101 Things in 1001 Days

I’ve pretty much joined the witness protection program. I have a new life. I now have a husband to consider in all my decisions. Live in a new state. Have a new name. I’m looking for a job to start a new career. So what’s next do you ask? We’ll I’ll tell you…

Here it is. This is it. My list of 101 things to complete in the next 1001 days. The next step for me is to stop putting off all those things I’ve always wanted to do. I will attempt to complete all the things that need to get done, fulfill those random ambitions I posses, and add a few new goals that come along with my new life.

Now, before you start giving me all of your input, I will say that I am fully aware that some of these things can be easily accomplished, while with others I have no control over their outcome and if they actually happen or not. I am also aware that some things aren’t going to make or break me, whereas others are completely life altering. But this is all okay.

I am giving myself nearly 3 years to attempt to accomplish everything on the following list, and for every task that I am unable to accomplish, I plan on doing an hour of community service. I plan on doing community service not as a way to punish myself for an incomplete task, but more for the making that every incomplete task isn’t a failure. I will still be doing something for each incomplete task that will benefit others and in return benefit myself.

Without further ado, here it goes…

The Mission: 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 effort on your part).

Start Date: July 27, 2011
End Date: April 23, 2014

All Work & No Play

  1. Land an ultrasound job
  2. Complete my ultrasound reference binder
  3. Become ARDMS in at least one specialty

Life Online

  1. Don’t log into facebook for 1 week
  2. Get through HTML/XHTML/and CSS Bible
  3. Revamp Stranded in the Desert
  4. Revamp Romano Sugar
  5. Get someone I don’t personally know to comment on Stranded in the Desert
  6. Get someone I don’t personally know to comment on Romano Sugar
  7. Regularly post on Romano Sugar
  8. Learn about SEO
  9. Get 10 subscribers on Stranded in the Desert
  10. Get 10 subscribers on Romano Sugar
  11. Learn how to use Gimp
  12. Learn about PHP

Marriage & Family

  1. Have a “date night” with David twice a month (0/66)
  2. Add a mini-dachshund to our family
  3. Have a baby
  4. Take my grandma to a movie
  5. Take my other grandma to a movie

Pinching Pennies

  1. Make a budget and stick with it for at least 6 months
  2. Start a vacation savings
  3. Save enough money to have at least 6 months reserve

Big Spender

  1. Buy a house
  2. Get a fancy camera
  3. Purchase The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Pastry Arts
  4. Buy another gun

I ♥ All Things Food

  1. Make a confetti cake
  2. Make chocolate chip pancakes
  3. Try at least 2 new recipes a month (0/66)
  4. Perfect at least 3 different types of sugar flowers (0/3)
  5. Sell something I bake
  6. Make a custom recipe book
  7. Make homemade cherry pie for my husband
  8. Grow an herb garden
  9. Get a bottle of wine from Sunflower Market and drink it

Pure Entertainment

  1. Watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show from start to finish
  2. Watch all 3 seasons of Arrested Development
  3. Watch at least 2 movies a month I’ve never seen before (0/66)
  4. Read at least 1 new book a month (0/33)
  5. Go to another Toby Keith concert
  6. See a midnight showing at a theater
  7. Go to a play

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words

  1. Participate in project 365
  2. Order our wedding photos
  3. Take a picture that’s nice enough to hang in our house

Mind, Body, & Soul

  1. Lose 5 pounds
  2. Don’t weight myself for 3 weeks
  3. Wake up at 6:00am everyday for 1 week
  4. Go to bed at 10:00pm everyday for 1 week
  5. Make a list of 100 things that make me happy
  6. Give up ice cream for 2 weeks, including frozen yogurt & gelato (0/66)
  7. Give up dairy for 2 weeks, including coffee creamer (0/66)
  8. No eating after 8:00pm for 1 week
  9. Read the Bible everyday for 30 days
  10. Grow my hair out
  11. Wash my face every night before bed for 30 days
  12. Don’t say a foul word for 3 days
  13. Spend a Saturday morning in bed watching movies

Oh, so crafty!

  1. Actually finish a crochet project
  2. Learn to knit and make something
  3. Sew something
  4. Make a newlywed map
  5. Make a scrapbook

Expanding my horizon

  1. Try at least 3 new things at Starbucks (0/3)
  2. Try a coffee shop other than Starbucks
  3. Start to learn another language
  4. Take a photography class
  5. Become a more informed voter for the next election
  6. Try 5 new restaurants (0/5)
  7. Read through my book on wine
  8. Attend 15 different garage sales (0/15)
  9. Learn how to use all the features on my digital camera
  10. Read The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Pastry Arts
  11. Read through my photography book
  12. Take a baking class

It Must Be Done

  1. Put together the guest bedroom
  2. Line kitchen cabinets and clean out the pantry
  3. Clean out my nightstand drawer in the bedroom
  4. Change my name on my passport
  5. Organize my cook books and recipes

Involving Others

  1. Babysit for someone
  2. Clean out my closet and give away some of my clothes
  3. Participate in BookCrossing
  4. Mail a card to someone once a month (0/33)


  1. Visit Teresa
  2. Go to New York & visit Danielle
  3. Go to Mount Lemon
  4. Visit the Grand Canyon

Random Ambitions

  1. Sell something online
  2. Go pig hunting
  3. Host a game night
  4. Go on a picnic
  5. Sing karaoke
  6. Go running in the rain
  7. Host a giveaway
  8. Host a holiday cookie swap
  9. Attend a street fair
  10. Go wine tasting
  11. Enter a contest of some sort

Most Importantly

  1. Be me