to-do

Mar. 13th, 2005 12:21 am
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emails to write:
one to old friend, attempting to summarize last ten years
one to complete an interview for a grad school thesis project
one to dad, someday, bringing up a sore point so it doesn't become a permanent source of irritation
two to friends inviting them to various things

rooms to clean:
my study
our bedroom
the bathroom
the stairs

things to make:
dinner
quilt
plans

dreams to dream:
porch swing and tea
pilot at the podium
knee deep in the lake
great tree in the field

thoughts to think:
family and connection
purpose and intent
absolute and relative morality (or mortality)


conclusion reached:
like Schroedinger's cat, simultaneously alive and dead until the box is opened and the wave collapsed, I exist simultaneously ecstatic and despondent, carefree and weighted with plans, until Tuesday when the admissions office can be called.

mojo and love to you all; sweet dreams.
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Well, sort of. You see, [livejournal.com profile] wavyarms suggested this site for remembering and managing birthdays, and I'm filling in my list right now. With any luck, it will function well enough that I won't be forgetting any more (sorry, Justin!) and can remember to celebrate!

And other tasks of my 101 in 1001 days continue apace...the scarf is woven!
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Updates on my 101 tasks, 1001 days:

--I finished T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets. I have read them before, but not with real effort. These are poems that take effort. I found them very beautiful and moving, even if I do still prefer Ash Wednesday.

The lines that are always quoted:

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

Are, to me, quoted far too easily. They are resonant and beautiful, but to take that set out of Little Gidding (the last Quartet) is to somehow miss the point. Until the reader has moved through the temporal longing of Burnt Norton, the paradox and decay in East Coker, and the pitiless sea of The Dry Salvages, this realization--this closing benediction--lacks its full meaning. The enlightenment of this moment cannot be reached without the pain and angst and drought that comes before, or it leans into Hallmark, not epiphany.

I love these poems more than I thought I would.

--(Veering wildly into the banal) I'm also seven days away from being without soda/pop for a month. I miss it. I don't miss burping all the time, but I miss root beer and spritzer and fizz.



I now have two major party ideas...more are forming...there will be a final idea...

And the cat is irritated at me because as I type, my fingers occasionally hit her tail. Well, if she puts it on the keyboard...Sweet ooblet, smelling of basil.
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1. Apply to graduate school... In process. Checklist of what-I-need is up, and I'm brainstorming recommendation letters now.

11. Finish sibling and cousin quilts... Also in process. [livejournal.com profile] sal_sal's has half the blocks done; Maria's has about 27 out of 64.

10. Get in touch with two old friends... Frankly, [livejournal.com profile] cmprince did this one for me. And it was wonderful to see him. Now I just have to *keep* in touch!

9. Finish reading the Bible. Still going. Halfway through Jeremiah.

20. Take a weaving course. Signed up for it. Happening in October.

26. Knit a scarf. Got about 16 inches done so far...

27. Read these books... Working on Gandhi's Autobiography right now!

57. Join Friends of the Allston BPL. I'll be stopping by there today.

65. Make a list of birthdays... Getting there. I now have about 30 on the list; thankfully, September birthdays seem to be clumped at the end of the month, thus giving me some time to prepare.

70. Become knowledgeable about local politics... There's a state primary on the 14th. I looked up my ballot and the competing candidates, and have an idea about who would be best suited. Cool.

That's it so far!
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This is not so much a Meme as it is a Plan. Less questionnaire, more personal-inventory device. (Interesting how the meaning of ‘meme’ has shifted over time, no?) I’ve been inspired by [livejournal.com profile] cincodemaygirl’s use of it, and I’m attempting the same.

Here are The Rules:

The Mission: Complete 101 tasks within 1001 days. (That's 2 years, 13 weeks, and 3 days, or November 22, 2006 in case you’re wondering.)

The Criteria: Tasks must be specific (i.e. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e. represent some amount of work on my part).

I’m taking that to mean that these aren’t “resolutions” a la New Year’s, but “tasks”. Such as, “Write three letters to people with whom I’ve fallen out of touch” rather than “Get back in touch with people”. Or “Lose ten pounds” rather than “Lose weight”. I will Memory this list and cross them off as I get them done…

It was harder than I thought it would be to come up with this list, even when I included the Big Ones. (Those are the first five.) The book and movie lists are ones that I’m not generally inclined to seek out or that have been on my ‘to do’ list for about four years.


Right! Get ready…1001 days starts…NOW! )
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Foo!

This is the first day of my two-week pseudo-hiatus from ART. So far, it's 10am, and I've managed to get the following done:
--Welcomed Spring with an equinox ritual (yaaaaay March!)
--Studied for about an hour for my midterm on Thursday
--Made two calls requesting informational interviews and noted two people to visit--I got one appointment, at the Div School (*crosses fingers*)

The rest of the day stays busy:
--Finish the top of the New Year's quilt by putting a border on it (it looks so cool!)
--Hit the library to return the Elshtain book on Augustine and hopefully pick up some things on reserve
--Get tickets to the Birthday Party tomorrow night. Mmm, Pinter.
--Stop by the Financial Aid Office to ask for any advice in preparing my finances for the next year.

Just to reiterate: The New Year's quilt looks so----dang----cool! I'm not entirely happy with it...not all the panes are the same size, and I had to wub some of the seams, but it looks good.
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*tiptoes out onto stage*

Well...um. Here I am. I don't know how often I'll update, I don't know how often I can comment, but I exist...and perhaps...just perhaps...I can use LJ as it's supposed to be used. Woot.

Plans for the day: Stitch on fish eyeballs; complete New Year's quilt; plan for paper; investigate Yale's PhD program in religion; read a book titled "The Flight from Authority".

And kick more ass.

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