It seems like I started this ages ago, but as my tagline stated, it was just 34 months. Well, I’m proof that a lot can happen in 34 months! And not all of it is what you set out to do. I started on January 11, 2012, and ended last week on October 8, 2014. Here it is, my 101 Things in 1001 Days summary.
Entertainment: 12 out of 22. Just over half - I’ll count that as a success!
- I didn’t have a drink at a bar alone, because I stopped going out drinking. I should get points for that.
- I didn’t teach myself a language, but I bought a German Rosetta Stone rip-off that I’ll probably listen to one day.
- I didn’t read a book on the craft of writing every month, but I read 20 in 34 months, so that’s basically a win.
- I didn’t skydive. I have no excuse.
- I didn’t ride in a hot air balloon, because I wanted it to be romantic. My boy is scared of balloons, but told me he would ride in one with me, so it will happen.
- I didn’t scuba dive, but I didn’t go to the beach, and I didn’t want to scuba dive in the Mississippi River.
- I didn’t climb a tree. I didn’t find one with limbs 3, 6, and 12 inches off the ground, or I would have.
- I didn’t hit on a man in the self-help section of a library or bookstore. Seems like dudes stay away from this section. I seriously checked it out every time I was at Barnes & Noble, and only once encountered a person there. But she was an older lady, and I didn’t think she’d appreciate my affections.
- I didn’t visit a fortune teller, but I tried really hard. Twice. When we were out of town. Because visiting a fortune teller in your own town just seems wrong somehow.
- I didn’t see a play or musical, but I helped put on a few of them at my last job. Halfway counts.
Creativity: 4 out of 18. Wow. I am an uncreative monster. In my defense…
- I kind of took a picture of a national park at night. But it wasn’t a cool one, it was just car headlights shining on me at the entrance of Yellowstone.
- I was pretty good at submitting every quarter until the last 3. I have a nice accumulation of rejections to show for it.
- My mom made me two dresses out of that material that is gathered at the top and you just have to stitch up the side. That kind of counts, right?
- I didn’t do anything with my t-shirt quilt, but I know what I’m going to do with it. And that’s not a dumb statement… I had attempted a quilt, but didn’t measure anything or cut straight. I just started sewing. So now I have a tarp of t-shirts. But I’m going to do something cool with it, you just wait.
For Others: 11 out of 17. Massive success! And isn’t kindness more important than creativity? Yeah. Sure.
- I didn’t pay for the order of the person behind me. But a man did it for me! So I get credit by association, right?
- I didn’t send candy to anyone, but I totally meant to do it this year for my friend’s birthday. Wrangling the baby got in the way.
- I didn’t buy lemonade from a kid’s stand, even though I saw several and kept thinking “I should turn around” while I drove by.
- I didn’t donate blood, because I was never “cleared” to due to tattoos.
- I didn’t handmade holiday gifts because that is some work!
- I didn’t make charitable donations as gifts because I worked at a nonprofit for a year and my unpaid work from home was all the charity I could muster.
Food: 7 out of 11. If nothing else, you can count on me to follow through on anything related to food!
- I didn’t grill out. But Will does all the time, and he taught me how, so I could do it if the world was ending. Or if he wasn’t home.
- I didn’t cook dinner every night for a week. I tried, but it was when Will was an overnight security guard, so he wasn’t home for dinner, and the whole point of cooking dinner was to share it with someone. I had the menu all planned out and everything.
- I didn’t host a dinner party, per say, but we have people over to cook out a lot. I don’t really act like a host, but I make sure people have fun and get what they need. Kinda counts.
- I didn’t go to a diner or cafe alone, but I have before, and not just in airports. So I don’t feel like I’m missing out on that.
Travel: HA. 5 things from the longest list. Let’s just say… I bought a house and had a baby instead of traveling. I still want to accomplish all the things on this list, but now I want to wait until my son is old enough to enjoy it with me.
Domestic Life: 4 out of 4! TOTAL SUCCESS! And you know what? I went above and beyond with this one.
- I bought a house.
- I painted the house.
- I took care of the yard.
- I cleaned the gutters.
- I started using a clothesline.
- I settled down with a boy.
- I gave birth to a baby in the house I bought.
Lighten Up It’s Just Fashion: 8 out of 9. I didn’t want to be stuck with the live goldfish from my pair of platform shoes.