#83 read Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore
"Looking back now, I mourn the mutual wounds inflicted in verbal battles with the 'unsaved.' In fact, I have chosen to delete that particular term from my vocabulary as I have learned that even with my $500 European-designer bifocals, I cannot see into a person's heart to know his spiritual condition. All I can do is tell the jagged tale of my own spiritual journey and declare that my life has been the better for having followed Christ."
"...you can't judge people by what they do or what they have. You got to judge them by what they been through. And you ain't gonna know what they been through lessin you cares enough to ask. But, if the truth was to really come out, God don't need no more judges; He's got courthouses full of em. What God does need is servants. I pray you will become one."
Since there wasn't any female representation in the pie eating contest at church, I of course decided I should participate. My chief competitors were the Harris brothers who are more than 15 years younger than me (everyone else was even younger than that) and are over 6 feet tall. I obviously had no chance.
#24 read Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
#140 go to 10 Pacers games (8 done)
#244 buy a new TV
#289 do 10 activities that are new or intimidating (2 done)...lip sync battle
#291 play the piano every week for a year
So my goal was to play half an hour every week and make up any weeks that I missed. I did pretty well overall but had to apologize to my roomie that she would hear me play a lot the last week since I had something like 7-8 hours left. At least I had lots of Christmas songs I could play through at the end of the year.
#107 read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
"We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it's our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand."
I've determined if that ever happens to me I'm going to just go all spread eagle- getting an arm caught and breaking it would be way less traumatic than falling that far. Luckily, after a couple of minutes he got up and walked away with his friends so hopefully there were just a bunch of bruises for him the next day.
#279 touch a real snake
#78 read A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken
"The best argument for Christianity is Christians: their joy, their certainty, their completeness. But the strongest argument against Christianity is also Christians- when they are sombre and joyless, when they are self-righteous and smug in complacent consecration, when they are narrow and repressive, then Christianity dies a thousand deaths. But, though it is just to condemn some Christians for these things, perhaps, after all, it is not just, though very easy, to condemn Christianity itself for them."
#282 get certified in something
I got CPR certified. Please don't make me use my knowledge.
#31 read Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
#44 read Just As I Am by Billy Graham
"We know we cannot do everything that needs to be done, but in a world that is never free of turmoil, Christ calls us to do what we can."
I guess it's kind of fitting that I don't have any picture for this one. Life had been crazy busy and I decided that I just wanted a mini vacation where I didn't have to be around people, could have a little silent retreat, and could get caught up on some of my reading. My awesome friend Sheri let me stay at her house while she was out of town and it was just what I needed to recharge. I had a whole day of quiet, journaling, and connecting with God.
#23 read Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
#241 get a pedicure
This was well overdue since a) I've never had one before and b) climbing is hard on the feet. Our climbing buddy David told us his sister had just opened a salon in Carmel (Be.You.tiful Nails) so we went to support her new business. It was really nice in there and I had a great time hanging out with my sweet climbing girls. They were also kind enough to pick out a color for me since I could not handle the overwhelming number of options. My nails looked great for about 3 weeks and then the climbing shoes took a toll on them.
Me with Cameron, Carolyn, and Christina. Carolyn was such a sweetie to give me my pedicure as a late birthday present!
#289 do 10 activities that are new or intimidating (3 done)...lead climbing
Holly and I decided to learn how to lead climb with Aaron & Carolyn so that we can climb outside at some point. I only really said yes because I like hanging out with them and it would count toward an item on my list. I don't particularly like to learn new things or do things that I'm not good at (hence why I added #289 to the list). I get weirdly nervous and become a chatty student who makes a lot of jokes. Luckily Topher was super chill and made class a lot of fun. Unfortunately for him we suffered schedule issues, job stuff, and my badly sprained ankle. So our 4 or 5 sessions ended up stretching out for 4 months before we finally all officially graduated. I also tried to jack up my good ankle during one lesson. But at least in the end we learned a new skill, made a new friend, and I evened out the ankles so my bad ankle didn't seem as terrible when you compare it to my "good" ankle.
Still smiling four months later!
#27 read Huck Finn by Mark Twain
For those of you keeping score at home, the tally is now 94/120 books and 233/300 total items. So I have to double up on books some months still but I'm not too far off the pace. If I didn't mention it before (who can remember these things when it's been 9 months since the last blog??), I'm also taking suggestions for #298 which was added to the list- create a 40 things to do in my 40s list. This of course is assuming that I survive my 300 list. Thanks for reading and if you've stuck with it through such a long update, you definitely get a good star today!!