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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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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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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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The 101 List – Year One. 365 Days Down, and Uh… More To Go.

Holy moly, I can’t believe not only is one year completed, but… HEY, I stuck with this project and I’m actually making decent progress on getting things done.

Example? I thought maybe I was nuts for setting a goal of 250 books in 1,001 days but when I finished the 111th book on December 31, I figured that maybe JUST MAYBE it was do-able. (Don’t ask me how many of those books turned out to be total crap – because some of those books were BAD. Though, if you have any questions on any of the books I read and wonder if it’s worth reading, go ahead and leave a comment and I’ll let you know). Post Christmas, and post-Barnes&Noble gift card extravaganza (I love when people give B&N gift cards – makes me happy), I have a pile of sixteen books waiting to be read. I have already read my first of 2010 – the sequel to The Nanny Diaries – so I’m on my way to continue kicking book-butt.

Over Christmas break, I finally went ice skating. My list dictates that I am going to go ice skating three times — I think perhaps the next two times I may leave the kiddos at home. Kidding. Sort of. They really had a blast skating, and I loved seeing them on the ice. I love to use ice skating for my cardio though, and when you’re hunched over a four-year-old trying to remain stable, well, you don’t really get a chance to get that heart rate up.

I also managed to go see a second movie by myself – the heart-wrenching movie “Brothers”. I sobbed. A lot. It was a great movie, but an emotional one.

I’ve been taking pictures – lots of them, and I’ve been tracking each day’s highs as well. I did the 12 days of Christmas. Paying it forward (often in the form of buying coffee for whoever is behind me at Target) just makes me so happy that I’m sure I’ll keep it up, long after the project is over.

And, yes, I’m keeping on with the list. I’ve got things already planned for 2010 – including a trip that will help me accomplish going to two states that I’ve never been. Concert tickets to an amazing show. Time away with friends. And somewhere in there, I’ll finally go to McDonalds and actually eat that stuff they call food – I get bonus points if I manage to keep it down, right?

I’ve gotten over half of the 50 state map postcards – so if you live in a state that I don’t have a card for, and you’d like to send one. Let me know. If you’re working on a 101 List, I’d love to hear about it and how your list is going.

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Belated November Update – Wow, Year One Is Almost OVER!

I can’t believe 2009 is quickly coming to a close, and WOW – I’m getting things accomplished on my List. Oddly, I still haven’t done some of the things you’d think would be easiest (Hello, Eat at McDonalds? I’m fighting that, as you can probably tell). I’ve read over 100 books (Yeah, that 250 goal seems a little more feasible now), I just wrapped up putting together the 12 Days of Christmas for Danielle at Extraordinary Mommy (what fun!), I have remembered to send notes to people, take my reusable mug to Starbucks and I even went to a movie by myself yesterday (I saw “Brothers” and cried almost nonstop. Tearjerker).

Little by little I’ll get things done – I’m probably due for a snowball fight with the next big heap of snow we get.

Getting there….

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Monthly Update: October 2009

Wow, I feel like I was pretty productive this month. I read A LOT of books, including two “classics” (but not “Count of Monte Cristo” which found a new home in October. I won’t miss it).

Always a sporadic flosser, I made it a habit in October – flossing EVERY day (Item #19). I found ways to make it easy and now, to not floss would just be WEIRD. Sometimes, I floss my teeth at red lights while I’m driving. I don’t think there’s anything remotely attractive about it, but then again, I don’t think there’s anything attractive about gingivitis either.

Of COURSE I took my coffee mug with me at least once this month (#39: Oh, and why aren’t I doing that more often?). I’m in the process of making a mix cd (The theme? Coming of age. It’s all stuff from my high school years – so we’re looking at 1990 – 1994. Yeah. Talk about a trip in the way back machine). I organized all my recipes (#75 – and uh, that probably deserves a post of its own, because holy cow – that was a HUGE undertaking!).

What’s next on my agenda? Well, I’m still reading a lot. I’m about to start scrapbooking my oldest daughter’s portraits into a book – and by scrapbooking I mean, one picture, one page – no funky embellishments or stickers. Soon I’ll announce my plans for my 12 days of Christmas list item (and you’ll probably want to read about it because it involves presents and maybe YOU).

A friend sent me a recipe for what she tells me is a pretty awesome mojito, but now the weather is getting cold – I may be a kooky-crazy girl and try it out in November, even if that’s not really my favorite mojito time of year.

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September 2009: Monthly Update

Whoa nelly, y’all. Can you believe ANOTHER month is over? I’ve been at this list for 9 months now, and I’m makin’ some headway in getting things accomplished. In September, I read 11 books. E*L*E*V*E*N. I can’t believe it, either (and seriously: “South of Broad” by Pat Conroy? Best I’ve read in awhile. Check it out).

I’ve gotten about halfway through the 50 states with my state map postcards (I got #26 the other day… I think. I have to look at the list and update it). Got my summer pedi at the beginning of the month (I’m getting the fall pedi tomorrow – yay for weddings! My sis is getting hitched this weekend and she is insisting on taking the wedding party for mani/pedi’s. FAR BE IT FROM ME to say no).

This month, I paid it forward to a friend of mine. A few Saturdays ago, she had posted on Facebook that her daughters were bummed about not getting donuts for breakfast. Luckily the “Donut Fairy” was at the store picking up donuts for her own daughters. The Donut Fairy left a box of donuts on their front porch for them to find later. That was fun – but I made it clear to my OWN daughters – there really IS no Donut Fairy.

I’m starting to get worried about item #36 (two concerts of my choice per year) – I’ve been to one – but so far haven’t seen anything else coming to the area that I want to see. If there is going to be one thing I might not be able to accomplish on the 101 list, I’m afraid that might be it. *POUT*

I made an awesome book of my 365 photos through Shutterfly this month (Item #46, CHECK). It came out so beautifully – I was very VERY pleased with the end product).

I’m in the midst of reading another classic, “To Kill A Mockingbird”. I regret to inform you that “The Count of Monte Cristo” is a lost cause. I cannot, will not do that to myself. I tried. I really really tried. Currently, I’m using the book as a fly swatter/mosquito crusher.

I also started organizing my recipes (#75) – I’m very nearly done. Did you know that I have more cheesecake recipes than ANYTHING else? If you’re surprised, you shouldn’t be. I looooove cheesecake.

That wraps up September. Not sure what October will bring… But you know I’ll keep you posted.

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