101 things in 1001 days

Start date: Sunday, June 27, 2010
Finish Date: Sunday, March 24, 2013

Thanks to my buddy Dan documenting his success on his 101 things to do in 1001 days, I’ve decided to take on this behemoth project as well. Plus, I like lists. I usually don’t get anything done that’s on my list, but it’ll be worth a shot. Breaking them down into categories was almost as hard as the actual list itself!

1.   Find a new therapist.
2.   Read through the Bible.
3.   Change oil on my own.
4.   Start my tattoo sleeve.
5.   Do research on (and perhaps buy) a scooter.
6.   Go one entire day without swearing.
7.   Run my credit report and find out what I need to do to fix it.
8.   Record every thing I spend for an entire week down to the penny.
9.   See a movie in 3D.
10.  Find a church I feel comfortable going to.
11.  Watch the sunrise from somewhere I can photograph it.
12.  Learn to pee outside while camping without peeing on myself.
Catching Up on Things
13.  Watch all 82 movies that have won Best Picture Oscars. (13/82)
14.  Send five letters to establishments as a compliment, as opposed to a complaint. (0/5)
15.  Make a list of 12 local restaurants I want to visit and make plans to try each of them. (0/12)
16.  Watch all 22 Bond Films with The Kid. (0/22)
Sports & Activities
17.  Make 25 free throws in a row.
18.  Ride my bike to and from work.
19.  Go to a women’s sporting event that’s not the WNBA.
20.  See how far of a field goal I can kick.
21.  Go to a soccer game.
22.  Bowl a 200.
23.  Keep score correctly during a baseball game.
24.  Spend an afternoon at a driving range.
25.  Play 9 holes of golf.
26.  Take The Kid to play mini golf.
27.  Fly a kite.
28.  Get a 15 game win streak on ESPN Streak for the Cash.
29.  Get a skateboard.
30.  Obtain a professional certificate of any kind.
31.  Teach a community ed class.
32.  Get a new job title and not one that I make up on my own.
33.  Join a professional networking organization.
Food & Drink
34.  Come up with a recipe all of my own.
35.  Go one week without eating any meat.
36.  Start a container garden just for salsa ingredients.
37.  Find a wine above $3 that I like drinking.
38.  Make ice cream from non-yellow snow.
39.  Donate a gallon of blood (8 pints).  (0/8)
40.  Volunteer for three new organizations.
41.  Be on the board of a non-profit.
42.  Volunteer for something at The Kid’s school.
43.  Buy coffee/other drink for a total stranger.
Health & Wellness
44.  Join a gym.
45.  Go without caffeine for 30 days.
46.  Lose 75 pounds.
47.  Don’t eat fast food for a month.
48.  Order new glasses.
49.  Take a yoga class.
50.  (Relocate and) Ask my biological mother (again) for any medical history she can provide.
51.  Complete the Couch to 5K program.
52.  Get my legs waxed.
53.  Spend more than $20 on a haircut.
54.  Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night for a week.
55.  Get a pedicure.
56.  Have Winkie (a plantar’s wart that I’ve named) removed.
57.  Take part in some type of teeth whitening process.
58.  Re-learn to roller blade.
59.  Lower my BMI by 12 points.
Friends & Family
60.  Take a class or a camp with The Kid.
61.  Adopt a baby.
62.  Write one letter a month for 12 months straight.
63.  Watch a movie at a drive-in.
64.  Stay overnight in a hotel for no reason.
66.  Make a list of birthdays of people that I should send a card to.
67.  Send birthday cards to above mentioned people on time.
68.  Tailgate.
69.  Send a postcard every time I leave home for more than a weekend.
70.  Spend a day geo-caching.
71.  Move into a house or a bigger duplex.
72.  Get our family picture taken by a professional.
73.  Go somewhere outside the U.S.
74.  Visit a major city I’ve never been to.
75.  See the Twins play somewhere other than Minneapolis.
76.  Visit/tour a winery.
77.  Visit Mount Rushmore and the Corn Palace.
78.  Visit the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City.
Organizational Type Things
79.  Pare down my shoe collection to something reasonable.
80.  Find a way to display my shot glasses.
81.  Organize and hang pictures in my desk area at home.
82.  Pare down Google Reader to something manageable to read once a day.
Learnin’ Stuff
83.  Register for a school to finish at least an Associate’s Degree.
84.  Learn to identify different types of clouds and what they do.
85.  Make a list of books everyone else read in high school, but I didn’t.
86.  Read the aforementioned list of books everyone else read in high school and I didn’t.
87.  Identify at least 10 constellations.
Creative Stuff
88.  Complete the 365 Project.
89.  Print and frame 10 of my photographs.
90.  Learn how to play the guitar.
91.  Have a photo or something I’ve written published.
92.  Upload all the archives to my blog as far back as I have them (2000).
93.  Post something substantial every day on my blog for a month.
94.  Build something from IKEA hacks.
95.  Install appropriate WordPress plugins on twodolla.org
96.  Setup a blog for The Kid.
97.  Put together a recipe book from my Gramma.
98.  Either build something on the domains I own or let them expire.
99.  Complete Lake Street Photo Project with Jenni.
100.  Get a D-SLR.
101. Create a new list of 101 things to do in 1001 days when this one is complete.

That’s a lot of stuff to do.


  1. Jenny

    mint.com is a great tool for #8. It pulls in your transaction history from the bank and allows you to split apart transactions such as ATM withdrawals so you can categorize what the money was truly spent on.

    And this will help with #12 – http://www.go-girl.com/

  2. I’m impressed. I’m not ready to make a list like that… yet. I really admire your willingness to consider things great and small. Very cool.

  3. To help with #2 — either get hold of a copy of “The One Year Bible” or try the one year Bible on-line. It is set up to read 15 minutes each day passages from OT, NT, Psalms & Proverbs. I did it about 15 years ago; I’m thinking of doing the on-line version again.

  4. Willis

    nice list! I think a lot of us want to get D-SLR’s!

    I’d attempt a list but I’d probably abandon it after 20 things.

  5. Dan

    Holy crap! I love your list! There’s a few on here that I’m going to hijack for the second iteration of my 101 things.

  6. Lauren

    You should get the book The Cloudspotter’s Guide (#84). I should look around and see if I still have a copy. If I do, it’s yours!

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