8 complete,  24 in progress…

1) Lose 30 pounds: COMPLETED 07/19: 216.1
2) Blog my progress on 101 Things monthly: This is #7 out of 11 (missed 4).
3) Watch a movie from every year since moviemaking began: 127 total to see (using 2015 as the cutoff), 22/127 done. NO MOVEMENT
4) Get a list of 20 book recommendations from Ellen and read them all   13/20 completed:
“The Women’s Room” by Marilyn French
“And the Shofar Blew” by Francine Rivers
“Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montgomery
“The End of Mr. Y” by Scarlett Thomas
“The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom
“It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis
“Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen
“Anne of Avonlea:Anne of Green Gables Book 2″ by Lucy Maud Montgomery
“Anne of the Island: Anne of Green Gables Book 3″ by Lucy Maud Montgomery
“Anne of Windy Poplars : Anne of Green Gables Book 4″ by Lucy Maud Montgomery
“Anne’s House of Dreams : Anne of Green Gables Book 5″ by Lucy Maud Montgomery
“Anne of Ingleside : Anne of Green Gables Book 6″ by Lucy Maud Montgomery
“Rainbow Valley : Anne of Green Gables Book 7″ by Lucy Maud Montgomery
CURRENTLY READING:
“Rilla of Ingleside : Anne of Green Gables Book 8″ by Lucy Maud Montgomery

5) Run a 5K: COMPLETED ON 05/31/2014  Time 30:41.4
6) Copy all our recipes onto index cards: Haven’t done any new ones recently
7) Be able to do 200 situps: Can currently do 20.  NO MOVEMENT
8) Get screenings for HDL/LDL cholesterol, blood glucose and BMI and get them to healthy level: IN PROGRESS.  I have my numbers but need to improve some to be “healthy”…
Triglycerides/Total cholesterol and glucose normal. LDL “bad” cholesterol 120 mg/dL (down from 130-159 range last year, goal <100).Heart disease risk-average. HDL “good” cholesterol 34 mg/dL (short term goal 41,long term goal >60)/BMI 41.7 (short term goal 39)/Blood pressure 132 over 72 (<120 for first number)

Next action: Add more leafy greens to my diet and continue exercise. That should help raise my HDL cholesterol while lowering my weight (and my BMI with it) and I expect also my blood pressure will push into the correct range along with it…
9) Drink 8 glasses of water a day for a month: Still averaging about 2 a day.
10) Create a bucket list: 17/100. No new ones.
11) Finalize my own personal “Top 1000 Songs” list: Still at 715 songs, no movement.
12) Bench press my body weight: Still at 110 out of 170 but the reps have increased.
13) Learn 30 new words (and use them in conversation):IN  PROGRESS 10/30
1. SUPERANNUATED- obsolete.
2. TORPIDITY- languor, sluggishness, stagnation, listlessness.
3. SAPIENT- profound, sagacious, wise.
4. INTERDICT- prohibition, proscription, banning
5. INTERPOSE- to put between, interject.
6. MALADROIT- bungling, clumsy.
7. ANTERIOR- portion located nearest the front.
8. ELYSIAN- sublime, utopian, idyllic.
9. EXCISE- to cut out, delete.
10. SATURNINE- distant, remote.
14) Be able to do 100 push-ups: 13/100
15) Discover 15 new vegetarian recipes we can add to the family meal rotation: 1/15
16) Pay off my car loan: IN PROGRESS
17) Pay off all the medical bills: IN PROGRESS
18) Lose 20 pounds
19) Lose 10 pounds
20) Finally watch “24”
21) Finally watch “LOST”
22) Lose 40 pounds: IN PROGRESS  212 pounds, 5 more to go
23) Try a new food every other month for a year or equivalent (six different new foods in other words): IN PROGRESS  1/6
1) Shirataki noodles- Noodles made out of tofu. This was part of the Hungry Girl version of Fettucine Alfredo. I liked it, everyone else not so much
24)
Answer the “50 Questions that Will Free Your Mind”  IN PROGRESS 5/50 (I will post these as a separate entry once I’ve completed.)
25)
See Fallingwater.     Did this in September 2014

7 complete,  24 in progress…

1) Lose 30 pounds: COMPLETED 07/19: 216.1
2) Blog my progress on 101 Things monthly: This is #6.
3) Watch a movie from every year since moviemaking began: 127 total to see (using 2015 as the cutoff), 22/127 done. NO MOVEMENT
4) Get a list of 20 book recommendations from Ellen and read them all   6/20 completed:
“The Women’s Room” by Marilyn French
“And the Shofar Blew” by Francine Rivers
“Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montgomery
“The End of Mr. Y” by Scarlett Thomas
“The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom
“It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis

CURRENTLY READING:
“Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen

5) Run a 5K: COMPLETED ON 05/31/2014  Time 30:41.4
6) Copy all our recipes onto index cards: Haven’t done any new ones recently
7) Be able to do 200 situps: Can currently do 20.  NO MOVEMENT
8) Get screenings for HDL/LDL cholesterol, blood glucose and BMI and get them to healthy level: IN PROGRESS.  I have my numbers but need to improve some to be “healthy”…
THE GOOD
Triglycerides/Total cholesterol 169 mg/dL/Glucose 83 mg/dL (normal).
THE ACCEPTABLE
LDL “bad” cholesterol 120 mg/dL (optimal is less than 100 but it was in the 130-159 range last year so quite a bit better)./Heart disease risk-average.
THE BAD
HDL “good” cholesterol 34 mg/dL(Need min. 41,>60 optimal)/BMI 41.7 (extremely obese..39 is “just” obese but it’s not far away..)/Blood pressure 132 over 72 (first number is “prehypertensive” range, target <120, second number is normal)

Next action: Add more leafy greens to my diet and continue exercise. That should help raise my HDL cholesterol while lowering my weight (and my BMI with it) and I expect also my blood pressure will push into the correct range along with it…
9) Drink 8 glasses of water a day for a month: Still averaging about 2 a day.
10) Create a bucket list: 17/100. No new ones.
11) Finalize my own personal “Top 1000 Songs” list: Still at 715 songs, no movement.
12) Bench press my body weight: Still at 110 out of 170 but the reps have increased.
13) Learn 30 new words (and use them in conversation):IN  PROGRESS 10/30
1. SUPERANNUATED- obsolete.
2. TORPIDITY- languor, sluggishness, stagnation, listlessness.
3. SAPIENT- profound, sagacious, wise.
4. INTERDICT- prohibition, proscription, banning
5. INTERPOSE- to put between, interject.
6. MALADROIT- bungling, clumsy.
7. ANTERIOR- portion located nearest the front.
8. ELYSIAN- sublime, utopian, idyllic.
9. EXCISE- to cut out, delete.
10. SATURNINE- distant, remote.
14) Be able to do 100 push-ups: 13/100
15) Discover 15 new vegetarian recipes we can add to the family meal rotation: 1/15
16) Pay off my car loan: IN PROGRESS
17) Pay off all the medical bills: IN PROGRESS
18) Lose 20 pounds
19) Lose 10 pounds
20) Finally watch “24”
21) Finally watch “LOST”
22) Lose 40 pounds: IN PROGRESS  212 pounds, 5 more to go
23) Try a new food every other month for a year or equivalent (six different new foods in other words): IN PROGRESS  1/6
1) Shirataki noodles- Noodles made out of tofu. This was part of the Hungry Girl version of Fettucine Alfredo. I liked it, everyone else not so much
24)
Answer the “50 Questions that Will Free Your Mind”  IN PROGRESS 5/50 (I will post these as a separate entry once I’ve completed.)
25)
See Fallingwater.

UPDATE #5 July 2014

Posted: July 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

6 completed, 17 in progress
1) Lose 30 pounds: COMPLETED 07/19: 216.1
2) Blog my progress on 101 Things monthly: This is #5.
3) Watch a movie from every year since moviemaking began: 127 total to see (using 2015 as the cutoff), 22/127 done. NO MOVEMENT
4) Get a list of 20 book recommendations from Ellen and read them all   6/20 completed:
“The Women’s Room” by Marilyn French
“And the Shofar Blew” by Francine Rivers
“Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montgomery
“The End of Mr. Y” by Scarlett Thomas
“The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom

CURRENTLY READING:
It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis

5) Run a 5K: COMPLETED ON 05/31/2014  Time 30:41.4
6) Copy all our recipes onto index cards: Haven’t done any new ones recently
7) Be able to do 200 situps: Can currently do 20.
8) Get screenings for HDL/LDL cholesterol, blood glucose and BMI and get them to healthy level: IN PROGRESS. I have my numbers but need to improve some to be “healthy”…
THE GOOD
Triglycerides 75 mg/dL (optimal!)
Total cholesterol 169 mg/dL (optimal!)
Glucose 83 mg/dL (normal).
THE ACCEPTABLE
LDL “bad” cholesterol 120 mg/dL (optimal is less than 100 but it was in the 130-159 range last year so quite a bit better).
Heart disease risk-average.
THE BAD
HDL “good” cholesterol 34 mg/dL(target is minimum 41, above 60 is optimal).
BMI 41.7 (extremely obese..but 39 will move me down to just obese and it’s not far away..)
Blood pressure 132 over 72 (first number is “prehypertensive” range, target is less than 120 so got a ways to go, second number is in the normal range)

Next action: Add more leafy greens to my diet and continue exercise. That should help raise my HDL cholesterol while lowering my weight (and my BMI with it) and I expect also my blood pressure will push into the correct range along with it…
9) Drink 8 glasses of water a day for a month: Still averaging about 2 a day.
10) Create a bucket list: 17/100. No new ones.
11) Finalize my own personal “Top 1000 Songs” list: Still at 715 songs, no movement.
12) Bench press my body weight: Still at 110 out of 170 but the reps have increased.
13) Learn 30 new words (and use them in conversation):
First ten:
1. SUPERANNUATED- obsolete. A superannuated computer.
2. TORPIDITY- languor, sluggishness, stagnation, listlessness I was in a state of torpidity after the 5K race.
3. SAPIENT- profound, sagacious, wise The professor brought a sapient understanding of the war’s causes to his book about the Civil War.
4. INTERDICT- prohibition, proscription, banning There is an interdiction on public smoking in the state of Ohio. (verb form typically interdict.)
5. INTERPOSE- to put between, interject Our yammering neighbor’s interpositions made finishing a speech difficult. The grey clouds interposed the brilliant blue sky with foreboding.
6. MALADROIT- bungling, clumsy I am typically covered with bruises and minor wounds as is the lot of the maladroit.
7. ANTERIOR- portion located nearest the front The anterior of the building was domed.
8. ELYSIAN- sublime, utopian, idyllic The mansion, interposed in the Andes mountains, offers Elysian beauty.
9. EXCISE- to cut out, delete. A good writer excises unnecessary detail.
10. SATURNINE- distant, remote. His countenance, by daylight, had a sort of amiably saturnine cast.
14) Be able to do 100 push-ups: 12
15) Discover 15 new vegetarian recipes we can add to the family meal rotation: 1/15
16) Pay off my car loan: IN PROGRESS
17) Pay off all the medical bills: IN PROGRESS
18) Lose 20 pounds
19) Lose 10 pounds
20) Finally watch “24”
21) Finally watch “LOST”
22) Lose 40 pounds: IN PROGRESS
23) Try a new food every other month for a year or equivalent (six different new foods in other words): IN PROGRESS
1) Shirataki noodles- Noodles made out of tofu. This was part of the Hungry Girl version of Fettucine Alfredo. I liked it, everyone else not so much

1) Lose 30 pounds: Current weigh-in 220.7, 3.7 pounds to go.
2) Blog my progress on 101 Things monthly: This is #4.
3) Watch a movie from every year since moviemaking began: 127 total to see (using 2015 as the cutoff), 22/127 done. NO MOVEMENT
4) Get a list of 20 book recommendations from Ellen and read them all   4/20 completed:
“The Women’s Room” by Marilyn French
“And the Shofar Blew” by Francine Rivers
NOW READING: “Anne of Green Gables” by LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY
5) Run a 5K: COMPLETED ON 05/31/2014  Time 30:41.4
6) Copy all our recipes onto index cards: Haven’t done any new ones recently
7) Be able to do 200 situps: Can currently do 20.
8) Get screenings for HDL/LDL cholesterol, blood glucose and BMI and get them to healthy level: Looking for a new screening to attend.
9) Drink 8 glasses of water a day for a month: Still averaging about 2 a day.
10) Create a bucket list: 17/100. No new ones.
11) Adopt a dog: This one’s on hold until we finish dog-sitting, Jan. 2015
12) Begin regular family devotions: Only happpened twice, need to re-start.
13) Finalize my own personal “Top 1000 Songs” list: Still at 715 songs, no movement.
14) Bench press my body weight: Still at 110 out of 170 but the reps have increased.
15) Learn 30 new words (and use them in conversation):Still working on getting the first 10 down.
16) Be able to do 100 push-ups: 12
17) Discover 15 new vegetarian recipes we can add to the family meal rotation: 1/15
18) Pay off my car loan: IN PROGRESS
19) Pay off all the medical bills: IN PROGRESS
20) Lose 20 pounds
21) Lose 10 pounds
22) Finally watch “24”
23) Finally watch “LOST”

UPDATE 3: 4/101 accomplished, 17 currently in progress

1) Lose 20 pounds: Weighed in at 226.4 on 04/12/2014. I have purchased 34 inch waist shorts (compared with 42 inch size in December 2013) since shorts are too loose. Done.
2) Blog my progress on 101 Things monthly: This is #3.
3) Watch a movie from every year since moviemaking began: 127 total to see (using 2015 as the cutoff), 22/127 done.
1903 THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY Important as the first use of double exposure, location shooting, camera movement and cross-cutting between scenes to show simultaneous action (although I found the sudden footage at the ‘party’ jarring..it should have had a little bit more setup in my opinion to transition into the chase of the robbers.) Viewed approx. 03/18/14
1904 WESTINGHOUSE WORKS (early industrial video/documentary of the factory’s workings) Viewed 04/06/14
1905  RESCUED BY ROVER Viewed 04/06/14 The version of this U.K. produced film I have linked includes helpful explanatory commentary about not only the film’s plotline but the use of film narrative techniques this film originated. It’s worth noting that the canine actor in this film led to popularity of the name “Rover” for dogs. Prior to this film, the name was quite unusual.
1906 A TRIP DOWN MARKET STREET BEFORE THE FIRE This is interesting as a period piece to how San Francisco’s Market Street looked like shortly before the 1906 Great San Francisco Earthquake which ruptured gas lines throughout the city causing a terrible inferno. The quake also ruptured water lines leaving San Francisco firefighters at a disadvantage in battling the blaze. While San Francisco was no doubt bustling (it was the 9th largest U.S. city of the time according to this documentary narrated by F. Murray Abraham), there is some evidence that the level of activity was “tweaked” by the cinematographer to make an effective advertisement for San Francisco tourism. (If you watch for license plate “4867” it will appear six times during the film’s 11 odd minutes).  Fun fact: Opera singer Enrico Caruso, at that time one of the most well-known singers in the country, checked into a luxury San Francisco hotel just the day before the earthquake with 54 steamer trunks as luggage. The damage footage in the documentary I’ve linked starts at about 14:30 in.
4) Get a list of 20 book recommendations from Ellen and read them all: Still reading “The Women’s Room” by Marilyn French. On page 354 of 499 currently.
5) Lose 30 pounds. Weigh-in is tomorrow morning, most recent weighin was 223.4 pounds. Need to hit 217 to achieve this one.
6) Run a 5K: Training continues. Still doing run/walk intervals in training. Currently doing intervals of 10 minute run/jog then 5 minute..x2..3 times a week. Race is 05/31/14.
7) Copy all our recipes onto index cards: Estimate about 473 recipes still in my stack to “convert” to index cards.
8) Be able to do 100 push-ups: Currently standing at 10 proper pushups.
9) Be able to do 200 situps: On 04/15, I was able to do 13 situps.
10) Get screenings for HDL/LDL cholesterol, blood glucose and BMI and get them to healthy level: I forgot to go to the screenings on 03/15/14 at CVS Pharmacy so I’m looking for a new one to attend now.
11) Drink 8 glasses of water a day for a month: Still struggling with this. Usually averaging 2 glasses a day.
12) Create a bucket list: After revisiting my initial list of 54, many of them were moved to my “starter” list for my NEXT 101 Things list. At this point, my bucket list has 17 items, still shooting for around 100.
13) Adopt a dog: We are dog-sitting for a friend who’s out of country doing missions work so this will have to wait until that ends in January 2015.
14) Begin regular family devotions: Began doing this 04/25/14.
15) Finalize my own personal “Top 1000 Songs” list: As of today, the list stands at 715.
16) Bench press my body weight: I have set the final goal at 170 pounds. Currently I am at 100 pounds.
17) Learn 30 new words (and use them in conversation): My first 10 I’m working on:

1. SUPERANNUATED, adj.- obsolete. I am posting this on a superannuated computer.
2. TORPIDITY, n.- languor, sluggishness, stagnation, listlessness I was in a state of torpidity after the 5K race.
3. SAPIENT, adj.- profound, sagacious, wise  The professor brought a sapient understanding of the war’s causes to his book about the Civil War.
4. INTERDICT, v.- prohibition, proscription, banning There is an interdiction on public smoking in the state of Ohio. (verb form typically interdict.)
5. INTERPOSE,v.- to put between, interject Our yammering neighbor’s interpositions made finishing a speech difficult.  The grey clouds interposed the brilliant blue sky with foreboding.
6. MALADROIT, adj.- bungling, clumsy  I am typically covered with bruises and minor wounds as is the lot of the maladroit.
7. ANTERIOR, n.- portion located nearest the front  The anterior of the building was domed.
8. ELYSIAN, adj.- sublime, utopian, idyllic  The mansion, interposed in the Andes mountains, offers Elysian beauty.
9. EXCISE, v.- to cut out, delete.  A good writer excises unnecessary words from a sentence.
10. SATURNINE, adj.- distant, remote. His countenance, by daylight, had a sort of amiably saturnine cast.

Latest update:

1) Lose 10 pounds: Weighed in at 236.6 on 03/08/2014. Done.
2) Blog my progress on 101 Things monthly. This is #2.
3) Watch a movie from every year since moviemaking began. 127 total to see (using 2015 as the cutoff), 15/127 done.
1888 ROUNDHAY GARDEN SCENE First known movie produced. Obviously this is one of those “important only because it’s historic” deals. There is very little about this that makes it inherently interesting. It doesn’t reveal anything about the late 1880s really, it’s too short to have a plot..it’s just the filmmaker’s son and several relatives walking in a circle. No doubt it was mindboggling in its day but now it’s just fun to realize we are watching echoes of history more than 125 years ago.

1889 MONKEYSHINES, NO. 1  Depending on which source you believe, this is either 1889 *or* 1890. I am using it as 1889 because the only other film I see listed for the year (LEISURELY PEDESTRIANS, OPEN TOPPED BUSES AND HANSOM CABS WITH TROTTING HORSES) has no known surviving prints or stills. Honestly, this film is much too blurry to make out what is actually occurring.

1890  LONDON’S TRAFALGAR SQUARE Only ten frames of film are still known to survive and are in the linked animated .GIF. Again, not terribly exciting but you see what turn of the century London thoroughfares were like.

1891 MEN BOXING Exactly what you’d think. The film was made by associates of Thomas Edison.

1892 LE CLOWN ET SES CHIENSThis French film (“The Clown and His Dogs”) is the first known animated film.

1893 BLACKSMITH SCENE. This film was shot by Thomas Edison. This is the first publicly exhibited film.  Drinking a brewski while using really big hammers…probably a GREAT idea. *eyeroll*

1894  ANNIE OAKLEY Yep, she was a good shot…

1895 THE EXECUTION OF MARY STUART This is pretty shocking stuff considering the vintage. It’s a re-enactment of the beheading where we see the head detach and the executioner show the trophy to the gathered crowd. Ewwww….

1896 THE KISS Features the first ever celluloid kiss. No tongue. *sigh*

1897 OLD MAN DRINKING A GLASS OF BEER Exactly what it sounds like from the title.

1898 SANTA CLAUS The first Christmas-themed movie and also the first instance of parallel action. Charming short.

1899 THE KISS IN THE TUNNEL You can just envision the ad: “From the makers of the sizzing THE KISS comes the even naughtier (and more Freudian) THE KISS IN THE TUNNEL!” This one is the first to show a “phantom ride” where the camera shot mimicks being a passenger in the train watching it enter the tunnel bookending the liplock.

1900 JEANNE D’ARC (JOAN OF ARC)JEANNE D’ARC This was the first totally color film. Ten minutes long and all hand-tinted.

1901 FIRE! An early narrative film. Reasonably good watch for what it is but thoroughly unrealistic that the FIRST thing the firefighter does upon entering the blaze is spray the fiery walls with the extinguisher rather than getting the man inside out.

1902 LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE (A TRIP TO THE MOON) Early French narrative film. This was genuinely entertaining. Glad I watched this one.

4) Get a list of 20 book recommendations from Ellen and read them all. Still working on “The Women’s Room” by Marilyn French.
5) Lose 20 pounds: This will be achieved when I hit 227.
6) Run a 5K: Still like the idea of a color run…and will probably do one eventually…but I’ll be doing the LoveWorks 5K in Gahanna, OH on 05/31/2014. I’ve started classes on 03/08 geared toward getting me ready for it. I also picked up new running shoes today :)

Latest update:

  1. Discover 15 new vegetarian recipes we can add to the family meal rotation: Tried a recipe for orange-glazed carrots tonight that seemed to be a hit. :)
  2. Lose 10 pounds: Weighed in at 238.6 this morning. Another 1.6 and this goal is achieved!
  3. Copy all our recipes onto index cards.  Still have probably around another 45-70 or so to go but I did make some pretty good progress. Added 99 new recipes.
  4. Be able to do 100 push-ups. I’m now up to 25 wall pushups.
  5. Be able to do 200 situps. I’m at 15 right now.
  6. Get screenings for HDL/LDL cholesterol, blood glucose and BMI and get them to healthy level. I actually know my BMI..it’s 36.1 which is bad…but it’s slowly improving. Down .4 from last week (my new scale measures BMI and body fat percentage). There are free screenings coming up on March 15th at a CVS near me so I’ll get this checked off (at least the KNOWING the numbers part) then.
  7. Drink 8 glasses of water a day for a month.   Still working up to this but I’m now averaging 5 glasses a water a day. On my way…
  8. Create a bucket list. 51 items on the raw draft right now..want to get to 100.
  9. Blog my progress on 101 Things monthly. This will take care of that.
  10. Watch a movie from every year since moviemaking began. 2 more from the 1890s to go, then only another 124 years worth to go. :P
  11. Benchpress my body weight.  Can currently bench 90. Haven’t decided whether I want  to make this goal my CURRENT body weight (238) or my final goal weight (somewhere between 150 and 170).
  12. Get a list of 20 book recommendations from Ellen and read them all.  I’ve now read “Diary of a Young Girl” from Anne Frank and “The End of Dr. Y” by Scarlett Thomas and thought they were pretty good. Currently working on “The Women’s Room” by Marilyn French.

2/101 down.  12 more in progress.

Aside  —  Posted: March 2, 2014 in Uncategorized