rough draft

Here goes… I am almost completely finished making my 101 in 1001 list. I even tried to separate the items into different categories. I don’t feel like I am completely done. I definitely need to edit the list. I want to make a few things a little more clear and measurable. I also might get rid of some of the ideas, and add new ones.

I’m posting this on here so I can get some editing help from you all before I begin. Help me out. What goals sound weak? How can I improve on the items in this list? Can you think of anything I should add. Critique it; share your opinions….

Rough Draft:

Leave a note giving someone completely random a nice compliment
Participate in a Habitat for Humanity Project
donate 100,000 grains of rice on (0/100,000)
donate 50 malaria nets (0/50)
Send flowers to 3 different people for no reason (0/3)
Spend under $10 on a meal and give a $10 tip
Donate 10 bags of clothes, etc. to Salvation Army or a similar place. (1/10)

Get an address book and keep it up-to-date
Start to trace my family tree
Make a household inventory, including pictures and serial numbers, for insurance purposes
transfer all of my paper files onto my hard drive, and then make a back up of all of my digital files:
documents, music, pictures, etc
Organize Bills and stick with a system
Clean out bookshelves and come up with an organizational system for books
catalogue all the books I own
organize all of my digital photos, then print them and organize into actual photo albums (and make
sure to back up the photos on the computer.)

Throw a party with a clever theme
Go paintballing
Befriend someone over 70 years old.
Cook a nice dinner for 5 friends. (0/5)
Eat at 20 restaurants I have never been to before. (0/20)
Have at least 6 summer parties at my cottage. (0/6)
Go camping, in a tent, with a group of friends.
Get fenway some type of training, preferably in socialization
take fenway on five doggy dates. (0/5)
Go grape stomping
Complete the local wine tour.
Go to a drive in movie at least once per summer (0/3)
Drink at 5 different breweries (0/5)
Support local artists, whether it be musicians or artists, and non-chain restaurants as often as
Have a wine tasting party.
patronize one new to me independent local business each month (0/33)
ask a stranger out on a date

Have a go at mosaic making
Photograph a day in my life, and blog it
learn to knit (well, i know how to knit, but i need to learn how to start off)
Enter a photo contest.
create a cookbook of recipes i make up, or ones which were given to me by other people. i must
actually cook the recipe in order to put it in the cookbook, and to be clear, this is just a personal cookbook, nothing i want to publish
mail a secret to postsecret
make a wine cork filled frame from corks of wine bottles i have shared. on each cork, write the date.
and who i drank with. try to take pictures of at least a few of the cork experiences.
Create inspiration board
make scrapbooks for all of the following: trips to virginia, living in virginia, college during my
bachelors degree, my time in high school, FEA trips
make a “mixtape” of my favorite song each week for one year. that’s only 52 weeks. (0/52)
Take a picture of myself twice a month for the time period to show a change in myself over 2.75
years (0/66)
Complete the urban alphabet photograph project.
Sing in a concert, play or something of the sort.
Act in a play or a monologue show
Complete 100 snapshots @
buy more from etsy stores. Think about building your own
Build a time capsule, which should be completed before i’m 25, have some people write letters &
include other random things pertinent to the past 25 years of my life, and the current, open
when i am 30

participate in “gimmie your stuff.”
Go on a cruise
take a girls trip
go on a train ride
send my parents on a trip
get a world map and mark it somehow with places i want to visit and places i have visited
Take a completely impulsive, spur of the moment road trip.
Do 5 “tourist-y” things in my city (0/5)
See a production by Cirque de Soleil
Get a passport
Travel to 5 states I haven’t been before.

Get a piece of writing published
Write down childhood memories in a journal
Write a handwritten letter to my ten favorite living authors, telling them how they changed my life
Complete 5 more nablopomo’s. (0/5)
write a journal entry in an actual paperbound journal once every week. it doesn’t matter if it is a
boring entry or a fantastic one
write a review of every single book i currently own. to take this a little further, also write a review for
every book you read from this point forward, or have read in the past. the minimum number of reviews i need by the end of 1001 days is _?__.
Complete a novel as part of National Novel Writing Month
List one thing I am grateful for, every day for a year (0/365)
start or join a writers’/readers group
attend a book signing
send 100 personal letters to friends. (0/100)
read all of the current _?__ books you have purchased, but not actually read.
Write a love letter


go to red sox spring training
take a stadium tour of fenway park
Attend 20 red sox games

Apply to graduate school
Get my teaching certificate.
Learn American Sign Language
learn how to drive standard.
learn how to tie a tie. i know, i’m not a man. but i always think it is so romantic for a woman to tie a mans tie, and i do not know how to do it.

Find the perfect red lipstick
Laser eye surgery
Walk, run or jog in a 5K
Take vitamins daily per month
either get a third tattoo or change/redo my second tattoo.
Sleep 8 hours or more for one week a months in four months
Find a place with a real diving boards and do some dives (safely)
Learn to pole dance. (i’ll explain this later. my friend, who also teaches sunday school, teaches pole classes. i want to go for myself. it will boost self esteem and make me feel sexy! i don’t plan on being a stripper, lol. i promise.
Take a self defense class

pay off credit cards
save __?___ for a down payment on a house
Download all my credit card usage into MS Money and keep it up to date
pay off my car
Put $5 in savings for each completed task and $10 for every uncompleted one.
Get a living will/power of attorney

Dance in the rain.
Ride in a hot air balloon
Ride an elephant
Go to a planetarium
Go to the movies alone

Make a new 101 list for the next 1001 days!!
get 5 people to start a 101 in 1001 list (0/5)
try to photograph each task and then make a scrapbook out of the completed experience
start a new list


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Beamer on December 30, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    Looks like a great list.A few comments (per your request):– catalog books and reorganize bookshelf seem to be almost too similar to be separate– I love that your dog is named Fenway– do you want to cook for friends 5 times or can it be 5 friends at once?– the supporting local artists is vague enough to be hard to definitively check off. same for etsy. I’d choose a number of things to buy or something.– you lived in VA? I live in VA!– I think this is just because you’re brainstorming, but numbering it helps you and your readers.It looks like a wicked good list. I look forward to following it. I am about to start my second go at the 101 in 1001 on Jan 1 on My first try would have worked out better had I had good other lists to follow. Good luck!


  2. Posted by little erin on December 31, 2008 at 2:35 am

    beamer: thank you, thank you, thank you. i was getting a little discouraged without any feedback. i think i worked so hard on the list for about a week, everything blends into itself…so i wanted to see if it were even interesting!! i think you have good ideas. i’m going to combine the 2 ideas about books you mentioned. i am going to cook for friends 5 times. i need to rewrite that to make it clearer.i don’t know how to make the local artists and etsy more clearer. how many times do you think is reasonable? i want to do it as often as possible, but i also don’t want to go bankrupt.i do plan on numbering it. i actually think i’m over 101 right now. it is hard to read if it isn’t numbered. i agree.thank you, i love the name fenway too. before i named her that, i felt like NO ONE had a dog named fen. now i know about 10 people who have new dogs named fenway. oh well!i did live in VA, norfolk area, and i miss it terribly!i’ll be reading your 101!! thanks again for the comment!


  3. Posted by Beamer on December 31, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    The supporting artist/etsy thing is really up to you. One of mine is to buy one piece of art off a coffeehouse/restaurant wall. I figure that that may get me started and I’ll do more. You seem to have a mindset where you want to do that regardless of the list, so you probably don’t need to mandate 10 purchases or something like that. My list will be going live at midnight (12:01, actually) on my new home, Have fun tonight!


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