Fabulous Forty

fabulous 40

Mrs. Fakefish turned 40 this year! To celebrate the dawn of the second half of life, I’m stretching my horizons and looking for new challenges by compiling and completing a list of 40 Challenges.  Some of the things on this list don’t seem much like real goals, but they are things I am making a point to do because I have put them off or have never bothered to try.  I hope you’ll follow along as a I celebrate 40 in the most fabulous ways I can.

1. Eat at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in Dixon, CA.  I have lived in this area for 15 years and have yet to set foot in this landmark restaurant.  Time to change that!  COMPLETED:  AUGUST 16, 2014

2. Bike the entire length of Fairfield’s Linear Park. This is a bike trail that cuts a diagonal across the city, and while I have driven past it a zillion times, I have never hopped on my bike and explored it from end to end.  This goal also entails me getting my bike back in riding condition.
a. Buy new bicycle

3. Donate my hair.  I have been letting my hair grow out for a couple years now, free of dye and chemical treatments, so I will be able to do this in honor of my late friend, Terri Hovey, who passed away from cancer in 2013. COMPLETED March 3, 2015

4. Watch all the Top 100 AFI Movies. Putting my Netflix subscription to work! IN PROGRESS – See below

5. Complete the 2015 Reading Challenge. (See Below)

6. Contribute to the “Good News” column in my local newspaper, The Daily Republic.  This was discontinued.  😦

7. Visit the Point Reyes Lighthouse

8. Visit a Bay Area attraction I haven’t been to before, preferably a Bay Area Backroads pick.

9. Replace all my old, worn out make-up. July 17, 2015

10. Have eyebrows waxed by a professional.  I have always done this myself and I’m curious what it would look like if it was done by someone who knows what they’re doing.  COMPLETED:  AUGUST 18, 2014

11.  Whiten my teeth.  April 14, 2015

12.  Brew a batch of beer or hard cider.

13. Take The Hobbit camping.

14. Write my/our Wills.

15. Do a Day Hike on Mt. Tamalpais.

16. Ride Amtrak

17. Have a family picture taken.  We have pictures of me and The Hobbit, of Fakefish and The Hobbit, of me and Fakefish, but photos of all three of us together are few and far between, and we have never had one done at a portrait studio.

18. Paint the planned mural on The Hobbit’s closet doors.

19.  Visit a U.S. location I have long dreamed of seeing, such as New Orleans or Winslow, Arizona.

20.  Do something about my desire to learn to play the Ukulele, like actually buying a ukulele and learning to play it. COMPLETED: December 2014

21. Take a class in something I’m interested in and want to deepen my understanding of, such as photography, painting, writing, Photo Shop, another language, etc.

22.  Write a list of 101 Life Lessons and share it.

23. Get a physical and do all the required medical tests that go with turning 40. (Does this count as three since there’s so much to do???)
a. Physical COMPLETED: December 1, 2014
b. Blood Tests COMPLETED: December 4, 2014
c. Mammogram COMPLETED: December 26, 2014

24. Bake bread from scratch.  COMPLETED April 14, 2015

25.  Get an eye exam.  COMPLETED:  August 21, 2014

26. Complete The Hobbit’s preschool Art Book.

27. Get the big digital camera repaired.

28. Put together a 72-hour survival kit for my family & pets.

29. Run a political campaign and help my husband get elected to the School Board.  I didn’t know I even wanted to do this until the possibility came up, but now that it has, I’m quite gung-ho about the whole thing. COMPLETED: November 4, 2014.  He won!

30. Complete a 30-Day Decluttering challenge (See Below) June 26, 2015

31. Implement and sustain a supplement plan all us “geezers” should be on:  daily aspirin, fish oil and increased vitamin  D. COMPLETED: December 1, 2014

32.  Finally get that back room under control and completely cleaned out. COMPLETED: April 2, 2015

33. Learn to paint with an airbrush. I have the airbrush kit, now to master it! IN PROGRESS: AUGUST 15, 2014

34. Make a new friend.

35. Do 3-5 craft shows as a vendor. COMPLETED May 2015

36. Learn to make tamales. COMPLETED: November 24, 2014

37. Adopt a dog. March 28, 2015

38. Go on a Girl’s Night Out. Completed: November 14, 2014

39.

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reading challenge

AFI 100 Greatest Movies (2007 List)

  1. Citizen Cane
  2. The Godfather
  3. Casablanca
  4. Raging Bull
  5. Singin’ in the Rain
  6. Gone with the Wind
  7. Lawrence of Arabia
  8. Schindler’s List
  9. Vertigo
  10. Wizard of Oz
  11. City Lights
  12. The Searchers
  13. Star Wars
  14. Psycho
  15. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  16. Sunset Blvd
  17. The Graduate
  18. The General
  19. On the Waterfront
  20. It’s a Wonderful Life
  21. Chinatown
  22. Some Like It Hot
  23. Grapes of Wrath
  24. E.T.
  25. To Kill a Mockingbird
  26. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  27. High Noon
  28. All About Eve
  29. Double Indemnity
  30. Apocalpyse Now
  31. Maltese Falcon
  32. The Godfather Part II
  33. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  34. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  35. Annie Hall
  36. Bridge on the River Kwai
  37. Best Years of Our Lives
  38. Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  39. Dr. Strangelove
  40. Sound of Music
  41. King Kong
  42. Bonnie and Clyde
  43. Midnight Cowboy
  44. Philadelphia Story
  45. Shane
  46. It Happened One Night
  47. Streetcar Named Desire
  48. Rear Window
  49. Intolerance
  50. Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring
  51. West Side Story
  52. Taxi Driver
  53. Deer Hunter
  54. MASH
  55. North by Northwest
  56. Jaws
  57. Rocky
  58. Gold Rush
  59. Nashville
  60. Duck Soup
  61. Sullivan’s Travels
  62. American Graffiti
  63. Cabaret
  64. Network
  65. African Queen
  66. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  67. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
  68. Unforgiven
  69. Tootsie
  70. Clockwork Orange
  71. Saving Private Ryan
  72. Shawshank Redemption
  73. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  74. Silence of the Lambs
  75. In the Heat of the Night
  76. Forrest Gump
  77. All The President’s Men
  78. Modern Times
  79. The Wild Bunch
  80. The Apartment
  81. Spartacus
  82. Sunrise
  83. Titanic
  84. Easy Rider
  85. A Night at the Opera
  86. Platoon
  87. 12 Angry Men
  88. Bringing Up Baby
  89. The Sixth Sense
  90. Swing Time
  91. Sophie’s Choice
  92. Goodfellas
  93. The French Connection
  94. Pulp Fiction
  95. The Last Picture Show
  96. Do The Right Thing
  97. Blade Runner
  98. Yankee Doodle Dandy
  99. Toy Story
  100. Ben-Hur

AFI’s 100 Greatest Movies (1997 List)

  1. Citizen Cane January 27, 2015
  2. Casablanca January 9, 2015
  3. The Godfather March 15, 2015
  4. Gone with the Wind
  5. Lawrence of Arabia March 5, 2015
  6. The Wizard of Oz
  7. The Graduate
  8. On the Waterfront March 15, 2015
  9. Shindler’s List
  10. Singin’ in the Rain
  11. It’s a Wonderful Life
  12. Sunset Blvd March 19, 2015
  13. The Bridge on the River Kwai
  14. Some Like it Hot
  15. Star Wars
  16. All About Eve March 20, 2015
  17. The African Queen
  18. Psycho March 25, 2015
  19. Chinatown March 2, 2015
  20. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  21. The Grapes of Wrath April 3, 2015
  22. 2001: a Space Odyssey March 29, 2015
  23. The Maltese Falcon March 2, 2015
  24. Raging Bull March 15, 2015
  25. T.
  26. Strangelove April 8, 2015
  27. Bonnie and Clyde April 8, 2015
  28. Apocalypse Now April 16, 2015
  29. Smith Goes to Washington April 17, 2015
  30. The Treasure of the Sierra Madres June 7, 2015
  31. Annie Hall
  32. The Godfather Part II May 17, 2015
  33. High Noon
  34. To Kill a Mockingbird
  35. It Happened One Night May 30, 2015
  36. Midnight Cowboy June 7, 2015
  37. The Best years of Our Lives June 23, 2015
  38. Double Indemnity June 17, 2015
  39. Doctor Zhivago June 21, 2015
  40. North by Northwest June 24, 2015
  41. West Side Story
  42. Rear Window June 22, 2015
  43. King Kong July 17, 2015
  44. The Birth of a Nation June 27, 2015
  45. A Streetcar Named Desire July 3, 2015
  46. A Clockwork Orange July 3, 2015
  47. Taxi Driver July 4, 2015
  48. Jaws
  49. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
  50. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  51. The Philadelphia Story July 10, 2015
  52. From Here to Eternity
  53. Amadeus
  54. All Quiet on the Western Front
  55. The Sound of Music
  56. MASH
  57. The Third Man
  58. Fantasia
  59. Rebel without a Cause
  60. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  61. Vertigo July 14, 2015
  62. Tootsie
  63. Stagecoach
  64. Close Encounters of the Third Kind December 26, 2014
  65. The Silence of the Lambs
  66. Network
  67. The Manchurian Candidate
  68. An American in Paris December 15, 2014
  69. Shane July 17, 2015
  70. The French Connection
  71. Forrest Gump
  72. Ben-Hur
  73. Wuthering Heights
  74. The Gold Rush July 21, 2015
  75. Dances with Wolves
  76. City Lights July 14, 2015
  77. American Graffiti
  78. Rocky
  79. The Deer Hunter
  80. The Wild Bunch July 10, 2015
  81. Modern Times
  82. Giant
  83. Platoon July 12, 2015
  84. Fargo
  85. Duck Soup
  86. Mutiny on the Bounty December 2, 2014
  87. Frankenstein
  88. Easy Rider July 8, 2015
  89. Patton July 7, 2015
  90. The Jazz Singer
  91. My Fair Lady October 13, 2014
  92. A Place in the Sun July 7, 2015
  93. The Apartment
  94. Goodfellas October 21, 2014
  95. Pulp Fiction
  96. The Searchers September 8, 2014
  97. Bringing Up Baby
  98. Unforgiven
  99. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner August 30, 2014
  100. Yankee Doodle Dandy  August 27, 2014

30-day-declutter-challenge COMPLETED

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