Thursday, November 27

25. Join/use Flickr

25. Join/use Flickr - started. So I've setup a Flickr account, number 25 on my 101 in 1001 list.

Check it out at And keep a look out for blogs straight from flickr!


Tuesday, November 18

6:07 PM

I was told yesterday that I needed to slow down. This is a concept that I agree with, I believe in. However, I don't believe I know how or trust enough to do it. There is just so much to do and so much to achieve. I am scared that if I slow down, I won't achieve it.

Sorry for being so vague. Is it possible by slowing down we can achieve more?

Sunday, November 9

101 things to accomplish in 1001 days!

So Shelly B, sent me to the website of Shelby Leigh (, an up and coming photographer in the Baltimore area. One day during lunch I was poking around on her site and blog, I came across her 101 things to accomplish in 1001 days! I loved the idea and found it very inspirational; then lunch ended.

Well I couldn’t stop thinking about the concept. So, here I am sitting in Boston 16 days later, finishing my very own 101 things to accomplish in 1001 days! I hope you will join me over the next 1001 days, following in my progress and participating in my accomplishments. Bookmark this post so you can check back to see how I am coming along.

Note: I am directly ripping The Mission, The Criteria, Why 1001 Days? from Shelby’s blog post. Originally, published here.

The Mission:
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 my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as New Year's resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Some common goal setting tips:
1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.

2. Stay Focused. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.

3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.

4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.

5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.

MY START DATE: 11/09/2008
MY END DATE: 09/28/2011

BOLD: Completed.
ITALIC: in progress.

1. Take a 35mm photography class
2. Learn another language
3. Buy a professional digital camera
4. Take a digital photography class
5. Read 10 books in 10 consecutive weeks (10/10)
6. Design, develop and launch my own professional website
7. Blog consistently for 12 weeks straight (4/12)
8. Paint portrait of Audrey Hepburn
9. Join the AAB
10. Be active in the AAB
11. Complete Passport application
12. Take trip out of the country
13. Arrange to speak to the Communications/Multimedia students at my alma mater
14. Have Mike Brown finish my back tattoo
15. Have Shannon Brown give me a tattoo of Rainbow Brite
16. Participate actively in the AMA
17. Get credit card debt down to 1 credit card
18. Get a new (new to me) car
19. Build a garage in the backyard
20. Pave the driveway
21. Setup and stick to a reoccurring cleaning schedule
22. Go to the gym 3 days a week for 2 months (0/2)
23. Buy new end tables and entertainment center for the living room
24. Put a breakfast bar in between the dining and living room
25. Join/use Flickr
26. Visit and be a tourist in six new cities (1/6)
27. Participate in a poker run
28. Get a functional magazine rack for the bathroom
29. Make the dining room & kitchen on big room
30. Setup a studio work place in the house
31. Finish the basement
32. De-clutter my house
33. Formally close Slumber Parties business, tax id information.
34. Read The Secret, and give the book back to Jackie
35. Start my day at the office no later than 9 AM for 20 days consecutively (0/20)
36. Get an email capable phone
37. Back up old Mac files
38. Get iMac up and running
39. Visit Colorado
40. Finish a cross stitch
41. Buy a sewing machine
42. Plan a killer 30th Birthday Party for Brian
43. Have 9 days with Me, Myself & I where we go shopping, to the movies & eat lunch (1/9)
44. Learn to Rock climb
45. Learn Flash
46. Buy a Macbook
47. Go to a show at Center Stage
48. Go to see the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
49. Work a max of 40 hours a week for 12 weeks (0/12)
50. Tile the bathroom floor
51. Have a cookout and invite all the neighbors
52. Use Social Networking for professional growth
53. Find an underwriter for Duck Stamp
54. Replace the windows in the house
55. Buy a Wii
56. Take Sprocket to a Dock Dog competition
57. Actively work to socialize Drake
58. Participate in a MS Walk
59. Write descriptions for linked in profile
60. Visit the American Visionary Art Museum
61. Plan a DC weekend trip
62. Only eat out 4 times in one month
63. Setup and continue a weekly laundry schedule
64. Take Danielle to get an industrial piercing
65. Get closet organization systems
66. Get a dishwasher
67. Design Chrysler’s Nauti Girl Tattoo
68. Shoot and hit a bird (Goose, Mallard, Teal)
69. Improve aim, by shooting skeet
70. Learn how to duck call
71. Do a girls weekend with my mom
72. Hold an impromptu trip; by just getting in the car and driving
73. Read all of Seth Godin’s Books
74. Take a creative writing class
75. Put $20 a pay in my IRA, from start to finish of my 1001
76. Update my short-term disability to reflect my current annual pay
77. Ride Bob at least twice a year by myself (0/6)
78. Design my Snapdragon/Lucielle tattoo
79. Buy new bathroom towels
80. Buy two more sets of flannel sheets (1/2)
81. Attend Oktoberfest at the Maryland State Fairgrounds
82. Go to dinner/ with Megan R & Meghan B

83. Learn to deliver a presentation with CB enthusiasm
84. Speak to/See Grandparents 4 times a month (0/132)
85. Go to Xpose classes 4 times a month (0/132)
86. Finish portraits of Brian & I that were started in 2002
87. Finish scrapbooks of Brian & my first two years
88. Buy an old fix me up car & fix her up
89. Learn to drive the boat when crabbing
90. Visit OBX, preferably Duck.
91. Get a trade in on the camper
92. Grow an Herb Garden
93. Grow a Vegetable Garden
94. Visit the Florida Keys
95. Get a carbon fiber dot approved helmet
96. Go to an oxygen bar
97. Become more politically aware
98. Design Hawk Logo
99. Get a new dining room table
100. Sell extra motorcycle parts on ebay
101. Donate $25 to charity for every task not completed


Note: Due to my employment status change, I have to change four of my 101 in 1001. Above, I have stricken the four items that I will need to replace. I am open to suggestions. (04/14/2009)

Tuesday, October 28

Peek A Boo

I'm back, or at least I'm coming back.

Thursday, May 1


First Off, sorry I have been gone for so long. Second Off, apparently I suck at hide-n-seek. My secret has been exposed, I have been identified.

Don't worry though. McKermit has promised to keep the new found insight silent. And I believe McKermit will. So this will still be the honest place for me.


Friday, February 1

54 hours and 15 minutes

I just hit 54 hours and 15 minutes of time put into this 40 hour work week, and I am not done yet!

Wednesday, January 23

Insecure Men

I got the "you work too much, I disgust you, you don't love me, you don't want to be with me, I'm not number one" talk yesterday and I was feeling pretty frustrated. Why is it that Men are so insecure? Dude, you are seriously jealous of a CAREER! It doesn't have a dick. Oh and the best part is after all the whining then I get "Do you want to have sex?" Uh, NO! Why would you think after that display I would be even somewhat in the mood?

I'll go play with my bullet now.


Monday, January 21

Curiosity Saved the Cat

I was feeling un-inspired, if you couldn't tell from yesterday's post. Then after the day I had at the office, I wasn't feeling any better. 11am - 6pm of meetings, that at the end of the day didn't really achieve anything more than I started the with. (I don't have the time to be pissing away people! Or maybe I do, I don't know.)

Anyway, I go and check netvibes. Something I try to do daily, because I always seem to find some perspective there. Low and behold, Seth's done it again...Curiosity certainly saved this cat.

As the person who commented on yesterday's post said "In the end, you'll be okay". I guess I will.


Sunday, January 20

In search of inspiration

More and more it has become harder for me to get inspired or excited about anything. Can someone become an addict to inspiration? I feel like a junkie that is constantly searching for the next inspirational high. When I don't find it, I can't help but feel severely disappointed, irritated and unsuccessful. It has gotten so bad, I am obsessive to the point where I can’t go to sleep until I pass out.

I want to make snow angels in the nude up at the local elementary school. Just to feel the sting of the snow on my ass.

Somebody inspire me…please

Saturday, January 19

How it all started

A yapping dog…1 of 4, but that is okay. I wake to her practically everyday. I get up, once I become more tired of hearing her yap than I am actually tired. She isn't a small dog - but a Labrador retriever that just knows how to mouth off. Stumble into the bathroom then into the kitchen to prepare breakfast for the four furry children. Feed them, and then outside they go. Now what?

I can get back in bed, but I am so unmotivated I can't even do that. I find the couch and a white binder that has been sitting on the coffee table for over 3 weeks now. I flip thru and don't see anything worth any interest. The phone rings I need to check the tidal charts. Low Tide is 10:22 am High Tide will be 5:55 pm, I will have the entire day to myself. Good, I think?

I find my way back to the couch and that white binder. I read The Whole Egg, I know aren't you jealous. Reading The Whole Egg, puts me in a weird "I lost the battle, but the war isn't over" mood. I go back to the computer and email the owner of my company. He has put me in a position at the company where he hopes I will be able to create change. However, The Whole Egg is an artifact from someone before my time that tried to execute the very same change that I am now chasing. Before I let myself feel any despair I first must piece together this piece of history. I feel like a bizarre joke of an archeologist. We start emailing back and forth, ending the conversation with his recommendation to call the 2008 Campaign The Cracked Egg. This is hilarious and sad all at the same time. It has become clear on a Saturday when I shouldn’t be thinking about work, if I am successful it will be anything short of miracle. Miracles are not impossible, are they?