101 Things to Do in 1001 Days – 1 year update!

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I can’t believe it’s been a year since I created and implemented this list. I think I’ve made some good progress in some areas, while others are woefully neglected. (Yeah, that “well-executed pushup” isn’t happening…yet.) Keeping track of things I want to accomplish by using lists seems to be the only thing that ever works for me. Perhaps for my next public list I should add stuff like “keep my rose garden looking reasonable” as opposed to the way it looks at the moment. But that’s for another time. At any rate, here’s how I’ve done so far. Any suggestions for ways to complete the list are always welcome! And if you’d like to join me in completing any of these, I’d love it.

101 in 1,001

READING/WRITING

  1.       Join a book club
  2.       Put together lunch cookbook
  3.       Blog twice a week for 3 months
  4.       Organize writing samples
  5.       Go through all the blogging pins I’ve  saved on Pinterest
  6.       Read 35 books
    1.   Still Life with Breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlen
    2.   The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
    3. Small Victories by Anne Lamott
    4. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
    5. China Dolls by Lisa See
    6. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
    7. The Children’s Crusade by Ann Packer
    8. Delicious! By Ruth Reichl
    9. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
    10. The World on a Plate by Mina Holland
    11. The Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo
    12. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
    13. Unstoppable by Bill Nye
    14. Dune by Frank Herbert
    15. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
    16. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
    17. The Martian by Andy Weir
    18. The Necklace by Cheryl Jarvis

COOKING

  1.       Try 5 new veggies/fruits from the farmer’s market (Romano beans, Dragon Fruit, Sea Beans, Stinging Nettles (in soup),
  2.       Learn to make dumplings (dim sum)
  3.       Make Cioppino 3/21/16
  4.   Make/can chow chow
  5.   Make a new-for-me cocktail once a month for 12 months (Hanukkah Champagne Cocktail, New Year’s Antioxidant Cocktail, Chocolate Martini, Midori Margarita, Moscow Mule, Pimm’s Cup, St. Germain Cocktail,
  6.  Make tamales 2/10/16
  7.  Make mozzarella cheese with Elaine 12/22/15

CULTURE

  1.   Go to the Schulz Museum
  2.   Go to the Steinbeck Museum 6/21/15
  3.   Go to the Computer History Museum
  4.   Visit art museum in Santa Clara
  5.   Visit the Jewish Museum in SF
  6.   Visit the DeYoung museum
  7.   See 3 concerts (Kelly Clarkson/Pentatonix, 2 Cellos,
  8.   See 5 local bands play live (Sage, Ric Hines and the Ones, Tortilla Soup, OTR, Misspent Youth )

TECHNICAL GEEKERY

  1. Consolidate all digital photos onto one computer
  2.  Back up all digital photos onto external hard drive
  3.  Back up all digital photos onto Flickr
  4.  Create yearly photo albums (snapfish?)
  5.   iPhone photo course
  6.  Learn iPhone editing software
  7. Get all files off rosebridge and onto laptop
  8. Update LinkedIn profile
  9. Get all blog plugins to work properly

PARTY

  1. Host a tapas party
  2.  Host a sushi dinner party
  3.  Host a dinner for cul-de-sac neighbors
  4.  Host a paella party
  5. Organize VRS reunion

SELF IMPROVEMENT

  1. Do one really well executed push up
  2.   Walk a 10K for charity
  3.   Squat and balance on balls of feet and then stand up again
  4.   Learn Spanish (conversational)
  5.   Learn to swim (better)
  6.   Learn to jump a car battery
  7.   Learn to use a power drill
  8.   Try all the workouts I’ve saved on Pinterest
  9.   Take another archery class
  10.   Finish a crossword puzzle
  11.   Learn to play Charlie Brown song on the piano

OUTINGS

  1.   Try 4 new restaurants in SF
  2.   Go to Passport Day in the Santa Cruz Mountains
  3.   Visit Alice’s Restaurant
  4.   Explore places from Hwy 17 book
  5.   Tour the Recycling Center (2/18/15 – video tour)
  6.   Go to a wine/painting class (11/22/15)
  7.   See the elephant seals at Ano Nuevo
  8.   Explore a garden I’ve never been to (Chihuly Gardens 4/7/16)
  9.   Romantic dinner at Bella Vista (closed)
  10.   Try 5 new restaurants with new-to-me ethnicities Belgian (Mussel Bar), Vietnamese (Xanh), Afghan (Kabul), (Burmese? Moroccan? Ethiopian? Nepalese? Filipino? Peruvian?

TRAVEL

  1.   Plan Napa or Sonoma weekend
  2.   Have a romantic dinner in Paris with LJ
  3.   Implement Napa or Sonoma weekend 12/26-12/27/15
  4. Plan a road trip on Route 66 with Margo

CRAFTY BITS

  1.   Make a table runner for the 4th of July
  2.   Make a table runner for Spring
  3.   Make a table runner for Valentine’s Day
  4.   Learn to use serger
  5.   Make backyard travel signage
  6.   Finish ancient embroidery project

SPORTING EVENTS

  1.   See the Penguins play in person (12/1/15)
  2.    See the Orioles play in person again
  3.    See a soccer game in person

HOUSE/GARDEN

  1.   Sand down/refurbish deck
  2.   Get serial numbers off 2 fans and contact Casablanca
  3.   Clean out closets
  4.   Look into Vonage versus Magicjack
  5.   Get rid of swing set and old stairs 6/11/15
  6.   Investigate laundry to landscape (greywater) Currently not cost cost effective
  7.   Investigate rainwater irrigation for rose garden
  8.   Redo corner of the yard
  9.   Create outdoor movie space
  10.   Get a dust buster for the living room

MEDIA

  1.   Watch Breaking Bad
  2.   Watch Game of Thrones
  3.   Watch House of Cards
  4.   Watch Orange is the New Black
  5.   See all academy award nominees before the 2016 awards
  6.   Watch a TED talk (Why Some of us Don’t Have One True Calling)
  7.   Watch 5 documentary films
  8.   Find and watch 5 televised concerts (Pete Townshend’s Quadrophenia)

NOT FOR ME

  1.   Perform 10 random acts of spoilage
  2.   Donate blood
  3.   Find large print word searches for Mom 7/14/15

REALLY RANDOM STUFF

  1.   Replace the zipper pulls on all the luggage
  2.   Trying using a diffuser at night (10/29/15)
  3.   Fix pearl earrings    
  4.   Find the most ridiculously named nail polish and try it (Hands Off My Kielbasa)
  5.   Bake cookies with friends’ kids
  6.   Get a new bathing suit 6/1/15
  7.   Send in 23 me test 6/15/15
  8.   Find a new board game to play
  9.   Do some genealogical research (talk to cousins Alan and David)
  10.   Create a flower arrangement a month for 6 months

GOOD FOR THE SOUL

101.     Attend Friday night services twice a month for 3 months  

 

I’d LOVE to know what you think of all of this! Please feel free to send comments!

101 Things to Do in 1001 Days – 6 Month Update

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Those of you who know me well know of my pathological need to create lists and cross things off them. This is a trait I inherited from my dad. I come from a long line of list makers, and the rush that I get from crossing items off my To Do lists is indescribable. About 6 months ago, I posted a list of 101 Things to Do in 1001 Days. I figured it was time to report back on what I HAVE been able to accomplish. How am I doing?

Crossed-out text indicates a completed task (some of them have completion dates next to them. Sorry for the inconsistency). Items added in blue are parts or the entirety of sub-lists, which should be fairly apparent. I am hopeful that with the start of the new year, I can make some real headway on the rest. (The holiday season is a total wash that way. I’m lucky if I can get laundry done!)

READING/WRITING

  1.       Join a book club
  2.       Put together lunch cookbook
  3.       Blog twice a week for 3 months
  4.       Read 35 books
    1.   Still Life with Breadcrumbs
    2.   The Good Luck of Right Now
    3.   Small Victories
    4.   The Invention of Wings
    5.   China Dolls
    6. After the Flood
    7. The Children’s Crusade
    8. Delicious!
  5.       Organize writing samples
  6.       Go through all the blogging pins I’ve saved on Pinterest

Cooking

  1.    Try 5 new veggies/fruits from the farmer’s market (Romano beans,
  2.    Learn to make dumplings (dim sum)
  3.    Make Cioppino
  4.   Make/can chow chow
  5.   Make a new-for-me cocktail once a month for 12 months
  6.   Make tamales
  7.   Make mozzarella cheese with Elaine

CULTURE

  1.   Go to the Schulz Museum
  2.   Go to the Steinbeck Museum 6/21/15
  3.   Go to the Computer History Museum
  4.   Visit art museum in Santa Clara
  5.   Visit the Jewish Museum in SF
  6.   Visit the DeYoung museum
  7.   See 3 concerts (Kelly Clarkson/Pentatonix,
  8.   See 5 local bands play live (Sage, Ric Hines and the Ones, Tortilla Soup, OTR, Misspent Youth )

PARTY

  1.   Host a tapas party
  2.   Host a sushi dinner party
  3.   Host a dinner for cul-de-sac neighbors
  4.   Host a paella party
  5.   Organize VRS reunion

SELF-IMPROVEMENT

  1.   Do one really well executed push up
  2.   Walk a 10K for charity
  3.   Squat and balance on balls of feet and then stand up again
  4.   Learn Spanish (conversational)
  5.   Learn to swim (better)
  6.   Learn to jump a car battery
  7.   Learn to use a power drill
  8.   Try all the workouts I’ve saved on Pinterest
  9.   Take another archery class
  10.   Finish a crossword puzzle
  11.   Learn to play Charlie Brown song on the piano

OUTINGS

  1.   Try 4 new restaurants in SF
  2.   Go to Passport Day in the Santa Cruz Mountains
  3.   Visit Alice’s Restaurant
  4.   Explore places from Hwy 17 book
  5.   Tour the Recycling Center
  6.   Go to a wine/painting class (11/22/15)
  7.   See the elephant seals at Ano Nuevo
  8.   Explore a garden I’ve never been to
  9.   Romantic dinner at Bella Vista (closed)
  10.   Try 5 new restaurants with new-to-me ethnicities Belgian (Mussel Bar) (Burmese? Moroccan? Ethiopian? Nepalese?

TRAVEL

  1.   Plan Napa or Sonoma weekend
  2.   Have a romantic dinner in Paris with LJ
  3.   Implement Napa or Sonoma weekend
  4.   Plan a road trip on Route 66 with Margo

TECHNICAL GEEKERY

  1.   Consolidate all digital photos onto one computer
  2.   Back up all digital photos onto external hard drive
  3.   Back up all digital photos onto Flickr
  4.   Create yearly photo albums (snapfish?)
  5.   iPhone photo course
  6.   Learn iPhone editing software
  7.   Get all files off rosebridge and onto laptop
  8.   Update LinkedIn profile
  9.   Get all blog plugins to work properly

CRAFTY BITS

  1.   Make a table runner for the 4th of July
  2.   Make a table runner for Spring
  3.   Make a table runner for Valentine’s Day
  4.   Learn to use serger
  5.   Make backyard travel signage
  6.   Finish ancient embroidery project

SPORTING EVENTS

  1.   See the Penguins play in person (12/1/15)
  2.   See the Orioles play in person again
  3.   See a soccer game in person

HOUSE/GARDEN

  1.   Sand down/refurbish deck
  2.   Get serial numbers off 2 fans and contact Casablanca
  3.   Clean out closets
  4.   Look into Vonage versus Magicjack
  5.   Get rid of swing set and old stairs 6/11/15
  6.   Investigate laundry to landscape (greywater) Currently not cost cost effective
  7.   Investigate rainwater irrigation for rose garden
  8.   Redo corner of the yard
  9.   Create outdoor movie space
  10.   Get a dust buster for the living room

MEDIA

  1.   Watch Breaking Bad
  2.   Watch Game of Thrones
  3.   Watch House of Cards
  4.   Watch Orange is the New Black
  5.   See all academy award nominees before the 2016 awards
  6.   Watch a TED talk
  7.   Watch 5 documentary films
  8.   Find and watch 5 televised concerts (Pete Townshend’s Quadrophenia,

NOT FOR ME

  1.   Perform 10 random acts of spoilage
  2.   Donate blood
  3.   Find large print word searches for Mom 7/14/15

REALLY RANDOM STUFF

  1.   Replace the zipper pulls on all the luggage
  2.   Trying using a diffuser at night (10/29/15)
  3.   Fix pearl earrings    
  4.   Find the most ridiculously named nail polish and try it (Hands Off My Kielbasa)
  5.   Bake cookies with friends’ kids
  6.   Get a new bathing suit 6/1/15
  7.   Send in 23 me test 6/15/15
  8.   Find a new board game to play
  9.   Do some genealogical research (talk to cousins Alan and David)
  10.   Create a flower arrangement a month for 6 months

GOOD FOR THE SOUL

101.Attend Friday night services twice a month for 3 months  

So what do you think? How are you coming with YOUR To Do lists? Got any suggestions for how I can make better headway on these? I’d love to hear from you.

Cocktail of the month (June): Summer Solstice Dawn

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I’m very much a Cosmo kind of girl. I love fruity cocktails with beautiful colors. But sometimes I want to try something a little different. In the course of my Internet travels I stumbled upon a fantastic site: thisgirlwalksintoabar.com. It covers all sorts of cocktails, and one that really struck my eye just so happened to be appropriate for June and the Summer Solstice. Plus, it’s pink and fruity, so what’s not to love?

Here’s what you need for this summery libation:

077Note: the original recipe called for Patron Reposado. I didn’t have that, so I used Silver. I suspect that Reposado would impart a more mellow flavor.

Another thing I learned with this cocktail is that having just the right size of barware is really helpful. Apparently I lack the proper size of highball glass! Fortunately I am not too proud to just experiment with different sized glasses, and if the end result is a little too large, what the heck. The drink is still beautiful and delicious.

078(Should have known just from the 1/2 shot of Grenadine that this highball glass was going to be too small. But I had to try to add all the other ingredients and fail in an epic manner before giving up and finding another glass.)

Also note that the color of mine might be a tiny bit different than the end result because the only grapefruit juice I could find at my local store was Ruby Red. I suspect the cocktail might have turned out a little more orange if I had used regular grapefruit juice.

Despite all of these issues, the drink tasted really nice. Very summery, very fruity, not too sweet. Perfect for a gathering of friends. I suspect the Reposado might have made it even better than the Silver Tequila, but sometimes you just have to use what you’ve got around. (I now have a several year supply of grapefruit juice, in zip-top bags holding 1 cup each, in my freezer. Just in case.)

Here’s the recipe:

 

Cocktail of the month (June): Summer Solstice Dawn
 
Fruity and summery, this cocktail is great for the warm-weather months.
Author:
Recipe type: cocktail
Ingredients
  • 2 oz. Patron Silver
  • ½ oz. Grenadine
  • 1 oz. Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 oz. Orange Juice
  • Champagne
Instructions
  1. Add crushed ice to a glass. Then add to that glass the following, in order: grenadine, tequila, grapefruit juice, orange juice, and top with however much champagne you like. You will probably notice the beautiful colors of the dawn sky in your glass! Stir, if you like.

Happy Summer Solstice (a little late)!

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101 Things to Do in 1001 Days

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Darling Elder Daughter found a blog recently that is right up our OCD list-making alleys,over at Design Darling. The idea is that the list is sort of a combination short term bucket list and To Do list. For list makers like me, this is a phenomenal idea. I get all sorts of perverse pleasure merely by crossing accomplishments off a list. And given the sheer quantity of lists I generate, this one might actually keep me on track.

Note that there are other folks out there who are doing the same sort of 100 in 1001 lists, so there’s a lot of inspiration you can find out there for your own. Here’s mine. I’m really looking forward to making some real accomplishments happen. In no particular order…

Start Date: May 27, 2015
End Date: February 21, 2018

READING/WRITING

  1. Join a book club
  2. Put together lunch cookbook
  3. Blog twice a week for 3 months
  4. Read 35 books
  5. Organize writing samples
  6. Go through all the blogging pins I’ve saved on Pinterest

FOOD

  1. Try 5 new veggies/fruits from the farmer’s market
  2. Learn to make dumplings (dim sum)
  3. Make Cioppino
  4. Make/can chow chow
  5. Make a new-for-me cocktail once a month for 12 months
  6. Make tamales
  7. Make mozzarella cheese with Elaine

CULTURE

  1. Go to the Schulz Museum
  2. Go to the Steinbeck Museum
  3. Go to the Computer History Museum
  4. Visit art museum in Santa Clara
  5. Visit the Jewish Museum in SF
  6. Visit the DeYoung museum
  7. See 3 concerts
  8. See 5 local bands play live

PARTY

  1. Host a tapas party
  2. Host a sushi dinner party
  3. Host a dinner for cul-de-sac neighbors
  4. Host a paella party
  5. Organize Virtual Rose Society reunion

SELF-IMPROVEMENT

  1. Do one really well executed push up
  2. Walk a 10K for charity
  3. Squat and balance on balls of feet and then stand up again
  4. Learn Spanish (conversational)
  5. Learn to swim (better)
  6. Learn to jump a car battery
  7. Learn to use a power drill
  8. Try all the workouts I’ve saved on Pinterest
  9. Take another archery class
  10. Finish a crossword puzzle
  11. Learn to play Charlie Brown song on the piano

OUTINGS

  1. Try 4 new restaurants in SF
  2. Go to Passport Day in the Santa Cruz Mountains
  3. Visit Alice’s Restaurant
  4. Explore places from Hwy 17 book (Holy City, etc.)
  5. Tour the SMART Station (Recycling Center)
  6. Go to a wine/painting class
  7. See the elephant seals at Ano Nuevo
  8. Explore a garden I’ve never been to
  9. Romantic dinner at Bella Vista
  10. Try 5 new restaurants with new-to-me ethnicities

TRAVEL

  1. Plan Napa weekend
  2. Have a romantic dinner in Paris with LJ
  3. Implement Napa weekend
  4. Plan a road trip on Route 66 with Margo

TECHNICAL GEEKERY

  1. Consolidate all digital photos onto one computer
  2. Back up all digital photos onto external hard drive
  3. Back up all digital photos onto Flickr
  4. Create yearly photo albums (snapfish?)
  5. iPhone photo course
  6. Learn iPhone editing software
  7. Get all files off rosebridge and onto laptop
  8. Update LinkedIn profile
  9. Get all blog plugins to work properly

CRAFTY BITS

  1. Make a table runner for the 4th of July
  2. Make a table runner for Spring
  3. Make a table runner for Valentine’s Day
  4. Learn to use serger
  5. Make backyard travel signage
  6. Finish ancient embroidery project

SPORTING EVENTS

  1. See the Penguins play in person
  2. See the Orioles play in person again
  3. See a soccer game in person

HOUSE/GARDEN

  1. Sand down/refurbish deck
  2. Get serial numbers off 2 fans and contact Casablanca
  3. Clean out closets
  4. Look into Vonage versus Magicjack
  5. Get rid of swing set and old stairs
  6. Investigate laundry to landscape (greywater)
  7. Investigate rainwater irrigation for rose garden
  8. Redo corner of the yard
  9. Create outdoor movie space
  10. Get a dust buster for the living room

MEDIA

  1. Watch Breaking Bad
  2. Watch Game of Thrones
  3. Watch House of Cards
  4. Watch Orange is the New Black
  5. See all Academy Award nominees before the 2016 awards
  6. Watch a TED talk
  7. Watch 5 documentary films
  8. Find and watch 5 televised concerts

NOT FOR ME

  1. Perform 10 random acts of spoilage
  2. Donate blood
  3. Find large print word searches for Mom

REALLY RANDOM STUFF

  1. Replace the zipper pulls on all the luggage
  2. Trying using a diffuser at night
  3. Fix pearl earrings
  4. Find the most ridiculously named nail polish and try it
  5. Bake cookies with friends’ kids
  6. Get a new bathing suit
  7. Send in 23 me test
  8. Find a new board game to play
  9. Do some genealogical research (talk to cousins Alan and David)
  10. Create a flower arrangement a month for 6 months

GOOD FOR THE SOUL

101.Attend Friday night services twice a month for 3 months

I’ll keep you posted. How about you – what’s on YOUR list?

The Homeowner’s Lament…

Oh irrigation system, how do I hate thee? Let me count the ways:

You clog in ways that make no sense.

You leak in areas I can’t even get to.

Your emitters break at the drop of a hat.

You surprise me with increased water bills, even when I check to make sure that everything is running “properly.”

Your tubing is nonstandard, and therefore a pain in the neck to replace.

Your pop-up sprinklers may pop up but not actually disperse water.

Or they may not even pop up at all.

Because I depend on you so much (since we don’t get rain for 6 months out of the year), I can’t just move plants around as I see fit. I have to move YOU around too.

You are unfortunately an all-too-necessary bane of my existence.

I had already come to grips with the all the home maintenance issues I need to deal with and haven’t until now (thank goodness for a contractor across the street). Soon we will replace an exterior door and part of a wall (termite/water damage, anyone?), replace all the electrically-connected smoke detectors (they are long out of warranty), finish installing a new screen door, and a few other  items around the house. I’d prepared myself for that. It’s frustrating that we’ve reached the point in our lives where household repairs aren’t nearly as easy for us as they used to be (and some things I could never do, like deal with electrical stuff). So now we get to hire more people. I suppose I could rationalize that we’ve paid our dues when we were younger and took care of all sorts of stuff ourselves, so now we’ve earned the opportunity to be able to hire others to do the difficult stuff. Sure I can. But it almost feels a little like defeat. Heck, and because I’m shrinking, I even have more trouble getting the filters out of the heat/air conditioning registers in the house because they are well over my head.

But I’d accepted all those things. And then I heard a little too much water from the irrigation system this morning. So I figured I’d better do a run-through of the yard and see what was wrong. I should have stayed in the kitchen.

There are approximately 5 leaks in the front yard. This means I have to dig up the yard in the wrongfully-wet spots just to see if I can figure out how to fix it. (Did I mention how much I hate dealing with irrigation issues?)

Then there’s the lawn sprinklers. Fortunately they are mostly ok, but one pop-up doesn’t dispense any water. I am guessing it’s clogged; I have to figure out how to take it apart, clean it out, and put it back together again. But there’s one zone of pop-ups that doesn’t even come ON, and yet I can hear water running. Oh joy and delight.

There are two areas of the yard where I can’t even see what the irrigation is doing. I’d pretty much have to hack plants back and dig around just to see if all is well. That’s going to get done LAST.

So much for my trying to plan for some landscaping upgrades. I had so hoped that come October (when the rains come), I’d be able to fix up one corner of the yard where I have a tree and a garden bench, and the edging along the lawn where I have some overgrown plants. Maybe in December. Maybe next year.

Maybe I’ll just go watch the football game.