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Day 1001 – A Recap

Today marks the end of my 1001 days in which I set out to accomplish 101 things. Hard to believe that it was just 1001 days ago – seems like only yesterday! So let’s take a look at how I did, shall we?

  • Number of items accomplished: 39 (38.6%)
  • Number of items not accomplished: 62 (61.4%)
Well, that looks a little dismal, doesn’t it? Let’s take a look at the items in more depth, though.

Completed Items

I’ve broken this down into two categories: A. Stuff I did that I figured I’d be likely to do and B. Stuff I did that I was surprised I managed to accomplish.

A. Stuff I Did That I Figured I’d Be Likely To Do

4. run another half marathon [I’ve done a few, actually]
7. give something a cool name (i.e., not just adding the letter “y” to the end of what the thing is a la “froggy” or “puppy”) [See Zaphod Beeblebrox the Car, Chloe the MacBookPro and Bellatrix the iPhone]
8. get my blog onto WordPress.org
14. write something creative (e.g., a story, a script or a poem)
27. write a computer program
30. write a blog entry entitled Word to Your Moms, I Came to Drop Bombs
37. teach the same course at UBC twice
38. participate in the “365 Day Challenge”. This involves taking a self-portrait every day for 365 days and posting it to the 365 Day Flickr group.
39. make a list of 100 things that make me happy
41. buy an iPhone
43. take Tod to a Vancouver Canucks game
45. go to a BC Lions game
47. see a Vancouver White Caps game
58. write 10 friends real letters, on paper, with a pen and snail mail them
60. go to a Bikram yoga class
61. go to a spa for a facial
68. do a 24 hr blogathon
72. determine my net worth
73. buy a bike
77. participate in five research projects (as a subject/participant, not as a researcher)
78. sell counter top dishwasher on Craig’s List
80. put up a Christmas tree and decorate it with chili peppers
81. live blog something [Accomplished  22 September 2011].
82. go to bed every night for a week with all the dishes cleaned
83. achieve inbox zero and maintain for one full week (where “maintain” = by the time I go to bed each night)
86. write a blog posting about the Car Co-op
92. devise some sort of proper back up system for my computer files
94. buy a pair of brown dress pants
99. recycle my old Sony Vaio desktop and my old Palm Pilot that are now just taking up space in my apartment!

B. Stuff I Did That I Was Surprised I Managed To Accomplish

13. publish a paper in a scholarly journal on the training program that I [used to] run
15. change a life
17. teach a course at a college
23. skate at GM Place
36. beat my current record of 10 points in a hockey season
40. buy a Smart Car
49. keep a plant alive for a whole month
65. visit New Brunswick
85. break my current record of 460 blog views in a day
98. go on a polar bear swim

Incomplete Items

I’ve broken this down into three categories: A. Abject failures, B. Stuff I never thought I’d do anyways, and C. Stuff I no longer even care about.

A. Abject Failures

1. go to New York City
2. leave the continent
3. live above ground
6. assemble my last 7 years worth of photos into scrapbooks
18. ski at Whistler
19. ski at Big White
20. ski on Grouse Mountain
21. learn to snowboard (or at least try it)
22. go surfing & actually stay up on the board
31. read something by Salman Rushdie [I bought the book. It’s sitting on my nightstand. I’ve started reading it, yet I’ve not gotten very far.]
33. for one week, go to bed at 9 and read non-work related books
34. read The Last Spike by Pierre Berton [Sarah *gave* me this book and I still haven’t finished it. FAIL!]
35. take pole dancing lessons. Like, a whole set of them, not just the intro class.
44. take Tod to a Vancouver Giants game
46. go to a Vancouver Canadians game
48. start composting
50. write in my journal every day for a month
51. go kayaking
52. camp at Joffre Lake
53. visit Galiano Island
54. visit Salt Spring Island
55. visit Bowen Island
56. save $500 in coins
57. deposit that $500 worth of coins into my 40th birthday savings account
62. visit 5 new American states
63. visit Newfoundland
64. visit Nova Scotia
66. visit the Yukon
67. visit Nunavit
69. do 15 minutes of yoga every morning for a month
70. sort through my many boxes of papers (most of which contain papers from my thesis), recycling the papers I don’t need and filing the ones I do need
75. record a cooking show (at least 5 episodes)
76. publish said cooking show online
79. see at least one Bard on the Beach performance
84. up my blog readership to an average of 200 readers a day
87. go sky diving
91. see a show at Richard’s on Richards before it closes down (FAIL! Dick’s on Dicks closed. I attended nothing there. I suck.)
93. get my ring from my great Auntie Bernice re-sized to actually fit my finger
95. bake at least one thing per month for 12 months in a row, without baking the same thing two months in a row
96. go zip cording
97. make homemade vegetarian marshmallows
100. scan all the photos from my pre-digital camera days
101. publish a blog posting for each of the next 1001 days!

B. Stuff I Never Thought I’d Do Anyway

5. run the full marathon in Sacramento (i.e., the net downhill one!)
16. write a book [But funnily enough, this one is actually in progress! It’s not done, so I can’t knock it off the list just yet and I can’t say more than that at the moment, but you’ll hear about it in due course.]
24. coach a hockey team
25. hike Black Task
26. hike the West Coast Trail
28. start a business [While I didn’t technically start a business, I have done some freelancing. So that’s kind of partway there.]
29. learn French (at least a little bit. Like more than just what’s on the cereal box)
32. visit Macchu Picchu [My sister wants to do this with me. I think we can get ‘er done!]
42. skate on the Rideau Canal [This one requires being in Ottawa early in the New Year, when the canal is actually frozen. Which is when I never seem to be in Ottawa. But a girl can hope!]
89. see the Dresdan Dolls in concert
90. see Groove Coverage in concert

C. Stuff I No Longer Even Care About

9. participate in a political campaign
10. attend Women’s Campaign School
11. conduct some kind of education research project
12. conduct another systematic review for the Cochrane Collaboration
59. follow Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating every day for 1 month
71. find out my credit rating [I obtained a copy of my credit report – wondering if I really need get the credit rating, which costs money!]
74. bike to work every day for two months [This just isn’t practical, as I need to drive all to meetings and events around the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley for work, and can’t imagine I’ll even have two months straight where I just work in my office without needing my car to go somewhere]
88. resurrect my teaching blog [I don’t do all that much teaching anymore anyway]

In my defence, I’d like to point out that I accomplished a bunch of stuff in the last 1001 days that I never even thought to put on the list. Things like:

This all makes me think of Mintzberg’s2 work where he talked about how the most highly successful organizations do not implement 100% of their strategic plans; instead, successful organization are adaptive and take advantage of emerging opportunities that they couldn’t have foreseen when they wrote their plan – like, say, the opportunity to play hockey for 10 days to set a world record –  and drop things that become less important as time goes on. So yeah, I think I did alright.
  1. I’m too lazy to look up the example total right now, but it’s pretty close to that much that I’ve paid off in the last 1001 days []
  2. Oh yes, I *did* just throw down a reference for Dr. Henry Mintzberg of McGill University. Booyah! []

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100 Things That Make Me Happy

When I created my 101 things to do in 1001 days list, I admit that I looked around at other people’s 101 lists for ideas1 and one of the ideas I stole commandeered was to make a list of 100 things that make me happy2. And I decided that I wanted the list to be really genuine – not just things that are OK or things that sound good, but things that, when I see/hear/smell/do/think about them, really, truly make me smile.

So it’s taken me many, many months to compile this list  ((I started it on July 31, 2009!)) – I’ve been adding to it here and there as I think of things3. And it seems rather appropriate to blog such a list today, because it’s Thanksgiving! And it’s also the LAST DAY of my 1001 days – and thus I get to cross this one last thing off my list! Booyah!

And now, in no particular order, 100 things that make me happy are:

  1. my niece – everything about her
  2. my nephew – he’s a perfect baby!!
  3. the smell of a hockey arena
  4. the purr of a contented cat
  5. my Smart car
  6. drinking a properly brewed cup of tea
  7. the satisfaction of figuring out a plot point or clever turn in a book4 or TV show5 or movie6
  8. the sound of a skate blade cutting through the ice as you skate fast around the rink
  9. a good run7
  10. figuring out a short cut in a computer program that I commonly use
  11. the smell of a burning cedar
  12. cutting into an avocado and discovering that it is just the perfect level of ripeness
  13. fresh bannock8
  14. the smell of vanilla
  15. keyboard cat
  16. the feel of the wind as you ski down a mountain
  17. The Ninjas by the Bare Naked Ladies
  18. the moment I get to collapse into my comfy, comfy bed after a long day
  19. savouring a good cup of coffee9
  20. the Harry Potter books. All of them
  21. Zoolander10
  22. Quatchi11
  23. laughing babies
  24. getting an invitation to the 12 Bars of Christmas
  25. opening my email to find a pile of new messages from Dr. Dan. Because I *know* that there will be much hilarity within.
  26. grilled cheese sandwiches
  27. cilantro
  28. the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Especially the FSM doll that my brother-in-common law Jeff made for me
  29. the phrase “brother-in-common-law”
  30. discovering a cool new concept, theory, or field that I didn’t even know existed, and getting to learn about it
  31. Gantt charts12
  32. logic models13
  33. the moment that I remember that I see things perfectly clearly – and I’m not wearing glasses or contact lenses14
  34. kisses
  35. gulab jamun
  36. eating gulab jamun and saying “I have hot sticky balls in my mouth!”
  37. when I mention Kim’s name and then Kalev yells “FUDGE!!”15
  38. calling King George Boulevard the “King George Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
  39. when someone compliments me on something that I’m wearing and I get to say “I bought it at a thrift store!”
  40. chatting with my sister
  41. when I’m driving towards the mountains and the sun is shining on them
  42. running across a finish line16
  43. phone calls with Patrice. Especially when she says things like “Get a grip, woman!”17
  44. drinking a cup of tea while I listen to The Shadow on the radio on a Sunday night
  45. packing Granville Island Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale into my suitcase to go to Ontario, because as I pack it I can picture the joy that will be on Sarah’s face when I give it to her!
  46. pouring a glass of Ogopogo’s Lair Pinot Grigio and savouring that first sip
  47. drinking a great microbrew at a pub with friends
  48. these cupcakes – truly one of the tastiest things I’ve ever made
  49. my patented blue cheese risotto – quite possibly the second tastiest thing I’ve after made, after the aforementioned cupcakes
  50. the word “aforementioned”
  51. the admiration I get when I bring my chocolate amaretto cheesecake to a party
  52. eating one square of really dark chocolate
  53. Rick’s Inspiration photo18
  54. coming home from a trip to a clean apartment
  55. opening an email that says “you got the award/grant”
  56. goat cheese
  57. making a new food item and it turns out perfectly the first time you try the recipe!
  58. the smell of chlorine on my skin after I go swimming
  59. my ever-so-soft microfibre bedsheets
  60. really good homemade French fries19
  61. truffle fries at The Charles Bar
  62. the “nerd” sign above the bar at Section 3
  63. the moment that I lie down on the massage table, put my face into the face cradle20, take a deep breath and savour the fact that I’m about to be really relaxed for the next hour21!
  64. hot tubs
  65. hanging out at the spa with Shalu
  66. using my iPhone
  67. the expression “OMGWTFBBQ!”
  68. when one of Cath’s friends refers to me as “Kale
  69. lying in savasana at the start of a hot yoga class22.
  70. The song Barbra Streisand by Duck Sauce 23.
  71. dancing
  72. dancing while lined up for a face-off
  73. dancing in my giant living room
  74. dancing while in traffic
  75. the word “prevaricate”
  76. when something gives me butterflies in my tummy!
  77. getting a package in the mail that’s not a bill or junk mail
  78. sending a package to a friend in the mail
  79. sending drunk postcards
  80. when I have my iPod or iTunes on shuffle and a song comes on that is either completely appropriate to my current state of mind  ((Making me think my iPod is psychic.)) or a song that I’ve just asked it aloud to play24.
  81. doing Christmas baking
  82. wearing my new satin PJs
  83. going to bed without setting the alarm on those days where I know I can sleep in as long as I want to
  84. crispy bacon
  85. my ruby ring, which my dad gave to my mom for her 40th birthday and which she recently gave to me
  86. my mom’s family ring  ((It has the birthstones for each of my mom, my dad, my sister and me.)), which she also gave to me recently
  87. when I do something silly, like fall down my stairs or poke my eye with a mascara wand, and my immediate reaction is “I’m so blogging that”
  88. when I rediscover a piece of clothing that I forgot I had but as soon as I see it, I love it all over again
  89. the watering can my Grampa Griffin had that was shaped like a swan
  90. when I get a text message from my sister that says “Why aren’t you at [name of location] chatting with me?”25
  91. writing on a fresh pad of paper with a pen that has very smooth ink in it
  92. crossing items off my “to do” list
  93. making dinner for a friend
  94. my PhD degree, framed all pretty like and hung upon my wall
  95. when someone calls me “Dr. Snow”
  96. when the Canucks score a goal
  97. French toast made with vanilla, cinnamon, and fresh nutmeg, and topped with real maple syrup
  98. stuffing, especially the crispy bits. And the smell of the poultry seasoning when it’s cooking!
  99. referring to all movies as “documentaries,” especially when they are clearly not26
  100. candlelight
  1. 101 is a lot of ideas to have to come up with. []
  2. ‘cuz clearly I didn’t figure out from struggling to come up with 101 things to do that making lists of 100 things is hard! []
  3. Which I think is kinda cool, ‘cuz it had me on the lookout for moments when I smile – and that can’t be a bad thing! []
  4. I’m thinking Harry Potter here []
  5. like Lost []
  6. I’m thinking in particular of the moment I clued in during Fight Club []
  7. Not all runs are what I like to call a “good” run. Often, I enjoy the run, but wouldn’t say it really puts a smile on my face. But some days, you just get in the zone and everything about that run is sheer pleasure. Those runs are the best! []
  8. The deep fried kind, not so much the baked kind. []
  9. I’m looking at you, organic, fair-trade Bolivian coffee from Level Ground Trading Company! []
  10. No matter how many times I watch it, it continues to crack me up. []
  11. He’s so adorable and always makes me smile when I see him. []
  12. Nerd alert!! []
  13. Double nerd alert!! []
  14. It’s easy to just take this for granted now, but every once in a while it pops into my head. []
  15. It’s a long story. Remind me to blog it someday. []
  16. You may not see a smile on my face as I run across the line, but trust me, I’m smiling on the inside! []
  17. Which she seems to need to say to me quite often! []
  18. Only a privilege few have seen it. And it is truly awesome. []
  19. Like #9 “a good run,” not all French fries are “good” French fries. I mean, I’ve rarely met a French fry I didn’t like, bu the ones that really make me happy are the ones that a freshly made from a good quality potato, cooked in a good quality oil, served up freshly made, with salt and vinegar. OMG, I want that right now! []
  20. That little ring thing where your face goes on a massage table – I had to look up what the name of that was! []
  21. Or possibly that I’m going to be hurt for the next hour, but feel so good afterwards []
  22. While I don’t actually *smile* during this, I do feel a very deep sense of contentment []
  23. I first heard this song, many times and much repeatedly, during the LG4CF. Hearing it brings back memories of one of the most amazing experiences of my life, of a fantastic group of women and of dancing at every faceoff. []
  24. Like “Hey Bellatrix, why don’t you play Combat Baby?” and then Combat Baby comes on. Because I do that sometimes and sometimes it happens. I know it’s just a coincidence, but it still makes me smile. []
  25. Usually “name of location” = your computer. Because my sister and I chat online a lot and we like to tease each other when one of us is working at a computer and the other is off gallivanting somewhere, thus thwarting the chat desires of the other sister. I think maybe it’s a “you had to be there” kind of thing. []
  26. see here (Final Destination 5 as a documentary about bridge safety), here (the show Portlandia as a documentary about Portland, Oregon), and here (Nightmare on Elm Street as a documentary about sleep disorders) for examples []