The great pizza-slice debate. Have I written about this before? If so, I apologize, but it came up again while we were laying sod last week, and it's killing me.
Picture a slice of pizza. If someone told you to take a bite from the top of it, would you bite at the pointy end or at the crust? Please leave a comment with your answer and whether you're male or female.
The rest of this post is a draft I wrote a full month ago but apparently never published. Oops.
I just gave a much-needed update to my poor neglected 101-things list. Since I started this project way back in November 2007, I've come to see that some of my items were way too ambitious (becoming fluent in Spanish), way too ambitious as well as entirely unnecessary (memorizing the location and name of all the world's countries, capitals, mountain ranges and bodies of water), or simply so unappealing that I've decided not to try (going vegetarian for two weeks).
Others are hard to measure (do I genuinely like and understand football? Am I truly confident and competent when parallel parking)? How do I treat the item about trying every class at the gym, when I no longer have a gym membership? I didn't plant a tree for Arbor Day this year, but last year I planted 10; can I check it off my list?
I've erred on the conservative side, not considering things completed if there's any doubt. But awhile ago Matt went through the list and declared I was being too strict. I may not have gone through my closet one particular time and done a massive clean-out of clothes that don't look good on me, for example, but I do this on a smaller scale every few months, so the effect -- a closet full of clothes I actually like and wear -- is the same.
So with the full support of the person whose job it is to keep me honest, I'm checking off:
11. Get published in a non-local magazine
28. Learn to really understand (and like?) football
58. Make a list of all the words I still don't know how to pronounce and look up their pronunciations
59. Go through my closet and donate all the clothes that don't look good on me
61. Keep a maintenance log when I get a new car
(I'm not quite convinced I'm a confident parallel parker. If I were, I'd know for sure, right?)
That puts me right around the halfway point. Several of my freebies, such as finishing my Clinique Happy Heart and memorizing the 12's times table, are still not done, but they will be. I'm very optimistic about others, such as visiting someplace with a whole lot of snow on the ground (BURLINGTON! OMAHA!) and getting rid of my toenail fungus (I found out about a pill you can take, but I have to wait until I'm done breastfeeding). And the ones that, in retrospect, were ridiculous to include (learning shorthand), I'm comfortable writing off as a reason to donate to World Vision -- my punishment, per No. 100.