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


  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


  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


  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 )


  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


  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


  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


  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?


  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


  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


  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


  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


  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)


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


  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


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!

Cocktail of the month: Robin’s New Year’s Antioxidant Cocktail


Each new year brings a plethora of resolutions about getting healthy via diet and/or exercise. I never, ever keep them, so I no longer bother making resolutions. But you’ll notice all sorts of commercials on tv, the Internet, you name it, that feature healthy eating. Bring on the kale, the celebrity-endorsed diet systems, the gym memberships, right? Nope. But I will concede, that foods rich in antioxidants are not only healthy, but taste good. So in the spirit (pun intended) of good intentions, here’s my take on a cocktail rich in antioxidants that can lessen your guilt…slightly.

This is based on a recipe from sweetpaulmag.com – with my modifications. You can find the original recipe here. Where are the antioxidants? They’re in the blueberries! They also make a gorgeously-colored cocktail.

If you can’t find Peach Punch (Minute Maid makes some), you could try using apple juice, or any type of slightly-sweet juice that suits your palate. Then you taste the fruit, not just sugar.

Also note that you can make up a bunch of the blueberry-infused juice, refrigerate it, and create your cocktail later on. I deliberately created this using frozen blueberries, since fresh blueberries aren’t that prevalent during the winter months.

Robin's New Year's Antioxidant Cocktail
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A lovely, fruity cocktail bursting with blueberry (antioxidant) goodness!
Recipe type: beverage
Serves: 1
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup Peach Punch
  • ½-1 oz. vodka (to taste)
  • ice
  • lemon slice
  1. Put blueberries and peach punch in a saucepan, bring to a boil.
  2. Simmer for 5 minutes, let cool.
  3. Strain liquid into a jar or glass.
  4. Add ice and vodka to a shaker, pour in blueberry liquid. Shake well.
  5. Pour into ice-filled glass. Garnish with lemon slice.



Cocktail of the month (June): Summer Solstice Dawn


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.
Recipe type: cocktail
  • 2 oz. Patron Silver
  • ½ oz. Grenadine
  • 1 oz. Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 oz. Orange Juice
  • Champagne
  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)!