:: 101 in 1001 {III}: three is the new two ::

the premise, per triplux (a fine source for tips, scripts, and links to other lists):
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 my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as new year's resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

start date: 10 june 2012
end date: 08 march 2015

items completed: 023
items remaining: 78

as with previous lists, items completed have bracketed numbers; i'll alter stats and add hyperlinks to posts with completion details as i have 'em. here we go again...

the list

[001]: run 1001 miles [completed 12.09.13]
002: visit bruges
003: submit a short story for publication
004: visit pittsburgh
[005]: refinance the apartment [see 04.29.13]
[006]: bake pumpernickel bread from scratch [see 06.18.12]
007: read gravity's rainbow (thomas pynchon)
[008]: take a knife-skills class [see 11.14.13]
[009]: go whalewatching [see 12.21.12]
[010]: see the northern lights [see 09.15.12]
011: go skydiving
012: foster kittens
013: shave my head
014: visit mari in atlanta
015: visit jacob and megan in iowa
016: read ulysses (james joyce)
017: draw up a will, power of attorney, and advanced health directive
[018]: visit the ashmolean [see 10.26.12]
019: invent a formidable cocktail
[020]: watch kurosawa's dersu uzala [see 04.15.13]
[021]: go to coney island [completed 09.20.14]
[022]: see at least 6 more of shakespeare's plays for the first time [see 06.18.12, 07.12.12, 06.18.13, 08.09.13, 03.11.14]
[023]: see every picture which earns a best picture, best director, best actress, and best actor nomination in a single oscar season prior to the awards show [completed 02.22.13]
[024]: dip my toe in the atlantic and pacific oceans on the same day [completed 09.20.14]
025: attend mass at st. patrick's cathedral
026: go to the opera
[027]: go to the bronx zoo [see 09.16.13]
028: furnish the bedroom with proper nightstands
029: take trapeze lessons
030: run 8 miles in less than an hour [distance/hr to date: 6.88 mi]
031: get my name printed in the new york times
[032]: frame my college diploma
033: take a foreign language class
034: drink nothing but water for a fortnight
035: see david bowie in concert
[036]: enter a cooking or baking contest [see 05.27.13]
[037]: read 3 library books [see 10.01.13, 10.14.13, 10.23.13]
038: go without restaurant meals and takeout for a month
039: spend the night on a boat
040: bring lunch to work for a month
041: properly shelve my OED
042: go vegan for 6 months
043: spend a night in the hudson valley
[044]: complete a (paid) freelance assignment
045: visit the frick
046: swim with the coney island polar bear club
047: go birdwatching
048: use 12 new-to-me public transportation lines [see 09.26.12]
049: publish a recipe in the penzeys catalog
[050]: visit the isle of man [see 09.26.12]
051: take an archery class on staten island
052: host a blackout party
053: teach steve to leap through a hoop
054: go camping
055: make salsa with at least 3 home-grown ingredients
[056]: raise $1,001 for charity
057: participate in a political campaign
058: visit the new york botanical garden
059: volunteer at a soup kitchen
060: turn my wisdom tooth into a piece of jewelry
061: visit the boston peeps
062: go geode-hunting
063: record a book for the blind and dyslexic
064: get certified as a scuba diver
065: get scrubbed at a jjimjilbang
[066]: acquire a comme des garçons piece [see 10.15.12]
067: visit the birthplace of a president
068: go gluten-free for a month
069: develop a homemade veggie patty recipe
070: make beer [see 06.16.14]
071: finish watching dark shadows (the original series, not the film)
072: take a photography class
073: average at least one THUNDERTOME review per month
074: go 24 hours without speaking
075: perform karaoke in public
076: attend a roller derby bout
077: visit niagara falls
078: run a (public) 10K
079: throw a round nine
080: watch three kubrick films i haven't seen [see 06.18.12]
081: write (publish) three letters to the editor
082: attempt a gozer costume for halloween
083: ride the 6 train turnaround with joe
084: write (publish) another mcsweeney's list
085: visit spa castle
[086]: attend a football match in another country
087: visit the new york city tenement museum
088: attend a hockey game
[089]: attend lunch beat [see 10.09.12]
090: beat my new york times sunday crossword time (18 min)
091: print, mat, and frame one of my photographs
092: read all of proust's remembrance of things past
[093]: learn to make bagels at home [see 02.28.13]
094: roller skate in central park
095: go to fire island
096: go to the hamptons
097: make a pillow
098: figure out a wall treatment for the kitchen
099: visit three new-to-me states
100: donate blood (whole or platelets) 12 times [05 as of 05.22.14]
101: buy nothing for one week


anonymous said...


Rob S. Parham said...

We could work on 4 at once. run the NYC marathon. It will help the mileage total, you could have your name printed in the Times, you could run 8 in less than an hour, and you'd run 10K plus a few in public.

kidchamp said...

marathons, alas, are not for me; jen is the running roommate, you see, and i am the sequin-wearing sleeper.

kidchamp said...

speak, guest!

maggie said...

I totally approve of Joyce and Proust! Go Lauren!  

rachel (heart of light) said...

i love your lists. 

Wabes said...

I've got you covered on (obviously) 14, but also 48, 75, and 78.  The Peachtree 10K on the 4th of July is suppposed to be awesome, and I believe sequins are also encouraged.  MARTA counts as a new transit line, too.

Anonymous said...

I really like this project.

I saw David Bowie in 2002 and it was one of the best concerts I have ever seen.

Rob said...

011 summer 2014?
013 i can bring clippers
021 post 011
030 if i get the legs going pre 011
078 around 011, but starting to fill things up
083 others invited?
094 post 011
100 after 011, 030, 078

That's all doable in a long weekend.