the 12 days of kiki: one month in

happy friday, friends!

yesterday was the one month milestone marker for the 12 days of kiki. to liken our project’s progress to serving up a slice of pie or cake, the portion would look like this:


we’ve got tons o’ time to go! let’s do a review of the 12 days of kiki thus far!

1. record at least one positive thing every day in my gratitude journal/excel spreadsheet. check! and on most days, i have recorded > one “gratefulness” or serendipitously positive occurrence. lots of good things have happened this month.

2. babysit little e and cutie c two times so that the brother and sil ana can enjoy a significant date or special event. not yet! (wednesday aunti visits do not qualify!).

3. blog three times per week (monday-wednesday-friday). right on track! [sidenote: i will say that it has required a significant adjustment to go from daily blogging to writing only thrice-weekly. i miss the social interactions via comments on non-posting days, and, to be honest, my creative mojo has taken a hit. i still feel like i am trying to find my rhythm].

4. run four (point two) km…times ten. i did not accomplish this goal this month – and had no intentions of so doing!

5. eat five wildly decadent and delicious desserts. i did not accomplish this goal this month – although i’ve enjoyed mom’s apple platz and that cherry pie filling dessert. while terribly yummy, they are not the over-the-top extravagances that i am envisioning.

6. finish a minimum of six knitting projects. i have two major projects on the go right now, but neither is close to being finished.

#1 – this baby blanket that i started in september:

i'm onto my second last ball of yarn which is the same dye lot as the second stripe from the bottom

#2 – the log cabin blanket:

the one square that is completed!

these are time-consuming artistic creations! but, like i mentioned on wednesday, i may do a real push to see if i can get the log cabin blanket ready by march 23rd. here is what i hope my finished product resembles!

the blanket, as seen on display at the knitter's fair, where the kit was purchased

7. read seven books, and hopefully more. check off book #1 from the list! i give irma voth a **1/2 (two and a half star) rating. reading this novel was a unique experience: i really was not into the first 138 pages, at all. as previously mentioned, i didn’t connect with irma and the storyline didn’t grab me. i give this part of the novel only *1/2 (one and a half stars). then ALL OF A SUDDEN – on page 139/the end of chapter six, to be precise – the plot took a sudden and major turn in direction, and i was hooked, avidly reading into the night at bedtime. this latter part of the book gets *** (three stars)! i am really glad i did not give up – i only hung in during the first part because i have read miriam toew’s a complicated kindness and the flying troutmans, and i wanted to finish this third novel. i’d pretty much only recommend irma voth to those who have german-mennonite heritage. for the rest of you, i’d say pick another novel. [if you’ve read irma voth, i’d love to hear your opinion].

8. perform eight random acts of kindness. i did not do anything nice this month – haha! well, nothing of exemplary significance. i’ll know a r.a.o.k. when i see it.

9. watch nine different and new-to-me tv shows (either online, on dvd, or on tv). i’ve got one show to tell you about, here: i watched two episodes of the the canadian production republic of doyle, over at mom and dad’s. it gets a *1/2 (one and a half) star rating, unfortunately. it’s just not my type of show: i don’t *get* the newfoundland humour, and i find the plot, writing, camera-work and characters are typically canadian, ie lacking in originality. that being said, i don’t mind at all if i watch this show again, with mom and dad. it’s just not anything to write home about.

10. refrain from chewing gum for ten months. 100% success! funny enough, i have not had the urge to chew gum at all! go figure!

11. abstain from drinking diet pop (any pop) for eleven months. we already discussed this goal with utmost detail here, so i won’t repeat my whining reflections, again. let’s just say that this is going to be the project that makes 2012 a very longggg year!

12. meet with at least twelve different friends for a social get-together. score!!! this is the goal with which i am fantastically super-pleased, and has me jumping for joy!! just look!…

outing #1:

coffee culture with vfbf joanne

outing #2:

symposium cafe with cathie!

outing #3:

starbucks with bff debbie!

outing #4:

mercury coffee shop with the brother!

outing #5:

david's tea with "eatspinrunrepeat" blog friend angela!

woo hoo?! and did you catch that five different locations have been visited, to boot?! i want to keep this fabulous momentum going – outing #6 is planned for this evening, in fact! [vfbf joanne and i went out again last eve, but for the purposes of the 12 days of kiki, i am counting first-time get-togethers only, not repeat visits]. (i plan to follow this pictorial recap format, each month – it’s a good way to chronicle new visits!).

all in all, i’d call month #1 a veritable success story!

have a great weekend!

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  • dorry  On February 12, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    your year is off to an awesome start! love all those social outings. good for you with the no chewing gum or soda – I used to have the gum habit for years, but I have no desire to chew it anymore. not even sure when that happened!

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 12, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      thanks, dorry! that is funny about losing your “taste” for chewing gum! i have to say that while i have had moments where i have realllly wished for a diet coke, i have not missed the gum, at all or had cravings. so that makes me think i was just chewing out of boredom and out of habit. these social outings are my favourite part of the project, so far! i wish you were closer!…

  • 42kim  On February 12, 2012 at 8:09 am

    This blog is fabulous. Thanks for stopping by my fledgling blog. Who knew we had so much in common? And yes you do know me from RR; you are the most helpful and encouraging person there! I shall visit soon as I am allowed to run again!!! Thank you 🙂

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 12, 2012 at 8:20 am

      yes! you are the kim i was thinking of, kim! 🙂 thanks for your kind words. i hope you are back to running soon – sorry to hear you’re off right now. i love the similarities between our blogs – i’ll be checking in again on your blog, for sure!

  • Ali  On February 11, 2012 at 10:28 am

    So I guess you won’t be running tomorrow’s race? I’m doing my first 8 mile race. Sooo nervous!

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 11, 2012 at 10:30 am

      that’s awesome, ali!!! you can do it! have fun!! it always is a wintry day for the fridgee 8er!! 🙂

  • Stephanie  On February 10, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    You’re doing SO WELL!!! This is awesome Cathy/Kiki! (which one do you prefer?) I love that you’ve been on so many social outings. I’m jealous that you have so many cafes near you! We only have one coffee shop cafe in the area…other than that, it’s all restaurants and Tim Hortons around here. I’m kind of tempted to go there one day to write, but I’m not sure if it’s “that kind of cafe”. I can’t wait to see the finished blanket!

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 10, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      thanks, stephanie! cathy/kiki, it matters not. i’ll answer to both! ok, i have yet to hit a TH – it has to go on the list, now that they have larger coffees and all! i know – isn’t it funny. i can picture going to s’bux to work but just cannot imagine going to timmie’s to crank out some writing, can you?! oh! i have a six degrees of separation for you: one of my fb friends linked to clay baboons on fb yesterday and i was astounded because she has NO link to you, at all!! no idea how she found you as she is overseas?!?!

      • Stephanie  On February 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm

        That is very, very strange…and also kind of cool! I wonder how they found me! If it was a link to the laundry post, it might be because Jen (from cakewrecks – who has like eleventy-million twitter followers) retweeted that link and I got a whole bunch of pageviews that I never would have gotten otherwise.

  • Johanna B  On February 10, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Congrats on the success with your lovely outings with friends. I wish more of my friends lived in the Topeka area or even in Kansas for that matter. I don’t get out much anymore and I do miss it at times. I guess I’ll just be happy living vicariously through you (grin).

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 10, 2012 at 11:51 am

      thanks, johanna! yes, you know, while email/blog/skype visits are lovely, i will say that nothing quite matches in-person visits. i’ll do my best to keep up this (fast n furious) pace!! 🙂

  • Lisa  On February 10, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Wow– you’re doing great on the outings! And not too shabby with the others too!
    I was just thinking about how I need to set some goals…not big things, just little things to focus on. It’s apparent that it helps!

    I also think it’s funny about the running—I mean really, you have time to do that when the weather is warmer!

    Love the blankets!!!

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 10, 2012 at 8:25 am

      thanks, lisa!! how about a goal for seven different variations of pudding/dip recipes for us?!! 🙂 i agree re the running – esp since i LOVE hot weather training!!!

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