Um. April. May. June. Whoa. Slacker, much?

So clearly I am far behind on updates but that shouldn’t be interpreted to mean that I have given up on this project. OH CONTRAIRE.

Well, I’ve kind of fallen off the wagon recording my daily high. Which sucks – because really? That was a good habit for me as I have a tendency towards glass-half-empty if I let myself.

Spring flew by and now we’re midway through summer and I find myself struggling to catch my breath. The kids are out of school and we’ve just gotten a new puppy and where did all the free time go? I DO NOT KNOW.

But… I have…

  • Spent the day at the beach
  • gone to another concert (Michael Franti & Spearhead two times in one year? aw yeah)
  • painted the kids’ bathroom

Of course, I’ve also kept on keeping on reading books (I’ll update that list soonish – but I’m midway through “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and am liking it.


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Yes! Two More Postcards!

I now have state map cards from 34/50 states!


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Start Spreading the News – Getting things done!

As some of you may have gathered from following me on Twitter – I recently went on VACAAAAAAAAAAATION. I went to New York. It was beautiful, glorious, fabulous, busy, crazy, amazing. Yes. All of those.

And I was able to cross two things off my list!

#8: Go to two new states (CHECK: New Jersey, New York. Yes, we drove)

#18: Vacation lasting longer than three days. (Just barely made it – we were gone four)

Now… I think my next mission should be to make a REALLY FABULOUS dessert. What should I make?

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#24: Have a Drink on the 96th floor of the Hancock Building

Chicago is one of my favorite cities on the planet and I tend to go there several times a year. Every time I go, I mean to get this mission accomplished – #24, but everytime I overbook myself, have too much stuff going on and no unscheduled “fly by the seat of my pants” time and then once again I go home without having crossed this off my list.

I changed that this weekend.

I knew for awhile I’d be going to Chicago. I was meeting a pretty amazing group of people from Twitter, and a few weeks ago, I posted about wanting to go to the John Hancock Building to have a drink on the 96th floor if anyone wanted to go. Squee! Someone said yes.

And I’m glad she did – I actually only met her that day – but she was super sweet and tolerated my crazy (which may have included mentally calculating the weight of everyone on the elevator to see if we were at or above the weight capacity limit. WHAT? STOP LOOKING AT ME LIKE I’M CRAZY).

But the elevator was actually the easy part. 45 seconds and you zip right up to the 94th floor Observatory [NOTE: We paid about $16 for this part without realizing there was a whole ‘nother elevator that you could take to get to the restaurant/lounge that WASN”T $16. FYI. Whatever, I don’t mind, actually – I’m glad we saw it all.]

Do you know how difficult it was for me to get that close to the window? OY.

94th Floor observatory


OH YEAH, I had that drink.

It's a little bit tall, isn't it?

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February and March 2010 Update


Maybe I should have put “Update your 101 List Blog” on my list – then I would be better about letting y’all know how my progress is chugging along. Because it is chugging along.

While I haven’t gotten any new postcards lately (sad face) and I have yet to cook a whole chicken, buy myself matching bras and undies, gotten a passport or done that whole will-writing thing… I have:

  • been reading up A STORM
  • went ice skating again
  • planned a trip that involves going to two new states (SQUEE!)
  • may have made plans to finally get my booty to the top of the Hancock building for a drink
  • went to another concert (Michael Franti & Spearhead and John Mayer – and it was awesome)
  • I’m still working on 1,001 photos (Actually, I bet I’ve taken WAY more than that already – but I’m counting this as a picture a day for the duration of the project AND I HAVEN’T MISSED A DAY!)
  • Tried to get busy catching up on Sudoku

I have a lot of work to do yet – clearly. But I’m still having fun, and really that’s the important part.

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#51: Have a snowball fight

I’m kind of an indoor girl.

I say this so that you know why it’s taken me over a year of this project to do one of the easiest things on my list. Why, when we’ve had plenty of snow over the past year and some change, why I haven’t just bundled up to go outside and just PLAY in it.

I moved to Michigan when I was a teenager so I didn’t really get the whole childlike wonder, romp in the snow, be giddy and carefree kind of attitude about winter. In high school, snowdays meant hanging out with my friends and an extra day to get my homework done – A DAY OFF – not a day to go out in the muck and play (And honestly, how hilarious is it that as a parent I REALLY HATE SNOW DAYS?!)

But today, we had a fresh canvas of snow to work with.


And I wouldn’t say that I won the snowball fight. I pack a pretty good snow ball. But, I guess if you’re having to pick a winner, once you get hit in the butt with a snowball while running away, it’s safe to say that the winner… isn’t you.

But, it sure was fun.

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One Year, One Month and Yes, I’m Still Working On It.

Well, shoot. This is a little later than I like to update things, but I know that you don’t mind because you have been sitting on the edge of your seat knowing that I have been up to PURE AWESOMENESS in January and this month so far. You’d be partially correct. I kicked off the month of February with a trip to the Blissdom Conference in Nashville, Tennessee — an event that definitely qualifies for #26 (Yearly Girls’ Retreat). It was a lot of fun and while I was in Tennessee, I thought, “WHEW. FINALLY, I can get my Tennessee State Map Postcard.”


Hey Tennessee – why don’t you like state map cards?! I looked in several gift shops in both the hotel and the airport and was left empty handed. BOOOOO HISSSSS (Bonus, though was that I returned home to an Ohio card in my mail box, so THANK YOU very much – it kind of dulled the lack of TN postcard funk).

I read a ton of books in January – which is good because here we are nearly midway through February and I’m only halfway through my second book (it’s a really good one though – “The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls). I’ll have some catching up to do in March, for sure.

A trip to Chicago in January left me once again NOT accomplishing the trip to the 96th floor of the John Hancock Building – but the fog that day was crazy. My friend and I arrived at Sears Tower (uh, excuse me. WILLIS Tower) and were told, “Visibility Zero!” No way am I going all the way to the top of any of those buildings and not being able to see anything. It’s okay – more trips to Chicago on the agenda already – I will cross this off my list. I’m actually pretty stoked to think of what kind of photographs I’ll get from up there. Sigh. The view.

I’m in the midst of fundraising for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer for the second year in a row. I know – I only needed to walk a marathon once. Well, I’m doing it again. Gladly. Feel free to support the cause and my team, either by donating directly HERE or by purchasing a super cool shirt designed by GorillaSushi on the Zazzle Store. You can get that design on tees, mugs, and probably even beer steins if you were so inspired. {Yes, that has nothing to do with the month of January really – but I had to put that in there. It’s an amazing cause, y’all}
So many things left to do – I see a snowball fight in my very near future. Also, perhaps making a FABULOUS dessert? (Aren’t they all fabulous?) What should I make?

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