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:
- go to New York City
- leave the continent
- live above ground
- run another half marathon1
- run the full marathon in Sacramento (i.e., the net downhill one!)
- assemble my last 7 years worth of photos into scrapbooks2
- 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”)
- get my blog onto WordPress.org
- participate in a political campaign
- attend Women’s Campaign School
- conduct some kind of education research project
- conduct another systematic review for the Cochrane Collaoration
- publish a paper in a scholarly journal on the training program that I run
- write something creative (e.g., a story, a script or a poem)
- change a life
- write a book
- teach a course at a college
- ski at Whistler 3
- ski at Big White
- ski on Grouse Mountain
- learn to snowboard (or at least try it)
- go surfing & actually stay up on the board
- skate at GM Place
- coach a hockey team
- hike Black Task
- hike the West Coast Trail
- write a computer program
- start a business
- learn French (at least a little bit. Like more than just what’s on the cereal box)
- write a blog entry entitled Word to Your Moms, I Came to Drop Bombs4
- read something by Salman Rushdie5
- visit Macchu Picchu6
- for one week, go to bed at 9 and read non-work related books7
- read The Last Spike by Pierre Berton8
- take pole dancing lessons. Like, a whole set of them, not just the intro class.
- 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)
- teach the same course at UBC twice9
- 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.
- make a list of 100 things that make me happy
- buy a Smart Car
- buy an iPhone
- skate on the Rideau Canal
- 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!]
- take Tod to a Vancouver Giants game
- go to a BC Lions game
- go to a Vancouver Canadians game
- see a Vancouver White Caps game
- start composting
- keep a plant alive for a whole month
- write in my journal every day for a month
- go kayaking
- camp at Joffre Lake
- visit Galiano Island
- visit Salt Spring Island
- visit Bowen Island
- save $500 in coins10
- deposit that $500 worth of coins into my 40th birthday savings account
- write 10 friends real letters, on paper, with a pen and snail mail them
- follow Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating every day for 1 month11
- go to a Bikram yoga class
- go to a spa for a facial
- visit 5 new American states12
- visit Newfoundland
- visit Nova Scotia
- visit New Brunswick
- visit the Yukon
- visit Nunavit
- do a 24 hr blogathon
- do 15 minutes of yoga every morning for a month
- 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
- find out my credit rating
- determine my net worth
- buy a bike
- bike to work every day for two months
- record a cooking show (at least 5 episodes)
- publish said cooking show online
- participate in five research projects (as a subject/participant, not as a researcher)
- sell counter top dishwasher on Craig’s List13
- see at least one Bard on the Beach performance14
- put up a Christmas tree and decorate it with chili peppers15
- live blog something
- go to bed every night for a week with all the dishes cleaned
- achieve inbox zero and maintain for one full week (where “maintain” = by the time I go to bed each night)
- up my blog readership to an average of 200 readers a day16
- break my current record of 460 blog views in a day17
- write a blog posting about the Car Co-op18
- go sky diving
- resurrect my teaching blog
- see the Dresdan Dolls in concert
- see Groove Coverage in concert
- see a show at Richard’s on Richards before it closes down
- devise some sort of proper back up system for my computer files
- get my ring from my great Auntie Bernice re-sized to actually fit my finger
- buy a pair of brown dress pants19
- bake at least one thing per month for 12 months in a row, without baking the same thing two months in a row20
- go zip cording
- make homemade vegetarian marshmallows
- go on a polar bear swim
- recycle my old Sony Vaio desktop and my old Palm Pilot that are now just taking up space in my apartment!
- scan all the photos from my pre-digital camera days
- 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 dateandtime.com!)
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
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.
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.