1 Year To Go ‘Til 1001

A mere 636 days ago, I published my second list of 101 things to do in 1001 days. Which means that I only have 1 year left until those 1001 days are up1! So today seemed like a good day to check in on my progress.

Shockingly, I have only accomplished 13 of the 101 items on my list! 13?! What the hell?

In my defence, I wrote out that list before I actually knew that I was going to go to b-school2 and that my every waking moment that I’m not at work would be filled with debits and credits and leveraging competitive advantage of organizational culture to create shared value in a sustainable way rather than completing item #71 on my 101 list.

However. The reason one monitors one’s progress is so that one might take some corrective action when they notice they are not on track. So I’ve gone through this list to pick out the low hanging fruit – I figure it will be helpful to focus my attention on the stuff that I know I can get done!

First off, we have the “Ones That Are In The Works“:

26. Do some kind of exercise every day for a year (I’m currently on day 192)
55. Leave the continent (trip booked for August 1)
65. Go to a Vancouver Canadians game (ticket purchased for Wednesday!)

Next, we have the “Ones That I Absolutely Positively Can Do, Shouldn’t Even Be A Problem At All“:

24. Write a will
52. Cook a decent tasting eggplant parmesan
69. Visit Galiano Island – anyone wanna come with?
70. Visit Bowen Island – anyone wanna come with?
98. drive the entire length of the King George Boulevard of Broken Dreams with Kalev

Then we have the “Ones That I Should Get Off My Butt And Organize

23. Go skydiving
39. Go scuba diving
43. Make homemade pasta
44. Go to NYC3
62. For one week, go to bed at 9 and read non-work related books
77. Do 15 minutes of yoga every morning for a month
85. Make homemade marshmallows
88. watch salmon spawning
89. go to Fright Nights at the PNE
90. do the Stanley Park Christmas lights train ride
94. Make homemade egg nog.
99. Make Baked Alaska
100. print eight photos and put them in the photo frame that I bought ages ago that has been handing on my wall with the stock photos in it, because that really looks quite ridiculous the way it is
101. publish 501 blog postings in this 1001 day period18.

Then we have “One That I Can Do Right This Second“:

36. Incorporate the word “growlery” into my vocabulary.

I hereby declare that from now on my second bedroom, heretofore known as my “office”, shall henceforth be referred to as my “growlery”. Number 36, consider yourself accomplished!

And finally, there’s “One That I Can Do By Starting Today and Not Screwing Up For The Next 365 Days“:

87. Do another 365 day photo challenge.

A 365 day photo challenge is one where you take a self-portrait every single day for 365 days4. I kept thinking that I had “plenty” of time to get to this one, but since I only have 365 days left in my 1001 days, today is my last chance to start this. And start it I have! Here’s my first photo:

Day 1

And you can follow along with the photos, which I will post in this Flickr set. In related news, if anyone has any suggestions for self-portrait photos I can take5, let me know!

Wish me luck!

  1. Eek! Where the hell did the time go? []
  2. That one was for you, Kalev! []
  3. I figure I could do this from Ontario, where I’m planning to go for Christmas. []
  4. See here for my first 365 photo challenge. []
  5. Within reason! []

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  • I think you should do ‘shout-outs’ in your photos… like, holding up a sign with my name on it one day just to say hello :). Or…. do ‘week’ themes: one week of you and your lunch; another week with you during/post exercise; another week with you on the train; etc. Also, I want to go to said islands… can I suggest a nerd reunion??


  • I just got back from my first ever trip to NYC! It was awesome! But, my biggest suggestion would be to NOT take a 4 year old with you. Also, you can actually watch salmon spawn? Get pictures!


  • I’m up for Bowen! And possibly also Fright Nights, although having been at Playland last week with essentially no line-ups (hubby’s union had booked the entire place out), I did say I’d never go back on a normal day… but I do kinda still want to go to Fright Nights!


  • p.s. my friend Sara occasionally works at a local salmon hatchery, as an interpreter for school tours. Let me know if you want me to put you in touch with her. Actually you should meet her anyway, because she’s awesome


  • Well I have to do 24 as well. Been putting that off long enough. And I can help with 98, if you ever get a break.

    As for 44, I would go back and with you in a heartbeat.


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  • @Rick – Brilliant ideas! And I agree nerd reunion on said islands is definitely in order. When are you nerds booking your flights here??

    @Cath – Awesome, let’s do Fright Nights! And Bowen!

    @Kalev – You are the ONLY one who can help me with #98! Help me, Kalev-Wan Kenobi, you’r my only hope!

    @Kalev again – lol!


  • Oops, missed one! @Stacy – Yup, BC has tonnes of salmon and during spawning season you can go and see them all heading up river. I haven’t been to see it yet (hence it being on the list), but apparently it is an amazing sight to behold! I’ll get pics for sure!


  • I’m in for 43 – we have yet to break in the pasta maker attachment we got for our wedding. I also know how to make homemade gnocchi if that sounds better than regular pasta. Also 94 as that is ridiculous easy, we made it all the time as kids (store egg not was for rich kids, lol). Also maybe we can motivate each other on #100…I’ve had my photo frame up for 3 or 4 years with stock photos in it…


  • Ooooh, oooh, oooh! You have a pasta maker attachment?? Let’s make a date for making homemade pasta!!! And for making homemade egg nog, but maybe not for a few months!

    And we should totally have a competition to see who can get real photos into their frame first!


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