Today I gave 900 meals ($1=1 meal) to Feeding America. Hunger in America has been getting a lot of press lately and it breaks my heart. We have so much, yet some have so little. I know I can’t function when I’m hungry. How can we expect others to? I regularly volunteer at a soup kitchen, but decided to put some money toward the cause.

I”m waaaaay behind on updating my 101 Things in 1001 Days list. The deadline has long passed. I still want to finish all of the items on the list. I completed 79 out of 99, the last two items were about donating money for items completed and not completed. Not awesome, but not bad either.

Along the way I discovered some things about myself: I don’t like wearing scarves (unless it’s a warm and fuzzy winter weather one), surfing is hard, nothing grows in my backyard, wearing my pink wig out set the stage for an awesome night, I’m still dying to go to Istanbul, nature is beautiful, being creative makes me happy.

The final list:

  1. Go surfing
  2. Plant a garden
  3. Buy a home
  4. Complete a triathlon
  5. Score a soccer goal
  6. Learn how to make curry
  7. Go waterskiing
  8. Buy a DSLR camera
  9. Travel to Istanbul
  10. Take a road trip (1,200 miles in Arizona)
  11. Go vegan for a week
  12. Got to the Top of the Rock
  13. Create a piece of art
  14. Go apple picking
  15. Visit Niagara Falls
  16. Learn how to pickle vegetables
  17. Find a long-term volunteer opportunity
  18. Run a half marathon in under 2:00 (1:56:19!)
  19. Learn Spanish
  20. Become a mom
  21. Throw a party
  22. Write a list of 100 things that make me happy
  23. Go to a National Park (I stood on the rim of the Grand Cayon)
  24. Try a new sport
  25. Organize my photos, both digital and print
  26. Finish knitting the white fuzzy blanket
  27. Take 3 photography classes/workshops (2/3)
  28. Host a wii tournament
  29. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  30. Make a corset t-shirt from Natalie Chanin’s Alabama Stitch Book
  31. Use my passport at least three times (avg once a year)  Canada x2 / Barbados/ Colombia / Europe
  32. Watch 10 new films from the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list
  33. See Mama Mia on Broadway
  34. Make an appointment with a financial planner
  35. Take a picture a day for 30 days
  36. Dance (thank you Jersey shore!)
  37. Ride the palma lift at Snowmass without falling off
  38. Play the lottery
  39. Go hiking
  40. Sleep under the stars
  41. Drive a convertible with the top down
  42. Meditate
  43. Keep a writing journal/notebook for 90 days
  44. Find a cocktail that I like
  45. Visit Cartagena
  46. Digitize my address book
  47. Buy new glasses
  48. Try out 12 new hairstyles (2/12)
  49. Every month, mail a card or letter to a friend, just because (30/33)
  50. Buy a fedora, and wear it!
  51. Go ice skating in central park
  52. Learn how to do winged eyeliner
  53. Go back to Paris
  54. Get a psychic reading
  55. Eat raw for a week
  56. Take an acting class
  57. Dye my hair red (again)
  58. Organize my desk area at work
  59. Complete 3 sewing projects (1/3)
  60. Submit my apartment to Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool Contest (again)
  61. Go skinnydipping
  62. Make a necklace with grandma’s old watch
  63. Brew beer at home
  64. Have a picnic
  65. Get 150 followers on Twitter
  66. Learn how to identify the Big Dipper
  67. Go to church
  68. Cook one new recipe a month (30/33)
  69. Create an inspiration board of my style
  70. Be a secret Santa for charity
  71. Read Ulysses
  72. Win something. Anything
  73. Make a quotation book
  74. Organize my recipes
  75. Wear a scarf 7 new ways (3/7)
  76. Learn to play poker
  77. Create a new playlist for my ipod
  78. Go to the beach and play in the surf
  79. Dress up for Halloween
  80. Tip 100% on a restaurant check
  81. Try 5 new foods 
  82. Donate old suits to Dress for Success
  83. Submit a before/after project to Design Sponge
  84. Get business cards for blog
  85. Go see a live taping of a show
  86. Play tennis 4 times (0/4)
  87. Make friends with 5 bloggers (0/5)
  88. Go to 3 photography exhibits
  89. Go snowboarding on a new mountain
  90. Attend 25 networking events (25/25)
  91. Create string art collage
  92. RACE in a 5K (or similar distance)
  93. Buy a leopard print bag
  94. Create a proper home office area
  95. Take pictures of the Brooklyn Bridge
  96. Buy 2 pieces of art for my gallery wall
  97. Spend the day relaxing at a bath house
  98. Make a bead necklace
  99. Wear my pink wig in public, on a day other than Halloween
  100. Donate $10 for each completed task
  101. Donate $50 for each uncompleted task

 

bkylnbridge(home sweet home, Brooklyn)

In honor of Hunger Action Month, this month’s donation is going towards food. Even when I’m broke, I never worry where I will get my next meal. It may be $1 pizza or pasta made at home, but I’ve never worried about being hungry. Sadly, that’s not the case for many people. In 2011, 50.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households—that’s 33.5 million adults and 16.7 million children. And it’s only getting worse. Feeding America provides food to more than 37 million people through food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in communities across America. To know what it’s like, you can try and survive off $4.50 a day, the daily food budget for millions of Americans. Living in New York, that small amount is mind-blowing. That’s the equivalent of one trip to Starbucks. What can you do to help?

I’ve been busy catching up with past projects and crossing more items off my 101 Things list :

2. Plant a garden (Well, I tried. My backyard gets little sun and everything withered and died.)

6. Learn how to make curry (Gotta admit, I realized I’m not a big fan of curry)

11. Go vegan for a week

12. Got to the Top of the Rock

21. Throw a party

24. Try a new sport (loved beach volleyball!)

30. Make a corset t-shirt from Natalie Chanin’s Alabama Stitch Book

34. Make an appointment with a financial planner

35. Take a picture a day for 30 days

40. Sleep under the stars

81. Try five new foods (unagi, sun-chokes, foie gras, duck sausage, swiss chard—that I remember)

88. Go to three photography exhibits

92. RACE in a 5K (or similar distance)

93. Buy a leopard print bag

95. Take pictures of the Brooklyn Bridge

97. Spend the day relaxing at a bath house (an amazing day in Budapest, I highly recommend)

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We take a lot for granted living in the US, at least I know I do. Women around the world struggle for basic human rights. All of the stories can be overwhelming. There are so many women in need, and thankfully there are many organizations that help them. Afghan Women’s Justice Project is one. They provide much-needed help and resources for Afghan women and children incarcerated for gender-based injustices, including funding defense attorneys, literacy teachers and medical services. They are also working to implement change and support culturally-appropriate alternatives to incarceration for “moral crimes” such as parole and work-based vocational training programs for accused women. Donations over $25 receive this NOT GUILTY shirt. I wear it with pride.

Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

31. Use my passport at least three times (Vancouver, Barbados, Colombia, Montreal, Budapest, Vienna, Prague)

46. Digitize my address book

55. Eat raw for a week

67. Go to church

76. Learn to play poker (I even won the mock tournament!)

Catching up on my donations, a friend is walking in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Over two days, she will walk 39 miles. I know I’ve run a marathon, but God bless her, I don’t think I could walk for that long. She’s challenging herself for a great cause. Anyway, wishing her the best of luck!

This time around, I:

28. Host a wii tournament

60. Submit my apartment to Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool Contest (sadly, not selected, again. sigh)

63. Brew beer at home (tasty!)

70. Be a Secret Santa for charity (will def do this again)

I’ve been ridiculously lazy about updating my 101 Things in 1001 Days list. As a result, I’m also waaaaaay behind on my donations. Here’s some of my latest accomplishments:

10. Take a road trip (I drove 1,200 miles across AZ)

18. Run a half marathon in under 2:00 (Brooklyn 2012 in 1:56:19)

23. Go to a National Park (I drove across AZ to get to the Grand Canyon)

36. Dance (yes, I danced my butt off last summer at the Jersey shore)

41. Drive a convertible with the top down

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This picture doesn’t do justice to the beauty of the Grand Canyon. I’ve never been one for nature or national parks, but when I had to go to to Arizona for work, I jumped at the chance to explore the state. So glad I did!

This time around, I’m once again donating to the New York Library. Every time I go to the library or log onto their website, there is a plea for funding. I love to read and can’t imagine life with access to free books, movies, lectures, workshops, etc. Save our libraries!

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