Friday, December 2, 2011

My 101 in 1001...November 2011

I started this list on November 1, 2010 and will give ongoing updates.

Those that have a strike-through mark are complete. Those in pink I'm working on or they are on-going goals. These have to be completely by July 28, 2013 (so those of you who have said how worn out you get by looking at this, it's all about the baby steps! I still have almost two years!). I know that it may get annoying that I post this (almost) once a month, but I think it's a good way for me to evaluate what I need to be working on. Skip if you wish!

For me...
1. Try a new recipe (and blog it!) at least once a month. (Most recipes can be found in the recipes tab.) (I obviously need to work harder at this. I AM making a new recipe tomorrow night.)
2. Take a sewing class.
3. Buy an embroidery machine.
4. Take a photography class.
5. Buy a new car!
6. Keep up with our Shutterfly photo albums.
7. Join MOPs or another "Mommy Group."
8. Go on another girls' trip to the beach.
9. Enjoy a "me-night-out" at least once a month.
10. Go see a movie by myself.
11. Go to two states I've never visited.
12. Take more pictures with me in them.
13. Buy a Cricut or Silhouette.
14. Get a new pair of "good" jeans.
15. Buy a new cellphone.
16. Learn to decorate cookies and/or cakes.
17. Go to Callaway Gardens to see the Christmas lights.
18. Continue working on our family trees.

For My Mind...

19. Read 10 nonfiction books (and blog about them!). (Extras will fall under the next category.) (See the Books tab if you're interested in what I've read.)
(1.) The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
(2.) The Purpose of Christmas by Rick Warren
(3.) Decision Points by George W. Bush
(4.) In the Garden with Billy: Lessons about Life, Love, and Tomatoes by Renea Winchester
(5.) Reshaping It All by Candace Cameron Bure
(6.) Better Photo Basics: The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Taking Photos Like a Pro by Jim Miotke
(7.) The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond
(8.) Bossypants by Tina Fey
(9.) Life Lessons with Max Lucado: The Book of Genesis
(10.) The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers by Suzanne Riffel

20. Read 101 fiction books (or extra nonfiction) (and blog about them!).
(1.) Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
(2.) Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
(3.) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
(4.) Pop Goes the Weasel by James Patterson
(5.) Ape House by Sara Gruen
(6.) The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
(7.) The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
(8.) Rules of Deception by Christopher Reich
(9.) The Secret of the Old Mill by Franklin W. Dixon
(10.) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
(11.) The Missing Chums by Franklin W. Dixon
(12.) London Bridges by James Patterson
(13.) Hunting for Hidden Gold by Franklin W. Dixon
(14.) The Shore Road Mystery by Franklin W. Dixon
(15.) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
(16.) The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
(17.) Potty Training Boys the Easy Way - Helping Your Son Learn Quickly, Even if He's a Late Starter by Caroline Fertleman
(18.) The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
(19.) Hardy Boys #7 by Franklin W. Dixon
(20.) Hardy Boys #8 by Franklin W. Dixon
(21.) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
(22.) Jaws by Peter Benchley
(23.) Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
(24.) Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
(25.) Sweet Valley Confidential by Francine Paschal
(26.) The Secret of Redgate Farm by Carolyn Keene
(27.) The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
(28.) Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosney
(29.) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larson
(30.) Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts

21. Read 10 "Classics." (Extras will be included for the above.)
(1.) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

22. Write more for myself...even if I don't ever share it!
23. Join a book club.
24. Begin working on my masters. (Have I lost my mind?!?)
25. Learn more sign language.
26. Write snail mail letters to my friends - one friend a month. Who wants to be my pen pal?
27. Learn to crochet or knit.
28. Draft a will.
29. Keep up my teaching certification.

For My Soul...

30. Make attending Sunday School and Church a priority.
31. Transfer our church memberships.
32. Do a Bible Study with Eddie.
33. Complete the Beth Moore "Revelation" study with my small group.
34. Tithe 10% of my Willow House earnings.
35. Memorize two new Bible verses every month. (I'm going to be starting fresh in January.)
36. Read the Old Testament all the way through. (I've read the New Testament more than once but I get bogged down in the Old!)
* Genesis
37. Complete Beth Moore's "Daniel" study.
38. Buy a Bible timeline book.
39. Get over my "no Christmas before Thanksgiving" rule and start listening to Christmas music in November. It makes me happy! Decorate the house the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday after Thanksgiving. (And this year the Monday, Tuesday, etc.!)

For Others...

40. Send out Christmas Cards (on time!) 2010, 2011, 2012.
41. Take meals to friends who have babies, are ill, or have a death in the family.
* I took a meal to Eddie's co-worker and his wife, who broke her leg in March '11.
* Took a meal to a friend who just had back surgery in November '11.
42. Volunteer at the church.
* Spring Bible School - March '11
* Vacation Bible School - July '11
43. Volunteer at an elementary school.
44. Throw a party/shower for friends or family members at least five times.
* The Perry's shower with the Lunch Bunch.
* Co-hosted a shower for Kate in February.
* Shelley and Samantha's Sip 'N See in April.
45. Volunteer to teach (children's) Sunday School.
46. Send Birthday cards to friends and family.
47. Sponsor a Compassion child.
48. Help another family buy Christmas gifts for their children.
We will probably do this every year. I love it and want to use it as a learning tool for when the boys are bigger.
49. Bake homemade Christmas goodies for friends and family at the beginning of December.
50. Deliver teacher goodies to school at least once a school year.

For My Marriage...

51. Go on a planned date once a month.
We've gotten better at this as I've learned to send James off for weekends when we have big things going on. We do what needs to be done, but we've also snuck in a date or two!
52. Pray for my marriage daily.
53. Take a "just us" trip for more than a weekend.
54. Go on a 5 year anniversary trip back to the Caribbean.
55. Go away for a weekend together.
* Went to Atlanta for our shopping trip - one night away.
* St. Simons in June '11 - two nights away.
56. Encourage Eddie.
57. Turn off the TV and computer at night.
58. Eat dinner at the kitchen table.
59. Read The Love Dare together.
60. Start exercising together.
61. Be intentional about becoming a Proverbs 31 woman.

For My Child...

62. Pray for James daily.
63. Read to him daily.
64. Put James in preschool.
65. Pray out loud with James.
66. Take James to the library once a month.
67. Start a savings plan for college.
68. Take James to the zoo.
69. Take James to Disney World.
70. Start our at-home preschool time each day. (Fell off the wagon once sickness with Baby Brother started in. Need to re-start!)
71. Go to Burt's Pumpkin Patch. (Another one I'm re-thinking. We liked the one we visited this year!)
72. Begin to teach James about spending, savings, and tithing.
73. Begin the Jesse Tree Devotions at Advent each year.

For My Health...

74. Complete Couch-to-5K
75. Run in a 5K.
76. Get back to wedding weight.
77. Drink 2 thermoses of water daily.
78. Take my vitamins daily.
79. Go to the dentist twice a year. (I'm horrified that I haven't done this. The thought has made me want to be sick, though. Morning sickness + disgusting toothpaste flavor = yuck.)
80. Go to the eye doctor once a year. 2011 2012
81. Start cooking with more fresh fruits and veggies.
82. Eat fewer processed foods.
83. Floss every night for a month.
84. Get a massage.
85. Do Jillian Michael's 30-Day Shred for THIRTY DAYS! (At least 3x per week!)
86. Do yoga once a week.

For My Wallet...

87. Organize and use my coupons at every grocery trip.
88. Set up our budget and stick to it.
89. Continue menu planning each week.

For My Home...

90. Paint the dining room.
91. Curtains in the kitchen, den, dining room, and master bedroom.
92. Rugs in the kitchen, den, dining room, and foyer.
93. Complete my weekly cleaning list!
94. Hang pictures!
95. Recycle! Set up recycling bins in the garage.
96. Organize office.
97. Organize garage and PARK IN IT!
98. Complete the swingset building project.
99. Decorate another Christmas tree in our dining room at Christmas.
100. Frame and hang more pictures of our grandparents and great-grandparents.

101. Commit to completing this in 1001 days!

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