Tuesday, January 01, 2008

New Year, Old List

Back in February of 2005, I broke out the "101 in 1001" list.
I technically have some more time to go on this list, but I think I'm ready to move on with my life and so what better time to put a cap on things than at the start of a new year.

(Happy New Year, by the way.)

So, here is the final tally on the 101 in 1001 days experiment. I am a bit surprised at the number of things I did accomplish.

101 in 1001

1. Reroof house. DONE 5/11/05
2. Replace gutters on house.
3. Visit California. DONE 8/17-24/05
4. Paint guest bedroom.DONE 4/14/05 by T.
5. Lose 5 lbs. accomplished with laid up in hospital . . . promply gained it back, so still pending?
6. Ride my bike once a week (in good weather, of course). [Nope, definitely NOT turned into a regular thing.]
7. Read one book each year (for pleasure). [Still not doing this one either. Too much TV watching and blogging.]
8. Fix lawnmower. (5/1/05)
9. Take kids to July 4th fireworks. 7/2/05
10. Enroll Ariel in piano lessons. [What was I thinking when I chose this one? Nope, not done.]
11. Paint Ariel's room.DONE 4/15/05
12. Paint Ruth's room. [Yep, we DID do this one, but I don't remember when it was done. The colors are purple.]
13. Paint out bathroom--apparently Tegan doesn't like that orangy-red color or the rooster wall border. (You just can't understand some people.) [Yes, we also did this one, painting the bathroom a much more pleasing shade of deep, deep blue. We even bought a bedspread that mimics that color, but I don't know how much farther down the line of blue we're planning to go.]
14. Paint deck. (Man, there is a whole lot of painting going on!) [Tried to strip old paint and start over and then decided to rip up the deck and put down a patio. We haven't done it yet, of course. Next spring?!]
15. Plant boxwoods beside deck. [Probably should be omitted since we are choosing to eliminate the deck. But, the fact remains, not done.]
16. Remove tree beside kitchen window.DONE 4/20/05
17. Watch four good foreign films . . . and I am willing to take all suggestions. 10/05--City of God . . .
18. Do some sort of physical activity as a family once a week--swimming, bike riding, walking . . . looks like painting is a strong contender in this category. [Why are all the physical options a failure? Again, not done.]
19. Join church activity--a new one each year. I started teaching Sunday school 9/05
20 Call family members at least once a month--not a problem for Tegan, but something that I should be working on. [They'll tell you . . . not done.]
21. Have at least three summer cook-outs for my friends. [I had some cookouts, but it's true that the frequency of them has dropped off in the last year or two. Sorry guys.]
22. Frame the family caricatures. DONE 2/22/06
23. Play scrabble once a month with Tegan instead of watching whatever bad movie happens to be on television. [Nope. No Scrabble games have broken out. And this one wasn't even an exercise thing.]
24. Teach Ariel to swim. Made good progress this summer. Not finished yet. [I think she's pretty well there. As she gets older and stronger, her technique will improve.]
25. Make decision about having or not having another child. Tabled for now . . . [Well, as you know, this came off the table in 2007. Child #3 is imminent.]
26. Remove junk from basement utility area--old paint, crappy metal shelving, other odds and ends. DONE sometime in summer of 2007, or was it 2006? But the basement was cleaned out and is now more organized than it used to be.
27. Purge junk from garage--stray wood, other bits of crud that is just bad looking. Amazingly, this was another organizational job that I got DONE in 2007. The garage is more organized than it has ever been, though it still is trying to hold more than it should. I need to get the bikes up of the garage floor and hanging from the wall.
28. Replace mulch beside house with rocks--better to avoid water wicking against the foundation. Still mulching. . .
29. Get rid of ivy beside house . . . we already killed it off near the swingset. Yes, DONE!
30. Drink the champagne that we got when we closed on the house--over half a year ago! Don't we have anything worth celebrating?! DONE at some point . . . but I don't remember when. Must have been a helluva party?
31. Teach Ariel to ride her bike. She made progress this summer, but not finished yet! [End of 2007 update--she's gotten better, but is still using training wheels.]
32. Limit myself to three desserts a week (that is going to be a hard one. HA! Getting nowhere here.
33. Find a place to hang Ariel's and Ruth's art boards. DONE! 1/4/05
34. Put drawer guides on oldest dresser. [I think we just moved the old dresser down to the basement. Out of sight, out of mind.]
35. Paint dressers. [See above.]
36. Get new family picture taken. [Well, we are going to get this updated when Hannah arrives. . .]
37. Take more pictures. Appropriately vague goal that is vaguely accomplished?]
38. Frame more pictures. I put up some good family pics and frames some of my favorites from our trip to San Francisco. 2/22/06
39. Display more pictures. Well, I'm posting some on Flickr . . .
40. Plan Spiderman 3 event . . . if I plan it now, it will be really good when the movie is ready! [Sigh . . . if only the movie has been worth it.]
41. Take Ariel to a baseball game in Cincinnati. [Nope, not done yet.]
42. Get promoted (Burb and Tegan). [Yes and yes.]
43. Develop new record storage system for home files, and get rid of the beat up filing cabinet we are using now. Nope, we're still using the beat up old filing cabinet.]
44. Develop some better organizational system for the main floor play room. [Done sometime in late May or early June.]
45. Play golf 4 times a year or hit golf balls more often at a driving range. Actually played in November! Thanks to Shirtless's efforts, I've played more in 2007 than in previous years.]
46. Cook a French meal.
47. Eat at the "Refectory."
48. Visit a new state--not counting California, since we are going there on an anniversary trip in a few months. [We did go to Arizona last summer.]
49. Sell the Escort. [Sure enough, that was done October 2007.]
50. Teach Ruth to swim. [She's taking lessons . . .]
51. Teach Ariel how to tie her shoes. She can do this now, but I forget when I happened . . .
52. Go camping.
53. Buy a desk for Ariel's room.
54. Write an update letter to Dr. Hew Joiner and let him know how we are doing.
55. Buy some new luggage to replace the enormous black thing we call the BFL. (That stands for Big F*%@$ Luggage--an adaptation from the monogram on the second-hand suitcase. That thing is just TOO big.) DONE! 1/8/05
56. Go to UK basketball game in Lexington sometime.
57. By a nice cast iron skillet. [Got one from Lynda's mom.]
58. Use aforementioned cast iron skillet to cook steak once a month.
59. Get a new grill for outdoor cooking. [Got that for Father's Day 2006]
60. Get rid of old toys in basement and clean up the toy clutter. Started on 1/4/05
61. Remove wood by backyard fence.
62. Buy and install shelves for bedrooms and den to display pictures (see # 39).
63. Purchase some Keen sandals to replace the ones that I currently have. (My mom swears by these sandals.) DONE on 5/1/05.
64. Set up a new savings account. [Yep, we did that sometime in 2006]
65. Alert Social Security Administration of new address . . . something we should have done before now, I am sure. Not a problem . . . as of the weekend of 5/1/05
66. Get trapped in an elevator during a power outage. Seriously! I really want this to happen to me sometime. [I've had some close calls, but nothing yet.]
67. Get rid of weird spasmodic cough . . . It seems to be slowly going away (1/22/05)
68. Begin reading The Chronicles of Narnia to Ariel. Started! 1/9/05
69. Get my new pajama pants hemmed before I trip on the hem and fall down the stairs . . . for the SECOND time--that's right, I did it a few Saturday's ago and nearly DIED!! DONE! (thanks Tegan!) 1/17/05
70. Get iPod! [Accomplished in mid-June.]
71. Get a new CPU instead of getting a new laptop. [Also done in mid-June.]
72. Transfer all programs and files from old CPU to newer one--conditional on accomplishing #71 of course. [ALSO done in mid-June.]
73. Get a faster Internet connection--this dialup is just too slow, and since we aren't getting a new laptop, we can probably afford it. [6/18/05]
74. Do taxes for 2004. DONE 4/10/05
75. Do taxes for 2005. [Finished before April 15, of course.]
76. Do taxes for 2006. [Yes, of course I did. Otherwise, I'd be blogging from jail.]
77. Finish this LIST!!!! (2/2/05)
78. Build snowman with Ariel and Ruth. #1 DONE 1/29/05
79. Paint a mural on the stairwell going down into the basement. [What? No, I haven't done this. Insane!]
80. Repair driveway.
81. Fix sidewalk.
82. Get faucet in guest half-bath repaired. DONE! 1/17/05
83. Get water heater repaired. DONE! 1/17/05
84. Get my project at work completed . . . PLEASE! I am ready to move on to something new. [Yeah, I got moved on to something else all right! Can you say "King Copyright"?] [2007 update, moved on again and again.]
85. Eat more soup. [Sort of . . .]
86. Eat less chocolate. [Come on, you know the answer to this one.]
87. Seriously, finish this list already! (2/2/05)
88. Do something nice for Tegan on Valentine's day (and again, I am open to suggestions). [I am sure whatever I did was nice, but I'll be switched if I can recall what it was.]
89. Use the movie tickets. [Used them yesterday afternoon on Tegan's birthday. We left work early and both saw Batman Begins.]
90. Fix TP hanger in kid's bathroom.DONE (thanks to T's dad) 4/13/05
91. Put good shelving in garage to better organize in there. [Well, I reused and rearranged the existing shelving out there. It's not new, but it works okay.]
92. Do more dusting and vacuuming around the house. [Won't admit how badly I do at this.]
93. Clean the bathrooms more. (Which is violating a marital agreement that we set up a long time ago. But, I was young a foolish then. I am a better person now.) [I've done it some, but not enough.]
94. Visit the Used Kids CD store.
95. Give
96. Up
97. With
98. This
99. List and
100. Move
101. ON! Sadly caved in and posted on 2/2/05
Does this diminish the list to end on such a pathetic note?

1 comment:

David said...

After some electronic discussion with Jack T., I find that I am closer to accomplishing goal #17 than I thought.

I watched "Amelie" and "Millions" and "Talk to Her" within the last three years.

So now I'm down to only one . . . at least.