101 in 1001

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as New Year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

The Start Date:

The End Date:

Goals in progress are italicized, goals completed are bolded. Goals that can no longer be completed or that I am no longer interested in pursuing have been struck through.


Buy a mouse pad that fits on my desk
Create a Blurb album of That Bride posts
Finish commenting on the blogs linked to in my reader appreciation posts
Receive payment for something I write
Revamp That Wife about page


Attend a class at the French Pastry School in Chicago Attend a cooking class focused on skills I want to master in the kitchen
Bake the perfect batch of rolls (just like Grandma Moo) I chose to do whole wheat instead of white so they weren’t quite as fluffy, but to me these were the “perfect” roll because they rose successfully and were healthy!
Cook 50 recipes from cookbooks I own (2/50) mustard turnips, roasted whole chicken, beef stew,
Grow and use three varieties of herbs
Make 5 dishes that get 5 stars from husband, write them down (2/5) beet dish (from MIL), Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Layer Cake
Make the perfect loaf of whole wheat bread


Decide on vinyl quote for bedroom, order it, hang it up
Decorate the green wall in the office
Hang up all pictures and vases around apartment
Join a fresh flowers CSA
Sew pillows for our bed


Keep Mint updated daily for 30 days straight
Only buy thrifted clothes until I weigh 150 lbs


Learn and be able to use 100 Polish words/phrases (10/100) – no, yes, thank you, goodnight, good day, man, little girl, come here
Read 3 Pulitzer prize winning books (0/3)
Sew a skirt
Sing in a special event performance (sang at great-grandma’s funeral, including a small solo)
Try 8 foods I’ve never had before (8/8) turnip, celery root, stinging nettles, nutritional yeast, melissa (herb), dad’s amazing potato variety, blood sausage, chicken liver mousse
Write a fictional short story


Eat as a vegan for one week
Go hiking for at least three hours, Wunderlich Park
Lose 40 pounds before I get pregnant with baby #2
Run 1 mile without walking
Run a 5k
Take a dance class (zumba!)
Take a picture of every single thing I eat for 60 days, Eatery

Hometown Exploring

Eat 3 famous Chicago food products (3/3)Garrett’s popcorn, deep dish pizza (from Lou Manalti’s), Kuma’s burger
Explore Dallas or FW Arboretum
Take a picture of our family reflected in the Bean
Take the Blue Bell Ice Cream creamery tour
Take the Chicago Architectural Boat Tour
Visit 5 Chicago museums (1/5) Museum of Science and Industry
Visit the Dallas butterfly garden
Visit the set where Dallas was filmed


Figure out where I want my body donated when I die
Go to bed with no new emails in my inbox
Send off wedding dress to be cleaned
List all books at parent’s house on Goodreads
Organize childhood photos into folders for years
Put together a birthday/anniversary calendar for friends and family
Send off all of my childhood photos to be scanned
Sell white pants/hoodies on ebay


Attend playgroup 30 times (2/30)
Build up a collection of 15 Dr. Seuss books (2/15) One Fish Two Fish, Cat in the Hat, Sneetches
Create “this is my family” album for T1
Give T1 three days where I do nothing but pay attention to him when he is awake, except cooking/cleaning up the cooking (2/3)
Go on a family vacation with T1
Go sledding with T1
Go to a U-pick farm with T1
Take T1 to see Christmas decorations at Gaylord
Take T1 to the Chicago zoo


Enter a photography contest
Have a photo published in a magazine
Make at least $1 profit from Jenna Cole
Photograph a birth
Shoot a wedding with net profit of $5000


Attend a ballet performance
Build a snowman
Eat at Alinea
Eat at Aurora again Eat at Potager in Arlington with TH
Dress in themed family costume for Halloween with TW, TH, and T1 playing the cast of characters
Girls trip with college girlfriends (B’s wedding!)
Sister/mom trip
Have a picnic in the park
Have Kelli Nicole take our family pictures
Host a Murder Mystery Party
Watch all of the Star Wars movies (old and new)


Buy red lipstick
Dye my hair to match my roots, and then stop dyeing it
Eliminate unwanted jewelry and ask on That Wife regarding good pairings for remaining pieces
Find the perfect mascara
Get a facial


Attend three musicals with TH (because he promised) (1/3) Wicked
Create “relationship book” for 2010, 2011, and 2012 (0/3)
Date night at the Chicago SummerDance Festival with TH
Finish another “I love you because” journal for TH
Take a cooking class with TH
Take TH to Grandma Lu’s ranch
Visit the Bronx with TH


Bake a cake for someone
Complete ten random acts of kindness for someone who isn’t a family member (5/10)
Sing a solo in church
Write cousin on a mission 10 times (1/10)
Do 3 free family sessions for families/individuals in need (1 /3)


Partake in an Endowment session in at least one European temple
Fast for 24 hours, 3 times, with purpose (1/3)
Find one undiscovered family name, and do temple work for that name
Finish Mormon.org profile
Finish reading the Old Testament
Give out one Book of Mormon with my testimony written inside
Post 5 family history stories on That Wife (2/5)
Pray every morning for 15 days straight
Read a Conference edition of the Ensign from cover to cover
Read Jesus the Christ
Visit my brothers grave
Visit the temple 25 times (3/25)

Description at the top shamelessly copied verbatim from Claremont Road.
      I'm a farm-raised almost-crunchy stroller-pushing picture-taking lifestyle-blog-writing gastronomy-obsessed divine-seeking thrift-store-combing cheese-inhaling pavement-pounding laughter-sprinkling lover of individuality and taking chances.
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