Discovering Donna

Have I Really Accomplished Something?

Posted in 101,109 in 2009,NaBlPoMO,Things Completed by Donna on January 17, 2009

So I’m trying to figure out if I’ve really accomplished something while I’ve been out with this ankle incident.  I was told Friday I can’t go back to work until the walking boot is off.  I’m a little upset but I’m trying to forge on.  I’ve had some ideas about this cake decorating thing I want to do.  What will happen has yet to be decided but it certainly makes you go hmmm???

So anyways.  Back to my real issue.  Have I really accomplished something?  Seriously.  Let me go back to my three lists and see, because it always helps to reason this out.  I started the 101 in July and it’s now middle of January.   So looking back at all three lists, what have I done?

Let’s take the newest my 109 in 2009.  I’ve now named a star, taught Hopper a trick, created my own signature, established a writing schedule, read The Pagan Stone, did something with my blogger journal, created my own website (even if it is under construction), started the Proverbs 31 study, learned to cross stitch and completed a project, made a list of 25 things about my body that I love (now that one was hard), set up a tag list for the blog, completed part of Logan’s project (I crossed it off because what I wanted to do initally is finished.)  And those are just the ones that are completed-not the works in progress.

Now on my 101 in 1001 project- I’ve gotten someone else to do a list (JoAnn), Gone on a road trip, submitted a photo to Jones Soda, Identified 100 things that make me happy, watched a sunset and took pictures, told the parents I Love You each time I talked to them so it’s now a habit, gone to a state I haven’t been to, discovered a new favorite food (hummus), didn’t eat fast food for 30 days, wrote a letter to my father, made someone laugh until they cried, acquired a new digital camera and printer station, given someone a suprise gift for no reason at all, Made my own 12 rules for happiness (which I need to learn to follow), visited Powell’s in Portland, OR, moved out of my comfort zone, shared my blog with everyone, Made a top 10 list of favorite songs, movies and books of all time, found the perfect purse, bought a lottery ticket, moved my blog to wordpress from blogger, found out what the Powell Story Poles in Anacortes are and took pictures, rode in a boat, and made a new list of 101 things-and that’s not all I have in progress or have listed up in my 109 that I took from this list.

As for the other list- I set up a photo blog and am keeping the photo album up to date, I found a type of fish that I will eat, Had a job I was happy with (until the ankle), kissed the hubby in the rain, Did a 100 things about me, got a new computer (well not NEW but it’s new to us), wrote a poem,  got my library card, entered a contest (several as a matter of fact) and have a few on this list in progress too.

Now what do I have in progress??  Well from All the lists I have-start and complete my 1 thing that makes me happy each day, tomorrow is the big celebration for my 33rd, I’m on book 47 of 101, I’m sticking to my writing schedule, I’m working on my a to z book, I’m working on the quote book, I’m exploring my own spirituality, I’m 30 something thousand into my free rice project, I’ve started the process of trying to figure out what it is that I’m holding in so I can let it go, I’m in the middle of my NaBloPoMo, I’m working on a love letter in nothing but song lyrics, I’m working on my 101 beautiful/meaningful photos project, I’m reading and watching Fox News and other news sources in order to be more up to date on the things going on in the world around me, I’m working on the state quarter collection, I’m trying to cut down the sodas, I’m starting research on my diet and exercise plan I want to create, I’m drinking my Ultra Glycemx each day, I’m blogging about each task, I’m working on learning 20 new recipes, I’ve visited Lori in Austin, I’ve cooked Sunday dinner twice, given blood once, restarted project 365, completed 5 of 12 of the Learning to Love you More projects, started a scrapbook for my 101, bought myself a new “party” dress with shoes and accessories and purse, am expanding my musical scope and found a new band I like, had some no spend days, made my bed a few times, am writing a fanfic, have watched two movies in the theater, taken a self portrait and am reading two non fiction books.

And that is from all my lists.  So looking back, yeah, I guess I’ve accomplished something.  It makes me feel a little bit better.

Ok- back to your regularly scheduled blog surfing now!

Have a great day!


Mixed Emotions

Posted in 109 in 2009,Ankle,Things Completed by Donna on January 2, 2009
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So I’m back from the Dr. and while the cast if off and there is no hard cast anymore, I still can’t put any weight on it for 2 weeks.  So my 1 thing that makes me happy today is that the cast is off.  But I’m upset that I can’t walk on it yet.  So you can see where I have mixed emotions.

But I have decided to finish another goal in the 109 and that is #35-Do something with the Blogger blog even if it’s deleting it.  Well, as of Jan 9th, I’m deleting it.  So make sure you move your links if you still have it.  I really don’t have that much use for it right now.  I’m actually happy with WordPress.  I won’t cross it off my list until I delete it, that way I’ll remember it.

So there you have it.  I know it’s not much on change, as the subject goes for Jan’s NaBloPoMo but at the same time, I’m not one to always stay on subject now am I?

Progress is a Fabulous Thing!

Posted in 101,NaBlPoMO,Things Completed by Donna on January 1, 2009

So I’ve completed some things on all the lists at the top and I’m excited to post about it.

So here we go:

on the 109 in 2009, I made a writing schedule and a list of 25 things about me that I love

on the 101 in 1001 I’ve completed #51 A new favorite food which is Hummus, and #87 which is the 25 things about me.

on the “other” to do list #74-make a list of 25 things about the hubby that I love and share it with him.  So Yeah, Progress is a wonderful fabulous thing.

#59 is Now completed

Posted in 101,Things Completed by Donna on December 31, 2008

Thanks to Mama ( my MIL) I have a new digital camera and printer station.  It was an early birthday present.  And in my favorite color too!!! I’m excited because now I can finish all those photo projects I’ve got to do.  More later after the battery (which was included!!!) is charged.  Well and I have read the directions!  Woohooo!!!!

Thank you mama!!!!!100_3558100_3559

What’s Going On

Posted in 101,Holidays,Life,My Life,Things Completed by Donna on November 28, 2008
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Ok-I’ve got so much going on in my brain right now, pardon the complete and utter randomness of this

Now on to the good stuff.  I’ve weeded out my 101 and got rid of some things and replaced them.  I’ve taken my other list and weeded it down to 101 so it will be a true 101 list.  I’m trying to get the hubby to do a list with me and so far, it’s difficult.  You know these men are.

We’re going to be making Christmas presents this year.  Baking 101 here we come!  Look for some awesome recipes coming up!  Between Judy, Ryan and myself, we should be able to make some awesome goodies.

So we’ve found a really awesome feature on the On Demand part of the cable.  And because of it, I’ve discovered True Blood, the series from HBO, I’ve finished it and now I want to read the books, which by the way, if you are reading this family of mine and want to send me something for Christmas, I’ve got a lot of stuff on it, including the books.  Not to mention, you can look at my lists too.  Yeah, I’m shameless I know.  But I just thought I’d put it out there.

So I’ve entered 3 contests, JPG magazine has two entries, fresh milk has 1 and so does sony.  I’ll keep shooting and maybe get lucky enough to win something but they are contests so I’ve marked that off my other 101.

I also got to mark off Kiss my hubby in the rain.  During the two days of down pours, we took advantage of it one night.  Talk about fun.

The hall way is almost completely done, I’m so excited.  The brown is fabulous and I can’t wait for it to be completed, talk about a peaceful color.  I think that’s about all for now.  I’m anxious to work out a game plan for wonderful home made gifts this year.

What about you?  What have you got planned for the holidays!!  Comment, please, you know I love them!!!

100 Things about me

Posted in Just Because,List,Things Completed by Donna on November 25, 2008

I had this up as a page, but I’m trying to focus on my 101 Things list and the other to do list so I’m moving my 100 things.  At least it’s done!!!  Woohooo!!!!

  1. I have blue eyes that people often think are contacts, but they are the real thing
  2. I love the color pink
  3. I love the color brown
  4. I love the color yellow
  5. I want to write a novel
  6. I want to have that novel published
  7. I want to be like Martha Stewart when it comes to ideas
  8. I was raised by a single father
  9. I would love to find my birth mother, but so far, my efforts have been unsuccessful
  10. I got married at 31
  11. I really want to be a blonde
  12. And skinny, well not see my bones skinny
  13. And tan, we can’t forget tan
  14. I suck when it comes to my will power
  15. I am working on it though
  16. I love to read
  17. And scrapbook
  18. I love to blog
  19. I like Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper, but only if it’s from the fountain
  20. I procrastinate
  21. I love mellow but upbeat groups, you know like Train and Cold Play
  22. I’m very stubborn
  23. And opinionated
  24. I love chi tea but only if it’s hot
  25. I’m deathly afraid of heights
  26. I’m trying to kick the caffiene habit, but you it’s hard
  27. I have two living brothers that I haven’t seen in many many years
  28. I love the Harry Potter Series
  29. But at the same time, I love the Twilight Series
  30. My favorite Vegetable is butter peas
  31. I don’t like asparagus
  32. I would say I’m a red meat kind of girl
  33. I love Cheeburger Cheeburger
  34. I’d rather have pie than cake
  35. My favorite smells are magnolias, honeysuckle, fresh cut grass and fresh linen
  36. Will Patton is my favorite movie star, but Tommy Lee Jones is a close second
  37. My favorite show is The Unit and if CBS EVER cancels it like they did The Agency, I’m boycotting CBS
  38. I’d rather be at the beach right now, or in the mountains
  39. I’d rather have sun than rain, as long as there is no humidity, I’ve had enough of that
  40. I love to listen to Pandora radio. I have two stations, The Killers and Train
  41. I am currently taking part in the project known as 101 things to do in 1001 days
  42. I’ve now been to 4 states that I had never been to and that has been in the past 4 months.
  43. I’m deathly afraid of snakes, spiders and scorpions
  44. My new obsession is photography
  45. There are two cameras that I would love to get and I put them on my Amazon list LOL
  46. I want to take a photo class
  47. I love the animaniacs, I can watch them all day long (thanks for reminding me Rach)
  48. Give me a good movie or a good book but I’ll be your best friend if you can give me a great movie from a great book
  49. I finally read Darkly Dreaming Dexter and boy was I suprised
  50. I have a “Zen entryway” that is going to be awesome when I get done with it
  51. I want to have a “signature” everything when it comes to cooking
  52. I have a tender heart
  53. I express my feelings better in words on paper or online than i do in person
  54. Unless you can find something I’m truely passionate about I generally keep my mouth shut.  It’s a reflex.
  55. I’m an SEC football girl, Alabama more specifically
  56. And you can’t tell me there any other conference plays that hard
  57. I changed my major in college from Education to Criminal Justice
  58. What I wouldn’t give to go back to school and finish
  59. I wanted to be a cardiologist when I was in high school
  60. Babies hold a special place for me.
  61. Logan and Chance were the only two boys that i called right. I’ve got to stop saying everyone is having a boy
  62. I wanted Corban to be a girl, but you know, I’m glad he’s a boy
  63. I now live in a house with three dogs, who would have ever thought
  64. I need to learn to take my own advice sometimes
  65. I tend to clam up when people start talking because I have this fear that I’ll say something stupid
  66. I’m loyal
  67. And a lot like a mother hen at times
  68. I like having my ownspace
  69. And my alone time
  70. And my alone time with my husband, wish we had more of it
  71. I’m in the process of trying to give up all my bad habits.
  72. I’m beginning to wish X box had never been invented.
  73. I’m learning to like walks outside.
  74. My sun sign is Capricorn.
  75. My Moon sign is Cancer
  76. My rising sign is Sagitarrius.
  77. I love winter
  78. I still think Oswald was a patsy and the real men who killed Kennedy are buried in the Mojave.
  79. What Dreams May Come and Aresenic and Old Lace are my to favorite movies
  80. I am Pro life
  81. I am right handed
  82. I was raised Southern Baptist but I dislike organized religion.
  83. I struggle with this on a daily basis.
  84. I believe in ghosts, but only because I’ve seen one.
  85. My favorite flowers are tulips and roses
  86. I have A+ blood
  87. If I could pick a super power, it would be the ability to read peoples minds
  88. I cry when I get stressed
  89. And when I get mad
  90. and it makes me mad when I cry
  91. Chardonnay is my favorite wine
  92. White Zinfindel is my second favorite
  93. My middle name is Denise
  94. I am a Capricorn
  95. I named our GPS Mona
  96. I sweat, I don’t glisten
  97. I love my boston terrorist, I mean terrier
  98. I have a deal with my husband and mother in law that if I lose so much weight, I get a pair of Tony Lama boots
  99. I love having a little brother to torment.
  100. I am now done with this list!

Ahhhh Such Progress!!!

Posted in Things Completed by Donna on October 30, 2008

#101 Make a new List of 101 things

I’ve had this list done for sometime but I just put it up yesterday.  I love the new blog for the ablility to have more than one page.  You’ll notice that there are more than 101 things on the list though.  I haven’t yet decided what I’m not going to do or if it’s just going to be a comprehensive list in addition to the 101 that I currently have.  I emailed the creator of this wonderful project not that long ago and asked if we could have more than one list.   He gave me the wonderful response that you can but he also said that he advises that you review your list several times a year and it’s acceptable to change things as your to do’s might change.  Mine certainly have. 

I want more than the 1001 days to complete my second list though.  Maybe that’s why I didn’t specify on the make a new list of 101 things that I wanted to do the list again.  I might put the time limit on it and I might not.  I might add more to it and make yet another, my goal is to have the other list with as many things as I think I can accomplish and go from there.  It’s all part of that ongoing project.   

I’m planning on combining two of the projects, one from each list.  It’s #78 on one and #79 on the other if I remember correctly.  One is to make a quilt and the other is to write down in a journal a thought that makes me happy each day for a year.  What a more wonderful way to journal my thoughts than on a quilt.  I think this is going to be done not only on my quilt but I’m going to find some sort of journal to write all my thoughts in. 

I’ve got so many of my things to do in progress that I can look at this and see I’m making some headway.  That makes me happy.  Maybe I can start on the journal today.

#11 Recipe 4 of 20

Posted in Things Completed by Donna on October 23, 2008

This one, I made mixing part of moms recipe and part of mine. She had shoulder surgery Tuesday and her throat is still raw. Tanya fixed potato soup night before last and I struggled to figure out a good soup. Mom suggested veggie soup. She gave me her “short cut” recipe and last night as I was making it, I used part Mavis and part Donna. Pappy had a bowl, Mom had a bowl and a half and Tanya had the same. They all said it was good, so I’m going to use it.

2 potatoes
1/3 onion
2 cans beef broth
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can mixed veggies
1 frozen package of Cajun Gumbo mixed veggies
Slap ya Momma

Cut up the potatoes and onion, add broth, tomatoes, and all veggies. Season to taste. I think you might want to add a few more veggies if you want to make it less “soupy”. Add water to your liking. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and lightly boil for about 30 minutes.

And another recipe is done!!!

#20 Submit a Photo to Jones Soda

Posted in Things Completed by Donna on October 21, 2008

Well, I did this just a few minutes ago. Hehe This was taken at our Reagan Family Reunion a couple of weekends ago. Dirk and Lori were cheesing for me and I snapped it. I took one in color but truthfully it’s not as great as this one. I don’t know really why they lucked out..I was looking at the website and then looking at the pictures that I had on my drive here at work and it just clicked. So one more thing off the list.

#90 Complete 12 Learning to Love You More Projects

Posted in Things Completed by Donna on October 21, 2008

Okay so I haven’t done all 12 yet. I’ve still got a few more to go. But my 3rd one was submitted and finally put up on the website. You can find it at

So now I’ve submitted a picture of the sun, took a photo of a scar and wrote about it and took a flash photo under my bed.

I’ve picked out the others that I want to do they are hang a windchime from a tree in a parking lot, take a family portrait of two families, write your life story in less than a day, take a picture of your parents kissing, describe your ideal government, make a portrait of your friends desires, photograph a significant outfit, give advise to yourself in the past and describe what to do with your body when you die…. Stay tuned for the progress on these….

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