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KICK ME! [01 Jun 2006|12:26am]

trekster
Help me, please. Remind me to do any or all of these things:

~sleep
~grade papers
~input grades
~clean my kitchen (room, den, etc)
~water my plants
~do my dishes
~return my library books
~get gas (ugh, $$)
~declutter



THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!!!
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Community still alive? [09 Oct 2005|11:39pm]

fingerthemiddle
I like the premise for this community- does anyone out there want to start posting again?
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this community [11 May 2005|03:08pm]

grocersfreezer
this community is perfect.

in the next year (hopefully before then) i would like to finish my masters degree in english from the university i just left. i finished my coursework there, and now i have to write my thesis so that i can be done. i haven't really started it, nor have i gotten past even reading the first few pages of one book that i have to read for it. but now i'm beyond that.

ALSO in this, is learning how to play the drums.

i've been talking about playing the drums for a while. i just got a drum set, but no place to set them up (i'm working on that) and what i'd like is to set it all up so that it's a nice physical activity that counterbalances the heavy academic work i'll be doing on my thesis.

i've also told myself i'd like to write one story per month, but maybe with all this other stuff that's got to wait.

thanks everyone!
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[09 Feb 2004|03:21pm]

trekster
Butts being kicked! How is everyone doing / how did you do with your goals??

Post, update us!!
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It's Personal Thesis Completion Month [03 Nov 2003|10:39pm]

sarahellco
Tomorrow is my meeting with my full committee, and hopefully I can get an okay from all of them.

I have until December 7th to finish the project.

I have a script. I pulled footage from 10 commercial reels today. I have 80 tapes. I want to do 10 a day, for the next 7 non-working days. That would be Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
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useful skills [08 Oct 2003|10:54am]

sarahellco
thesis project: proposal is almost through committee; I'm clear on the sequence of forms I have to get signed and turn in and where I stand with the bureaucracy; I'm showing the project on December 7th in San Francisco and publicity has already gone out, so it will get done.

accounting: is pretty easy. I got the highest score in the class on the first exam.

kinetic sculpture: instructor strongly suggested I make my first project using metal for the motor shaft/cams/mechanical parts rather than wood. I'm pretty comfortable working with wood. Now I have to learn how to cut and drill metal and weld sooner than I had planned. I was intending to use metal for the next project. The class is a bit frustrating because I'll regularly just draw a blank on how something should work and how to get it to work when I've grasped it in theory or done it in another context.
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New! [21 Jul 2003|05:55pm]

kali_kali
[ mood | contemplative ]

Well, I joined, then lost the spark of motivation I had, then quit, then rejoined again.

So to tell you about me and my project. . . .

I'm 19, and just about to start my second year of university at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, studying Philosophy and Human Rights.

I realized a few days ago that I've spent most of the last year simply sitting on my butt not doing anything but going to classes, going to work and surfing the Net.

So I've decided to get motivated and do things.

Among my goals. . . .

-clean my room and get it organized (meaning buy furniture for it and such). I've already started this, to see my room before I started cleaning it, you can see my post here in organize

-do all of my readings and coursework, and attend all classes (obviously I can't do this one until September)

-do random acts of kindness and/or glamourbombs (see glamourbombs for more details) at least once a week (next project is pretty fake flowers in peoples' mailboxes)

-write and send out letters and packages to all of the snailmail friends I've made in all of the various snail mail communities I'm in (snail_me and care_packages to name a few).

. . .that's about all for now!

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Update [11 Jul 2003|12:11pm]

sarahell
I'm up to Chapter 14 in my 30-chapter Financial Accounting self study book. There are some things I still can't grasp, but most of it makes sense. I had to take a day or so and focus on learning about investment securities and concepts related to investing and its products. I'm making a point of listening to the news each day and trying to derive at least one accounting concept from various stories. The accounting class I want to take next fall, has all these prerequisites, which I'm not sure if I have to take them, if I can get around them...I'm going to have to take a couple of tests to waive requirements ... one at 9am on a Saturday, which will be painful.

I've got about 15 tapes logged, and I taught myself how to copy DVDs, so that I can pull clips from DVDs (mainly examples of product placement). It's fairly simple. What I want to do is a bit easier than what most people want to do, which is make an identical copy of the original DVD. The trick that I face is selecting the exact file that contains the scene or shots that I want to use.

Academic bureaucracy continued: I need to be registered for at least 8 units (each course at my institution is 3 units) in order to get my financial aid money. I only need to complete two courses: the proposal course, and the creative project course--six units. Hence, the decision to take an accounting class. However, I can't register for the creative project course until I have completed the proposal course. I will not complete the proposal course until classes start, but my financial aid gets disbursed before classes start. So I have to register for two other classes, instead of just one.
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Consider it Broughten! [10 Jul 2003|11:39pm]

asstronaut
Well, I haven't been posting because I've been SuperBusy.
I think summer travel plans got in the way.
I am currently
Reading for my dissertation
Learning a new language
I just maxxed out my weights
I am planning a new LJ for ex-pat adventures
I am still doing yoga every morning
My Bates method has been suffering
I still get my three mile run in three times a week.
And, to top it all off, I am cataloging my library (400 books already...)
Whew!

Honestly, I don't quite know how this community can work.
It seems many f the people have fallen off the face of the earth.
Scandinavia will scrub me off the face of the earth soon, I think...
I amst ill interested in boxedrobot and [Bad username: yesterday's clown]'s projects.
I see you have a new living situation, though ewt, so bonne chance!
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[08 Jul 2003|08:53pm]
ewtikins
Whoa, nobody has said anything for ages. What is going on?

How is the dear donut site going? How is the reading going? How is the writing going? How is the raw food eating going? How is the exercise going?

Consider your butts to be kicked!

Sorry if I forgot anything or anyone.

I finally put an ad in the papers for new housemates. So far have showed the house to two people. Yay! Most of the house is quite clean and tidy. My room is a complete sty. Working on that tonight.
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[01 Jul 2003|12:11am]
ewtikins
[ mood | patriotic ]

Happy Canada Day!

I'm going to bed now.

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I'm back! [24 Jun 2003|10:20am]
jordaaner
[ mood | busy ]

Hi everyone, I made it back from my travels - and I'm here to announce that I have done bloody nothing since posting last. Well, what are holidays for?

I feel refreshed - I wouldn't say I'm 100% raring to go, but I just need to jump back in and hopefully I'll feel better about everything. Hopefully.

My work goals for this week are:

* Correspond further with the potential coach I've found, and see if I think we're well matched.

* If I think we're not well matched, continue looking for a good coach.

* Crack open my books (sometimes this can be the hardest part), pull all my work out, lay it all over the floor, and figure out where to go from here. I have to keep reminding myself that I have three agents waiting to see my proposal. I have to keep working.

Once I've actually opened the books, I'll be able to come up with some further goals. I'll keep it simple for now.

One point, which is not necessarily a bad thing - my partner has started a new job and for some reason they don't have a computer for him and won't be getting one. He needs to take the laptop to work every day (for about six weeks I think). This means that I won't be able to write anywhere except at home on the PC. So I need an extra dose of determination to avoid slacking off. :)

I am aiming to get those books opened immediately after lunch today, at the latest - that's about two hours from now. Aaargh!

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[18 Jun 2003|09:38am]

everybabyweeps
[ mood | gloomy ]

Ive done nothing but restretch my earlobe holes.
thats it.
i dont' care though, its raining.

Thanks to zachel.. my new goal is too look into raw foods.
can you recommend a website?

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[18 Jun 2003|10:39am]

zachel77
well, i effectively set back my progress in accordion and my collage book, as well as my (pen-and-paper) journal writing when i fractured my wrist while rollerskating. or rather, while falling. while in rollerskates.

the newsletter is all done, at least the part that i'm responsible for right now. i had to pass the folding, labelling, stamping, and sending off to someone else.

i've been reading some books on media studies, though not intensely.

over the weekend i attended a raw foods seminar and was able to meet some local raw fooders, which is very good for generating a support system. i have not been eating completely raw, as my trip is imminent, and i don't want to get sick while i'm travelling (i'm assuming that i won't be able to maintain it over there).

so i'm very bummed that i won't be able to take notes and maybe even photos of my trip. but hopefully i'll at least be able to check in via LJ.
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5 year-plan [16 Jun 2003|03:22pm]

sarahell
Inspired by asstronaut, I created a five-year plan of skills to acquire and projects to work on about three months ago. It is located here:
http://pages.sbcglobal.net/sarahell/plan.html

So far, I've been working diligently on the master's culminating project, leading to the "complete degree" goal.

Since I got fired last week, I've been making more progress in studying basic accounting. I'm trying to work at the rate of 6 chapters a week. The book is 30 chapters long.

I've signed up for the EA (Enrolled Agent--allows one to "practice before the IRS"--it's kinda like a bar exam for tax preparers, but not quite) exam. This is a year two goal, so I'm a little ahead of myself.

After a few weeks of scouring the web, I finally found a sight devoted to DIY acoustical treatment (i.e. sound baffling) and have purchased supplies to construct acoustical panels to mount on the ceiling of the arts space I run with my partner. This is leading me to get a bit acquainted with basic carpentry, another year two goal, as I have to make frames for the panels. This is the first hot week of summer here in the Bay Area, and it is typical of my life, that it would be when I start a project that involves working with fiberglass.

Two weeks ago our arts space had its annual art sale fundraiser, so I did a bit of installation of photography, paintings, and drawings. 2-d art installation is one of those things I do infrequently (my partner is in charge of the visual art exhibitions, I handle the live events: music, film, etc.) that I tend to forget what I learned and have to relearn it each time.

I'm getting better at Quickbooks Pro (popular accounting software), and have taught my mother, who's been a bookkeeper for over 20 years and has used the program for quite a while, a few things about the program she didn't know.
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[17 Jun 2003|12:37am]

zachel77
well, i effectively set back my progress in accordion and my collage book, as well as my (pen-and-paper) journal writing when i fractured my wrist while rollerskating. or rather, while falling. while in rollerskates.

the newsletter is all done, at least the part that i'm responsible for right now. i had to pass the folding, labelling, stamping, and sending off to someone else.

i've been reading some books on media studies, though not intensely.

over the weekend i attended a raw foods seminar and was able to meet some local raw fooders, which is very good for generating a support system. i have not been eating completely raw, as my trip is imminent, and i don't want to get sick while i'm travelling (i'm assuming that i won't be able to maintain it over there).

so i'm very bummed that i won't be able to take notes and maybe even photos of my trip. but hopefully i'll at least be able to check in via LJ.
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Round up. [16 Jun 2003|05:13pm]

donutgirl
This week, we heard from tchatchke, jordaaner, asstronaut, ewtikins, and sarahell. Bully for them, but the rest of you get forty lashes. No lurking!

For my part, I surfed around for decent cheese books to invest in... there's one in particular that I have my eye on. And I updated my cheese journal with a double Gloucestor. And I have an idea for a novel, so I might be in the market for a very cheap laptop so I can write seriously while I'm in Scandenavia this summer. If not, I'll write by hand... it's been done before! Danish is coming along all right; I can tell time now, although boy is it counter-intuitive. I sewed a couple pairs of pants that needed it, increasing the size of my summer wardrobe by about 30%. And I began the long and arduous job of scanning my artwork. Now all I have to do is futz with it in photoshop and plop it on the website. Oh, and I made donut stickers! Aren't they cute?

I still haven't sent any emails off to prospective webzines. Every day, I come up with a new excuse... does anyone have any tips or tricks for helping me screw up my courage and talk to these people? I can't help being scared that they will say mean things about my poor little dear donut site... and I'm also worried that I'll send out 20 emails and get back zero replies. What'll I do then? What is my plan B?
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Pathetically late status report [13 Jun 2003|01:15pm]
jordaaner
[ mood | depressed ]

Hi everyone,

Here's a two-in-one apology for not having updated, and a warning that I'm going to be offline for the whole of next week. Off on holiday to Crete, wheeee!

Work has been a disaster this week. I had a dreadful meeting with my biography subject last Friday in which she said some awful things and basically expressed that she has no confidence in me at all. I could go on, but I've tried to forget most of the things she said. Very cruel.

It has affected me badly and I am now not sure if I can do this project. :(

I've decided to get a coach, so my next step (probably not organised until getting back from holiday, as we leave tomorrow) is to find myself a coach that I can work well with and also who is within our household budget.

It hasn't been all doom and gloom this week (although it mostly has.) I've accomplished some good baby steps, for example finally buying myself a new simcard for my mobile phone, and cancelling my phone insurance contract. I've been meaning to do these things for about four months. I also bought myself a new bikini for the holiday, which was soul-destroying I can tell you. Who would have thought that my skin was so luminously white? I swear they have manipulated the mirrors in department store changerooms or something.

So, my first task when I return will be to work on finding a coach, and not to give up on the work I have already done. This coming week I am going to relax, regroup, lie around and read trashy novels, and maybe work on a Louise L. Hay book or my 'Life Coaching' workbook if I take them along.

That's me in a nutshell. I also want to work on a clear list of goals for various aspects of my life (need to do this in order to work effectively with a coach), so I will share them with you all as well.

*sigh* Feeling a bit utterly drained right now. But I'm confident that I can get this show back on the road.

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This week. [11 Jun 2003|07:48am]

tchatchke
I have accomplished a lot these last few days, and I'll keep going. Whew!

The main things I need to focus on this week is going through belongings and more apps. More and more apps. And I must speak to Jennie about the roommate issue/lease issue this Friday. Those are the big issues this week.
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Keepin' it brief. [11 Jun 2003|12:03am]

asstronaut
First off, I am haing some luck with the Bates Method of vision improvement.
I don't really need to block out huge amounts of time for tit. On the downside,
not wearing glasses limits how much I like to be on the computer.

Fitness? Well, last Thursday through Monday I hit the three week wall.
I should be fine now. I am also turning into a yoga pro.

I've been doing osme language work. The modern languages are going
better than the ancient pnes, but I am experiencing general progress.

I stalled out a bit on Flash since the computer crashed while I was working
on it last time. Also, it's a pain to use the computer without glasses.

That's about it. Sorry I was late to check in.
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