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  • heididino 11:46 am on February 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    6/52 DIY 

    I built a shelf. It took me like 3.5 hours and i only had to take it apart once. I wouldn’t really say that i am adept at assembling things. I’m not very crafty and i have very little patience. i got aggravated trying to hang up my shower curtain! I consider myself to be very independant yet i always seem to find someone to take care of my assemblying needs. Not this time!  With my screw driver and Arrested Development on in the background i went to work.  i know have a lovely 5 shelf rack thing for my bathroom. I’m pretty pleased with my handiwork.

  • heididino 10:42 am on February 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    5/42 Creating Change 

    My week 5 adventure was a trip to Dallas, Tx for the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce Creating Change Conference. I am a sign language interpreter and this was my first conference-we’ll pay for your plane and hotel-gig. Being a gay myself, I was very excited about this trip.

    It was a very busy week of interpreting, learning, workshopping  and singing karaoke.  I felt that it was a personal challenge/adventure for me because I went not knowing anyone. its easy for me to be an introvert but i stepped out of my shell and had a great time. I absolutely adored my roomate/co-interpreter. I learned a lot from her as an interpreter and as a queer activist in general.  We bonded over nightly desserts at the hotel restaurant, the go to being white and dark chocolate bread pudding. So good!  It was truly amazing to be surrounded by queer folk 24/7.  im gonna say it, it was a life changing experience and it has shown me that i can be a part of social justice and change in the world and that sign language interpreting is a perfect gateway for that.

    • eatveggiesdrinkwine 10:44 pm on February 22, 2010 Permalink

      This is a fantastic adventure … thank you for doing this, and for posting about it.

    • yearof52adventures 6:18 pm on February 24, 2010 Permalink

      I’m really proud of you. Thanks for doing what you do!

  • heididino 2:49 pm on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    4/52 WHO DAT 

    Greetings adventurers!
    i come to you as i settle back into my work week after having had a whirlwind 2 weeks of travel. The first trip was to New Orleans to attend an interpreting conferece. Greeted by palm trees was a definite welcome from the bitter snow covered Chicago of which my interpreter cohart and I live. We wre there to attend a series of workshops but as it turns out we skipped the 1st day and last day of the conference, opting to be tourists instead.

    Oh New Orleans-we started off on a bad foot. We scoured and scoured the city for vegetarian fare, to no avail. We were schocked at the misogynistic revelry that is Bourbon Street. What had we gotten ourselves into?

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  • heididino 5:27 am on January 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    Adventure # 3 Dying my own hair 

    This adventure snuck up on me and I kind of like that.  I started dying my hair probably when I was a freshman in high school. I think I probably dyed it from then through mid college. My mom always did it for me. I stopped dying my hair when I saw how ridiculous my younger sister’s hair looked. She has wickedly curly hair and all of it never seems to be fully colored, roots are always showing and its just a mess.  I haven’t dyed my hair for probably 4 years…until tonight!

    I don’t really do a lot with my “look” i had the same curled under bangs unfortunately until my roommate at the time introduced me to the side bangs. It changed my life. I don’t really have the skill to use product or fancy equipment or anything so when it comes to my hair, however it dries is kind of what you get. But I’m ready for a change. In a time when I am trying to decide what I want for myself in my personal life, the first change is my hair. I went to Walgreens and picked out a hair color ALL ON MY OWN. I made calls to 2 friends who unfortunately did not answer their phones and  left me to decide between Mahogany or Medium Brown. I went with a medium deep bronze or something. My original hair color? I always thought it was a kind of drab dishwater blonde but I think it has gotten a little darker with age.

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    • jscribe 9:23 pm on January 23, 2010 Permalink

      yay! i cant wait to see it!

  • heididino 5:17 pm on January 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    Adventure #2 Join a Gym 

    Ok so this adventure wasn’t on the original list. I was kind of scrambling for a good adventure this week and I decided that joining a gym was good enough. I have been a member of a gym before but it was either the YMCA or an old big beautiful ballroom that had been turned into a gym. The ballroom gym was great. It was cozy, quiet, sometimes a little private depending on the time you went. It left me spoiled for future gym experiences. On Sunday I became a member of Xsport which is nothing like the comforts of the ballroom gym.  I feel like these mega gyms are filled with d-bags that only want my money or want me to go tanning or sign up with a personal trainer and consume mass quantities of strange vitamins. I have a gym bias, its true. All my insecurities tend to surface at the gym. Why is everyone looking at me? Can they tell I don’t belong here because I can’t maneuver this weight contraption? Are all these beefy men going to pick me up and toss me back downstairs to the safety of a treadmill? The gym kind of messes with my brain but I like working out. Making the decision to give my hard earned money to an establishment such as this was definitely an adventure. Overcoming my gym insecurities will be an even bigger one.

    • jscribe 3:43 pm on January 19, 2010 Permalink

      I joined the gym on sunday too! the balleys on clark and diversey. Im scared of creepy dbag gym guys too, but you and i are going to be super hot AND gym experts before you know it! plus, the gym is a good place to meet that special someone…. 🙂

  • heididino 6:18 pm on January 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    52 Adventures equals my first adventure in blogging! 

    Hello? Am I on? Is this working? I have never blogged before so this is an adventure all on its own!  I am thrilled to be a part of 52 Adventures!! I have enjoyed making my “list.” I have been giving it a lot of thought and a lot of questions have come up  too. What if I have a busy work week and don’t have the time for an ADVENTURE? Should I make a list of more than 52 things so I can be choosy? What if I do 2 in one week? What if something happens and its a spontaneous adventure, does it make the list after I’ve done it? After having voiced all of these I have come to the decision that their really aren’t any parameters. There are no limitations or expectations. I think  it is important for me just to do something! So with that, I share with you all MY LIST thus far.

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    • Cheryl 7:50 pm on January 11, 2010 Permalink

      Great post! I started blogging for my 1st adventure

    • jscribe 7:56 pm on January 11, 2010 Permalink

      Awesome to see you here HeidiDino! I’d LOVE to go on a ghost tour with you. I’m adding it to my list, too!!

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