It's no secret that I love a) resolutions, b) goals, c) lists and d) accountability. So when I stumbled across this site, of course I was thrilled. I've been mulling over this for three days now.
Some of these list items are, for me, pretty ambitious (become fluent in Spanish) and others are freebies (get a massage), but all of them are things I always say I intend to do -- or do again -- "some day." When I complete a goal, I'll mark through it on this master list and write a blog post about it.
If I actually accomplish every one of these things in the next 1,001 days, you're all invited to a party at my house on Aug. 25, 2010. Save the date.
2. Memorize the Book of James.
7. Know the names and faces of all of our neighbors on our new street.
8. Travel to another continent.
12. Learn to speak and understand Spanish well enough to be considered fluent.
16. Spend $25 in one morning at yard sales and thrift stores and try to make $100 selling those items at a consignment store.
17. Learn to drive a stick shift.
19. Learn how to make yeast rolls.
20. Join a tennis league.
23. Write letters to 10 people, businesses or community groups that I'm thankful for. (8/10: Chick-fil-A, Stein Mart, Deputy John Robinson, Jada, Angie, Tripps, Susan, Marcia)
25. Buy or borrow a keyboard and learn to play.
30. Pay off our rental house.
31. Digitize all of our hard-copy photographs.
32. Put our wedding tape on DVD.
36. Go to an amusement park.
37. Learn shorthand.
38. Give blood at least five times. (2/5)
40. Keep Kaleigh and Trevor one weekend so Mel and Thomas can go out of town.
51. Put together a construction portfolio for our work Web site.
52. Take a pottery class.
54. Eat for one week entirely out of our pantry, refrigerator and freezer.
56. Plant a tree every Arbor Day. (1/3)
63. Use Wikipedia's random-article tool to learn about 10 new topics, and then write blog posts about them. (1/10)
64. Learn to recognize at least five constellations that are not Orion or a Dipper.
65. Learn to operate a sewing machine well enough to hem a pair of pants.
66. Learn to identify at least 10 previously unknown (to me) trees and plants.
67. Book a last-minute trip on Travelocity the day before flying out.
70. Go vegetarian for two weeks.
72. Read at least five banned books that I haven't read. (3/5: "The Bluest Eye," Toni Morrison; "The Catcher in the Rye," J.D. Salinger; "Animal Farm," George Orwell)
75. Get rid of my toenail fungus.
77. Get Mom and Dad's land under contract by the time they start building their new house.
78. Write a letter to the family of Mom's liver donor.
79. Take a road trip from Murphy to Manteo or vice versa.
80. Try every type of class offered at the gym at least once. (Body Pump, Body Step, RPM, Turbo Kick)
81. Memorize the location of every country in the world and what its capital is.
82. Memorize the location of every major body of water and mountain range in the world.
85. Take a photo- or video-inventory of our personal property for insurance purposes.
86. Learn how to make mouth-watering fried-chicken gravy.
93. Back up my computer hard drive at least once a month.
96. Visit someplace with a whole lot of snow on the ground.
97. Participate in NaNoWriMo.
98. Memorize the 12's times tables.
100. Donate $10 to World Vision for every item on this list not completed by Aug. 24, 2010.
101. Have a new "101 things" list in place to begin Aug. 25, 2010.
12/3/07: Check out Amanda's list.
1/15/08: And Brody's list.
7/29/08: And Lauren R.'s list.