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I started my first 101 Things in 1001 Days list on 9/1/07 and actually finished a lot of it (although my list consisted of 55 things). Still, I got stuff done. That’s the point!

Today, I start a new/updated list. And I am posting it here with the intention of keeping it more in view of not only my eyes, but the eyes of the one or two readers I have. ;-0   So, I am holding myself accountable.

I will update weekly.

101 Things in 1001 Days  (12/1/08 – 8/29/11)

updated 6/5/2011


  1. Begin contributions to deferred comp plan again (done 4/23/10)
  2. Reach goal weight (27.4/47)
  3. Get rid of clothes I no longer wear/fit into/like (done 3/6/10)
  4. Get a full-body massage (done 4/10/10)
  5. Prepare a new will
  6. Attend a bluegrass festival (done 6/2010)
  7. Get a 2nd tattoo
  8. Visit the Catskill Animal Sanctuary
  9. Update beneficiary designation on all policies (done 5/21/10)
  10. Take guitar lessons
  11. Attend a film festival
  12. Participate in an archaeological dig
  13. Drink only water for two weeks (0/14)
  14. Sell and/or publish one of my photographs
  15. Write a humor article
  16. Publish a humor article
  17. Write a personal/self-help article (done 9/08)
  18. Publish a personal/self-help article(done 1/4/10)
  19. Ride in a hot air balloon
  20. Go parasailing
  21. Photograph the Merello Volta grave
  22. Walk a labyrinth
  23. Donate books to ERCCW (done 1/24/09)
  24. Sell unwanted items on eBay (done 12/08)
  25. Visit Nicky in Boston
  26. Visit Ann in Saco, Maine
  27. Move into an awesome apartment (done 1/2/10)
  28. Visit Marian in Northampton
  29. Organize craft supplies (done 11/8/09)
  30. Join a local social group (done 12/08)
  31. Switch all cleaning products to animal- and eco-friendly ones (done 1/2/10)
  32. Read Pablo Neruda in his native Spanish
  33. Finish Walden
  34. Try snowshoeing (12/21/08)
  35. Try cross-country skiing (done 1/9/11)
  36. Try Ethiopian food (done 8/15/09)
  37. Try Vietnamese food (done 2/14/10)
  38. Visit the New York Public library (and photograph the lions Patience and
    (done 2/7/09)
  39. Try matcha green tea
  40. Organize all books in my library (done 1/9/10)
  41. Join a book club (4/09)
  42. Help build a house with Habitat for Humanity
  43. List at least one thing I am grateful for every day for one month (0/30)
  44. Take Calcium & Multi-V every day consecutively for 90 days (91/90) (done 5/31/09)
  45. Take a photography class
  46. Track down Trish (done 11/12/09)
  47. Go through in-basket once a week for three months (12/12) (done 8/16/09)
  48. Read entire camera manual
  49. Buy bookshelves that are all the same for apartment (done 1/8/10)
  50. Go one month without calling in to work (20/20)(done 10/16/09)
  51. Wash my face and brush my teeth every night for one month (0/30)
  52. Meditate every day for one month (30/30) (completed 6/30/09)
  53. Participate in a paranormal investigation (done 7/18/09)
  54. Take a yoga class
  55. Go vegan for two weeks (0/2)
  56. Read one book a month for six months (5/6)
  57. Shop at a Trader Joe’s (done 9/4/09)
  58. Volunteer at a food pantry or kitchen
  59. Update my blog once a week for one year (done 1/10/10)
  60. Complete and submit grad school app by 8/1/09 (done 7/22/09)
  61. Compile family histories into one location
  62. Go through my (home) office and declutter (done 11/27/09)
  63. Clean out cabinets over washer and dryer (done 12/12/08)
  64. Go through kitchen cabinets and declutter (done 9/18/09)
  65. Hike to summit of Mt. Greylock (done 8/30/09)
  66. Use neti pot daily for 30 days (0/30)
  67. Draw/paint one image a week for two months (0/8)
  68. Survive without a microwave for 6 months (done 7/2/10)
  69. Take a bookbinding class
  70. Save $1 each day and use the money to travel (910/1,001)
  71. Keep a food journal for one month (0/30)
  72. Complete a diet detox (finished 1/10/09)
  73. Take a class on how to play the didgeridoo (done 8/21/09)
  74. Visit Steve in Syracuse
  75. Rent an RV for a week and travel
  76. Take a class on how to play the bodhran
  77. Donate 100,000 grains of rice on Free Rice (14,800/100,000)
  78. {Private} (2/11/10)
  79. Move Parnassus IRA into a CD (done 12/23/08)
  80. Go kayaking (done 8/8/09)
  81. Get up the minute that the alarm goes off every day for a month (0/30)
  82. Carry notebook with me at all times to make notes for self-betterment
  83. Pay for the person behind me at a coffee shop
  84. Take a zipline tour
  85. Go one month without picking my fingers (0/30)
  86. Participate in Earth Hour 2009 and 2010 (1/2)
  87. Learn to work with runes
  88. Do something different on New Year’s Eve (1/1/09 midnight snowshoe trek!)
  89. Complete the Couch-to-5k program
  90. Get rid of all of my fat clothes
  91. Sort through all boxes in the basement
  92. Organize cds and dvds
  93. Buy a nice suit (done 10/31/10)
  94. Visit Joanie in Colorado in 2011
  95. Set up workout area in basement
  96. Sell video camera on eBay (done 10/10)
  97. Organize wine into wine racks
  98. Run a 5k without walking (done 6/4/11 Freihofer’s Run for Women)
  99. Install a roof rack on CRV
  100. Take LVB on dates
  101. Start a new “101 Things in 1001 Days” list!

I am spending Thanksgiving alone, by choice. Originally, I accepted an invitation from my sister back home to have dinner with our family. But, so much has happened over the past week and I decided to stay in my house for the long holiday weekend.

Last Friday morning, B’s mom suffered a burst aneurysm at the base of her brain on the carotid artery. The doctors and nurses told B’s brother (who was with their mom at the hospital) to call everyone; no one expected her to pull through. B was able to get a flight from North Carolina to Buffalo on Friday night, while I drove from Albany. Mom made it through a 4-hour surgery Friday afternoon. B was picked up at the airport and taken directly to the hospital where her mom, still under the effects of the anesthesia, was able to squeeze B’s hand in response to B’s voice. Talk about amazing!

Mom is doing quite well now. Better than even the doctors (including her surgeon) could hope for! She’s not out of danger yet, but each day she shows progress.

I stayed there as long as B needed me. I came back on Tuesday and returned to work yesterday. In light of all of this, I decided to stay here at the house for the holiday. Plus, I have to clean today because my Realtor scheduled a showing for tomorrow morning! Oh yeah, the house is still for sale. Aaagh!! But, it’s all good.

So, I have a lot to be grateful for today: B’s mom’s recovery, my good health and the good health of my family, a rekindled and stronger relationship with B, a roof over our heads, a good (and secure) job, amazing family, friends and co-workers, our “boys” Jiro and Tye, and the ability to laugh at myself.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.

akagami4jm(photographer unknown; image found online)

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