Countdown to 50 – 101 Things in 1001 Days, Version 5

Countdown to 50 – 101 Things in 1001 Days, v5

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Join me as I count down the 1001 days to my 50th birthday by doing a 5th round of 101 Things in 1001 Days (see also: Day Zero Project). Here are my previous lists, if you are interested or just need some inspiration: 101 Things v1, 101 Things v2, 101 Things v3, and 101 Things v4. If you decide to try it yourself, let me know!

Begin Date: October 27, 2023
End Date: July 24, 2026 – my 50th birthday!
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The Mission: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria: Tasks must be specific (i.e. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days? Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as new year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities. See also Day Zero Project.

Body, Mind, Heart, and Soul

1. Donate blood
2. Colonoscopy
3. Discuss hair thinning with dermatologist
4. Weigh 50 lbs less on day 1001 than on day 1
5. Hit 10,000 steps on my FitBit 10 times; Currently 0/10

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6. Meditate 101 times (for at least 5 minutes); Current total: 0/101

7. Have a girls only weekend with Mom
8. Build a LEGO kit
9. Get a massage
10. Learn a new makeup look
11. Do my nails 50 times; Current total: 4/50

That’s Entertainment

12. See 101 new-to-me movies (new or old releases); Current total: 39/101

  1. A: Air (2023)
  2. B: The Boys in the Boat (2023)
  3. C: Cyrano (2021)
  4. D: Dune, Part 2 (2024)
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  6. F: Ferrari (2023)
  7. G: Godzilla Minus One (2023)
  8. H: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (2023)
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  11. K: Kung Fu Panda 4 (2024)
  12. L: Love Affair (1939)
  13. M: The Marvels (2023)
  14. N: Next Goal Wins (2023)
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  17. Q: Quartet (2012)
  18. R: Rashomon (1950)
  19. S: The Sea Around Us (1953)
  20. T: Tarzan, the Ape Man (1932)
  21. U: The Untouchables (1987)
  22. V: The Virgin Suicides (1999)
  23. W: Wish (2023)
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  27. 1920s: The Jazz Singer (1927)
  28. 1930s: Captain Blood (1935)
  29. 1940s:
  30. 1950s: Separate Tables (1958)
  31. 1960s: Four Days in November (1964)
  32. 1970s: Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman (1974)
  33. 1980s: Eight Men Out (1988)
  34. 1990s: Mrs. Brown (1997)
  35. 2000s:
  36. 2010s: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
  37. 2020s:
  38. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
  39. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (2014)
  40. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (2015)
  41. The Holdovers (2023)
  42. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2023)
  43. The 39 Steps (1935)
  44. The Color Purple (2023)
  45. American Fiction (2023)
  46. Argylle (2024)
  47. Anne Frank Remembered (1995)
  48. Wonka (2023)
  49. Flying Down to Rio (1933)
  50. Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024)
  51. Dragonkeeper (2024)
  1. The Fall Guy (2024)
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13. Watch 26 new-to-me movies, one starting with each letter of the alphabet (can count towards the 101)
14. Watch a new-to-me movie from each decade, starting in 1920 (can count towards the 101)
15. Use Regal Unlimited for 100 tickets between the two of us; Current total: 42/100

16. Watch 5 new-to-me but already existing shows via streaming (the ones we’ve been saying we’ll watch but haven’t had time to do so yet)

  1. Ghosts (US version)
  2. Endeavour
  3. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistence
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17. Complete the Ultimate Reading Challenge list of 50 books; Current total: 3/50

  1. Read a book with more than 500 pages Dune, by Frank Herbert
  2. Read a classic romance book
  3. Read a book that became a movie The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, by Suzanne Collins
  4. Read a book published this year
  5. Read a book with a number in the title
  6. Read a book written by someone under 30
  7. Read a book with nonhuman characters
  8. Read a funny book
  9. Read a book by a female author
  10. Read a mystery or thriller
  11. Read a book with a one-word title
  12. Read a book of short stories
  13. Read a book set in a different country
  14. Read a nonfiction book
  15. Read a popular author’s first book
  16. Read a book from an author I love that I haven’t read yet
  17. Read a book a friend recommended
  18. Read a Pulitzer Prize-winning book
  19. Read a book based on a true story
  20. Read a book at the bottom of my to-read list
  21. Read a book my mom loves
  22. Read a book that scares me
  23. Read a book more than 100 years old
  24. Read a book based entirely on its cover
  25. Read a book I was supposed to read in school but didn’t
  1. Read a memoir
  2. Read a book you can finish in one day
  3. Read a book with antonyms in the title
  4. Read a book set somewhere I have always wanted to visit
  5. Read a book that came out the year I was born
  6. Read a book with bad reviews
  7. Read a trilogy
  8. Read a book from my childhood
  9. Read a book with a love triangle
  10. Read a book set in the future
  11. Read a book set in high school
  12. Read a book with a color in the title
  13. Read a book that makes me cry
  14. Read a book with magic
  15. Read a graphic novel
  16. Read a book by an author I have never read before
  17. Read a book I own but have never read The Idea of You, by Robinne Lee
  18. Read a book that takes place in your hometown
  19. Read a book that was originally written in a different language
  20. Read a book set during Christmas
  21. Read a book written by an author with my same initials
  22. Read a play
  23. Read a banned book
  24. Read a book based on or turned into a TV show
  25. Read a book I started but never finished

18. Read Gone With the Wind (can count towards the 50)
19. Read To Kill a Mockingbird (can count towards the 50)
20. Finish stitching Adia, the Garden Fairy by Mirabilia
21. Visit the Fox Theatre for something other than a movie
22. Attend a concert (if seen at the Fox, can only count for one, not both) – tickets purchased for Def Leppard, Journey, and The Steve Miller Band in July 2024
23. Visit a special museum exhibition

WordPress and Blogging

24. Blog about each 101 item when it is complete (can combine more than one item in a single update post); Items Complete: 4, Items Blogged: 1
25. Write/publish 101 new blog posts, not including 101 Things updates; Current total: 48/101

26. Clean/publish 101 old MovieMuse blogspot posts to my WordPress blog; Current total: 53/101
27. Clean/publish remaining old movie review blog posts into my WordPress blog; Current total: 13/134
28. Publish all digital scrapping blog posts into my WordPress blog; Current total: 62/107
29. Move WordPress blog to a new host

There’s No Place Like Home

30. Frame and hang all 3 Shakespeare fairies by Mirabilia
31. Frame and hang Brian Kessinger art prints
32. Frame and hang family photos
33. Replace the recliners
34. Replace the sofa
35. Replace Christmas tree
36. Replace broken shutter(s)
37. Replace front door
38. Fix dislodged downspout
39. Clean out the pantry
40. Clean out the cupboard
41. Clean out the kitchen baskets
42. Clean out the refrigerator/freezer upstairs AND wash all the shelves/drawers
43. Clean out the refrigerator/freezer downstairs
44. Go through 50 boxes; Current total: 0/50

What’s Cookin’?

45. Try 50 new recipes; Current total: 2/50

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  11. Air Fryer Sausage and Potatoes, from AirFryerYum.com
  12. Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenders, from Food.com
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46. Pick 10 of my never-used cookbooks and make 1 recipe from each (can count towards the 50)
47. Add a new recipe to the routine list for the air fryer (attempts can count towards the 50)
48. Add a new recipe to the routine list for the Instant Pot (attempts can count towards the 50)
49. Add a new recipe to the routine list for the crock pot (attempts can count towards the 50)
50. Make 50 meals in the crock pot, instant pot, or air fryer; minimum 5 each

  • Crock Pot: 2/5
  • Instant Pot: 0/5
  • Air Fryer: 0/5
  • Total: 2/50

51. Make homemade ice cream (can count towards the 50)
52. Learn to make pizza dough from scratch (bread machine okay, attempts can count towards the 50)
53. Learn to make french toast (Jacob’s recipe?, attempted recipes can count towards the 50)
54. Learn to grill a great hamburger at home in my grill pan (attempts can count towards the 50)
55. Perfect Lochlyn’s pecan pie recipe (attempts do NOT count towards the 50; recipe is not new)
56. Make a pie from scratch (crust, filling, everything)
57. Make a recipe book of family recipes, give as Christmas gifts

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

58. Visit Granny Ruth
59. See Tony at least once a year (here or there)

  • 2023: Thanksgiving
  • 2024:
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  • 2026:

60. Make a list of 50 realistic places to visit/things to do, include one in each state that touches Georgia

  1. Alabama: Rosenbaum House (Frank Lloyd Wright)
  2. Tennessee: Ancient Lore Village
  3. North Carolina: Biltmore at Christmas
  4. South Carolina: Charleston
  5. Florida: Ringling Museum
  6. Atlanta: The King Center
  7. Atlanta: National Center For Civil And Human Rights
  8. Atlanta: Polaris
  9. Atlanta: Go West BnB
  10. Atlanta: Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
  11. Atlanta: Booth Western Art Museum
  12. Atlanta: Zoo Atlanta (see the pandas)
  13. Atlanta: CDC Museum
  14. Atlanta: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
  15. Atlanta: Buford Highway Farmers Market
  16. Atlanta: Junkman’s Daughter
  17. Atlanta: Hawks game (only major local team we haven’t seen)
  18. Atlanta Botanical Gardens Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
  19. Rome Braves Game (Rome, GA)
  20. Georgia Museum of Art (Athens, GA)
  21. Yoder’s Deitsch Haus (Montezuma, GA)
  22. The Rock Garden (Calhoun, GA)
  23. The Adventure Room AirBnB (Chickamauga, GA)
  24. The Common Room AirBnB (Chickamauga, GA)
  25. The Gamekeeper’s Hut AirBnB (Chickamauga, GA)
  1. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
  2. Drawn to Life, Disney’s Cirque du Soleil show
  3. St. Augustine, FL (Steve has never been)
  4. Washington DC (haven’t been as an adult)
  5. California Adventure
  6. American Museum of Natural History in New York
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61. Visit 5 of the places on the new list of 50 places to visit; Current total: 0/5

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62. Visit a Buc-ee’s
63. Do 5 new-to-me fun things in Atlanta (can be on new list of 50 places/things, but doesn’t have to be)

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64. Ride on a train (not at a theme park, something like White Pass Rail is okay)
65. Stay at an unusual hotel or rental home
66. Say yes to something I would normally say no to
67. Take a trip somewhere by myself (not to visit a friend, just solo travel)
68. Get TSA Pre-Check and/or Global Entry for both of us
69. See another total solar eclipse – Completed 8 Apr 2024
70. Cruise on a cruise line other than Disney

It’s Never Too Late

71. Learn how to tie a long tie (double Windsor) on someone else
72. Learn how to tie a bow tie on someone else
73. Buy a lottery ticket
74. Try a new craft (cannot be a type of hand needlework; machine sewing okay)
75. Try something physical I’ve never done before
76. Learn to make 5 non-alcoholic cocktails for special occasions

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77. Listen to 5 new-to-me popular musical artists (like Taylor Swift)

  1. Ed Sheeran
  2. Taylor Swift
  3. Adele
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78. Read 5 new-to-me popular authors (like Stephen King, can count towards the 50)

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79. Visit 5 new-to-me restaurants in our area

  1. China King
  2. Hop Shing
  3. Bamboo Panda
  4. Atlantic Grill
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80. Make a Spotify playlist – Completed 27 Mar 2024
81. Listen to a podcast
82. Walk (or run, haha) a 5k
83. Make a bucket list of at least 25 items (cannot include more than 2 travel items from other lists) Completed 24 Jan 2024

  1. Take a glass blowing class
  2. Take a painting class (oil or acrylic)
  3. Go up in a hot air balloon
  4. Go zip lining
  5. Climb Stone Mountain
  6. Do the Turner Classic Movie cruise
  7. Biltmore House at Christmas
  8. Walt Disney World at Christmas
  9. Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown
  10. Baseball game at Wrigley Field
  11. Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago
  12. See a major Hollywood star on Broadway
  13. Go to the top of the Empire State Building
  14. Niagra Falls
  1. Spend more time in Newport RI
  2. Mackinack Island, MI
  3. Visit Branson
  4. See Cirque du Soleil’s O
  5. See a movie at the famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood
  6. Chihuly Garden and Glass
  7. Hawaii
  8. Cruise through the Panama Canal
  9. Visit the southern hemisphere
  10. Travel to see the Northern Lights
  11. Winged Victory of Samothrace at the Louvre
  12. Sistine Chapel at The Vatican
  13. Try curling
  14. A non-US Disney park (Disneyland Paris, Tokyo DisneyLand or DisneySea, etc)

84. Complete one item from the bucket list National Baseball Hall of Fame, 12 Apr 2024
85. Learn 50 new things by using the Special Random Search on Wikipedia

Adulting

86. Put sincere effort into finding a job (can’t control if I actually get one or not)
87. Meet with a financial planner or take an online course to create and implement an investment plan
88. Review all subscriptions/automatic payments; decrease by $500 per year; Current total decrease: $460
89. Start a ROTH IRA for Steve and fully fund it each year, unless advised otherwise by our financial planner; do the same for me if/when I get a job

  • 2024: Steve (Y/N), Erin (Y/N/NA)
  • 2025: Steve (Y/N), Erin (Y/N/NA)
  • 2026: Steve (Y/N), Erin (Y/N/NA)

90. Meet with an attorney for estate planning and final arrangements (trust?, will, living will, POA)
91. Make note of graves of grandparents, Lochlyn, and other relatives, include a copy with the “important papers” (such as the will)
92. Meet with parents to discuss final wishes, locations, etc.
93. Clean up my Amazon lists
94. Backup all photos

  • Computer
  • Phones
  • Drives

95. Get estimate for foundation repair
96. Get estimate for deck replacement
97. Get estimate for fixing fascia/soffit boards at gutter points
98. Get estimate for dental work

The Usual Suspects

99. Complete Project 365 again
100. Finish making another 101 Things list by day 1001
101. Beat my previous 101 Things in 1001 Days completion record of 52; Current total: 4/53

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