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A New Journalling Commitment?

The past few weeks, I've been debating over whether or not to participate in the 100 Words project during the month of May. It sounds like an interesting challenge - write 100 words every day for at least a month - and I've wanted to try my hand at it. The problem is, the guidelines are pretty strict, and I'm not sure I'd be able to do it.

They only give you one missed entry for the whole month; any more and you're disqualified. I've only written 10 entries in my journal this month, out of what will be 30 days come Friday. (Which I've only just realized is, yikes, tomorrow!) That's not even half! The most entries I've ever written for a month was 28 out of the 31 days in December during last year's Holidailies. It wasn't too terribly hard (I fudged with a couple photo entries, if memory serves me), but it did take up a lot of spare time.

I'm not sure I'll be able to find any time to write 100 extra words every day next month: I've got my Memoir Writing class, my cousin's graduation, the CAPA convention, and The Yard Sale (of Doom) to get ready for and then have over Memorial Day weekend. Plus, I've got my diet and exercise programs to keep up with, my job, time with family and friends, as well as updating my journal and this blog. Oh, and reading books! I completely forgot about reading books! I'm still slogging through Pickwick Papers (Gah!), and haven't touched The Lovely Bones or any of the other paperbacks I saved from The Yard Sale (of Doom) for weeks! I've been so tired after working all day and then exercising, I come home, fix my meals and snacks for the next day, have dinner, shower, hang out and watch TV with my mom, then go to bed between 9:00 and 9:30, where I might watch some more TV till a little after 10:00.

My computer has been turned on exactly twice this week: once on Monday to check my e-mail, and the second time was Tuesday to upload Adobe Creative Suite. I didn't even go online, then. Last night, I didn't turn it on at all, and since I have class tonight, it won't be turned on again.

Jeeze, now it sounds like I'm whining. I'm really not; it's just overwhelming when I write down everything I've got coming up next month! Well, I guess I've pretty much talked myself out of participating in 100 Words officially, but I would still like to do it; the format intrigues me. So, I may try writing 100 words a day just on my own. Call it practice, if you will. Perhaps I'll sign up later on in the year.

Fitness Quiz

One of my fellow BlogSwan contestants posted this interesting fitness personality quiz from the Weight Watcher sight. I love internet quizes, so naturally, I took this one. Here's my result:

"You're an Outside Exerciser!
Being at one with nature isn't just an ideal, it's likely to be your reality. All your favorite activities are likely to take place in the fresh air, and you probably don't even think about getting a cardio benefit as you meander along wooded walking trails. For you, exercising outdoors is likely to be a soulful stimulus. You are likely to enjoy yard work and gardening, taking long walks and bird watching. There's likely no need for you to join a gym — as long as you have a park nearby and don't shy away from rainy-day workouts. You should consider a variety of activities like walking, gardening, mountain biking, canoeing and hiking, but be sure not to get so caught up in the beauty surrounding you that you forget to challenge yourself. "

This is mostly true: I do enjoy being outdoors and partaking in outdoor activities, but I'm usually too tired, or let's just admit it, too dang lazy to go out and do anything. Once I'm outside and doing stuff, though, I love it. I'm thinking this result should be one that I aspire to - I've been wanting to go moutain biking, hiking, camping and ocean kayaking for a long time. Perhaps it's time to really work on that.

I (Heart) My Job

I've mentioned several times how I love my job and where I work. The people are all great and the work itself is interesting. I really didn't need any more reasons, but thanks to our wonderful and generous Head Honchos, here's two more anyway:

Participation Positives

1. A wonderful Saturday morning spent walking around the lake.

2. A productive Saturday afternoon spent organizing rubber stamps.

3. A fruitful Sunday morning discovering one of my Ebay items had sold.

4. An optimistic Sunday afternoon putting five more items up for auction.

5. A relaxing weekend spend doing fun things.

50 Silly Questions

Found at Dreama's.

1. What year was the best year of your life? 1984.

2. One animal or insect that Noah should have left off the ark? Mosquitoes.

3. Do you make a wish before blowing out your birthday candles? Every year!

4. Do you generally open your bills on the day that you receive them? No, I usually wait until a few days until they're due.

5. How many pillows are on your bed? Three.

6. Favorite ice cream flavor? Ben & Jerry's Pistachio Pistachio

7. What is the most dominate color in your wardrobe? Black.

8. Have you ever seen a ghost? No.

9. Would you rather go to a carnival or circus? Carnival.

10. Favorite meal: breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Dinner.

11. Your favorite fictional animal? Snoopy.

12. Have you ever flown first-class? No.

13. Would you go on a reality show? Probably not.

14. Are you more optimistic or pessimistic about the future? Optimistic.

15. Pancakes or waffles? Mmm. Waffles!

16. If you could own a home anywhere in the world, where would it be? Cambria, California, USA>

17. Your favorite Soup of the Day? Clam Chowder.

18. What site is a must see for all visitors to your city? Avila Beach.

19. Can you recommend a good restaurant in your city? Novo.

20. You go to the zoo; What is the one animal that you want to see? Tigers!

21. Potatoes, rice, or pasta; Which is your favorite? Pasta.

22. What is the best movie that you've seen this year? "The Passion of the Christ."

23. One of your favorite books when you were a child? Corduroy.

24. What in your life are you most grateful for? My family.

25. You are home alone and use the bathroom; do you close the door? Yes.

26. What is your favorite small appliance? Coffee bean grinder.

27. Salty snacks or sweet treats? Salty snacks.

28. Are you usually a little early, a little late, or right on time? As hard as I try to be right on time, I'm usually a little late.

29. What is the most daring thing that you have ever done? Picked up and moved to another state on the spur of the moment.

30. Have you ever met someone famous? If yes, name one. Sir Derek Jacobi.

31. What was one of your favorite games as a child? Uncle Wiggly

32. At what age have you looked your best? 22.

33. One person that never fails to make you laugh? My friend Jewel.

34. What was the first music that you ever bought? Yaz Upstairs at Erik'

35. If you could change one thing about your family life when you were a child, what would it be? That my parents didn't get divorced.

36. What is the one thing that you cook that always receives compliments? Salmon.

37. From what news source do you receive the bulk of your news? NBC.

38. In the last calendar year, how many people have you told that you love them? 2.

39. Who received your first kiss? A boy named Chuck.

40. The single most important quality in a mate? High moral standards.

41. What do you value most in a relationship? Loyalty.

42. Do you believe that you have a soulmate? If yes, have you already met? No.

43. Do you consider yourself well organized? Not quite yet, but I'm working on it.

44. On average, how many times a day do you look at yourself in the mirror? Four.

45. Did you ever make a prank phone call? No.

46. What one quality do you seek in a friend? Fun.

47. Have you ever killed an animal? No.

48. When you were twelve years old, what did you want to be when you grew up? A veterinarian.

49. Do you believe in a afterlife?

50. What would you like to accomplish with the remaining years of your life? I would like to get married and have children.