101 in 1001

Why The 101?
I have been wanting to start a blog for months but worried I didn't have anything to write about. I stumbled upon a friends blog who just began this project. Being a fan of lists myself, I thought this would give me something to write about and it would be fun too!

The Challenge:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (i.e. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e. represent some amount of work on your part). I will document, as best I can, the completion of each task.

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple challenges such as New Year's resolutions or a 'Bucket List'. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.

My List
Start Date: January 9th, 2010

Completion Date: October 6th, 2012
Items that are struck out are completed
Items in italics are in progress

1) Start a blog
2) Make an article of clothing
3) Write a book review
4) Give a homemade gift
5) Create a photo book on Blurb.com
 6) Post something on Etsy
7) Make something out of wine corks

8) Memorize a verse in each book of the Bible (0/67)
Genesis 12:2 "You shall be a blessing"
9) Memorize 50 new verses (1/50)
Romans 5:8
10) Read the entire Bible
11) Join the 5 O'Clock Club and attempt the 28 Day Challenge

12) Make and send Valentine's Day cards
13) Buy a new dress and wear it Easter Sunday
14) Color Easter Eggs
15) Watch "It's a Wonderful Life" from beginning to end and try to gain a new appreciation for it
16) Make another Christmas video for my Grandparents
17) Build a snow man
18) Make and send Christmas cards
19) Go ice skating

20) Fill out a well researched March Madness Bracket
21) Finish the LOST Series
22) Learn to play poker
23) Enter a contest
24) Learn 5 new songs on the piano (0/5)
25) Get my hair cut with bangs
26) Try a new restaurant in ABQ once a month (2/34)
January: Nob Hill Bar and Grill
February: Mannie's Dinner
March: Five Guys Burgers and Fries
April: ??
May: ??
June: Albuquerque Tortilla Company
27) Apply to be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune
28) Learn to line dance
29) Read a Harry Potter book
30) Read "My Life in France" by Julia Child
31) Buy something off of Etsy
32) Try a Turducken
33) Try an egg cooked every way possible
34) Ride a moped
35) Find out how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop
36) Try all 31 flavors at Baskin Robins (1/31)
Rocky Road

37) Finish our Honeymoon Scrapbook
38) Make a new dish by myself every night for a week
39) Have a fondue night
40) Find something to put on the bare wall in our dinning room
Homemade Chalk Board
41) Make Hummus
42) Make a cobbler
43) Make all the dishes in my family recipe book
44) Bake a cake from scratch
45) Organize my closet once a year (0/3)
46) Host a Murder Mystery Party
47) Make Birthday, Thank you, Congratulations cards to have on hand
48) Learn to knit

49) Hike another 14,000 foot mountain
50) Go on a picnic
51) Go 2 stepping
52) Visit a state I have never been to
53) Go to a wine festival
54) Go somewhere I have never been in New Mexico
55) Visit the Grand Canyon
56) See a Ballet
57) Go on a bike ride
58) Ride on the Rail Runner
59) Go back to the Butchart Gardens in Victoria
60) Go to a Taylor Swift Concert
61) Visit a Napa Valley Winery

62) Call a family member/friend once a week just to visit
63) Have a guest in our house at least once a month (3/34)
64) Send 10 "thinking of you" cards (0/10)
65) Bake cookies and give them to our neighbors

66) Read an entire newspaper front to back
67) Read 3 Biographies (1/3)
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
68) Complete a USA Today puzzle section all by myself
69) Watch 3 Documentaries
70) Learn Conversational Spanish
71) Read 3 Historical books

72) Use an exercise ball as a chair at work for one month
73) Workout over my lunch break for two weeks straight
74) Do 10 push ups all at once
75) Run/walk a marathon
76) Get at least 10 hours of sleep everyday for a week
77) Go a week without caffeine

78) Write a love note
79) Plan an awesome surprise anniversary trip for my hubby and I
80) Actually pull off the surprise part
81) Buy sexy PJ's and throw out those old baggy shirts
82) Spend an entire weekend computer/internet free once a year (0/3)
83) Spend an entire day doing only what Matt wants to do
84) Read one book on marriage a year (1/3)
The 5 Love Languages

85) Get a make over
86) Spend a weekend by the pool
87) Get a professional massage
88) Order Room Service
89) Go to a real spa
90) Spend an afternoon at a book store
91) Get a pedicure

92) See Matt graduate from Law School
93) Get Pregnant
94) See my little brother get married

95) Get to work early everyday for a week
96) Earn a $300+ bonus
97) Discover 5 new pieces of business

98) Pay for a stranger's coffee
99) Donate an entire day to charity
100) Go an entire day without multi-tasking
101) Donate $1 for every task not completed