101 Things: September 2011

Items accomplished in September: 1
Total items accomplished: 26/101
Percentage complete: 25.7%

Items Completed in September:

89. Buy a D-SLR camera.

A-train sold me his old Canon Rebel XTi for a really good price. And I’ve been getting a ton of use out of it — taking tons of new pics for the Pallas Athena website, and been loading up my Flickr account. The goal is to be very competent with it by the time Beta (see item #2, in the “Items Underway” section below) becomes 2.0.

Items Underway in September:

2. Have a kid with Kate.

As of this posting, we are 17 weeks along. Due date is roughly March 11, 2012. Nine months before my fortieth birthday, and approximately nine months before the end of this 101 Things in 1001 Days cycle. As you can probably guess, I’m reading pregnancy and parenting books.

32. Build at least six custom frames for paying customers. (1/6)

Fang’s 29er frame is done. Justin’s 26er isn’t far behind.

41. Work on my wheelbuilding skills, get completely comfortable with the process.

I’ve been doing a lot more wheel truing at the shop this year, and that’s built up my confidence in my ability to do this. Over the course of the winter, I plan to build two new wheelsets. And buy myself a truing stand and some wheelbuilding tools for my home workshop.

49. Complete the 100 push-ups program.

I’m working on it!

51. Get my six-pack abs back.

Also underway — this is a combination of things, the reduced soda (and other crap) intake, and getting ready to do the 200 Sit-Ups Program. I’ll probably be adding kettlebells shortly, too.

54. Stop drinking soda.

In the space of a month, I’ve reduced my intake by 50%. Two things helped with this — first, I started logging my intake, and was horrified. And then I thought about what Kate said when she quit smoking — that she had a choice, that she could be a smoker or a mom, but not both. I have a choice. I choose to quit.

61. Have at least three months’ of salary (Kate’s and mine) in savings.

When I set this up, I should have said “income”, as I meant post-tax. I’m still treating it as post-tax. Between our IRAs and our savings account, we’re sitting at about 50% of goal. Rawk.

72. Design at least 3 new fonts. (0/3)

This is underway! I plan to have two freebies and a new pay font up and online in early October.

73. Take a photography class.

Now that I have a DSLR, I’m poking around looking for a community ed class that I can take. In the meantime, I should read Digital Photography for Dummies or some shit.

74. Find a cool time-lapse subject, make video.

Idea found. When I build Erin’s track bike, I’ll be timelapsing much of the build process. Result = awesome.

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