Live a Creative Life

“Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You cannot get there by bus, only by hard work, risking and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you will discover will be wonderful; yourself.”
~Alan Alda (1936 – )

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Day 30 of 31 of the No Spend Challenge

How’d we do?

Pretty good. Daina did choose to go out for pizza for her birthday dinner and chose a store bought cake mix for her cake.

$30.67 spent on dump runs
$85.05 spent on fuel for the vehicles
$137.60 spent on groceries (including Daina’s cake)

“Cheats” included:
$2.53 spent on creamer that I diluted with milk
$30.05 spent on coffees & smoothies
$9.62 spent on a few supplies for the Camp Fire club
$45.00 spent on signing Daina up for Fall soccer before the price went up.
$759.81 spent on a high effiency water heater (original price $1300) that we’ll be getting a $500 refund on, after it’s installed and which will save us an estimated $200-$250 a year on our electricity bill. End price will end up being around $350 once the refund is received and miscellaneous parts needed for install are purchased. So it will pay for itself in less than two years.

That last two fell under the “No Spend Shouldn’t Mean Being Stupid” clause. 😀

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…and so it begins

wallet2Day 1 of no spending and I realize I’m low on my coffee creamer. Guess I’ll relearn how to make my own. :)

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July No Spend Challenge

saveFor the month of July, our family is accepting the challenge of not spending any money, with the following exceptions:

  • Mortgage / Utilities  / Insurance
  • Medications & Toilet paper (something I’m never willing to deal without. :) )
  • Perishable grocery items; milk, eggs, cheese, fresh veggies/fruit (no garden yet)
  • Daina’s birthday meal (if she chooses something that we can’t make with supplies on hand)
  • Fuel for vehicles… with the caveat that we’ll be conserving it too, so only if absolutely necessary.

We’re not stocking up ahead of time. That sort of defeats the purpose after all. The goal is to “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without” and save some money while we’re at it.

If this proves a success, we may do more month long challenges or even… Dun dun dun… a full year (with a slightly longer exception list).

Follow up posts may, or may not, be forthcoming. 😀

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Complete fail

It’s almost a year since I was supposed to have completed a round of 101 in 1001 and I completely failed. I actually just forgot about it.

I started a 2nd round of 101 in 1001 on January 2, 2012. I was supposed to finish up on September 29, 2014.

The things I actually completed:

    • Tip a waitperson 50%
    • Register as a bone marrow donor
    • Ask 20 friends to suggest one book, and read them all many of them
    • Take my parents out to a nice restaurant… and do NOT let them pay
    • Go to bed no later than 10:00pm every day for two weeks.
    • Take vitamins every day for 3 months
    • Buy a house (post challenge timeline)
    • Switch from bank to a credit union
    • Write a personal mission statement
    • Create a compost pile (the first one ended up in a yard waste pile when we had to move in April 2013, but we DID have one… and now a new one)
    • Attend a ballet performance (post challenge timeline)
    • Go camping
    • Fling 10 old kitchen utensils
    • Buy a scanner

Result: 13.5 of 101, 2 of which were completed after the end date.

I could make excuses (a lot of stuff did happen during that time frame) but they’d be excuses. There are a lot of things on that list that I could have done, even with chaos and exhaustion. Instead, I shall just forgive myself and move on. It was a challenge, and a worthy one, but not one that will make or break me and those 2.75 years were hardly wasted. :)

On to new things.

Things still on a Bucket / To Do list:

  • Volunteer with the Peninsula Friends of Animals
  • Read 5 pre-1900 bestsellers
  • Read 5 books; one each about 5 different religions
  • Learn to read/write/speak a 2nd language
  • Take new “wedding” photos with original dress
  • Participate in a Zombie/ToughMudder/WarriorRun/etc.
  • Assemble a first aid emergency kits to keep in the vehicles
  • Squat my own weight
  • Update will
  • Revamp websites
  • Reorganize my digital photos
  • Reorganize my prints and negatives
  • Learn how to knit and/or crochet
  • Plant and maintain a garden
  • Take a picture for each letter of the alphabet
  • Take a photo of the same place every month for year and then turn it into a calendar for the next year
  • Make pasta from scratch
  • Get to 101 recipes in Healthy Doesn’t Mean Boring
  • Turn HDMB into a print cookbook
  • Make a Scrapbook for Daina (5 years – 07/24/09 to 07/24/14)… and also for Siannon (06/17/2013 – 06/17/2018)
  • Go on a three day road trip, no destination, no husband, no child… just you, your camera, and the road
  • Travel to one country you’ve never been to before (more than one preferable)
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Take Daina the girls whale watching
  • Get passports for the family
  • Get my totem tatoo
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Dear Marvel &

Captain America is not Captain Marvel

Captain America is not Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel is not Captain America either

Captain Marvel is not Captain America either

When I search for Captain Marvel (in Clothing), I do not expect, nor want, to see:   or even worse, when searching for “Captain Marvel” with quotes!: Although, to be fair, at least the second search has some old school Captain Marvel stuff on it.   None the less, I want to see things like this:


or this:


or this:

DIY instructions here:

or this:


or this adorable this:

Found on (made by

Captain Marvel has a long history in the Marvel universe and should be represented as such in merchandise. Bonus, Carol Danvers is a kick-ass superhero our kids could look up to if they could find her.

p.s. Marvel… we’re still waiting on a Captain Marvel movie too. Beat DC to the punch with a high profile female super hero movie! You win!… and so do we.

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*stamping on my forehead*


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Read Creatively

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22 Reasons To Never Give Up | PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement

At some point in the various journeys we embark on in our lives, we get to a part where we feel like giving up. Sometimes we give up before we even start and other times we give up just before we are about to make that huge break-through that we have been putting so much effort in to achieve.

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Preliminary Garden Plan*

*subject to adjustment

Garden Plan - In Progress

Preliminary planned layout

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