Thursday, October 24, 2013

101 Things in 1,001 Days

Sick as a dog.
I am fighting off an infection and have been laid up in bed for the past several days. On the plus side, I'm all caught up on the Kardashians and the Long Island Medium. It's driving the Merry Husband nuts. At this point, I think he wants me to get well almost as much as I do.

Nothing like a few hours of watching other people's lives to make you feel like you are wasting yours. So, I was intrigued when a friend of mine mentioned that she is doing the Day Zero Project. Essentially a bucket list organizer, the Day Zero Project allows you to set goals, monitor your progress, and share your success with the website's online community. The site's most popular challenge is its "101 Things in 1,001 Days" list. 1,001 days is approximately 2.75 years and puts me just a couple of months shy of my 40th birthday. I'll keep you updated as I (hopefully) strike goals from my list.

  1. Build a bonfire and toast marshmallows
  2. Wake up at 5:00 AM everyday for a week
  3. Kiss at the top of the Empire State Building
  4. Pack a picnic
  5. Volunteer 50 hours through the Junior League
  6. See Niagara Falls (New York)
  7. Paint the walls
  8. Buy something fabulous for myself
  9. Take a yoga class
  10. Go to London
  11. Have a baby
  12. Run a marathon in under 4 hours
  13. Host a cocktail party
  14. See a Broadway show
  15. Become flexible enough to touch my toes
  16. Buy an original piece of art
  17. Complete a 100 Pushups Challenge
  18. Read 10 classics I should have read but have never got around to
  19. Watch the sun rise over the Atlantic and set over the Pacific in the same day
  20. See the Northern Lights
  21. Eat a lobster in Maine
  22. Visit Julia Child's kitchen in the Smithsonian
  23. Buy a new car
  24. Have professional photos taken of my dog
  25. Eat caviar and drink champagne on New Year's Eve
  26. Do a hangover run on New Year's Day
  27. Go snow shoeing
  28. Learn a new language
  29. Take a lesson at the Land Rover Experience Driving School in Equinox, Vermont
  30. Go canoeing
  31. Reach my goal weight
  32. Eat dinner at Commander's Palace in New Orleans
  33. Hike part of the Appalachian Trail
  34. Join a book club
  35. Go to a jazz club
  36. See a Shakespeare play
  37. Learn to sew
  38. Find a new job
  39. Complete my silver pattern
  40. Go to the Brimfield antique show
  41. Do a detox
  42. Refinish an old piece of furniture
  43. Attend a lecture
  44. Have a spa day
  45. Enter something in a food competition
  46. Attend a black tie gala
  47. Attend a unique small-town event
  48. Go to the top of the CN Tower
  49. Eat oysters at Union Oyster House
  50. Learn to drive a stick shift
  51. Rock a bikini at the beach
  52. Get certified in CPR
  53. Go to a live professional sporting event
  54. Try 10 new local restaurants
  55. Go on a spiritual retreat
  56. Order engraved stationery
  57. Go on a road trip
  58. Go to a wine tasting
  59. Participate in a political party or an organization
  60. Donate money to charity
  61. Do a home improvement project
  62. Have a candlelight dinner
  63. Stroll the Cliff Walk in Newport (Rhode Island)
  64. Test drive a convertible sportscar
  65. Visit Nantucket (Massachusetts)
  66. Do some birdwatching
  67. Eat a food I've never tried before
  68. Host a tea party
  69. Attend finishing school
  70. Go to see an Opera
  71. Take piano lessons
  72. Go a month without junk food
  73. Take a self defense class
  74. Make a new friend
  75. Create the perfect up-do
  76. Landscape the backyard
  77. Take a knife skills class
  78. Get a passport
  79. Keep a bottle of champagne in the fridge, just in case
  80. Learn how to change a tire
  81. Take advice from an older & wiser woman
  82. Make a snow angel
  83. Send cookies to troops overseas
  84. Catch a firefly
  85. Learn to play bridge
  86. Visit the Lincoln Memorial (Washington, D.C.)
  87. Go clam digging
  88. See the Christmas carolers at Faneuil Hall
  89. Climb a mountain
  90. Climb an indoor rock wall
  91. Mix a French 75
  92. Ride on a sleigh
  93. Stay up all night
  94. Learn how to do a cartwheel
  95. See a lunar eclipse
  96. Visit a cave
  97. Do something completely spontaneous and crazy
  98. Show gratitude
  99. See a financial planner
  100. Fly on a trapeze
  101. Have a Hawaiian bracelet engraved with my dad's name


  1. I'm coming for the tea party!!!

    I love this!!! I am going to start on myown!

    I hope you feel better! My son is off to Beantown tomorrow! Send good vibes!

    1. If you start a list, let me know! I want to follow along. :) I hope your son has a great visit. If you come down sometime, I will definitely throw you a tea party.

    2. I am part way through making a to do list for this year - love some of your ideas! Elle

  2. 1. Get well soon 2. A baby? Oh my!

    Ali x

    1. Thanks, Ali! And, yeah, fingers crossed. :)

  3. #81 -commanders Palace is over rated. Show the girls on Bourbon Street and get ya some beads ;). Fabulous list. I do believe this is inspirational. Come see me this summer and we will hike Appalachia Trail, roast marshmallows on a Bon fire, catch fireflies, have a spa day, stay up all night, and make a friend.

    1. Oh I am inviting myself to that revelry!

    2. Blue Booby, that is an incredibly generous offer, and if you're not careful, I may just take you up on it! Sad to hear about Commander's Palace. I went to New Orleans once (and only once) before Katrina, and the nice boys on the balcony at Oz threw me some beads.

    3. agree with BB re Commander's, although I hear they're trying to update the menu - hard in a town so dependent on tourist revenues, where the big spenders show up once a year and want to have the same duck they had last year.
      Kissing at top of Empire State Building is overrated. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge or the 59th Street Bridge v. late at night or v. early in the morning, and stop for kisses.

    4. If Sleepless in Seattle ended on the Brooklyn Bridge, no doubt I'd want to kiss there. :)

  4. Get better quick and must do a list too...

  5. You can get to know people from the titles of their books, but this list does an even better job. Your new home in Massachusetts will make a good Command Center for most of these.

    1. Parnassus, I wanted to be able actually to do the items on my list, so while I would have love to fill it with Go to Paris, Go to Cambodia, Go on a Safari, I had to be realistic. If I win PowerBall in the next two years, the list will change. :)

  6. I can help with #21. Anytime. This is quite a list!

    1. Lane, thank you. I'll be sure to give you a heads-up before I go up to Maine. :)

  7. I too can help with recommendations for places to accomplish no. 21. I find the whole lobster intimidating so I would order lobster mac and cheese or lobster stew.

    I really like no. 19. I'm trying to think if I've experience this before. There have been a couple of times where I've flown from Maine to the West Coast and I always try to catch the first flight out.

    1. Thanks, eHa! I think I've come close on no. 19. I know I've been to Logan before sunrise for a flight out to L.A., but I did not pay attention. Time to stop and smell the roses!

  8. I'm a little bit late here, but I hope you are feeling better by now!

  9. I'm late too and agree with Rose, hope you're on your way with your list, very inspirational.

    I was lucky enough to have a three-course dinner along with some very expensive wine at Commander's Palace when I was in my 20s. It remains one of my most memorable dinners to this day, I'd rate it perfect.

    I took auto shop so I know how to change a tire. But! I'm not strong enough to lift a tire (it's more difficult than you think in the position you'd have to be) to line up the lugs.

  10. Wow, this is quite a list. All the best to you!

  11. Hope you are feeling better now!

    I love these lists. They are really revealing about people, and I found myself going 'Yeah, me too, good idea, whoa -'

    Do you really not have a passport?! Get yourself one pronto Missy and get yourself over here!
    Incidentally, in response to one of the comments above, if you're visiting London you'd be crazy not to hop across to Paris too if you haven't been. It's a couple of hours on the train from central London. So easy, and if you book early, not too pricey. You could pop over just for one night if you didn't have oodles of time.

    Let me know if you're heading this way, I'll help :-)



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