Monday, September 20, 2010

#70 - Take a Walk in Central Park

On a lovely Sunday afternoon, Kevin and I took a walk in Central Park! We climbed some rocks, watched a couple of innings of a softball game, and ate over-priced hot dogs.

101 in 1001

I'm excited to be back to blogging and ready to go!

On September 5th I started my Day Zero Project. You can follow it here. I'm going to keep track of my completed tasks on this blog! I'll put up pictures when appropriate, talk about my experiences, whatever I feel like doing! You want to see the list? Inspired by Caitlin, I've arranged my tasks into categories.

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 work on my part).

Start date: September 5, 2010
End date: June 3, 2013

If you set a goal and acknowledge it (say it out loud/ write it down), your brain processes it as something that is already yours. Your psyche counts it as a loss if you don’t achieve your goal.

Items in bold are completed
Items in italics are in progress
Related blog posts are linked where applicable
See all posts in the category 101 in 1001

Be Creative

1. Learn to knit or crochet
2. Make at least ten 12x12 scrapbook pages and put them in an album
3. Put my printed photos into equal-sized albums
4. Build a snowman
5. Paint a canvas until I’m proud of it
6. Make a quilt
7. Take a Red Velvet Art online class

Food and Drink

8. Make a four-course meal
9. Cook dinner twice a week for a month
10. Make someone a birthday cake - Completed July 4, 2011
11. Find a type of wine that I like - Riesling
12. Make/bring my lunch every day for one month
13. Shop at a farmer’s market
14. Go apple picking - Completed October 2, 2010
15. Make up a good recipe


16. Wear a pedometer every day for a week
17. Get to my goal weight
18. Use the stairs instead of the elevator for one week

Health and Beauty

19. Find out my blood type
20. Get 8 hours of sleep per night for two straight weeks
21. Take my vitamins every day for a month - Completed July 21, 2011
22. Figure out and implement a natural make-up look
23. Drink 8 glasses of water a day for a week
24. Discover a new hairstyle for myself
25. Get a weird spa treatment (like a mud bath)


26. Ask my living grandparents to tell me about their lives
27. Take my mom to a nice dinner on me
28. Have a drink with my dad and talk about his life
29. Go on a trip with my sister

Friends and Relationships

30. Get engaged
31. Take a picture together with Kevin once a week for three months
32. Have a Lady Gaga themed party
33. Carve “kt♥ks” on a tree
34. Host a game night
35. Send out Christmas cards
36. Read Kevin’s favorite book, no matter what it is
37. Send 10 “Just Because” cards
38. Organize a game of Hide and Seek with 10+ people in Ikea

Career and Education

39. Get my MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology - Completed May 20, 2012
40. Get a job after graduation
41. Put 10% of my paychecks into savings (starting after my MA degree is complete)


42. Save all of my change for 1001 days and cash it in when the challenge is done
43. Put $5 into savings for each completed task
44. Pay back $3000 of my graduate student loans

Computer and Internet

45. Blog once a week for six months - Completed January 29, 2012
46. Make an iTunes playlist of 101 of my favorite songs
47. Get to 3,000 pictures of me tagged on Facebook
48. Back up and clean out all of my files

Culture and Television

49. Read 10 books I’ve been meaning to read
50. Re-learn sign language (and add to it)
51. Read a non-fiction book all the way through - Bossypants by Tina Fey
52. Attend a live taping of a show
53. Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen – one for each letter of the alphabet
54. Watch every episode of NCIS
55. Go one week without watching any television or movies (including on the computer)

Music and Expression

56. Send a secret to Post Secret
57. Audition for a musical
58. Learn how to play a song on the piano, then perform it for someone
59. Attend a dance class
60. Sing karaoke at a bar
61. Go back to see at least one Century Singers concert as a former
62. Find a personally inspiring quote and apply it to my daily life


63. Visit a flea market (purchasing optional)
64. Get a Kitchen Aid stand mixer - Gift from Dad for Christmas 2010!
65. Downsize – get rid of extra, useless junk
66. Buy 5 original/handmade art or craft pieces from local creators to display in our home

New York City

67. Go to FAO Schwarz store - Completed November 24, 2010
68. Read in the New York Public Library - Completed September 25, 2011
69. Eat breakfast at big Tiffany & Co. store
70. Take a walk in Central Park - Completed September 5, 2010
71. Go to Top of the Rock observation deck (
72. Go on a Scott’s Pizza Tour (
73. Update my voter registration to New York address
74. Visit the Sony Wonder Technology Lab ( - Completed October 29, 2010
75. See a show at Radio City Music Hall - Completed November 24, 2010
76. Visit the Bronx Zoo
77. Go to a New York City street fair


78. Travel with Kevin out of the country
79. Go to Cape Cod with Kevin - Completed May 30, 2011
80. Visit South Carolina again
81. Drive down the California coast


82. Find a church home in New York
83. Reread Blue Like Jazz
84. Memorize James 1
85. Do another Beth Moore bible study

Give Back

86. Adopt a dog or cat - Completed July 17, 2011
87. Donate $1 for every goal not completed
88. Leave an inspirational note inside a book for someone to find - Completed September 25, 2011
89. Buy and use reusable shopping bags
90. Adopt an Angel for the Salvation Army
91. Give a 100% tip
92. Praise a good customer service experience to the person’s boss
93. Donate blood

Et cetera

94. Make a wish at 11:11 on November 11, 2011
95. Buy a lottery ticket
96. Go without speaking for an entire day
97. Watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day
98. Get a tattoo
99. Find a place to practice archery
100. Buy some piece(s) of archery equipment for recreation
101. Get through the whole list!