April 2008


I am still settling a lot of these things inside of me. Not a box of rocks rattling obnoxiously anymore, but there are some rocks that need to stop rolling.

This time it is a bit more than bittersweet, as this time when I left Paris… I left with all my belongings. This trip was to clean out the storage unit and really MOVE myself forward into the present. No more saying I am adjusting. This is where it is at and where I am. Time to be in the now. I know it had to be done, I even know that it is good that I did it (I should have done it 6 months ago as a matter of fact), but that doesn’t mean I wanted to. But limbo is not a good place for me, and swinging around for la vie en rose isn’t productive either. So a year later I am closing that door for the time being. Paris will always be a part of me, I still am there at least 2-3 times a year on average, and I will live there again, I dont doubt that at all… but for now I am not grounded there with my things, just my friends. At the same time I am not 100% grounded in NYC, but I am trying to move it forward.

That said the best part of my trip was catching up with my friends. Sometimes you forget how rejuvenating certain people in your life are to you. To be there with people that I know know me and love me for me. As I bounce around the planet and they do too, we all realise with those who matter and how much that community and its acceptance can mean to you. To recharge to feel like you FIT (like that perfect little black dress you have does or how that “designed for you” sweater does) makes a girl happy. The battle is just to remember, that there are those people in your life. And that despite whatever you might think… They like you. Yes Mikey they really do, and on top of that they know you too and they still LIKE YOU.

And then there is a back that is finished. Actually there is a back and one of the fronts that is finished with the last front started. But I cant really make them more interesting than I will make them when they are all in one pile and done (knitting photos leave me a little confounded sometimes). In the final knitting stretch now. Luckily for sweater possibilities, mother nature and the weather fairy seem incapable of taking their pills like the rest of us and the weather has been of a schizophrenic nature… so if I can manage to get my act together I could plausibly by next week have a finished knit to figure out how I am going to block and then force myself to seam up.

And for those interested a few small photos from Kobenhavn :

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You know it is starting to get pathetic that I can barely bring myself to update more than once between my 1001 posts… even though I have done creatively related stuff. Even finally visited one of the yarn stores in town (hello Purl you are WAY tinier than I expected).

So this time I am writing from my old home (Paris) and feeling a bit off not knowing where is home etc (am here to go through my storage unit and ship things back before you get all romantic on me- well that, visit friends and take a weekend in Copenhagen :)). Anyways, I think we can all just count off the month of March as a slag month and try to step into Spring with a new step! And for whatever the reason, this time I am doing it with an uncharacteristically positive spring in my step 🙂

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 (Ummm nope. BAD me. Though I was only in town half the month)
  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 (looked but didn’t find one I liked enough… next trip the hunt will continue!)
  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 Valley
  6. Visit 10 friends (Visited more than 10 friends in Paris and one in Copenhagen, but I am only going to count it as one… Nine more to go!)
  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 (Will be booking my tickets for June in April- who said turning 31 wasn’t going to be fun??)
  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) (I have the money set aside but it will be contributed in the beginning of April)
  3. Create, maintain and track my budget for one year (Submitted my medical reimbursements, shipping reimbursements in April… and while not budgeting have lived within the paycheck limitations and am working to rebalance all the accounts)
  4. Pay off all credit cards and maintain zero balances (Ummm financial flows going buckwild for the next 2 months- so I am giving myself a bit of reprieve)
  5. Save $5 for 1001 days (YUP)
  6. Do my taxes annually (2007 done, to be revised once more next month and sent in on the 1st of April)
  7. Invest in retirement and net worth (10% of income)
  8. Pay off 50% of remaining student loans (“High” interest student loan officially now paid OFF, next “High-ish” interest rate loan is set to be paid off in a few months)
  9. Invest in socially responsible mutual funds (2% 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) (Created the Investment account)

Learning (53/101)

  1. Take a photography course on light and flash
  2. Learn how to fly the trapeze (I found courses, I am going to do silks first and wait for it to warm up but this… it is sooooooo on! This is what I might just be doing on the day of my 31st birthday!)
  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 (Bought a reference book on travel writing that I need to read now 🙂
  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 (Finished Ms. Parker- one down for this year two to go)
  6. Enter all my books into Library Thing

Creativity (69/101)

  1. Design my blog (Working on finalising the banner font as I type)
  2. Do a photographic travel/documentary project
  3. Knit three sweaters for myself (Sweater #1: Finished the sleeves, and the back, this weekend I will probably start a front)
  4. Document all my yarn stash (when that one box from Paris gets here… the accounting will be had!)
  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
  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” (I tried tofu, had never tried it before and it was eh- 5 new foods left to go)

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 (saw Macbeth at BAM- really really good though!)
  7. Meditate for 5 minutes 3 times a week
  8. Purge my wardrobe (of at least 30%) (does getting rid of 30% of the clothes I had in the box in storage count?? 🙂
  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 (GRRRR Next time I am in town their hours will not confound me!!)
  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 (well I saw a play at Bam but that doesn’t really count, still it was Patrick Stewart as Macbeth and was very good!)
  23. Preserve my family photos
  24. Go to a museum once every other month (I went to the Glypotek in Copenhagen, and the Round Tower if you consider that a museum too 🙂