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Goal in focus Find old 43T friends 141 people are doing this
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Save money 84 people are doing this
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16/01/2018
  • taylor
    taylor Doing 5 cheers 2018-02-02 21:02:15

    My wife and I decided to forgo store-bought Valentine's Day cards this year in favor of simple, written messages of love.

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    taylor Doing 1 cheers 2018-01-29 21:10:55

    This is not going well. My wife and I went out for drinks with friends on Friday night. Had a nice time, but there goes $50.

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  • taylor
    taylor Doing 3 cheers 2018-01-16 22:15:43

    I want to save $1,000 by this time next year.

    My wife and I have taken a trip to Chicago in January the last two years, which we've paid for with money out of an inheritance. That money won't last forever, and we've decided we need to save money out of current income for next year's trip. It will be hard because we've never been good at saving money, but it's nice to have a goal.

    A friend of ours who attends the same event is very goal-oriented and saves a lot of money, so that may be helpful, too.

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28/12/2017
  • taylor
    taylor Doing 2 cheers 2018-02-02 21:06:27

    Hoping to get some snowshoeing in this weekend, if we get enough snow (and I'm in Wisconsin!)

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  • taylor
    taylor Doing 1 cheers 2017-12-28 19:49:27

    I'm not in terrible shape, but nobody would mistake me for somebody with a gym membership.

    I don't mind walking or yoga/pilates or lifting some light dumbells. But one of the exercises I've always hated was sit-ups. However, I've come to realize that I need to work on my core if I'm going to get in shape for dancing -- both vertical and horizontal.

    So, I'm starting to do some core exercises including the hundred and bicycles. But I have to say they're killing me!

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Be Enthusiastic 1 person is doing this
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17/10/2017
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  • taylor
    taylor Doing 6 cheers 2017-10-17 19:27:45

    This is a goal I had at the old 43T, and it's time to renew it.
    The fact is that I can often be a stick in the mud, especially around those I love. I want to change this behavior.
    I want to be enthusiastic!
    Life is too short not to have fun, to be engaged, to be present in what you are doing.
    Eckhart Tolle writes about enthusiasm in A New Earth, and I'm going to go back and reread that section.

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    • BeingBryn
      BeingBryn 0 cheers 2017-10-18 02:19:54

      @taylor I know you from the old 43T, and you never seem like a stick in the mud to me, anyway πŸ™‚ But I love this goal! I think it's a great goal for anyone!

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    taylor Doing 2 cheers 2017-11-29 20:31:08

    I need to try this. Having trouble controlling my daily calorie intake, and I'm thinking that intermittent fasting would be a good way to do things.

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  • taylor
    taylor Doing 3 cheers 2017-09-15 14:57:05

    I once fasted for four days to help identify food allergens, and it was quite an experience. Fasting one or two days a week sounds more manageable. Dr. Mercola has a lot of good information about fasting as well if anyone is interested.

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Stay Focused 1 person is doing this
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12/09/2017
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Declutter 177 people are doing this
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22/08/2017
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06/07/2017
  • taylor
    taylor Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-14 14:48:57

    Good resource for asparagus growing: https://www.almanac.com/plant/asparagus
    I'm never sure what to do with the ferns. From what I'm reading here, I should leave them to grow now and cut them back in the spring.

    Asparagus
    Learn how to plant, grow, and harvest asparagus with this garden guide from The Old Farmer's Almanac.
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  • taylor
    taylor Doing 3 cheers 2017-07-06 15:58:20

    This is a really cool goal. I've kind of done it, in that we built a raised bed, filled it and planted the asparagus roots, but they haven't fully matured yet and I'm not exactly sure how to take care of them, so I'm not marking it done yet.

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    • ExplorerSoul
      ExplorerSoul 3 cheers 2017-08-11 00:44:07

      @taylor The book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle gave me a newfound appreciation for asparagus.

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      • taylor
        taylor Doing 2 cheers 2017-08-11 16:05:39

        @ExplorerSoul I love Barbara Kingsolver's fiction! I vaguely recall hearing about Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. We'll have to check it out! Thanks!!!!

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        • ExplorerSoul
          ExplorerSoul 1 cheers 2017-08-11 16:10:59

          @taylor Funny, I have at least one of her fiction books that I haven't read yet!

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        • beequeen
          beequeen 2 cheers 2017-08-11 16:14:32

          @taylor I will have to try her. A friend of mine has been recommending her for years....... I am picky with fiction, preferring non fiction, but lately have been reading more fiction.

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          • taylor
            taylor Doing 2 cheers 2017-08-11 21:36:57

            @beequeen Prodigal Summer is a favorite of mine. The female protagonist is a forest ranger -- she's a very strong character who lives in a little cabin in the mountains and is trying to protect coyotes from hunters (if I recall correctly).

            The Poisonwood Bible is about a family of missionaries in Africa, and was also very good.

            Animal Dreams is about life on a reservation in the Southwest. It's one of her early works.

            They're all excellent.

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Muse-ic 2 people are doing this
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15/06/2017
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19/04/2017
Every Day
  • taylor
    taylor Doing 1 cheers 2017-09-11 21:56:14

    Been having trouble with this lately, even though I know it will help me to keep warm in cold situations.
    Sunday I was at Wrigley Field, sitting in the shade, with an east wind coming off Lake Michigan. Had to buy an extra sweatshirt to stay warm.

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  • taylor
    taylor Doing 3 cheers 2017-05-01 19:55:10

    The hardest thing in the world is turning the knob counter-clockwise at the end of a hot shower to make it cold, then stand there for 60 seconds. After starting this goal I did it every shower for about a week, but now I'm down to every other time.

    There are also some breathing exercises that go along with the conditioning, where you breathe deeply for 30 breaths, almost hyperventilating, then blow out and hold your breath for as long as you can. I've nearly reached two minutes a couple of times, but have to work up to it. The exercise produces a real inner peace.

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  • taylor
    taylor Doing 5 cheers 2017-04-19 16:59:43

    So I read this article about how exposing yourself to cold temperatures is good for your circulation system: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/04/16/environmental-conditioning.aspx
    The guy interviewed does a bunch of extreme stuff (which I probably wouldn't do myself) but the article says you can do small things like turning your shower from hot to cold for the last minute.
    I've tried this two or three times now, and it's quite invigorating. Living in Wisconsin, it can get pretty chilly. Conditioning myself to better tolerate the cold could be helpful.

    How Environmental Conditioning Helps Tap Evolutionary Strengths
    Environmental conditioning can improve your health by boosting mitochondrial function and metabolic efficiency.
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  • taylor
    taylor Doing 3 cheers 2017-06-12 19:36:15

    True story. Last week we were in the parking garage after a show, walking up the stairwell. We stop at a floor where I think the car is. She says it's up a level. I say, no it's right over there. We walk toward where I think the car is, and it's not there, of course, so we turn around. A pair of women who were behind us say: "Always listen to the woman."

    So apparently I still have some work to do on this goal.

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  • taylor
    taylor Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-01 19:49:48

    I'm really disappointed in myself for not following this goal better. Our mud-room building project has been a series of missteps, usually because I haven't listened to her well. I must do better!

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    taylor Doing 12 cheers 2017-04-19 17:57:05

    The other day, orange spray paint and little white flags appeared on the boulevard between our sidewalk and the street, showing where underground cables are buried. My wife said, maybe the city's going to do something there. I said, that can't be, they've seen that we have black plastic covering the ground and think we're going to be digging, so they're just making sure we don't hit something.
    Yesterday, a six-foot-tall oak tree appeared on the boulevard, planted by the city. Surprise!
    The tree is a good thing, but also a reminder that I need to listen to my wife and not dismiss her ideas because I think I know better.

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  • taylor
    taylor Doing 0 cheers 2017-04-14 21:55:47

    Still working on this. I need to stop and breathe sometimes and listen, especially when we're working together on something.

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  • taylor
    taylor Doing 4 cheers 2017-03-23 20:44:44

    My wife's a very smart woman, but on occasion, I don't listen to her advice because I think I know better about something. Or, I don't pay attention when she's talking to me. Usually, it comes back to bite me in the butt.

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    • ligemst
      ligemst 0 cheers 2017-03-23 21:01:06

      @taylor That's very big of you to admit that here. Would you admit it to her? πŸ˜‰ My husband will periodically see that he should listen to me about some things. Eventually he does, but he tries to make it seem like he came up with the advice rather than me.

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Write a book 315 people are doing this
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07/03/2017
  • taylor
    taylor Doing 1 cheers 2018-02-02 21:03:21

    Hoping to get back to work on this project over the weekend. We go in fits and starts. Time to start another chapter.

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  • taylor
    taylor Doing 5 cheers 2017-03-07 20:18:56

    I learned this poem by e.e. cummings in 7th or 8th grade as part of a "readers theater" group. Today, 40 years later, somebody said "little by little" to me, and I thought, "was by was" in my head, and remembered the poem.

    anyone lived in a pretty how town

    anyone lived in a pretty how town
    (with up so floating many bells down)
    spring summer autumn winter
    he sang his didn’t he danced his did

    Women and men (both little and small)
    cared for anyone not at all
    they sowed their isn’t they reaped their same
    sun moon stars rain

    children guessed (but only a few
    and down they forgot as up they grew
    autumn winter spring summer)
    that noone loved him more by more

    when by now and tree and leaf
    she laughed his joy she cried his grief
    bird by snow and stir by still
    anyone’s any was all to her

    someones married their everyones
    laughed their cryings and did their dance
    (sleep wake hope and then) they
    said their nevers and slept their dream

    stars rain sun moon
    (and only the snow can begin to explain
    how children are apt to forget to remember
    with up so floating many bells down)

    one day anyone died I guess
    (and noone stopped to kiss his face)
    busy folk buried them side by side
    little by little was by was

    all by all and deep by deep
    and more by more they dream their sleep
    noone and anyone earth by april
    wish by spirit and if by yes.

    Women and men (both dong and ding)
    summer autumn winter spring
    reaped their sowing and went their came
    sun moon stars rain

    e . e. cummings

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  • taylor
    taylor Doing 3 cheers 2018-01-16 21:35:16

    Has anyone ever met their "celebrity crush"? What happened? I have a story from this weekend, but I'll wait to hear yours.

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  • taylor
    taylor Doing 4 cheers 2017-09-29 21:23:27

    Did you ever have one of THOSE weeks? Where you don't know where the time went?

    Haven't had one of those in quite a while, but this was it. It's Friday afternoon, and we're headed out for drinks and a Wisconsin fish fry for dinner. Hopefully, that will make it all go away. ;-)

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    taylor Doing 6 cheers 2017-09-13 18:08:54

    If you had a Food Network show, what would you call it?

    If I had one, it would be called The Big Dip. Some would say I'm kind of a dipshit, but I love to dip foods, especially chips, into other things.

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  • taylor
    taylor Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-08 15:40:14

    Have any of your childhood enemies/bullies died? How did you feel?

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    • beequeen
      beequeen Doing 3 cheers 2017-08-08 16:57:04

      @taylor No. Not unless I include my father. How I felt when he died.....hmmm...well....we'd been grieving his loss for so long anyway, hard to say. He was an addict during my lifetime, so I never really knew who he was. I met Mr. Hyde more than Dr. Jekyll. I did like Dr. Jekyll OK when he happened to be around, which wasn't often enough to form much of a relationship with him, but there are some good memories too. Glass half full kinda gal am I.

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      • taylor
        taylor Doing 2 cheers 2017-08-08 20:35:31

        @beequeen I'm so sorry. Didn't mean to dredge up those kinds of memories, but thank you for sharing them with us. I was thinking about people we aren't related to, not considering it could be a family member.
        The other day I was looking back at some stuff for a high school reunion I did not attend, and noticed a list of classmates who had died. It was strange to see the name of one guy who had been really aggressive towards me. Not sure I'd exactly call him a bully, in that he never touched me. But he was a tough guy on the hockey team, and we had some really uncomfortable interactions.
        How did I feel? I'm still processing that. Fortunate that I outlived him. I don't want to feel "good" about it. Not relieved, because he would never be a threat again. Maybe a little bit old, given that about a dozen of my 500 classmates had died.

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        • beequeen
          beequeen Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-09 13:17:59

          @taylor No worries T, nothing was dredged up. And I, we, are all fine. (Mom, the siblings.) I thought you meant a non-relative, but that was the 1st thing that popped into my mind. It doesn't surprise me that you outlived him.

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    • fredvoorhies
      fredvoorhies Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-11 19:39:49

      @taylor an enemy i was over a friend house and i said good riddance when i found out i am sorry for his family but i really hated him

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    • wyverndust
      wyverndust Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-12 04:04:20

      @taylor not yet but I might dance on a few graves. When the mother of the worst bully died, I felt sad for him.

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    • ahorrasi
      ahorrasi Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-13 05:46:43

      @taylor there's only one person i really considered a bully, and a handful who were just really shitty friends (sort of abusive, really) and I sincerely do not know what happened to either of them since I long ago moved away from that situation - I think i feel more rancour towards the shitty friend than the bully however for probably obvious reasons

      i might facebook them see what comes up

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    • anne89
      anne89 Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-17 12:13:30

      @taylor honestly they were all just kids or adults with poor emotional and social skills. I've moved on. I'd feel indifferent if they died. or I'd be sad cause most of them are my age and that's too damn young to die.

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  • taylor
    taylor Doing 3 cheers 2017-07-10 18:07:10

    What are you reading now?

    I'm slowly working my way through two really good books:

    The Cubs Way by Tom Verducci, a very talented and thoughtful sportswriter about last year's championship season and everything that led up to it. My wife and I are reading this together (she reads aloud) on long car trips.

    Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen, an autobiography. I never realized how poor he grew up and everything he went through on the way to becoming a rock superstar.

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    • anne89
      anne89 Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-11 20:46:37

      @taylor Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett; Buffering by Hannah Hart; The Passage by Justin Cronin. among others. I have a habit of starting books and then starting another book before I've finished..

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    • beequeen
      beequeen Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-12 15:47:23

      @taylor

      I started that book by The Boss, but set it aside because one part of it really offended me! I might get past it and pick it up again later, but not for now. I liked his description of his childhood though.

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      • taylor
        taylor Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-19 15:23:05

        @beequeen What part? Maybe I'm not far enough yet. Page #?

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        • beequeen
          beequeen Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-19 16:09:14

          @taylor I'll tell you when you are done. Don't want to rain on your parade. LOL

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          • taylor
            taylor Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-20 20:25:29

            @beequeen OK, no spoilers. I'm up to the time when he's recording Born to Run. Because you say you started the book and then put it down, I'm thinking I may already be past it.

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            • beequeen
              beequeen Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-20 20:50:10

              @taylor

              Oh, yeah, you are past it!

              OK then: I was insulted by his attitude toward dodging the draft. I am not opposed to conscientious objection, but I disliked his cavalier attitude about it, and the description of how he and his friends deliberately went to the recruitment office and acted out, acted insane, just to get out of serving. I also get that they were kids, and probably scared, but as someone who has loved and still loves people whose lives were irrevocably lost or damaged by that war, I took issue with that part of his narrative. I thought it was insensitive.

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              • taylor
                taylor Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-31 20:57:49

                @beequeen That's what I guessed it would be. I figured you had a family member who served during that era, and your reaction is certainly justified. My parents and uncles/aunts were all from the generation who served in WWII or Korea, and I don't recall meeting any Viet Nam vets until after college. I'd heard shorter versions of that story he's told in concert before I read it in the book, so I wasn't surprised by it. Maybe you were?

                I do give him credit for being honest about trying to get out of the draft, even though it was his messed-up leg from the motorcycle accident that kept him out. I can also tell that he feels badly about it, and has tried to help veterans' causes over the years. I recall him speaking out about veterans issues around the time Born in the USA came out, though I'm not that far in the book yet, so I'm curious about what he'll say about that facing veterans who went in his place.

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                • beequeen
                  beequeen Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-01 13:17:48

                  @taylor Ah, I didn't know it had anything to do with his leg. I just recall reading the part I mentioned above. I suppose if I hadn't been so turned off by that segment and had decided to read further I may have learned more about it.....................Thanks for shedding some light. :)

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    • juliejordanscott
      juliejordanscott 1 cheers 2017-07-17 14:48:16

      @taylor I just finished Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay and Carsick by John Waters. Both were for book clubs.

      On my own I am reading "Prayers of a Young Poet" by Rainer Rilke.

      I would like to find a quick read novel to enjoy this week - any suggestions?

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      • beequeen
        beequeen Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-19 20:27:20

        @juliejordanscott

        I just finished a book about the Stephen sisters, Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf, told from Vanessa's point of view. Its an interesting (albeit fictional) look at the dynamic of their relationship and the dynamics of the Bloomsbury Group, their entourage. It's called Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar. Its definitely a quick read and kinda fun if you're part literature geek along with other aspects of your reading character.

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