Friday, September 28, 2012

101 in 1001 Progress Report

Is anyone out there still plugging away at their 101 in 1001 list?  I am. It helps to remind myself that I actually made one, or else I might put off some things if I don't make the effort. Other things happen rather spontaneously.

Since August 25th I have crossed off a few things.

-Got my hair cut by Mario. I've already carried on about that. Here was the result of the cut. Not a big change.  Certainly not worth the price of admission to his chair.

-I taught my dog a new trick.  Actually, my sister did when she was here earlier this week. She's quite the dog whisperer. She noticed how smart he is and how driven he is to find tennis balls in the backyard. We were up talking one night and she said, "I bet you could hide them in the house and then tell him to go find them."  So she started with one ball and "hid" it slightly between the chair and piano. Too easy. Reilly found it immediately.  She then went to the hall and hid a ball in the magazine rack in the bathroom. He couldn't see her, but he heard her, and zoomed right to the magazine rack. Voila! Then I took two tennis balls, hid one on a lower shelf of my writing desk, and another behind a sofa pillow.  Each time he was being held back in a different room so he couldn't peek!  Guess what? He came around the corner of the living room, sniffed a bit, and found the first  ball on my writing desk and the other buried deep behind the sofa pillow.  So much fun for all of us to witness this incredibly intelligent creature doing what he most assuredly was born to do: search and "rescue"!


- Mega cooking party for someone in need. My sisters and I mega cooked for my parents while together on Monday. We made all sorts of vegetarian entrees for their freezer. They were very grateful since Mama still doesn't have clear vision and can't stand on her feet for very long at a time.
No one took pictures that I know of.  We were up to 'here' in chopped onions, diced tomatoes, gluten-free batters, and ricotta cheese.  And we weren't there to be photographed, although I thought a time or two it would be fun to have pictures of my sisters and I working together in Mama's kitchen.  Oh well, I've got memories.

- We bought mattresses for the boys. Queen for Steve, twin for Joel.   The mattress guy is a Christian and very easy to work with.  I used my best negotiating tool--honesty--and said, "I won't play games. I have this much for both mattresses. Can you do it?  He raised me 25 bucks and we shook on it. He said don't tell anyone what I sold that queen bed for. I've never sold it lower, and I've been here a long time!"   Anyway, the boys have  had a good night's sleep ever since.  I have had a few good naps in various bedrooms myself when  no one's home. Shhh. Don't tell anyone.

I'd love to hear updates from others who are part of the 101 craze!


Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

Smart dog for sure or at least I'm impresssed!

Good for you, negotiating for a good price. That works!

I don't have a sister to share fun with but I've often wished that I did. But, I do have a SIL that is just like a sister and we have fun whenever we can manage to be together. We live about 500 miles apart.

Blessings to you!

Laurie said...

I really like your hair, you cutie!

WHAT a good dog!! We had a Border Collie mix who was very smart about keeping track of his favorite fetching-ball!

How often do I regret not taking photos of a fun time! (But right, you do have memories, however, if your memory is like mine, a picture for remembrance could help!)

I like your shopping style. Please come along next time I go mattress shopping!

Carrie B said...

Yep, I'm still plugging away too. I want to create a tab for my List so I can refer to it easily but that would require some techie know how I don't have. Hmm I should have put THAT on the list. Ha.

Your hair looks great, and good negotiating tactic! I'll have to remember that one! :)

Beth Zimmerman said...

Your dog-baby sounds like a delight! Your hair is adorable! =) I'm doing well to keep putting one foot in front of the other this year!