Some of my list is lofty, other parts are silly and some of it is housekeeping. I think the overall point of the list (for me) is to have fun along the way while pushing myself toward a bigger personal goal of doing things that work to make me what I consider a better, more well-rounded person.
1001 days from this date will be April 1, 2013. April Fools' Day? Is this a cruel joke, Fate?
1) Go Cajun Dancing.
I took cajun dance lessons last summer and haven't put them to use since the class ended. This needs to change.
It's silly that this hasn't happened yet.
3) Write a letter to a celebrity and ask for an autograph.
I have autographed copies of books but I think it'd be fun to own an autographed photo or something. I haven't decided on a celebrity yet.
4) Eat at a 4 or 5 star restaurant.
5) Learn to play Guitar Hero on Hard.
This may be more difficult that it should be because of my carpal tunnel but I'm going to try.
My current tattoo is just black outlining with a little shadowing. I've wanted a new tattoo for a long time but not somewhere that it's terribly visible (this is why I currently have a "tramp stamp"). Ideally, I'd like kind of a mural across my lower back. I'm just not artistic enough to design it.
7) Buy one piece of art.
I'd like this to be a painting, preferably by a local artist.
It's about an inch above my shoulders right now, when curly. I'm willing to fudge this and count length when straight.
I start Tulane in August so let's hope I have this done in less than 1001 days!
10) Get straight A's FAIL
The whole way though. This is one of the harder goals on this list but I really want to do it.
I'm probably going to apply to 1 or 2 copout schools, but I don't want to cheat myself out of applying to some good schools on the off-chance I could get in.
1) The Ohio State University (December 2011)
2) Louisiana State University (December 2011)
3) Stanford University (January 2012)
4) Indiana University Bloomington (January 2012)
5) Rutgers'(January 2012)
6) Vanderbilt University (January 2012)
12) Adopt an animal from a shelter.
This will be later on, but I'd really like another cat (or maybe even a small dog!) in the nearish future.
13) Learn to change the oil in my car.
This has the added benefit of spending time with my dad.
14) Finish my correspondence course. FAIL
This is really stupid and I need to just get it over with.
15) Brush up on my French enough to hold a short conversation.
16) Donate $100 a year to charity.
I have a few charities I'd like to donate to, so this won't be a lump sum anywhere, but donating a little here and there is better than nothing at all.
Planned Parenthood- $25 (Feb. 2011)
New Orleans Food Cooperative- $20 (May 2011)
STAIR- $20 (June 2011)
ARNO- $15 (July 2011)
Covenant House New Orleans- $10 (July 2011)
Amnesty International- $10 (July 2011)
NARAL- $20 (August 2011)
Louisiana Partnership for the Arts- $10 (October 2011)
STAIR- $15 (January 2012)
The Hunger Project- $15 (March 2012)
World Wildlife Fund- $16 (April 2012)
RAINN- $35 (June 2012)
STAIR- $20 (January 2013)
Doctors Without Borders - $30(January 2013)
NOLA's Most Badass Assault Survivor- $20 (February 2013)
I have an inordinate love of my ear piercings...I currently have 5 in one ear and 6 in another, including my rook piercing. I'd kind of like a tragus.
I'm going to allow these to include assigned books but not anything I've read before.
1) Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice (October 2010)
2) Voltaire Candide (January 2011)
3) Mark Twain A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (April 2011)
4) William James The Varieties of Religious Experience(June 2011)
5) D.H. Lawrence Sons and Lovers (August 2011)
6) Carson McCullers The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (March 2012)
7) Ernest Hemingway A Farewell to Arms (March 2012)
8) Fyodor Dostoyevsky The Brothers Karamazov (June 2012)
9) Virgina Woolf Mrs. Dalloway
10) Gertrude Stein Tender Buttons
19) Read 1 unassigned book per month.
July '10- Ann Patchett Run
August '10- Alice Munro Lives of Girls and Women
September '10- John Berendt Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
October '10- Stuart Berman This Book is Broken: A Broken Social Scene Story
November '10- Paule Marshall Praisesong for the Widow
December '10- Richard Yates Revolutionary Road
January '11- Neil White In the Sanctuary of Outcasts
February '11- Terry Moore Strangers in Paradise, Vol. 1
March '11- Terry Moore Strangers in Paradise, Vol. 2
April '11- Milan Kundera Slowness
May '11- Margaret Atwood The Penelopiad
June '11- Linda Olsson Astrid and Veronika
July '11- John Knowles A Separate Peace
August '11- T.C. Boyle The Women
September '11- Molly Wizenberg A Homemade Life
October '11- Stephen King Hearts in Atlantis
November '11- Moira Crone A Period of Confinement
December '11- Carson McCullers The Member of the Wedding
January '12- Jonathan Franzen Freedom
February '12- Pam Houston Waltzing the Cat
March '12- George Saunders Pastoralia
April '12- Kim Edwards The Memory Keeper's Daughter
May '12- Susan Orlean The Orchid Thief
June '12- Julia Reed Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena
July '12- Poppy Z. Brite Liquor
August '12- Poppy Z. Brite Prime
September '12- Joan Didion The Year of Magical Thinking
October '12- Philippe Aries Western Attitudes Toward Death: From the Middle Ages to the Present
November '12- Jeffrey Eugenides The Marriage Plot
December '12- Larry Watson Montana 1948
20) Get a spa facial.
I've never had one and they sound lovely.
21) Go to The Dinner Bell with a group of friends.
22) Make a family tree.
I've wanted to do this for years and I've never gotten around to it. I think it'd be fascinating. I'm not sure how far back I want to go yet.
I saw this idea on the Day Zero Project website. I need to make a list of movies I want to see now!
A- Ajami (2009) (October 2010)
B- The Blind Side (2009) (January 2011)
C- Citizen Kane (1941) (August 2011
D- Date Night (2010) (August 2010)
E- Effi Briest (1974) (October 2010)
F- The Fighter (2010) (May 2011)
G- The Girl on the Bridge (1999) (November 2010)
H- How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) (August 2010)
I- Inception (2010) (July 2010)
J- Jakob the Liar (1999) (November 2011)
K- Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) (September 2012)
L- Louder Than Bombs (Glosniej od bomb) (2001) (September 2010)
M- Men Who Stare At Goats (2009) (July 2010)
N- Nine to Five (1980) (December 2012)
O- On the Waterfront (1954) (November 2012)
P- Pickpocket (1959) (November 2010)
Q- The Quiet Earth (1985) (February 2013)
R- Raising Arizona (1987) (July 2010)
S- Storytelling (2001) (July 2010)
T- There Will Be Blood (2007) (October 2012)
U- The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) (October 2012)
V- Volcano (1997) (October 2010)
W- Walk the Line (2005) (January 2012)
X- X: Night of Vengeance (2011) (December 2012)
Y- Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) (February 2013)
Z- Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) (November 2011)
I don't mean reading the Word of the Day on dictionary.com and promptly forgetting it. I want to really learn a new word. That said, I might use Word of the Day to discover new words.
Accouchement- A confinement during childbirth; a lying-in
Vagulous- Wayward, vague, wavering (also coined by V. Woolf)
Zenick- A South African burrowing mammal (Suricata tetradactyla), allied to the civets. It is grayish brown, with yellowish transverse stripes on the back. Called also suricat
Aliquot- a method of measuring ingredients below the sensitivity of a scale by proportional dilution with inactive ingredients
I'm not a big fan of lipstick, but only because I feel like I look like a clown when I wear it and then it comes off. I'd like to find a shade I feel comfortable with because sometimes it's nice to feel like a grown lady instead of slicking on some Sephora gloss and calling it a day.
This sounds pretty self-explanatory and some of you are probably like "Two months?! What about always?!" But I'm on a whole load of medication and I'm terrible about taking it as directed, not only due to forgetfulness but because sometimes the side effects are too discouraging. I'm hoping that a 2 month period will sort of lead into a longer period (but not forever, because I hate this shit.)
I'm defining "regularly" here as "often enough to be known." and "for a sustained period."
28) See all of these Mindfuck movies.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Abre los ojos (1997)
Dark City (1998)
This will be another one that's down the line but, you know, something I'd like to get back to eventually.
30) Make a recipe book.
I have lots of recipes I love, some on scraps of paper. I'd like these compiled in one easily accessible place that can easily be updated.
Not the "freeze your bra" and "stick your sleeping friend's hand in warm water" kind of slumber party, but just a sleepover with friends and movies...and booze.
The only "big" sports event I've ever been to was a football game at Tiger Stadium. I'd do that again, but I'd love to go see a Saints game or something.
33) Donate blood twice a year. FAIL
This comes with the note of "medical issues permitting," since I almost always run into issues when it comes to trying to donate blood (low iron, recent shots, etc.). But I think it's important to donate and it's something I'd like to put more effort and thought into (i.e. not going 10 days after a steroid shot).
34) Lose 30 pounds.
This is one I'm working on right now and I've had some moderate success. Truth be told, I could probably stand to lose more, but I just want to feel comfortable in my skin and not set myself up for some crazy unattainable goal. If I lose the 30, I might go for another 20, but we'll see. The next few items sort of center around this.
I don't drink a ton of soda, but I drink it enough because it's readily available, even though it makes me feel (and look) gross. This is another goal that I'm hoping will transition into a long-term habit.
36) Do 200 sit-ups in one sitting.
Changed this to 200, based on this site
37) Learn to use the weights at my gym.
Currently all I use now are the cardio machines (treadmill, elliptical, etc.) and I really want to try the weights but I don't know how to work the machines and I'm too nervous to ask, because gyms make me feel stupid. This is obviously kind of a personal issue and something I'm taking more seriously than I should.
38) Run 5 miles.
I can do about a half a mile at a paced run on the treadmill right now before my body start threatening to shut down. This is probably going to happen on the treadmill because I'm not real big on the idea of passing out at the lakes.
Preferably to consume after my 5 mile run. Why I've never made a cheesecake is beyond me because I love them, but I plan to remedy the situation since I now own a springform pan.
Unless there is a better place I should have one!
I haven't been since 2005 and I miss it.
This could also be a family photo, but the last professional photos my parents have of us are from 2001 and quite frankly, I'm looking to replace them because Alex and I look awful. Plus, thoughtful gift!
43) Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years.
This is another idea I got from the project website, but I like it because I'm in a pretty transitional place in my life right now and I think it'd be interesting to read about that when I'm 34.
44) Organize my iTunes.
My unorganized music drives me nuts, especially when it uploads on my iPod, but it's never something I've dedicated much time to fixing.
45) Go to at least 3 states I've never visited before.
Preferred states are Oregon, Montana and Maine.
1) Indiana (July 2011)
2) Michigan (July 2011)
47) Build 1 piece of furniture for myself.
Right now, I'm thinking a set of shelves.
I'd love for this to be a holiday dinner of some sort, but I'd settle for a regular dinner.
I don't use any of those sites, I'm tired of getting email from them and I don't feel like having all that info out there.
I've done this before when I was very young but I know the event has grown since and it's a site I'd love to see as an adult.
51) Have a palm reading.
I have a credit union account right now that would be a huge pain to try and access when I'm in New Orleans. I might join another credit union, but I want something more accessible than my current bank has been.
53) Submit at least 7 poems for publication.
I'm hoping this will get me writing again and possibly to join a writing group for critiques before submission.
54) Write 2 non-fiction pieces, Brevity-style.
55) Cook 10 challenging dishes from celebrated chefs.
Challenging meaning some combination of difficult ingredients, new techniques, fussiness and long periods. The chefs I have in mind, so far, are Thomas Keller, Julia Childs, Alice Waters, James Beard and Suzanne Goins.
1) Devil's Chicken Thighs over Braised Leeks from Suzanne Goin's Sunday Suppers at Lucques (August 2010)
2) Julia Child's Chocolate Mousse (July 2012)
3) Susan Spicer's Vegetable Polenta Gratin with Garlic Confit (January 2013)
4) Thomas Keller's Cornish Hens with Swiss Chard, Nuts, and Raisins
5) Panna Cotta
This does not include spices, because that's a copout.
1) Harissa (February 2012)
2) Yogurt (May 2012)
3) Duck Sauce (June 2012)
58) Visit another country.
I'd love to go to Europe again, but I'm also interested in Russia, North Africa and South America. Or, you know, Canada.
59) Learn to play my guitar.
I know some basic chords on my guitar but I've never learned a song. I'm defining "learn to play" as being able to do chords without looking at a diagram and knowing at least one song. I'm setting that bar high.
Preferably heirloom tomatoes.
Fresh herbs taste better, are fairly easy to grow and it's a lot cheaper to grow them than to drop $3 on some picked basil that you won't finish using.
62) Visit 10 historical sites in New Orleans.
This may or may not include revisiting Marie Laveau's grave.
1) Preservation Hall (September 2010)
2) Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop (September 2010)
3) Antoine's Restaurant (December 2011)
4) Old U.S. Mint
63) Make 1 item of clothing for myself.
I suppose the next few items could fall under "master the sewing machine," but I wanted to be more specific. I'm thinking I want to make myself a skirt or a dress.
64) Make an apron.
Aprons are absurdly expensive.
65) Make some curtain sets.
Curtains are crazy easy to make and it's more fun than looking at window treatments at JC Pennys.
66) Fly a kite.
I know this sounds silly, but I like flying kites and I haven't done it in a really long time. Plus, childhood nostalgia, yadda yadda.
1) Pimm's Cup (October 2010)
2) Jack and Ginger (August 2011)
3) Pinewood Drifter (March 2012)
4) The 1st Jewel (June 2012)
5) Jasmine (June 2012)
68) Have a well-stocked home bar.
I don't necessarily mean Grey Goose and Patron here, but just a showing by each major liquor, some mixers (bitters, sours) and a couple of bottles of wine. And at least 3 different kinds of whiskey.
I'm not planning on gallivanting around in the stuff, but I'd like to have a nice set. Preferably more vintage, less trashy as well.
1) Dan Beachy Quick (May 2011)
2) Kate Daniels (July 2011)
3) Marie Howe (October 2011)
4) Juliet Cook (March 2012)
5) Naoko Fujimoto (March 2012)
I like my cast iron and stainless better, there's less risk involved, it goes from stovetop to oven and you don't have to worry about flakes of teflon in your food. But I do like a non-stick for things like eggs and I happen to have a wonderful non-stick saucepan that I don't want to part with.
72) Make a piece of pottery.
Right now, I have tax returns, W-2s and my passport all in a haphazard stack. I'd like a system that would include loan documents, important passwords, FAFSA stuff, etc.
74) Get a framed copy of my diploma.
This may seem sort of narcissistic, but I like the display of a framed copy better than the purple folder I currently have. Plus, I spent a lot of time and effort to get that thing, so I might as well be able to gaze lovingly upon it from time to time.
77) Write at least 5 letters (each) to Erin and Mike.
And whomever else wants one!
Erin- 1 (August 2011)
78) Learn to belly dance.
I'll probably end up doing this via DVD, but I'd love to take a class if I have the time.
79) Visit The Museum of the Gulf Coast.
I've wanted to see the Janis Joplin exhibit since I was about 13.
I may do Google Calendars instead to sync it with my phone, but I like having a calendar system when I'm in school; otherwise, I feel like I'm drowning.
I always check these sites for reviews but rarely review things myself. If I'm going to use them, I should contribute as well.
1) Oak St. Cafe (Dec. 10)
2) Dooky Chase (Dec. 10)
3) GLUE Clothing Exchange ( Jan. '11)
4) Elizabeth's (May '11)
5) Z'otz (May '11)
6) The Massage Emporium (May '11)
7) Pal's Lounge (May '11)
8) PURE Yogurt Culture (May '11)
9) Cowbell (April '11)
10) Maple St. Patisserie (June '11)
11) Little Tokyo Noodle Bar ( June '11)
12) Azalea Lakes Veterinary Clinic (June '11)
13) The Ruby Slipper Cafe (October '11)
14) Oak (October '11)
15) The Lucky Ladle (October '11)
16) Back To The Garden (November 2011)
17) Cochon (November 2011)
18) Hey! Cafe (December 2011)
19) Katie's Restaurant (December 2011)
20) Verti Marte (December 2011)
84) Go 1 month without buying coffee.
I'm not looking to quit coffee, but to switch to making my own, especially iced coffee.
2010- Pitchfork (July 2010)
2011- Festivale International (April 2011)
Voodoo Fest (October 2011)
2012- French Quarter Fest (April 2012)
I sort of know how to crochet but I think the easiest way to get familiar with either of these is a scarf.
87) Drink 2 liters of water a day for 2 months.
I don't drink enough water and when I do, I always have more energy and am less hungry. Plus, skin benefits and all that.
I've been to many of these but not all and no better time to do this than while I'm living in New Orleans.
89) Visit a National Memorial or Site.
90) Go back to San Francisco.
This one is made a little easier by the fact that my uncle lives about an hour north of San Fran. and probably wouldn't mind me staying with him. I could also possibly knock out visiting Oregon while I'm there.
91) Upload and organize all my digital photos.
My photos are currently strewn amongst a desktop, two laptops, a memory stick and my camera. I want them in labeled folders on one hard drive.
92) Print out some photos for framing and scrapbooks.
All my framed photos are years old. I also started a Europe scrapbook that I'd like to finish and maybe make a couple of tabletop photo albums.
93) Become more familiar with local and federal politicians and vote in all major elections. FAIL (sorta)This is hugely important to me. I don't like the idea of voting strictly based on party lines. I want to be familiar with every person on each ballot (know who they are, their party and their stance on certain important issues), so I can cast an informed vote. I keep abreast of major politics, but I've definitely had that moment where I'm going, "I have no idea who this is."
94) Visit family graves once a year. FAIL.This one will be hard for me because I have a strong aversion to graveyards, especially those housing the recently dead. But I feel like it's something I should do, even though I couldn't quite tell you why.
This one is inspired by a daytrip Erin and I took to Avery Island and St. Martinville. Over the course of that day, we ate at a delicious restaurant, took some great photos, learned new things and drank in a really neat bar. There are lots of places in Louisiana and Mississippi that would be fun to "discover."
I'm defining this as plays, ballet, renowned musicians and art shows.
1) No Exit (from the Zombie Apocalypse) (December 2010)
2) Macbeth (January 2011)
3) Save Our Souls (October 2011)
4) Baton Rouge Gallery's Surreal Salon IV (January 2012)
5) Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra- Shostakovich Sympony No. 1 (February 2012)
6) Reinventing Radio: An Evening With Ira Glass (March 2012)
7) The Lion King (March 2012)
8) "A Brief and Sensational history of 'The Mascot,' Notorious Newspaper of New Orleans' Gilded Age" (May 2012)
9) "History of Prostitution in New Orleans" (August 2012)
10) The Nutcracker (December 2012)
I don't think that there is anything on this list that I am looking forward to less.
98) Pay off my 1st student loan and 1/4 of the 2nd one.
99) Go on a camping trip.
100) Don't eat out for 1 month.
This does not include going out for drinks and noshing, but it does include ordering anything that constitutes a meal.
I've been thinking about doing this for a birthday party. Fun, yes?