Time is rushing by! I ran out of time in Maine to update people, so I now bring you my incremental work on the 101 things for both October and November.
14. Visit 5 of my unvisited lower 48 states 2/5 completed: Kentucky, New York,
I have now added two more states to this list. Matt and I went hiking in West Virginia, and we ate dinner and drove by the capitol in Indiana. I'd still like to revisit Indiana to go to Muncie (because of this video), but that will be another project for another time. Now, I just have one more new state to visit to finish this goal! Possibilities include New Mexico, Louisiana, North Carolina, and several more.
27. Memorize 5 new poems
A new in progress! I've been working on finding nice, pithy, interesting poems. The first one I happened to pick is actually not appropriate for mixed company, so I won't be reciting it here. For the record, it is "This be the Verse," by Philip Larkin.
58. Watch a sunrise
I worked really hard at this goal. I am, by nature, not much of a morning person. In the past year, I've actually happened to see a sunrise or two just by virtue of other happenings in my life, but I didn't want to count those. My intention with this goal was to sit on the beach somewhere to mindfully, intentionally watch the sunrise. And, oh, how I tried to achieve this goal! The week before daylight savings time, I got up early every single morning to watch the sunrise. And, every single morning, this greeted me:
Yes, a sky full of clouds. Of course, one morning I didn't wait it out; instead, I walked away and started chatting with a coworker. And then I turned around to this:
All in all, I saw a lot of beautiful views of the sun in various states of rising over the ocean. And I'm going to call this good.
70. Throw a theme party
We threw a Halloween party for each other and alums of our workplace! It was lots of fun. I was on the decorating committee, but I also helped set up in general for the party. A few of my coworkers created an amazing race type game all across our campus that required doing activities we taught in lesson, visiting significant areas, and making up lots of stories. All in all, one of the better parties I've helped with or attended in the last few years. In my mind, games make everything better.
I'll share one piece of decor that, while cheap, ended up being a crowd favorite. We then incorporated Whiskers into many skits for the rest of our time in Maine.
74. write 4 real letters to friends
One completed -- I sent a letter to April.
2 more in progress for 7 total in progress
2 more completed for 46 total completed