Thursday, December 4, 2008

It's Been A While

So I created this blog in September - and it is now already December and I haven't posted since I created the blog. Oh well...stuff happens. Life has been busy around here. A lot has happened since then: We have a new President-elect (and not the one I would have chosen); K-State had a losing season, fired a coach, and re-hired a nearly 70-year-old man to bring them back to the glory days; the Chiefs STILL suck (no surprise there), the price of gas went up to nearly $5.oo and is now back down to $1.62 (less in Marysville), Manhappiness passed a top-notch smoking ban, the Whitesells became proud owner's of a motorcycle, Joe and I survived our first home remodel project (more on that later), Michelle's Machines had an amazing come from last victory to become the two-time NASCAR fantasy champions and I completed ALL of my Christmas shopping! Whew - that's a lot!

Hopefully I can cross a few items off of my 101 in 1001 list and update you all on our life happenings in the process.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Big List

The List...
(in no particular order)

Michelle’s 101 in 1001:
Start date: August 28th, 2008
End date: May 25th, 2011

Family / Marriage
01. Go on a vacation with Joe.
02. Make a candlelight dinner for Joe and I.
03. Do something for Joe that I would only do because I love him.
04. Have nice pictures taken of our family each year. (0/3)
05. Make Joe breakfast in bed.
06. Spend an entire day just me and Phillip.
07. Go on a mini-vacation with Brian & Mandy.
08. Go on a weekend excursion with Mom.
09. Start a family.
10. Attend “Pie Day” with the Wassenberg women. (9/25/08)
11. Visit my second family in Wakeeney, KS.
12. Send birthday cards to everyone in our immediate family.

13. Take a friend to lunch on her birthday.
14. Take a vacation with my girlfriends.
15. Call or visit a friend I haven’t seen in at least a year.
16. Visit Ashley in Ohio.
17. Organize a board game night for friends.
18. Plan a trip to St. Louis with Daryl and Allyson to see a Cardinals game.
19. Go eat dinner with Dennis.
20. Invite friends for dinner at least once a month for six months. (0/6)

New Skills
21. Host a family holiday dinner at our house.
22. Learn how to play golf.
23. Try 15 new recipes. (2/15- Taco Casserole, Spinach Artichoke Dip)
24. Learn how to make gravy.
25. Learn how to drive a manual.
26. Kill a spider by myself. (8/28/08 - with numerous "weapons")
27. Make a pie from scratch.
28. Learn how to sew.
29. Help coach the Marysville Swim Team.
30. Make a “t-shirt quilt” from my Relay For Life t-shirts.
31. Cook/bake something new for Joe even though I don’t like it.
32. Learn more about photography from a professional.

33. Update resume.
34. Update portfolio of work.
35. Organize a NEW Turner community affairs event.
36. Recruit future Turner-ites at K-State!!!

Just Because
37. Use our new china.
38. Purchase a video camera and begin to accumulate incriminating evidence.
39. Make homemade ice cream.
40. Buy something on impulse that I might not need and wouldn’t normally buy for myself.
41. Go to the Plaza in KC and watch them turn on the Christmas lights.
42. Make a snowman in our front yard.
43. Find a “treasure” at a garage sale.
44. Go camping.
45. Carve pumpkins with Joe.
46. Finally finish “The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” that I started a year ago.
47. See a play or musical.
48. Open a Safety Deposit Box.
49. Have a conversation with someone in Spanish.
50. Bake and carry Christmas goodies to our neighbors / co-workers.
51. Make and take dinner to someone who needs it.
52. Frame / hang our diplomas.
53. Take a one-tank-of-gas road trip without any plans.
54. Buy Joe a bike (not a motorcycle..a regular bicycle).
55. Babysit for Jesse & Jessica (5 KIDS) so they can have a date night.
56. Have an all-night movie extravaganza.
57. Go to a farmer’s market.
58. Visit two Kansas attractions/places I have never been. (0/2)
59. Print/frame pictures some of my own artistic/scenic photos (i.e. Spain/Alaska/Mexico).
60. Go antique-ing.
61. Go fishing.
62. Vote in the presidential election. (11/4/08)
63. Go to a drive-in movie.
64. Put a puzzle together.
65. Use our fondue set.
66. Go sledding.
67. Ride on a boat.
68. Visit 3 new states and take pictures by the state signs. (0/3)
69. Visit Washington D.C.
70. Make our wedding album.
71. Send Christmas cards. (12/6/08)

72. Get back to my pre-wedding weight – and maintain it.
73. Go a month without having a Pepsi.
74. Exercise at least once per week. (4/143)
75. Learn CPR.
76. Get Joe to start taking his multi-vitamin.
77. Floss every day for one month.
78. Run a 5k.

79. Buy a water softener.
80. Paint the outside of our house.
81. Take pictures of the house / contents for insurance in case of fire/flood. (10/6/08)

82. Search ads weekly for deals that correspond with things we need and coupons we have.
83. Build up our savings account to equal 4-6 months of expenses in case of emergency.
84. Contribute the maximum amount to get my employer’s match to my 401k each month.
85. Pay off my car.
86. Finish and implement “The Automatic Millionaire Workbook”.

87. Pray the rosary with Joe.
88. Pray at least once daily.
89. Recruit a team for the Marshall County Relay for Life.
90. Get involved with a committee at St. Gregory’s.
91. Complete 50 hours of community service.
92. Share my faith with a stranger.
93. Adopt a family at Christmas time.

94. Participate in Marysville’s recycling program.
95. Unplug unused appliances to save energy.
96. Sign up for email statements for our credit cards / pay our bills online.

97. Back up my computer once a month.
98. Clean out and organize our office.
99. Get rid of old and irrelevant e-mail messages in all inboxes.
100. Clean my car inside and out.
101. Make another list.

101 in 1001

101 in 1001: My List of Things to Do

The Challenge: Complete 101 preset tasks/goals in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria: Tasks must be specific, with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days? Many people have created lists in the past — frequently simple goals such as New Year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

I will update the blog when I complete an item on the list, hopefully with photos to prove it. By making my list public, I am keeping myself accountable to actually DO the tasks! I encourage you to make your own lists and join the challenge with me!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Beginning

Ok. Here goes. After reading all of my friends' blogs and saying at least once a week that I should make one of my own......drum roll please.....welcome to my blog: "The Whitesells"!

(Ok - so I was lacking a little bit of creativity when I came up with the name, but at least I've taken the first step. )

So, welcome to my blog. I can't promise how often I will update it or even how interesting it will be, but I can promise you a good laugh as you read it. It is sure to be full of completely boring stories and pictures of our life here in the big city of Marysville. You can check in and laugh as I attempt to document our lives as Joe and I navigate our first year of marriage and tackle owning our first home.

I hope all is well in your neck of the woods! Come back and visit soon!