Archive for January, 2010

More for the Happy List!

21. watching the jellyfish float around their tanks at the National Zoo (my friends yelled at me for watching them too long!)
22. the smell of the ocean and the sound of the waves and seagulls
23. $5 Walmart men’s sweatpants (size small and rolled down three times)
24. the smell of a fire burning in the fireplace
25. Gregory Peck’s eyebrows

What makes *you* happy?

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This was the video that made me fall in love with Andrew Bird–the combination of the haunting music and the ink illustrations and the wonderful myth of it all.

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101 in 1001

I’ve seen several other people with these lists and I couldn’t resist the list-making any longer!

The Challenge:
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 your part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple challenges such as New Year’s resolutions or a ‘Bucket List’. 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, study semesters, or outdoor activities.

My 101:

Start date: 21 January, 2010

Finish date: 18 October, 2012

3 / 101 things. 3% done!


  • Plain text = to-do
  • Italics = in progress
  • Strikethrough = completed


1.   Have a homecooked Sunday Dinner once a month with friends.
2.   Call Mom and Dad at least once a week!
3.   Private goal.
4.   Do something fun or have dinner with the DelToros at least once a month.
5.   Network with other photographers.
6.   Visit Florida friends at least twice a year.
7.   Keep in touch with friends over the phone.
8.   Use all 450 minutes of my AT&T plan one month.


9.   Write at least a rough draft of The Light Brigade.
10.  Design my website/blog.
11.  Buy a domain name.
12.  Design business cards.
13.  Make my own coffee table book.
14.  Swede a video.
15.  Complete 10 DIY projects.
16.  Read 10 non-fiction books. [Reading Katharine Hepburn’s autobiography, “Me”.]
17.  Read 15 business-related books.
18.  Read all the unread books in my library.
19.  Second shoot a wedding with a photographer I admire.
20.  Invest in a Nikon D700.
21.  Practice fiddle 5 days a week, for at least 20 minutes, for 2 months.
22.  Shoot a session in an old library.
23.  Shoot a session in a movie theater.
24.  Buy a strobe and learn how to use off-camera flash.
25.  Have a show in a gallery.
26.  Read my entire camera manual.

+ Entertainment:

27.  Watch all of Star Trek TOS and TNG.
28.  Buy a VHS player. [I bought it, but either I haven’t hooked it up correctly, or it’s broken. Finding an expert (read: engineering friend) to help.]
29.  Go to Atlanta for a Braves game with Brendon.
30.  See the Red Sox play at Camden Yard and the Nationals’ stadium.
31.  See 3 concerts.
32.  Attend a roller derby.
33.  Attend a weekly Irish music session at a pub.
34.  Find a cinema café in DC.
35.  Go to a Capitals game.
36.  Go to a Red Skins game.

+ Travel & Tourism:

37.  Visit 5 museums in DC.
38.  Attend a service at the National Cathedral. [completed 25 January, 2010]
39.  Try out 5 local restaurants that I’ve never been to. [1/5 completed: Potbelly Sandwich Works]
40.  Eat in Morocco in Epcot.
41.  Take the train home to CT.
42.  Visit Deidre in NYC.
43.  Visit Audrey in London.
44.  Go to a restaurant that was featured on Diners, Drive Ins, & Dives.
45.  Take a photograph at every metro stop in DC.
46.  Visit Kristen at JMU and Ryan at VT.
47.  Visit Ireland with Mom.
48.  See the Kentucky Derby, have a mint julep, and wear a fancy hat. And bet on a horse.
49.  Take a trip to Las Vegas.
50.  Get crab cakes in Baltimore.

+ Self:

51.  See a movie in a theater by myself.
52.  Compile a cookbook/recipe book.
53.  Find a church that I love.
54.  Try a new haircut that I’ve never had.
55.  Get a cat.
56.  Volunteer with 826 DC.
57.  Wear red lipstick everyday for a week.
58.  Use my reusable grocery sacks every time I go grocery shopping. [I remembered the last two times, yay!]
59.  Take part in Race for the Cure.
60.  Wear a skirt/dress everyday for a week.

+ Body:

61.  Run a half marathon. [Disney Princess Half Marathon, March 7, 2010]
62.  Run a marathon.
63.  Run a 10K in under an hour.
64.  Run a snowshoe race.
65.  Do pilates or yoga twice a week for 3 months. [2/24 days completed]
66.  Take a spin class.
67.  Get 8 hours of sleep every night for a week.
68.  Floss everyday. [25/1001 days completed]

+ Organize:

69.  Buy a file cabinet.
70.  Clear out my inbox and keep my email organized. [OMG, OMG, I now officially have only ONE message in my inbox, plus I deleted tons from my archived messages!!! I will cross this off at the end of my 1001 days if I’ve kept my inbox under control.]
71.  Buy an external hard drive.
72.  Organize computer files and transfer files from old computer.
73.  Donate or get rid of old computer.
74.  Buy a coat hanger and a hat/mitten drawer.
75.  Print photos for living room wall. [Made some small prints and glued them to clipboard in an “inspiration wall” style. I want at least one big wall print though!]
76.  Get my car registered in VA. [completed 21 January, 2010]
77.  Buy a porch chair.
78.  Buy utensils.

+ Career & Money:

79.  Get a job.
80.  Create a price list for my photography services.
81.  Photograph my first customer for photography.
82.  Be financially independent and stop allowances from Dad.
83.  Write down what the systems of my business would be and create a manual.
84.  Create a budget on mint.com.
85.  Have an emergency savings fund of $5,000.
86.  Get rid of cable. [Unfortunately I have to finish out my year’s contract or they’ll charge me a huge fine. They offered me a discount on my current bundle though!]
87.  Start a retirement fund.
88.  Invest in health insurance.
89.  Get rid of my SunTrust accounts.
90.  Attend a PUG meeting.

+ Fun:

91.  Join a kickball league. [Joined NAKID Kickball League in DC! I’ll cross this off when I’ve played!]
92.  Start a bunco night.
93.  Go tubing.
94.  Learn how to pour latte art.
95.  Go on an ale-trail in Alexandria.
96.  Go on a hot air balloon ride.
97.  Call the zombie hotline.
98.  Make fried pickles.
99.  Buy spotted dick at the grocery store after shouting “Price check, spotted dick!” on the International Food aisle.
100. Learn how to pick a lock.
101. Inspire someone. [I inspired a friend to run her first half marathon. I’m not crossing this off yet because I want to inspire someone *again!*]

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