A 101 List Update…

Since I have just over a year left to complete my 101 in 1001 list, I thought I should do an update so you could see where I’ve made progress and where I’m sort of slacking off. 

I’ve gotten 26 items down and I’m currently working on another 18.  I’m really close to planning a trip soon that will let me cross off five items in three days…and I’ve bought some Groupons recently that will help me accomplish another 3. 

When I started this project I really thought 1001 days was a long time.  It’s not as long as it seems at first.  Especially when I have so many items left to do and less than 400 days to finish! 

Here’s where I am now…

  1. Send someone flowers for no reasonCompleted 1/11/12…sent flowers to my cousin Marybeth just because she’s awesome.
  2. Pay for a strangers meal at a drive-through – Completed 9/3/10…read about it here.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.
  5. Travel to 5 places I’ve never been – 4 down…Savannah, GA…Edmonton, AB, Canada…Lexington KY…and Macon, GA…1 more to go and I have a really good idea of who I want to go see…
  6. Take a road trip alone
  7. Take a walking tour of NYC
  8. Visit the Statue of LibertyDone during the Shana/Ally NYC extravaganza.
  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 NaBloPoMoDone!  Finished on 11/30/11
  16. Redesign my blogThe new design went live on 11/6/11!
  17. Comment on every blog post I read for one weekCompleted on 3/27/11
  18. 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.
  19. Refinish a piece of furniture – In progress…working on re-doing my kitchen set…pictures to follow.
  20. Use my sewing machine…finally
  21. Take a photography classCompleted…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 – I started this on April 1st.  It’s been more work than I thought it would be, but I have some really great shots.
  24. Create a monthly scrapbook every month for 1 year
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. Create an emergency kit for both houses
  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 – In progress…joined Jenny Craig in Feb 2011 and after a brief hiatus, I’m back on the program.
  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 – 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.
  35. 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!
  36. Go 1 month without making a non-essential purchase March was my month and it was pretty successful.
  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 – 4 down…The Ellis Island Museum, The Discovery Times Square Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Sex (which was so interesting…next week I’m going to The American Museum of Natural History and I’ll cross this item off the list!
  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 monthI started this back in April and it’s lasted much longer than a month.
  46. Write a will and advanced medical directive
  47. Write “in case of death” letters
  48. Pick a day to perform random acts of kindness
  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 – Completed 1/11/12
  52. Answer the “50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind” – Done…you can read the answers here.
  53. Go to the zoo in the spring to see the baby animalsCompleted on 5/31/11 with a trip to The Bronx Zoo
  54. Eat a meal alone in a restaurant
  55. Go to the movies alone 10 times
  56. Get a henna “tatoo” on my hands
  57. Get properly measured and buy 3 really good bras once per year – I actually went twice this year.
  58. Go to mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  59. 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.
  60. Get a bikini wax
  61. Purchase a 1 year subscription to the NY LotteryCompleted 11/22/10…I’ll let you know if I win!
  62. Reach 500 blog posts – Today’s post marks #483
  63. Do three more blog giveaways1st (apron), 2nd (12 days of Christmas, which I’m counting as one) and 3rd (Kiva card).
  64. Order room service
  65. Write a love letterDone on 8/26/11…I gave it to J for his birthday.
  66. 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.
  67. Buy myself a diamond ring (like Oprah’s pinky ring)
  68. 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!
  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 – In progress…72 down.
  73. Have a girls night once per month
  74. 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.
  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 – I got an awesome coloring book and a huge box of crayons and colored pencils for my birthday, so this will be finished soon.
  81. Carve a pumpkin
  82. Go on a date with J once per month
  83. See 3 Broadway shows – I saw Elf on 12/4/10, The Motherfucker in the Hat on 5/31/11 and Wicked on 11/15/11
  84. Go to 5 concerts – 2down…Jay-Z and Eminem on 9/14/10, Sarah McLachlan on 1/12/11, 3 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 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.
  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 reasonDid this at the beginning of September…it was fabulous.
  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

Do you think I’ll really be able to get all this done in a year?