101 Things: March 2011

This is an update of my 101 Things in 1001 Days project. February was a complete debacle — with the disastrous road trip to a funeral, a thousand bucks in car repairs, and a ton of stress, nothing really got done. I didn’t even get a single item done in February, so I put off the updates until the end of this month.

Items accomplished in March: 2
Total items accomplished: 17/101
Percentage complete: 16.8%

Items Completed in March:

25. Read War & Peace.

Holy crap. What a slog. This took me months and I never ever EVER want to go near another Russian novel again.

71. Socialize Vinnie.

I think we’ve actually gotten to the point where I can say this is as good as it’s going to get, and that Vinnie is probably never going to become an attention-seeking, outgoing cat. He actually spent time in Kate’s lap this month (granted Happy was there, too) and he’s getting less wound-up about being pet or having someone sit down next to him unexpectedly. Additionally, he will start coming out in the open when there’s strangers in the house, too. It’s a nice change. Whether or not we’ll see him become outgoing is still open for debate, but he’s definitely more socialized.

Items Underway in March:

3. Buy a house.

Kate and I have been looking around more and discussing purchasing strategies. We’ve bounced around a couple ideas — waiting another year and saving up more toward a down payment on a bigger place. Or, buying a cheaper place sooner and making upgrades/modifications to it every other year or so. I like the latter idea more than the former, especially with our plan to become a single-income family (mine).

18. Rewrite Bubble.

This, too, is ongoing. I’m about 20% of the way through my 100,000-word goal. The first draft I wrote of this was too stodgy and didn’t have enough “fun” in it. I’m playing with the big ideas a little more and letting my smart-assed sense of humor shine through a bit more. We’ll see how it plays out.

44. Assemble my framebuilding infrastructure.

So this month, I purchased my torch, hose and regulators from another local framebuilder. Additionally, I got the stuff together for my workbench, tubing blocks, and the stuff to finish my welding stand. At the rate I’m going, I could be doing about half my production work at home by mid- to late-April.

70. Get all four cats microchipped.

We now have 3 out of the 4 completed, as Happy was taken care of at his vet appointment on the 25th. Feels good to be nearing completion. Vinnie will get his this summer when he goes in for his annual check-up.

80. Create — and release under the GPL — three WordPress themes. (0/3)

I’ve been playing around with the Less framework and jQuery, and hope to have three pretty unique themes to release in April. Would be nice to knock this one completely out of the park.

85. Transition to the “Hard” level on Rock Band.

I think that going forward, my play will only be at the “Hard” level. I’ll report back on this in a month. I should probably start playing Rock Band again, huh?

95. Set up a hummingbird feeder on the deck.

Going to hit up Home Depot in early April and bang this one out. I’ve budgeted for the feeder, a mounting bracket, and a big container of the nectar. Looking forward to this one.

4 thoughts on “101 Things: March 2011

  1. war and peace is terrible. i wrote my thesis on that and a book by turgenev, and have only read parts of it. it’s that terrible.

    turgenev and dostoevsky are awesome. tolstoy was a twat.

  2. An excellent assessment of Tolstoy. I would say that War and Peace does read easier in Russian than in English. But not much.

  3. I’m having a similar issue with House of the Dead by Dostoevsky. I love it, but yeah, very, very heavy reading.

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