It’s time for the 17th update on my 101 in 1001 Challenge! If you haven’t been following along on this journey so far or have any questions about what the challenge is, you can check out this link for details.
November is for NaNo. I’m always a bit surprised at how much else I get done during the month of November. I guess it’s proof that if I really work at it, I can fit in writing along with the rest of my regular activities. It does often take work, though. It’s not something I can do without thinking about how to make it work.
Here’s this month’s challenge progress:
4 items completed this month
20 items currently in progress
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Writing #100: participate in NaNoWriMo 2017 ~ 11/1/2017 – 11/30/2017
NaNo is a lot of fun! This year’s participation included going to local write-ins and playing with other WriMos, both in person and online. We did word sprints and word wars and just generally had a good time. If you do NaNo, you should try a write-in. If you have a fun group (like we do) they can be both enjoyable and productive nights.
Health #47: Get an eye appointment (and new glasses if needed) ~ 11/11/2017
Eye appointment: check! New glasses: ordered, and should arrive soon! It’s nice to have vision insurance again. Yes, my prescription is not very much of one (and my distance vision is getting better while my reading doesn’t yet require glasses… yay aging?) but still. It’s nice to know that my eyes are getting checkups. I blame the 1983 TV series “V”. Ever since accidentally* seeing the aliens pull out their whole-eye contacts and eat guinea pigs, I’ve been very sensitive about my eyes.
* “accidentally” because as I recall it, my parents didn’t know I was watching until I started getting upset. I don’t remember now if the eye thing or the guinea pigs upset me more.
Arts & Crafts #14: Make my own Christmas cards ~ 11/25/2017
I haven’t finished making them, but I’ve made a nice batch. (Want a preview? I haven’t finished the cards with the otters on them yet, but I did make an entirely different batch. Here’s a glimpse at them – this is about half of the ones I’ve completed.)
Food #33: Drink no soda for a month (do 3 times) ~ 11/30/2017
I’m trying to cut soda out of my diet entirely, but it can be difficult in some locations. For instance, when I go somewhere (like a theme park) that only has weak tea and I need a caffeine hit, I will get a Coke. I know, it would be better to wean myself off of the caffeine, but I don’t want withdrawal headaches when I’m in the places where this happens. Also, I love the Cherry Coke & movie theatre popcorn combo that Mr. Wyrm and I have been doing lately. I did manage to abstain from that these past few months while I finished up this challenge item, but I’m not sure I’ll always decide to cut out Cherry Coke. (Which is my absolute favorite soda.) There’s also the mixed drink problem, where a lot of the drinks I enjoy come mixed with soda. So… I think I will stick with cutting soda almost entirely out of my diet, and call that good.
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And just like that, November is over. Are you ready for the last month of the year? I’m not sure I am. I’m not sure I ever am, to be honest. Still, ready or not, here comes December!