101 in 1001 meme: my list

Reposted from the original.

Shari recently posted a 101 Things in 1001 Days list. I really like the idea, because I want to keep trying new experiences. The link above is to the original guy who thought of it. The criteria are:

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 your part).

I have no idea if I’ll be able to manage all these, but I’ll definitely be trying. My 1001 days goes from yesterday (when I made the list) until Nov. 9, 2009. When a task is complete, I’ll strike it out on the list and note the completion date, and most likely post about it.

If you know a lot about any of the subjects or activities listed and would be willing to help me out or do them with me, comment below. A few things are partly redacted to avoid giving personal info about others.

Current progress:
As of Nov 10 2008, it’s been 636 days since I started (a little under 1 year 9 months) and I’ve completed 28 goals and made progress on 7 others for a total of 31.3 goals. I decided to rescale 11 goals for feasibility and just completely cross off 4 others, on the assumption that I’ll continue to explore interesting new stuff outside the 101. Jun 25 I am also busy with some big priorities which were not on the 101 specifically, so that will delay some as well. I’m still well behind overall but not feeling too bothered about it. I hope to catch up a little later this year though!

1. Bake my own yeasted bread.
2. Make my own pizza with no help. Completed Feb 18 2008.
3. Make vegetarian tom kha gai that I like so much I actually want to make it again right away.
4. Bake [Company]’s monthly birthday sweet treats for the rest of the year. This was fun and well-received in 2007, but I’m not planning to continue for 2008 as it was kind of stressful too.
5. Compile all my regularly-used recipes into a personal storage system (database, recipe box, website).
6. Make sushi and onigiri (rice balls). Sushi completed Apr 4 2007.
7. Cook a full Japanese vegetarian meal.
8. edited was Cook every recipe from VWAV that doesn’t contain an ingredient I won’t eat. As of April 12 2008 I had made 37 recipes out of about 110. New goal: make 20 more recipes from among a list of recipes that pop out to me as interesting (recorded elsewhere).
9. edited Go a whole month week without eating random crap as a substitute for any meal. Making progress in understanding why this happens.
10. Eat at Mudai or Waziema without feeling like I ate too much. Completed Feb 15, 2008.
11. Find a recipe with barley but no mushrooms that’s tasty and easy.
12. Figure out how to use amaranth so it tastes good.

13. San Diego Zoo
14. Portland Completed August 2008. Spent a week there for work/fun and enjoyed it tremendously.
15. Seattle
16. Vancouver. Completed June 2007. Spent 9 days there and liked it a lot.
17. The UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Highlands or Islands, London) and Ireland (Dublin). Completed September ’08 (UK only).
18. North Carolina and my see friends there. Completed August 2007.
19. Washington DC and see friends/family there.
20. Yosemite.
21. Los Angeles. No longer relevant.
22. Have one of the above involve either cycling around/across an area or riding a long-distance train (the GNER Edinburgh-London doesn’t count because I’ve done it before).
23. Visit my grandmother in Canada. Completed in early July ’08. Got #22 then as well by renting a bike in Toronto. I enjoyed urban (helmet-free!) cycling.

Local Interest
24. Hike on Angel Island.
25. Visit 10 Bay Area regional parks I haven’t yet been to. Complete!!! Sam McDonald/Pescadero, GGNRA at Muir Beach, Monte Bello, El Corte de Madera Creek, Wunderlich Park, Monte Sereno, Hidden Villa, Purissima Creek Redwoods, and Arastradero. Yay!
26. Go to Monterey and see the aquarium. Been to Monterey now but I rode bikes instead of aquariuming.
27. Camp in Big Sur.
28. edited Go on all 7 new stairway walks listed in the Stairway Walks in San Francisco book.
29. edited Photodocument at least 5 3 of the stairway walks.
30. edited was all of the systems 3 times Ride on each of the ten public transit systems that reach the inner Bay Area at least once specifically to see new destinations.
31. edited was every stop Visit the area around every Caltrain stop north of SJ except Atherton, College Park, SSF, and San Bruno (walk or bike around and go to a shop, restaurant or point of interest nearby). Only five remaining: 22nd St, Broadway, Belmont, Lawrence, and Santa Clara. I completed Millbrae, Burlingame, and San Antonio. The ones I excluded are fairly difficult/boring.
32. Go kayaking. Completed June 2007 in Vancouver’s English Bay and False Creek.
33. Go sailing in the bay. Completed 26 May 2007. I technically also visited Angel Island park, but I don’t think it counts.
34. Go wine-tasting again in Napa or Sonoma or Santa Cruz county. Added Santa Cruz as an option since someone pointed out that there are a lot of good wineries there too.
35. Visit the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco and 5 other museums in the Bay Area. Been to MoAD and two other museums (San Mateo County History and Palace of the Legion of Honor) — 50% done.

36. Give up caffeine except no more than once a month in tea only, no coffee.
37. Give up soda except for at parties.
38. [private]
39. Floss or Listerine every day for a month. Completed in April 2008. I didn’t floss every day, but it was every day when I was home, and I’m flossing more regurlarly now.
40. Make emergency preparedness kit and keep it stocked (rotate perishables).
41. Stop feeling my blood pressure go through the roof when I see cyclists on the sidewalk. I’m making progress on this. Toronto helped, and for a while I thought I was cured, but I still get a strong aversive reaction at first.

42. Ride half-century and then a century. (Does not have to be in a race.) I’ve ridden several half-century-length rides in prep for W2W 2008. The century will have to wait for next year at a minimum…
43. Ride my bike at least 3 miles a day for seven days straight, completing at least 30 miles in the week.
44. Ride my bike at least 3 miles a day for one month straight, completing at least 160 miles in the month. I decided to get rid of these because I don’t see anymore why I thought this was meaningful. Also, my training for Waves to Wine in July-September 08 has pretty much exceeded these goals except for the everyday thing which isn’t recommended by training programs.
45. Ride my bike everywhere I need to go for a week. (No transit or anyone else’s car!)
46. Get a cart for my bike to haul stuff or a cargo bike or retrofit current city bike as cargo bike.
47. Go on the North/South Route Bike Ride on April 15, 2007. Completed April 15, 2007, beating my previous daily best of 19 miles by cycling 39 miles!
48. Go to at least 5 SVBC/PBPC meetings this year. Completed 2007 having gone to at least 5 meetings, as well as a couple of events. I’ve gotten pretty involved with SVBC now (the groups re-aligned as of December).
49. Participate in a bicycle advocacy project (e.g. Bike to Work Day).Completed May 17 2008 by volunteering at the Cal Ave Energizer station. I also was on the TAG for SVBC for the Caltrain Bike (Parking) Master Plan, which may count for this as well.
50. Buy a road/touring bike with saved money. Added “touring bike” as an option since I got an assist with the road bike. Completed April 2008.

51. Grow 3 herb plants for a season.
52. Frame my MSc diploma and at least 10 of my interesting posters and best photographs.
53. Get a cat.
54. Take another Pilates class and develop a routine I do at least once a week.
55. Get strong enough to do 50 modified pushups (allowed to do 2 sets of 25 but no smaller ones count).
56. Get strong enough to do a bridge.
57. edited Stretch 3x per week for 3 months 1 month .
58. Find a massage therapist and get a massage every 3-6 months.
59. Get a really cute haircut even if I have to pay $50 or $60 for it. Completed 8/19/2007 at Hair International, kind of a pixie short haircut.
60. See a live tennis tournament match. Sadly, I missed the SAP open 2007 — I could have seen Andy Roddick or Andy Murray, too. But I completed this on Feb 18, 2008 at the SAP Open 2008, by seeing Pete Sampras!
61. Find a dentist and go to the dentist for a cleaning and checkup. Completed Apr 26 2007. I went to Smiles Dental in Mountain View and liked them.
62. Find a doctor and go to the doctor for a general checkup. Done Feb 8, 2008.
63. Go running at least 20 mins 1x/week for 1 month.
64. edited Do Feldenkrais 2x per week for 2 months 1 month .

65. Finish the revised TMS section of my webpage. Finished May 2008.
66. Update my webpage at least once a month.
Completed incidentally since my blog now qualifies as updating my webpage (it didn’t exist at the time I created this goal).
67. Tag all my past LiveJournal entries in both journals. I had marked this as inapplicable, but the private journal is staying, so I need to tag it.
68. Set up a regular backup routine for my computer.
69. Buy a pocket-size digital camera. Completed Christmas 2007; I received a Fuji Finepix F50fd as a gift.
70. Set up “data guardian” mutuality with someone.
71. Don’t check my email, blogs, etc. at home for one week while not on vacation.

72. Learn conversational French or German and return Spanish to fluent-level.
73. Learn all the countries of the world: name, capital, and location.
74. edited Meditate every day 3x per week for a month.
75. Submit a linguistics paper for consideration for a conference or journal.
76. Attend a course about sustainable living (permaculture, etc).
77. Learn to knit and knit at least a scarf. I’ve learned to knit now and am working on a scarf.
78. edited Find a spiritual group that I feel comfortable with and go to a gathering at least once a month six times.
79. Do all the exercises in Wishcraft and develop at least 3 life goals based on that. Ditching this, it doesn’t resonate with me anymore.
80. Read the book Design Patterns.

81. edited to be more general Volunteer in a non-advocacy way. E.g. Humane Society or teaching reading at the Menlo Park library.
82. edited to be more general Do something where I play at least once a month, like start a clarinet choir with my friends in the area or buy a recorder and play it during lunch breaks.
83. Do/help organize in a board game or dinner party night five times.
84. Draw at least 15 pictures in my art notebook.
85. Procure the complete works of Eddie From Ohio, Carbon Leaf, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
86. Explore my whole music collection and make a list of new artists to check out. Started this process around Feb 5 2008 with organizing my CDs and seeing what I have.
87. Donate blood. (This counts if I go and find out I can’t for some reason. If I can, I have to do it at least twice.)
88. See the San Francisco Symphony play live. Done Feb 2, 2008. Discovered James Ehnes!
89. Write to or call [family] at least once a month.
90. Help put the family photo albums into new albums on archive quality paper with labels.
91. Try to negotiate a change in policy by an organization that affects me.

92. Go through all of a year’s receipts starting in April 2006 and make a budget April 2007 – April 2008. Completed 17 Feb 2007, used 8 mo. of receipts April – December 06, will start budget in Feb with first real month in Mar after (hopefully) 401k registration.
93. Register for my 401k. Completed 28 Feb 2007.
94. Get renter’s insurance.
95. Make a will.
96. Save at least $100 every month this year. Completed in December 2007. I actually saved almost $4k this year, though I still don’t quite know how. I started a high-interest savings account for it!

97. Finish watching the complete Buffy seasons. Currently in mid-S3.
98. Read 5 books about modern politics (no biographies).
99. Read all fiction Cory Doctorow has published.
100. Read 10 books about European history (max 2 biographies, up to 5 books can be about the UK). I’ve now read 2 biographies which were also about the UK, so 8 more, max 3 more UK to go..
101. Watch two modern movies and read two modern books in Spanish.

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