Sunday, October 31, 2010

#74 - Visit the Sony Wonder Technology Lab

Friday was my birthday! Kevin and I went into the city for a day of fun!

First stop, we got student rush tickets to see A Life in the Theatre with T.R. Knight and Patrick Stewart! Student rush is man's greatest invention. The morning of the show, they sell any tickets they didn't sell for full price at a super reduced rate. So we went to the box office when it opened to get some super cheap tickets. More on that later.

Then we hopped over to the Sony Wonder Technology Lab, to fulfill another thing on my 101 in 1001 list! It's completely free, all you have to do is go and get a ticket for an entry time.

When you go in, they give you a card that you use to "log in" to each exhibit. It's all interactive and each exhibit looks at different types of technology and how they work. It would definitely be cool for kids who are into computers.

Some pictures from the trip:

Yellow wall.

Group photo!

Kevin wondering in the Wonder Lab.

Our key cards to log in to exhibits

Screen dropping little nuggets on our shadows.

After the Wonder Lab, we went to Jamba Juice for lunch, followed by a wonderful afternoon in Barnes and Noble. Possibly the largest Barnes and Noble I've ever been in. Here's a fun sign from the store. The restrrooms were in two different places, so they had a very helpful sign to show us the way:

After a dinner at Shake Shack (amazingggg burgers), it was off to the M&M store to kill time! It's really weird to walk in Times Square when you're not a tourist. I loathe getting heckled into buying tickets to comedy shows or double decker bus tours of the city. But it was worth it to make our autumn mix of M&Ms at M&Ms World.

The green ones are the leaves that haven't turned yet.

And finally, the moment we have all been waiting for. It was time for A Life in the Theatre! It turned out that we had seats in the front row, thanks to student rush! We were off to the side, and at more than one time, both actors were literally two feet away from us! And at the end, when they were talking to use about Broadway Cares, I risked it all for this:

Patrick Stewart (and a bit of T.R. Knight) in the flesh! I promise they were not performing the show at this point!

After the show, the actors were taking donations at the door, so I got to meet Patrick Stewart and tell him I love him. It was awesome! I had the best birthday EVER. And, I got another thing done on my list!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

#14 - Go Apple Picking

Last weekend, Kevin and I went apple picking at Fort Salonga Farm!

Kevin and me at the start of our picking adventure! (Notice the still empty bags.)

Two photos above taken with Hipstamatic iPhone app.

Kevin in the rows of trees.

SO fresh and delicious!

After picking, at Sunken Meadow Park.

It was a total blast, and we picked about 16 pounds of apples! Please don't judge us when I tell you that we finished them this weekend (a mere week later). The folks at Fort Salonga Farm were incredibly nice and very helpful. They had three types of apples up for picking while we were there: Jonagold, Mutsu, and Red Delicious. (The first two were our favorites, but they were all yummy.) After we picked, we grabbed some of their flavored honey straws in clover, lemon, raspberry, and blackberry. They were also incredibly tasty.

We ate the apples as is, in slices, and in two different kinds of applesauce! And enjoyed every minute of it. We're trying to decide if it's possible to make one more trip out there before the season ends, maybe grab some Fuji and/or Granny Smith. Needless to say, we WILL be doing this again. I'm addicted!

Thank you, Fort Salonga, for making my #14 come true!

(Reblogged at Lemons as Big as Diamonds)

Monday, September 20, 2010

#70 - Take a Walk in Central Park

On a lovely Sunday afternoon, Kevin and I took a walk in Central Park! We climbed some rocks, watched a couple of innings of a softball game, and ate over-priced hot dogs.

101 in 1001

I'm excited to be back to blogging and ready to go!

On September 5th I started my Day Zero Project. You can follow it here. I'm going to keep track of my completed tasks on this blog! I'll put up pictures when appropriate, talk about my experiences, whatever I feel like doing! You want to see the list? Inspired by Caitlin, I've arranged my tasks into categories.

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (i.e. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e. represent some amount of work on my part).

Start date: September 5, 2010
End date: June 3, 2013

If you set a goal and acknowledge it (say it out loud/ write it down), your brain processes it as something that is already yours. Your psyche counts it as a loss if you don’t achieve your goal.

Items in bold are completed
Items in italics are in progress
Related blog posts are linked where applicable
See all posts in the category 101 in 1001

Be Creative

1. Learn to knit or crochet
2. Make at least ten 12x12 scrapbook pages and put them in an album
3. Put my printed photos into equal-sized albums
4. Build a snowman
5. Paint a canvas until I’m proud of it
6. Make a quilt
7. Take a Red Velvet Art online class

Food and Drink

8. Make a four-course meal
9. Cook dinner twice a week for a month
10. Make someone a birthday cake - Completed July 4, 2011
11. Find a type of wine that I like - Riesling
12. Make/bring my lunch every day for one month
13. Shop at a farmer’s market
14. Go apple picking - Completed October 2, 2010
15. Make up a good recipe


16. Wear a pedometer every day for a week
17. Get to my goal weight
18. Use the stairs instead of the elevator for one week

Health and Beauty

19. Find out my blood type
20. Get 8 hours of sleep per night for two straight weeks
21. Take my vitamins every day for a month - Completed July 21, 2011
22. Figure out and implement a natural make-up look
23. Drink 8 glasses of water a day for a week
24. Discover a new hairstyle for myself
25. Get a weird spa treatment (like a mud bath)


26. Ask my living grandparents to tell me about their lives
27. Take my mom to a nice dinner on me
28. Have a drink with my dad and talk about his life
29. Go on a trip with my sister

Friends and Relationships

30. Get engaged
31. Take a picture together with Kevin once a week for three months
32. Have a Lady Gaga themed party
33. Carve “kt♥ks” on a tree
34. Host a game night
35. Send out Christmas cards
36. Read Kevin’s favorite book, no matter what it is
37. Send 10 “Just Because” cards
38. Organize a game of Hide and Seek with 10+ people in Ikea

Career and Education

39. Get my MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology - Completed May 20, 2012
40. Get a job after graduation
41. Put 10% of my paychecks into savings (starting after my MA degree is complete)


42. Save all of my change for 1001 days and cash it in when the challenge is done
43. Put $5 into savings for each completed task
44. Pay back $3000 of my graduate student loans

Computer and Internet

45. Blog once a week for six months - Completed January 29, 2012
46. Make an iTunes playlist of 101 of my favorite songs
47. Get to 3,000 pictures of me tagged on Facebook
48. Back up and clean out all of my files

Culture and Television

49. Read 10 books I’ve been meaning to read
50. Re-learn sign language (and add to it)
51. Read a non-fiction book all the way through - Bossypants by Tina Fey
52. Attend a live taping of a show
53. Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen – one for each letter of the alphabet
54. Watch every episode of NCIS
55. Go one week without watching any television or movies (including on the computer)

Music and Expression

56. Send a secret to Post Secret
57. Audition for a musical
58. Learn how to play a song on the piano, then perform it for someone
59. Attend a dance class
60. Sing karaoke at a bar
61. Go back to see at least one Century Singers concert as a former
62. Find a personally inspiring quote and apply it to my daily life


63. Visit a flea market (purchasing optional)
64. Get a Kitchen Aid stand mixer - Gift from Dad for Christmas 2010!
65. Downsize – get rid of extra, useless junk
66. Buy 5 original/handmade art or craft pieces from local creators to display in our home

New York City

67. Go to FAO Schwarz store - Completed November 24, 2010
68. Read in the New York Public Library - Completed September 25, 2011
69. Eat breakfast at big Tiffany & Co. store
70. Take a walk in Central Park - Completed September 5, 2010
71. Go to Top of the Rock observation deck (
72. Go on a Scott’s Pizza Tour (
73. Update my voter registration to New York address
74. Visit the Sony Wonder Technology Lab ( - Completed October 29, 2010
75. See a show at Radio City Music Hall - Completed November 24, 2010
76. Visit the Bronx Zoo
77. Go to a New York City street fair


78. Travel with Kevin out of the country
79. Go to Cape Cod with Kevin - Completed May 30, 2011
80. Visit South Carolina again
81. Drive down the California coast


82. Find a church home in New York
83. Reread Blue Like Jazz
84. Memorize James 1
85. Do another Beth Moore bible study

Give Back

86. Adopt a dog or cat - Completed July 17, 2011
87. Donate $1 for every goal not completed
88. Leave an inspirational note inside a book for someone to find - Completed September 25, 2011
89. Buy and use reusable shopping bags
90. Adopt an Angel for the Salvation Army
91. Give a 100% tip
92. Praise a good customer service experience to the person’s boss
93. Donate blood

Et cetera

94. Make a wish at 11:11 on November 11, 2011
95. Buy a lottery ticket
96. Go without speaking for an entire day
97. Watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day
98. Get a tattoo
99. Find a place to practice archery
100. Buy some piece(s) of archery equipment for recreation
101. Get through the whole list!

Monday, July 12, 2010

New Design and New Posts Coming Soon!

I'm gearing up for my last Texas summer before my move to New York City! Once I finish visiting family, unpacking, repacking, and moving, this blog will start up again, I promise.

Things to come:
- My Day Zero Project start-up
- New York news
- Pretty things to look at

I hope you're having a splendid summer, and that it is nowhere near as hot as it is down here.