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101 in 1001 meme - my list 
13-Feb-2007 12:43
naive, young, formal
enshanam 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 28 May 2007, it's been 106 days since I started and I've completed 5.5 goals. I've made some progress on several others too, but I need to start ticking some of these off since 10% of the time has passed but only 5% of the goals have!

Cooking/Food
1. Bake my own yeasted bread.
2. Make my own pizza with no help.
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. On track so far, and things have been well-received.
5. Compile all my regularly-used recipes into a personal storage system (database, recipe box, website).
6. Make sushi and nori (rice balls). Sushi completed Apr 4 2007.
7. Cook a full Japanese vegetarian meal.
8. Cook every recipe from VWAV that doesn't contain an ingredient I won't eat.
9. Go a whole month without eating random crap as a substitute for any meal.
10. Eat at Mudai or Waziema without feeling like I ate too much.
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.

Travel
13. San Diego Zoo
14. Portland
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).
18. North Carolina and my see friends there. Completed August 2007.
19. Washington DC and see friends/family there.
20. Yosemite.
21. Los Angeles with M.
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.

Local Interest
24. Hike on Angel Island.
25. Visit 10 Bay Area regional parks I haven't yet been to.
26. Go to Monterrey and see the aquarium.
27. Camp in Big Sur.
28. Go on every stairway walk listed in the Stairway Walks in San Francisco book.
29. Photodocument at least 5 of the stairway walks.
30. Ride on every public transit system in the Bay Area at least 3 times to see new destinations.
31. Visit the area around every Caltrain stop (walk or bike around and go to a shop, restaurant or point of interest nearby).
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.
35. Visit the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco and 5 other museums in the Bay Area.

Habits
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.
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.

Cycling
42. Ride half-century and then a century. (Does not have to be in a race.)
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.
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.
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. On track so far, have been to 3 PBPC meetings.
49. Participate in a bicycle advocacy project (e.g. Bike to Work Day).
50. Buy a road/touring bike with saved money. Added "touring bike" as an option since I got an assist with the road bike.

Physical/Environment
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. Stretch 3x per week for 3 months.
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 -- I could have seen Andy Roddick or Andy Murray, too. Blast.)
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.
63. Go running at least 20 mins 1x/week for 1 month.
64. Do Feldenkrais at least twice a week for two months.

Computer/Tech/Internet
65. Finish the revised TMS section of my webpage.
66. Update my webpage at least once a month.
67. Tag all my past LiveJournal entries in both journals. Inapplicable since I plan to shut down my journals in the near future.
68. Set up a regular backup routine for my computer.
69. Buy a pocket-size digital camera.
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.

Intellectual/Spiritual
72. Learn conversational French or German (ideally both) and return Spanish to fluent-level.
73. Learn all the countries of the world: name, capital, and location.
74. Meditate every day 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.
78. Find a spiritual group that I feel comfortable with and go to a gathering at least once a month. (Maybe Buddhist, Unitarian, or Quaker?)
79. Do all the exercises in Wishcraft and develop at least 3 life goals based on that.
80. Read the book Design Patterns.

Social/Artistic
81. Volunteer to teach reading at the Menlo Park library (or another place if I move).
82. Start a clarinet choir with my friends in the area.
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.
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.
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.

Financial
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. Currently on track...

Literature/Movies
97. Finish watching the complete Buffy seasons.
98. Read 5 books about modern politics (no biographies).
99. Read everything Cory Doctorow has published.
100. Read 10 books about European history (max 2 biographies, up to 5 books can be about the UK).
101. Watch two modern movies and read two modern books in Spanish.
Comments 
13-Feb-2007 22:28 (UTC)
i love making my own bread and pizza!
i have written how i prepare pizza dough in the past.. yes, here it is. hope you find it helpful or at least interesting to read :)
14-Feb-2007 02:52 (UTC)
Thanks, it's very interesting. I don't think I could use your recipe because I wouldn't be sure of the metric conversion, but I've made pizza before with my boyfriend, just not by myself, and we have a dough recipe that works pretty well. But I really appreciate the theory discussion and note of the long kneading time. I don't think we were kneading it long enough. Do you use bread flour for pizza dough?
13-Feb-2007 22:44 (UTC)
#41 made me crack up! Poor polyhymnia.

I'm planning to do reviews for the books I read to meet my list-plans, and I hope you'll consider the same. And I will get back to you about the lentils. And let you know if I see a likely candidate for your barley goal. I'm afraid I can't help you with the amaranth...as you can see from my list, I'm still working on quinoa.
13-Feb-2007 22:56 (UTC)
Michael's Quinoa and Black Beans might be of help. It's good with avocado garnish too.
14-Feb-2007 02:53 (UTC)
Oh, and for lentils, also my Lentil Taco recipe might be good, have you tried it?
14-Feb-2007 03:14 (UTC)
No, I haven't. I think that I'll take a look at all of these before I go grocery shopping next, since I have a jar of lentils already. I will report back about my results!

I feel like an adventurer, charting new territory on my taste buds.
13-Feb-2007 23:49 (UTC)
We should combine forces for some of these, because they are also on MY 101 list! I'm on Buffy S2 but eventually I'll catch up to wherever you are and we could watch some together. Also, Angel Island visitation!

If you want a great haircut, I recommend Noel at Notorious for Hair on Castro street. It's not super-cheap but it's not as spendy as 50-60 bucks; usually with tip it ends up around 40. He's FANTASTIC.
14-Feb-2007 02:46 (UTC)
Definitely! I'm actually only on the later part of Buffy Season 2 myself. I keep forgetting you'll be back soon - very fun! Hope your exams and such are going well.

I'll make note of the hair rec, thanks!
14-Feb-2007 05:59 (UTC)
When you get to the German conversation one, if you want practice, I can help.
14-Feb-2007 17:25 (UTC)
Yes... join the knitting cult.

If you're interested in doing more long-ride biking/touring, you could check out the MS society bike tours - they do them all over the country. Most are a two-day, 150 mile ride. Northern Californa here. They have training rides and give you a lot of support.
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