For You, Carrie – Post Six-Hundred-Fifty-Six


Acquiring an SLR
Acquiring a Polaroid
Finishing ‘The Notebook Theme’
Writing a novel
Seeing Paris in the Spring
Acquiring an old-fashion typewriter
Watching all of Judy Garland’s films
Singing in front of a group
Not speaking one word for a whole day
Learning Spanish, Italian, and French
Riding a Moped
Riding a horse with no saddle
Reading Kon Tiki
Creating my own personal library
Filling out a journal
Reading the Bible cover to cover
Reading Pilgrim’s Progress
Capturing love in a photograph
Starting a photography business
Earning a Medical Transcription certificate
Getting a job
Moving out
Spending a day at the Hawthorne District
Spending a day at the Saturday Market
Tattooing my side with meaning
Riding the bus
Taking a road trip to Forks, La Push and Port Angeles, Washington
Finishing a jawbreaker
Reading 20 books written about Jacqueline Kennedy
Reading “She Said Yes”
Watching the greatest movies filmed in 1939 and reading each film’s book
Watching all Alfred Hitchcock movies
Doing a 365 project
Acquiring a DSLR
Finishing “A Collection of Thoughts”
Seeing the Bodies exhibit
Taking care of a Bonsai tree
Publishing my Poetry as a book
Meeting a Person for Each Birthday of a Year
Opening my Own Gallery of my Best Work in Photography
Taking Art Classes to learn the technical side of Painting and Drawing
Spending a day in a field of red poppies taking a photoshoot and relaxing with my honey
Reading at least one book of all the author’s on the big painting in Barnes and Noble cafes
Creating a Heart shape with Polaroid photography I take
Reading all of Shakespeare & watching one movie for each
Spending a day at Ikea with my love
Watching all of Jane Seymour and Charlton Heston‘s movies
Seeing both of the homes I grew up in years from now
Having Kevin teach me how to use chopsticks
Completing the Marilyn Monroe mosaic puzzle
Filling a jar full of origami stars for each wish or prayer
Learning each of my heritage’s language
Attending a Midnight premiere
Being at Time Square, New York on New Year’s Eve
Being at the Beach when it Snows
Reading every book on the BBC 100 book list
Reading every Disney Classics’ movie based on a book
Not adding 1 item until 7 are crossed off
Having a Pen Pal from a different country
Listing at least 3 things I am thankful for each day for a year
Visiting Claude Monet’s house
Throwing a message in a bottle to the sea
Reading/Owning all of Nicholas Sparks’ books
Playing tictactoe in the sand on the beach
Throwing a dart at a map of the world and going where it lands
Riding an elephant
Posting 1 vocabulary word a day describing who I am for a year
Visiting South and North Carolina
Finding the old truck in the article my grandmother gave to me and taking a photo of it
Participating in Relay for Life
Eating breakfast at Tiffany’s in New York
Reading (at least) 1 book in a different language
Reading all 93 books that Jacqueline Kennedy edited
Visiting my great grandmother and great grandfather’s graves
Reading all (original) Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books
Creating a 50-line poem with a photo associated to each line
Creating a daisy chain
Sending a post script to Postsecret
Writing a poem in another language
Being a part of the Holi Festival

I finally did it. I’m so happy with this one. It’s an item that’s been a part of It since the very beginning. If you remember right I was going to tattoo my side with Chinese lettering (see here.) I could hardly handle this, so I’m pretty sure I won’t be getting another tattoo anytime soon unless I can be completely numb the whole time. It was very painful.

Just for Carrie, though.

The tattoo is: “The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have. C.E. 8.23.08”

Once it’s healed and less swollen, I will take a good photo of it for you all.

Anyway . . . I’m so happy to have done this. It hurt ferociously, but it was well worth it. Now I’m not just carrying a piece of cardboard with her words; they are a part of me.

Her anniversary is coming up.  A little under 2 weeks before is when I participate in the Relay for Life. I’ll be sure to take photos.

Au revoir,


P.S. Be expecting a post regarding goals for my next big It cross off.

A Whimsical Ghost – Post Six-Hundred-Fifty-Five

I don’t know if I’ve announced it to you all, but I officially published my blog, ‘A Whimsical Ghost’ last week! I’ve already 5 followers, which is very exciting (only 2 of them are people I know personally!) Here’s the link if any of you are interested in following that one, also:

And just to explain: The reason I go by E.L. Leiby is because that is my pen name.
Thank you all for your support. You all mean the world to me.

Au revoir,


P.S. Watch for some announcements regarding my poetry.

A Sweet Melody – Post Six-Hundred-Fifty-Four

Life has been beautiful. When is it not, though? When my eyes are covered with dead roses. God is a blessing to my soul, and His love is a never-ceasing flow of smiles, lessons, and challenges for me to overcome in order to be closer to Him. That’s all I need. It’s all I’ll ever need.

Just breathe, and focus on the light; not the murk that will soon pass.

Au Revoir,