A New Year’s update…

Hi everyone.  Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  I meant to check in here more often last week, but I was sick all week and was mostly unable to concentrate long enough to form sentences.  I’m only doing marginally better today, but I didn’t want to stay away any longer. 

Since it’s the beginning of the new year and I received a request for it, I decided to give a little update to my 101 list.  I managed to cross quite a few things off my list last year…

  1. Send someone flowers for no reason
  2. Pay for a strangers meal at a drive-through – Completed 9/3/10…read about it here
  3. Give a microloan through kiva.org Completed 9/3/10 and it’s been partially repaid! I definitely plan on doing this again.
  4. Find out my blood type and donate blood
  5. Travel to 5 places I’ve never been 1 down, 4 to go
  6. Take a road trip alone
  7. Take a walking tour of NYC
  8. Visit the Statue of Liberty
  9. Spend a weekend in Atlantic City
  10. Go on vacation with my sister-in-law
  11. Travel somewhere by train
  12. Go to Disney World
  13. Write a novel
  14. Participate in NaNoWriMo
  15. Participate in NaBloPoMo
  16. Redesign my blog
  17. Comment on every blog post I read for one week
  18. Crochet an afghan using the yarn I’ve had in the closet for a year
  19. Refinish a piece of furniture
  20. Use my sewing machine…finally
  21. Take a photography class Completed…I finished the class on December 21st and I can’t wait to sign up for the next one.
  22. Take 48 pictures in 1 day and create a photo book of a day in my life
  23. Do a 365 day photo project
  24. Create a monthly scrapbook every month for 1 year
  25. Make a calendar to give as a Christmas gift
  26. Buy a Flip camera and make 1 home movie per week for 1 yearStarted…I got the Flip for Christmas and I made a movie of the dogs playing the snow last week.
  27. Create a journal of clippings, photos, quotes and other things I love
  28. Complete the P90X program
  29. Drink 64 ounces of water every day for 64 days straight
  30. Complete the Couch to 5K program
  31. Reach my goal weight and stay there
  32. Take the dogs on a walk for at least 30 minutes every day for 1 month
  33. Take a yoga class
  34. Save $10,000
  35. Pay off all my credit cards in full each month for 1 year
  36. Go 1 month without making a non-essential purchase (food is essential)
  37. Sell 5 things on Ebay
  38. Sell something I make on Etsy
  39. Study something entirely new
  40. Conquer a fear
  41. Go to 5 different museums
  42. Create a house cleaning schedule and stick to it
  43. Go to bed at 9PM every night for 1 week
  44. Wake up at 5AM every morning for 1 week
  45. Keep my inbox empty for 1 month
  46. Write a will and advanced medical directive
  47. Write “in case of death” letters
  48. Redecorate the den and the guest room
  49. Watch the sunrise and sunset on the same day
  50. Watch the sunset and the sunrise without going to bed
  51. Get a library card
  52. Answer the “50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind” – Started 10/1/10 and I’ve answered about 12 so far.  I thought I would fly through this one, but they are pretty tough questions.
  53. Go to the zoo in the spring to see the baby animals
  54. Eat a meal alone in a restaurant
  55. Go to the movies alone at least once every 6 months
  56. Get a henna “tatoo” on my hands
  57. Get properly measured and buy 3 really good bras once per year
  58. Go to mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  59. Give everyone on my Christmas list an experience (like tickets to a play) instead of a thing (like a sweater)
  60. Get a bikini wax
  61. Purchase a 1 year subscription to the NY Lottery Completed 11/22/10…I’ll let you know if I win!
  62. Reach 500 blog posts
  63. Do three more blog giveaways I’ve done the 1st (apron) and the 2nd (12 days of Christmas, which I’m counting as one), so there is one more left.
  64. Order room service
  65. Write a love letter
  66. Spend a full day with my nephews from when they wake up until they go to bed
  67. Buy myself a diamond ring (like Oprah’s pinky ring)
  68. Watch every movie currently on my Neflix queue
  69. Watch all the movies we own on DVD…even the stupid ones
  70. Meet a blog friend in person Completed on 10/29/10 when I met the fabulous Ally.
  71. Go snorkeling
  72. Read 100 books
  73. Have a girls night once per month
  74. Do a boudoir photo shoot
  75. Visit a psychic
  76. Spend a day lying in a hammock reading and napping
  77. Take a walk in the rain
  78. Ride in a hot air balloon
  79. Build a snowman
  80. Color an entire coloring book
  81. Carve a pumpkin
  82. Go on a date with J once per month
  83. See 3 Broadway shows 1 down…Elf on 12/4/10, 2 to go
  84. Go to 5 concerts  1 down…Jay-Z and Eminem on 9/14/10, 4 to go
  85. Dress up for HalloweenCompleted 10/31/10
  86. Buy a completely impractical dress just because I love it
  87. Throw a party
  88. Go out dancing
  89. Watch season 1 of Mad Men, Glee and Arrested Development (to see what everyone is talking about)
  90. Go to a midnight movie premiereCompleted 11/19/10 when I went to the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  91. Celebrate Champagne Friday every week for 1 month
  92. Shoot a gun at a shooting range
  93. Play hooky from work one day for no reason
  94. Attend a taping of a TV show
  95. Take the pastry class at ICECompleted 10/8/10…which you can read about here or here or here
  96. Cook my way through a cookbook
  97. Create a signature cupcake
  98. Put together a recipe book from all the random recipes in the kitchen
  99. Give a copy of that recipe book to someone as a gift
  100. Write a blog post about each item I complete on the list
  101. Write a new 101 list

So that’s where I am.  I thought I would get a few more things done…or at least started…but time just seems to get away from me.  I’m happy with my progress so far and I can’t wait to cross more things off. 

Is anyone else working on a list of their own?  Any New Year’s resolutions?  Any good stories of drunken debauchery from NYE?


  1. This is such a wonderful list, Shana, and good for you for already crossing some things off.

    I did #25 this year and presented my parents with a calendar (and mug) of some old photographs and they were so pleased. So much nicer than a sweater or something they don’t really need/use.

    Hope you had a very happy new year, Shana, and that you’re feeling better! *HUGS*

  2. Stephanie says:

    Wow, your list puts my goals to shame. Of course, that’s not hard when they’re the same goals I have every year (save more money, lose more weight – lol).

    This goal caught my attention…

    “89. Watch season 1 of Mad Men, Glee and Arrested Development (to see what everyone is talking about).”

    I own all three of these shows on DVD and would be happy to loan via a kinda cyberspace lending library. If you’re really serious about that one… 😉 LMK!

  3. You go girl you’re well on your way – what a dent you’ve made already into the list!!! awesome and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  4. Yay!! An update!!! I am very impressed by everything you have managed to check off and can’t wait to check a few more things off in the spring. Um…I’m thinking definitely a walking tour and a henna tattoo! And does the fact that you’ve been up at 4 AM every morning this week count toward “get up at 5 AM every morning for a week”? Or would that be cheating?

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