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{January 12, 2009}   101 in 1001 for my 1000th post

So, for my 1000th blog posting I wanted to do something special. And I decided that the something special would be a “101 things to do in 1001 days” list.  The first time I saw one of these was on Dave’s blog and I may or may not have soon after written a parody version called “102 things to do in 1,000,001 days” on a satire blog that may or may not have been removed from the Internet for possible libel issues. Anyway.

The idea behind this list is to come up with 101 things you want to do – things you’ve always meant to do but haven’t gotten around to,  things you want to challenge yourself to accomplish and, let’s be honest, a few things that sound good but you are pretty sure you’ll do so that you can gain the satisfaction of checking at least a few things off your list.  As well, it’s important that the goals are clearly defined/measurable (or, as we say in the Research Methods world – you need an “operational definition” of each) so that you know whether or not you’ve done it.  Props for this idea go to triplux, who appears to be the creator of this idea (or, at least, is the first Google hit for “101 in 1001”).

So, after much thinking and pondering and reflecting and considering and deliberating and contemplating and ruminating and reading the thesaurus, I have come up with the following 101 items that I intend to do in the next 1001 days:

  1. go to New York City
  2. leave the continent
  3. live above ground
  4. run another half marathon1
  5. run the full marathon in Sacramento (i.e., the net downhill one!)
  6. assemble my last 7 years worth of photos into scrapbooks2
  7. give something a cool name (i.e., not just adding the letter “y” to the end of what the thing is a la “froggy” or “puppy”)
  8. get my blog onto
  9. participate in a political campaign
  10. attend Women’s Campaign School
  11. conduct some kind of  education research project
  12. conduct another systematic review for the Cochrane Collaoration
  13. publish a paper in a scholarly journal on the training program that I run
  14. write something creative (e.g., a story, a script or a poem)
  15. change a life
  16. write a book
  17. teach a course at a college
  18. ski at Whistler 3
  19. ski at Big White
  20. ski on Grouse Mountain
  21. learn to snowboard (or at least try it)
  22. go surfing & actually stay up on the board
  23. skate at GM Place
  24. coach a hockey team
  25. hike Black Task
  26. hike the West Coast Trail
  27. write a computer program
  28. start a business
  29. learn French (at least a little bit. Like more than just what’s on the cereal box)
  30. write a blog entry entitled Word to Your Moms, I Came to Drop Bombs4
  31. read something by Salman Rushdie5
  32. visit Macchu Picchu6
  33. for one week, go to bed at 9 and read non-work related books7
  34. read The Last Spike by Pierre Berton8
  35. take pole dancing lessons. Like, a whole set of them, not just the intro class.
  36. beat my current record of 10 points in a hockey season (which I achieved on the Blazing Blades team in both the Winter 2007/08 and the Spring 2008 seasons)
  37. teach the same course at UBC twice9
  38. participate in the “365 Day Challenge”. This involves taking a self-portrait every day for 365 days and posting it to the 365 Day Flickr group.
  39. make a list of 100 things that make me happy
  40. buy a Smart Car
  41. buy an iPhone
  42. skate on the Rideau Canal
  43. take Tod to a Vancouver Canucks game [Accomplished: 13 January 2009, Canucks vs. NJ Devils. Next time I should try to take him to a game when the Canucks win!]
  44. take Tod to a Vancouver Giants game
  45. go to a BC Lions game
  46. go to a Vancouver Canadians game
  47. see a Vancouver White Caps game
  48. start composting
  49. keep a plant alive for a whole month
  50. write in my journal every day for a month
  51. go kayaking
  52. camp at Joffre Lake
  53. visit Galiano Island
  54. visit Salt Spring Island
  55. visit Bowen Island
  56. save $500 in coins10
  57. deposit that $500 worth of coins into my 40th birthday savings account
  58. write 10 friends real letters, on paper, with a pen and snail mail them
  59. follow Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating every day for 1 month11
  60. go to a Bikram yoga class
  61. go to a spa for a facial
  62. visit 5 new American states12
  63. visit Newfoundland
  64. visit Nova Scotia
  65. visit New Brunswick
  66. visit the Yukon
  67. visit Nunavit
  68. do a 24 hr blogathon
  69. do 15 minutes of yoga every morning for a month
  70. sort through my many boxes of papers (most of which contain papers from my thesis), recycling the papers I don’t need and filing the ones I do need
  71. find out my credit rating
  72. determine my net worth
  73. buy a bike
  74. bike to work every day for two months
  75. record a cooking show (at least 5 episodes)
  76. publish said cooking show online
  77. participate in five research projects (as a subject/participant, not as a researcher)
  78. sell counter top dishwasher on Craig’s List13
  79. see at least one Bard on the Beach performance14
  80. put up a Christmas tree and decorate it with chili peppers15
  81. live blog something
  82. go to bed every night for a week with all the dishes cleaned
  83. achieve inbox zero and maintain for one full week (where “maintain” = by the time I go to bed each night)
  84. up my blog readership to an average of 200 readers a day16
  85. break my current record of 460 blog views in a day17
  86. write a blog posting about the Car Co-op18
  87. go sky diving
  88. resurrect my teaching blog
  89. see the Dresdan Dolls in concert
  90. see Groove Coverage in concert
  91. see a show at Richard’s on Richards before it closes down
  92. devise some sort of proper back up system for my computer files
  93. get my ring from my great Auntie Bernice re-sized to actually fit my finger
  94. buy a pair of brown dress pants19
  95. bake at least one thing per month for 12 months in a row, without baking the same thing two months in a row20
  96. go zip cording
  97. make homemade vegetarian marshmallows
  98. go on a polar bear swim
  99. recycle my old Sony Vaio desktop and my old Palm Pilot that are now just taking up space in my apartment!
  100. scan all the photos from my pre-digital camera days
  101. publish a blog posting for each of the next 1001 days!

So, there you have it.  I expect I’ll be posting updates when I get stuff on the list accomplished and possibly some excuses about my abject failures.

End Date: Monday, October 10, 2011 (thank you!)


1Ya, this one is totally cheating, since I’m already training for another half. But it’s hard to think of 101 things!

2Um, ya.  I have seven years worth of photos in boxes, waiting for scrapbooking.

3Can you believe that, having lived in Vancouver for more than eight years, I’ve not yet skied Whistler?

4This one is stolen from an homage to Dave’s 101 things in 1001 days list. He didn’t actually manage to do it, but I think I can. I think I can.

5Also stolen from Dave’s list. I’ve been wanting to read something by Rushdie, so here’s an extra push

6This is the last one I’m stealing from Dave’s list. Promise.  Also, Dan said I should go there.

7Stolen from Triplux.

8Which Sarah’s been telling me to read since forever. And which she just gave me for Christmas, so if I fail to accomplish this one, well, that would just be sad.

9I always seem to get a course for one term only.  I taught Nutritional Assessment last year as a sessional, but the department hired a new prof and he chose that as one of his courses to teach, so I don’t get to teach it this year. And then, this past term I taught another course as a sessional because the usual sessional needed a break from it for one term only, so I probably won’t get to teach it next year. Now I want some consistency!

10Just because it would be difficult.

11i.e., meet the recommended number of servings for each food group every day and consume no more than one unhealthy “other” food per week.

12i.e., ones that I haven’t been to before. Or ones where I’ve only been to their airport/airport hotel (I’m looking at you Texas, Oregon and Arizona), if I actually go to somewhere other than the airport/airport hotel.

13since it doesn’t fit in my kitchen. =(

14I can’t believe I’ve lived in Vancouver for 8+ years and not once have I been to see Bard on the Beach. I like Shakespeare (I even have a minor in Drama that included a whole course in “Acting Shakespeare”). And I like beaches!

15Inspired by the tree at the Mexican resort I stayed at this Christmas.

16My 2008 average was 93 readers per day.

17Which occurred on Friday, September 26, 2008 as a direct result of my list of the hottest players in the NHL

18Which I have partly written and can’t seem to get around to finishing.

19I’ve been trying to find a good pair of brown dress pants since forever! Hopefully I’ll find them in the next 1001 days.

20Because I really enjoy baking and I never seem to do it anymore.

Jorge says:

I’d like to see you have 101 footnotes in a post.


Beth says:

That will be item 102 on my list. Just for you!

Rachel says:

Super fun list, these take forever to put together but are so fun to work with. I have a ‘before I’m 40 list’. My favourite is to to actually buy a grown up couch. I’ll be happy to help with the skiing/snowboarding/camping/hiking/travel related ones :). PS. skip the facial. They are more painful than fun and make you come out looking worse. Unless you’re in Thailand that is….

Sarah says:

Nice work, and full of huge challenges! I cannot wait to watch your progress.

– We should meet up in NYC! (Yep – inserting myself in your plans. And if my parents will baby-sit for a weekend once the munchkin is older). However, if you travel with any combination of me, Dave and Tod, I don’t think you can avoid seeing a musical on Broadway.
– We’d meet up with you in AZ, too. Or most other states.
– If you come here in the winter months, we will ensure that you get to skate on the Rideau. Promise.
– I am on the cusp of re-reading “The Last Spike”. I am actually reading “The National Dream” right now (since I discovered that we own it due to the Aunt Flo inheritence) and I have to say that TLS is better. More happens. And we have been to a lot of the places where the action takes place (like the Kicking Horse Pass), so it is easy to envision.
– Net worth calculating is fun. I can send you a copy of my spreadsheet with formulas, if you would like. Also – you can request your credit report for free, though you do have to pay $20 for your credit rating. All available online. Me = $ nerd.
– Good luck with the plant. I suggest Aloe. It is the only thing I have managed not to kill, though we have no plants now because Moe will eat them. He lost his shit over cilantro tonight. And now, he is trying to sleep in the crib.

And…enough of the comment highjacking.

Stacia says:

I have plenty of Rushdie suggestions (although I haven’t read anything new by him in about 8 years, but I hear his old stuff is better anyway). And if you’ve never been to Virginia, you can stay here! Good luck with the list. I’d love to do one, but I think it might take 1001 days to find time to actually make the list, much less do it.

Kalev says:

Nope, I claim NYC with Beth!

Write a computer program? Am I supposed to assist with that? What language?

This is a cool, albeit massively ambitious, list. I’ll try to help you with 8, though. Soon.

Dave says:

Geez, you’ve got a lot of hard goals on there. I think about twenty precent of mine were gimmies, and by my count only about five percent of yours are (7, 33, 71, 82, 86). Good luck!

Raul says:

Please DO notice that she never mentioned “Shop for MacBook Pros with my friend Dr. Raul”


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Beth says:

Sorry for the delay on responding to all of these. It’s been a crazy busy week.

@Rachel – I was planning to recruit you for my skiing/snowboarding/camping/hiking/travel related ones. Especially camping (as you know, my camping skills leave something to be desired). Also, I need to recruit you to go to MEC to pick some hiking boots!

@Sarah – I was counting on you to help out too! I’d love the spreadsheet for calculating net worth and suggestions for places to get my credit report, etc.

@Stacia – What Rushdie would you suggest? I was thinking Satanic Verses (you know, to see what all the controversy is about), but if you have other suggestions, I’m all ears. And I might just take you up on that suggestion to visit you in Virginia!

@Kalev – You do realize that I can go to NYC with more than one person, right? For writing a computer program, I wasn’t expecting you to help out. I was planning on getting “Writing Computer Programs for Dummies” from the library. Seriously. I’m not talking about writing anything major. Like something in BASIC. Then I can wear this shirt.

@Dave – I think gimmie-ness is in the eye of the beholder. All the ones you list as gimmies are the ones I think are difficult! Especially #33 (I never can seem to get to bed before midnight, even when I know I have to get up by 5:30 to get ready and get to my 8 a.m. class) and 82 (for me, that’s damn near impossible. You just don’t know my lack of desire to ever clean dishes because whenever you stay at my place, you insist on doing the dishes).. I think the gimmies are: 23 (since I’d already secured a spot through Skate for A Cure by the time I’d post this list), 30, 44 (tickets are cheap and plentiful… much like fights in Giants games), 61 (I have a coupon), 78 (easy enough to do if I stop being lazy about it). 71, I’ll agree, is a gimmie.

@Raul – The things on the list have to be actually possible. So unless you are footing the bill for two MacBook Pros…

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