101 Things

101 Things in 1001 Days

(11/8/09: My final recap post can be found here.)

I’ll be referring back to this master list, crossing things off as they’re completed, and linking to posts or photos as appropriate.

Official Start Date: January 5, 2007
End Date: October 2, 2009

Benefits myself and others:
1. Volunteer somewhere for at least 1 hour
2. Give $10 to a homeless person or a stranger in need (12/07)
3. Donate blood at least 3 times (6/29/07, 1/23/08, 3/24/08)
4. Make a donation to a worthy cause (10/31/07/)
5. Participate in a large support event (11/22/08)
6. Watch a child for free, for at least 2 hours, so the parent(s) can have a break (5/08)
7. Send a “just because” care package to a friend (7/08)
8. Send a “just because” letter to my grandmother (7/07)
9. Give a sincere compliment to 1 person a day for 5 days (10/07)
10. Work out 3 times a week for 1 month (Purchased an elliptical machine; completed task in 2/07)
11. Do at least 1 unassisted pull-up

General:
12. Get a promotion at work that results in a raise (5/14/08)
13. Move to a better neighborhood (9/29/07)
14. Write a letter to apartment complex at the end of my lease, letting them know what I think about their property (9/07)
15. Do not go online for 3 consecutive days (4/08)
16. Buy a complete outfit purchased from thrift stores
17. Record total amount of money spent on food for a month (1/29/07)
18. Plant something from seed
19. Smile at everyone I see for an entire day (10/07)
20. Host a sleepover for at least 2 females
21. Dress in costume for Halloween (10/31/08)
22. Fly a kite
23. Use all 3 of the unused gift cards in my wallet, all in 1 day or weekend
24. Put together an emergency kit for the workplace (8/08)
25. Compile emergency supplies for home
26. Call someone I haven’t talked to in at least six months (11/07)
27. Watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy (6/07-8/07)
28. Watch 10 documentaries (Reviews)
29. Read at least 4 books on my personal bookshelf (#1, #2, #3 #4)
30. Attend a church service
31. Research how to be more ecologically conscious and put 3 new ideas into practice (12/07)
32. Memorize something and demonstrate it for someone as proof

Writing:
33. Post at least 3 book reviews (3/20/07, 2/29/08)
34. Submit at least 2 posts that appear on a website other than my own (1/23/08, 3/19/08)
35. Compose a “If something dire ever happens to me” letter and give it to a family member (1/08)
36. Participate in 3 consecutive Sunday Scribblings writing prompts (2/12/07, 2/18/07, 2/25/07)
37. Send at least 10 Christmas cards and write a personal note in each (12/26/07)
38. Post an entry about “My personal feelings about weight” (1/8/07)
39. Post an entry about my childhood (11/15/07)
40. Participate in an online writing contest/newsletter OR submit a piece to a printed publication
41. Post an example of 55-Fiction (9/08)

Travel and Destinations:
42. Go to a country where I have to use my passport again
43. Tour a vineyard/winery OR go to a wine festival
44. Ride on a train in the U.S. (9/19/08)
45. Sleep outside (in a tent or under the stars) (6/07)
46. Go on a hike (2/8/09)
47. Eat a picnic lunch in a park or by a body of water (3/1/08)
48. Ride on the back of a motorcycle (6/7/08)
49. Stay in a haunted hotel room OR visit a place that advertises itself as being haunted
50. Visit Denise in Tampa (4/08)
51. Visit Lyndsey in Texas
52. Visit Christina in Columbus
53. Visit Aunt Cathy and Uncle Jeff at one of their two homes (10/08)
54. Take a Sisters-Only Getaway with both of my two beautiful sisters
55. Go to a parade or street fair (2/18/08)
56. Attend a comedy show (9/1/07)
57. Attend a non-mandatory lecture or seminar (3/1/08)
58. Attend a sporting event (2/6/08)

Local:
59. Visit every exhibit at the National Zoo in one day (1/15/07)
60. Ride the DC metro (4/28/07)
61. Visit 5 of the Smithsonian museums (2/24/07, 5/20/07, 3/1/08)
62. Visit Arlington National Cemetery (5/4/07)
63. Visit 1 vegan bakery and 1 vegan/vegetarian restaurant (2/5/07, 7/07)
64. Visit the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (3/1/08)
65. Purchase a bicycle (6/25/08)
66. Visit the Holocaust Memorial Museum (2/24/07)
67. Visit the National Geographic Museum (3/23/08)

Arts and Culture:
68. Obtain a piece of original art for the wall
69. Paint a picture
70. Do something crafty (9/07)
71. Support a craftsperson — buy something handmade (6/30/08)
72. Attend a dance performance (12/7/07)
73. Attend a concert (9/2/07)
74. See a play (7/31/08)
75. See an author read from his or her work (1/17/09)

Things I wouldn’t normally do:
76. Attend a local blogger meet-up OR a blogging conference (BlogHer 2007)
77. Meet at least 2 new bloggers in person, not part of a large group gathering (2/5/07, 4/29/07)
78. Wink at someone I find attractive
79. Kiss someone who I just met for the first time that day (7/18/08)
80. Sit in a bookstore for at least half an hour, by myself (10/5/07)
81. Go to the movies alone (1/6/08)
82. Dress in a way I normally wouldn’t and observe people’s reactions (10/25/08)
83. Be an extra in a movie or TV show OR Be part of the audience at a TV recording
84. Start a conversation with a stranger (4/6/07)

Learning:
85. Learn at least 50 ASL signs
86. Learn the correct way to hold and shoot a gun (9/07)
87. Take a class that features something I’ve never done before (4/08)

Technology and Photo:
88. Transfer 8mm camcorder tapes to digital format
89. Scan and upload photos from when I was ages 15-21 (pre-digital) (8/09)
90. Post a video on the internet that has me in it (1/18/09)
91. Document a “day in my life” with photos (2/29/08)
92. Complete a 26-Things Photo Scavenger Hunt (5/08)
93. Upgrade and redesign my website (1/22/07)

Food:
94. Eat 2 things I’ve never tried before (9/07)
95. Cook at least 1 dish I’ve never made before, at least once a week, for 4 consecutive weeks (9/07)
96. Make my own jelly/preserves (8/13/08)
97. Make a vegan dessert that is so yummy and delectable that those who eat it can’t tell it doesn’t contain dairy (6/30/07)
98. Dry my own fruit using a food dehydrator
99. Eat only raw foods for an entire day (1/20/08)
100. Visit a Farmer’s Market and make something out of at least 1 of the things I purchase (5/24/08)

Near the end:
101. Make a new list of 101 Things by the time my 1001 days are done

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48 Comments

  • Reply ally bean January 5, 2007 at 11:41 am

    This is a great list. I like how you have it divided by categories. This is going to fun/educational to watch you as you do these things.

    What are you going to do first??

  • Reply Chris January 5, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    Wow! Great list! Good luck πŸ™‚

  • Reply jen m. January 5, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    this sounds like so much fun! and definitely doable. i love the haunted house one!

    make sure you go to kenilworth aquatic gardens when the lotuses are blooming, it’s amazing. for your documentaries, if you haven’t seen them yet, i highly recommend “return to kandehar,” “control room,” “supersize me,” “the take,” “riding giants,” and “man push cart.” ooh, i love documentaries!

    i can teach you to knit if you want, it’s easy!

  • Reply Elissa January 5, 2007 at 10:43 pm

    Interesting…I want to go to the haunted hotel with you (there are a few in/around New Orleans), I want to go to a concert, can’t wait for the trip with the sisters. I think the one about not getting on the internet for for 5 days wil be the hardest for you though:))
    I suggest the kissing someone you just met be one of the first thigs you do…

  • Reply Dana January 6, 2007 at 10:38 am

    Very interesting indeed…….I’m very curious to see where you start! πŸ™‚

  • Reply janet January 6, 2007 at 11:33 am

    the list is really great. I am still considering starting something like it… we will see!

  • Reply kerrianne January 16, 2007 at 9:20 am

    This is a pretty awesome idea, indeed. Good work!
    : )

  • Reply Denise January 23, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    Damn girl, I like your list better than mine – can we trade????

  • Reply maryelizabeth February 28, 2007 at 11:11 am

    i love this. good luck!

  • Reply Pamela April 10, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    A wonderful list.
    I have some things like chase a tornado, go as far north in Alaska that I need to go to “hear” the northern lights, see baby whales born in Mexico…
    but I think some of the things on your list are much more realistic.

    #43 We have special wine time twice a year
    “Holiday barrel tasting” in December and in May the “Annual Spring Release”

  • Reply elysa May 7, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    I just found your site through blogher and this was the first post I clicked on because it was at the top of favorites. I think this is a great idea and sounds like great fun. I may have to steal your idea at some point. First step is think of the list of random things to do.

    Good luck!

  • Reply Denise May 16, 2007 at 8:44 pm

    Hey, I thought there was only one person doing this but you are also doing it. Kewl. I started on my list yesterday. Haven’t finished it yet.ü Wonder who else is posting this kind of thing online?….ü Good luck.

  • Reply Denise May 16, 2007 at 8:50 pm

    Oh, how stupid of me. There *are* many people doing this kind of thing! I just read the project guidelines thingy….Tee hee!ü

  • Reply Jennb October 3, 2007 at 10:33 am

    This is a great list, very inspiring.

  • Reply Katy November 11, 2007 at 1:43 am

    Hey, Zandria – great list…wow…inspiring. If you ever get out to NorCal, I can recommend some good winery tours πŸ˜‰
    Cheers, Katy (NaBloPoMo ’07)

  • Reply Diar December 4, 2007 at 5:03 am

    Wow, the list inspires me to do the similar thing. Even the small thing counts πŸ™‚

    Thanks a bunch for the inspirations πŸ™‚

  • Reply Nadine January 3, 2008 at 6:46 am

    I volunteer for number 6! Come on over! πŸ˜€

  • Reply WonderSpot March 5, 2008 at 12:05 am

    Saw your link on Zoot. I hope you don’t mind if I participate with my own list!

  • Reply jamie March 8, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    I also saw your link on Zoot. Very cool idea.

    I’m not far from you if you’d want to take a train trip with me to a yoga class in say… Ohio? I can teach you more than 50 ASL signs on the way and we could stop at a Thrift store! πŸ™‚

  • Reply WonderSpot March 17, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    My list is finally up! Take a look, if you like. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Rashell June 12, 2008 at 7:28 am

    For number 82, if you dont normally you could dress Gothic πŸ™‚

  • Reply Amanda August 5, 2008 at 2:33 am

    Hi Zandria, just wanted to pop in and let you know I enjoy your blog and have been inspired by your 101 Things list to start my own πŸ™‚

  • Reply [F]oxymoron October 9, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Given any thought to your Halloween costume?? The day is fast approaching!

  • Reply Allie March 9, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Walgreens does media transfers. Sometimes they even have coupons (although for that, not quite so often) #88

  • Reply Allie March 9, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    You can also bring in your photos to walgreens, scan them, and have them put on cd. You don’t have to order prints. The CD is pretty inexpensive and its pretty easy.

  • Reply Jazzy March 11, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Dope list, do you have a clean copy of the list?

  • Reply Jocelyn July 2, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    You are the first person that I have found who has actually completed almost everything on their list! It’s very inspiring to see. Congrats πŸ™‚

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  • Reply sudan November 9, 2009 at 6:22 am

    It was awesome and i hope you wont mind if i added them on my list for the year 2010.As most of them are doable and the one which were not given much attention..
    I have made my own list besides adding yours to it…Thanks for such a good job!!!

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