Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kara Makes a 101 in 1001 List

There's a popular to-do list out there called 101 in 1001, where you do 101 things in 1001 days. That's almost three years. Grayson and I were already talking about things we want to do before we're 27, so this challenge should be perfect!

The Challenge:

Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:

Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on your part). 

End Date: August 23, 2016
Progress: 43/101






  1. Get tattoos
  2. Go on a US road trip
  3. Schedule doctor and dentist appointments each year (3/4)(1/4)(0/4)
  4. Buy a house
  5. Buy a family car
  6. Buy a Christmas tree
  7. Start and finish a home project
    New laundry room
  8. Read at least one new book every year (2/3)
    His Majesty's Dragon
    Game of Thrones book 1
  9. Have a yard sale
  10. Run a mile without stopping
  11. Make ten recipes from Pinterest (6/10)
    Broccoli pasta salad
    Nutella cupcakes
    Strawberry lemonade cookies (these did not turn out well!)
    Quinoa-stuffed bell peppers
    Avocado Tuna Salad
    Quinoa Enchilada Casserole
  12. Send mom flowers sometime other than Mother's Day
  13. Finish a digital painting and post it on DeviantArt
  14. Go camping with my dad
  15. Try 5 new foods (2/5)
    Black-eyed peas
    Quinoa
  16. Go skydiving together
  17. Finish my Harry Potter & Disney scrapbooks
  18. Make a few things to sell in an Etsy shop KHookCreations
  19. Watch all the Oscar nominated movies for best picture one year
  20. Complete the 100 push up challenge
  21. Achieve a fitness goal. Me: hold crow pose for 10 seconds, Grayson: 1000 lb lifting club
  22. Make a pie
  23. Start a pay it forward in a coffee drive thru
  24. Take my mom to an Ellen Show taping
  25. Donate to Goodwill
  26. Buy groceries with only reusable bags for a month
  27. Make costumes
    Tucson Comicon
  28. Have a Hunger Games movie marathon
  29. Paint all my minatures (Grayson)
  30. Get paid for painting models (Grayson)
  31. Get Sterling to go to the gym once a week for 1 month
  32. Call Channing once a month for one semester
  33. Take Link for a walk at least once a week
  34. Attend a social event monthly AKA get out of the house!
  35. Buy a lottery ticket when there's a crazy big jackpot
  36. Take Kyle to an NFL game
  37. Buy a rifle
  38. Go to a Comic Con Phoenix Comicon 2014
    http://photos-c.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xfp1/10401552_399160573556354_1742583816_n.jpghttp://photos-a.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xfp1/10175155_306542592838752_8855661_n.jpg
  39. Attempt a recipe from Nerdy Nummies
    pancake cupcakes, Mountain Dew/Doritos cupcakes
  40. Leave a 50% tip
  41. Make a man cave
  42. Start a family board game night at our house
  43. Go to church every week for 5 weeks
  44. Bring on 10 properties by myself or 12 leases in 1 month (Grayson)
  45. Earn the 'What a long, strange trip it's been' achievement in WoW
  46. Put honeymoon pictures on facebook
  47. Start a 401K
  48. Get a raise
  49. Complete the Harry Potter Top 200 quiz
  50. Plant something
  51. Eat breakfast in bed
  52. Go on a "staycation"
  53. Leave a Nerdfighter note in a John Green book
  54. Write down what we're thankful for every day for a month
  55. Practice yoga every morning for 2 weeks
  56. Make a lightbox
  57. Put up Christmas lights outside
  58. Host a meal at our house
  59. Floss everyday for a month
  60. Rewatch LOST
  61. Complete a puzzle
  62. Teach Link a new trick 
    He jumps!

    He says hi
  63. Make a homemade pizza
  64. Make quinoa
    http://distilleryimage10.ak.instagram.com/85d15c54c11f11e3b0390002c9c92afa_8.jpg
  65. Keep up a regular work out schedule even if we don't have a trainer anymore (contract is up June 2014)
  66. Run a fun 5k
    Grayson mud run
    Kara mud run
  67. Visit a National Park
  68. Go to 3 states we've never been to
    Grayson: Indiana
    Me: Colorado
  69. Make a dessert in the crock pot
  70. Participate in the Christmas Angel Tree program
  71. Dress up at the Renaissance Festival
    http://distilleryimage3.ak.instagram.com/bf5dee0ead8011e395610eaab9abd7db_8.jpg
  72. File compliments about 5 employees (3/5)
    Skipper Joel, Ardine @ Panera, Samantha @ WOD
  73. Paint my nails a neon color
  74. Kickstart something
    Remember the Sultana Documentary
    Snorffles & Meeps Vol. 3
  75. Donate my hair again
  76. Make a Kiva loan
  77. Go to Disneyland together
  78. Do a pull up
  79. Get a massage
  80. Use a face mask
  81. Inspire someone else to do this list
  82. Do the Harry Potter Workout Challenge
  83. Buy a big new water bottle and drink the whole thing all day at work
  84. Lie on a beach
  85. Make a giant outdoor game
  86. Try quilling
  87. Make a wreath
  88. Beat a video game Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
    http://scontent-a.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-prn/t51.2885-15/926434_1523675864526413_1081495060_n.jpg
  89. Go to a local farmer's market
  90. Get our wedding decorations out of my dad's shop
  91. Replace the timing belt in my car
  92. Take enough family photos to make a calendar every year
    2013
    2014
  93. Attend a concert
  94. Play fantasy football every year (& win?!)
    2013 Winner: Grayson
    2014 Winner: Trevor
    2015:
  95. Visit our friends in Flagstaff
  96. Teach someone I love something I love
  97. Volunteer
  98. Visit family in Colorado
  99. Laugh till I cry I watched this Jenna Marbles video
  100. Take pictures of as many of these things as I can
  101. Put $10 in savings for every goal completed. ($430)

Monday, November 25, 2013

An Art Update

I'm a frequent DeviantArt lurker. I hope to someday be able to post my art, but I have a long way to go. I'm a firm believer that anybody can be an artist, it just takes practice, practice, practice! For Christmas last year, I got a Wacom drawing tablet! That was a good start to start digitally painting, I'd say. I'm really not good at it yet, it takes a lot of practice to get used to drawing on one thing and looking at another and I just haven't had the time to put forth all the effort it requires. I painted this picture of my dog, Link, back in March of this year. It's not done as I didn't really experiment with fur techniques, but I did practice some shading. And yes, his ears are always like that.


I started reading some blogs and watching how-to videos to try to get better. I read that trying to copy the kind of art that you eventually want to produce is really good practice. Here's my "practice" of one of the simpler kinds of art I like. I didn't even finish the clouds. I practiced more shading, but I still need some help with perspective, colors and rendering.

Artist: kurama-chan

I aspire to paint images like this (go view it in large!):
Artist: Deligaris
Fantastical, colorful, atmospheric and textural. Like I said, long way to go. I enjoy looking at other artist's remakes of previous works; it's so cool to see how much progress can be made as long as you practice.

Artist: Neboveria


New goal: Draw Everyday!



Cool stuff to look at:

You can follow my favorites on Deviant Art here.
My favorite video series on digital painting and drawing in general is Ctrl+Paint
I follow the Muddy Colors and Painting till Death! blogs and read the Imagine FX magazine.
I'm a fan of White Cloud Worlds, a series of published works from New Zealand.
I got really into Strip Search earlier this year, and now I follow a lot of those artists' works - The Cloud Factory being my favorite.