Eeek! There’s this trend: 101 things in 1001 days. The idea is to make a list of 101 things that you want to accomplish in 1001 days. The goals can range from very small (writing the list itself), to very big (go to Europe), but they have to be concrete. I read a friend’s list awhile ago and finally got around to making one myself. (Maybe the ‘small’ goal of writing the list was not as small as I originally suspected.)
Anyway, here’s my list! I’ll try to stick with it and update it as things are accomplished. Today is 27 August 2014 and in 1001 days it will be 24 May 2017. Holy mackerel. This feels exciting, overwhelming, and also kind of not really anything yet (as internet hopes and dreams often are).
Okay. Let’s gear down and do this.
Make 10 things from pinterest. (10/10 Sweet potato black bean casserole September 2014, Strawberry Vinegar Drink October 2014, Coleslaw October 2014, Berry Rosemary Cocktail October 2014, Sweet Dreams Baby Afghan November 2014, Da Bomb Deviled Eggs December 2014, 10-Minute Spinach Lasagna December 2014, DIY Pillowcase Tote December 2014, Fan and Feather Afghan February 2015, Crochet Grocery Bag February 2015)
02. Learn to change my oil.
03. Visit Glacier National Park.
04. Visit Yellowstone National Park.
05. Take a road trip along the (Washington/Oregon/California) coast.
06. Join an intramural ultimate frisbee league.
Write a new song (most recently The Long Goodbye).
Complete an arrangement for Seatown (I arranged one song on my own for Seatown during my tenure in the group — Turn it Around — and just recently helped a friend arrange the Chanukkah song Ma’oz Tzur. I’m counting that as complete.)
Crochet an afghan (technically I’ve crocheted two baby afghans, but I’m still working on my adult-sized one!) (Fan and Feather February 2015).
Knit something that is not a scarf (while this was originally designed to get me to knit a pair of socks, which I haven’t done, I’ve crocheted a bunch of octopi, a sweater, and multiple scarves, so I’m counting this one).
Go to a Mariner’s game (4/10/15).
Go to a Sounders game (10/4/15 — and they won!).
13. Complete a sprint triathlon.
Embrace a minimalist spirit and get rid of things I don’t need. (Clothes & old papers August 2014, at least 6 trash bags worth of donatables, 2 bags of trash & recycling each, and a carload of furniture! November 2014)
Floss every day for a month. (October 2014)
16. Bring my lunch to work every day for 2 weeks.
17. Make a big dinner once a week, freeze leftovers, eat those throughout the week… for one month.
18. Go on a bike trip.
19. Go camping (not in the winter).
20. Go on a backpacking trip.
Grow something (edible) in my garden and then eat it (spinach, rosemary, others?).
Ride on a motorcycle (technically it was a scooter, but it had two wheels, I wore a helmet, and held on for dear life; January 2015).
Officiate a wedding. (September 2014)
24. Do a photoshoot with someone (as the photographer).
25. Try a hot tub boat.
Keep a book club going for 5+ books (November 2014 marked the fifth meeting!).
Read The Count of Monte Cristo out loud with T (February 2015).
28. Acquire tools to make a marimba.
29. Make a marimba.
30. Visit every park in Seattle (3/417).
31. Practice mindfulness mediation at least 10 minutes a day for a month.
32. Publish a paper as a second author.
33. Publish a paper as a first author.
Finish my PhD (?!) (holy shit) (please be true) (12/9/16 thank fucking god).
35. Learn to make two cocktails well (let’s say one gin-based and one whiskey).
Store family and friends’ birthday info in useful some way (either in a contacts book, or digitally) (Birthday Sweet app October 2014).
37. Host a murder mystery party.
38. Participate in a scavenger hunt.
Re-read a book (To Kill a Mockingbird).
40. Go one month without shopping (for anything beyond necessities).
41. Read 5 biographies.
Learn to use Illustrator (created a poster and a resume in Illustrator November 2014).
Teach my own course (Fundamentals of Vision, Spring 2015).
44. Teach a course at a community college.
45. Travel to someplace in Europe.
46. Visit Hawaii.
Take a cruise to Alaska (June 26-July 3 2016!).
Run a 5k with my mom (I did not do this, to be clear, but I did run a 5k with a friend of mine and I did go on a run with my mom. So… I’m counting it!).
Run a 5k with my dad (Similarly, I went on a long [for me] run with my dad in September 2016 so I’m counting it!).
50. Play ultimate with my brother.
Move into a new apartment (December 1 2014!).
52. Commute to work by bike for a month.
Visit a friend in a different city (Becca and Joc labor day weekend 2016 in New York!).
54. Practice my french on Duolingo every day for 2 weeks.
Buy a water bottle that I really like. (October 2014)
Drink 2 full bottles of water from said water bottle daily for at least a week (October 2014).
Attend (or somehow create a small version of) my high school reunion (I’m gonna be a little loosey-goosey here again, but I saw a BUNCH of high school friends at a wedding this summer, so I think that should surely count).
See a therapist. (August 2014 & Ongoing!)
Think of 101 things. (Surprisingly difficult.) (August 2014)
Set it up so that leahbakst.com links here! (November 2014)
61. Finish the scrapbook from my trip to Israel.
62. Take pictures using 10 rolls of film (and get them developed).
63. Take a carpentry class.
64. Make my mom a calendar.
Attend a friend’s intramural sports game with posters and cheer (no posters, but made up for that by cheering super loud! Go local field potentials!).
66. Attend a Huskies basketball game.
Take a hip hop dance class (started in October 2014).
68. Take enough ballet to go on pointe.
69. Learn to develop film.
Make my bed every day for a month. (September 2014)
71. Make my own espresso drinks for a week.
Go without coffee for a week. (September 2014; getting sick helped with this, but I’ll take it)
73. Get up-to-date on my ‘board games to be blogged about’ list.
Learn to play Twilight Struggle.
Recruit a third person to try Damage Report with (3rd AND 4th players, September 2014).
76. Finish Myst.
77. Learn to drive stick.
Organize non-hung photos and store them in a reasonable way (September 2014).
79. Learn to do a handstand.
80. No snacks for a week.
81. Take a pottery class.
82. Take a trip with my mom.
83. Write a newsletter for T once every 2 weeks for 2 months (4 newsletters).
84. See all of the best film nominees for the oscars (5/8).
85. Attend an oscar party.
86. Go ice skating.
87. Go skinny dipping.
88. Read all of the books on my shelf.
89. See the aurora borealis.
Go tubing (as in, lazy river style).
91. Film at least one episode of my own news/science program.
92. Retake calculus (for free, online).
Complete the python course at codecademy.com. (October 2014)
94. Build an app.
95. Host an iron chef-type competition.
96. Host a ‘come as your middle/high school self’ party.
97. Learn to flip something (like an egg or pancake) in a pan (without a spatula!).
98. Make gefilte fish.
99. Make sourdough bread.
100. Make a list of 10 albums, and them really listen to them (no distractions).
101. Save $10 for each goal I meet.