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Earlier this year, I had very briefly crossed paths with two people before, but only because they recognized my name from Twitter. We chatted a bit online after that, and just this past week, we finally met up in person again, on purpose this time. It was a great evening of drinks and dessert and chatting about shared interests.
I didn't define what "a whole day" means! I have the opportunity to do approximately this next weekend. It depends a little on my parameters, I guess.
This is probably going to be my 33rd birthday. My 32nd is going to be very quiet and casual with a few people.
This has become much more pertinent now that we're integrating Swift into the app at my day job.
Sharon
Note added to goal Take a staycation
My requirement for this is to stay somewhere local but away from my own home, so that I have a clear demarcation between my regular life and my staycation. A single night in a nearby hotel would qualify, but is not the only way to fulfill this.
I still haven't done this, but I've hosted two postcard-writing parties, and that feels like a pretty good step in the direction of inviting people to explicitly-political things.
I've never done this in person yet, but I've emailed public comment a few times now, so I think my words are already part of the official record. One of these days I'll find a meeting that's held in the evening and carve time out of my week to attend.
I went to a really good book club discussion about Nickel and Dimed and Winners Take All. I didn't love either book that much on my own, but I got a lot out of the social experience, and I gained a greater appreciation for what other people liked about each book.
Sharon
Note added to goal Learn how to tie a sarong
I decided that securing it with a nyonya belt wasn't cheating because that's how people actually do wear these things. Armed with that tool, I wore a sarong out in public three times (!) in the past week!
Sharon
Note added to goal Learn how to tie knots
I can't do fancy trick knots or anything, but I've gotten the hang of enough fundamentals that I can fasten stuff around the house, tie shoelaces and sashes neatly, and other things like that. I think this counts as complete.
Sharon
Note added to goal Attend a film festival
Went to five films during the San Francisco International Film Festival from April 13 to 21. Most of them were good, and all of them were worth trying out.
What if I took a train somewhere and just read a train-related book instead of picking a book based on my destination?

https://www.amtrak.com/routes/coast-starlight-train.html
Visited Queens in January 2019! I went to the Museum of the Moving Image.
Sharon
Note added to goal Sing karaoke at a bar
I sang two songs at dance karaoke! "Die Young" by Kesha and "American Idiot" by Green Day.
I did this with a teammate and decided to count it, since the important part of my goal was to confront my anxiety around pairing, not to spend time with a friend. It went really well!

I was more nervous during the first part of our experiment back in December, when I was navigating and my teammate was pairing. I was also frustrated that we had some mundane technical issues that got in the way of my planned task. I had more fun with driving this week while my teammate navigated. I got to practice reading Python and Java, which I haven't done much in a while, and I was able to contribute during our back-and-forth conversation about what might be causing the bug. It was also productive: we fixed a longstanding issue that numerous customers had reported.
Find a class at a place like this: http://www.workshopsf.org/
Sharon
Note added to goal Read a banned book
This book was SO CUTE. I'm really happy I finally got around to reading one of Raina Telgemeier's comics after hearing about her work for years!

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2651697027
Sharon
Note added to goal Learn how to tie a sarong
I got my hands on a Nyonya sarong belt, which is going to make this task 10x easier!! It looks something like this: https://www.etsy.com/listing/180151074/peranakan-metal-belt-adjustable-length
https://thethirsty.net/9-books-on-southeast-asian-history-and-culture-de7a77b7d29c
https://bookriot.com/2017/10/17/books-latin-america/
Sharon
Note added to goal Memorize a list of facts
Working on the amendments to the US Constitution because I have fond memories of doing this in high school.
I didn't finish Read Harder 2018, but I'm going to try again with Read Harder 2019! I have a more detailed plan this time too.
Sharon
Note added to goal Read a banned book
Requested Drama by Raina Telgemeier from the public library because it appears multiple times here: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10
Sharon
Note added to goal Write a short story
https://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Short-Story
Sharon
Note added to goal Go to a reunion
I think that I originally wrote this for something larger like an N-year college reunion, but I'm going to give myself credit for a team reunion lunch anyway because I actually had a hand in organizing it.
https://twitter.com/juliareinstein/status/1072573230089687041 >_<
This is probably not that hard to do, but I haven't figured out a recording method I'll actually stick with. Maybe I'm overthinking it and I just need a large sheet of paper.
July 2019 is going to be a good time to do this goal because that'll be my ten year anniversary of living in San Francisco.
Ideas for places to check for upcoming events:

- City Arts & Lectures
- The Booksmith / The Bindery
- Manny's
Sharon
Note added to goal Learn how to tie knots
I tried out a bunch of knots using static diagrams last weekend. Now that I've gone through those steps *really* slowly, I'm having an easier time following YouTube videos, although I still have to pause and check a lot.

I'm getting the hang of a bowline knot thanks to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9NqGd7464U

I'm practicing using some spare clean shoelaces for now, but I should buy some twine to see if I can make the sort of carrying-sling thing that stores use to make handles for boxes.
Just found out about a work event that I may be able to attend in January 2019. Do I dare book a flight to New York in the dead of winter?
Sharon
Note added to goal Go to a concert
Saw Alex Wong in concert again in San Francisco.
I'm about halfway through The World Ends With You: Final Remix and I can't believe how much I still love this game.
Sharon
Note added to goal Purchase and wear cosplay
I wore my Ms. Marvel dress on Halloween!
🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉
Met someone cool at WaffleJS!
Sharon
Note added to goal Canvass for an election
Canvassed for 2.5 hours today! It was pretty nervewracking, but almost everyone was really nice and many people were receptive to a short chat. I think it helped that I was learning from a pro.
I don't have any costume events coming up right now, but I want to try this out at some point: https://www.deviantart.com/vilya0/art/Female-to-Male-Crossplay-Makeup-Tutorial-409457154
How are you picking your books for this goal?
Zoe M I have no particular system for picking books, but they'll tend toward the new and popular.
1 years ago
Sharon
Note added to goal Go to a local museum
Went to the Exploratorium (yet again) for a friend's birthday.
I ordered two custom-fitted dresses from eShakti! Hopefully they'll fit well. In any case, they weren't very expensive and I was able to reduce the price further with a referral code from a friend.
Book / destination ideas: https://bookriot.com/?p=168743
Zoe M This is a fun goal! I enjoyed reading Cannery Row in Monterey.
1 years ago
Sharon I read Of Mice and Men on my Amtrak ride to/from Salinas!
1 years ago
I attended a ballot debate yesterday! That was a good step toward being more informed and procrastinating less. However, the point of organizing a party is to draw in more of my friends who aren't always up to date in politics, so I am not counting this task as done yet.
Sharon
Note added to goal Take a writing class
I didn't specify what scope of class, so I'm tentatively going to count today's 1-hour class that was taught by a colleague at work.

Hopefully I'll tackle this in a more ambitious way later on. If so, I'll update the date and notes accordingly.
Sharon
Note added to goal Learn how to tie knots
https://www.animatedknots.com/indexbasics.php
Sharon
Note added to goal Learn how to tie knots
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUHgGK-tImY XD
Sharon
Note added to goal Watch a foreign film
Watched a dubbed version of The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3897760/) at a local theater. It was really weird.
Sharon
Note added to goal Attend a film festival
Considering this upcoming festival, which I've been to once in the past: https://jfi.org/sfjff-2018/
Sharon The Next Wave pass seems surprisingly cheap? https://jfi.org/get-involved/become-a-member
1 years ago
Talked to a friend about collaborating on a protest sign.
I'm working on this one right now: https://bookriot.com/2017/12/15/book-riots-2018-read-harder-challenge/

But I've only finished 7 out of 24, which isn't much progress considering that it's July.