I’m really going to try to blog about this more often than I have been. I’ve got some friends doing this too who are going to try to post weekly updates, so hopefully I can get myself to do that as well!

Here’s another quick rundown of The List and how I’ve been working toward each goal (or perhaps haven’t been).

Get to and maintain a healthy weight – The good news here is that I haven’t gained any weight. The bad news is that I haven’t really lost any either. I was up to 3.8 pounds lost, then I went on vacation and gained it back. I’ve been stress eating a little bit this past week because of getting back from vacation and trying to get back into the swing of a regular routine. I’m trying to keep healthier snacks on hand though, like frozen grapes or blackberries so I don’t pig out on junk food. Like I said, I haven’t gained any weight, so it’s working in that regard. I really need to get over myself and just exercise more. I do two 15 – 20 minute walks each workday, but that isn’t enough if I really want to see any significant weight loss.

Edit and revise a NaNoWriMo novel into something publishable / Submit novel for publishing (at least a dozen times) – Both of these were added to the list when I was still running off the high of actually winning at NaNoWriMo for once. (Okay so I’ve only tried three or four times, but still.) After that settled, though, I realized that I don’t like writing fiction. I’m not a fiction storyteller and I don’t think I really want to put the effort into trying to get any fiction published since that’s not really want I want to do with my life, not even on the side. I’m not sure if I’ll leave these or replace them, but I’m not working on these currently until I figure out exactly what role I want writing to take in my future.

Plant and tend some vegetables each spring and summer – As soon as we get back from LA, I plan on buying some seeds or pre-potted things and seeing where it goes from there!

Line dry clothes outside in the spring and summer – This is still going to require an investment in a clothesline, but I’m excited for it and being able to line dry clothes on the weekends.

Read at least 2 books a month – You’d think being in a book club would make this easier, but it doesn’t. I don’t know if the book club is just wearing thin or what, but I haven’t much cared about reading the books we’ve been picking lately. It feels like too much of a chore. And you’d think that given that, I’d be reading my own stuff, but I’m not. I have to concentrate more on making time to read because I really do enjoy it, it just feels like I never have the time to do so.

Organize and maintain pen pal correspondence – This is not very well organized nor very well maintained at the moment. I’m hoping that the first weekend in May (which will be my first free weekend in what feels like forever), I can get back into this.

Send at least 10 random care packages – Haven’t sent one yet, but I keep my eyes peeled for things that would be well-suited to a random care package.

Private goal – This really hasn’t gone anywhere.

Visit 15 places in Colorado I’ve never been – Kyle and I went to the Mile High Flea Market the weekend before we left for Memphis. Normally I wouldn’t consider a store-type place would count toward this goal, but this is a Colorado landmark and institution, so it totally counts. Only 14 more places! I should make a list of potential places sometime. (That might go along with reading up on Colorado history before Coloradical, whenever that might be.)

Sew Kyle and I aprons – Haven’t gotten any closer to this yet, either picking out a pattern or fabrics.

Buy a menstrual cup – 02/28/10 – All done! I love it and wouldn’t switch back to tampons (Elvis brand or not) for anything.

Get caught up on health check ups – Currently I am embarrassed about going to see the doctor because I’m so overweight. It’s ridiculous, I know, but that doesn’t make it any less true. So I would really like to lose some weight and then go to the doctor this fall. If the weight loss doesn’t happen by then, I’ll go anyway because it’s stupid of me to keep neglecting my check ups.

Do a 1,000 piece puzzle once a year (3 total for this project) – I completed one already this year. I’ve got to keep my eye out for another good puzzle for next year.

Save at least $2,000 in a general savings fund – Savings – ha! Maybe someday.

Decide on 30 pricey things I want to buy, save for them and purchase them – As I am crap at saving for things, I think I will adjust this to read “Decided on 30 pricey things I want to buy, budget for them and purchase them” as that will seem much less like I’m setting myself up to fail. I have not decided on all 30 pricey things yet, though I do have a list going and will need to review that, too.

Make sure everyone gets their altered books back – I’m trying to be more vigilant about this one and I really think everyone will get their books back, it’s just a matter of when.

Send out friendship books at least once every two weeks – I have not done this and my box of FBs is overflowing. I really need to send a bunch on.

Learn Japanese (via study groups, on my own or a class) – Still slacking on this one.

Make and can fruit “butters” or other sauces for gifting – I think this will be a summertime project so I haven’t done anything with this yet.

Make pickles – Again, a summertime project. Though I need to find out when pickling cucumbers are in season.

Try out a new baking recipe each month – This is something I *have* been doing! Sometimes more than one recipe each month, too. I’m not documenting them well all the time, but I think going forward, I will do better with that. It’s easy for me too because I like trying new recipes in general so it’s not like I have to concentrate and remind myself that I have to try a new baking recipe this month.

Clean up and organize craft room – This has to be done when we get back, before I host a get together at our house. At least to the point where the boxes that are in there are sorted through and cleaned up or put away. I haven’t made much progress in general on this one though.

Once able, give blood every six weeks – I’m not able to give blood until next April, so I’ve got some time yet.

Visit my grandmother’s grave in Kansas – Haven’t done this yet, either.

See 5 musical productions – None yet, but I get emails from our local center for performing arts so I keep looking to see what’s available.

Develop a New Year’s Eve tradition with Kyle and the kids – We had a lovely New Year’s Eve this past year, so we’ll hopefully keep it going!

Get 3 massages – 0 for 3 so far.

Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen, each starting with a different letter of the alphabet – I’ve seen a few, A, C and S are taken care of. Oh, also H!

Stay at The Stanley Hotel for a weekend – This is something we really have to save for, or budget very carefully for and that hasn’t happened yet.

Go to another concert – Muse and 30 Seconds to Mars have been to Denver since I started this project and I wasn’t able to see either of them (either due to lack of planning/budgeting or other plans). So I’ll keep an eye out for other acts coming up.

Go to a Broncos game – This may or may not happen this fall. We’ll see.

Knit 5 hat&scarf combos for charity – I’m hoping that once I clean up and organize the craft room, I’ll have a better idea of the yarn I have available to knit these will so that I can get them taken care of and perhaps knit more than just 5.

Do a New York Times Sunday Crossword (at least 95% complete) without any help – I got really close once, but haven’t gotten nearly as close since. I’m trying to do crossword puzzles daily just to stay used to them, but sometimes I slack on that, too.

Go on a juice fast for 3 or 4 days – Perhaps when we get back from LA I can do this. Seems like a very LA thing to do at least. Or maybe I’ll wait until the height of fresh fruit season so I can juice my own fruits and veggies. We’ll see.

Get Penny caught up on car maintenance – Seeing as she hhad 75% of her tires replaced recently, I’d say that’s a good head start. I still need to get her in for a regular tune up, oil change, etc, but that will come in time.

Do yoga every day (at least 1 asana) – Not keeping up on this in the slightest. I may change this to “Work on and be aware of my posture” but that seems like a goal that is hard to really measure. I have to think about this one.

Obtain (make or buy) enough totes for shopping that I can practically eliminate my use of plastic bags – I need to find some good crochet and/or knitting patterns for this one and churn them out. Maybe a sewing pattern or two, as well.

Finish at least one knitting project each month – I seem to be able to start at least one knitting project each month, but finishing one every month is a different story. Heh.

Coordinate and plan birthday and holiday gifting ahead of time – On Saturday I bought several gifts for birthdays and holidays for later this year. In fact, of the gifts I bought, I think the earliest I will be giving one is in June. Yay for planning!

Take a creative class (art, writing, etc) – I need to research these more so that I can figure out where I want to take the class and what kind of class will be best to take.

Learn to spin yarn – I’ve done pretty well on my drop spindle, but haven’t used it recently. I really enjoy it, just need to carve out time for it.

Attend a convention (anime, sci-fi, comic, writing, etc) – I’m keeping an eye out for those coming to Denver this summer. We may also try to go to Comic Con in San Diego some year – that would be pretty awesome.

Complete vacation scrapbooks (France, Vegas, Mexico, Canada, London, Memphis) – I have not completed a single one yet, but I’m hoping that once I get the craft room set up, that will shortly follow.

Knit something with steeks – My knitting is still steek-less, which does not sound nearly as tasty as Jenny’s philly cheese steak-less, but that’s okay.

Get to work at least 5 minutes early every day – I have to change this one because it doesn’t apply now that I’ve switched departments. I’m not sure what to replace this with. Oh, I know! Visit the Grand Canyon – hehe.

Take swing dance lessons – I’ve kept my eye on some dance studios in the area, but I’m not quite at the point where I’d be comfortable taking the lessons yet. I feel like I’m insanely uncoordinated, but everytime I see people dance (in movies or real life, yes, even Kyle and Jason’s dance off), I wish I had taken dance lessons as a kid.

Organize and maintain Ravelry and Flickr better – It’s something I have to constantly keep on my toes about, but I think I’m doing okay. I’d like to organize my Ravelry queue a lot better than it is currently, but that will require several hours of work at least. Maybe in a few weekends.

Sincerely try out the Flylady.net program for domestic organization and tidiness – I AM sincerely trying it out, though I need to get better with decluttering every single day. But it’s something I keep in my mind all the time, and that’s good.

Finish travelogues from Canada, London and Memphis – Travelogues, ho!

Make ravioli from scratch (sauce too!) – Haven’t done this yet, but probably will sometime this summer or fall.

Make 1 page scrapbook mementos from London and Memphis (after Jenny’s wedding) – I have to get the pictures developed from Memphis still, but I’m very excited to do so and will get the page done posthaste. I’ve got one up at work from Karen’s wedding and I love looking at it and being reminded of the trip and some of my favorite people.

Get up at the same time every day for 1 month – This most certainly has not happened.

Learn to make Grandma’s jello salads – I’m reticent about this one because it makes me sad, but I will get there someday. I know they’re not rocket science, but the first time I take one to a family get together, I’m going to feel like I’m sitting in the middle of a big stage in front of a ton of Simon Cowells, waiting to be judged.

Make tofu – Mmmm, tasty – but not yet attempted.

Cold process soap – Not yet. I need to read up on this more before starting to try it.

Collect 100 ATCs and 100 inchies total – I think I have about 20 of each. I hope that this summer I can get back into swapping on swap-bot more so that I can fulfill this pretty quickly.

Unpack all boxes – This is pretty close! I’ve got a handful of boxes sitting in the craft room, but that’s it!

Get everything from storage – All that’s currently there are two tables which we haven’t figured out exactly what to do with yet.

Learn to play a new game every month – So far so good! My favorite new game so far is definitely Munchkin. 😀

Write 3 short stories in NaNo off-season – Meh. I might change this to 3 short pieces, like vignettes or something rather than stories. Something non-fiction rather than fiction.

Attend a NaNo Write-In – Again, I’m not sure if I’ll be doing NaNo in the future given that I don’t really want to write fiction, so we’ll see how this pans out.

Dye my hair blue pink – Check! Or mostly, since I dyed the tips in Memphis. So far none of the higher ups at work have said anything about the pink tips, but I’m sure they would have said something about dyeing all of my hair pink. Blue might come another time, but I’m considering this done.

Spend an entire day in bed (when healthy!) reading, relaxing, etc. – Haven’t had the time for this yet. Though it might have to change slightly because a few weeks ago, Kyle and I tried to stay in bed as long as possible after we woke up one Sunday, and we lasted maybe 45 minutes before we felt the need to get up and go do something.

Knit/Crochet coverlet/blanket for bed – I haven’t fallen in love with a pattern yet, but I’m still looking.

Complete Painting cross-stitch – I pulled it out of storage, but have to review exactly what colors I need and what canvas I’ll need as well.

Make myself 4 pairs of socks – I’ve got the yarn, but no patterns picked out yet.

Make Kyle 2 pairs of socks – I’ve got .75 completed! Heh.

Go to drive-in (summer!) and chill in the back of the truck with snacks and treats and blankets – The drive-in isn’t open yet, but when it does, we’re definitely going.

Go to tea service with Kyle – I think Kyle’s hesitant about going to tea just because it’s not something he would choose to do with his time if I didn’t ask him to go with me, so I haven’t pushed for it. Maybe sometime at the end of summer or fall.

Go 1 week without eating out (fast food, restaurants, even deli from the store!) – I haven’t sincerely tried to do this, but I am getting closer to being able to do it because I think we’re eating out less overall, which is nice.

Watch all movies based on Stephen King stories – We watched Children of Corn awhile ago and it was much better than I expected. Still going through the list.

Give away or use up my yarn stash – Again, when the craft room is all finished (or mostly finished) it will be easier to tell what I have stashed and what I need to do with it.

Reread (relisten to) The Dark Tower series – Haven’t started this yet, but with over two years to do it in, it shouldn’t be too difficult.

Buy a world map & study it! – I found a world map in Memphis at the bookstore we stopped at and almost bought it, but I didn’t want to have to pack it to take it home. I’m still on the lookout for a good world map though that I can buy locally (or online and have it shipped). I’m still trying to decide where I would want to put it – where the ideal let’s-study-geography place would be.

Do morning pages most mornings (4/7 each week) – Oh boy. I haven’t done this in ages. I replaced morning pages with checking things on my iPod Touch (email, tweets, checklists). Maybe I should figure out a way to combine the two activities to wake up in the morning? Hmm.

Do a Day in the Life photo entry – I haven’t done this yet, obviously, but will. This summer might be a good time for it. I have to figure out if I want to do it on a day that I work or when I’m off. Because we work with sensitive information I really shouldn’t take pictures while at work so that would be pretty boring, but that is how I spend 5/7 of my week, so I’ll figure it out.

Decorate at least 5 batches of cupcakes from the Hello, Cupcake book – I haven’t decorated any since I started my 1,001 Days. I think the Thanksgiving cupcakes kind of burned me out on it, but I’ll get back to it.

Pay off overdraft – It’s not totally maxed out at the moment, so that counts toward something, right?

Maintain blog of this entire 101 Things in 1,001 Days experience – Blogging right now!

Photograph a landscape from the same location, capturing all four seasons – I still haven’t figured out what landscape I want to photograph. There’s a really popular scene that local photographers do the four seasons thing with a lot, and it would be neat to do it myself, but I think something more unusual would be nice. Maybe more of a cityscape?

Buy a semi-skimpy bathing suit and actually wear it to swim – I do have to buy a bathing suit this week and I will actually wear it to swim, but it will not be semi-skimpy. I have to buy a new one because my old ones are too small. 😦 (And the hotel we’re staying at in LA has a pool. If it didn’t, I wouldn’t need to buy one, but we’re looking forward to swimming in the LA sunshine this weekend.)

Try 5 new vegetables – I haven’t tried anything new. I’m hoping with the farmer’s markets coming up that there will be plenty to try.

Attempt composting – I’m hoping to get a composting bucket and area set up in the next few weeks now that it’s getting warmer out. I’ve got to read up on it a little bit, just to make sure I know what can be composted and what can’t, but it should be fun.

Go to the library once a month – The library card I had been using is now expired. I can’t get another one for the same library because I don’t live in that city or county anymore and that’s kind of sad. But I’m sure I can find a different library to become a patron of that I can visit monthly.

Get a comfortable chair for my desk – I’m currently using Kyle’s, but will need to get my own soon.

Make regular donations to Goodwill – I made one big huge one when I went through all my stuff from storage. I haven’t made any since, though we certainly have the stuff to do so.

Make another list of 101 things for the 1001 days following the end of this project – I think I want to do this forever and ever. Of course, this won’t happen for awhile yet.

Catch up on all awesome TV shows (True Blood, Lost, House, How I Met Your Mother, etc.) – I am caught up on Lost, but still several seasons behind on House and one seasons behind on True Blood. I’m recent with How I Met Your Mother for the most part, but missed most of the first few seasons so I’d like to catch up on those. Other awesome shows I’d like to catch up on are Leverage (need to watch Season 3 before Season 4 starts, not sure if I can do that), Eureka (all of it), and I’d like to watch United States of Tara, too.

Make a Will – This is depressing even though it’s necessary, but that’s why I haven’t done this yet. I don’t have any wealth to speak of, but I want to make sure that certain things would get to certain people in such circumstances.

Take the online Jeopardy test each year – I took it this year! I didn’t do too well, but it was fun.

Teach myself to do fair isle and intarsia – I’ve watched lots of tutorials on it, now I just need to find a pattern I like and the yarn to do it and try.

Host at least two family get-togethers – I’m hoping that I can host the first one sometime this summer.

Do a proper Lush pampering at least once a month – This is pretty easy to do because I’ll get all stressed out and then remember, “Oh, I have to pamper myself this month still!”

Get to a bowling average of 150 – I’m currently at 115 which is a pretty good improvement from when I started. We’re not going to do a summer league, but I really hope we do a fall league again, though it might not be the same league.

Go to a sushi restaurant – Still haven’t despite the fact that there’s one right by our house.

Build a snowman – I would have loved to be home at Christmastime when it snowed a lot so I could have done this (among other reasons). There’s always next winter!

Write to at least 10 people from Friendship books, bags, etc. – Once my pen pal correspondence gets better organized, this should be easy enough to do.

Let go of a balloon – I haven’t done this one yet.

Visit a sheep or alpaca farm that sells roving – When we visited the little farm exhibit at the Memphis zoo it made me want to go to a sheep farm pronto. It was fun and I can’t wait to find somewhere this summer or fall that I can visit.

Go to a farmer’s market (or to Ollin Farms on the way home from work) – Most of our farmer’s markets open up next month, so I’m really looking forward to that.

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Whoa, long time no see.  In this update, I’m just going to focus really quickly on those things that I have actually worked toward.  Also, I have a slight adjustment for one item on the list, which I’ll address first.  Originally, #16 indicated that I would have to save for my 30 pricey items.  I don’t feel like this is a good goal for me so instead I’ve revised it to read that I will “Decided on 30 pricey things I want to buy, budget for them and purchase them.”  Part of my idea of saving for something pricey was so that it wouldn’t be an impulse buy, but if I’m coming up with the list ahead of time, it’s not an impulse buy so I think the revision is a more achievable goal for me.  (If it’s not obvious, I’m not great at saving money that isn’t in the form of change collected in a cup on the bathroom counter.)

Moving along to positive things! I have crossed off my #12!  I bought a menstrual cup on 02/28/10.  I purchased the DivaCup and some Lunapads over at lunapads.com.  I haven’t used them yet, but am very excited to do so and I think they’re both going to be wonderful products!

Also, I have completed my 1,000 piece puzzle for this year.  Yay!  I had the idea to do a time lapse, but it didn’t turn out so great.  When I get a proper picture of the complete puzzle, I’ll be sure to post it.

I have made a concerted effort to get everyone back on track with the altered books Round Robin, so hopefully that will make for a good push to completing #17.

February was filled with new baking recipes and they were all delicious!  Still have to think of something new to do for March.  (Last March I did Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Irish Cream frosting and that was pretty fun.  It turned me off of the idea of doing anything St. Patrick’s Day related, however.)

I’ve moved my desk area to the new craft room area and am progressing toward getting all my crafts organized and up in the new craft room.  I’m hoping to get more done on that this weekend and next, though it will involve going through several boxes and carrying my craft stuff upstairs – yech.

I have completed taking the prescription that prevented me from giving blood which is nice.  I do have to wait a year though, for it to leave my system before I can try to give blood again.  But I’m that much closer to being able to give blood every six weeks (#24).

I’ve added Cop Out to my 26 Movies… list.  Only 23 more to go!  Here’s to hoping that movies starting with X and Z will come out in theaters before my 1,001 days are up. 😉

#49 is to sincerely try out the Flylady.net program for domestic organization and tidiness and I believe I’m coming along well here.  I still have setbacks every now and then, but I’m taking babysteps to get used to my routines and I’m in the mindset now that cleaning isn’t a chore, it’s a blessing.  It’s amazing how much more inviting and welcoming a clean home is than a messy one – not even to guests necessarily, but to us.

#58 and #59 go hand in hand for me.  I have retrieved everything save for two tables from storage.  Woo!!!  i went through and unpacked, gave away and threw away everything in all of the boxes I brought home from storage the same weekend that we got them which was a massive undertaking but also a huge relief.  I only have a few boxes left to go through, and those two tables to get, before I can cross both of these off.  Awesome!

Kyle and I watched Children of the Corn a few weeks ago to go along with my goal to watch all movies based on Stephen King stories.  It was much better than I expected given the time period it was filmed.  But I think that’s unique to Stephen King stories, though I do expect to encounter a few that were totally butchered by the film adaptation.

As far as #89 is concerned, I am current with Lost!  And totally obsessed.  I wish I had really been into it back in 2004 just so I would have had more time to savor all the mystery and characters instead of plowing through all 5 old seasons from last April through to the premiere of the final season.  We have Netflix and I’m probably going to rewatch all the other five seasons (or at least Seasons 1 – 3) before the series finale because we took a big break between Season 3 and Season 4.  I will probably also end up buying the entire series on blu-ray at some point so I can listen to the commentary.  Such a good show!

I did take the online Jeopardy test this year (#91).  I didn’t do so fantastically, but it was fun in any case.

And finally, my bowling average is currently at 114 which is up quite a bit from last time I wrote about my goal of getting to 150.  I’m pretty consistent these days (except for last week, but I blame recovering from my cold on that) and it feels pretty good to perform consistently well.  I’ve gotten significantly better at picking up spares, which helps.  It’s a fantastic thing when you aim for something and hit your mark dead on.  I really enjoy bowling and hope to keep doing better and better.  We’re thinking of joining a summer league, but it would be nice to take the summer off and just do the fall league again.  We’ll see.

And that’s it for now!  I have done more than I expected so that’s nice.  Hopefully I’ll keep up with #80 better and write more often here.

Hello!  I know, I haven’t checked in at all in quite some time and I apologize, but here I am, ready to get back into the nitty gritty of this project.  I’ll try to do a video post next time, but need to revisit this sooner than later, so I’d rather write about it at the moment.

Get to and maintain a healthy weight

Unsurprisingly this fell by the wayside during the holidays – especially with roadtripping and being in California, away from my normal routines and surrounded by some stress and delicious freaking ginger snap bars.  I have since gotten things back to losing weight instead of gaining weight and that’s good.  I am disappointed though in my weight loss in comparison to a few other people who started right around the same time as I did.  I’ve budged not even 5 pounds and they have already lost 20, each!  In addition to eating fewer calories I’m starting to face the fact that I’ve GOT to exercise more, too.  I just have to.

Read at least 2 books a month

I am currently on track to reading 2 books this month – I read The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner and am currently listening to My Life in France, Julia Child’s biography.  I don’t believe I finished any books in December.  Oops.

Organize and maintain pen pal correspondence

My goal is to do this this weekend, along with rearranging and moving my craft stuff up to the main floor of the house.  I’ll end up putting the pen pal stuff in that room instead of trying to keep it on my desk in the bedroom, which is way too small for that stuff.

Do a 1,000 piece puzzle once a year (3 total for this project)

I have yet to find a puzzle I want to keep after I put it together, which is what I would prefer.  Of course, I have yet to find any puzzle I want to do period, even if I remove the keeping requirement.  I imagine I’ll have to order one online or go to a specialty store next month to really get started.

Send out friendship books at least once every two weeks

Haven’t sent any out yet, but will do so this weekend.

Try out a new baking recipe each month

In December I tried to make divinity fudge, which isn’t exactly baking, but it’s sweet-making, so I figure it goes here.  It was a disaster, but oh well.  Haven’t picked anything out for January yet – I’ll get on that and try it this weekend hopefully.

Clean up and organize craft room

The craft room currently resides in the laundry room but we’re talking about moving it up to the main floor, in the room that really doesn’t have anything going on with it right now.  It would be a GREAT place for my craft room and I’m looking forward to moving things up and having it all be more accessible.

Develop a New Year’s Eve tradition with Kyle and the kids

This year we went to The Cheesecake Factory in Boulder for a late lunch and cheesecake and then home for a dinner full of veggies and snacks and watching movies and playing games.  It was pretty awesome.

Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen, each starting with a different letter of the alphabet

So far I’ve got A(vatar) and S(herlock Holmes) taken care of.

Do a New York Times Sunday Crossword (at least 95% complete) without any help

My skillz went downhill while in California so I’m trying to build myself back up to at least being able to understand all the clues from a Sunday puzzle, even if I can’t get them. Heh.

Get Penny caught up on car maintenance

I just bought her some tires, so that’s a plus!  I’m probably going to get her alignment checked next weekend.

Do yoga every day (at least 1 asana)

This one has not gone well for me so far.  I’ve taken note of my posture most days, but haven’t done any proper asanas.

Finish at least one knitting project each month

I finished the Zozos last month and am working on a Clapotis and a pair of socks for Kyle this month, though neither are quite near done yet.  I’ve still got 12 days!

Coordinate and plan birthday and holiday gifting ahead of time

In California, I made a dozen or more dishcloths to prep for next Christmas gifting.  I’m already thinking about other gifts for next Christmas and birthdays as well.  I need to write everyone down though and keep a running list I think.

Learn to spin yarn

I have actually done this a little bit!  I bought a drop spindle kit in California and have spun some yarn!  I’ve got to keep practicing so I can get better, of course, but I’m pretty pleased with my progress so far.

Get to work at least 5 minutes early every day

This one is good!  I’ve been about 5 minutes early every day since the beginning of December.  Woo!

Organize and maintain Ravelry and Flickr better

I’m doing well with Ravelry, but stuck on Flickr at the moment just because I’ve got 1700 or so pictures to go through for California and am kind of dreading it.

Sincerely try out the Flylady.net program for domestic organization and tidiness

I signed up today!  When I get home, and after we’ve eaten dinner probably, I’m going to shine my kitchen sink!

Learn to play a new game every month

In December, we learned to play Gloom, which is a pretty awesome game – very fun and clever.  I haven’t learned anything new yet this month though, so I’ve got to figure something out.

Dye my hair blue

This is slated for my friend’s wedding in April.  I’ve got to figure out what kind of blue I want still and how much hair I want to dye, though.

Make myself 4 pairs of socks and Make Kyle 2 pairs of socks

I’ve got yarn for almost all of these, but have just started a pair for Kyle.  It’s a pretty plain rib (though it will be very nice, I’m sure), so it’s gotten kind of boring and I’m a little stalled on it.

Do morning pages most mornings (4/7 each week)

Have not done these much – the trip to California really interrupted this habit.  I’m going to make a concerted effort to get back into it though.

Maintain blog of this entire 101 Things in 1,001 Days experience

I never said how often I’d maintain it! 😉

Go to the library once a month

Unfortunately I did not go in December.  I will try to go next weekend, though.  I may have some fines to clear up on my account, so we’ll see how that goes.

Get a comfortable chair for my desk

I’ve got an actual desk chair right now, though it’s not the most comfortable so I’ll still be on the look out for something else.

Catch up on all awesome TV shows (True Blood, Lost, House, How I Met Your Mother, etc.)

Thanks to instant viewing on Netflix, we’re getting caught up with Lost in time for the final season premiere.  We’ve still go to catch up with Season 2 of True Blood, Season 5 of House and we’ve kept almost on top of How I Met Your Mother, though we do have some back logged episodes to watch.

Take the online Jeopardy test each year

The test is next Wednesday, I’ve just registered!

Do a proper Lush pampering at least once a month

I pampered myself in December by buying a lot of Lush and then took an awesome bath in January, followed by lots of lotions and whatnot.

Get to a bowling average of 150

My average is currently 108.  I think I’m almost to the point where I can bowl 150 – my highest so far has been 142, though I haven’t been consistent at all.  Usually I do one really high game (130 – 142) and then two low games (80 – 100) each Sunday during our league bowling.

I’m getting there!

Last weekend I made this video as a vlogging update sort of thing. (Perhaps I should have included “Practice more precise speech” in my list?) For some reason it wouldn’t upload last weekend and I’ve only just gotten around to uploading it this morning. So here you go!

Week 2 has been similar with no real progress being made insofar as I can’t check anything off the list yet, but I am doing the little steps toward getting to cross something off.  I’ve been falling behind on my yoga poses and really need to get into a better routine with that.  I have lost a few pounds by following the calorie budget set by the Lose It! application, which is encouraging, so hopefully that will continue.  I’m writing in my Morning Pages almost every day.  I got *just* under 95% on last Sunday’s crossword which was awesome.  I was only 3 boxes or so behind.  Still looking for puzzles.  Still trying to keep the house tidy (but not doing so well with that).  I’ve been knitting rather voraciously over the past week and have finished Kyle’s hat, one Zozo toy (not including the embroidered eyes) and 1.5 pairs of mittens (which a co-worker asked me to do and as I’ve never knit mittens before I thought it would be fun).

Kyle's Hat

Kyle's Hat

Zozo Toy from the Side

1.5 Pairs of Mittens

I’m leaving early early Saturday morning to go to California with my mom and sister and nieces and nephew.  We’ll be gone for about 10 days and I haven’t even started thinking about what I need to pack.  I also need to get my oil changed in my car, which we’re driving out (along with my mom’s car).  Should be fun, but Kyle won’t be able to come out with us, so I’ll be kind of sad about that.  Oh! I’ve got to pack a lot of knitting stuff.  I’ll probably have to have a whole separate bag for that because 10 days, 2 or more of which will be spent on the road, is a long time not to have any knitting.  As today is the last non-workday I’ll have before leaving, I really need to get started on getting ready for all of that.  Eep!

I meant to break these last four categories into two posts, but things were a little hectic at the end of the week, so here are all of the rest of my goals.

Relationships

7. Organize and maintain pen pal correspondence

I bought a bunch of composition notebooks awhile back with the idea of using them to keep track of my pen pal correspondence, but I have yet to use them to their fullest potential. Also, I have a few unanswered letters lying around that I need to take care of.

8. Send at least 10 random care packages

Random care packages do not include any packages sent near gift-giving holidays or the recipient’s birthday. I’m not sure yet if I will stick solely to people I know, or if I want to see if I can figure out how to send a care package to someone completely random. Also, anything done as a swap (where I get a care package in return) via swap-bot or somewhere similar, does not count.

9. Private goal

Ooooh, mysterious.

17. Make sure everyone gets their altered books back

I organized, without much foresight, an altered book round robin with a group of friends who were all at a friend’s wedding last August. The books are supposed to be returned to their owners, according to the original timeline, by the beginning of February. I don’t believe this is going to happen in any way, shape or form. At this point, my biggest concern is just making sure everyone gets their own books back, even if it takes the next six months. I’ve definitely got to be more proactive in corralling everyone and doing my own spreads in everyone’s books too.

18. Send out friendship books at least once every two weeks

I have a box full of friendship books, friendship bags, sticker bags, decos and slams that I need to get passed on!

93. Host at least two family get-togethers

This past year my family didn’t see much of each other as a big group and I think if I took the initiative to try to plan something instead of relying on everyone else to put it together, we’d see each other more often which is what I would like.

98. Write to at least 10 people from Friendship books, bags, etc.

New pen pals have to start from somewhere, right?

Craft-Oriented Goals

11. Sew Kyle and I aprons

Kyle hates having anything on his hands, so he really wants an apron he can just wipe his hands on all the time when he’s cooking or washing up. I am a messy cook and an even messier baker, so I’d really benefit from an apron. I think I might make one that’s strictly utilitarian and one that’s pretty and frilly so I can pretend to be a 1950s housewife or something.

20. Make and can fruit “butters” or other sauces for gifting

I love the idea of canning and tried some strawberry jam a few summers ago which came out more like strawberry syrup, but I heard it was good on ice cream. In any case, I want to make the most out of the summer and fall harvests going forward and starting with some apple or pear or other butters for gifting would be great, I think. I can make up a nice little loaf of something or other to gift with them as well which I think sounds delightfully wholesome and tasty.

21. Make pickles

I love pickles but buying enough from the store to keep up with my cravings for them gets expensive. I wouldn’t mind trying out some other pickled vegetables either, but I’ll start with traditional cucumber pickles first.

39. Finish at least one knitting project each month

In the past, I’ve given up knitting during the summer for other various crafts. This is not a good way to get things done though, because by the time I pick up my needles again in the fall, it’s almost too late to do much for holiday knitting or for my own handknit winter wear. If I can knit throughout the year, however, I think I will be much more productive with my handknits and I’m looking forward to that.

40. Coordinate and plan birthday and holiday gifting ahead of time

Eventually, I would like to make or handcraft most, if not all, of the gifts I give each year. I can’t do that without a lot more planning that I currently do. (Which is almost none.)

41. Take a creative class (art, writing, etc)

Unfortunately most of the classes I’ve seen available for painting or something are at like 10am during the middle of the week which would be great if I worked the night shift or were retired already, but as I am not, I’m still hunting for good classes. I’m not sure which one I’d like to take the most – any creative class almost appeals to me in some way.

42. Learn to spin yarn

I’d love to learn to spin yarn. But even if I do take a class for this one, it does not satisfy #41 above.

44. Complete vacation scrapbooks (France, Vegas, Mexico, Canada, London, Memphis)

I only have one completed vacation scrapbook, from when Kyle and I went to Hollywood. It’s an 8×8, so it was easier, but I really need to get everything else done too. I want to be able to flip through them and reminisce instead of looking at the stack of pictures and feeling pressured because the scrapbook still isn’t done yet.

45. Knit something with steeks

I would like to open up my knitting world to more and more projects and learning to steek seems like a good way to do that.

48. Organize and maintain Ravelry and Flickr better

Ravelry and Flickr are both amazing websites and useful tools. I just need to tend to them better.

52. Make 1 page scrapbook mementos from London and Memphis (after Jenny’s wedding)

Once done, I will take these 1-pagers into work and hang them up in my cubicle.

56. Cold process soap

I’ve made melt-n-pour soap which is fun, but cold processing soap seems more natural and authentic. I’m scared to death of lye, though (the lye-kiss scene from Fight Club is partly to blame for this), so it will be something I have to overcome and read and research about a lot beforehand.

57. Collect 100 ATCs and 100 inchies total

I intend to do this mostly through swaps on swap-bot. My own ATCs or inchies will not count toward my collection total, however, any ATCs or inchies that I already have, will.

65. Knit/Crochet coverlet/blanket for bed

I don’t know whose bed, or even if it has to be something that will be functional instead of just pretty, but one of the first ideas I had when I started knitting was to make a blanket for the bed. I’ve made afghans before, but I want a big, huge blanket. I’m leaning toward something functional and probably modular at the moment, but we’ll see how that goes.

66. Complete Painting cross-stitch

I have several cross-stitch patterns for famous paintings and I would really like to actually complete one of them. I’ve got most, if not all of the colors already, since I bought them when I first got the patterns, I just need to do it. Cross-stitch always seems so slow for me, though, so I tend to choose to knit instead. Maybe if I go into the project knowing that it doesn’t have to be done for 2 or so years it will be easier.

67. Make myself 4 pairs of socks

I really want some handknit socks for myself.

68. Make Kyle 2 pairs of socks

And I want to share the handknit sock love, too.

73. Give away or use up my yarn stash

I don’t think I have a terribly excessive stash, but I do need to use it up. If anything I have is something I won’t use, I need to give it away or use it for a snuggles project or something similar.

77. Do a Day in the Life photo entry

I’ve just got to pick a good day for this and take lots of pictures.

78. Decorate at least 5 batches of cupcakes from the Hello, Cupcake book

There are a lot of cute ideas in the book. I made the Turkeys and tried to make pumpkins for Thanksgiving from the book and it was pretty easy and fun, so I want to do more.

80. Maintain blog of this entire 101 Things in 1,001 Days experience

So far, so good!

81. Photograph a landscape from the same location, capturing all four seasons

I have to choose a scene, but I’m pretty excited about this one. I like the idea of then framing them and hanging them up in the house.

92. Teach myself to do fair isle and intarsia

Colorwork is another good way to broaden my knitting horizons. So far, I’ve limited myself to basic color striping or just using variegated yarn. I want to do more!

Accomplishments

2. Edit and revise a NaNoWriMo novel into something publishable

Not that editing and revising means that it *will* get published, just something that I would be proud to call my own. And submit for publishing, just in case.

3. Submit novel for publishing (at least a dozen times)

Again, I don’t expect anything to come of it, but it would be neat to say I did it.

14. Do a 1,000 piece puzzle once a year (3 total for this project)

I love puzzles but haven’t done any in a few years. I’ve got to find 1,000 piece puzzle that I really want to do, though. I’ve looked at the ones in some stores and they’re not that great. Yay for shopping on the internet.

15. Save at least $2,000 in a general savings fund

I’ve never really had any savings to speak of (unless you want to count the $50 or so I have in a jar in change right now) and it would be good to have a general savings fund for emergencies or being able to buy certain things whenever they go on sale without having to really plan for them.

16. Decide on 30 pricey things I want to buy, save for them and purchase them

But, planning to purchase things is also good. And something else that I’ve always been horrible with.

23. Clean up and organize craft room

It has devolved into a huge pile of crap. I need to get it clean and organized and then maintain it, too.

51. Make ravioli from scratch (sauce too!)

I bought a ravioli pasta rotary cutter some time ago and haven’t used it yet. It’s dying to be used, so I’ve got to find a good recipe for noodles, filling and sauce and make it some weekend.

54. Learn to make Grandma’s jello salads

These were always a hit at family gatherings. I won’t be able to make them exactly like she did, of course, but even a close-enough job will be good, I think. And there’s always room for improvement that way.

55. Make tofu

I wonder if making it at home will make it more palatable as far as texture is concerned.

95. Get to a bowling average of 150

Currently, my bowling average is 105. I’ve got a long way to go to get there, but I’m confident that I can with enough practice and dedication.

Adventures

10. Visit 15 places in Colorado I’ve never been

Before I got my license and a car, I kind of had an excuse to have not visited a lot of different places in Colorado. But it’s been three years and I still haven’t ventured much and I want to change that. I will hopefully have quite a handful of out-of-town guests at my wedding and having cool places to take them will be a huge bonus. (The wedding won’t be for a few years or whatever, but I like to think ahead!)

26. See 5 musical productions

I ❤ musicals, but I’ve only actually seen a handful at the theater and need to remedy that.

29. Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen, each starting with a different letter of the alphabet

This just sounds fun. I might restrict this to only movies that I see in the theater – at least it will be more challenging that way given the number of movies Kyle and I watch regularly.

30. Stay at The Stanley Hotel for a weekend

We’ve done the ghost tour, but Kyle and I really want to stay there for a weekend.

31. Go to another concert

The first concert I ever went to was last year when 3 Doors Down came to play at Red Rocks. Finger Eleven was with them and they were my favorite part, personally. It was a great experience and I’d love to go to another concert soon. I’ll have to keep an eye out for who’s coming to town and try to think of any groups or artists I’d REALLY like to see just to keep track of their tours separately.

32. Go to a Broncos game

Kyle’s gone to a few this season, but I would like to go and experience that with him at some point too, even though I’m not that into football. And I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to knit during a game like I do when he watches it at home, but still it’d be fun.

43. Attend a convention (anime, sci-fi, comic, writing, etc)

Another thing I’ll have to keep an eye out for just to see what’s coming to town.

47. Take swing dance lessons

Any dance lessons would probably do me some good, but I think swing dancing looks the most impressive.

62. Attend a NaNo Write-In

I’m really guarded when it comes to my creative endeavors (no, really), but why should I be when dealing with people who are also undertaking the same creative endeavor? I shouldn’t be, and should get my butt to a write-in. The only issue with that, is I don’t have a laptop, so I’ll have to work that one out, but I will!

63. Dye my hair blue

I probably would have done this long ago, but my company dress code kind of prevents it. So I have to figure out when I’ll be on vacation for a period of time and dye it then. I was thinking sometime mid-April, but we’ll see how many days I’ll be off work to begin with. 😉

69. Go to drive-in (summer!) and chill in the back of the truck with snacks and treats and blankets

I don’t know why I felt the need to specify that we would have to go to the drive-in during the summer because I don’t think the drive-in is open at other times of the year, but whatever. Kyle and I went to the drive-in this past summer and had fun, but it wasn’t planned out very well and wasn’t terribly warm, so we just sat in the cab which doesn’t seem nearly as fun (though we did have a good time).

70. Go to tea service with Kyle

Kyle’s not terribly keen on this, actually, so it doesn’t have to be that I go with Kyle specifically, but he’s the closest friend I have (naturally). In any case, I have to figure out if I want this to be a fancy tea service at one of the places around town where you have to make a reservation months in advance, or a quaint tea service at a smaller restaurant where the proprietor himself may end up serving us.

72. Watch all movies based on Stephen King stories

I thought this was going to be all fun and easy and then I looked at the list of movies (and miniseries) based on Stephen King stories. That man is ridiculously prolific! Also, some of the movies are really bad as far as production quality is concerned. But! I decided that even if I have seen them before, I will watch them again. I just think it would be fun and neat to do. And at least I’ll get some knitting done during the bad ones, right?

82. Buy a semi-skimpy bathing suit and actually wear it to swim

I think the last time I wore a bathing suit that could be considered skimpy, my age was still in the single digits and it matched the one my sister had that summer, too. If I get to a healthy weight for myself I will definitely be comfortable in a swimsuit in public, but I want something akin to the itty-bitty, teeny-weeny, yellow polka-dot bikini. But maybe without the itty-bitty, teeny-weeny part.

88. Make another list of 101 things for the 1001 days following the end of this project

I’m still pretty enthusiastic about this project right now, and I think I will be at the end of the project, so I’m sure I’ll want to keep going.

96. Go to a sushi restaurant

I went to a sushi restaurant in London with my friends, but haven’t been to one here at home. It feels so much more adventurous and like something that has to be planned for out here. But I do want to do it – especially because there’s a sushi restaurant pretty close to the house, even if that’s not the one I go to.

97. Build a snowman

I haven’t built a snowman in years. I need to get proper boots and gloves and possibly a better coat, but I will do this and it will be awesome. If not awesome, at least it will be fun.

100. Visit a sheep or alpaca farm that sells roving

Of course, the implication here is that I will then by the roving and spin it up into a nice yarn that I then knit into a nice sweater or whatnot. I like the idea of meeting the lovely animal from where my sweater started. I know there are a few farms in Colorado that raise alpaca and sheep, I just have to find them.

Continuing from my last post, here are two more categories of goals and a bit of information about each goal.  Also, if it isn’t obvious yet, some goals fit in multiple categories, so this is by no means black and white, just what felt right and seemed to fit best.

Taking Care of My Physical Well-Being

1. Get to and maintain a healthy weight

Though I said my list wasn’t in any order except the order I thought of them, getting to a healthy weight for me is indeed my biggest priority at the moment.  Last month when I got my bloodwork done I found out my triglycerides are pretty high and my bad cholesterol isn’t too far behind.  I’m definitely overweight, putting on 15 pounds in the past year alone.  It’s getting more difficult to do simple things (like tie my effing shoes!) so this has got to stop.  It’s ridiculous.  I’ve got an elliptical in the garage, though I used it a lot more when it was in the bedroom.  I might need to move it to somewhere that’s more convenient, but I’ll figure that out.  The point is, I have to get healthy.  And it’s not like it’s that hard – eat less (especially junk) and exercise more.  I just have to actually do it.  For real and for good, dammit.

13. Get caught up on health check ups

I haven’t gotten a regular exam in much too long.  Okay, so it’s been two years which may not seem very long, but really it is.  And honestly I think part of the reason I’ve not gone is because I don’t want to get lectured about my weight.  Kind of stupid, but I need to get over that.

28. Get 3 massages

I think getting a massage every now and then would do wonders for me.

35. Go on a juice fast for 3 or 4 days

I’m fascinated with the whole idea of a juice fast.  It seems like it would be pretty easy and simple – just plan out your juices and you’ll be set.  I’ve got a juicer, which I would need to learn to use first, but that would make it super easy.  I’ve read that some people do juice fasts, or detoxing or whatever the cool new hype word is for it, on a regular basis like monthly.  Depending on how I feel after my fast, whenever I can get organized enough to do it, I might try to use to jump start things again every once in a while.

37. Do yoga every day (at least 1 asana)

There are three yoga mats in the house, about 2 years worth of Yoga Journal magazines and 2 yoga practice DVDs. The fact that I haven’t done yoga more regularly is a shame.  I love it and it makes me feel better – instantly.  It’s not like lifting weights where it hurts and only after weeks does it start to make a difference.  I want to use the elliptical and do a yoga practice every day, one on either end of the day to balance each other out.  Getting to the point where I can finagle that routine (and go to work on time) is an obstacle at the moment.  So in the meantime, my goal is to do at least one asana a day.  Any asana, even if it’s just mountain pose.

53. Get up at the same time every day for 1 month

Tying in with my difficulty thus far for getting a good routine, I can’t seem to wake up in the mornings at the time I set the alarm for.  I’m a snooze-hitter, for sure.  I’m not grumpy when I get up, I just don’t get up when I initially intend to.  I want this to change so that I have a mostly regular routine (late night movie excursions excepted).  I feel better with a routine, I just have to get into one.

71. Go 1 week without eating out (fast food, restaurants, even deli from the store!)

Ties in to losing weight (and saving money). Though I do admit we’ve eaten fast food less since I moved in, which is nice.

83. Try 5 new vegetables

I suspect that I’ll get these veggies from the farmer’s market or one of the Asian marketplaces nearby.  I think I’ve had all the veggies offered in the regular supermarket, though I’ll have to take a better look next time.

86. Get a comfortable chair for my desk

My hips, shoulders and lower back will certainly thank me for this one.

Taking Care of My Mental and Emotional Well-Being

6. Read at least 2 books a month

I generally read the book my book club reads each month (not always though), but I want to make sure I’m reading more than just that, too.  And if I “read” audiobooks, it’d be even easier since I can listen to those when I’m doing other stuff.

19. Learn Japanese (via study groups, on my own or a class)

This past February I decided I wanted to learn Japanese and got a lot of books and study aids and even My Japanese Word Coach for my Nintendo DS.  But I still wouldn’t even call myself an advanced beginner because I never got into a good study routine for it.  I looked and Japanese I at my alma mater as a personal enrichment class is about $230.  That would be for 16 hours of instruction, which kind of seems expensive but if it helps me meet other like-minded people to continue my studies after the class, I think it would be worth it.  Also, I really miss having a structured foreign language learning environment.  The Russian language classes I took in college were some of my favorites.

22. Try out a new baking recipe each month

There are so many things to bake!  I’m not sure if I want to do this as something to bring into the office for coworkers or rather just keep it for friends and family, but we’ll see.

25. Visit my grandmother’s grave in Kansas

She grew up in Kansas and wanted to be buried in the same place as her mom and dad.  We went out for the burial itself, but I haven’t been since.  It’s only about an 8 hour drive and one of her sisters still lives close by so I would have somewhere to stay if I needed.  I haven’t done it yet (it’s been two years) because it doesn’t seem like any weekend would work and I’m kind of afraid, of confronting that still, I guess.  But I need to.  (There’s a commemorative bench and tree planted in her honor in a local park out here that I also need to visit more often.)

27. Develop a New Year’s Eve tradition with Kyle and the kids

It would be very nice to be able to develop a holiday tradition with Kyle and the kids since they already have some set in stone, but evidently they don’t do much on New Year’s Eve.

34. Do a New York Times Sunday Crossword (at least 95% complete) without any help

I have dreams (very improbable ones) of winning the National Crossword Puzzle Championship, but if I can’t complete a NY Times Sunday Puzzle on my own, that certainly won’t happen.  (Perhaps going to the tournament will be a goal for another set of 1,001 days.)

50. Finish travelogues from Canada, London and Memphis

I have two days of Canada to write about (from August 2008!), three days of London (from May 2009) and then another day and a half of Memphis (just from this past September).

60. Learn to play a new game every month

I love playing games and I love learning.  This seemed like a no-brainer to add to the list.  That was before I thought about how I was going to go about learning said games.  Online?  Going to gaming meetups?  I’d rather avoid having to buy a new game every month, of course.  If all else fails, I can always refer to my trusty Hoyle Rules for Card Games book.  We’ll see how this works out.

61. Write 3 short stories in NaNo off-season

This year’s NaNo (which I WON!) made me remember that I really do like writing.  I think writing more often will help me win at NaNo in the future more easily – and hopefully with less editing.

64. Spend an entire day in bed (when healthy!) reading, relaxing, etc.

Does this not sound completely awesome?

74. Reread (relisten to) The Dark Tower series

I rushed through The Dark Tower series when I first read/listened to them so I probably missed a lot.  Every other time I’ve tried to get through them again, I get stuck in Book 5, Wolves of the Calla.  I want to get through to the end again because I remember enjoying Books 6 and 7 quite a bit.  (Though I haven’t cried as much at a book since I read My Girl when I was 11.  Okay, that’s not true, Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture totally got me, too.)

75. Buy a world map & study it!

This will help with a) my crossword solving skills; b) my chances at Jeopardy; c) any trivia games and d) my general feeling of intelligence and worldliness.  I’m trying to decide if I want one of those giant wall size maps or just a really good atlas book.

76. Do morning pages most mornings (4/7 each week)

I learned of morning pages from The Artist’s Way.  I really like the concept and perhaps they will help wake me up more naturally than letting my alarm go off 15 times before I finally stop hitting snooze.

85. Go to the library once a month

I underutilize my library.

89. Make another list of 101 things for the 1001 days following the end of this project

I anticipate that this will be a successful project and would like to see that success continue in future 1,001 day chunks of time.

91. Take the online Jeopardy test each year

I took it this past year and really enjoyed the experience, not that anything came of it.  But if it ever did…

94. Do a proper Lush pampering at least once a month

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life sometimes I forget to take care of myself.  Slowing things down to pamper myself with Lush once a month is a good start.  And gives me a nice reason to get more Lush stuff.

99. Let go of a balloon

Some things just need to be set free.

Today is day 1 of 1,001 for me.  Before I go to bed I will have done both of my daily goals (write morning pages and do some yoga).  I’d like to give more information about each of my goals.  I’ve sorted them out roughly into the following categories: mental health, physical health, environmental health, relationships, accomplishments, adventures, crafty things and “adult” responsibilities that I haven’t seem to have gotten the hang of yet.  I figured it might be easier to introduce the goals categorically.  So, without further ado.

“Adult” Responsibilities That I Haven’t Seem To Have Gotten The Hang Of Yet

36. Get Penny caught up on car maintenance

I’m a horrible car owner, rarely paying attention to mileage and tune ups.  My goal is to make sure Penny gets regular maintenance so that she’ll be around for awhile yet.

46. Get to work at least 5 minutes early every day

This seems like a no-brainer, but this past year especially I’ve gotten to work on the dot or just past 9:00 a.m. when my shift starts.  We’ve just started using a new timeclock that requires you to log in to your computer and then to the timeclock and then you have to punch in, so getting to work exactly at 9:00 a.m. doesn’t cut it anymore.  Also, leaving home with plenty of time helps me start the day off right without feeling rushed or speeding on the highway to make sure I get there.

49. Sincerely try out the Flylady program for domestic organization

I cannot begin to describe the horribly cluttered state of the house. It doesn’t help that I moved in with my boyfriend, Kyle, in October merging my too-much-stuff with his too-much-stuff.  There’s a lot of work to be done and maintain and I need serious help with it.  I’ve heard about Flylady before, so I figure it’s time I give it a go.  I’m going to try this in earnest beginning on January 1st.

58. Unpack all boxes

I’ve got boxes that haven’t been unpacked and gone through in years.  It’s time to remedy that.  (And also the regular boxes that were just packed up in October for the move and I haven’t unpacked yet.)

59. Get everything from storage

Over the past few years I’ve moved from a two bedroom apartment all by myself to a one bedroom apartment to one room and now into a house that’s already been furnished.  A lot of my stuff resides in my mom’s storage unit and I want to get everything out of there, dealt with, organized and put away or donated.

79. Pay off overdraft

I rely much too heavily on my overdraft and want to stop that bad habit, using it as intended – for emergencies only.  (No, buying that amazingly perfect skein of yarn (and of course 3 of its friends) does not constitute an emergency.)

90. Make a Will

This feels like one of the most daunting goals on my list, but I’d like to get it out of the way.

Goals To Improve My Relationship With My Environment and/or Community

4. Plant and tend some vegetables each spring and summer

I’ve always wanted to grow some of my own produce.  We don’t have much of a backyard here, so I’ll have to use containers, but I’m okay with that for now.

5. Line dry clothes outside in the spring and summer

Again, without a big huge backyard, it makes this a little more challenging, but I’m game.

12. Buy a menstrual cup

I honestly think this will probably help me feel better physically during my period as well.

24. Once able, give blood every six weeks

Because of a medication I’m taking now, I’m unable to give blood for quite some time.  But once I am able, I can’t wait to make regular donations.

33. Knit 5 hat&scarf combos for charity

I hope that I do more than just 5, but it’s a good start.

38. Obtain (make or buy) enough totes for shopping that I can practically eliminate my use of plastic bags

I have a few that I’ve made and a few that I’ve bought.  My weakness lies in not putting them in convenient spots for when I actually need them.  Something small enough to fit in my purse is my biggest priority to accomplishing this one at the moment.

84. Attempt composting

This will require some research on my part and I’m hoping to help teach others in the house about it too.

87. Make regular donations to Goodwill

I’ve got two boxes sitting around for the past two months that are ready to be donated that I just haven’t actually taken.  That’s lame.

101. Go to a farmer’s market (or to Ollin Farms on the way home from work)

Much to my chagrin, I’ve never been to a farmer’s market, even though there are several within driving (and walking) distance of home and work and I even drive past a farm on the way home from work that sells their produce a few days a week.

More tomorrow!

I’ve decided to embark on the 101 Things in 1,001 Days project.  Information on the project, from http://www.dayzeroproject.com is below.

The Challenge:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

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

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple challenges such as New Year’s resolutions or a ‘Bucket List’. 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 organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.

I’m starting my 1001 Days on December 1st, so I have some time left to finalize my list and start organizing the whole project.  There is a separate page where I’ve listed my 101 Things, but I will also be dividing them up into categories and blogging about my intentions regarding them over the next two weeks to get started on the right foot.

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