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101 Things in 1001 Days Challenge

13 Jan

Earlier this week, I discovered the 101 Things in 1001 Days Challenge, and I love the idea. Being unemployed takes a toll on the psyche, so it would be really great to set myself some goals and accomplish them on a regular basis.

The tasks I chose span a wide range. There’s self-improvement, there’s entertainment, there’s travel, there’s Big Life Planning, there’s small organization, and lots and lots in between. Some of them will be easy and fun to do, and some of them will be big and difficult. But I look forward to nailing them, and to writing about them as well!

Start date: January 14, 2017
End date: October 12, 2019

Big Life Stuff

1. Get a full-time job: accomplished 2/28/2017
2. Be able to explain my career goals more clearly
3. Get my own apartment: accomplished 5/1/2017
4. Get a pet

Self-Improvement Stuff

5. Learn Hebrew
6. Make something from Pinterest
7. Learn the basics of Python
8. Read that meditation book from mom I’ve had for almost a year now (sorry, mom)
9. Meditate 10 days in a row
10. Take professional ukulele lessons
11. Take an improv class at Second City
12. Take a course on Coursera
13. Dye part of my hair a different color (ever since I saw a picture that accidentally looks like I have a single hot pink curl, I can’t get it out of my mind): accomplished 8/2017
14. Get a crochet lesson
15. Learn a legit magic trick from Danny
16. Learn a sentence in Chinese or Mongolian from Kacey
17. Learn to recognize a new constellation

Travel Stuff

18. Visit two new countries
    -Spain, February 2017
19. Visit Shelby in Salt Lake City
20. Visit Kacey and Krista in Phoenix
21. Visit Christina in Atlanta: accomplished 10/13-14/17
22. Visit two other new US cities
23. Visit the Madison Farmers’ Market: accomplished 6/10/2017
24. Spend a day in Milwaukee

Stuff Outside

25. Go on a hike
26. Attend another roller derby class/workshop: accomplished 7/2017
27. Run/walk a 5K
28. Build a snowman

Read Stuff

29. Read a book alone under a tree
30. Go to a coffee shop alone just to read
31. Leave a good book somewhere for someone else to discover
32. Read two complete book series (serieses?)
33. Read a book grabbed on impulse from the library
34. Read 50 books I own but haven’t read yet (I KNOW, I HAVE A PROBLEM)
    -24/50 as of 10/18/17

Watch Stuff

35. Watch Agent Carter
36. Finish season 9 of Doctor Who
37. Finish watching The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
38. Watch Freaks & Geeks
39. Watch Dollhouse
40. Watch Fargo (the movie): accomplished 6/2017
41. Re-watch O Brother, Where Art Thou? as an adult
42. Watch The Godfather

Entertainment Stuff

43. Bring a group of friends to see live music of my choice
44. See 10 plays/musicals
    -The Bodyguard, 1/31/2017
-Gloria, 2/1/2017
-Carmen, 2/28/2017

    -Hedwig and the Angry Inch, 3/7/2017
    -Aladdin, 4/2017
    -Something Rotten, 7/2017
45. Attend three Meetup group meetings
   -North Side Social Club, 3/10/17
46. Attend a comic con: accomplished 4/2017 (C2E2)
47. Write a short story
48. Host a potluck dinner with friends
49. Sing karaoke in public
50. Go to a drag show
51. Catch up on Hello From the Magic Tavern (I’m more than halfway there!): accomplished 9/17/17 (just in time to see a live taping!)
52. Attend a Chicago street festival
53. Play Kingdom Hearts
54. Replay an N64 or GameCube game from my childhood
55. Attend a friend’s performance: accomplished 6/2017 (Rachel & Geoff’s choir)

Eating Stuff In

56. Make a dessert for someone else
57. Make one of my grandma’s recipes with her
58. Make one of my mom’s recipes with her
59. Make one of my dad’s recipes with him
60. Have a picnic
61. Open a cookbook to a new page and make that recipe
62. Learn what to do with a butternut squash: accomplished 11/2017
63. Actually make Yael’s challah recipe

Eating Stuff Out

64. Visit three Chicago coffee shops I haven’t been to before
    -Chicago Grind, 1/27/2017
-Queen of Hearts, 7/2017
    -Ritual Coffeehouse, 6/2017
65. Visit Kibbitznest Books, Brews & Blarney
66. Visit The Berkshire Room
67. Go to Howl at the Moon
68. Visit Little Bad Wolf: accomplished 5/2017
69. Visit Luella’s Southern Kitchen: accomplished 7/2017
70. Eat Korean BBQ
71. Go on a Chicago food tour
72. Open the Entertainment coupon book to a random page and go where the coupon is

Boyfriend-Related Stuff

73. Watch Memento together (one of his favorite movies I’ve never seen)
74. Watch What We Do in the Shadows
75. Watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi (and eat sushi)
76. Kiss in the rain
77. Figure out more details for our future (we’ve got a general plan, but details are neat): accomplished (more or less 10/14/2017)

Organizational Stuff

78. Upload all of my photos from my computer to Flickr
79. Upgrade my laptop’s iOS
80. Figure out the weird iTunes issue that separates songs into different albums by artist (for example, The Producers soundtrack is split into separate albums – one is Nathan Lane, one is Matthew Broderick, one is Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, etc.)
81. Clean out the trunk of my car
82. Fix the hole I keep ignoring in my favorite skinny jeans: accomplished 3/6/2017

Get Stuff

83. Get a Moleskine notebook or planner: accomplished 2/26/2017
84. Buy and use a grown-up candle
85. Get an autograph from someone famous (or at least famous to me): accomplished 3/29/2017 (John Scalzi, author of Old Man’s War)

Giving Stuff Back

86. Donate 30 items of clothing
87. Donate blood: accomplished 6/2017
88. Volunteer for a political cause that matters to me
89. Review 10 favorite local restaurants on Yelp
    -Patisserie Coralie, 1/23/16
    -The Lunatic, The Lover, & The Poet, 6/2017
-Sushi Tokoro, 6/2017

    -Ritual Coffeehouse, 6/2017
90. Review 5 hotels/trip providers on TripAdvisor
    -Room Mate Mario (Madrid hotel), 2/23/17
    -El Jardi (Barcelona hotel), 2/23/17
91. Mail someone a care package for no reason
92. Volunteer at the Uptown Cafe

Financial Stuff

93. Look through the Wall Street Journal financial planning book from my grandpa; figure out what applies
94. Put $5 in savings for every task I accomplish: 1, 3, 13, 21, 23, 26, 40, 46, 51, 55, 62, 64, 68, 69, 77, 82, 83, 85, 87
95. Donate $5 to charity for every task I don’t accomplish

Future Stuff

96. Come up with items 97 – 101 as needed
97. Go out dancing with Shelby in Chicago

(Setting goals for the next 2.74 years is fun, but I certainly hope I have new ideas during that time. I don’t want to box in all 101 goals just yet.)

So, this should be a fun 1001 days! I plan on updating this list as I complete them, and hopefully writing some blog posts about the experiences as well. If you want to join me in accomplishing any specific or general goals, I can’t wait to have your company.

Wish me luck, and bring it on!

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The Neverending To-Do Lists

28 Nov

My dad once told me that when my grandfather retired, he remarked, “You know, I have absolutely nothing to do…and no time to get it all done in!”

Unemployment is a lot like that. I don’t exactly have something that takes up all of my time every day, but I feel like there are a million things that I should be doing.

Here’s a quick list of the things I prioritize every day:

  • Job hunting (obviously)
  • Putting together and submitting job applications (very different from the previous task)
  • Investigating job hunting resources, like alumni networks and career counseling and networking events
  • Working out
  • Learning Hebrew
  • Going through my personal emails (so many emails)
  • Clearing out photos from my computer and uploading to cloud
  • Clearing out photos from my phone and uploading to cloud
  • Taking advantage of time off to spend with family and friends
  • Blogging a few times each month (hello!)

And here are some things I need to do over the next few weeks:

  • Get a new registration sticker for my car
  • Figure out insurance for 2017
  • Write a letter of recommendation for a former researcher
  • Deal with American Airlines (don’t ask)
  • Figure out if I’m auditioning for a local play (and if so, spiff up my resume and memorize a monologue)
  • Gather holiday presents for loved ones
  • Get a refund from insurance that seems far more complicated than it should be
  • Organize those last few items I moved in with and never quite got around to

And here are the fun things I’m also trying to do so that I don’t want to spend every day curled up in a corner huddled against the constant storm of job applications:

  • Finishing my reading challenge strong (on book 32 of the year now!)
  • Watching various Netflix shows on my own
  • Watching various shows with my family
  • Meeting loved ones for meals, coffee, and fun
  • Playing my ukulele
  • Reading anything from the stack of magazines that pile up on my nightstand
  • Listening to the constantly growing number of podcasts virtually piling up on my phone
  • Digging out and playing games on old video game systems (my gaming prowess never quite passed the level of GameCube and PlayStation 2)

What’s on your never-ending to-do lists for how you spend your free time?

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It’s in your head forever now. You’re welcome.