Day Zero Project-101 in 1001

The Challenge:

Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:

Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on your part).

Why 1001 Days?

Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple challenges such as New Year's resolutions or a 'Bucket List'. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.

You can check out more by clicking on Day Zero or by searching for Day Zero projects that others are doing to get ideas.

I love making lists and crossing off completed goals so it seems fitting to make a long term list of things I want to achieve(at least longer than the regular to-do list I've got going now which all needs to be done by next week). The credit for creating the Day Zero project(as well as the Tumblr website linked above) goes to Michael Green. Thanks so much for inspiring so many people, including me, to go for their goals not just one time, but over and over again.

I began listing things that I wanted to complete well before I got around to typing all this up so a couple of them may already be in the works, but I'm listing today as the start date to make it official.

Start Date: Thursday, January 27, 2011
End Date:  Thursday, October 24, 2013

Italics-In progress
Strike through- Completed
Multiple items within a task-(1/5)

Now for the list!:

1. Start a blog  You're looking at it!  Started 8/1/10
2. Complete the list of My 100 on my blog, the list of items I want to cook
3. Start my Etsy store  Norwegian Phoenix
4. Take a weekend trip alone-no internet/phone/friends, just me
5. Read 100 Books-Keeping track on GoodReads (68/100)
6. Make/Buy blackout curtains
7. Make duvet cover
8. Buy a new car
9. Learn Pilates and practice at least twice a week
*Bought a book, now I just need to read it and practice. 3/12/11
10. Learn how to make a Sangria that I love
11. Learn what all the options are on my camera and know how to get the best shot
12. Learn how to use photo editing software-There are about a zillion options, but I'm having fun learning.
13. Buy Canon Rebel
14. Make/Buy pillows for sofa and bed
15. Transfer photos onto external hard drive for storage/look into free online storage
16. Print photos and put in photo albums-Maybe Blurb books?
17. Join a tennis league -Tennis League
18. Walk/Run in 5 5k charity runs (5/5) 
*St. Gertrude/Benedictine 5K 3/12/11
* Richmond Military Society-American Widow Project 5K 3/27/11
* CASA 5K at St. Joseph's Villa 4/9/11
* ASK 5K 4/27/11
* Beat the Heat 5K 6/18/11
* Jack & Abby Race for the NICU 6/25/11
*Declaration Dash-Wrightsville Beach 7/3/11
*Run to Rebuild Richmond 5K 3/24/12  (39:47)
* ASK 5K 4/28/12
19. Run a 10k
*Ran the Monument 10K in 1:27:44 on 4/2/11
*Monument 10K 2012 in 1:44:32 on 3/24/12 (horrible allergies the week of the 10K)
20. Sent 10 "Just Because" cards (0/10)
21. Take a photo of 5 childhood memories as they are today (0/5)
22. Cook 100 meals from scratch (100/100)
*Short Ribs and Mac and Cheese
* Asian Ribs-Men's Heath April 2011
* Spicy Korean BBQ Chicken
* Shrimp Mozambique
* Dijon Grilled Chicken
23. Go to 5 concerts/shows (5/5)
* Widespread Panic-New Year's 2012
*The Head and the Heart
*Avett Brothers
*Widespread Panic-New Year's 2013
24. Learn something about wine other than picking the one with the best graphic design on the label
25. Save (and keep) $1000 in my savings account
26. See 25 Movies of Patrick's choosing that I've never seen before (25/25)
* Fargo
* Slingblade
* Sin City
* Jackie Brown
* Skyline (a big thumbs down on this one. Avoid at all costs!)
* The Great Santini
* Raising Arizona
* Taking Chance
* Unforgiven
* The Social Network
* The Salton Sea
* American Psycho
* Thunderheart (for not having ever seen this before, I've now seen it 3 separate times this week-Val Kilmer has got a lock on the 2am slot on cable movie channels 10/15/11)
*Cowboys and Aliens
* State of Grace
* The Constant Gardner
* The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo
* The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest
*The Girl Who Played With Fire
* Detachment
* Batman-Dark Night Rises
*Spiderman 3
* Hunger Games
*Black Dahlia
27. List 101 things that make me happy   Check out my near-daily Things I'm Loving Today posts
28. Figure out how to organize blog with clickable links in the top bar Completed 1/26/11
29. Visit 5 vineyards (0/5)
30. Visit 25 different restaurants (30/25)
*Rowland's-Valentine's Day 2011
*Sabatino's- Baltimore, Md
* Delux-Richmond, Va
* Bacchus-Richmond, Va
* Can Can-Richmond, Va
* Hondo's-Richmond, Va
*Umi Sushi-Richmond, Va
* Greek Islands-Richmond, Va
* Mimi's Cafe-Richmond, Va
* F.W. Sullivans-Richmond, Va
Lulu's-Richmond Va
* Green Valley Grill-Greensboro, NC
* Lucky 32-Greensboro, NC
* Bistro 27-Richmond, Va
* Julep's-Richmond, Va
* Obelisk-Washington DC
* The Palm-Washington DC
* The Source(Wolfgang Puck)-Washington DC
* Pesce-Washington DC
* Mitsitam(in National Museum of the American Indian)-Washington DC
* StrongHill Dining Company -Richmond, Va
* Six Burner-Richmond, Va
* Sam Miller's-Richmond, Va
* Boca Bay-Wrightsville Beach, NC
* Docksides-Wrightsville Beach, NC
* Tower 7-Wrightsville Beach, NC
* Elijah's-Wrightsville Beach, NC
* Beach St. Grill-Wrightsville Beach, NC
* Toyko Sushi-Richmond, Va
* Old Ebbit's Grill-Washington DC
* Grill Fish-Washington DC
* The Hard Shell-Richmond, Va
* Europa-Richmond, Va
* Kuba Kuba-Richmond, Va
* The Blue Goat-Richmond, Va
* Lavecchias-Charlotte, NC
* Pasture-Richmond, Va
* Sticks & Stones-Greensboro, NC
31. Read all books by Bryce Courtenay
32. Visit Poe Museum in Richmond, Va
33. Take a photo every day for a year
34. Make a chocolate sculpture
35. Try 5 new foods I've never had before (5/5)
* Flan
*Asian Ribs
* Octopus(not calamari) at Obelisk in Washington DC
* Shrimp Mozambique
* Purple Sweet Potatoes
* Gnocchi
36. Watch all the Bond movies
Dr. No
From Russia With Love
You Only Live Twice
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Diamonds are Forever
Live and Let Die
The Man with the Golden Gun
The Spy Who Loved Me
For Your Eyes Only
A View to Kill
The Living Daylights
License to Kill
Golden Eye
Tomorrow Never Dies
The World is not Enough
Die Another Day
Casino Royale
Quantum of Solace
37. Take a cake decorating class
38. Pay for someone else's drive thru order
39. Print a photo I have taken onto canvas
40. Fill up my piggy bank and donate the total to a charity
41. Visit Luray Caverns
42. Send 10 postcards (0/10)
43. Stop biting my nails
44. Buy 5 things from Etsy (0/5)
45. Take 5 bubble baths (4/5)
46. Buy a set of golf clubs
47. Have a fondue night
48. Make at least 100 comments on other's blogs (100/100)
49. Sell at least 10 items from my Etsy shop (10/10)
50. Take a cruise
51. Take iron pill every day for 30 days(to hopefully become habit) (30/30)!!
52. Drink at least 2 glasses of water for 50 non-consecutive days (50/50)
53. Try 25 new beers (8/25)
*St. Pauli Girl
*Allagash White
* Watermelon Beer during Carytown Watermelon Festival
* Hefeweizen at Capital Ale House
* Shocktop(love this!)
*Watermelon Beer at Caliente
* Hefeweizen at the German Food Festival
* Allagash Seasonal at Pasture
54. Buy Kitchen Aid mixer
55. Walk the Breast Cancer 3 Day Event
56. Get dental work done-Definitely in progress!
Wisdom teeth removed 4/13/12
57. Go to the state fair
58. Send a care package to a soldier
59. Complete my walking goal for 2011 and create new one upon completion
60. Play a full 18-hole round of golf
61. Have friends over for dinner at least 10 times (7/10)
62. Donate 10,000 grains of rice through (7,070/10,000)
63. Complete Couch to 5K program
64. Take voice lessons again and record 3 more songs.
65. Get credit rating over 700
66. Get a hot stone massage
67. Start a wine collection and have at least 10 bottles on hand (4/10)
68. Make a photo-worthy gingerbread house
69. Make an apron
70. Have a stockpile of at least 1 month worth of food/household products - I started! I got a rack for over the back of the door to create more storage space. 
71. Create an herb garden/pot and keep it alive for 1+ year Yeah! Managed to not kill any of them and they're still going strong!
72. Take heels to a cobbler and have soles/heels repaired
73. Get 5 basic pairs of pants that fit (10/5)
74. Get 10 basic button down/collared shirts for work (4/10)
75. Get black blazer (lightweight to go with pants) to make suit
76. Reorganize jewelry armoire and actually wear items in it
77. Buy 5 pajamas/night wear-no more shorts and giant t shirts (5/5)
78. Eat a cheesesteak in Philadelphia
79. Go to Baltimore Aquarium Check out my photos!
80. Use cloth bags to carry an entire purchase at least 10 times. (12/10)
81. Buy and stock spice rack
82. Go through socks and underwear and throw away those that don't fit or are falling apart
83. Make a photo book with favorite photos from each year (start in 2010 when I got camera)
84. Get a Le Creuset dutch oven- I love gifts!!
85. Take a self-portrait each season that I like
86. Buy 5 lottery tickets (1/5)
87. Wake up before 7am 30 days total (30/30)
88. Figure out how to make a frappuccino at home
89. Buy a personalized Christmas stocking for Patrick
90. Visit Biltmore Estate
91. Stay a weekend at the Greenbrier-It's booked! (Thanks Patrick!)
92. Compete in a biathlon or triathlon
93. Do another century bike ride with Dad
94. Buy 3 new matching sets of sheets for the bed (2/3)
95. Go to 3 minor/major league baseball games (2/3)
*Richmond Flying Squirrels vs. Bowie Baysox
* Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves
96. Buy a pair of skinny jeans to wear with boots
97. Take a photo of Patrick and I every month (8/33)
*February 2011-Baltimore
*March 2011-Mardi Gras Party
*April 2011-Monument 10K, Washington DC
*May 2011-Dominion RiverRock
*July 2011-4th of July-Wrightsville Beach
*July 2011-Caden's baptism
*August 2011-Ocean Isle, NC
*September 2011- Fail (add a month to end)
*October 2011-Fail (add a month to end)
*November 2011-Notre Dame vs Maryland Game at FedEx Field
* December 2011-Lewis Ginter "Festival of Lights"
* January 2012-New Year's
*February 2012-The Greenbrier
* March 2012-Fail(add a month to end)
* April 2012-Fail(add a month to end)
*May 2012-Fail(add a month to end)
*June 2012-Disney World and Engagement Photos!
*July 2012-Fail (add month to end)
* August 2012-Fail (add a month to end)
*September 2012-Fail (add a month to end)
*October 2012-Fail (add a month to end)
*November 2012-Thanksgiving
*December 2012-Houston Zoo, Visiting Ryan
98. Buy a pair of snowboots that will last
99. Frame and hang at least 5 photos that I've taken (0/5)
100. Get to a goal weight that makes me happy and stay there
101. Buy a pair of Hunter wellie or other rain boots

*Edit 3/22/11: I noticed that I had Run in a 5K on here more than once so I've combined them into #18 and came up with a new #101.