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I have never really experienced deja vu quite like the Sunday morning three weeks ago when I visited the Washington National Cathedral. Walking out of the parking garage, my sister, Heather, and I were stopped dead in our tracks by the sight that greeted us. A gray mist hung heavily in the air and a gentleman in a tweed coat and friendmaker cap strolled up the sidewalk towards the gothic spires that stretched into the sky. We turned to each other to confirm what the other was thinking–“It’s Salisbury!”

Three years ago we studied abroad for a semester in London, where we spent many a rainy day out taking in the sights and sounds of England. One of those days was spent touring Salisbury. Suited up in our wellies, raincoats, and caps, we did our best to keep from shivering as our Blue Badge Guide took us around the cathedral.

The architecture was beautiful. The cathedral’s neck-kink-inducing spire reached high into the dreary clouds, buttresses flanked its sides, and intricate curls and gargoyles adorned the sides of the courtyard.



The best part of the day, however, was shucking our wet coats and warming up with our best girl friends over a proper English tea.

While Washington DC doesn’t quite match the quaint charm of Salisbury, Heather and I found ourselves immediately enchanted with the National Cathedral.

Memories came flooding up, and we found ourselves wishing for England. “I want to have tea after church!” “I’m dying for a scone with clotted cream.” “I wish I wore my friendmaker cap.” (I should explain that “friendmaker cap” is the Steed term for a driver’s cap–or whatever you call those fabulous caps that British men are so fond of–the point is, if you’re wearing such a cap, and you meet another person in a cap, it impossible to not be instant friends.)

Sundays at the National Cathedral start of with a Sunday Forum. Each week, a guest speaker is invited to come answer questions on a chosen topic. As luck would have it, our guest was Os Guinness–a Brit! Oh, we were in love! If you’ve never heard of him, he’s a social critic who is absolutely fascinating to listen to, not only because of his ideas, but because he has a delightfully quirky way with words, turning phrases like, “He was the disappointed lover of the French Revolution.” Heather and I really enjoyed listening to him, and by the end of the forum we were homesick for London.

The service itself was a winning point over Salisbury. You don’t fully experience a cathedral until you attend a service there. The sung psalm in between the reading and the Gospel was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard, and I enjoyed getting to share The Peace with a group of high schoolers seated behind us who were visiting from New Orleans. As the service ended, we snapped a few pictures to remember our visit by, and were accompanied out onto the lawn by the ringing of the cathedral bells.


All in all, my visit to the National Cathedral was well worth the trek from Fairfax, so much so that I want to go back for their Tour and Tea. How wonderful does that sound? I can only hope that it’s gray and misty again when I go back!

If you’re new to 101 in 1001, check out my list for more scoop! And yes, I did write this blog post whilst sipping a cup of Twinings tea. (Earl Gray. Hot.) (;

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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!

Key:

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

+ FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS

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.

+ CREATIVE & LEARNING

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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