Jul 272012

I know I’ve done it before, but I never finished. So, I decided to start a new 101 things in 1001 days list. The main difference is that this time, these aren’t things I feel that I have to do. These are things that I need and want to do. I’m hoping that will make a difference and that I’ll finish the list.

I’ll be tracking my progress here on my blog and also at Day Zero. If anyone else decides to start a list (my whole two readers), please let me know in the comments – I’d love to follow your progress!

Here is my list:

  1. Return to Disney World
  2. Return to Vermont
  3. Visit a beach
  4. Find 100 things that make me happy
  5. Avoid fast food for a month
  6. Stop drinking soda for a month
  7. Visit a new place
  8. Visit the mountains in the fall
  9. Read a book each week
  10. Visit Niagara Falls
  11. Let my hair stylist do what she wants with my hair
  12. Lose 50 lbs
  13. Return to the reproductive endocrinologist
  14. Be confident in a bathing suit
  15. Have family photos taken
  16. Run a mile
  17. Complete Couch to 5k program
  18. Take a photography class
  19. Finish my wedding scrapbook
  20. Take a cake decorating class
  21. Get certified in CPR
  22. Landscape my yard
  23. Cook 50 new recipes
  24. Put $5 into savings for every day of this list
  25. Put $10 into savings for every goal completed
  26. Pay off my credit cards
  27. Donate to a local animal shelter
  28. Watch 50 films I’ve never seen before
  29. Find 10 new bands that I like
  30. Answer the “50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind”
  31. Complete a 365 day photo challenge
  32. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  33. Send a secret to PostSecret
  34. Read all of the Harry Potter books
  35. Start remodeling our house
  36. Make a recipe book
  37. Make homemade ice cream
  38. Make homemade household cleaners
  39. Go to 5 different museums
  40. Get a professional massage
  41. Take a picture for each letter of the alphabet
  42. Fly a kite
  43. Pay it forward
  44. Take a road trip with no set destination
  45. Go to a Renaissance Fair
  46. Complete the 30 Day Shred
  47. Beat a video game
  48. Learn 10 phrases in German
  49. Cook dinner every day for a week
  50. Keep a photo journal of my weight loss progress
  51. Learn 50 new things by clicking the random articles button on Wikipedia
  52. Build a sandcastle
  53. Find 50 quotes that inspire/motivate me
  54. Organize my house, room by room
  55. Visit a winery
  56. Visit Washington D.C. USA
  57. Make bread from scratch
  58. Clean out my email inbox(s)
  59. Make a Year in Pictures album
  60. Make my own jam
  61. Make my own spaghetti sauce
  62. Write all my bad memories on paper, burn this paper afterwards
  63. Make a list of 25 things I like about myself
  64. Go a week without junk food
  65. Plant a garden
  66. Try yoga
  67. Try Indian food
  68. Complete a 1000 piece puzzle
  69. Write a list of 100 things that make me angry
  70. Join Postcrossing.com and send 10 postcards
  71. Fulfill a Christmas wishlist through Salvation Army
  72. Buy “Your Life in Lists” and complete it
  73. Participate in Operation Beautiful (http://operationbeautiful.com)
  74. Complete NaBloPoMo
  75. Make a pie from scratch
  76. Make a cake from scratch
  77. Make wheat buns from scratch
  78. Visit 3 state parks
  79. Visit Gettysburg
  80. Visit the Zoo
  81. Give a handmade gift
  82. Make stepping stones for the yard
  83. Make my own coasters
  84. Take a picture of a lighthouse
  85. Make cheesecake from scratch
  86. Buy a little black dress
  87. Get my passport
  88. Make my own Christmas cards
  89. Get fitted for a bra
  90. Do the 200 sit-ups challenge (www.twohundredsitups.com)
  91. Do 50 consecutive push-ups
  92. Make homemade pierogies
  93. Finish my vacation 2012 scrapbook
  94. Watch a sunset on the beach
  95. Visit Phipps Conservatory
  96. Get 3 Donors Choose projects funded
  97. Attend a roller derby match
  98. Make 3 blankets to donate to Project Linus
  99. Make a weekly meal plan for 3 months, and stick to it
  100. Swim in the Shark Reef at Typhoon Lagoon
  101. Try 5 new restaurants
 Posted by at 2:59 pm
Jul 292011

Two and a half years ago, I decided to do a list of 101 things to complete in 1001 days.  I did manage to accomplish several things on that list, but life took over.  I was without a job and depressed about that and a few other personal issues.  I didn’t accomplish many of the simple things that I should have accomplished.  Every time I opened up the window to blog, I felt like it was failure staring me in the face.  So I just didn’t blog.  I didn’t open the website.  In the last two and a half years, I think I’ve looked at my website five or six times.  Most of what had me depressed is a little too personal to put on here, but suffice it to say that no matter how good a plan looks on paper, things just don’t always go as planned.  It’s very frustrating to be a planner (I always have been, even though I usually procrastinate when it comes to following through) and have things out of your control.  Things that should work, don’t always work, often with no obvious reason.  I think what I’ve learned the most in the last two and a half years is that no matter how much I want to have control over my life and my plans, sometimes I just need to sit back and relax.

Relaxing is something that has always been hard for me.  I’m a very high-strung person.  I worry about everything.  And I do mean EVERYTHING.  I also realize that if I don’t sit back and relax, it is eventually going to take a toll on my health.  So I’m working on it.  By no means am I going to completely stop worrying about everything – that would be completely out of my nature.  However, I am going to try my best to only worry about things that I truly need to worry about.  I’m hoping that by starting fresh with my blog, I’ll write here more often.  And by writing more often, I’m hoping it will help my stress level.

My 101 in 1001 list doesn’t “expire” until September, but I’m calling it quits for now.  I’m going to come up with a new list.  This time, I want the list to be more fun.  It shouldn’t be a chore or something that I feel I have to do.  It should be something I want to do.

That being said, here are some of the things off my old list that I did accomplish.

I met someone in real life that I’ve talked to online.  In May 2010, Jack and I took a somewhat spontaneous roadtrip to Tulsa, Oklahoma for a record release party.  Jack has talked to a member of the band for a long time, and was a member of a message board with this person.  After we met, I also became a member of the message board and talked to a lot of awesome people.  Many of those people made the trip to Oklahoma for the record release.  It was truly awesome and one of the most memorable moments of my life.

I sold something on ebay.  Actually, a few things.  That goal is pretty self-explanatory and I’m not sure why it was so important to me two and a half years ago.

I watched 50 movies.  This really wasn’t hard to accomplish seeing as how I was depressed and we have Starz, Encore, HBO, and Cinemax.

We got another kitten.  Two, in fact.  We got Matilda in August 2009 and Pocket in February 2011.  Altogether, with Delilah, that makes three cats.  Our house often feels like the middle of a stampede.  We also got two cat condos/perches for our girls.

Jack and I managed to go to Ocean City, Maryland in August 2010.  I’m not really sure how we pulled that of without me working.  We have also attended a few baseball games and have gone to the zoo.  We also had the opportunity to go see Trans-Siberian Orchestra before Christmas 2010.  And Jack has introduced me to the wonderful world of drive-in movies.  We’ve been to the drive-in several times and I don’t think I really have much of a desire to go to a regular movie theatre again, unless it’s a newer theatre.

As far as purchases, this is where we really accomplished a lot.  I got a Vermont Teddy Bear, a Tatty Teddy, a Cricut, the Sims 3, and the Prima Guides for Sims 1/Sims 2.  Out of necessity, we had to get a “new” car.  In January 2010, my car died on the way to work.  It wasn’t worth fixing so we had to get a new car.  And in March 2011, we got another car.  This time it wasn’t because we had to, it was because I finally had a steady job and we were able to replace the old car before it died.  And because of my new job, we also bought a king bed in April 2011.  We also bought a like-new DSLR camera that one of Jack’s friends sold for $150.

Beyond that, I didn’t accomplish much else.  I didn’t lose weight, I haven’t been watching what I eat, and I didn’t care too much about my health.  That is changing.  I bought an exercise bike, I’m following Weight Watchers, and the difference this time is that I am determined.  I need to stop feeling sorry for myself when the only person who can change it is me.

If you’ve managed to read this far, congratulations.  I don’t think my entries will typically be this long, but it really does feel good to get all of that off my chest.

 Posted by at 12:05 am