Thursday, May 10

Update: 101 in 1001

Oh dear.

I think the only thing I've checked off on this list since the last update (in October, yinz) is getting another dog. Which wasn't even one we were supposed to do in the near future. Oops!

Really, though, can you blame me?

So remember: pink means "in progress," green means "DONE," and gray means "oops, better get to that one soon." And goals in big, fat letters mean "No really, get to that one soon."

Off we go...

1. Make Bailey a Canine Good Citizen and take her to a nursing home and/or hospital 

2. Volunteer at the Pittsburgh Food Bank and the Jubilee Soup Kitchen

3. Read 100 new books (22/100)
4. Go to Europe
5. Make my mom's sour cream apple pie from scratch
6. Put x dollars into savings 
7. Pay off my credit card
8. Go to a national park out west
9. Maintain my blog 
10. Reread all of the Harry Potter and Anne of Green Gables books (5/15)
11. Lose 20 lbs (hahahahaha)
12. Ride in a hot air balloon

13. Write more letters, postcards, birthday cards and all thank you notes for anything
14. Make cheesecake
15. Write a book (and so begins my annual summer attempt at becoming a novelist...)
16. Buy classic, well-cut dresses in the following colors: black, light gray, cream, navy, light pink, dark pink, dark purple, dark green, light blue, yellow, dark red (don't judge me - as I said before, all I wear are dresses)
17. Buy classic, comfortable pumps in the following colors: black, dark brown, tan, gray, navy (1/5)
18. Visit 5 museums
19. Join a community pool
20. Go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
21. Join a book club... must start going again, Teddy is killing my book club buzz
22. Create our wedding album
23. Get another dog... CHECK (new goal: do not get another dog within the next three years)
24. Donate x dollars to the Red Cross, the Children's Hospital Free Care Fund, the Humane Society, and the ASPCA
25. Go to Cook's Forest every year on the weekend before Christmas (big fat fail last year)
26. Host a dinner party... cozy Christmas dinner yinz.
27. Roast a chicken
28. Make 10 loaves of homemade bread... 6 so far.
29. Make a gift for someone
30. Follow the change jar method of budgeting
31. Get some kind of haircut
32. Learn a great poem by heart
33. Make homemade soup once a week from October-March
34. Watch all AFI Top 100 movies
35. Send out Christmas cards... year one, CHECK!
36. Go camping
37. Get better at returning phone calls (again, ambiguous... but noble! I am terrible at this right now)
38. Stop swearing
39. See "Wicked" ... Amazing
40. Go to a Steelers game
41. Legally change my last name 
42. Refill someone's parking meter
43. Pay for the person behind me at the drive through
44. Clean out my closet and donate clothes to Good Will at least once a year... year one, CHECK!
45. Take a graduate class, just for fun - probably in Children's Literature
46. Attend a concert (Elton John, Paul McCartney, U2, Lady Gaga are all contenders)
47. Cut down our own Christmas tree, and decorate it beautifully (alas, this will have to wait another year)
48. Bake shortbread for Christmas, and give it to friends and family 
49. Write a will, and make Kyle write one too
50. Attend Mass at least once a month
51. Pray more regularly
52. Stay off of Facebook for an entire week
53. Ride a horse
54. Get a massage
55. Get a facial
56. Trim Bailey's nails and brush her teeth at least once a month
57. Do the dishes every day (most days this is accomplished, some days this is "in progress")
58. Go on a picnic
59. Complete the Couch to 5K program
60. Go to a taping of the Colbert Report
61. See Louis CK or Chris Rock in standup
62. Have a psychic reading at the creepy shop in Hilton Head
63. Finish wedding thank you notes ...glory, glory, halleluiah!
64. Buy patio furniture (porch furniture, yes... patio furniture, under consideration)
65. Use my French and Spanish audio CDs to gain back some kind of competence in foreign languages
66. Surprise Kyle with x, y, and z (again, there are things here - but they wouldn't be surprises then!)
67. Try one new kind of wine each month
68. Purchase a real newspaper subscription
69. Attend the Harp and Fiddle's Ceili dancing night
70. Go to a dog show each summer
71. Go to the Irish Festival each summer (1/3)
72. Have dinner at Morton's, Ruth's Chris, and the Capital Grille
73. Try a new cheese every other month (don't just buy Dubliner each time, though it's the best cheese on earth)
74. Resize my wedding band, and have Kyle do the same (or just get fatter so my size 6 wedding band fits!)
75. Find a PCP we like, and actually go once a year for a physical
76. Keep up with dentist appointments
77. Go to Maine
78. Have fresh flowers in the house, ideally once a week
79. Pull weeds, ideally once a week
80. Improve my manners (esp. accepting compliments without being super awkward, and not talking too much to strangers, those who were talking, or those who are busy)
81. Fix our front porch flooring - replacing a few boards, restain it, and seal it...CHECK (replace "a few boards?" I was in denial -- replace the entire freaking thing)
82. Clean out our creepy basement... CHECK, thank you Kyle!
83. Learn to play the guitar
84. Send anonymous flowers
85. Tour a scotch distillery
86. Walk to work
87. Go to bed before 10 pm for a week... CHECK.
88. Wake up before 6 am for a week (probably the same week as the 10 pm bedtime)... thanks, Teddy.

89. Take an art class for fun
90. Buy a new pair of glasses, and wear them for an entire day
91. Visit a lighthouse (maybe on the trip to Maine?)
92. Buy a king size bed, and a Tempur Pedic mattress
93. Face the uncomfortable: saying "no," unavoidable confrontation
94. Wear my mink wrap to fancy events in the winter
95. Go hiking
96. Go to the Crawford County fair

I guess I'm not doing as poorly as I thought!

I love this list.


  1. What a great list!! I can totally help you accomplish the "go to a Steelers game" one!! :o)

  2. Every time I read this list, I want to hang out with you (with a purpose)! Neil and I got tickets for the Avett Brothers on Monday May 20th at stage AE - if they aren't sold out, I think you'd love them.

    If you ever want to walk/jog/couch to 5K - I'd love to join and we always like signing up for races!

    Also something to consider - our church goes out to South Dakota to the Badlands National Park each year and Neil & I plan to go next summer (inexpensive and fun - check off west coast park)

    And every year I get a pittsburgh pool pass - so fun - let me know if you do and we can lounge together

    (ah and so many more - can we pleeease hang out soon!)

  3. I've never heard of a 101 in 1001 before, but it's a great idea! Looks like you are making good progress. :)