101 in 1,001

Yes, I am succumbing to the 101 list of things to complete in 1001 days, and will try to occasionally blog about it.

I arranged the majority of the list into categories, and had great difficulty in pasting it into wordpress without structural problems, so there are no categories- just things. There are a few odd ones at the end that are random but good. Here we go.

Oh, and I don’t like a blog post without a picture, so here is a very close picture of a giraffe.


Or is it a picture of a very close giraffe?

Starting day is today, November 4th, 2009.
Ending day is… ummm… August 1st, 2012.

  1. Do a TTD photo shoot
  2. Carve a pumpkin every fall (1/3)
  3. Renew my passport
  4. Write 5 new “poems” (2/5)
  5. Stay up all night and then make breakfast
  6. Get a new digital camera (01-16-10)
  7. Watch Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire
  8. Get approved to stop taking meds and stop taking them (if possible)
  9. Lotion my legs, feet, and arms every day for a month
  10. Let a frazzled mom go in front of me at a store (it was actually a Dad! 2-21-10)
  11. Get boudoir shots taken
  12. Write a letter to 5 close friends + brother (0/6)
  13. Host a major holiday for the family (completed 11-26-09)
  14. Make and send Valentine’s Day Cookies
  15. Take N to the library and make him check out at least 1 book (completed 11-4-09)
  16. Call or visit my grandpa more (6/20)
  17. Float the river with friends
  18. Treat N to a fishing trip
  19. Watch Casablanca with N
  20. Have 4+ people over for a dinner party
  21. Send 3 care packages to far-away friends (1/3)
  22. Reach 150 lbs and stay there for at least 90 days
  23. Avoid all refined sugar for 1 week (includes alcohol!)
  24. Go 2 weeks straight eating only home-prepared food- Week #1 was June 23-June 30, 2010;
  25. Go canoeing or kayaking
  26. Workout every morning (before work) for a week
  27. Workout every afternoon (after work) for a week
  28. Take a pilates or yoga class
  29. Floss every day for one month
  30. Run 2 miles without stopping
  31. Increase flexibility so that I can do the splits again
  32. Develop a chocolate “splurge” recipe that is clean
  33. Get 5 new cookbooks (2/5)
    Betty Crocker Basics
    *Baking with Julia- with Dorie Greenspan
  34. Make at least 5 recipes from each new cookbook (4/25)– see post on 1/4/10 for details
  35. Try 5 new or previously-avoided foods (5/5): edamame, steamed zucchini, avocado, sprouts, beets – 6/24/10
  36. Make bagels
  37. Make homemade pasta
  38. Make tiramisu from scratch 02-25-10
  39. Make a batch of beer
  40. Plan a meal around a bottle of wine
  41. Perfect 3 recipes and write down detailed instructions (1/3)-  hamburger buns
  42. Plant/grow a garden
  43. Can tomatoes
  44. Can another vegetable and a fruit
  45. Create a compost pile 2010
  46. Buy 5 household items used instead of new (5/5)
  47. Bring my own bags to the grocery store 10 times (1/10)
  48. Gradually remove artificial household cleaners and make/use EF alternatives: dish soap, laundry soap, drain cleaner, bathroom/kitchen cleaner
  49. Deliberately seek out non-GMO food when it’s available (6/20)
  50. Deliberately buy milk that is hormone-free (6/20)
  51. Plant a tree
  52. Pay down N’s student loans by 50% (starting balance: ~$42,000)
  53. Buy a house– (11-30-09)
  54. Go 2 weeks without any “personal” shopping/purchases
  55. Contribute a total of $5000 to my Roth IRA accounts ($835 as of June 2010)
  56. Create a monthly or bi-weekly budget Started Feb. 2010
  57. Stick to above budget
  58. Save for a new laptop or motorcycle
  59. Save for a new digital camera (11-09 to 01-10)
  60. Buy used furniture for the new house
  61. Shop at Just Local Foods 5 times (3/5)
  62. Volunteer at or donate to a food shelter 6/24/2010
  63. Adopt a pet 02-06-10, Sierra
  64. Play in a local organization or musical ensemble (ECCO, March 2010)
  65. Attend a community arts event 6-12-10
  66. Attend an arts event at the university
  67. Attend a protest / rally / event for a cause I feel strongly about
  68. Register to vote in this county
  69. Complete an attempt at Guerilla Gardening
  70. Participate in or volunteer/support a community theater production
  71. Get my wedding dress cleaned (after TTD shoot)
  72. Get through a renovation project without threatening divorce :)
  73. Unpack EVERY box from moving!
  74. Clean out old cosmetics/products (11-29-09)
  75. Reduce clothes in storage to ONE container and donate (11-29-09)
  76. Digitally organize my recipe collection
  77. Learn how to ride a motorcycle
  78. Create a checklist for TTC
  79. Read 5 “self-help” books of any variety (2/5); Twenty-Something ManifestoAnimal, Vegetable, Miracle;
  80. Complete written answers to 50 Questions that will free your mind
  81. Read 10 new-to-me books off of the Modern Library Top 100 List or this list (3/10)
    *The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway (12-8-09)
    * Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck (12-19-09)
    *The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (spring ’10)
    *Anna Karenina by Tolstoy
  82. Take a canning / food preservation class or workshop
  83. Watch 3 documentaries (1/3) Food, Inc.;
  84. Watch 2 foreign films (0/2)
  85. Attend an educational lecture/speaker/debate
  86. Drive in Chicago (or similar major city) without getting hopelessly lost
  87. Save for and plan a honeymoon- Northwoods in September ’10
  88. Eat at Filomena in D.C. with N 02-01-10
  89. Visit Jordan in Chicago (completed 12-06-09)
  90. Treat my mom to an entire day out
  91. Treat Mary and Krista for no reason
  92. Send my mom flowers for no reason 02-03-10
  93. Fit into my washable wool The Limited size 8 suit again
  94. Wear my wedding dress briefly around the house on my wedding anniversary (0/2)
  95. Make some sort of memory book or scrapbook of our wedding
  96. Take pictures of N and I (4/30)
  97. Eat a pomegranate
  98. Dance in the rain
  99. “Make love” by candlelight, with a ridiculous amount of candles (like in movies)
  100. Discover a salad that N will actually eat (this may be impossible)
  101. Paint a room without getting paint on the carpet

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