Monday, May 30, 2005

101 Things I Mostly Want to Do

It's been a long time since I've gone back to The List. Before launching into the vacation stories, I thought it would be fitting to knock a few items off, since so many happened in Thailand. But at the same time, I'm conscious of the fact that there are many things on this list that - half way through the 1001 days - don't make a lot of sense for me to do anymore. I guess it shows how much your life can change in a year and a half and how much your priorities can shift in such a short time. But here goes:
  • I finally took care of #1, although they were listed in no particular order. As posted, Mom got her painting in March, and she loved it.
  • #10, the winter shots, happened up at Mont Tremblant. I took the roll and then promptly forgot about it. Since then, it's been printed and the shots are fantastic. Look for them sometime in the future when I run out of cool Thailand photos to post.
  • #25, visiting Europe. Well, it probably will happen in the next year and a half. But at the same time, the idea was just to go *somewhere* outside of North America, and Europe seemed to be the most likely at the time. I think Thailand is quite a big step up, so I'll scratch this one and say mission accomplished.
  • #27 was a huge one for me, to swim in a new, big body of water. The Gulf of Thailand fits the bill nicely. Turquoise water and white sand...
  • #55, take some new pics of myself. As you can see with the blog photo right here, I have a few that I'm happy with now.
  • #61, go snorkeling. Another one I scratched in Thailand. But the bonus was that I actually got to snorkel over coral reefs.
  • #62 happened a LONG time ago, sometime vaguely last fall. Let's just say it was before November. All three Lord of the Rings movies is a long haul....but worth it. I'm sure this fall, it'll be all 6 Star Wars movies. Gah.
  • #63 was scratched. I'm not saying anything about that.
  • #68 happened too. Yup, they're step-brothers.
  • #69, get a job I like. I've got it. It may not be as creative as I had hoped, but it's challenging and fun.
  • #70's been happening since I made the decision to add photos to more of my posts.
  • #74, getting paid to be a designer. Accomplished several times over, but really, it wasn't that big of a deal. I think I added this one to flesh things out a bit on the list.
  • #80, spend more time outdoors. That's pretty vague, isn't it? Let's say I did this one, we spent most of our time outdoors while we were in Thailand.
  • #85 happened courtesy of my new job, I was re-trained as a first aider a few months back. I think I may already need a refresher.
  • #87, try a new chain restaurant. Suuuuuuure, let's call this one done, too. I couldn't tell you which one it was, but I'm sure it happened.
  • And finally, # 101, bookending this nicely, I managed to get to see Revenge of the Sith with wide-eyed wonder, a little savvier than if I was living in a cave for the last three years, but still able to say I was much stronger in resisting the dark side of spoilers this time around. And man, was it ever a great movie.

Still a long way to go, but I'm slowly getting through the big ones. Maybe I should rechristen it "71 Things That I Still Want to do 501 Days Later?"

Up next: Thailand, Part 1: Three Hours in Japan, Rooftops, and Millions of Cellphones

Thursday, May 26, 2005

All Thai-ed Up

Hey everyone, I'm back from Thailand! Short story: it was amazing. And it's likely to be life-changing, too: I've caught the travelling bug, just like everyone said I would. And the long story: it's on the way! I've had a bit of a photography-disaster, it appears that some of my film was damaged by the heat or the x-ray machines. I'm looking to see what I can salvage from my negatives. So stay tuned...I'll post a detailed account of my trip as soon I find a free moment.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

We Were on a Break!

Hey everyone, I'm taking a brief break from blogging for the next little while. Don't worry, I'll hurry back soon. I'm working on a special project - which I've entitled "The Land of Tie-Fighters" - that will be consuming my time for the next little while. Soooo pumped for Revenge of the Sith!

So keep checking back for updates, I'll tell you all about it as soon as I can.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Don't Wake Me, I Plan on Sleeping In

I managed to spare some time this weekend for a photo trip down to the Hog's Back Falls. The water level was pretty high, so it made the lowly Rideau River look pretty epic. So then, proudly carrying my completed roll of film in hand, I walked over to the Black's on Sparks Street, only to find that....everything on Sparks seems to be closed on Sundays. Anti-climactic? I thought so. Then I took a picture of my shoe. Also anti-climactic.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

A Week Already?

Wow, time flies when you're busy. I'm not a big fan of checklists, but I've certainly needed one this past week. Expect a new photograph from me later on today or tomorrow!