Look! I went to the aquarium right before my last list ended! Not a lot of great pictures. The museum before we went in was really cool- half of it was boring things about science that totally went over my head but the other half was all interactive exhibits that taught you things. Though I don’t remember much of it so I guess it didn’t teach me very much.IMG_1680


Movies Watched (September 2012 – June 2015)

Here is the final list of movies that I watched in their entirety throughout this project. Some of them are really embarassing.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Little Women
Jeff, Who Lives at Home
Kung Fu Panda
Candyman: The David Klein Story
One For the Money
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Sucker Punch
The Breakfast Club
We Bought a Zoo
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Captain America
Steal a Pencil For Me
Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade
Between the Folds
Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird
Under the Boardwalk
New Years Eve
Tommy Boy
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Life of Pi
Homeward Bound
The Descendants
Frosty’s Winter Wonderland
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Friends With Kids
The Five Year Engagement
Gosford Park
Young Adult
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

This is 40
The Parking Lot Movie
The Aristocats
The Rescuers
Alice in Wonderland
Anger Management
Indie Game: The Movie
Imaginary Witness
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Identity Thief
Beauty and the Beast
The Little Mermaid
The Lion King
The Jungle Book
Peter Pan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Great Mouse Detective
The Fox and the Hound
Shakespeare High
No Impact Man
Zero Day
Magic Mike
Pitch Perfect
Wretches & Jabberers
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Dead Poet’s Society
Man on a Ledge
Aziz Ansari: Dangerously Delicious
Aziz Ansari: Intimate Moments
The Rescuers Down Under
True Grit
The Eyes of Me
The Place Beyond the Pines
Wreck It Ralph
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Big Fish
Back to Oz
For the Bible Tells Me So
National Treasure
Easy A
Les Miserables
Silver Linings Playbook
21 Jump Street
Despicable Me 2
The Hunger Games
Office Space
Easy A
Night at the Museum
Tucker & Dale v. Evil
Yes Man
The Truman Show
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Youth In Revolt
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
The Emperor’s New Groove
Nerdcore Rising
American Teacher
Chemerical: Redefining Clean
Pitch Perfect
Aziz Ansari Buried Alive
Monica & David
Pink Ribbons, Inc
Space Jam
Dad’s In Heaven With Nixon
An Unreasonable Man
Busting Out
Movie 43
Couples Retreat
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Bo Burnham: What
New York I Love You
Rock of Ages
Gangster Squad

A Walk to Remember
Miss Representation
And Your Name is Jonah
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
The Elephant in the Living Room
Lilo and Stitch
Little Manhattan
The Cider House Rules
Shelter Me
Stuck in Love
We’re The Millers
Despicable Me
Rid of Me
21 and Older
The Babysitters Club
The Cheetah Girls
America the Beautiful
500 Days of Summer
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton
500 Days of Summer
Mystery of Easter Island
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
The Holiday
Whip It
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Our Idiot Brother
Premium Rush
The Family
Brave Miss World
Horrible Bosses
Easy A
Don Jon
Magic Camp
Mortified Nation
Beyond the Myth
It’s a Girl
Can’t Hardly Wait
The Apartment
Riding In Cars With Boys
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Tiger Eyes
St. Elmo’s Fire
Bad Words
Veronica Mars
Slightly Single in LA
Electoral Dysfunction
Meet the Robinsons
The Sweetest Thing
Duck Soup
The Rebound
Girl Most Likely
The Paper Chase
Pint Sized Preachers
The Eleanor Roosevelt Story
That Awkward Moment
It’s a Disaster
This is Where I Leave You
The Cabin in the Woods
The Graduate
Question One
Gone Girl
Easy A
Uptown Girls
Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats
Donald Glover: Weirdo
Dear. Mr. Watterson
Pitch Perfect
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Night at the Museum: The Secret of the Tomb
Whip It
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies
Into The Woods

The Odd Couple
I Know That Voice
Best Man Down
Finding Nemo
Liberal Arts
Nick Offerman: American Ham
Pitch Perfect
Sweet Home Alabama
Pitch Perfect 2
Anchorman 2
Inside Out
Jurassic World

I haven’t watched a lot of movies in 2015, it seems. I’ve been rewatching almost all of my favorite tv shows though.



Got my hair cut short right after my friend’s wedding.


Tried to curl my hair using a headband while I was sleeping. It did curl, but it was really frizzy.


I used sea salt spray on my hair when it was wet in the morning. It was still a little damp here, so it looked great. After it fully dried, it poofed out like crazy and I had to put it up.

This was actually just after I woke up from sleeping on wet hair. I’m not sure what’s going on in the past few years, but my hair is all of a sudden really curly (but always really frizzy) and I don’t know how I feel about it.

I also had bangs for awhile but never got a good picture of it. Five?

Books I Read (October 2012 – June 2015)

Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
The Pigman – Paul Zindel
Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter & Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
Front of the Class: How Tourette’s Syndrome Made Me The Teacher I Never Had – Brad Cohen
Threats: A Novel – Amelia Gray
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman
The Witches – Roald Dahl
Fantastic Mr. Fox – Roald Dahl
The Twits – Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl
Boy – Tales of Childhood – Roald Dahl
Matilda – Roald Dahl
Danny, The Champion of the World – Roald Dahl
The BFG – Roald Dahl
Mercy – Jodi Picoult
Sing Me Home – Jodi Picoult
March – Geraldine Brooks
George’s Marvelous Medicine – Roald Dahl
The Magic Finger – Roald Dahl
The Enormous Crocodile – Roald Dahl
The Book of Lost Things – John Connolly
Esio Trot – Roald Dahl
Looking for Alaska – John Green
Kiss Kiss – Roald Dahl
Look Again – Lisa Scottoline
Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life – Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes – Roald Dahl
The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin
Going Solo – Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories – Roald Dahl
Teacher Man – Frank McCourt
My Year – Roald Dahl
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar – Roald Dahl
Death and the Penguin – Andrey Kurkov
Switch Bitch – Roald Dahl
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
Wonder – RJ Palacio
Mockingbird – Kathryn Erskine
The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint Exupery
The Short Stories – F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Fates Will Find Their Way – Hannah Pittard
Skin – Roald Dahl
The Minpins – Roald Dahl
The Book of Hard Things – Sue Halpern
Name All The Animals – Alison Smith
The One and Only Ivan – KA Applegate
The Playdate – Louise Millar
The Umbrella Man – Roald Dahl
Sweet Valley Confidential: 10 Years – Francine Pascal
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
This Is Where I Leave You – Jonathan Tropper
Dirty Beasts – Roald Dahl
The Vicar of Nibbleswick – Roald Dahl
Revolting Rhymes – Roald Dahl
I Love Everybody (And Other Atrocious Lies) – Laurie Notaro
Red: The Next Generation – Amy Goldwasser
The Gum Thief – Douglas Coupland
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much – Allison Hoover Bartlett
The Giraffe, The Pelly, And Me – Roald Dahl
Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Picoult
The Friday Night Knitting Club – Kate Jacobs
The Mysterious Benedict Society – Trenton Lee Stewart
Who Could That Be At This Hour – Lemony Snicket
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
The Nanny Diaries – Nicola Kraus & Emma McLaughlin
The Summer Kitchen – Lisa Wingate
Night Road – Kristin Hannah
Invisible Monsters – Chuck Palahniuk
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society – Annie Barrows & Mary Ann Shaffer
Everything Changes – Jonathan Tropper
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan
The New York Regional Momon Singles Halloween Dance – Elna Baker
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson
Timequake – Kurt Vonnegut
Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Biography – Lemony Snicket
Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List – Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Me Before You: A Novel – JoJo Moyes
The Wednesday Sisters -Meg Waite Clayton
Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomer
The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Emily M. Danforth
This Is How It Happened – Jo Barrett
The Irresistable Blueberry Bakeshop – Mary Simses
This Is Between Us – Kevin Sampsell
The Lover’s Dictionary – David Levithan
Five Things I Can’t Live Without – Holly Shumas
Best Friends Forever – Jennifer Weiner
The True Story of a Part Time Indian – Sherman Alexie
Bossypants – Tina Fey
The Interestings – Meg Wolitzer
Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
Rhyme Stew – Roald Dahl
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster
Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith
Matched – Ally Condie
Th1rteen R3asons Why – Jay Asher
Good Kings, Bad Kings: A Novel – Susan Nussbaum
Two Fables – Roald Dahl
My Uncle Oswald – Roald Dahl
Office Girl – Joe Meno
A Summer Affair – Elin Hilderbrand
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – JK Rowling
How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Jenny Lawson
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – JK Rowling
The City of Ember – Jeanne DuPrau
Reconstructing Amelia – Kimberly McCreight
The Best of Roald Dahl – Roald Dahl
Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
Even More Revolting Recipes – Roald Dahl
Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Vacationers – Emma Straub
The Girl You Left Behind – JoJo Moyes
Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
Yes Please – Amy Poehler
If I Stay – Gayle Forman
All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven
The Prophet of Yonwood – Jeanne DuPrau
The Diamond of Darkhold – Jeanne DuPrau
Let’s Get Lost – Adi Alsaid
A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman
The Maze Runner – James Dashner
The Beginning of Everything – Robyn Schneider
Bright Young Things – Scarlett Thomas
100 Sideways Miles – Andrew Smith
Flipped – Wendelin Van Draanen
The Girls From Corona Del Mar – Rufi Thorpe
Girl Online – Zoe Sugg
It Had To Be You – Sarah Webb
Cutting Teeth – Julia Fierro
This Is What Happy Looks Like – Jennifer E. Smith
Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless – Liz Czukas
If Jack’s In Love – Stephen Wetta
Ella Minnow Pea – Mark Dunn
Something Borrowed – Emily Giffin
Life’s Golden Ticket: An Inspirational Novel – Brandon Burchard
Something Blue – Emily Giffin

All in all, I only read 152 books. It felt like a lot more. I’m actually surprised that it was less than 200, but I guess considering I was super busy with work for some of the time, it makes sense. I was always the type of person that had to finish a book even if it wasn’t very good, but I started to get over that because it really isn’t worth my time. I probably gave up on 20ish books before I got too far into them. All of the bolded books are ones that I very much enjoyed.


Getting rid of 101 things that I own is one of the most exciting things that I have ever had on my list! I have a 2 bedroom apartment and now that Mallory is living with me, I am trying extra hard to get things out of that room for her (though failing miserably.) Here I will list all of the things that I have gotten rid of so far..

I started writing this post over a year ago…

1. Lamp that I always hated (thrown out)
2. Another lamp that matched the lamp that I always hated (thrown out)
3. A bag of papers and things that I didn’t really need (thrown out)
4. An entire box of books that I had already read/never wanted to read again (some sold to a used bookstore, some left in break room at work)
5. A whole pile of Entertainment Weekly Magazines (recycled)
6. A whole pile of Real Simple magazines (donated to school)
7. A whole pile of Family Fun magazines (donated to school)
8. A whole box of art supplies that were bad (thrown out)
9. A whole bagful of random crap that I don’t know why I ever kept! (thrown out)
10. Pokemon Master Trainer Board Game (donated)
11. Pokemon Yahtzee (donated)
12. A bag of teacher books that I will never read (left in break room at work)
13. A charging station that I haven’t used in years (donated)
14. Two sets of walkie-talkies (donated)
15. Teaching supplies that are outdated.. old maps and things that no one in their right mind wants (thrown out) 16. A small magic trick set (donated)
17. Coach bag (rarely used it!)
18. Coach Bag (never used!)
19. Bag (a gift…)
20. my favorite pair of gold sandals that were falling apart
21. Kindle. Now I have an iPad, and don’t need it. I rarely used it anyway!
22. most of the stuff in my school binder. I abandoned it halfway through and most of it was irrelevant at this point in the year. (last year)
23. practicum binder from grad school. useless.
24. a bunch of Nintendo themed bookmarks and notebooks- put them in my prize box at school.
25. More Family Fun magazines (from my old bedroom)
26. all of my Teaching Exceptional Children magazines that they had sent me over the years. Ripped out the good articles and tossed the rest!
27. all of my Kappa Delta Pi magazines that I’ve never looked at.
28-41. Textbooks that I will never want to look at again.
42-43. Two water bottles that are missing the lids. I miss them.
44. bookcase
45. gallon of paint
46. globe
47. shoe rack
48. garbage can
49. glass candleholder
50. board game
51. poke walker
52-61. tv shows on dvd
62. wii game
63-72. books
73. picture frame
74. metal container
75. box
76. a stack of booklets from school
77-80. 4 pairs of shoes
81-83. couch, loveseat and chair donated to Habitat for Humanity before I moved…
84-92. items of clothing, donated
93-100. stuffed animals, garage sale
101. the didgeridoo that my students made in my methods class. what’s the point of keeping that huge piece of pvc pipe?

I don’t miss anything that I got rid of, but I’ve definitely accumulated other things to replace all of this stuff.. so I don’t know if I accomplished anything, really. Oh well!

classic movies

Finally watched 10 classic movies! This ended up being a huge chore towards the end because I kept not liking the ones that I watched. I did end up liking The Apartment, Roman Holiday, and The Odd Couple a lot.

1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

2. Casablanca

3. The Apartment

4. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

5. Roman Holiday

6. Duck Soup

7. The Paper Chase

8. The Graduate

9. The Odd Couple

10. Sunset Boulevard

30 before 30

So.. in 18 short days, my 1,001 days are up. A few months ago I started working on my new 101/1,001 list and I was really having a difficult time coming up with 101 plausible things that I wanted to accomplish. And I kept searching for people’s bucket lists online, and 101/1,001 lists, and 30 before 30 lists, and 40 before 40 lists, and so on. I discussed with Mallory, and we decided together that a 30 before 30 list was much more accessible this time around.. even though I turn 30 almost 9 months after she does. Here is my current 30 before 30 list… but it is obviously subject to change in the next 18 days. Any ideas? You’ll see some repeats!!

  1. Visit 5 new states
  2. See the Grand Canyon
  3. Revisit New Orleans
  4. Visit NYC during Christmas time
  5. Visit the town where my grandmother grew up
  6. Go on a spontaneous road trip
  7. Throw a Harry Potter themed party
  8. Learn to use a sewing machine
  9. Learn how to play chess
  10. Learn to use the snowblower
  11. Learn to play an instrument
  12. Learn to use a DSLR camera
  13. Take a dance class (i.e. ballet, ballroom, swing, etc.)
  14. Knit a scarf
  15. Start a tradition
  16. Get a pet
  17. Say “yes” to something I would not normally do
  18. Complete 30 acts of kindness
  19. Complete a coloring book
  20. Read my height in books
  21. Watch all of the Oscar nominated films for Best Picture before the Academy Awards (during one year)
  22. Attend a music festival
  23. Go back to school
  24. Dress up for Halloween
  25. Go to a midnight movie premiere
  26. Stay out until the sun comes up
  27. Join a bowling league
  28. Celebrate 5 ridiculous holidays
  29. Document 5 normal days of my life in photographs
  30. Complete a 30 day challenge
Complete a thirty day challenge