The Complete 101 List

The great Jimmy Buffett. Some like him, some don’t, but I was raised in Florida and the Buffett classics hold a very close place to my heart, and possibly run through my blood. Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes is one of those classics that brings new meaning every time I listen.

Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude by Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy says it best that “there’s just too much to see, waiting in front of me, and I know that I just can’t go wrong.”

I am in the prime of my life. These are the years when a person can choose to be content with everything they have, and coast through their remaining years, not worrying about enhancing their mind, or experiencing anything new. I have a beautiful home, the best boyfriend I could have ever dreamed of, and a dog I would give my leg to if she needed it. But with those things at my side, I have so much more to do and to see and to be!

When you are happy in your life, it is easy to not push yourself. Enter the 101 in 1001 ( About a month ago, a friend sent me her blog about her adventure with the 101. I was instantly inspired! The premise is that you make a list of 101 things you would like to accomplish in 1001 days. I looked at many other people’s lists. Some had things that were unrealistic to accomplish in 1001 days (ie: get married. Come on now! If you are going to make that happen in 1001 days, I am guessing your marriage won’t last another 1001!) or things that were completely out of budget (ie: Visit every continent. Now that would be nice but…). There were also tasks that were just ridiculous (ie: kiss in the rain). I decided I would take a much more logical approach to my list. I wanted only items that actually could be accomplished with a little dedication, and mean something to me once they are completed. I did not want a task that an outside force (money, time, other people) would hold me back from accomplishing.

So here it is, my 101! Today, May 16, 2010 is my start day. 1001 days from now, February 11, 2013, is my end date. It is going to take a lot of dedication, from me and the BF, to get this accomplished. Thank you for joining me on this journey. I welcome your comments, and any help you may be able to give me along the way!

“Let the winds of change blow over my head
I’d rather die while I’m living then live while I’m dead” -Jimmy Buffett

Below is my complete 101 in 1001 list! To be completed after 1001 days (aka 2/11/2013).  To read about my 101 adventures, click here.


      1. Attend trivia night at a bar/ restaurant
      2. Go camping
      3. Go sledding
      4. Go cross country skiing
      5. Go to a Celtics game
      6. Go to a Bruins game
      7. Go to a NE Revolutions game
      8. Snowboard down a blue trail
      9. Kayak or canoe the Charles River
      10. Bowl over a 220 on Wii Bowling
      11. Go to the Big E
      12. Visit at least 2 haunted houses each Halloween
      13. Ice skate on a natural pond/lake
      14. Attend a multi-day music festival for multiple days
      15. See James Taylor in concert
      16. Snowboard/ski on 3 mountains I have never been to
      17. Picnic in the Boston Common
      18. Organize a kickball or wiffle ball game
      19. Organize a pet first aid class (that can be arranged easily when we are able to get the acquaintance of the experts from Coast to Coast First Aid Cambridge)
      20. Create a dance routine with the BF for our first dance when we get married
      21. Write a letter to the BF and myself to open in 2020
      22. Take the bf on a weekend somewhere he has never been.


      1. Produce a custom recipe book
      2. Host a tea party
      3. Enter my chili in a contest
      4. Yelp about a local restaurant an average of once per month (33 reviews)
      5. Cook with 7 vegetables I have never used before
      6. Eat with only chopsticks for one week
      7. Grow a vegetable and eat it


      1. Find out my blood type
      2. Donate blood
      3. Become certified in first aid
      4. Become certified in CPR
      5. Take vitamins for one month straight
      6. Have my teeth cleaned
      7. Drink only water for one month
      8. Reach and maintain my goal weight
      9. Complete a spinning class
      10. Run 10 miles in one session
      11. Be able to complete 30 push-ups in a row
      12. Use only the stairs, no elevator or escalator, for one week


      1. See 10 classic movies I have never seen
      2. Renew my passport
      3. Learn about food & wine pairings
      4. Become familiar with all politicians running in major elections
      5. Volunteer in the town I live in
      6. Attend a Unitarian ceremony
      7. Attend Sabbath service at 3 different synagogues


      1. Learn how to change the oil in my car
      2. Learn how to change a car tire
      3. Complete the GRE
      4. Join a professional organization
      5. Submit something to be published
      6. Write an average of one blog per week (143 blog entrees)
      7. Volunteer once per month (33 times)
      8. Learn 10 phrases in German
      9. Subscribe to 2 professional journals and read them
      10. Find a mentor within my Masters program
      11. Write a business plan for a tea house and show it to some one for advice


      1. Spend a day in silence
      2. Read a book by some one I disagree with
      3. Don’t gossip for one full week
      4. Apply to Mensa
      5. Read 3 non-fiction history books
      6. Pick up one piece of litter per day
      7. Get pictures for my office and hang them


      1. Open a savings account
      2. Talk to a financial planner
      3. Start an account with a consignment store
      4. Do not spend any money, outside of bills, for one week
      5. Put $10 per completed task into my savings account
      6. Start a retirement account
      7. Create a budget and stick to it
      8. Buy at least one stock
      9. Transfer my old 401k
      10. Work on getting all the negatives off of my credit report


      1. Replace my broken digital camera
      2. Buy a complete outfit from a thrift store
      3. Buy a pair of jeans I fall in love with
      4. Buy a new set of pots and pans
      5. Buy new running shoes


      1. Make a blanket
      2. Learn to hem my own pants
      3. Throw a themed dinner party
      4. Throw away all socks that don’t have a match
      5. Clean out our “Monica Closet.” See “Friends” season 8 episode 14 if you are confused
      6. Scrub my bathroom every weekend, unless on vacation
      7. Get my Bachelor’s Degree framed
      8. Have Sunday dinner, at the table, with candles, at least once per month
      9. Paint a picture for the house and hang it
      10. Take a photograph, blow it up and hang it in the house


    1. Research and draw my family tree
    2. Research and draw the bf’s family tree
    3. Write a letter to my mom about how much I enjoyed my childhood
    4. Write a letter to my dad about how much I enjoyed my childhood
    5. Write a short story about my family childhood road trips and submit it to be published
    6. Get all the writings my Oma and Opa did from my mom
    7. Type up all of Oma and Opa’s writings and send copies to the family
    8. Get my dad to come visit me again
    9. Take Chad to a concert or sporting event
    10. Take Emily to a live show

    6 Replies to “The Complete 101 List”

    1. What a great idea! I’ll have to come up with my own 🙂 Funny, I can relate to a lot of these. Just browsing through some of your categories… picnic in the Boston Common is a must! Do it this fall or in the springtime when the tulips come out. That sticks out as a memory from when I used to live there… I’m curious about your fabulous chili recipe. I try to cook with a new ingredient a few times a month (there’s so many out there!)… you’re looking to open a tea house? I think that’s what my town is missing and have been thinking the same thing… Definitely should learn to chg the oil in my car as well… I tried hemming my own pants and let’s just say it’s a good thing the pants are black and thread was black because the hemming looks less than subpar… Anyway, look fwd to reading about your progress!

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