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mission101 November Update...not so late

November 2010
Total Completed_16

Newly Added Tasks_5
12. Learn 5 origami folds
     A) Box  B) Heart  C) Heart-Letter  D) Crane_Lauren  E) Dragon_Jimmy
13. Participate in 365 Photography Project

36. Design & get a tattoo
37. Mimic Tommy Joe’s earrings minus the industrial piercing

81. Android
     A) Input contacts  B) Investigate apps

Newly added section
With 5 tasks
97. Purchase new tires & rims, have them mounted
98. Have engine checked & serviced
99. Have rollbars installed
100. Have exterior painted
101. Have interior detailed

This Month COMPLETED_4
36. Design & get a tattoo_Complete

Books/ Media
65. Learn how my camera works_Complete

The manual in paper (20 pages) & on disc (99 pages) plus 2, of several, new techniques_things in-focus in foreground while out-of-focus in background & blurred
75. Get carpets cleaned once a year_Complete

Clean clean carpet in living & dining room (with dining table still removed) &
in the office.
97. Purchase new tires & rims, have them mounted_Complete
new tires NOT on car & used rims NOT on car annnnd both ON car...whoot!

This Month FAIL_1
26. Limit coke to three cans per week
I’ve weaned myself from caffeinated and from having coke when out but I still, and apparently will always, have one can per day at home. I can’t drink diet so, empty calories are my future.

1. Art_Complete minimum of 6 large collages/ drawings_1/ 6
Click on to make bigger. You can go 3 times bigger which makes it frickin huge.
I'm kind of happy with this since I haven't drawn 'realistically' in recent memory. Thought I should give it a shot again.

2. Draw 3 hours per week min_2/ 50
5. Work on computer graphics 3 hours per week_4/ 50

12. Learn 5 origami designs_4/ 5
     A) Box_Complete
     B) Crane_Lauren_Complete
     C) Heart_Complete
     D) Dragon_Jimmy
     E) Heart-Letter_Complete
Have learned 4 out of the 5, only have the dragon to go. I'll post pics when ALL done.
13. Participate in 365 Photography Project
Have made 7 weekly posts to my LJ

34. Develop clothing style for casual wear
I’m getting some kind of a handle on this and have actually been buying a few things, but still need photos
      A) Tunic type tops with leggings
      B) Tunic type tops with low-rise skinny jeans
      C) Shorter tops with boot-cut jeans
35. Develop clothing style for going out/ work
      A) Nicer tunic type tops with leggings
      B) Skirts & dresses with leggings
      C) Nicer shirts with slacks
37. Mimic Tommy Joe’s earrings minus the industrial piercing
I have taken several steps toward accomplishing this because I do love Mr. Ratliff’s earrings so…minus the industrial piercing. Again, photos needed. His for reference and mine for outcome.

Books/ Media
55. Read every book offered up at my book club_2/ 6
     ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lachs’ by Rebecca Skloot
The non-fic story of Henrietta Lachs, her descendants, the author as she attempted to write Henrietta's story, and the invaluable contribution Henrietta's genes have made to cell technologies including the ever-changing ethical questions surrounding the harvesting of cells & tissues. An easy and very enlightening read.
56. Read one art/ photography history book per month_2/ 11
     'Gray' by James Rondeau and Douglas Druick; With contributions by Mark Pascale, Richard Shiff, Barbara Rose, and Kelly Keegan and Kristin Lister, and an interview with the artist by Nan Rosenthal
A wonderful essay driven catalog for Johns' 2008 exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, I enjoyed reading this, with some essays easier to read than others, but all well worth the effort especially the interview with Johns.
58. Read one fiction/ non-fiction book per month_2/ 6
     I read 3 ‘The Hunger Games Trilogy’ by Suzanne Collins
59. Post to flickr the cover & a brief description of each book_5/ 40?

68. Find 10 new food items/ techniques_5/ 10
   B) Find healthy organic honey_Done
A friend’s neighbor makes his own & it’s very good
   C) Find signature black & green tea_Done
To make things easy, teas must be found in most stores so, I went with
Tazo’s Organic Chai & Zen
   E) Chocolate Balls for hot chocolate_Done

Hot Chocolate Balls
     1 12oz bag (2 cups) semisweet chocolate chips
     1 cup heavy cream
     1/ 4 teaspoon salt
     Microwave chocolate, cream, & salt in large bowl stirring occasionally until smooth, about 2 to 3 minutes
     Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours
     Roll 3 tablespoons into 10 2-inch balls individually wrapping each in plastic wrap, transfer to zip-lock plastic bag
Refrigerate for up to 5 days
Freeze for up to 2 months

 As can be kind of seen in the photo, what I did for Prep part 3 is I put the 3 tablespoons into a little metal bowl, I laid the plastic wrap over the bowl, inverted it so the chocolate would tumble onto the wrap, and then I just needed to twist the wrap closed.

 To make the hot chocolate:
Place the chocolate ball in a mug, fill with milk, and microwave about 2 minutes, stir, then continue heating for about 1 more minute.

     F) Swedish Pancakes_Done

I'll do a photo next time, I just got so excited at how good they came out I forgot to take one.

Swedish Pancakes
This makes around 9 to 10 pancakes, enough for 3
     1 cup instant flour
We used Wondra because the batter must be smooth which means much mixing which toughens the batter with regular flour that then must sit for an hour or more. With instant flour, the batter can be used immediately.
     1/ 8 cup sugar
     1/ 2 teaspoon salt
     3/ 4 cup half&half
     3/ 4 cup club soda
     4 1/ 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted & cooled
     1 large egg plus 1 yolk
Make batter:
     Combine flour, sugar, & salt in large bowl. Slowly whisk half&half, club soda, 4 tablespoons butter, egg, & yolk into flour mixture until smooth.
Cook Pancakes:
     Brush surface & sides of 10inch skillet with 1 teaspoon butter and heat over medium heat
     When butter stops sizzling, pour 1/ 3 cup batter into skillet, tilting pan to evenly coat the batter
     Cook until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side (supposedly, ours took a little longer)
     Keep warm however you think best. We did what they recommended, on a plate, wrapped in foil, and they got cold so…yeah.

   G) Caramelized Onions_Done

Caramelized Onions
     1 tablespoon butter
     1 onion, chopped
     1/ 2 teaspoon salt
     1 tablespoon brown sugar
     1/ 4 cup chicken broth
     Melt butter in medium non-stick skillet over medium-high heat
     Add onions & salt and cook about 5 minutes, until onions just begin to brown
     Add brown sugar and cook about 5 minutes, until onions are golden brown, stirring frequently
     Add chicken broth and cook about 5 minutes, until onions are soft, deep golden brown & sticky
I used these with a potato gratin

86. Help Lauren determine financial aid & possible universities
     November_Determined which University of California campuses she wanted to apply to –UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, UC Santa Cruz & UC Davis; she retook her ACTs,; she completed both essays (one through AP Lit & one on her own); and finally, she submitted the completed apps with ONE DAY to spare. Now, on to the privates, which are due in January.
93. Make sure Lauren completes all her testing
     November_Rretook her SAT subject tests (& did WAY better)

Original list

Flickr for Completed Tasks


( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 3rd, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
I remember when I was helping the girls fill out college applications, SAT prep and what not. I thought I was going to tear my hair out.

Your carmalized onions look gorgeous!
Dec. 3rd, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
The only thing I need to worry about is due dates, when to file, when is the test, because otherwise Lauren has a friend who's been helping her fill out all her applications and makes sure she ready for her testing. So sweet.

The onions do look pretty, don't they? And they added a very nice flavor to the potatoes.
Dec. 4th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
That is so nice that her friend is helping her! I need someone like that :)

You do SO MUCH! I am in awe of that.

Also, lovely tattoo you got!

Dec. 6th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
Lauren is very fortunate to have Jimmy, they been best friends since 2nd grade, which amazes me. Ya'know? a lot of it is the documenting, remembering everything, or at least, most everything, makes it seem like a lot, but thank you and I'm glad you like the tattoo, I'm most pleased with it myself.
Dec. 5th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
I love flow of the drawing.

I needed 4 new tires last month.
Dec. 6th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'm pretty pleased with the way the drawing came out myself. and isn't it nice we have that in common, the need for new tires and just in time for winter. My car seems to be holding on to the road much better now and that also pleases me. It's the little things, right?
Dec. 7th, 2010 06:19 am (UTC)
For me, in the swampy south, the tires are more of an issue in the summer when we get our monsoon rains. I need to get my ass in gear and go get the tires!
Dec. 6th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
Hot Chocolate Balls sound tasty! Thanks for sharing :D
Dec. 7th, 2010 06:51 am (UTC)
they are so easy, I keep ours in the freezer and the hot chocolate only takes a couple of minutes to make in the microwave. Should you try it, remember, you can mix it up by using different kinds of chocolate bits.
Dec. 6th, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
Love the drawing!

I'm curious about the tattoo, is there some meaning behind the symbols?
Dec. 7th, 2010 06:52 am (UTC)
So glad you like the drawing, I do too.

Yes, there is meaning behind the tattoo, the top symbol is my zodiac sign -Capricorn; the middle one is my daughter's -Scorpio; and the bottom one is my husband's is -Gemini. It's us.
Dec. 7th, 2010 07:37 am (UTC)
That's a really nice idea! :)
Dec. 8th, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
I snagged the idea from Glam Nation and all their various little wrist tattoos. It's weird where ideas can come from.
Dec. 8th, 2010 06:31 am (UTC)
Just wanted to say, I love your drawing! I am always in awe when I can look at a sketch and feel it too. Thanks!
Dec. 8th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
thank you so much, I really appreciate your thoughtful words.
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