A 101 update…

It’s been a while since I updated by 101 list and I’ve crossed a few things off recently.  Here’s where I am…

I have until May 30, 2013 to complete the following goals…

  • Send someone flowers for no reasonCompleted 1/11/12…sent flowers to my cousin Marybeth just because she’s awesome.
  • Pay for a strangers meal at a drive-throughCompleted 9/3/10…read about it here.
  • Give a microloan through kiva.orgCompleted 9/3/10 and it’s been fully repaid! I think I am on my third round of loans now. 
  • Find out my blood type and donate bloodCompleted 1/11/12…I’m anemic so I wasn’t able to donate…but I donated some cash instead and I will try again.
  • Travel to 5 places I’ve never beenSavannah, GA…Edmonton, AB, Canada…Lexington KY…Macon, GA…Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • Take a road trip alone
  • Take a walking tour of NYC
  • Visit the Statue of LibertyDone during the Shana/Ally NYC extravaganza.
  • Spend a weekend in Atlantic City
  • Go on vacation with my sister-in-law
  • Travel somewhere by train
  • Go to Disney World
  • Write a novel
  • Participate in NaNoWriMo
  • Participate in NaBloPoMoDone!  Finished on 11/30/11
  • Redesign my blogThe new design went live on 11/6/11!
  • Comment on every blog post I read for one weekCompleted on 3/27/11
  • Crochet an afghan using the yarn I’ve had in the closet for a year – In progress…I was about halfway done, but I hated it, so I took it all out and started over.
  • Refinish a piece of furniture – In progress…working on re-doing my kitchen set…pictures to follow.
  • Use my sewing machine…finally
  • Take a photography classCompleted…I finished the class on December 21st and I can’t wait to sign up for the next one.
  • Take 48 pictures in 1 day and create a photo book of a day in my life
  • Do a 365 day photo project – I started this on April 1st.  It’s been more work than I thought it would be, but I have some really great shots.
  • Create a monthly scrapbook every month for 1 year – I’ve started this also.  I’ve been using the pictures from the photo project and it’s coming out great.
  • Make a calendar to give as a Christmas gift – This was a goal for this Christmas…but it was an epic fail.  Next year for sure.
  • Buy a Flip camera and make 1 home movie per week for 1 year – Well…I got the camera for Christmas last year…now I just need to start using it.
  • Create a journal of clippings, photos, quotes and other things I love – I bought a SmashBook and I started this project…so far I love it.
  • Create an emergency kit for both houses
  • Drink 64 ounces of water every day for 64 days straight
  • Complete the Couch to 5K program
  • Reach my goal weight and stay there – In progress…joined Jenny Craig in Feb 2011 and after a brief hiatus, I’m back on the program.
  • Take the dogs on a walk for at least 30 minutes every day for 1 month
  • Take a yoga class
  • Save $10,000 – I’m making great progress on this.  I managed to put a huge chunk of my bonus into savings.  I have a way to go, but I’m getting there.
  • Pay off all my credit cards in full each month for 1 year – I’ve managed to keep all my balances at zero since January!
  • Go 1 month without making a non-essential purchase March was my month and it was pretty successful.
  • Sell 5 things on Ebay
  • Sell something I make on Etsy
  • Study something entirely new
  • Conquer a fear
  • Go to 5 different museumsDone!…The Ellis Island Museum, The Discovery Times Square Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Sex and The American Museum of Natural History.
  • Create a house cleaning schedule and stick to it
  • Go to bed at 9PM every night for 1 week
  • Wake up at 5AM every morning for 1 week
  • Keep my inbox empty for 1 monthI started this back in April and it’s lasted much longer than a month.
  • Write a will and advanced medical directive
  • Write “in case of death” letters
  • Pick a day to perform random acts of kindness
  • Watch the sunrise and sunset on the same dayI actually did this twice while I was in Mexico.
  • Watch the sunset and the sunrise without going to bed
  • Get a library card – Completed 1/11/12
  • Answer the “50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind” – Done…you can read the answers here.
  • Go to the zoo in the spring to see the baby animalsCompleted on 5/31/11 with a trip to The Bronx Zoo
  • Eat a meal alone in a restaurant
  • Go to the movies alone 10 times
  • Get a henna “tatoo” on my hands
  • Get properly measured and buy 3 really good bras once per year – I actually went twice this year.
  • Go to mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Give everyone on my Christmas list a handmade giftCompleted on 12/25/11.  Everyone got at least one handmade item this year and it was a huge success.  I will be doing this in the future as much as possible.
  • Get a bikini wax
  • Purchase a 1 year subscription to the NY LotteryCompleted 11/22/10…I’ll let you know if I win!
  • Reach 500 blog postsToday’s post is actually #538!
  • Do three more blog giveaways1st (apron), 2nd (12 days of Christmas, which I’m counting as one) and 3rd (Kiva card).
  • Order room serviceDone…also while we were in Mexico. 
  • Write a love letterDone on 8/26/11…I gave it to J for his birthday.
  • Organize every room of my house – I’m almost there.  The kitchen, both bathrooms, our bedroom and the linen closet are done.  I just have the guest room and den…which, unfortunately, have the most junk.
  • Buy myself a diamond ring (like Oprah’s pinky ring)
  • Watch every movie currently on my Netflix queue – In progress…after a cleaning of my list and watching tons of movies I’ve gone from over 400 to just under 200!
  • Watch all the movies we own on DVD…even the stupid ones
  • Meet a blog friend in person Completed on 10/29/10 when I met the fabulous Ally.
  • Go snorkeling
  • Read 100 books – Almost finished…88 down.
  • Have a girls night once per month
  • Do a boudoir photo shootI did this in February…the results weren’t exactly what I’d hoped for, but it was still a great experience.
  • Visit a psychicDone…on October 18th.  I got some very specific predictions, but I haven’t seen any come true just yet.
  • Spend a day lying in a hammock reading and napping – It wasn’t a hammock…but it fulfilled the spirit of the item.
  • Take a walk in the rain
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Build a snowman
  • Color an entire coloring book – I got an awesome coloring book and a huge box of crayons and colored pencils for my birthday, so this will be finished soon.
  • Carve a pumpkin
  • Go on a date with J once per month
  • See 3 Broadway showsI saw Elf on 12/4/10, The Motherfucker in the Hat on 5/31/11 and Wicked on 11/15/11
  • Go to 5 concerts – 2down…Jay-Z and Eminem on 9/14/10, Sarah McLachlan on 1/12/11, Aerosmith on 7/24/12…I’ve got tickets to see The Rolling Stones and Maroon 5 coming up!
  • Dress up for HalloweenCompleted 10/31/10
  • Buy a completely impractical dress just because I love it
  • Throw a party
  • Go out dancing
  • Watch season 1 of Mad Men, Glee and Arrested DevelopmentDone!  Finished Glee last week.  I’ve already discussed my love of Mad Men…and this week I’m going to tell you just why I love Glee so much.
  • Go to a midnight movie premiereCompleted 11/19/10 when I went to the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Celebrate Champagne Friday every week for 1 month
  • Shoot a gun at a shooting range
  • Play hooky from work one day for no reasonDid this at the beginning of September…it was fabulous.
  • Attend a taping of a TV show
  • Take the pastry class at ICECompleted 10/8/10…which you can read about here or here or here
  • Cook my way through a cookbook
  • Create a signature cupcake
  • Put together a recipe book from all the random recipes in the kitchen
  • Give a copy of that recipe book to someone as a gift
  • Write a blog post about each item I complete on the list
  • Write a new 101 list

I was excited to cross so many things off the list recently…but then I counted and I realized that I have so many more things to do and only 6 months in which to do them!  I’m a little concerned that I’m not going to finish…but I’m really going to try and I’m going to be really busy in the next few months.

I’ll keep you posted…