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101 in 1001 Update

Back in March of 2011, I compiled a list of 101 things I wanted to attempt to do in 1001 days.  Before the end of the 1001 days, I stopped blogging, and sadly stopped checking my progress on my list.  Below is the original post from Stress Case, updated with all the things that have been complete since then (some likely after the 1001 days were over, of course).  Check back next week when I share a new 101 in 1001 list!

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

The Criteria: Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days? Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as New Year’s resolutions. 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 or outdoor activities.

The Start Date: 3/30/11

The End Date: 12/26/13

Goals completed are bolded.


1. Go on 15 dinner dates with husband (15/15)

2. Take husband on surprise date with no warning

3. Do the 40 day Love Dare (0/40)

4. Have a photo shoot done with the 2 of us 11/6/11
5. Make husband romantic candle-lit dinner

6. Go to the movies 3 times, husband’s choice (0/3)

7. Take HH to Washington DC 3/1/138. Take HH to New York City 2/25/139. Surprise Handsome Husband at work 6 times (3/6) 8/16/11, 9/29/11, 5/17/1210. Send something to HH’s office for no reason


11. Take sisters on overnight trip

12. Send parents on an trip

13. Have professional family photos done with both sides of family (1/2) HH’s family 11/24/1214. Mail a letter to 5 extended family members for no reason (0/5)

15. Surprise MIL with visits 3 times (0/3)

16. Visit Godmother in her home

17. Visit HH’s Dad’s family in Oregon 9/11


18. Plan a surprise party 6/24/12 Sisters’ Graduation Party19. Treat a friend to lunch or dinner for no reason – 3/31/11, lunch with Nurse Sarcasm20. Go on 5 double dates (5/5) – 4/16/11, 4/17/11, 8/14/11, 12/17/11, 1/28/1221. Go on a girl’s only trip to somewhere overnight 1/12 Arizona22. Go on a trip with another couple 12/11 Las Vegas 23. Throw a themed party 3/16/1324. Host a murder mystery party

25. Host 3 dinner parties (0/3)

26. Bring someone a home-cooked meal to their home

27. Send flowers 5 times (5/5)

28. Bake and bring someone dessert for no reason

29. Set someone up on a date


30. Publish at least 1 post daily for 30 days straight (30/30) – 4/29/1131. Publish at least 200 blog posts (200/200) 9/1132. Make money in some way from blogging 5/2012 Google Adsense33. Gain 50 followers – 4/15/11 54 followers
34. Write about something that makes me anxious to write about

35. Have my blog written about on someone else’s blog – 4/5/11 Hunnel Happenings


36. Attend a cooking class

37. Add 10 recipes to Family Favorites (0/10)

38. Try 30 new recipes (30/30)
39. Make dinner at least 3 times a week, two weeks in a row (2/6) Weeks of 1/14 and 1/21

40. Pack Handsome Husband lunch for work/school every work day, two weeks in a row (0/10)

41. Make and bring Christmas cookies for 5 families/people 12/201142. Cook breakfast 5 Saturday mornings (0/5)

43. Make sushi at home

44. Bake bread

45. Try 5 new restaurants (5/5) – 4/17/11 Beachwood, 11/12/11 Genghis Kahn Mongolian BBQ, 12/17/11 Carnevino, 12/28/11 Savannah’s Chop House, 1/2/12 Xi’an 9021046. Eat vegetarian for 1 week

47. Make a Family Favorites Recipe Book for 2 families

48. Make ice cream from scratch


49. Keep budget spreadsheet updated daily for 1 month

50. Stay under budget in personal spending category for 2 months straight (0/2)

51. Get free credit report and take care of any issues 11/14/11

52. Be “over budget” in Savings category 3 months in a row (0/3)

We no longer budget in this manner – these would be impossible to complete! 


53. Order wedding album

54. Complete wedding scrapbooks for parents and MIL

55. Make scrapbook for wedding cards, bridal shower, bachelorette party, and rehearsal

56. Sell or store wedding supplies 9/1257. Get wedding dress cleaned and stored – 4/30/11 courtesy of Gardening Mom58. Write reviews of all wedding vendors (DOC, photographer, venue, videographer, florist)


59. See a live musical

60. Attend a concert of a famous person I’ve never yet seen perform

61. Visit 2 museums (2/2)

62. Try 5 foods I have never tried 

63. Visit a state I’ve never been to


64. Get to ultimate goal weight (for me to know – readers to wonder!)

65. Run 1 mile without walking – April/May 201166. Eat a fruit and a vegetable every day for 1 week

67. Don’t go through a drive-thru for 3 weeks

68. Work out at least three times a week, 2 weeks in a row – Weeks of 4/11/11 & 4/18/11 C25K
69. Go 1 month without drinking any alcohol


70. Legally change my name – June 2011

71. Change name on all documents – credit/bank cards, driver’s license, SS card – 7/6/11

72. Write advance directives, and get husband to do so to

73. Buy and use jewelry organizer that works for me

74. Get engagement and wedding rings insured

75. Make Family binder for organization of all important info


76. Volunteer 3 times (3/3)

77. Send 10 cards/letters for no reason (0/10)

78. Serve food at soup kitchen/homeless shelter

79. Gift someone an experience (vacation, day outing, etc) Massage for MIL 12/25/11

80. Put change in someone’s expired meter


81. Don’t get lower than a B (80%) in any class barely made it through Microbiology…sigh.

82. Obtain RN licensure


83. Renew CPR certification 11/5/11
84. Take at least 3 CE classes/units (3/3)

85. Join professional organization for nurses

86. Obtain personal malpractice insurance


87. Read 20 books (6/20) – A Stolen Life, The Immortal Life of Henreitta Lacks, Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), One Pink Line, Defending Casey Anthony, Drinking&Tweeting 

88. Donate my hair 5/2012

89. Re-do 2 pieces of furniture (0/2)

90. Wear my hair down for 7 consecutive days

91. Go fruit picking

92. Inspire someone to start and publish (somewhere) a 101 in 1001 list – Tutor Girl @ Hunnel Happenings

93. Alter tattoo on my back to reflect the date husband and I started dating

94. Go skinny dipping in a public place

95. Don’t log-in to Facebook for an entire weekend (Friday 6pm-Monday 8am)

96. See a movie in 3D

97. Watch an entire TV series on DVD that I’ve never seen – How I Met Your Mother

98. See a drive-in movie

99. Visit Bubby’s grave

100. Visit Grandpa’s grave 2/28/13

101. Go wine tasting 1/2013