Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Halfway There

On January 1, 2013 I started my first 101 in 1001 list. It's set to end on September 29, 2015, which puts me just over halfway finished. So it would make sense to think I'm halfway toward completion, right? Except that isn't the case at all. Instead I've completely only 17 goals, which puts me just over 17%. But while I have a long way to go, I think it definitely time for me to check in on the goals I have managed to complete so far.

1. Give my blog a makeover
Which you can see currently. In case you're curious, this is what my blog used to look like before now.
10. Read 100 books
I actually didn't realize until I started this post, but this is officially complete. Since I've started this project I've read 101 books, and I'm sure I'll read a ton more before it's finished

15. Visit 10 new restaurants in the Baton Rouge area (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 9 10)
This one has actually been long completed. As for the favorite all of these restaurants, it would probably be Another Broken Egg Cafe which we've been back to twice since that initial visit.
Sweet Potato Pancake
36. Go on a girl's trip
This was my trip to Houston to see the Backstreet Boys which I did again recently, so this one, as well as the very next one, have actually been completed twice now.
Acoustic Set
43. Go to a Backstreet Boys concert

45. Have a toast for new year's
Grapefruit Juice
57. Make my mom's brisket
Technically the boy may have actually done this. But I was there supervising, so it counts in my book.
Passover Plate
58. Make my family's oyster stuffing
This one though, I did make on my own.
60. Make my mom's "potato pie"
Another one where I may have mainly supervised.
Potato Pie
64. Make a gingerbread crust
And following a similar patter, this was on my own.
Pumpkin Pie
66. Complete a project 365
I completed this one this first chance I could, and decided not to do it again in 2014 to keep things calmer. But I actually kind of miss it, and am thinking of going again in 2015. Plus at that point I'll have a pretty cute subject to take pictures of each day.

67. Buy and learn to use a DSLR camera
This definitely happened thanks to the generosity of this boy. And while I can't say I'm an expect, overall I do feel like I know what I'm doing with it.

70. Order our wedding album
75. Order wedding canvases
Our Wedding Canvas
84. Host 2 major holidays (i.e. Thanksgiving or Passover) (1, 2)
I've actually hosted Passover a second time, for a total of 3 major holidays, so this has definitely been done.

85. Join a synagogue
This was actually far harder than it needed to be since my application was lost the first time. But I can say I'm officially a member of a synagogue now.

97. Go through clothes and donate the ones I'm no longer wearing
Clothes for Donating
And that's it! Although seeing them all written out like this makes me feel a whole lot more accomplished. There's actually a few that while they aren't complete, I expect to be shortly. For example...
32. Visit 3 states (not counting Louisiana or California) (1, 2)
Since I'll be heading to Alabama in a few weeks for vacation, and that will officially be the third on the list.

74. Hang curtains throughout the house
Since I bought curtains for the last few rooms at Ikea. So now all I need it curtain rods to be done.

73. Clean out the "big closet"
This one better get done, since the "big closet" is always the future nursery, so there's a deadline here.

As for the goal that's furthest from completion...
11. Cut my to-read pile in half (from 72 to 38 books
Since I've instead over doubled my to-read pile to a total of 167 books!

Have you ever attempted a 101 in 1001 list? How close did you come to completing it?


  1. I have not attempted a 101 in 1001 list but it definitely sounds motivating! You've checked some great things off your list!

  2. I don't know if I could think of 101 things. I had enough trouble for a 25 and a 30 list.

    1. It definitely took me a few days to do it. What I wound up doing that was really helpful was searching online for other 101 lists for ideas. Which I'm sure if why a lot of the lists you read have similar items. And so far it's been a lot of fun!

  3. I love these lists but can never come up with enough things that are reasonable! I start out okay then all of the sudden I'm like oh I want to travel to Dubai and I want to swim in Venice and it becomes an impossible list! lol But I think you've done great so far!

    1. I'd love to go to Dubai too! And I definitely have a few of those type goals on there. I'm pretty sure that there's no way I'm going to complete any of the other travel goals. But it was still fun to imagine it happening, and it would be pretty amazing if somehow it actually came together.

  4. Congrats on knocking so many things off the list! Hope you like the shul!

  5. I have not done a 101 in 1001 list. I tried a 41 Before 41 and that was hard enough. And I didn't even finish it. I am currently doing a Project 364 and maybe, once that's done, I'll try this. Or maybe I'll just make a really big list for my 45th birthday (in a little less than three years!).

    1. I guarantee you that I won't finish this one either! But it was fun to come up with, and it is forcing me to do a few things I probably would have avoiding. So I'm definitely having fun with it, and could easily seem myself doing it again.

  6. I am not going to complete mine in December. I've managed some impressive goals, like getting a tattoo and getting engaged (bonus for getting married already!), but too many of my goals were dependent on factors outside of my control. Oops.

    1. I definitely have a lot of things on my lists that aren't quite in control either, especially all the traveling ones. But even though I don't necessarily see a lot of them happening in the next year, it would be AWESOME if they did!

  7. I haven't done one of these project but it's awesome that you're doing one! You're making great progress.

  8. Woohoo! Amazing how the halfway point sort of sneaks up on you, isn't it? That canvas of your wedding photo is gorgeous! I've done TWO 101 in 1,001 projects and just launched my third yesterday :) you could say I'm hooked. The closest I ever came to completing one was actually my first, when I crossed 69/101 off. Shooting for 100% this time, ever the optimist ha.

  9. Wow! You have been getting tons of stuff on your list!