101 Things v2 - 2009 to 2011

The Results: 101 Things in 1001 Days – Version 2.0

Wow, is it really that time again? Hard to believe I’ve managed to complete a second one of these projects. I’m so proud of me! Okay, so complete might be a strong word, since I am unable to check off all 101 items. But I’m okay with that, because I did accomplish quite a bit in the last 1001 days. So here’s the final verdict:

101 Things in 1001 Days – Version 2.0

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.

Begin Date: January 1, 2009
End Date: September 29, 2011
Time Remaining: The 1001 Days are up!

Items Completed: 52

Strikethrough indicates a completed item
Italics indicates an in-progress item

Secret Plots
1. Plan and implement “Operation Wellington.” (morphed into Boston) Completed June 2011

Personal Touch
2. Learn to make cheesecake in a spring form pan.
3. Learn to make a seafood dish (shrimp or fish).
4. Try a new recipe or restaurant every 3 months. Completed July 2011

  • 1Q09 – Liberty Tree Tavern at Disney in March 2009
  • 2Q09 – Stone Mountain Inn in April 2009
  • 3Q09 – Lovezzola’s in Pooler in August 2009
  • 4Q09 – Cornbread Dressing from 5 Ingredient Fix in November 2009
  • 1Q10 – Crock Pot Roast in January 2010
  • 2Q10 – Twisted Taco in May 2010
  • 3Q10 – Buckhead Pizza Co. in July 2010
  • 4Q10 – Red Beans and Rice in November 2010
  • 1Q11 – Napoleon’s Pub and Grill in January 2011
  • 2Q11 – Red Robin in April 2011
  • 3Q11 – Bubble Pizza in July 2011

5. Use china and/or crystal once a year.

  • 2009 – Crystal at Christmas
  • 2010 – no
  • 2011 – no

6. Send an RAK every 3 months. Completed July 2011

  • 1Q09 – Feb 2009
  • 2Q09 – May 2009
  • 3Q09 – no
  • 4Q09 – Nov 2009
  • 1Q10 – no
  • 2Q10 – May 2010
  • 3Q10 – July 2010
  • 4Q10 – November 2010
  • 1Q11 – March 2011
  • 2Q11 – June 2011
  • 3Q11 – July 2011

7. Contribute to a Roth IRA.
8. Correct my tax withholding on my paycheck. Completed 11/29/2010
9. Start applying for a new job. Completed 9/11/2010
10. Give blood.
11. Weigh less on day 1001 than I did on day 1. Officially down 11 lbs (5 kg) from day 1.

12. Read 15 books, at least one non-fiction. Current Total = 15

  1. The Eight by Katherine Neville
  2. My Word is My Bond by Sir Roger Moore (non-fiction)
  3. Heat Wave by Richard Castle
  4. Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, by Diana Gabaldon
  5. My Life in France, by Julia Child
  6. Julie & Julia, by Julie Powell
  7. The Exile, by Diana Gabaldon (graphic novel)
  8. Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale, by Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, and Chris Samnee
  9. The Imagineering Field Guide to The Magic Kingdom, by Alex Wright and The Imagineers
  10. The Imagineering Field Guide to Epcot, by Alex Wright and The Imagineers
  11. The Imagineering Field Guide to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, by Alex Wright and The Imagineers
  12. The Imagineering Field Guide to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, by Alex Wright and The Imagineers
  13. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
  14. How to Help your Student Succeed in School, by Paul Kip Grimm
  15. Conquering an Enemy Called Average, by John Mason

13. Read a Jane Austin novel (counts towards 15).
14. Read an Ayn Rand novel (counts towards 15).
15. Read Wuthering Heights (counts towards 15). Completed September 2011.
16. Read a graphic novel (counts towards 15). Completed 9/25/2010.
17. Watch 30 DVDs from Netflix (each disc counts separately). Current Total = 16

  1. Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
  2. From the Earth to the Moon – Disc 1
  3. From the Earth to the Moon – Disc 2
  4. From the Earth to the Moon – Disc 3
  5. From the Earth to the Moon – Disc 4
  6. Night at the Museum
  7. A Knight’s Tale
  8. The Devil Wears Prada
  9. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
  10. Failure to Launch
  11. Daffy Duck’s Fantastic Island
  12. Chess: In Concert
  13. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  14. Phineas and Ferb: Season 1
  15. Pride and Prejudice – Disc 1
  16. Phineas and Ferb: Season 2

18. Watch Pride and Prejudice (the Colin Firth version; counts towards 30). Completed August 2011.
19. See a new (to me) IMAX film on an IMAX screen (theatrical films shown on IMAX do not count).
20. Write up musings on new movies within 14 days. Have missed too many to consider this completed.

Hobby Lobby
21. Attend an out of state stitching convention or GTG.
22. Stitch for 25 hours on Midsummer Night’s Fairy.
23. Stitch and finish the sun and moon fob from Toronto.
24. Make a snowflake fob.
25. Make 3 new temari, each a new pattern.

  • Chrismtas Star Temari – November 2010
  • Interlocking Square Temari – December 2010

26. Learn to set up the sewing machine and sew a straight seam.
27. Take a quilting class.
28. Make a quilt.
29. Learn basic bead stringing.
30. Make a scissor fob with Granny’s crystal bead.
31. Take a cake decorating class.
32. Scrap 30 pages, not including CD calendar pages. Current Total = 6
33. Have a book of layouts printed (Shutterfly or similar).
34. Make a Christmas card alphabet scrapbook.

Fun and Games
35. List 101 things that make me happy. Completed 1/4/2009, posted to blog 1/11/2009

36. Eat Japanese Hibachi once a year. – Feb 2009, May 2010, January 2011, with pictures.

  • 2009 – February (Valentine’s Day celebration)
  • 2010 – May (Mother’s Day)
  • 2011 – January (just because)

37. Ride a new roller coaster. Completed 3/11/2009, with pictures.

38. Ride the Duck Boats at Stone Mountain. Completed 4/26/2009, with pictures.

39. See the Christmas lights at Stone Mountain, Lake Lanier, or Callaway Gardens. Completed 12/22/2010, with pictures.

40. See a new (to me) Cirque du Soleil show. Completed November 2010.

41. Take a long trip to Disney World (6 or more consecutive days in FL). Completed 3/7 – 3/14/2009, with pictures.

42. Visit Connie in Texas.
43. Visit the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
44. Visit Oakland Cemetery.
45. Go to the symphony.
46. See a special exhibition at the High Museum. Completed 4/11/2009, with picture.

47. Go to Six Flags.
48. Go to an NBA game.
49. Finish LEGO Star Wars on the Wii. Completed Summer 2011 (as complete as we care to be).
50. Finish LEGO Indiana Jones on the Wii.
51. Learn to juggle (3 balls for 20 seconds).

Life With Luke
52. Take a picture of Luke each week. Completed September 2011.
53. Take Luke on MARTA. Completed 5/2/2009, with pictures.

54. Take Luke to a MLB game at Turner Field. Completed 5/2/2009, with pictures.

55. Take Luke to Medieval Times.
56. Take Luke to play miniature golf. Completed 3/12/2009, with pictures.

57. Take Luke to the Atlanta Zoo.
58. Take Luke to the Fernbank Museum. Completed 1/17/2009, with pictures.

59. Take Luke to the Fox Theater.
60. Take Luke to the planetarium. Completed 7/16/2010, with pictures.

61. Try Luke on Fraggle Rock again. Completed September 2011 – He decided he prefers He-Man! LOL
62. Enroll Luke in a physical class (gymnastics, swimming, etc). Completed 6/1/2009, with pictures.

63. Decide whether or not to send Luke to private school. Completed 8/14/2009

Neat and Tidy
64. Replace DH’s medium blue shirt.
65. Update DH’s wardrobe matrix.
66. Have my Holly Hobby quilt repaired. Completed July 2009, with pictures.

67. Get new bedding for our bed. Completed 11/28/2009, with pictures.

68. Get Hide and Seek custom framed.
69. Update the DVD list every year. Have missed too many to consider this completed.

  • 2009 – got part way done, then lost the list when we moved
  • 2010 – no
  • 2011 – no

70. Weed out 150 scrapping folders (average about 1 per week). Current Total = 28; pick up at DDE
71. Start using curbside recycling. Completed May 2009, with pictures.

72. Clean out my chest of drawers. Completed 9/2/2009, with pictures.

73. Clean out my closet. Completed 8/31/2009, with pictures.

74. Clean out my dresser. Completed 9/13/2009, with pictures.

75. Clean out the guest room dresser. Completed 9/16/2009, with pictures.

76. Clean the inside of the windows. Completed December 2009.
77. Clean the outside of the windows. Completed 4/5/2009.
78. “De-kitty-fy” the other sofa pillow. Completed 9/14/2009, with pictures.

Home Improvement
79. Change foyer light bulb and/or fixture. No longer valid; house sold without it.
80. Have leaking shower head repaired/replaced. No longer valid; house sold without it.
81. Replace kitchen floor. Completed 9/30/2009, with pictures.

82. Decide what to do about the carpet, and do it. Completed January 2010.
83. Decide what to do about the sofa, and do it. Completed Sept 2009.
84. Paint interior of house. No longer valid; house sold without it.
85. Paint exterior of house. No longer valid; house sold without it.
86. Have gutters cleaned. Completed 4/5/2009.
87. Reroute gutter/downspout on front of house. No longer valid; house sold without it.
88. Remove/replace front bushes. Completed 10/16/2009, with pictures.

89. Have yard improved (grass or landscaping). No longer valid; house sold without it.
90. Put the house on the market. Completed 12/22/2009, with pictures.

Digital Bits
91. Make 12 of my own blinkies.
92. Post at least one photo with each month’s round up.
93. Record Superdog and burn all episodes to DVD. (recorded but never burned)
94. Try to recover photos from old computer hard drive.
95. Label/relabel all blog posts. Completed 5/10/2009.
96. Fix photos/formatting in old blog posts so that the photos show. Completed September 2011.
97. Revamp my website (change graphics, update template). Completed 6/26/2011 (index page now points to blog; new template)
98. Decide on a better way to archive Movie Musings. Completed 6/6/2009, with picutres.

99. Make and install a favicon on my blog and website. Completed 7/26/2011.

100. Post a photo or video of at least half of all complete items from this list. Final count: 28 of 52 (54%).
101. Have ahttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif new list of 101 things ready by day 1001. Click for Version 3!

That’s right, there is a Version 3, and it starts in just 2 days! See you there.

Currently feeling: ready to go again

One Comment

  • Fiona

    Well done! I never got as far as listing 101 things (put it down to my old age) but I always enjoy seeing how others are doing….does that indicate general nosiness? I prefer to think of it as taking an interest in my friends 🙂 And I shall look forward to watching your progress.