101 in 1001 Update #18

What I did:

3. Complete 52 once a week photos of Arthur — This past month I documented weeks 19 through 27. Only half a year to go…

28. Read 100,000 pages toward 1,000,000 page goal (60,302/100,000) — In June I read a whopping 4713 pages! Only 40,000 more pages to meet my goal. Should take me about a year.

34. Make 250 different greeting cards (233/250) — 13 differently designed cards this past month. Getting so close to my goal.

54. Try 25 new restaurants (19/25) — On a trip over to the Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda, we had lunch at Otaez and grabbed some yummy ice cream at Cookiebar.

72. Donate something extra at each MVPA social x 10 (7/10) — Our summer social is tomorrow. We held a joint canned food and school supply drive. Ready to donate!

Remaining goals and total:

Friends, Family, and Love
1. Send out homemade holiday cards in December 2x (1/2)
2. Build a snowman
5. Date nights x 20
6. Complete a Jar of Life
7. Host a tea party
9. Write a personal manifesto
10. Take a picture of myself every first day of the month
11. Give 5 Just Because gifts
12. Give Arthur 25 pictures books in 25 days for December 2016
16. Take Arthur and twins to go see Santa

Crafting and Culture
17. Attend an opera or musical
18. Reread the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit
20. Finish one of my Perpetual Reading Challenges
22. Ask 20 friends to suggest one book, and read them all 
23. Watch a meteor shower
24. Attend 5 concerts (1/5)
25. Complete 10 Day in the Life posts (3/10)
27. Tour a factory
29. Finish 2015 and 2016 Project Life book (family and Arthur)
30. Finish 2015 and 2016 December Daily
32. Watch 100 different TED Talks and do a short review/analysis on the blog (new series)
33. Watch/rewatch every Academy Awards Best Picture since the year I was born (1982)
1982: Gandhi
1983: Terms of Endearment
1984: Amadeus
1985: Out of Africa
1986: Platoon
1987: The Last Emperor
1988: Rain Man
1989: Driving Miss Daisy
1990: Dances with Wolves
1991: Silence of the Lambs
1992: Unforgiven
1993: Schindler’s List
1994: Forrest Gump
1995: Braveheart
1996: The English Patient
1997: Titanic
1998: Shakespeare in Love
1999: American Beauty
2000: Gladiator
2001: A Beautiful Mind
2002: Chicago
2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2004: Million Dollar Baby
2005: Crash
2006: The Departed
2007: No Country for Old Men
2008: Slumdog Millionaire
2009: The Hurt Locker
2010: The King’s Speech
2011: The Artist
2012: Argo
2013: 12 Years a Slave
2014: TBD
2015: TBD
2016: TBD
35. See a drive-in movie
36. Listen to every song by The Beatles
37. Finish watching every Star Trek television episode and movie
38. Have a Pixar movie month
39. Complete The Artist’s Way
41. Learn Ruby on rails

Food and Drink
44. Take a cooking class
46. Open a cookbook to a random page and make what ever is on it
48. Take a bartending class
51. Make fresh pasta
52. Learn to make a good martini
53. Do a brewery tour
55. Try 5 new to me foods

Health and Fitness
57. Lose 2 pants sizes
58. Walk a 5K
59. Get a massage
60. Take a yoga class
61. Get three pedicures (1/3)
62. Do a spa day
65. Get lasik
66. Get CPR certified again

Travel
67. Stay at a Bed and Breakfast
68. Go on a vacation with Josh
70. Travel to a new state

Philanthropic
71. Give a 100% tip
73. Pay it forward at Starbucks/coffeeshop

Financial
76. Open an Etsy shop

Miscellaneous
79. Get Arthur’s tattoo
80. Get a passport
82. Learn how to use our DSLR
84. Make a chalk mural on the driveway/porch
87. Complete a coloring book
89. Take an IQ test
90. Play Bingo in a bingo hall
95. Go to a convention (blogging, SU, etc)
96. Dye my hair purple
97. Revamp my wardrobe
98. Take real photos of me for my blogs
99. Post a vlog
100. Go apple/berry/etc picking

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101 in 1001 Update #17

What I did:

28. Read 100,000 pages toward 1,000,000 page goal (51,362/100,000) — May reading totaled 2737 pages. Pretty decent showing.

34. Make 250 different greeting cards (220/250) — I made 14 different designed cards this past month. I seem to be averaging 13 designs per month. Loving my progress!

45. Make 50 new recipes (50/50) — I made a yummy Strawberry Lemonade Coconut Water that hit the spot!

54. Try 25 new restaurants (17/25) — I finally got to try Nola in Palo Alto before we went to the Computer History Museum last Saturday. I ordered the Shrimp and Crab Salad Po Boy with Mac n Cheese, but also got to try A’s French Toast Bananas Foster. And we had to order Beignets for dessert. So yummy!

Remaining goals and total:

Friends, Family, and Love
1. Send out homemade holiday cards in December 2x (1/2)
2. Build a snowman
3. Complete 52 once a week photos of Arthur
5. Date nights x 20
6. Complete a Jar of Life
7. Host a tea party
9. Write a personal manifesto
10. Take a picture of myself every first day of the month
11. Give 5 Just Because gifts
12. Give Arthur 25 pictures books in 25 days for December 2016
16. Take Arthur and twins to go see Santa

Crafting and Culture
17. Attend an opera or musical
18. Reread the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit
20. Finish one of my Perpetual Reading Challenges
22. Ask 20 friends to suggest one book, and read them all 
23. Watch a meteor shower
24. Attend 5 concerts (1/5)
25. Complete 10 Day in the Life posts (3/10)
27. Tour a factory
29. Finish 2015 and 2016 Project Life book (family and Arthur)
30. Finish 2015 and 2016 December Daily
32. Watch 100 different TED Talks and do a short review/analysis on the blog (new series)
33. Watch/rewatch every Academy Awards Best Picture since the year I was born (1982)
1982: Gandhi
1983: Terms of Endearment
1984: Amadeus
1985: Out of Africa
1986: Platoon
1987: The Last Emperor
1988: Rain Man
1989: Driving Miss Daisy
1990: Dances with Wolves
1991: Silence of the Lambs
1992: Unforgiven
1993: Schindler’s List
1994: Forrest Gump
1995: Braveheart
1996: The English Patient
1997: Titanic
1998: Shakespeare in Love
1999: American Beauty
2000: Gladiator
2001: A Beautiful Mind
2002: Chicago
2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2004: Million Dollar Baby
2005: Crash
2006: The Departed
2007: No Country for Old Men
2008: Slumdog Millionaire
2009: The Hurt Locker
2010: The King’s Speech
2011: The Artist
2012: Argo
2013: 12 Years a Slave
2014: TBD
2015: TBD
2016: TBD
35. See a drive-in movie
36. Listen to every song by The Beatles
37. Finish watching every Star Trek television episode and movie
38. Have a Pixar movie month
39. Complete The Artist’s Way
41. Learn Ruby on rails

Food and Drink
44. Take a cooking class
46. Open a cookbook to a random page and make what ever is on it
48. Take a bartending class
51. Make fresh pasta
52. Learn to make a good martini
53. Do a brewery tour
55. Try 5 new to me foods

Health and Fitness
57. Lose 2 pants sizes
58. Walk a 5K
59. Get a massage
60. Take a yoga class
61. Get three pedicures (1/3)
62. Do a spa day
65. Get lasik
66. Get CPR certified again

Travel
67. Stay at a Bed and Breakfast
68. Go on a vacation with Josh
70. Travel to a new state

Philanthropic
71. Give a 100% tip

72. Donate something extra at each MVPA social x 10 (6/10)
73. Pay it forward at Starbucks/coffeeshop

Financial
76. Open an Etsy shop

Miscellaneous
79. Get Arthur’s tattoo
80. Get a passport
82. Learn how to use our DSLR
84. Make a chalk mural on the driveway/porch
87. Complete a coloring book
89. Take an IQ test
90. Play Bingo in a bingo hall
95. Go to a convention (blogging, SU, etc)
96. Dye my hair purple
97. Revamp my wardrobe
98. Take real photos of me for my blogs
99. Post a vlog
100. Go apple/berry/etc picking

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101 in 1001 Update #16

What I did:

3. Complete 52 once a week photos of Arthur — Weeks 10-18 can be found here.

13. Pass 500 books for Arthur’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten (500/500) — We’ve officially passed the halfway mark! We’ll definitely reach 1000 books before kindergarten.

25. Complete 10 Day in the Life posts (3/10) — I haven’t done another Day in the Life, but I did finish my second Week in the Life. I’m going to count it. Now to finish the printed album.

28. Read 100,000 pages toward 1,000,000 page goal (48,625/100,000) — April’s reading totalled 3882 pages!

34. Make 250 different greeting cards (206/250) — 15 more new designs this past month. Being on the design team has done wonders for my inspiration and motivation.

45. Make 50 new recipes (49/50)

  • Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad — Very yummy and filling
  • Spinach and Artichoke Melts — Messy but good
  • Pork Lettuce Wraps –Pretty decent. I will have to make this again.

Remaining goals and total:

Friends, Family, and Love
1. Send out homemade holiday cards in December 2x (1/2)
2. Build a snowman
5. Date nights x 20
6. Complete a Jar of Life
7. Host a tea party
9. Write a personal manifesto
10. Take a picture of myself every first day of the month
11. Give 5 Just Because gifts
12. Give Arthur 25 pictures books in 25 days for December 2016
16. Take Arthur and twins to go see Santa

Crafting and Culture
17. Attend an opera or musical
18. Reread the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit
20. Finish one of my Perpetual Reading Challenges
22. Ask 20 friends to suggest one book, and read them all 
23. Watch a meteor shower
24. Attend 5 concerts (1/5)
27. Tour a factory
29. Finish 2015 and 2016 Project Life book (family and Arthur)
30. Finish 2015 and 2016 December Daily
32. Watch 100 different TED Talks and do a short review/analysis on the blog (new series)
33. Watch/rewatch every Academy Awards Best Picture since the year I was born (1982)
1982: Gandhi
1983: Terms of Endearment
1984: Amadeus
1985: Out of Africa
1986: Platoon
1987: The Last Emperor
1988: Rain Man
1989: Driving Miss Daisy
1990: Dances with Wolves
1991: Silence of the Lambs
1992: Unforgiven
1993: Schindler’s List
1994: Forrest Gump
1995: Braveheart
1996: The English Patient
1997: Titanic
1998: Shakespeare in Love
1999: American Beauty
2000: Gladiator
2001: A Beautiful Mind
2002: Chicago
2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2004: Million Dollar Baby
2005: Crash
2006: The Departed
2007: No Country for Old Men
2008: Slumdog Millionaire
2009: The Hurt Locker
2010: The King’s Speech
2011: The Artist
2012: Argo
2013: 12 Years a Slave
2014: TBD
2015: TBD
2016: TBD
35. See a drive-in movie
36. Listen to every song by The Beatles
37. Finish watching every Star Trek television episode and movie
38. Have a Pixar movie month
39. Complete The Artist’s Way
41. Learn Ruby on rails

Food and Drink
44. Take a cooking class
46. Open a cookbook to a random page and make what ever is on it
48. Take a bartending class
51. Make fresh pasta
52. Learn to make a good martini
53. Do a brewery tour
54. Try 25 new restaurants (16/25)
55. Try 5 new to me foods

Health and Fitness
57. Lose 2 pants sizes
58. Walk a 5K
59. Get a massage
60. Take a yoga class
61. Get three pedicures (1/3)
62. Do a spa day
65. Get lasik
66. Get CPR certified again

Travel
67. Stay at a Bed and Breakfast
68. Go on a vacation with Josh
70. Travel to a new state

Philanthropic
71. Give a 100% tip

72. Donate something extra at each MVPA social x 10 (6/10)
73. Pay it forward at Starbucks/coffeeshop

Financial
76. Open an Etsy shop

Miscellaneous
79. Get Arthur’s tattoo
80. Get a passport
82. Learn how to use our DSLR
84. Make a chalk mural on the driveway/porch
87. Complete a coloring book
89. Take an IQ test
90. Play Bingo in a bingo hall
95. Go to a convention (blogging, SU, etc)
96. Dye my hair purple
97. Revamp my wardrobe
98. Take real photos of me for my blogs
99. Post a vlog
100. Go apple/berry/etc picking

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101 in 1001 Update #15

What I did:

13. Pass 500 books for Arthur’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten (497/500) — We’re sitting so close to 500! We haven’t made it yet, but once we include April’s reads, this goal will be accomplished.

25. Complete 10 Day in the Life posts (2/10) — Not completed, but I’m planning another DitL post for this coming week.

34. Make 250 different greeting cards (191/250) — 8 more different designs for this past month. Getting closer to my goal

45. Make 50 new recipes (46/50) — I made Spicy Thai Noodles a few weeks back. Good, but I need to add a bit more sauce next time.

72. Donate something extra at each MVPA social x 10 (6/10) — Our spring social was last week and we held a book drive. I love buying books so I had to buy extra to donate!

Remaining goals and total:

Friends, Family, and Love
1. Send out homemade holiday cards in December 2x (1/2)
2. Build a snowman
3. Complete 52 once a week photos of Arthur
5. Date nights x 20
6. Complete a Jar of Life
7. Host a tea party
9. Write a personal manifesto
10. Take a picture of myself every first day of the month
11. Give 5 Just Because gifts
12. Give Arthur 25 pictures books in 25 days for December 2016
16. Take Arthur and twins to go see Santa

Crafting and Culture
17. Attend an opera or musical
18. Reread the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit
20. Finish one of my Perpetual Reading Challenges
22. Ask 20 friends to suggest one book, and read them all 
23. Watch a meteor shower
24. Attend 5 concerts (1/5)
27. Tour a factory
28. Read 100,000 pages toward 1,000,000 page goal (44,743/100,000)
29. Finish 2015 and 2016 Project Life book (family and Arthur)
30. Finish 2015 and 2016 December Daily
32. Watch 100 different TED Talks and do a short review/analysis on the blog (new series)
33. Watch/rewatch every Academy Awards Best Picture since the year I was born (1982)
1982: Gandhi
1983: Terms of Endearment
1984: Amadeus
1985: Out of Africa
1986: Platoon
1987: The Last Emperor
1988: Rain Man
1989: Driving Miss Daisy
1990: Dances with Wolves
1991: Silence of the Lambs
1992: Unforgiven
1993: Schindler’s List
1994: Forrest Gump
1995: Braveheart
1996: The English Patient
1997: Titanic
1998: Shakespeare in Love
1999: American Beauty
2000: Gladiator
2001: A Beautiful Mind
2002: Chicago
2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2004: Million Dollar Baby
2005: Crash
2006: The Departed
2007: No Country for Old Men
2008: Slumdog Millionaire
2009: The Hurt Locker
2010: The King’s Speech
2011: The Artist
2012: Argo
2013: 12 Years a Slave
2014: TBD
2015: TBD
2016: TBD
35. See a drive-in movie
36. Listen to every song by The Beatles
37. Finish watching every Star Trek television episode and movie
38. Have a Pixar movie month
39. Complete The Artist’s Way
41. Learn Ruby on rails

Food and Drink
44. Take a cooking class
46. Open a cookbook to a random page and make what ever is on it
48. Take a bartending class
51. Make fresh pasta
52. Learn to make a good martini
53. Do a brewery tour
54. Try 25 new restaurants (16/25)
55. Try 5 new to me foods

Health and Fitness
57. Lose 2 pants sizes
58. Walk a 5K
59. Get a massage
60. Take a yoga class
61. Get three pedicures (1/3)
62. Do a spa day
65. Get lasik
66. Get CPR certified again

Travel
67. Stay at a Bed and Breakfast
68. Go on a vacation with Josh
70. Travel to a new state

Philanthropic
71. Give a 100% tip
73. Pay it forward at Starbucks/coffeeshop

Financial
76. Open an Etsy shop

Miscellaneous
79. Get Arthur’s tattoo
80. Get a passport
82. Learn how to use our DSLR
84. Make a chalk mural on the driveway/porch
87. Complete a coloring book
89. Take an IQ test
90. Play Bingo in a bingo hall
95. Go to a convention (blogging, SU, etc)
96. Dye my hair purple
97. Revamp my wardrobe
98. Take real photos of me for my blogs
99. Post a vlog
100. Go apple/berry/etc picking

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101 in 1001 Update #14

What I did:

3. Complete 52 once a week photos of Arthur — Still plugging along with this. You can see weeks 1-9 here.

13. Pass 500 books for Arthur’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten (489/500) — We’re sitting so close to 500! Probably won’t make it in March as we’re traveling, but I imagine we will reach this goal in April.

28. Read 100,000 pages toward 1,000,000 page goal (48,970/100,000) — In February I somehow read 3895 pages. Holy cow! I’ve never had a February that strong. And in March, I read 4227 pages (I know March isn’t over, but I probably won’t finish another book before it is…) My reading is on point this year!

34. Make 250 different greeting cards (183/250) — Only 7 more cards this past month. We’ve been crazy busy!

75. Two week money fast (starting with full gas tanks and a full pantry)– With my Happiness Project goal of no frivolous spending for February, I actually completed this goal without realizing it! Woo!

93. Unplug completely for 24 hours — Another surprise completion. The weekend retreat was a great way to unplug for awhile. Very refreshing!

Remaining goals and total:

Friends, Family, and Love
1.Send out homemade holiday cards in December 2x (1/2)
2. Build a snowman
5. Date nights x 20
6. Complete a Jar of Life
7. Host a tea party
9. Write a personal manifesto
10. Take a picture of myself every first day of the month
11. Give 5 Just Because gifts
12. Give Arthur 25 pictures books in 25 days for December 2016
16. Take Arthur and twins to go see Santa

Crafting and Culture
17. Attend an opera or musical
18. Reread the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit
20. Finish one of my Perpetual Reading Challenges
22. Ask 20 friends to suggest one book, and read them all 
23. Watch a meteor shower
24. Attend 5 concerts (1/5)
25. Complete 10 Day in the Life posts (2/10)
27. Tour a factory
29. Finish 2015 and 2016 Project Life book (family and Arthur)
30. Finish 2015 and 2016 December Daily
32. Watch 100 different TED Talks and do a short review/analysis on the blog (new series)
33. Watch/rewatch every Academy Awards Best Picture since the year I was born (1982)
1982: Gandhi
1983: Terms of Endearment
1984: Amadeus
1985: Out of Africa
1986: Platoon
1987: The Last Emperor
1988: Rain Man
1989: Driving Miss Daisy
1990: Dances with Wolves
1991: Silence of the Lambs
1992: Unforgiven
1993: Schindler’s List
1994: Forrest Gump
1995: Braveheart
1996: The English Patient
1997: Titanic
1998: Shakespeare in Love
1999: American Beauty
2000: Gladiator
2001: A Beautiful Mind
2002: Chicago
2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2004: Million Dollar Baby
2005: Crash
2006: The Departed
2007: No Country for Old Men
2008: Slumdog Millionaire
2009: The Hurt Locker
2010: The King’s Speech
2011: The Artist
2012: Argo
2013: 12 Years a Slave
2014: TBD
2015: TBD
2016: TBD
35. See a drive-in movie
36. Listen to every song by The Beatles
37. Finish watching every Star Trek television episode and movie
38. Have a Pixar movie month
39. Complete The Artist’s Way
41. Learn Ruby on rails

Food and Drink
44. Take a cooking class
45. Make 50 new recipes (45/50)
46. Open a cookbook to a random page and make what ever is on it
48. Take a bartending class
51. Make fresh pasta
52. Learn to make a good martini
53. Do a brewery tour
54. Try 25 new restaurants (16/25)
55. Try 5 new to me foods

Health and Fitness
57. Lose 2 pants sizes
58. Walk a 5K
59. Get a massage
60. Take a yoga class
61. Get three pedicures (1/3)
62. Do a spa day
65. Get lasik
66. Get CPR certified again

Travel
67. Stay at a Bed and Breakfast
68. Go on a vacation with Josh
70. Travel to a new state

Philanthropic
71. Give a 100% tip
72. Donate something extra at each MVPA social x 10 (5/10)
73. Pay it forward at Starbucks/coffeeshop

Financial
76. Open an Etsy shop

Miscellaneous
79. Get Arthur’s tattoo
80. Get a passport
82. Learn how to use our DSLR
84. Make a chalk mural on the driveway/porch
87. Complete a coloring book
89. Take an IQ test
90. Play Bingo in a bingo hall
95. Go to a convention (blogging, SU, etc)
96. Dye my hair purple
97. Revamp my wardrobe
98. Take real photos of me for my blogs
99. Post a vlog
100. Go apple/berry/etc picking

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101 in 1001 Update #13

What I did:

3. Complete 52 once a week photos of Arthur — One of my 2016 goals!

13. Pass 500 books for Arthur’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten (472/500) — So close to this goal! Hoping to pass 500 books in March!

28. Read 100,000 pages toward 1,000,000 page goal (40,848/100,000) — In January I read 4951 pages (!!!!!!!). I know the rest of the year I won’t be able to top that number, but I’m super excited by my reading so far this year.

34. Make 250 different greeting cards (176/250) — 8 more card from this past month

45. Make 50 new recipes (45/50)

  • Apple Bacon Stuffed Sweet Potatoes — So incredibly yummy!
  • Pork and Green Chile Stew — Amazing over black beans and rice. Definitely going into rotation.
  • Buffalo Chicken Nachoes — Substituted goat cheese for american cheese. Much better!
  • Pizza Sticks — Very yummy and fun to make. I will have to make these for the twins…
  • Not-fried corndogs — Made in muffin tins using Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix. They fell apart, but were very yummy and reminded me of summer!

47. Give up dining out for one month

54. Try 25 new restaurants (16/25) — Tried a new breakfast place (Bill of Fare) that’s been in San Jose for forever! Decent diner food and nice to go somewhere new for book club.

56. No pop for a month — In progress!

81. Get rid of 100 things — February was a month of a big cleanout of the house!

Remaining goals and total:

Friends, Family, and Love
1.Send out homemade holiday cards in December 2x (1/2)
2. Build a snowman
5. Date nights x 20
6. Complete a Jar of Life
7. Host a tea party
9. Write a personal manifesto
10. Take a picture of myself every first day of the month
11. Give 5 Just Because gifts
12. Give Arthur 25 pictures books in 25 days for December 2016
16. Take Arthur and twins to go see Santa

Crafting and Culture
17. Attend an opera or musical
18. Reread the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit
20. Finish one of my Perpetual Reading Challenges
22. Ask 20 friends to suggest one book, and read them all 
23. Watch a meteor shower
24. Attend 5 concerts (1/5)
25. Complete 10 Day in the Life posts (2/10)
27. Tour a factory
29. Finish 2015 and 2016 Project Life book (family and Arthur)
30. Finish 2015 and 2016 December Daily
32. Watch 100 different TED Talks and do a short review/analysis on the blog (new series)
33. Watch/rewatch every Academy Awards Best Picture since the year I was born (1982)
1982: Gandhi
1983: Terms of Endearment
1984: Amadeus
1985: Out of Africa
1986: Platoon
1987: The Last Emperor
1988: Rain Man
1989: Driving Miss Daisy
1990: Dances with Wolves
1991: Silence of the Lambs
1992: Unforgiven
1993: Schindler’s List
1994: Forrest Gump
1995: Braveheart
1996: The English Patient
1997: Titanic
1998: Shakespeare in Love
1999: American Beauty
2000: Gladiator
2001: A Beautiful Mind
2002: Chicago
2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2004: Million Dollar Baby
2005: Crash
2006: The Departed
2007: No Country for Old Men
2008: Slumdog Millionaire
2009: The Hurt Locker
2010: The King’s Speech
2011: The Artist
2012: Argo
2013: 12 Years a Slave
2014: TBD
2015: TBD
2016: TBD
35. See a drive-in movie
36. Listen to every song by The Beatles
37. Finish watching every Star Trek television episode and movie
38. Have a Pixar movie month
39. Complete The Artist’s Way
41. Learn Ruby on rails

Food and Drink
44. Take a cooking class
46. Open a cookbook to a random page and make what ever is on it
48. Take a bartending class
51. Make fresh pasta
52. Learn to make a good martini
53. Do a brewery tour
55. Try 5 new to me foods

Health and Fitness
57. Lose 2 pants sizes
58. Walk a 5K
59. Get a massage
60. Take a yoga class
61. Get three pedicures (1/3)
62. Do a spa day
65. Get lasik
66. Get CPR certified again

Travel
67. Stay at a Bed and Breakfast
68. Go on a vacation with Josh
70. Travel to a new state

Philanthropic
71. Give a 100% tip
72. Donate something extra at each MVPA social x 10 (5/10)
73. Pay it forward at Starbucks/coffeeshop

Financial
75. Two week money fast (starting with full gas tanks and a full pantry)
76. Open an Etsy shop

Miscellaneous
79. Get Arthur’s tattoo
80. Get a passport
82. Learn how to use our DSLR
84. Make a chalk mural on the driveway/porch
87. Complete a coloring book
89. Take an IQ test
90. Play Bingo in a bingo hall
93. Unplug completely for 24 hours
95. Go to a convention (blogging, SU, etc)
96. Dye my hair purple
97. Revamp my wardrobe
98. Take real photos of me for my blogs
99. Post a vlog
100. Go apple/berry/etc picking

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101 in 1001 Update #12

What I did:

3. Complete 52 once a week photos of Arthur — One of my 2016 goals!

13. Pass 500 books for Arthur’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten (426/500) — Getting closer to this goal and the larger goal of 1000 books.

22. Ask 20 friends to suggest one book, and read them all — I asked for suggestions on Facebook. Now to spend the next year reading them…

28. Read 100,000 pages toward 1,000,000 page goal (35,897/100,000) — In December, I read 1769 pages. Decent showing for the last month of the year.

34. Make 250 different greeting cards (168/250) — 11 different greeting cards were made in this period. getting closer to this goal!

45. Make 50 new recipes (40/50)

  • Overnight Apple Pie French Toast — Pretty yummy even if J is not a huge fan of french toast.
  • Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Pasta Bake — Perfect for freezer meals.
  • Tex Mex Chicken — Another freezer meal.
  • Simple Chicken Casserole — The last of my freezer meals for January.
  • Apple Cider Bourbon Punch — My choice for Christmas Eve cocktails. Very very good, but must be made in a big batch.
  • Pomegranate Gin and Tonics — Our New Year’s Even cocktail. Very yummy.
  • Tuscan Kale and White Bean Soup — Very yummy, although a bit salty. Next time I need to use low sodium vegetable broth and low sodium sausage.

54. Try 25 new restaurants (15/25)

  • The Hoppy Gnome (Fort Wayne) — While in Indiana, mom, uncle and I tried The Hoppy Gnome. I had a very yummy Cubana sandwich and two great new-to-me beers.
  • Vault Cafe (Berkeley) — I just had lunch with a friend at a decent diner cafe in Berkeley. Now I have a spot if I’m in the Ashby area of Berkeley and need a bite.

85. Finish a Soduku puzzle — I finally did one!

Remaining goals and total:

Friends, Family, and Love
1.Send out homemade holiday cards in December 2x (1/2)
2. Build a snowman
5. Date nights x 20
6. Complete a Jar of Life
7. Host a tea party
9. Write a personal manifesto
10. Take a picture of myself every first day of the month
11. Give 5 Just Because gifts
12. Give Arthur 25 pictures books in 25 days for December 2016
16. Take Arthur and twins to go see Santa

Crafting and Culture
17. Attend an opera or musical
18. Reread the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit
20. Finish one of my Perpetual Reading Challenges
23. Watch a meteor shower
24. Attend 5 concerts (1/5)
25. Complete 10 Day in the Life posts (2/10)
27. Tour a factory
29. Finish 2015 and 2016 Project Life book (family and Arthur)
30. Finish 2015 and 2016 December Daily
32. Watch 100 different TED Talks and do a short review/analysis on the blog (new series)
33. Watch/rewatch every Academy Awards Best Picture since the year I was born (1982)
1982: Gandhi
1983: Terms of Endearment
1984: Amadeus
1985: Out of Africa
1986: Platoon
1987: The Last Emperor
1988: Rain Man
1989: Driving Miss Daisy
1990: Dances with Wolves
1991: Silence of the Lambs
1992: Unforgiven
1993: Schindler’s List
1994: Forrest Gump
1995: Braveheart
1996: The English Patient
1997: Titanic
1998: Shakespeare in Love
1999: American Beauty
2000: Gladiator
2001: A Beautiful Mind
2002: Chicago
2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2004: Million Dollar Baby
2005: Crash
2006: The Departed
2007: No Country for Old Men
2008: Slumdog Millionaire
2009: The Hurt Locker
2010: The King’s Speech
2011: The Artist
2012: Argo
2013: 12 Years a Slave
2014: TBD
2015: TBD
2016: TBD
35. See a drive-in movie
36. Listen to every song by The Beatles
37. Finish watching every Star Trek television episode and movie
38. Have a Pixar movie month
39. Complete The Artist’s Way
41. Learn Ruby on rails

Food and Drink
44. Take a cooking class
46. Open a cookbook to a random page and make what ever is on it
47. Give up dining out for one month
48. Take a bartending class
51. Make fresh pasta
52. Learn to make a good martini
53. Do a brewery tour
55. Try 5 new to me foods
56. No pop for a month

Health and Fitness
57. Lose 2 pants sizes
58. Walk a 5K
59. Get a massage
60. Take a yoga class
61. Get three pedicures (1/3)
62. Do a spa day
65. Get lasik
66. Get CPR certified again

Travel
67. Stay at a Bed and Breakfast
68. Go on a vacation with Josh
70. Travel to a new state

Philanthropic
71. Give a 100% tip
72. Donate something extra at each MVPA social x 10 (4/10)
73. Pay it forward at Starbucks/coffeeshop

Financial
75. Two week money fast (starting with full gas tanks and a full pantry)
76. Open an Etsy shop

Miscellaneous
79. Get Arthur’s tattoo
80. Get a passport
81. Get rid of 100 things
82. Learn how to use our DSLR
84. Make a chalk mural on the driveway/porch
87. Complete a coloring book
89. Take an IQ test
90. Play Bingo in a bingo hall
93. Unplug completely for 24 hours
95. Go to a convention (blogging, SU, etc)
96. Dye my hair purple
97. Revamp my wardrobe
98. Take real photos of me for my blogs
99. Post a vlog
100. Go apple/berry/etc picking

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101 in 1001 Update #11

What I did:

1.Send out homemade holiday cards in December 2x (1/2) — I actually remembered to send these out with traveling and crazy toddler antics!

8. Choose and document One Little Word 2015 — Finished! I decided that I didn’t love this process, so I’m not going to participate in 2016. Instead I will be focusing on a variation of Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project. For the purpose of the Day Zero Project, this goal has been completed.

13. Pass 500 books for Arthur’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten (423/500) — 14 new picture books this past month!

22. Ask 20 friends to suggest one book, and read them all — I asked for recommendations on FB this past week. The books highlighted are going on my TBR list for 2016.

26. Read 50 of my owned unread books (50/50)  — And with this month’s reading, I’ve finished this goal! Even though this goal is crossed off my list, I’m still trying to read from my own shelves and empty out some space.

28. Read 100,000 pages toward 1,000,000 page goal (34,128/100,000) — In November, I only read 2215 pages. Not great, but I’ll take it.

34. Make 250 different greeting cards (157/250) — 15 new designs this past month. Getting closer to this goal!

40. Complete a year of no book buying — Did it! Woohoo! I’m not going to go crazy buying books in 2016, but I am giving myself permission to grab a book or two when I see a great deal.

As we near the end of 2015, I’ve chosen to modify a few goals. Those with an asterisk have been modified.

Remaining goals and total:

Friends, Family, and Love
2. Build a snowman
3. Complete 52 once a week photos of Arthur
5. Date nights x 20
6. Complete a Jar of Life
7. Host a tea party
9. Write a personal manifesto
10. Take a picture of myself every first day of the month
11. Give 5 Just Because gifts
12. Give Arthur 25 pictures books in 25 days for December 2016** (I originally had this for 2015, but I’m going to wait until next year when he might actually get into the process)
16. Take Arthur and twins to go see Santa

Crafting and Culture
17. Attend an opera or musical
18. Reread the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit
20. Finish one of my Perpetual Reading Challenges
23. Watch a meteor shower
24. Attend 5 concerts (1/5)
25. Complete 10 Day in the Life posts (2/10)
27. Tour a factory
29. Finish 2015 and 2016 Project Life book (family and Arthur)
30. Finish 2015 and 2016 December Daily
32. Watch 100 different TED Talks and do a short review/analysis on the blog (new series)
33. Watch/rewatch every Academy Awards Best Picture since the year I was born (1982)
1982: Gandhi
1983: Terms of Endearment
1984: Amadeus
1985: Out of Africa
1986: Platoon
1987: The Last Emperor
1988: Rain Man
1989: Driving Miss Daisy
1990: Dances with Wolves
1991: Silence of the Lambs
1992: Unforgiven
1993: Schindler’s List
1994: Forrest Gump
1995: Braveheart
1996: The English Patient
1997: Titanic
1998: Shakespeare in Love
1999: American Beauty
2000: Gladiator
2001: A Beautiful Mind
2002: Chicago
2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2004: Million Dollar Baby
2005: Crash
2006: The Departed
2007: No Country for Old Men
2008: Slumdog Millionaire
2009: The Hurt Locker
2010: The King’s Speech
2011: The Artist
2012: Argo
2013: 12 Years a Slave
2014: TBD
2015: TBD
2016: TBD
35. See a drive-in movie
36. Listen to every song by The Beatles
37. Finish watching every Star Trek television episode and movie
38. Have a Pixar movie month
39. Complete The Artist’s Way
41. Learn Ruby on rails

Food and Drink
44. Take a cooking class
45. Make 50 new recipes (33/50)
46. Open a cookbook to a random page and make what ever is on it
47. Give up dining out for one month
48. Take a bartending class** (This used to be Try Whole30, but after some more thought, I’ll never to commit to that. A bartending class is much more likely!)
51. Make fresh pasta
52. Learn to make a good martini
53. Do a brewery tour
54. Try 25 new restaurants (13/25)
55. Try 5 new to me foods
56. No pop for a month

Health and Fitness
57. Lose 2 pants sizes
58. Walk a 5K
59. Get a massage
60. Take a yoga class
61. Get three pedicures (1/3)
62. Do a spa day
65. Get lasik
66. Get CPR certified again

Travel
67. Stay at a Bed and Breakfast
68. Go on a vacation with Josh
70. Travel to a new state

Philanthropic
71. Give a 100% tip
72. Donate something extra at each MVPA social x 10 (4/10)
73. Pay it forward at Starbucks/coffeeshop

Financial
75. Two week money fast (starting with full gas tanks and a full pantry)
76. Open an Etsy shop

Miscellaneous
79. Get Arthur’s tattoo
80. Get a passport
81. Get rid of 100 things
82. Learn how to use our DSLR
84. Make a chalk mural on the driveway/porch
85. Finish a Soduku puzzle
87. Complete a coloring book
89. Take an IQ test
90. Play Bingo in a bingo hall
93. Unplug completely for 24 hours
95. Go to a convention (blogging, SU, etc)
96. Dye my hair purple
97. Revamp my wardrobe
98. Take real photos of me for my blogs
99. Post a vlog
100. Go apple/berry/etc picking

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101 in 1001 Update #10

What I did:

1.Send out homemade holiday cards in December 2x — I’ve gotten most of the cards made, but haven’t sent any out yet…

8. Choose and document One Little Word 2015 and 2016 — Working on it!

13. Pass 500 books for Arthur’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten (409/500) — Getting closer to this goal! And he just turned 2.

26. Read 50 of my owned unread books (49/50)  — Three more books read from my shelves this past month. One more book to finish this goal.

28. Read 100,000 pages toward 1,000,000 page goal (31,913/100,000) — In October, I read 3187 pages. Not a great month, but it’s something…

34. Make 250 different greeting cards (142/250) — 41 new designs from the last month! Participating in 30 Days of Christmas cards really pushed me.

45. Make 50 new recipes (33/50) — No new food recipes, but we did try four new cocktail recipes for Thanksgiving.

Remaining goals and total:

Friends, Family, and Love
2. Build a snowman
3. Complete 52 once a week photos of Arthur
5. Date nights x 20
6. Complete a Jar of Life
7. Host a tea party
9. Write a personal manifesto
10. Take a picture of myself every first day of the month
11. Give 5 Just Because gifts
12. Give Arthur 25 pictures books in 25 days for December 2015
16. Take Arthur and twins to go see Santa

Crafting and Culture
17. Attend an opera or musical
18. Reread the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit
20. Finish one of my Perpetual Reading Challenges
22. Ask 20 friends to suggest one book, and read them all
23. Watch a meteor shower
24. Attend 5 concerts (1/5)
25. Complete 10 Day in the Life posts (2/10)
27. Tour a factory
29. Finish 2015 and 2016 Project Life book (family and Arthur)
30. Finish 2015 and 2016 December Daily
32. Watch 100 different TED Talks and do a short review/analysis on the blog (new series)
33. Watch/rewatch every Academy Awards Best Picture since the year I was born (1982)
1982: Gandhi
1983: Terms of Endearment
1984: Amadeus
1985: Out of Africa
1986: Platoon
1987: The Last Emperor
1988: Rain Man
1989: Driving Miss Daisy
1990: Dances with Wolves
1991: Silence of the Lambs
1992: Unforgiven
1993: Schindler’s List
1994: Forrest Gump
1995: Braveheart
1996: The English Patient
1997: Titanic
1998: Shakespeare in Love
1999: American Beauty
2000: Gladiator
2001: A Beautiful Mind
2002: Chicago
2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2004: Million Dollar Baby
2005: Crash
2006: The Departed
2007: No Country for Old Men
2008: Slumdog Millionaire
2009: The Hurt Locker
2010: The King’s Speech
2011: The Artist
2012: Argo
2013: 12 Years a Slave
2014: TBD
2015: TBD
2016: TBD
35. See a drive-in movie
36. Listen to every song by The Beatles
37. Finish watching every Star Trek television episode and movie
38. Have a Pixar movie month
39. Complete The Artist’s Way
40. Complete a year of no book buying
41. Learn Ruby on rails

Food and Drink
44. Take a cooking class
46. Open a cookbook to a random page and make what ever is on it
47. Give up dining out for one month
48. Try Whole30
51. Make fresh pasta
52. Learn to make a good martini
53. Do a brewery tour
54. Try 25 new restaurants (13/25)
55. Try 5 new to me foods
56. No pop for a month

Health and Fitness
57. Lose 2 pants sizes
58. Walk a 5K
59. Get a massage
60. Take a yoga class
61. Get three pedicures (1/3)
62. Do a spa day
65. Get lasik
66. Get CPR certified again

Travel
67. Stay at a Bed and Breakfast
68. Go on a vacation with Josh
70. Travel to a new state

Philanthropic
71. Give a 100% tip
72. Donate something extra at each MVPA social x 10 (4/10) — Another amazing social in the books.
73. Pay it forward at Starbucks/coffeeshop

Financial
75. Two week money fast (starting with full gas tanks and a full pantry)
76. Open an Etsy shop

Miscellaneous
79. Get Arthur’s tattoo
80. Get a passport
81. Get rid of 100 things
82. Learn how to use our DSLR
84. Make a chalk mural on the driveway/porch
85. Finish a Soduku puzzle
87. Complete a coloring book
89. Take an IQ test
90. Play Bingo in a bingo hall
93. Unplug completely for 24 hours
95. Go to a convention (blogging, SU, etc)
96. Dye my hair purple
97. Revamp my wardrobe
98. Take real photos of me for my blogs
99. Post a vlog
100. Go apple/berry/etc picking

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101 in 1001 Update #9

What I did:

8. Choose and document One Little Word 2015 and 2016 — Working on it!

13. Pass 500 books for Arthur’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten (374/500)

26. Read 50 of my owned unread books (45/50)  — Three more books read from October. Getting super close to finishing this goal.

28. Read 100,000 pages toward 1,000,000 page goal (28,726/100,000) — In September, I read 2142 pages. Not a great month, but it’s something…

34. Make 250 different greeting cards (101/250) — 15 new designs from the last month! Slowly plugging along with this goal. Being on the SSINK design team is really helping me keep on track!

45. Make 50 new recipes (29/50) 

  • Sausage and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash — Incredibly yummy!

54. Try 25 new restaurants (13/25)

  • Casa Orozco — Decent Mexican place in Dublin

69. Visit the Redwoods (any park) — For this fall’s retreat, we vacationed in the Russian River area. Saturday morning we visited Armstrong Woods for a nice walk (which turned into a moderate hike). Such amazing trees!

72. Donate something extra at each MVPA social x 10 (4/10) — Another amazing social in the books.

74. Donate to a Kickstarter campaign I love — One Bad Mother launched an awesome Kickstarter featuring Parenting Merit Badges. Check it out here!

91. Go horseback riding or hiking — Unintentionally I went hiking on the retreat. We started out with a 1-3 mile easy walk, but instead we climbed over 400′ along a trail.

Remaining goals and total:

Friends, Family, and Love
1.Send out homemade holiday cards in December 2x
2. Build a snowman
3. Complete 52 once a week photos of Arthur
5. Date nights x 20
6. Complete a Jar of Life
7. Host a tea party
9. Write a personal manifesto
10. Take a picture of myself every first day of the month
11. Give 5 Just Because gifts
12. Give Arthur 25 pictures books in 25 days for December 2015
16. Take Arthur and twins to go see Santa

Crafting and Culture
17. Attend an opera or musical
18. Reread the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit
20. Finish one of my Perpetual Reading Challenges
22. Ask 20 friends to suggest one book, and read them all
23. Watch a meteor shower
24. Attend 5 concerts (1/5)
25. Complete 10 Day in the Life posts (2/10)
27. Tour a factory
29. Finish 2015 and 2016 Project Life book (family and Arthur)
30. Finish 2015 and 2016 December Daily
32. Watch 100 different TED Talks and do a short review/analysis on the blog (new series)
33. Watch/rewatch every Academy Awards Best Picture since the year I was born (1982)
1982: Gandhi
1983: Terms of Endearment
1984: Amadeus
1985: Out of Africa
1986: Platoon
1987: The Last Emperor
1988: Rain Man
1989: Driving Miss Daisy
1990: Dances with Wolves
1991: Silence of the Lambs
1992: Unforgiven
1993: Schindler’s List
1994: Forrest Gump
1995: Braveheart
1996: The English Patient
1997: Titanic
1998: Shakespeare in Love
1999: American Beauty
2000: Gladiator
2001: A Beautiful Mind
2002: Chicago
2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2004: Million Dollar Baby
2005: Crash
2006: The Departed
2007: No Country for Old Men
2008: Slumdog Millionaire
2009: The Hurt Locker
2010: The King’s Speech
2011: The Artist
2012: Argo
2013: 12 Years a Slave
2014: TBD
2015: TBD
2016: TBD
35. See a drive-in movie
36. Listen to every song by The Beatles
37. Finish watching every Star Trek television episode and movie
38. Have a Pixar movie month
39. Complete The Artist’s Way
40. Complete a year of no book buying
41. Learn Ruby on rails

Food and Drink
44. Take a cooking class
46. Open a cookbook to a random page and make what ever is on it
47. Give up dining out for one month
48. Try Whole30
51. Make fresh pasta
52. Learn to make a good martini
53. Do a brewery tour
55. Try 5 new to me foods
56. No pop for a month

Health and Fitness
57. Lose 2 pants sizes
58. Walk a 5K
59. Get a massage
60. Take a yoga class
61. Get three pedicures (1/3)
62. Do a spa day
65. Get lasik
66. Get CPR certified again

Travel
67. Stay at a Bed and Breakfast
68. Go on a vacation with Josh
70. Travel to a new state

Philanthropic
71. Give a 100% tip
73. Pay it forward at Starbucks/coffeeshop

Financial
75. Two week money fast (starting with full gas tanks and a full pantry)
76. Open an Etsy shop

Miscellaneous
79. Get Arthur’s tattoo
80. Get a passport
81. Get rid of 100 things
82. Learn how to use our DSLR
84. Make a chalk mural on the driveway/porch
85. Finish a Soduku puzzle
87. Complete a coloring book
89. Take an IQ test
90. Play Bingo in a bingo hall
93. Unplug completely for 24 hours
95. Go to a convention (blogging, SU, etc)
96. Dye my hair purple
97. Revamp my wardrobe
98. Take real photos of me for my blogs
99. Post a vlog
100. Go apple/berry/etc picking

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