Week 1 Comes to a Close

Week 1 of my 101 in 1001 challenge has come to a close. I’ve been doing well with a few goals (exercising and photography) and I have date for my 5k, but as expected, none of my goals have been completely crossed off. It’s too early in the game for that to happen. Besides, quite a few of my goals are ongoing goals so they won’t get accomplished fully until the end of the 1001 days.

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This week we took the puppies in to get fixed. Originally I was only going to get Lucy fixed, then get Linus done later on. But it was just as easy to do them both at the same time. So both puppies are recovering nicely, and Mommy doesn’t have to worry about unwanted puppies.

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I had a stressful week at work, so it definitely affected my mood. I spend a good part of the week feeling very pessimistic, which is not usual for me in regards to my job. I usually love my job and very grateful for it, especially since the job I had prior to this job was complete hell. I hope this week goes better.

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I got two really good walks in this week. I went on a solo walk on Thursday and on Friday Hubby and I took the pups for a nice long walk.

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On Saturday we had a bit of a medical scare. Thankfully, for once, it wasn’t me…or the animals. It was Hubby. On Friday he was gathering trash and recyling to take to the transfer station (no trash pickup here) and he cut his leg on some glass that broke. He cleaned it up, but on Saturday he went to change the dressing and it was bleeding again and looked kind of nasty. Plus he couldn’t remember exactly when he had gotten his last tetanus shot so I convinced him that he should see a doctor. Of course since it was Saturday and he gets his health care from the V.A. that meant a 2+ hour drive to Albany to the V.A. Hospital. Five stitches and a tetanus shot later we headed home.

Today I didn’t feel like doing much of anything. I did some housework and I made dinner (chicken scampi).

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Now I think I’ll probably have a glass of wine (or two), and have a little one on one time with my Kindle. I’ve been reading like crazy this weekend, even with everything else happening this weekend.

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Day 1 and 2 of the 101 in 1001

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Day 1
So yesterday (Saturday) kicked off the challenge. It was a busy day and although I did not accomplish all the daily challenge items, I feel as though it was a successful start to the project.

I spent the day on a canoe trip, where I found myself saying yes to several new experiences, tried 3/101 beers for the challenge, exercised, and tried homemade bacon. I also more or less kept track of my spending. $40 to purchase new paddles for the canoe, $5 for a hat (that unfortunately was lost at sea) and $12 for beer.

I however, did not accomplish journal writing or taking a photograph as I did not want to risk getting my phone or camera wet. This was actually a very good idea as we capsized our canoe and everything in the canoe went in the water. Fortunately no casualties (it was an intense place to go over, so we were fortunate to make it out relatively unscathed). We did however lose two beers that we were drinking at the time, and a brand new hat I had purchased that morning. Journaling did not happen as we got home late and I only had energy to take a bath and then crash into bed.

All in all, I think it was a good start to the project.

Day 2
Today was a quiet day. I spent a good deal of the day trying to recover from yesterday.

I did however manage to accomplish a few things. I took a picture, kept track of my spending, played Wii Tennis for 40 minutes and journaled this evening. I also signed up for a 5k that will take place 10/4/14, so it’s far enough in the future to train…but close enough to keep from procrastinating. I signed Sam up too, so I’ll have a training partner.

101 In 1001 Days

I had a good weekend. A really good weekend. I managed to finally relax, fully have fun and even accomplished some cleaning and set in motion a project that I have been wanting to do for years now…write and complete a 101 Things in 1001 Days.

If you haven’t heard of this project, it’s fairly straightforward and self explanatory. You come up with a list of 101 goals to accomplish in the space of 1001 days. Approximately two years and nine months. I’ve been coming up with ideas for awhile now, but this weekend, between binge watching Netflix, reading, 4th of July festivities and cleaning…I finalized my list.

I have started a Tumblr blog to track my progress on the goals, but I am going to cross post as much as possible on here so I still keep this blog active.

Here is the list that I came up with. I will officially be starting the list this coming Saturday, so to lead up to the official start date, I am writing a short summary of each goal…which I will not be posting here, but you can feel free to visit the Tumblr blog or follow me on Twitter or become friends with me on Facebook.

101 in 1001
Try 101 new recipes.
Train for a 5k
Go on a Wine Tour in Sonoma
Learn how to Knit
Find a pen pal.
Buy a house
Hold a koala bear
Find a volunteer job
Visit the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame
Try 101 Different Foods
Try 101 Different Wines
Try 101 Different Beers
Say yes more often
Get a tattoo
Go zip-lining
Upgrade drivers license and visit Canada
Perform 101 random acts of kindness
Make homemade wine
Make homemade beer
Take a yoga class
Buy a bike
Deep clean apartment and keep it maintained.
Host party for both sides of the family.
Learn How to Fish
Open a Little Free Library
Have a professional portrait taken of Sam and I.
Take another writing class.
Go Whale Watching
Learn to drive stickshift
Learn to Cross Country ski
Research and buy the car I want
Host an overnight guest
Enter a writing contest
Take at least one photograph a day.
Donate blood
Start a book club
Audition for the Moth
Go on a Balloon Ride
Walk 3x weekly (when weather cooperates)
Try one new restaurant a month
Dye my hair
Go Horseback Riding
Visit Travis in Boston
Visit David in Georgia
Eat vegetarian for 30 days
Go Kayaking
Go back to school
Attend a book event
Use LinkedIn to network
Reach and maintain my goal weight
Find a new job.
Take a class in something different.
Visit the 9/11 Memorial.
Give up coffee for three months
Laser eye surgery
Learn how to properly apply makeup
Attend a food and wine festival
Host a dinner party
Learn to sew
Learn to eat according to portion sizes
Donate blood
Utilize my craft box
Learn to shoot a gun
Learn to play chess
Create a budget
Start a blog entirely dedicated to The Catskills
Go see a standup comedian
Date night once a month
Take Mom on a vacation of her choice
Read 20 books recommended by other people
Bake something new once a month
Take a spontaneous weekend trip without planning
Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
Get a pedicure
Shop at a Local Farmers Market
Find a church
Keep track of my spending for duration of project
Buy at least one piece of furniture
Organize office so I can use it to work.
Blog for Catskill Cellars
Stay at Mohonk House
Do at least one physical activity daily that I’m not working
Complete a jigsaw puzzle
Answer the 50 Questions that Will Free Your Mind
Read 1 non fiction books a month
See Book of Mormon
Save all change for one year. Put it in savings.
Get eyes examined and buy new glasses
Study for, sign up and take the GRE
Meet an online friend
Adopt another cat.
Work on building a relationship with Danielle
Make a book of all my favorite photgraphs
Completely stay offline one day a month
Read the entire series of Harry Potter and LOTR with Sam
Take puppies to a dog obedience class
Keep a daily journal, write in it daily…even if it’s only a single sentence
Learn how to become an editor.
See U2 in concert
Send a care package to a soldier
Write a new 101 for 1001 List

Home

Hubby and I arrived home from vacation this morning…5am to be exact. We were fortunate to be able to tack on another day to our vacation as my boss texted me on Friday to let me know that he changed my schedule around and I didn’t have to come in until Tuesday (I’m working Thursday instead)…so we used the time to spend an extra day with my aunt and uncle…which was good.

I meant to blog during the trip, started to actually, but most nights I was just too tired. I’m kind of upset about that now as I kind of had an unfortunate accident with my phone (where most of my pictures from the trip are)…so I don’t know if I’ll be able to save them or what.

Michigan was low key for the most part. My friend worked a lot when we were there, but we still got to spend time with her. It was hard though, seeing her in the position she is in. It took a lot out of hubby and I emotionally to deal with her. I hope we helped her but it was hard to tell.

We did manage a trip to Mackinac Island on my birthday and I really enjoyed it. I want to go again, after doing some research first. We ended up just jumping on the ferry and going over without a plan…which was okay, but if we had an idea of what to expect first…it probably would have been a better trip. We ended up spending most of the time at the fort, then at dinner and went back. Then we crossed the bridge to the UP and visited Castle Rock which we both enjoyed.

We left Michigan on Thursday and spent the next two days in Indiana with my Aunt and Uncle. That was definitely the highlight of the trip. On Friday we went on a tour of Amish country and tried so much yummy food. My Aunt stocked me up with tons of stuff to bring home, muffin and gravy mixes, cheese and cold cuts. And we had ice cream while we shopped and it was one of the best ice creams I’ve ever had. That night we went out to dinner at a Mexican food chain and then my cousin took us to a bonfire that his friends were having. Before the bonfire we did a beer run at a store that specializes in craft beer. That was fantastic. We picked up a mixed six pack for ourselves and then one for Hubby’s friend (who is a professional brewer). The bonfire was fun. Hubby was adopted into the fold but I wasn’t feeling overly sociable.

The next day my aunt and uncle took us back to Michigan (they live close to the border) as we had wanted to pick up some Michigan wine for Hubby’s boss. We ended up at the Round Barn, which is a winery, brewery and distillery in one location. We did not try any of their spirits, but the wine was decent (the DiVine Black Walnut is rather legendary). It was way too crowded however, and the first girl that helped us was overworked and didn’t do much else aside from pour our selections without telling us anything about them. Towards the end someone else stepped in, who was much more personable but by that time we were on our last samples. I’m happy to say that the two we ended up bring home (the aformentioned black walnut and the Redel Doux were served by the new girl). We then went over to the brewery and was disappointed that they were not doing tastings. We did try two of their offerings and I fell in love with their porter. Overall the place was a win and I’d love to go back.

 

We headed back to NY on Sunday, but didn’t get home until 5am Monday morning…now it’s back to work for 3 days, then another busy weekend (fourth in a row!). After that, hopefully life will go back to normal.