I recently had to go out-of-state for several days, but before that, I managed to get two items checked off my 30 Before Thirty list! #9 Get and actually like a haircut and #25 Catalog my rock/nature collection. I have to say the haircut was a lot easier to do. I just drove to my favorite stylist and plunked down some cash. My hair is now shorter and a lot less layer-crazy.
The rock collection, on the other hand, took quite a bit of time. My collection was scattered throughout the house and garage and I had to track down my old attempt at cataloging everything. I used to try and be all scientific about it, writing down the hardness, composition, streak, etc., that I found in my mineral field guides. I don't really care about that stuff though. This isn't for a class, it's a personal collection. So I simplified the process to the specimen name, location (where it was bought or collected), size and color (for identification purposes), value, and any extra comments I had. One problem that I had with my previous way of collecting was the way it was displayed. I had each specimen in its own labeled glass jar. This was great for making sure the specimens weren't mixed up, but it made for an awfully dry display. Who wants to look at a bunch of jars? So, for the smaller specimens at least, I drew a simplistic drawing of it on the identifier card. I just traced around the rock and tried to match the color as best I could with colored pencils. This allowed me to take the rocks out of the jars and put them all together in small bowls. I seem to be equal parts left- and right-brained, so this really appealed to me, even if it did mean extra work.
A few of the more expensive and delicate rocks stayed in jars.
Overall, I really like how this project turned out. I can enjoy the beauty of my collection and still obsessively organize them. My fossils will stay in jars in a box because they aren't very pretty, but I still like collecting them. I'm not quite done cataloging due to a few unidentified rocks, but that hinges on me finding a receipt from a rock shop. I hope to find that when I file paperwork (also on the list), so I'm just going to call it done since the majority of the work has been completed.
After lunch, I want to start working on #15 of my list, which is to make a customized planner/calendar. The list really helps to keep me focused on projects instead of wasting a lot of time surfing or reading.