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What is 101 in 1001?
It’s a bucket list of sorts-a list of 101 tasks to be completed in 1001 days. I stumbled across this idea in the blog world when I stumbled across Hello Rigby; a blog after my own heart: a girl and her dog.
I have always liked the idea of having a list of big goals but really like that this list gives me the motivation to complete them all in 1001 days, instead of waiting until I die. I asked D if he would do it with me, and he was all for it! Some of the goals we came up with are more for him and some are more for me, but as long as we are supporting each other, I figure we can accomplish them all! We love that we have a list to refer to on rainy Saturdays when we usually just watch tv for hours on end!
How does it work?
All items on a list must be measurable, specific and documented. I plan on using this blog as a place to track our progress, along with pictures!
Start Date: October 27th, 2014
End Date: July 14th, 2017
1. Read 150 books and review on goodreads
2. Work out for 30 minutes every day for a week
3. Get a concealed weapons permit
4. Get 50 followers on my blog
5. Go a whole week without facebook
6. Apply for teaching credentials
7. Don’t dye my hair for six months
8. Photograph the same landscape in all four seasons
9. Journal every day for a month
10. Take a photo of Rosie for every month and turn it into a calendar
11. Go a month without drinking soda
12. Get to goal weight of 145
13. Complete a reading challenge
14. Complete 10 projects off of my pinterest craft board and blog about them.
15. Organize all of my recipes in one big cook book.
Order a beauty box subscription (Ordered Birchbox 10/29 Ipsy 10/29)
17. Drive a Camero
18. Go to Chinatown and greet someone in Mandarin and eat dumplings.
19. Read a challenging classic (Anna Karinina or Les Mis)
20. Take a photoshop class
21. Read all Harry Potter books in a month and then watch all of the movies.
22. Send a handwritten letter to a friend who I’ve lost touch with
23. Buy a new lens for my camera
24. Get eyelash extensions
25. Go a whole month with my nails painted and not pick/bite them
26. Try surfing
27. Buy stock
28. Start a drop-shipping company
29. Research and find a new favorite CEO
30. Go skydiving
31. Finish Rosie’s certification as a therapy dog
32. Take Rosie to an agility course
33. Take Rosie to the Ocean
34. Get family portraits taken with Rosie in them (11/28/14)
35. Take Rosie bird hunting
To do together:
36. Try 20 new restaurants (1. Midvale Mining Co. 10/30/2014 2. Hooters 11/15/14)
37. Go to the Grand Canyon
38. Go on a cruise
38. Go to the Oregon Coast
40. Make a quilt
41. Visit 4 corners
42. Go dirtbiking/ATVing
43. Try a new foreign cuisine (Indian, Ethiopian, Vietnamese)
44. Read our scriptures every night for a month
45. Buy a rental propertyu
46. Rent jetskis for a day
Sell the Civic and upgrade to an SUV(Ford Escape Hybrid 1/5/15)
48. Watch all of The Hobbits and The Lord of the Rings in one weekend
49. Go to a professional sports game
50. Go to a concert
51. Go see the Redwoods
52. Spend an entire weekend unplugged (no cellphone, internet, tv)
53. Visit Colorado
54. Ride our bikes to a restaurant
55. Take a homeless person out to lunch
56. Go to three different Zoos (1. Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary 11/26/14)
57. Foster/adopt a homeless senior dog
58. Have a chopped/master chef date night
59. Make a gingerbread house
60. Provide a holiday for a family
61. Preform 5 acts of service during Christmas (12 days/Secret Santa)
62. Take 5 names to the temple after finding them on Family Search
63. Pay off 1/3 of student loans
64. Go to a hotel 30 minutes away just because
65. Give 5 “just because” gifts
66. Visit 5 museums (1. Chico Exploratory Gateway Center 11/29/10)
67. Play mini-golf
68. Go to a flea market and buy something
69. Try a new food at a fair
70. Go apple picking
71. Spend a day being a tourist in Boston-Mike’s Pastries, Faniuel Hall, Freedom Trail
72. Start our master’s programs
73. Create a rotating cleaning schedule and stick to it for 2 months
74. Say yes to everything for a day
75. Make cake pops
76. Throw a holiday themed party
77. Start a food storage
78. MOVE out of Idaho!
79. Attend some kind of festival
80. Learn to play a song on the guitar/flute together
Go to a black tie event (Enterprise Masquerade Ball 11/15/14)
82. Ride an elephant/have an encounter with an elephant
83. Go horseback riding
84. Send a care package
85. Go on a motorcycle day-trip
86. Cook a Christmas Dinner
87. Play a full game of monopoly in one sitting
88. Go to a National Monument we haven’t been to before
89. Make fresh salsa
90. Participate in a benefit walk
91. Buy a hammock
92. Grow a veggie
93. Go on a train ride
94. Go to an aquarium
95. Spend a whole day watching Disney movies
96. Attend a midnight premiere of a movie
97. Limit TV to 3 hours a week for a month
98. Donate to a business on Kickstarter
99. Stay at a Bed and Breakfast
100. Go to a theme park
101. Write a new list of 101 things to do!
If you decide to join in and make your own list, let me know! I will link your list on here and we can support each other as we progress through our lists!
During my student teaching experience, I found that the one thing I really wanted to get my students to do was to want to read on their own for enjoyment. That was a hefty goal, I soon realized. I figured the only way I could even expose them to the wonders of books was to incorporate as many excerpts and as many samples from as many books as I could during my lessons. I read to them The Fault in Our Stars, The 5th Wave, Pride and Prejudice, Love that Dog, Divergent, Les Miserables and so on. Before I knew it, I had students in line to borrow different books from my little personal library. I had students coming in after powering through a book in two nights and wanting to tell me what they liked about it or didn’t like about it and then asking me for more recommendations. Since then, I have been trying my hardest to read a lot so that I can keep up with my students and be able to always have a recommendation up my sleeve. I read a lot of YA lit for that reason, and let me tell you, there is some really good YA literature out there these days. I do try to brush up on my classics, too!
I really liked this book a lot better then Anderson’s other novel-Wintergirls. I felt like the story line was easier to follow because there wasn’t a ton of description to get lost in. I think this is a very applicable plot that many teenage girls could relate to in one way or another and that Anderson tackles a tough subject with class and honesty. I liked the literal application of speaking as Melinda’s coping mechanism.
I keep going back and forth over how I feel about this book. I knew that there were two other books that went along with this book and without really thinking about it, thought that this book was the first in a trilogy. This was where I went wrong-this book is a stand alone story with two companion novels-not sequels! So, this book takes you on a complete journey and that was something I didn’t realize at first, so I was really surprised at how long the story was! I’m just not used to that! I would get frustrated and confused that the author kept pushing the story along and wondered when it would end in a cliff hanger, not realizing that she was going to end the story all the way. If I was to sit down and read this again with that understanding, I think I would enjoy the story more.
The action is fast paced and there are some good twists in the plot line. I think the character development was realistic and believable. I liked the romance, too. I think this story was really balanced out and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy and action.