A semi-crazy 40 something "livin the dream" in a small northern Michigan town. I'm a mom, wife, business owner, and full-time employee (because said business doesn't make enough $$$$). I've been married for almost 20 years and have two teens...one at home and one living on his own. There is also 1 adorable dog and 1 fat cat living in our crazy house. One thing is certain, life keeps you on your toes and change is inevitable.
I love travel,photography,diy projects, home repairs, gardening reading, wine, and creating.
Pour a cup of coffee, pull up a chair, and stay for awhile. I love having friends over to visit.
FAMILY 1. Have family photos done by a photographer I admire 2. Create family photo christmas card for 08 3. Create family photo christmas card for 09 4. Anniversary pics for Alan & I 5. Passports for Dylan and Emma 6. Send bday cards to arrive by bday 7. Help Emma earn GS Silver award 8. Do "Day in the Life" photos for Dylan and Emma 9. Frame a piece of Dylan's art work--hang it up 10. Teach Dylan and Emma sign language alphabet
ME 11. Improve handwriting 12. Attend yoga at least 1x a week for 3 months 13. Scrapbook a book about me 14. One date a month for 3 consecutive months (yes, with Alan unless Pierce Brosnan stops by--ha ha) 15. Give up coffee 16. Donate blood 17. Print/scrap all family pictures for '07 18. Print/scrap all family pictures for '08 19. Print/scrap all family pictures for '09 20. Stop being a wimp, take the plunge, and have Lasik eye surgery 21. Be grateful for five things every day 22. Stop multi-tasking and learn to be "in" the moment 23. Create another 101 list near the end of 1001 days
NEW EXPERIENCES 24. Learn, at minimum, tourist Italian 25. Take a wildlife rehab class 26. Learn to cook something new 27. See the Northern Lights 28. Make a Red Velvet Cake 29. Learn to scuba 30. Learn how to make polaroid transfers
TRAVEL 31. Go whale watching 32. Drive over the Hoover Damn 33. Take a random 3-day trip 34. Visit Sanibel Island, FL 35. Visit Italy 36. Visit Chicago Art Museum 37. Long weekend away with just Alan 38. Take family to a Red Wings game 39. Go to a zoo we've never been to before 40. Go back to Hocking Hills, OH with Thompson Family for Thanksgiving 41. Take family to Detroit Pistons game
JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT 42. Find a Petosky stone 43. Find a Lake Superior Agate 44. Buy a wine cabinet and stock it 45. Do a random act of kindness for a stranger 46. Find a morel mushroom 47. Find 100 geocaches 48. Find a Herkimer diamond 49. Take a photo a day for a month 50. Kayak at least once a month (during spring, summer, fall) 51. Have yard classified as a wildlife habitat 52. Train family dog, Kira, to stay in the yard! 53. Learn to identify 10 birds and photograph them 54. Watch a butterfly hatch 55. Identify 10 wildflowers and photograph them 56. Finish snowman quilt that has been sitting in basement for 8+years 57. Host dinner and outdoor movie for friends 58. Photo document my completion of each of these goals 59. Find a bright orange or red piece of beach glass
HOME 60. Prepare at least three meals a week from scratch 61. Write a will 62. Write a living will 63. Finish office space (ie: furniture, desk) 64. Organize computer area 65. Organize household paperwork 66. Have friends over for dinner at least 4x 67. Clean out basement 68. Fix front steps 69. Make dog-type run out backdoor 70. Make a household inventory with pictures and serial #'s for insurance purposes 71. Organize loose recipes into a binder 72. Write down all phone numbers, addresses, birthdays into a real address book 73. Frame and hang photos/art work 74. Help Alan organize the garage
GOING GREEN 75. Recycle ALL paper/cardboard (no cheating!) 76. Recycle all glass 77. Recycle all plastic 78. Cut down on toxic housecleaners 79. Buy at farmers market during summer
PHOTO BUSINESS 80. Organize business paperwork/filing system 81. Contract family photo shoots in three other states 82. Promote photo parties 83. Attend four photo education opportunities (1/4) 84. Have a photo published in a major publication 85. Volunteer as a photographer for an event 86. Enter prints into a competition-win 87. Get 20 photos accepted on stock photo site 88. Get another 20 photos accepted on stock photo site 89. Order 2 large canvas prints 90. Improve photoshop skills 91. Improve lightroom skills 92. Master off camera lighting 93. Organize pictures 94. Order sample album 95. Create price list 96. Book two family sessions/month for six consecutive months 97. Figure out how to make changes to the website 98. Change blog to have clickable pages 99. Get business insurance 100.Buy a wide angle lens 101.Buy a telephoto lens for wildlife shots