, there is a different cadence to my speech (probably as Spanish was my first language and I do have an ear for language and dialects) and thanks to Grandpa Jack in my wee years of linguistic development, I pronounce a few things in a distinctly Irish manner, including the word Irish. That and my looks which are 120% from my Da’s side of the family scream Irish like no other banshee you have heard.

But what really made me laugh myself through lunch was the contrasting hilarity of having a Mongolian colleague of mine get back to me on some of the “Chinese” Lunar New Year things regarding myself. One of the pages was a Wikipedia one… which had this apropos quote “The person born in the year of snake is the wisest and most enchanting of all. He or she can become an Ambassador, a Mediator…” Yeah those bodies on the floor- them be anyone who knows me… and those aren’t convulsions those are fits of uncontrollable laughter.

Coming up next photos of a finished Clapotis in need of a blocking, the swatch erm… sleeve I have been knitting up for the Minimalist Cardigan (must order rest of yarn tonight!) and my entrance into the year 2008 thanks to a very nice friend ๐Ÿ™‚


If I manage I will be monthly posting to try update on where I am with this whole 101 in 1001 thing.

Hrmmm so how am I faring?? Well decent and not so decently. But given that I spent the better part of the month sweating it out about a new contract, I am cutting myself some slack. I also know that somethings that were going to be on the list have already been done this month as well as some will be cut off the list next month. So on the overall I am fairly positive with my progress.

Purchase (10/101)

  1. Treat myself to a massage or a facial once a year
  2. Buy a Lomo camera
  3. Buy one piece of art
  4. Buy fresh flowers for my room once a month for a year (one month down eleven more to go)
  5. Buy a new “professional” set of luggage
  6. Buy one piece of investment furniture
  7. Get a subscription to National Geographic Traveller, New Yorker, Economist
  8. Buy an antique map of Paris and frame it
  9. Buy a new DSLR upgrade
  10. Find and buy one pair of killer jeans

Health (15/101)

  1. Run/Participate in a 5k, 10k, and half marathon
  2. Participate in an olympic distance triathalon
  3. 30 day trial… bikram yoga 3 times a week
  4. Visit a nutritionist/naturopath
  5. Do a master body cleansing/fast/colonic

Travel (31/101)

  1. Rent a beach house for a getaway
  2. Go surfing in Costa Rica or Hawaii
  3. Visit 3 national parks (i.e. Antelope Canyon, Grand Canyon, Muir Woods, Yosemite, Moab, The Arches, Grand Tetons)
  4. Take a working vacation at a winery in the south of France
  5. Play in the tulips in Netherlands and Skagit Valey
  6. Visit 10 friends
  7. Rent a convertible and go on a road trip
  8. Do an Ashram in India or Bali
  9. Camp out in Wadi Rum
  10. Climb up Macchu Picchu
  11. Visit a buddhist temple
  12. Watch an opera at La Scala and a ballet at Opera Garnier
  13. See the northern lights in Iceland
  14. Go to Ireland
  15. Go on a crazy Thelma Louise girls trip
  16. Stay in a luxurious 5 star hotel

Finance (42/101)

  1. Work to better credit score (by 50-100 points)
  2. Contribute at least 50% of max out to my Roth IRA annually (approx. $2000-2500) (contributing 2500 for last year)
  3. Create, maintain and track my budget for one year (entered all bank transactions from last year and have slightly budgeted out this year)
  4. Pay off all credit cards and maintain zero balances (all but one credit card have zero balances)
  5. Save $5 for 1001 days
  6. Do my taxes annually (2007 done)
  7. Invest in retirement and net worth (10% of income)
  8. Pay off 50% of remaining student loans (approx. $10,000)
  9. Invest in socially responsible mutual funds (5% of income)
  10. Get a major credit card: use and pay of in full monthly
  11. Save $10000 towards a major investment (purchase of property etc)

Learning (53/101)

  1. Take a photography course on light and flash
  2. Learn how to fly the trapeze
  3. Take an intensive Spanish language course in Spain
  4. Get my a scuba diving certification
  5. Learn how to drive a Vespa
  6. Take a wine tasting course
  7. Learn how to dye yarn
  8. Learn more about buddhism
  9. Research travel photography and writing
  10. Take skiing lessons in the alps
  11. Learn 5 Photoshop tricks

Reading (59/101)

  1. Go to 3 book readings
  2. Read 6 classics and 5 works pre- 1950
  3. Read a banned book, a booker book, a pulitzer prize book
  4. Read the Tao Te Ching
  5. Read 3 biographies per year
  6. Enter all my books into Library Thing

Creativity (69/101)

  1. Design my blog
  2. Do a photographic travel/documentary project
  3. Knit three sweaters for myself (Swatching for the first one now!)
  4. Document all my yarn stash
  5. Print 10 of my photos for framing and hanging
  6. Keep a film and book list
  7. Sell 5 photos
  8. Participate in Sunday scribbles
  9. Go to the cinema once a month (went and saw Juno, 27 Dresses and There Will Be Blood)
  10. Make a quotes book

Gastronomy (74/101)

  1. Go berry picking
  2. Eat at 12 new restaurants- one three star
  3. Try one new recipe a month
  4. Throw a dinner party for 8 friends
  5. Try 6 new foods and 6 foods I “dont like”

Career (77/101)

  1. Take GRE Course and Exam (1350 score goal)
  2. Apply to 10 PhD programmes
  3. Work on creating a career path

Do (101/101)

  1. Go galopping on a horse out in the free range
  2. Participate in some volunteer/public service project (maybe dealing with sexual health or at a soup kitchen)
  3. Go canoeing in Central Park
  4. Watch one classic movie per month
  5. Go to a live music festival
  6. Go to Shakespeare in the Park
  7. Meditate for 5 minutes 3 times a week
  8. Purge my wardrobe (of at least 30%)
  9. Attend a meditation retreat (5+ days)
  10. Go snowshoeing
  11. Get rid of 101 things
  12. Consolidate and reduce my storage needs and use
  13. Go to the HCB museum in Paris
  14. Reduce my carbon footprint (by 10-20%)
  15. Donate “one meal out” per month to a Food Bank
  16. Spend 5 minutes daily in total silence and inactivity for a month
  17. Visit my grandmother and father’s graves and take flowers
  18. Go to an outdoor movie
  19. Live in a new city in 1001 days
  20. Hang my mirror, shelves and frames
  21. Trace my Irish geneology
  22. See a broadway play
  23. Preserve my family photos
  24. Go to a museum once every other month