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Simple Saurus Returns… with Goals

After a long hiatus, I’ve decided to attempt blogging again. Does anyone else find blogging more difficult that it should be? It doesn’t seem like it should take so long or be a lot of work but somehow I always run out of steam. So I’ve made a goal for myself to blog weekly – just once a week… it can’t be that hard, right?

Anyways, I’ve decided to return to my blog as a way to track some goals. Here’s my July Goals as well as some long term goals that are carrying over from when I first started this blog.

 

July Goals:

  1. 30 minutes exercise daily
  2. Vitamin, fish oil, and allergy medication daily
  3. Drink water upon waking plus 3 water bottles full (mine holds 18oz) each day
  4. Start #100HappyDays
  5. Start #40Bagsin40Days
  6. Reconnect with a friend each week
  7. Try something new each week
  8. Date with husband each week
  9. Blog once a week
  10. Daily brief walk with dogs after dinner (when weather permits)

 

Things I want do before leaving Kentucky:

  1. Visit Mammoth Cave
  2. Camp at Red River Gorge/Natural Bridge
  3. Visit the Versailles Castle

 

Bucket List:

  • Start scrapbook for Demet and I
  • Complete 12 week Body for Life Program
  • Beat best 5K time of 27:10
  • Get my old cell phones cleared out and then donate them to someone that can use them. (Domestic violence shelter for women? Our troops stationed overseas?)
  • Complete a triathlon.
  • Learn to play golf.
  • Learn to ski.
  • Go snorkeling.
  • Go on a cruise.
  • Visit the Grand Canyon.
  • Visit the Galapagos Islands.
  • Have/adopt a child.
  • Beat my marathon time of 5:41:18.
  • Get a complete makeover.
  • Learn something new daily for a year and blog it.
  • Ride a horse.
  • Visit Yellowstone Park.
  • Camp on the beach.
  • Be 1st author on a scientific manuscript.
  • Create and list 500 items in my Etsy shop.
  • Visit my childhood best friend, Louise.
  • See a pyramid.
  • See the Great Wall of China.
  • Go on a safari.
  • Go to a murder mystery dinner.
  • Go whitewater rafting.
  • Sponsor a child.
  • Ride a moped.
  • Send a different friend a card or letter for 12 months.
  • Ride a camel.
  • Learn to edit photos in photoshop or gimp (i.e. reduce shiny face, red eyes, etc).
  • Go to a drive in movie.
  • Scuba dive.
  • See a volcano.
  • Research my family tree as far back as possible and get a really cool family tree picture made.
  • Ride a segway.
  • Send a message in a bottle.
  • Help train/socialize a service dog.
  • Have a big garden and share the food.
  • Learn to can food.
  • Be a foster parent to a child.
  • Foster animals.
  • Play 20 questions with 20 friends to learn more about them.
  • Go geocaching.
  • Do 5 unassisted pullups.
  • Take my dogs somewhere and work with them until they aren’t afraid of the water and let them swim.
  • Be the person up in the air at a VT football game.
  • Take a self defense class.
  • Ride on a sailboat.
  • Go on a retreat with close girl friends.
  • Take my husband on a surprise weekend getaway.
  • Host a Halloween costume party.
  • Spend the day picking berries at a berry farm.
  • Harvest honey.
  • Take a trip with my brother – just the 2 of us.
  • Spend a day at a spa.
  • Shoot a gun at a shooting range.
  • Finish a 365 Photography Project.
  • Start a pay it forward chain.

Virginia Birth Card and a Passport

So…today I finally went to apply for a US passport. I’ve searched up all my documents to prove I am who I say I am…birth certificate card, social security card, driver’s license,  marriage license…etc etc…anything I could think of that they might want to see to prove I am indeed me, I took to the passport application office. I had a whole folder of awesome papers. 🙂 I make sure I have a checkbook because the office I went to doesn’t accept card payments. I’m all nervous double checking I have everything as I walk across campus (I work at a university) to the ID/passport application office.

I show up at the passport office and the lady working there is very nice. She’s quite  impressed that I brought all my papers and had my application filled out and ready. I try to tame my wild hair (it’s raining and windy here today) and smile for my passport photo.  Done! Then she’s checking over everything to make sure I didn’t forget to fill out anything or something.

That’s when it happened…

My VA birth card (it’s plastic and all cute) does not have my parents names on it. I have no idea why it doesn’t…that’s just what was issued back in the early 80’s when I was born. She points this out and says the passport office won’t accept the plastic card as my birth certificate because it’s not a “current” birth certificate. I couldn’t help but giggle and so did she when she realized she’d said “current” instead of updated because I was born a long time ago…of course the birth certificate isn’t current!

So anyways, I just spent the last 45 minutes tracking down the website and applying for a rushed birth certificate to prove I have parents. Don’t make the mistake I made…if you were born in VA (or elsewhere) and have a birth card instead of a birth certificate and it doesn’t have your parents names on it…go apply for a birth certificate. Mine ended up costing $51 because I need it pronto. It’d be much cheaper  if you don’t need it right away.

Here’s the website if you have a VA birth card and need to apply for a VA birth certificate…

http://www.vdh.state.va.us/Vital_Records/index.htm

Bike Trek to Shakertown

As you’ll see on in my “Things I want to do” post, I have been wanting to visit Shaker Village for some time. It’s a gorgeous little Shaker community here in Kentucky. Two of my other goals is to be more fit and to do more for charity this year.  So….how do you combine all three things? With the Bike Trek to Shakertown, of course!

This event is a 2-3 day (I’m doing the 3 day) cycling event in which we bike 30-60 miles daily. I’ll be training for this event all season this year. Actually, we’ve (my husband and I) already been doing some longer bike rides to prepare for it though it’s freezing cold here in Kentucky this time of year.

The Bike Trek to Shakertown event raises money for the American Lung Association. I have a cousin (by marriage) who has cystic fibrosis and had a double lung transplant in 2008. Unfortunately she is have problems rejecting the transplanting lungs and is currently awaiting an 2nd lung transplantion. I will be riding in her honor for the Shakertown event. Please send healing thoughts her way.

If you are able, please support my fundraising efforts with a donation. There is no minimum donation. All donations are tax deductible (you can print a receipt after your donation). Also, please spread the word so that others can support this great cause!

Click here to donate. 

Interested in riding? Email me at sabshire07@gmail.com

Things I Want to Do – January 2012 Update

Here it is 2012 and there are many things still on my list that I wanted to to do last year. So I’m updating my list and making a conscious effort to start crossing some things off! 🙂

*Items in green are currently in progress. Items in purple are completed.

Things I want to do in 2012:

1. Get a passport – DONE! 🙂 And traveled to Denmark in March of 2012. 

2. Lose 15 pounds to be at the optimal BMI for health (BMI 22)

3. List 500 items in my jewelry shop online – http://www.etsy.com/shop/biddysbeads 

4. Simplify my house…keep only what I need –  donate/recycle the rest.

5. Learn more! Read more!

6. Begin a scrapbook for Demetrius and I. – I can’t believe I haven’t done this yet! I’ve saved a lot of things though!

7. Get my old cell phones cleared out and then donate them to someone that can use them. (Domestic violence shelter for women? Our troops stationed overseas?)

8. Complete 12 week Body for Life Program

9. Beat my personal best 5K time of 27:10.

10.  Blog more!

Things I want do before leaving Kentucky:

1. Visit Shaker Village

2. Visit Mammoth Cave

3. Visit Red River Gorge/Natural Bridge

4. Eat at 5 Lexington Restaurants that I haven’t been to

5. Versailles Castle

6. Camp at Lake Cumberland

Things I want to do someday:

  1. Complete a triathlon.
  2. Learn to play golf.
  3. Learn to ski.
  4. Go snorkeling.
  5. Travel outside of the USA. -Done! Denmark March 2012
  6. Go on a cruise.
  7. Visit the Grand Canyon.
  8. Visit the Galapagos Islands.
  9. Have/adopt a child.
  10. Beat my best marathon time of 5:41:18.
  11. Get a complete makeover.
  12. Learn something new daily for a year and blog it.
  13. Ride a horse…scary since I’m allergic to horses.
  14. Visit Yellowstone Park.
  15. Camp on the beach.
  16. Be 1st author on a scientific manuscript.
  17. Create a super organized crafting space.
  18. Stop using plastic grocery bags.
  19. Visit my childhood best friend, Louise.
  20. See a pyramid.
  21. See the Great Wall of China.
  22. Go on a safari.
  23. Go to a murder mystery dinner.
  24. Volunteer for at least 5 different charitable causes.
  25. Go whitewater rafting.
  26. Sponsor a child.
  27. Ride a moped.
  28. Send a different friend a card or letter for 12 months.
  29. Ride a camel.
  30. Have 6 pack abs.
  31. Learn to edit photos in photoshop or gimp (i.e. reduce shiny face, red eyes, etc).
  32. Go to a drive in movie.
  33. Learn to make a fire without matches.
  34. Scuba dive.
  35. Bottle feed puppies or kittens that have been orphaned. Find the babies a home when they are ready.
  36. Ride a zipline.
  37. See a volcano.
  38. Research my family tree as far back as possible and get a really cool family tree picture made.
  39. Ride a segway.
  40. Send a message in a bottle.
  41. Help train/socialize a service dog.
  42. Have a big garden and share the food.
  43. Learn to can food.
  44. Be a foster parent to a child.
  45. Foster animals.
  46. Play 20 questions with 20 friends to learn more about them.
  47. Go geocaching.
  48. Do 10 unassisted pullups.
  49. Take my dogs somewhere and work with them until they aren’t afraid of the water and let them swim.
  50. Play on a slip-and-slide.
  51. Be the person up in the air at a VT football game.
  52.  Take a self defense class.
  53. Ride on a sailboat.
  54. Go on a retreat with close girl friends.
  55.  Take my husband on a surprise weekend getaway.
  56. Host a Halloween costume party.
  57. Spend the day picking berries at a berry farm.
  58. Adopt 2 children from the Angel tree at Christmas and spend the day shopping for them with my husband.
  59. Harvest honey.
  60. Build a raised vegetable garden.
  61. Take a trip with my brother – just the 2 of us.
  62. Spend a day at a spa.
  63. Shoot a gun at a shooting range.
  64. Finish a 365 Photography Project.
  65. Start a pay it forward chain.

Master’s Defense

Well it’s time to check one thing off my list of things to do before the end of the year!!!

I successfully defended my Master’s Capstone (aka thesis) on Wednesday. (Sorry I’ve been MIA a lot lately and haven’t posted much…now you know why!)

The title of my capstone was “Employment Status, Body Mass Index and Physical Activity in KY Women”. I’m finishing up the last revisions then the paper goes to get printed on special paper before being bound and stored at the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky. A second bound copy will be given to me and I’ll post pictures as soon as that happens!!

HOORAY for being done with graduate school (at least for now!)!!!!! 🙂 I’ll be walking in the graduation ceremony in December.

Things I want to do

*Items in green are currently in progress. Items in purple are completed.

Things I want to do before 2012:

1. Get a passport

2. Lose 20 pounds to be at the optimal BMI for health

3. Finish my Master’s degree in Public Health – defense scheduled for Sept. 7, 2011!!  https://simplesaurus.wordpress.com/2011/09/11/masters-defense/

4. List 500 items in my jewelry shop online – http://biddysbeads.artfire.com

5. Celebrate Master’s degree with party

6. Donate, recycle, or get rid of 500 items that are cluttering my house

7. Create an address book with snail mail addresses for friends and use snail mail more often.

8. Begin a scrapbook for Demetrius and I. – I can’t believe I haven’t done this yet! I’ve saved a lot of things though!

9. Get my old cell phone cleared out and then donate it to someone that can use them. (Domestic violence shelter for women?)

10. Complete Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 program.

Things I want do before leaving Kentucky:

1. Visit Shaker Village

2. Visit Mammoth Cave

3. Visit Red River Gorge/Natural Bridge

4. Eat at 5 Lexington Restaurants that I haven’t been to

5. Versailles Castle

6. Camp at Lake Cumberland

Things I want to do someday:
1. Complete a triathlon.
2. Learn to play golf.
3. Learn to ski.
4. Go snorkeling.
5. Travel outside of the USA.
6. Go on a cruise.
7. Visit the Grand Canyon.
8. Visit the Galapagos Islands.
9. Have a child.
10. Adopt a child.
11. Beat my best 5K time of 27:10.
12. Beat my best marathon time of 5:41:18.
13. Get a complete makeover.
14. Learn something new daily for a year and blog it.
15. Ride a horse.
16. Visit Yellowstone Park.
17. Camp on the beach.
18. Be 1st author on a scientific manuscript.
19. Create a super organized crafting space.
20. Stop using plastic grocery bags.
21. Visit my childhood best friend, Louise.
22. See a pyramid.
23. See the Great Wall of China.
24. Go on a safari.
25. Go to a murder mystery dinner.
26. Volunteer for at least 5 different charitable causes.
27. Go whitewater rafting.
28. Sponsor a child.
29. Ride a moped.
30. Send a different friend a card or letter for 12 months.
31. Ride a camel.
32. Have 6 pack abs.
33. Learn to edit photos in photoshop or gimp (i.e. reduce shiny face, red eyes, etc).
34. Go to a drive in movie.
35. Learn to make a fire without matches.
36. Scuba dive.
37. Bottle feed puppies or kittens that have been orphaned.
38. Ride a zipline.
39. See a volcano.
40. Research my family tree as far back as possible and get a really cool family tree picture made.
41. Ride a segway.
42. Send a message in a bottle.
43. Help train/socialize a service dog.
44. Have a big garden and share the food.
45. Learn to can food.
46. Be a foster parent to a child.
47. Foster animals.
48. Play 20 questions with 20 friends to learn more about them.
49. Go geocaching.
50. Do 10 pullups.
51. Take my dogs somewhere and work with them until they aren’t afraid of the water and let them swim.
52. Play on a slip-and-slide.
53. Be the person up in the air at a VT football game.
54. Take a self defense class.
55. Ride on a sailboat.
56. Go on a retreat with close girl friends.
57. Take my husband on a surprise weekend getaway.
58. Host a Halloween costume party.
59. Pick berries at a berry farm.
60. Adopt 2 children from the Angel tree at Christmas and spend the day shopping for them with my husband.
61. Harvest honey.
62. Build a raised vegetable garden.
63. Take a trip with my brother – just the 2 of us.
64. Spend a day at a spa.
65. Shoot a gun at a shooting range.
66. Finish a 365 Photography Project.
67. Start a pay it forward chain.