06 November 2007


**List below has been updated to indicate progress**

I'm not all that much of a doer.

I'm a talker. I'm an instigator.

But it's true that I'm not much of a doer.

After ready through my daily dose of GRS, I thought that I might be up for a challenge. I have gone ahead and gotten started, and I have broken it down into categories. I haven’t finished by list. There’s always going to be things that I WANT to do, but so much of it seems like an everyday To Do list. Here’s what I’ve got for starters.

101 Things in 1001

Green Bold Text = In process.

Red Bold Text = Completed.

Health and wellness:

  1. Join a gym – Done 11/07/07
  2. Find a personal trainer – Done 11/8/07
  3. Get in 3 cardio sessions per week for 4 weeks
  4. Be able to do 20 push-ups
  5. Do five push-ups on my fists
  6. Lose 5 lbs (mostly from my bum)
  7. Lose an inch off my hips
  8. Find a PCP and get a physical
  9. Go to an orthopedist for my bad shoulder again…
  10. Drink 32 oz of water at work each work day
  11. Floss everyday
  12. Eat only home-prepared, non-pre-packaged food for 2 weeks
  13. Take a yoga class
  14. Take a ski lesson again this year
  15. Take a tennis class
  16. Work on posture daily
  17. Take the stairs at work each day
  18. Get my bike tuned up and have speedometer installed
  19. Ride my bike to work ten times (0/10)
  20. Go 5 days without using the computer

Home and Garden and Closet:

  1. Cook a meal a month for friends for a year (3/12)
  2. Work on making every recipe in one of my cookbooks
  3. Find an apartment with ample light for my plants by May 2008
  4. Find a nice kitchen table and chairs
  5. Purchase a set of flatware with pistol handle knives by April 2008
  6. Use Replacements to complete my China set
  7. Plant a vegetable garden (either at my new place, at Jiff and Whyvonne’s or find a community garden)
  8. Repot houseplants
  9. Trim back houseplants and root for gifts
  10. Use canvas bags when I go to the grocery store
  11. Get a new hermit crab and keep him alive for at least a year
  12. Get rid of all clothes that I haven’t worn in over a year
  13. Have black and navy suits tailored by February 2008
  14. Finish knitting cabled sweater by September 2008
  15. Finish knitting Fifi by January 2008 – Done over Thanksgiving 07!
  16. Finish knitting abandoned tank top by February 2008 – I had left it in DC, but better late than never!
  17. Learn to knit Continental style by June 2008
  18. Complete my first Elizabeth Zimmerman pattern by March 2008
  19. Join a knitting group and attend regularly – Done – January 2008
  20. Finish 15 knitting projects by the end of 2008 (16/15)
  21. Abstain from buying new yarn until July 2008 – I’m busting through my stash like you wouldn’t believe!
  22. Finish at least 3 of the 15 projects for 2008 with leftover yarn (8 – BSJ#2, Nautilus#2, Ribbed Hat, Ripple Eyelet Baby Hat, Foliage, Bainbridge Scarf, Knit Mice, Foliage #2)
  23. Piece together quilt squares


  1. Set up new retirement account by December 2008
  2. Get paperwork to waive 1 year waiting period for Duke employer funded retirement plan – Done 11/06/07
  3. Change retirement allotment from 7% to 10% by January 2010
  4. Contact Triangle Family Services about debt counseling
  5. Pay off first credit card by September 2008
  6. Pay off half of accrued debt by November 2008
  7. Pay off all credit card debt by August 2010
  8. Create a substantial budget by May 2008, and stick to it!
  9. Add some money to my IRA each year (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  10. Do my taxes at least a month in advance each year (2008, 2009, 2010)
  11. Take a class on first time home-buying
  12. Save $10,000 in a savings account
  13. Track expenditures more closely and watch monthly debt reduction progress

Career and education:

  1. Attend 1 job related conference each year (2008, 2009, 2010) – Registered.
  2. Read Crucial Conversations
  3. Create/update a portfolio
  4. Begin studying for GMAT by June 2008
  5. Take a management class
  6. For sanity’s sake, file things weekly for 4 weeks – this is really working for me. I love being able to see my desk.
  7. Look into getting a CFRE credential
  8. Update my resume


  1. See all Oscar winners for Best Picture (27/80)
  2. Watch a Jane Austen movie adaptation for each book (Sense & Sensibility)
  3. Watch a Shakespeare movie adaptation for each play (Romeo & Juliet. Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear)
  4. Get Netflix – makes all this movie watching easier!


  1. Join a library
  2. Join a book club – In the process of joining at least one 11/06/07
  3. Finish a book a month – this is much harder than I thought considering all the knitting and movie watching I’ve been doing.
  4. Reread all Jane Austen novels (0/10)
  5. Read all Charles Dickens novels (0/23)
  6. Join List of Bests to track my progress through Penguin’s “100 Classic Books You Must Read Before You Die” (0/100)
  7. Go through books and purge those I have read and will not read again


  1. VOTE! – I got the 2008 primary done.
  2. Find a group to volunteer for by February 2008 – Got one group. I’ll probably continue looking for more.
  3. Take a cooking class
  4. Take a communications class
  5. Learn to use pivot tables in Excel
  6. Join the LGBT employee group at Duke.
  7. Create a soufflĂ© that doesn’t sink
  8. Go white water rafting
  9. Go hiking 6 times before November 2008 (1/6)
  10. Do something cultural monthly (museum/play/concert)
  11. Visit Chicago – planning is in the works
  12. Go to the Zoo with Carolyn
  13. Go to a driving range
  14. Take two road trips (0/2)
  15. Try at least one new NC restaurant a month (or MORE!)
  16. Mail a secret to Post Secret
  17. Go to two wineries (2/2)
  18. See Wicked
  19. Acquire Catchphrase – thanks to Carolyn!
  20. Acquire Taboo
  21. Do 1 Sudoku puzzle or crossword puzzle a week
  22. Learn to play chess
  23. Become proficient at using my mouse left handed
  24. Get a pedicure
  25. Send 30 snail mail letters, excluding year-end holiday cards (8/30)
  26. Write a new list when I finish this one

Started: 11/06/07

Updated: 4/14/08

Number of items Completed: 22/101


bruiser said...

sounds like you will be busy...

Mo said...

your list makes me want to take a nap....but it's a good list, I particularly like the book choices. and the hiking. and the volunteering. but I feel like your list is missing a crucial element--where on this list will you be making me a sandwich?

Jadielady said...

Wow, quite a list!
I will say one of them isn't too hard, I use my left hand for mousing at work. That way I can write with my right hand OR type numbers, which I type about as frequently as I type letters.
Congratulations on Doing though :) I can't even come up with that many goals, much less aspire to reach them.

eje said...

learning to use pivot tables in Excel is under 'fun' ??

you are a crazy person.

ps - hooray for the debt-o-meter!!

eje said...

1) What is your catch phrase?
2) Taking a cooking class with me this spring would let you cross something off your list!
3) PBS just showed a movie and/or miniseries for all the Austen books... maybe you could watch em online?
4) BLARGH!!!