Wednesday, July 1, 2015

File this under - What was I thinking?!

Five years ago, on December 17, 2009, I drew up a list of 101 things I wanted to complete in 1001 days. I look back now, and...what was I thinking?! I've done 13 of them - in 5 years!  Not a stellar record, but looking back at them, some are pretty cool.  But hey, it's 5 years on, I am not quite the same person (in that Christian Laboutin shoes are not a desired item), so I decided to refresh and update some of these.  Some were just deleted because they no longer make any sense. Maybe the list isn't exactly of 101 things, but I shall try and complete them over the next 5 years.  The timeline has changed to, but hey, I got really, really fit and healthy and then really, really unfit and unhealthy.  So it's going to take me some time to do an Olympic distance triathlon and a half iron man.  So here's the revised list......

1. Get over my fear of deep water 
2. Do an Olympic distance triathlon 
3. Complete a half iron man 
4. Run the Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town 
5. Compete in a 5K snow shoe race 
6. Learn to Nordic ski properly 
7. Try doing a biathlon 
8. Learn to stand up and cycle 
9. Cycle in traffic  Ride in a cycle race. 
10. Race up the Empire State Building 
11. Race up the Hancock Tower in Chicago 
12. Run an interesting half marathon. 
13. Complete an official duathlon 
14. Win my age group in something 
15. Run a 5K in under 25 minutes 
16. Run the Paavo Nurmi marathon in Turku 
17. Run the Paavo Nurmi marathon in Wisconsin 
18. Run in Iceland 
19. Complete the 200 sit ups in 6 weeks challenge Complete the abs challenge in July 2015
20. Learn to breast stroke 
21. Learn to tread water (for at least 10 minutes) 
22. Learn to butterfly 
23. Knit a jumper scarf
24. Start a new blog with 1001 amazing photos 
25. Learn the rules of American Football 
26. Visit Salina in Toronto 
27. Visit Roxy in New Brunswick 
28. Climb the 4 Presidential Towers in Chicago 
29. Learn to play mahjong 
30. Complete a black and white Escher puzzle 
31. Watch Ingmar Bergman’s films (all 30 of them) 
32. Write an article for a magazine 
33. Put all my photographs on CDs 
34. Read my 4 bags of mail 
35. Have a sports massage every 2 months (at least) 
36. Categorize my cards in a box (bday, thank you etc) 
37. Write 5 letters and send them 
38. Rejuvenate the Siena facebook group 
39. Meet my Turkish penfriend after 30 years 
40. Go to an a-ha concert 
41. Bind my theses 
42. Get really healthy and fit 
43. Bake the perfect guilt-free chocolate cake 
44. Buy a painting by an art student 
45. Read all the books on the Man Booker 2009 shortlist (6) 
46. Read all the books on the Samuel Johnson Prize 2009 shortlist (6) 
47. Read the Guardian’s 2009 bestsellers (10) 
48. Read the top 20 Scandanavian bestsellers for 2009 
 49. Learn to play Texas Hold’Em 
50. Save 5 USD per day for 1001 days. 
 51. Learn CPR with the Red Cross 
52. Design and wear a costume for a road race 
53. Meditate every day for at least 30 minutes 
54. Bake something for my colleagues 5 times 
55. Learn 3 good jokes 
56. Write to 1 person who inspired me 
57. Find another source of income 
58. Use one new never tried recipe twice a month 
59. Buy a good set of Japanese knives 
60. Knit 10 items for charity 
61. Get a US driving licence 
63. Have a birthday party 
64. Write down a memory of my parents once a month 
67. Make something for 10 different people 
68. Put together a care package for someone 
69. Let it go. Really 
70. Buy nothing for a week once a month 
71. Go to the airport and hop on a plane somewhere 
72. Write a letter to myself to be opened in 10 years time 
73. Convince 1 other person to do a 101 things list 
74. Learn to make sushi 
75. Laugh out loud every day. If no laughter by 10pm, take action
76. Learn the lyrics to 5 songs 
77. Attend 1 party a month. If no parties, organize a dinner party 
78. Acquire something exceptionally beautiful and useless 
79. Learn about stocks, investments, bonds 
80. Photograph all the stunning buildings in Boston 
81. Ride a mechanical bull 
82. Go away on a girls spa long weekend 
84. Listen to Wagner’s complete works 
85. Sponsor a child 
86. Learn to skip for at least 10 minutes 
87. Buy a homeless person a hot meal 
88. Send an anonymous gift 
90. Buy a pair of Christian Laboutin shoes 
91. Contribute an article to a feminist publication 
92. Send someone flowers 
93. Make a recipe book of 30 staple recipes 
94. Wake up every morning for 30 days and dance to a song (x6) 
95. Blog twice a week 
96. Donate a blanket to Project Linus 
97. Put away 20 USD for every task I complete 
98. Bake a cake/biscuits for the fire station 
99. Celebrate success by buying a fabulous memento on day 1001 
100. Make a new list of 101 things before this list is completed 
101. Donate 10 USD to charity for every goal I miss on this list


  1. Interesting list and good luck on achieving all the goals.
    Maybe because of my age but the sport massages are part of my routine.

  2. Ciao! Ben trovato....grazie x l'incoraggiamento. Ho passato un periodaccio, ma ora penso di essere in salvo. Questi scopi sono del 2009, ispirati dalla Christina....Faccio uno salto al tuo blog.....

  3. I am re0visiting this list! and have been thinking about it