Tuesday, December 31, 2013

January goals

I know that some of the things on my 101 in 1001 list will happen more spontaneously and/or well into the unforeseeable future, but i think it's in my best interest to set a few guidelines for myself (at least, while i've got the momentum going). So, for January, these are the items from my list on which i intend to focus:

from the "Crafting" section:
- Afghan square
- Braille blanket chart
- Flower hair pins for Margo

from the "Health/Fitness" section:
- Go to bed before 11pm for 7 consecutive days 

from the "Around the House" section:
- Finish nursery
- Organize filing cabinet

from the "Other" section:
- blog my progress (at least twice)

According to my calculations, to complete my 101 items in 1001 days, i need to check one item off my list every 10 days... so, though i have 7 things listed, if i get at least 3 of them finished, i'll be in good shape... especially since some of the other items listed (like losing weight) will take more than 10 days!


Sunday, December 29, 2013

Reflections before beginning...

Wow. I never realized what motivation setting up the 101 in 1001 would be. I'm not scheduled to start until the end of the week, but i find myself chomping at the bit to start certain items from the list. I think i may indulge, and if i complete them early, i know i have other things with which i can replace them... i know because i got carried away making the list & had to cull 4 or 5 items -- and i've thought of at least 2 more since i wrote the list!


Friday, December 27, 2013

101 Things in 1001 Days.

THE CHALLENGEComplete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
(Tasks must be specific with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching.)
INSPIRATION: Scarlet Words blog

Start date: 01/04/2014
End date: 09/30/2016
--> that's 101 tasks in 143 weeks (2 years, 8 months, & 27 days)

- Complete online class on brioche knitting
- Learn to steek
- Sew bolster pillow for papasan chair/reading nook
- Secret project #1 for Mom
- Refinish elephant toy from Mary
- Compile family recipes into a bound book
- Embroider kids' handprints, birth-to-current
- Sketch-a-Day for a month
- Draw a self-portrait
- Take a painting class
- Yarn-bomb something

Finish WIPs
- Socks for The♥Husbster
- Socks for Ducky
- Dragon shawl
- Blue-striped socks
- Hat for Donna
- Aran sweater for Bug
- Aran sweater for Ducky
- Brigid Larkin hat
- Raindance sweater
- Vernal Verde vest
- Windrows Shawl
- 30 Beekeeper Quilt puffs
- Ten-stitch project
- Sew calico cat for Mom
- Sew curtains for pantry
- Write on/sew Sei Shonagon pillow

Finish Promised Items
- New baby item #1

- New baby item #2
- Dalek for Gavin
- Afghan square (Stained Glass)
- Fingerless mitts for Sara
- Socktopus for Eliza
- Scarf for Debbie
- Chester cat for Ann
- Flower hair pins for Margo
- Darn holes in Jen's blanket
- Frame "The Duel" for Mom

Finish Designing Projects
- Braille blanket

- Cheshire cat scarf
- Paisley chart
- Christmas stockings
- Secret project #2 for Mom

- B&B/Brewery Tour (10th anniv?)
- Travel outside the USA
- Visit family "out west"
- Visit 5 museums I've never visited
- Go skiing
- Hike a trail in a National Park
- Watch a professional Hockey game
- Borrow a book from a "Little Free Library"
- Take Bug & Ducky to a zoo
- Take Bug & Ducky to an aquarium
- Take Bug & Ducky on a cave tour (likely in VA)
- Take Bug & Ducky "camping" at Sleepy Creek
- Take Bug & Ducky on a tour of the Crayola factory
- Ride on a train
- Go horseback riding

- Complete Couch-to-5k 
- Complete 24-day Abs Challenge
- Run a 5k road race
- Run a 5-mile road race
- Do the Color Run
- Zumba 10 hrs in a single month 
- 30 days without caffeine
- 30 days without processed foods
- 30 days without meat
- Lose 25 lbs
- Have an "unplugged" weekend (no phones, internet, etc.)
- Go to bed before 11pm for 7 consecutive days

- Bake a checkerboard cake
- Bake whoopie pies
- Learn to make FIL's gumbo
- Make a proper salad out of things grown in our garden
- Paint our bedroom
- Make a weekly meal chart (Pinterest)
- Make a "launch station" (Pinterest)
- Finish nursery
- Finish laundry room
- Organize the filing cabinet
- Organize/finish the basement closet
- Back-up the photos on our computer

- Donate blood
- Community service (hands-on)
- RAOK: Buy someone lunch
- Update the boys' baby books
- Donate $100 to a charitable cause

OTHER (14)
- Potty-train Bug
- Write a kids' book
- Blog "101 in 1001" progress at least 2x month
- Take Bug & Ducky Christmas caroling
- See a movie at a drive-in
- Go bowling
- Fly a kite
- Build a proper Gingerbread House
- Read 12 books I already own, but haven't yet read
- Finish reading the Bible cover-to-cover
- Have lunch at a "tea room" (invite SILs & nieces?)
- Go to a wine-tasting
- Learn the "50 Nifty United States" song
- Compile lyrics to all the Sunday School songs of my youth