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.

Chronic List-Making 101

I’m not entirely sure whether making lists is strictly learned behavior, or there’s actually some OCD genetic component at work. But I’ve got it, and I come from a long line of list makers.

My father was a superb list maker. He had lists all around the house, depending on the type of items on it. As a result, he was pretty organized, and excelled at labeling items as well. I still have boxes in my garage with his handwriting on them. And I vividly remember his ritual of transferring all important dates from the previous calendar to the current year’s. This didn’t just include birthdays and anniversaries, it also was important for when to schedule certain doctor appointments, scheduling various types of home or car maintenance, and even checking on when his CDs were to come due so that he’d be able to figure out what to do with them in plenty of time.

My sister also inherited this trait, and I recently found out that one of my first cousins is also a phenomenal list maker. My cousin is apparently the Queen of the Spreadsheet. I bow to her superior organizational skills.

But I’ve got this trait as well. And frankly, it’s saved me countless times. I’m not sure if there’s a cause and effect relationship to list making and absentmindedness, but I rely on my myriad of lists to help keep chaos at bay. My cubicle at work looks like that famous post-it note scene out of “A Beautiful Mind.” Yet my boss doesn’t care as long as it helps me do my work! I keep lists all over my house as well. Do YOU keep paper and pen next to your bed for when that Important Thing You Almost Forgot pops in your head? I do. (It’s also for jotting down those 800 numbers of those oh-so-important infomercials that I see when insomnia hits.) I keep several lists next to my computer – in particular the To Do list that is more long-term (update the Earthquake Box, expand the irrigation system, that sort of stuff). There’s also the more “immediate” To Do list, containing items like stopping at the grocery store on the way home, or putting up a white load in the wash.

Now for those of you who are now convinced that I’ve lost my mind, or those of you who don’t understand how all these lists can possibly be a good thing, let me introduce you to my two most-used lists. They both live on my refrigerator. One is the grocery list that is a magnetized pad, so that I can tear off sheets of paper each time I go to the grocery store for a big shop. Because let’s face it: I may live 5 blocks from the Safeway, but I really don’t need to go there multiple times a day because I’ve forgotten some critical ingredient for tonight’s dinner.

The other is the white board. I can’t take credit for this idea, I got it from our friends Anne and Bob. It has become an integral part of my daily life. On that, I list all sorts of stuff, like dinners for the week I plan to make (and thus shop for, reducing the chance that I’ll impulse purchase the entire store), or random tasks I need to get to, or leftovers I might forget to eat, or what produce is buried in the bins, etc. It’s also the place where I might use a bright color and circle a particular task that is of utmost importance (like water the neighbor’s plants when they’re away, or put out the trash). I’ve even got a Chinese food container filled with pens and white board markers held up with magnets on the fridge so that I can update these lists at a moment’s notice without having to scrounge for an appropriate writing implement.

Is this OCD? I’m not sure. But it works for me. And you have NO IDEA how liberating it is to cross something off the To Do list. I get a ridiculous amount of perverse pleasure in that. This can’t be completely normal.

Are YOU a chronic list maker? How does it help you manage your life? Please let me know; there must be more kindred spirits out there…