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
  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.
  23. Food

  24. Produce a custom recipe book
  25. Host a tea party
  26. Enter my chili in a contest
  27. Yelp about a local restaurant an average of once per month (33 reviews)
  28. Cook with 7 vegetables I have never used before
  29. Eat with only chopsticks for one week
  30. Grow a vegetable and eat it
  31. Health

  32. Find out my blood type
  33. Donate blood
  34. Become certified in first aid
  35. Become certified in CPR
  36. Take vitamins for one month straight
  37. Have my teeth cleaned
  38. Drink only water for one month
  39. Reach and maintain my goal weight
  40. Complete a spinning class
  41. Run 10 miles in one session
  42. Be able to complete 30 push-ups in a row
  43. Use only the stairs, no elevator or escalator, for one week
  44. Culture

  45. See 10 classic movies I have never seen
  46. Renew my passport
  47. Learn about food & wine pairings
  48. Become familiar with all politicians running in major elections
  49. Volunteer in the town I live in
  50. Attend a Unitarian ceremony
  51. Attend Sabbath service at 3 different synagogues
  52. Education/Career

  53. Learn how to change the oil in my car
  54. Learn how to change a car tire
  55. Complete the GRE
  56. Join a professional organization
  57. Submit something to be published
  58. Write an average of one blog per week (143 blog entrees)
  59. Volunteer once per month (33 times)
  60. Learn 10 phrases in German
  61. Subscribe to 2 professional journals and read them
  62. Find a mentor within my Masters program
  63. Write a business plan for a tea house and show it to some one for advice
  64. Mental

  65. Spend a day in silence
  66. Read a book by some one I disagree with
  67. Don’t gossip for one full week
  68. Apply to Mensa
  69. Read 3 non-fiction history books
  70. Pick up one piece of litter per day
  71. Get pictures for my office and hang them
  72. Finance

  73. Open a savings account
  74. Talk to a financial planner
  75. Start an account with a consignment store
  76. Do not spend any money, outside of bills, for one week
  77. Put $10 per completed task into my savings account
  78. Start a retirement account
  79. Create a budget and stick to it
  80. Buy at least one stock
  81. Transfer my old 401k
  82. Work on getting all the negatives off of my credit report
  83. Buy

  84. Replace my broken digital camera
  85. Buy a complete outfit from a thrift store
  86. Buy a pair of jeans I fall in love with
  87. Buy a new set of pots and pans
  88. Buy new running shoes
  89. Home

  90. Make a blanket
  91. Learn to hem my own pants
  92. Throw a themed dinner party
  93. Throw away all socks that don’t have a match
  94. Clean out our “Monica Closet.” See “Friends” season 8 episode 14 if you are confused
  95. Scrub my bathroom every weekend, unless on vacation
  96. Get my Bachelor’s Degree framed
  97. Have Sunday dinner, at the table, with candles, at least once per month
  98. Paint a picture for the house and hang it
  99. Take a photograph, blow it up and hang it in the house
  100. Family

  101. Research and draw my family tree
  102. Research and draw the bf’s family tree
  103. Write a letter to my mom about how much I enjoyed my childhood
  104. Write a letter to my dad about how much I enjoyed my childhood
  105. Write a short story about my family childhood road trips and submit it to be published
  106. Get all the writings my Oma and Opa did from my mom
  107. Type up all of Oma and Opa’s writings and send copies to the family
  108. Get my dad to come visit me again
  109. Take Chad to a concert or sporting event
  110. 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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