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101 in 1001

The first page of my 2009 journal reads “1-1-09: Happy 2009.” It was a new year, I was in a new region, and I just signed a new contract for work. It was all new. And on the third of January, I wrote a list. Apparently,

“Today I read about an awesome idea on a blog. 101 in 1001. make a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days, which is about 2.75 years. Here I go: 101 things to do in 1001 days.”

As you read over my list, it’s important to remember that a few of the items on the list were added at a point in time when plans were made;  dates were set, dresses were purchased & deposits were paid [#2].  Honeymoons discussed, & compromises settled [#1]. I was in a relationship I thought would last forever [#67]. With someone who knew my crazy innocent romance dreams [#63].

All that to say – I don’t care.  101 in 1001 sounds so much better than 97 in 1001.  [& if I manage to cross off all but four of these items before October 2, 2011, I’ll feel pretty damn accomplished.] update: my friend Megan suggested that I cross off the stuff that was on my list in accordance to my previous engagement and wedding plans, and add new things that I want to do.  I agree that this is a great idea. So I did.

1. [formerly: visit Disney World] Watch a concert at Freedom Park
2. [formerly: get married]  Write a fictional short story
3. get a new cell phone
4. buy a stranger coffee
5. get a pedicure
6. go to a wine tasting
7. leave a $20 tip on a meal less than $20 in cost
8. get a passport
9. push a baby in a stroller
10. fund a Roth IRA
11. go to a karaoke bar
12. watch My Fair Lady
13. drive my own car
14. knit a scarf
15. bake a real apple pie from scratch
16. have a homemade Christmas
17. take a class/lessons
18. wear a tie
19. find a doctor to call “my doctor”
20. send a card to a random address
21. go to a MLB game
22. vacation at the Nation’s capitol
23. make a blanket for Isabel, my friends’ baby girl
24. spend a full hour in silent meditation
25. catch a fish
26. get a personal computer
27. make a necklace
28. make homemade ice cream
29. see a live comic show
30. visit a zoo
31. wear red lip color
32. see off-Broadway musical
33. eat sushi
34. go to NY State Museum
35. go skiing
36. create secret handshake
37. go to a reading by a published author
38. stand in Times Square
39. [formerly: visit PCC] One Week TV Free
40. play bingo
41. toss a football
42. feed the homeless
43. make fresh salsa
44. 10K
45. dance the night away
46. buy self a decent piece of jewelry
47. go hiking
48. get a raise
49. make a wreath
50. drink wine & read the Bible
51. get a bed
52. volunteer to decorate
53. sleep under the stars
54. see a 3D movie
55. re-memorize the US Presidents in numerical order
56. watch Gone with the Wind
57. read Catcher in the Rye
58. paint on canvas
59. [formerly: visit Michael’s favorite orphanage in Mexico]  Get a small apartment pet
60. learn to fold a fitted sheet
61. bob for apples
62. eat fresh cotton candy
63. kiss on a Ferris wheel
64. decorate Christmas tree with paper
65. eat jiffy pop near a campfire
66. find a local best girl friend
67. [formerly: take Michael to Vegas]  Visit Moorhead, MN
68. send special surprise to special friend
69. wear pajamas to the movies
70. tie dye
71. share my thoughts on Jesus with a stranger
72. mix fresh lemonade
73. see another Badger game live (planning has begun)
74. play euchre
75. carve a pumpkin
76. give a toast
77. jump on a trampoline
78. donate blood
79. have a picnic in the park
80. read Captivating, again
81. read Wild at Heart, again
82. wear a ribbon in my hair
83. chew watermelon Bubblicious
84. go sledding
85. have a water balloon fight
86. buy a GOOD pair of shoes
87. make fudge
88. drink a milkshake with two straws
89. subscribe to Martha Stewart Living
90. Drink Jamba Juice
91. make a snowman
92. go a month without eating out
93. ride a horse
94. paint a wall
95. make truffles
96. pick berries
97. wear a smoky eye
98. watch a parade in person
99. play hopscotch
100. participate in benefit run/walk
101. fly a kite

19 Comments leave one →
  1. Danielle permalink
    May 14, 2010 2:44 pm

    I could totally help you out with a bunch of these–I have an awesome apple pie, pie crust, salsa AND truffle recipe! AND…I’ll have a baby you can push in a stroller by the end of the year! Plus, Audrey Hepburn is my favorite actress, so I would have no problem helping you watch MY Fair Lady… We should get together sometime… 🙂

    • May 14, 2010 5:39 pm

      we SHOULD get together sometime 🙂 so much goodness.

      [also, you could teach me how to buy these cookies i can’t stop purchasing. ahem.]

  2. Danielle permalink
    May 14, 2010 2:44 pm

    P.S. I think I want to make a list like this with Jesse!

  3. June 19, 2010 5:40 pm

    Love your blog. I’m going to make a list like this that I can follow. Hmmm, must think.

    Just Me

  4. Megan Orcholski permalink
    July 1, 2010 5:56 pm

    Yeah, seriously. A week in MN would have half of these crossed off (I am one heck of a kit flyer and my family has a killer fudge recipe. I also draw a mean hopscotch board). I think that you should be able to get rid of the one’s you don’t want to accomplish anymore and replace them with things you do. (why would you keep something on your 101 list that you don’t want to accomplish anymore?)
    For example:
    2. Get married becomes 2. Run a Half Marathon.
    67. Take Michael to Vegas becomes 67. Go on vacation with Megan (London?)

    Also, you can cross Jamba off! 🙂

    (you know that now that I’m reading your blog I’m going to comment incessantly, right?)

    • July 3, 2010 8:46 am

      i really really really like the idea of replacing the things i dont want to do anymore. that is SUCH a brilliant move. Thanks, Meg 🙂

  5. July 7, 2010 5:25 pm

    I could totally help you with some of these. And I’m semi local 🙂

  6. July 19, 2010 9:26 pm

    Hi Heather, I just came across your blog today and really like it. It’s unique, and you seem very adventurous 🙂 I’m gonna keep reading!

  7. WorkTodd permalink
    September 3, 2010 10:10 pm

    Jiminy Cricket! Please let me help!!?? #35, #74 & maybe #33 again – so good!! Yuppers, it is official – you are WAY cool! And #78 – just found a place nearby. Buddy-system? And ask me about #37 – I know a guy… (so do you – might not realize it though)

  8. September 6, 2010 1:10 pm

    Wow! What a list! Looks like you’re one busy gal 🙂
    Keep crossing items of that list and watch yourself work on the next one!!

  9. September 7, 2010 6:34 pm

    You are awesome so you deserve an award. Find it on this post.

  10. September 12, 2010 4:28 pm

    This list is awesome!

    By “Badger game”, I’m assuming you mean Badger football, correct? I can’t say I’ve been to one of those, but I have seen several Badger hockey games. 🙂

    • September 27, 2010 10:59 pm

      Yes! Badger Football is my FAVORITE sporting event EVER. (although, I am generally a fan of most sports – ESPECIALLY when the UW Badgers are involved!) GO, BUCKY!!!!!

  11. Ali permalink
    September 13, 2010 9:34 pm

    Hey Heather! I love your blog- I just found it through Tina’s…are you still living in Madison? I am a current resident. I could maybe help you out with #73 🙂
    I really love the way your blog isnt the typical HLB’s out there- kudos lady!

    • September 13, 2010 9:45 pm

      Hey, Ali!

      Thanks for the comment. I’m not in Madison any long, but my dear friend Kelly of is!! you should check out her blog for sure!

      Also – I hope to meet you the next time I come to town for a visit!

      xo- Heather


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