kikiproject #3: the final recap


it feels like new year’s eve all over again!! today’s blog post is an opportunity to look back at the last twelve months and evaluate the goals that i set at this time last year for the third annual kikiproject.

let’s review! in order to have an all-encompassing record, i am going to include lists where possible (thanks to my excel spreadsheet, i have precise documentation), and also give myself a THUMBS UP, THUMBS DOWN, or THUMBS SIDEWAYS grade for each project that helped to make up the 12 days of kiki.

1. record at least one positive thing every day in my gratitude journal excel spreadsheet. THUMBS UP. i am on line 983 of my excel spreadsheet today which gives an average, then, of 2.7 thankfulnesses noted for each day. every day since january 9, 2012 has a positive item next to its date. some days have one line, some have upwards of six or eight. this project helped keep me centred and also helped me see many instances of “coincidence? i think not!”

2. babysit little e and cutie c two times so that the brother and sil ana can enjoy a significant date or special event. THUMBS UP.

my favourite photo from this year

my favourite photo from this year

it’s too bad we could not work in one or two more extended babysitting dates, but i exceeded my goal, closing with 3.5 extended-aunti-ing dates, AND, in addition, we maintained regular aunti visits (mostly on wednesdays). yippee!

3. blog three times per week (monday-wednesday-friday). modified on february 13th to: leave a comment on a minimum of three blogs, every day. THUMBS UP. if memory serves, i believe i missed one day where i did not comment three times. sundays continued to be the most challenging day to *find* three blog posts from blends; on those days, i opted to comment on “popular” blogs and made sure my comments were neither gushy nor insincere. i look forward to commenting on my friends’ blogs, from today onwards, and it will be lovely to comment once or fifty times per day, as i am so inspired!

4. run four (point two) km…times ten. THUMBS DOWWWWWN. do we have to talk about this one?? so….i did not run a marathon in 2012. my workaround that i figured out way back last year was that i would go out and run a 4.2 km block around my ‘hood ten times over the course of a few days if i did not end up ‘thoning. well, i did not do those ten loops. i could have. i kept procrastinating – from october forward! now let’s get philosophical: back when i was on my florida vacation in july, 2010, i wrote this blog post about a shell i found (that is sitting on my window ledge to this day, i can see it as i type). the lesson: i do not need to be perfect – i cannot be perfect. so while i am truly, deeply troubled/irked/chagrined that not fulfilling this project #4 wrecks getting 100% on this year’s kiki project (and makes this the first kikiproject of the three where i have NOT gotten 100%)…it’s a life lesson. on a positive note, let me throw in that i had the best year of running in at least the past ten years, so i do feel running-satisfied…i guess.

5. eat five wildly decadent and delicious desserts. THUMBS SIDEWAYS. yes, i enjoyed my official five desserts:

  • sunday, march 25: yogen fruz fro yo with choco chips and oreo
  • sunday, may 28: s’bux icey, chocolatey drink thing
  • saturday, june 23: baskin robbins choco chip ice cream in a waffle cone
  • sunday, july 1: laura secord choco chip ice cream in a SPRINKLES waffle cone
  • sunday, july 8: pb/pb chip ice cream in a sprinkle waffle cone

…but i could have had more variety and they could have been gooey-er! i pressured myself to get this project done, i recall. i learned i prefer “every day” sweets like coffee cake and choco chip cookies and mom’s apple crisp to over-the-top specialties.

6. finish a minimum of six knitting projects. THUMBS UP. i surpassed my goal by finishing twelve knits!

  • log cabin throw in malabrigo yarn for the mcc relief sale – sunday, march 18
  • seed stitch baby blanket in noro sock yarn – monday, april 23
  • variegated, sparkly scarf for g’ma’s bday – thursday, may 10
  • purple lace socks for mom’s bday – thursday, may 31
  • orange “$4 sweater” for me – tuesday, june 26
  • orange baby blanket – saturday, august 18
  • ballet sweaters for little e and cutie c for xmas – wednesday, sept 19
  • socks for SIL ana for xmas – friday, november 23
  • variegated blanket in honour of g’ma for project linus – saturday, dec 8
  • 2nd pair of socks for SIL ana for xmas – thursday, december 15
  • baby sweater from leftover sock yarn – monday dec 24
  • baby sweater from leftover sock yarn – sunday january 6

here are the three projects you have yet to see:

sil ana had requested "knee socks" for xmas so i made her (L) argyle knee sox and (R) over-the-knee striped sox!

sil ana had requested “knee socks” for xmas so i made her (L) argyle knee sox and (R) over-the-knee striped sox!

there was so much sock yarn left over that i whipped up a baby cardi...

there was so much sock yarn left over that i whipped up a baby cardi…

...and it already has a home! (and why are these two pics upside down?!).

…and it already has a home! (and why are these two pics upside down?!).

...and there was STILL sock yarn left over! so i produced a baby brother...

…and there was STILL sock yarn left over! so i produced a baby brother…

...who has yet to find a home!

…who has yet to find a home!

7. read seven books, and hopefully more. THUMBS UP. i more than doubled my initial reading projection! i read sixteen books to completion:

  • irma voth by miriam toews, finished january 24, **1/2
  • the friday night knitting club, kate jacobs, march 5, **1/2
  • something borrowed, emily giffin, march 31, ****
  • baby proof, emily giffiin, april, 29, ***1/2
  • something blue, emily giffin, may 26, **
  • she’s come undone, wally lamb, july 4, ****
  • shoe addicts anonymous, beth harbison, july 15, **1/2
  • the undomestic goddess, sophie kinsella, july 25, ****
  • explosive eighteen, janet evanovich, july 28, **
  • *fifty shades of grey, e.l. james, august 8, ***1/2
  • *fifty shades darker, e.l. james, august 20, ***
  • *fifty shades freed, e.l. james, sept 3, ***1/2
  • r is for ricochet, sue grafton, sept 23, **1/2
  • fly away home, jennifer weiner, sept 25, ***
  • t is for trespass, sue grafton, october 18, ***1/2
  • the jane austen book club, susan joy fowler, october 20, *1/2
  • u is for undertow, sue grafton, november 12, ***
  • ready player one, ernest cline, december 18, **1/2

(*the fifty shades trilogy counted as “one book”)

right now, i am into state of wonder by ann patchett (*** rating thus far) and circle of friends by maeve binchy (*** thus far). reading is like taking two steps forward and three steps back – i cannot keep up with all the books i want to read!

8. perform eight random acts of kindness. THUMBS UP. i DID do eight official r.a.o.k.s and i tried to be a nice person at other times.

  • gave the guy ahead of me at food basics change towards his grocery bill –
  • filled two bags with food for the food bank – feb 29
  • gift pack for my cousin, hubby, toddler, new baby – may 26
  • mystery r.a.o.k. for a friend – june 26
  • baby gifties for bloggers janae and kath – sept 11
  • tidied apparel racks at zellers – sept 12
  • gave s’bux GCs to my building supers, just because – nov 12
  • gave a $25 shoppers GC to a homeless gent – dec 12

[tangent rant: i rarely receive cowardly anonymous snark comments, for which i am thankful; would you believe the most snide remarks received came from r.a.o.k. posts?? ironic, eh? i wish people would keep negativity to themselves].

9. watch nine different and new-to-me tv shows (either online, on dvd, or on tv). THUMBS SIDEWAYS. my reaction to this project was a complete surprise! i would never have guessed that i disliked so intensely watching and reviewing tv shows…and i don’t get it because i quite enjoy reviewing movies and books! i love how it worked out that i could take a silly way out and include a few children’s shows…i did not plan that way back before the project started:

  • republic of doyle, january 20, *1/2
  • you gotta eat here, january + february, **
  • big ban theory, april 14, ***
  • mr maker, may 2, **
  • octonauts, month of may, **
  • number jacks, june 27, *
  • real housewives of vancouver, june 30, ***
  • 2012 summer olympics, july-august, ***
  • inspector lewis, august 20, **

10. refrain from chewing gum for ten months. THUMBS UP. totally rocked this one! not only did i not chew gum, i realized i no longer LIKE chewing gum! this project inspired my 2013 resolution of not chewing gum the entire year.

11. abstain from drinking diet pop (any pop) for eleven months. THUMBS UP, UP, AND AWAY!! this is the project with which i had the most giddy enthusiasm, each month, when writing the monthly review. i loved that i accomplished this project, adored that i am cured of my addiction. this was the toughest project in terms of giving me cravings, though. but as with most things in life, the harder you have to work, the bigger the reward and the greater the feeling of accomplishment. and i get to have dc with fast food in 2013!!! (dance!)

12. meet with at least twelve different friends for a social get-together. THUMBS UP, DOWN, and SIDEWAYS. this project is complex to analyze: YES, i met up with more than twelve friends (21, total). BUT…i totally lost steam and momentum part way through, esp from the summer on. i EASILY could have met up with 42 different people (as juanita had initially suggested, way back when i was brainstorming kikiprojects) had i put more vigour and enthusiasm into contacting and scheduling friends, family, neighbours, acquaintances. for example, it is inexcusable that i did not get out with SIL ana or uncle paul! to end with a positive word: i DO like that my final tally was 21 which is half of 42 – that is excellent symmetry.

  • joanne, thursday january 12
  • cathie, saturday january 14
  • debbie, saturday january 22
  • the brother, wednesday january 25
  • angela, saturday january 28
  • cousin joel, friday february 10
  • sarah, monday february 20
  • mom and dad, monday february 20
  • tricia, monday february 20
  • andrea, sunday february 26
  • manager nicole, saturday march 3
  • sharon, sunday march 4
  • neighbour katie, friday march 30
  • little e, wednesday april 4
  • cousin kate, friday april 6
  • juanita, saturday april 7
  • neighbours stephen and rhonda, wednesday may 9
  • neighbours jeff and katie, friday may 18
  • manager paul and annette, sunday june 3
  • grandma (and dad), wednesday august 15
  • ken and bonnie, friday november 23

[i met up with some of the above-noted folks more than once].


in conclusion, i rate this year’s kikiproject a SUCCESS. i had a lot of fun (for the most part!) and i really liked having the twelve different goals to chase after – the mix of long-term and short-term projects was great. to complete today’s chronicle, here are the links to the monthly recaps:

february 9: the 12 days of kiki: one month in

march 9: the 12 days of kiki: 2 months down, 10 to go

april 9: HOW are we doing at the three month mark??

may 9: the 12 days of kiki: already FOUR months down!

june 9: kikiproject: high five!

july 9: kikiproject: we’re half way!

august 9: kikiproject update: lucky number seven

september 9: kikiproject update: eight is great!

october 9: kikiproject: a nifty nine months old!

november 9: TEN!!!!

december 9: kikiproject update: the eleventh hour


thanks for reading!

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  • stephanie  On January 11, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Congrats! Congrats! You did really well. I have a 2013 blog goal to post 6 times a month. And I warmed up by posting 6 times in December, which is pretty much more than I’d posted for the past six months!

    Also…happy birthday!!!! (Late, but heartfelt.)

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 11, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      thanks, stephanie, for the project congrats and the bday wishes! i am glad to hear you are blogging again as you know i adore your clay figures and your sense of humour. awesome news!!

  • strivingcynic  On January 8, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Wow. This is so impressive…and I think that it’s interesting you had your best year running even though you didn’t do the marathon (so what does that say?). I also think it’s funny that you needed a decadent dessert resolution (I could do that every day, no problem!).
    It’s really exciting to read what you did, and even more exciting/delightful to see how happy this all made you (snarkers aside).
    Glad to know you’re now free to comment sincerely, when and where you feel like! I know I’m enjoying my “no more blog goals/timetable.”

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 8, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      thanks for your comments, zo! i really enjoyed doing this recap – and it is funny how things evolve over 12 months. it’s weird to have this project completed! (i am still going to track books and knitting!).

  • torontorunner  On January 8, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Looooooooove goal number 1. It’s the little things. πŸ™‚
    I’m kinda obsessed with reading blogs – everyone just has a way cooler life than me. πŸ˜€

    a lot of those shows you watched, I haven’t! I was however, glued infront of the olympics every day. I’m not sure I left the house.

    Your knitting is incredible!!

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 8, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      thanks, TR! it’s funny how bloggers come to feel like “real friends,” even when you have never met! how long til the next olympics?!! so fun!!

  • Samantha  On January 8, 2013 at 11:30 am

    You are a knitting fiend! I have never thought about keeping a spreadsheet going like this, but what i like about it is that measurable sense of accomplishments that I think we sometimes forget when we are bogged down in stress. I need to think about that.

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 8, 2013 at 11:32 am

      thanks, samantha! do try the spreadsheet – it’s great to have an easy-to-access log of what you have made, and when! i also take a photo of each knitted item to have a photo-log!

  • The Orchard  On January 8, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Way to go! You sure do get a lot accomplished and it all seems fun! πŸ™‚

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 8, 2013 at 9:49 am

      thanks, tricia! i really do love goal-setting and goal-chasing – it was a fun project!

  • Stacie @ Snaps and Bits  On January 8, 2013 at 8:26 am

    What a great year you had! I love the photo of you and the nieces, so cute! Bring on 2013. I’m sure the kikproject will be awesome this year too πŸ™‚

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 8, 2013 at 8:54 am

      thanks, stacie! that photo was just a moment of magic! and i am with you on embracing 2013!

  • brokencookiesdontcount  On January 8, 2013 at 7:45 am

    I agree, the photo of you and the girls is adorable and easily the best! You did an excellent job on your project for 2012. I have a project for 2013…get to New Mexico. First and foremost. Wish me luck. Have a great day, Cathy!

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 8, 2013 at 8:53 am

      GOOD LUCK FRAN!!! i so so would love to see you get to nm this year – let’s hope the stars align and the move is ON!

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