#96: Becky – Mom’s Blog into Book

Between 2008 and 2015, my mom kept a personal blog. This was separate from her art blog, and it’s where she wrote daily musings about her sewing, gardening, and baking projects; her foray into veganism; her and my dad’s travels and home improvement. Oh, and there was a lot written about her grandkids.

This is part of our 100 Things in 2017 challenge. Click on the photos for a closer look!

This is a really intimate glimpse into the mind of my mother, and now that she’s gone, it’s important to me to have a copy that I can pull down and flip through. So I did.

As it happens, we only barely rescued it; Google was about to delete it for inactivity when I started this project, and if I had waited even three more days to start, none of this would have been possible. The biggest struggle I faced with this project was finding a company to print the book. I ended up using Into Real Pages for this (back before their website broke), since they were the only service that could deliver such a large volume – breaking it into multiple books would have been too expensive, since I wanted to make 6 copies (one each for my dad and each of his children).

I spent a lot of time on this, tweaking layout and type and design to allow my mom’s voice and vision to live on. It was worth it. My dad bought all the books, and gave one to each of his children for Christmas, so now every household has this hefty chunk of Grandma Dorothy’s musings.

#99: Becky – LibraryThing

While helping organize the library at the Gardner School, I discovered how easy it could be to organize my book collection. Which is extensive. And one thing I’ve found about having a big library is that it collides with my love of finding used books at thrift stores – sometimes I bring home duplicates.

This is part of our 100 Things in 2017 challenge. Click on the photos for a closer look!

That ends now. I signed up for a nearly-free ($5 per year) membership at LibraryThing, which is the software that Gardner uses to organize all the books in all of their classrooms, so I know it can handle the size of our family’s collection. It’s super easy to scan in a new book, but also to search my collection while out to see if I already have something.

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As of right now (after Jólabókaflóð) I have 681 books in my library! This whole thing makes me so happy.

#92: Becky – Fix Teeth

This was the year of my teeth. It started early in the year, with multiple trips to the dentist to have all seven of my childhood fillings replaced. They were failing and tiny cavities were appearing underneath them. Next I had to have a crown replaced. It was not a pleasant time.

This is part of our 100 Things in 2017 challenge. Click on the photos for a closer look!

Since we currently have excellent dental insurance, it seemed like a good time to just take care of all my issues Starting in June (middle photo) I embarked upon the journey of ClearCorrect braces. As of today, I’m just a month out from being completely done! Then I get to have the “knobs” removed from my teeth and will be wearing retainers for awhile.


I’ve been asked over and over how I “like” clear braces. Well. They are the single most annoying thing I’ve ever dealt with for 7 months in a row. I can’t wait to be done. They are painful and require lots of maintenance as well as lifestyle changes.

Would I do it again? Maybe? Ask me when they are completely finished.

#95: Becky – Personal Trainer

Having finally gotten my back/hip problems under control earlier this year, my next step was to re-train my poor body in how to function properly. I knew that doing any type of group class would only lead to getting hurt again. I needed individualized attention, and nobody to compete with.

This is part of our 100 Things in 2017 challenge. Click on the photos for a closer look!

I had already sourced an excellent trainer (RJ at Fit Ave), who came highly recommended from several people, and amazingly they had just moved to a new location within a mile of our house! The last 7 months of hard work and personal attention from an amazing trainer, and I am transformed physically and mentally.

(Ben here. I also joined this gym, going to the group classes three times a week, and I’ve been seeing results beyond what I expected. We’re both super happy with RJ and the Fit Ave community.)

This is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself.  I’m nowhere near “finished,” but I can honestly say that I’m looking forward to continuing this journey. Five stars. Two thumbs up. A+++, highly recommended!