Number 40

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about my 101 in 1,001 list. While I haven’t kept up the same momentum I had at the beginning, I’m still working on checking some things off my list and I feel like I’ve been more likely to try new things based on fulfilling goals on the list. It has been quite a refreshing change and a nice reminder of things I could be doing when I get stuck in one of those “I’m bored” slumps. It is absolutely something I plan to keep up with in the future, even after this list’s “deadline” in 2011.

Today, I checked off number 40, a large task on my list: finish wedding recaps on Weddingbee. I have written on for nearly two years now, and while I still have a few more posts up my sleeve before my official farewell, writing recaps of our wedding day was a huge undertaking which took me nearly seven months (with a bit of a hiatus somewhere in there). I definitely spent a lot of time on those posts, but it’s something I’m really happy to have done and I know it will be an amazing thing to look back on when we’re old and gray. (Do you think blogs will still be around then? If not, I plan to make a photo book comprised of all of my recaps for posterity :-) Weddingbee is the site that got me interested in blogging in the first place, so I feel as if I have come full circle now.

If you’re interested, check out my posts on Weddingbee! And I’ll do my best to keep you updated when I cross off some of the other items on my 101 in 1,001 list :-)

windy, indeed

Sorry for the lack of posting lately… Nick and I took a somewhat last-minute trip to Chicago last week! We found a great deal and decided to keep up with our annual May excursions (last year we went to Boston for a game at Fenway and to see the city; the year before that, we visited my relatives in New Orleans and went to JazzFest). Overall, we had a great time in the Windy City! Here are a few highlights:

Deep dish pizza (at both Gino’s East, shown below, and Lou Malnati’s, our favorite of the two)…
Spending time with an old friend…Gorgeous tulips all over the city…
A Cubs game at Wrigley Field…
Seeing some amazing works of art at the Art Institute of Chicago
Fun with the bean…
A cool exhibit of works inspired by or designed for the Obama 2008 Presidential Campaign…
Yummy food and good company (with two Chicago bees) at Carnivale
A clear day’s view from the 99th floor of the Sears Tower…
And fun with the fun house mirrors at Navy Pier.
I’m glad to be able to check #93 off my list! #94 will have to wait as Oprah was finished taping her season by the time we got into town, but that will just give me another excuse to get back to the Windy City another time soon.

a new venture

You may have noticed something new in my sidebar to the left… a link to an Etsy shop. MY Etsy shop! (Looks like I can check #7 off of my list!)

It’s still coming together, but since posting about our photo booth on Weddingbee and showing off the posters I designed for our booth, I began receiving lots of inquiries from brides-to-be asking if I’d design a poster for them. With the popularity of photo booths at weddings and events, it occurred to me that there are probably plenty of people who want to add this personalized touch but don’t know how to go about it. That’s where I come in :-)

I’m going to add a few more “pre-made” designs for people to choose from and customize in addition to my standard “Classic Vintage” design, as well as an option for a completely custom design… now that I have the shop set up, it will force me to keep up with these tasks.

I’m open to any possibilities so I’m excited to see how this goes. I already have a few clients lined up. If you have any initial feedback or ideas, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Number 97

I have a HUGE crush on Matt Lauer. I wake up to him every morning on the Today show, and I have always secretly wanted to be one of those people who stands outside on the Plaza, waving to the camera and holding a nerdy sign. So, I added this mission to my 101 in 1001 list, and while in NYC this past weekend, I did it.

97. Stand outside of the Today show on a weekday morning (and meet Matt Lauer)

Okay… so I didn’t get to meet Matt Lauer. BUT — I did stand outside of the Today studio on Rockefeller Plaza, and I got on tv! Look!

Yup. That’s me. In the middle with the gray hat. Holding a sign that says “Meeting Matt is on my life’s to-do list.” (I was obviously trying to bribe him to come talk to me. It didn’t work.) That’s my mom in the black hat on the right. At approximately 8:35 am on Friday, February 20, we were famous for about 1.5 seconds. No autographs, please.

And although I did not meet the real Matt, I did meet his two-dimensional twin, thanks to the NBC Store.

Someday, maybe I will meet the real Matt Lauer. (Perhaps next time I need a better sign that wasn’t quickly scribbled with markers at 7:10 am.) For now, I’m still going to consider number 97 checked off of my list, because it was too awesomely fun and funny to not acknowledge.

Number 22

What a fantastic weekend I had in New York. I go several times a year, but sometimes it’s fun to really be a tourist in the city, which is not something I always do. My tourist-status allowed me to check a few more things off of my 101 in 1001 list. First up:

22. See a Tony Award winning musical on Broadway

My mom and I got tickets to see In the Heights, winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical. It was absolutely wonderful. Great story, great music, great characters, great dancing, great set, great talent. I have seen my fair share of Broadway shows, and no matter the cost, I truly believe that the experience of attending live theatre is worth every penny. I’m always blown away by the immense talent that fits onto one stage, and I’m so lucky to live close enough to New York to take advantage.

On our way to the show on Thursday night, my mom and I decided to stop by the theatre next door where Billy Elliot was playing to see if they had any tickets available for Friday night. We’re rarely in the city long enough to see more than one show, so why not take advantage of our long-weekend trip? We had both heard a bit of buzz surrounding Billy, and I am such a fan of the movie, so I was really curious to see the musical adaptation.

Lo and behold, they had just had a cancellation for Friday night — two seats, third row orchestra. Um, yes please, we’ll take ’em.

As much as I loved ITH, I have to say that Billy Elliot was, perhaps, the most amazing show I have ever seen. Maybe it’s the third row seats talking (I mean, come on…. third. freaking. row!), but it was honestly flawless in my eyes. The actors were spectacular, the story was hilarious and tear-inducing all at the same time, and the young boy who played Billy (Kiril Kulish at this particular performance) was ridiculously talented. (Mark my words: that kid is going to be a huge star.) I was absolutely blown away by the dancing. I would not be surprised if this show sweeps the 2009 Tonys. If you have the opportunity — go see it!!!

Number 17

Going along with my 101 in 1001 list in my last post, I wanted to post AFI’s top 100 movies (the 2007 list) so you can follow along with my progress (or if you just want to count how many of these flix you’ve seen!). Any movie that I have already seen is shown in bold/italics. Any movie I see moving forward will be marked the same way, but with the addition of date that I saw it.

1. Citizen Kane
2. The Godfather
3. Casablanca

4. Raging Bull
5. Singin’ in the Rain
6. Gone with the Wind

7. Lawrence of Arabia
8. Schindler’s List
9. Vertigo
10. The Wizard of Oz
11. City Lights
12. The Searchers
13. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
14. Psycho
15. 2001: A Space Odyssey
16. Sunset Boulevard
17. The Graduate
18. The General
19. On the Waterfront
20. It’s a Wonderful Life
21. Chinatown
22. Some Like it Hot
23. The Grapes of Wrath
24. ET The Extra-Terrestrial
25. To Kill a Mockingbird

26. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

27. High Noon
28. All About Eve
29. Double Indemnity
30. Apocalypse Now
31. The Maltese Falcon
32. The Godfather Part II
33. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
34. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

35. Annie Hall
36. The Bridge on the River Kwai
37. The Best Years of Our Lifes
38. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
39. Dr. Strangelove
40. The Sound of Music
41. King Kong
42. Bonnie and Clyde
43. Midnight Cowboy
44. The Philadelphia Story
45. Shane
46. It Happened One Night
47. A Streetcar Named Desire
48. Rear Window
49. Intolerance
50. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
51. West Side Story
52. Taxi Driver
53. The Deer Hunger
54. MASH
55. North by Northwest
56. Jaws
57. Rocky

58. The Gold Rush
59. Nashville
60. Duck Soup
61. Sullivan’s Travels
62. American Graffiti
63. Cabaret
64. Network
65. The African Queen
66. Raiders of the Lost Ark
67. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
68. Unforgiven
69. Tootsie
70. A Clockwork Orange
71. Saving Private Ryan
72. The Shawshank Redemption

73. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
74. The Silence of the Lambs
75. In the Heat of the Night
76. Forrest Gump
77. All the President’s Men
78. Modern Times
79. The Wild Bunch
80. The Apartment
81. Spartacus
82. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
83. Titanic
84. Easy Rider
85. A Night at the Opera
86. Platoon
87. 12 Angry Men
88. Bringing Up Baby
89. The Sixth Sense
90. Swing Time
91. Sophie’s Choice
92. Goodfellas
93. The French Connection
94. Pulp Fiction
95. The Last Picture Show
96. Do the Right Thing
97. Blade Runner
98. Yankee Doodle Dandy
99. Toy Story
100. Ben Hur

My 101 in 1001

I mentioned this challenge back in December, and I finally {FINALLY!} finished creating my 101 in 1001. I’m really excited about this, because I am the type of person who functions very well when I’m following a “to do” list. When I don’t have a list, I don’t know where to begin, no matter how much I want/have to do. Hopefully this list will keep me motivated to keep doing and learning and growing. I’ll continue to update this post as I complete tasks (and I’ll link to it in a sidebar for easy reference, if you’re interested in keeping up with my progress!).

I’m back-tracking a bit on my start date, since I had many items in place weeks ago, and I completed a few tasks while I was working to finish the list. Here’s the lowdown, taken from the lovely Kate at Pretty Damn Fabulous, who first brought my attention to this great idea… you can also learn about the project here.

The Mission:
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 my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as New Year’s resolutions. 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 organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Start Date: January 1, 2009
End Date: September 28, 2011

Bold/italicized – Completed Item

Strikethrough – Replaced Item (see end of post for replacements)

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Get Artsy – 6 completed
1. Take a Sewing Class
2. Sew a pillow
3. Design a Gocco wall print, just for fun (September 18, 2009)
4. Create/buy art for above the bed (January, 2010)
5. Paint mirror frames in the stairway (May 5, 2009)

6. Make a new scarf with the yarn I already have
7. Set up an Etsy store (April 18, 2009)
8. Sell something on Etsy (May 2, 2009)

9. Create rehearsal dinner albums for parents
10. Create wedding albums for parents (December, 2009)
11. Create Blurb album of Weddingbee posts
12. Create a shadowbox of wedding mementos
13. Create a scrapbook of RSVP cards, well wishes, postcards, etc.

Get Cultured – 5 completed
14. Read 5 non-fiction books (5/5)
15. Read 10 books of my own choosing (10/10)

16. Organize or participate in a book group
17. Watch all of AFI’s top 100 movies (2007 list) (31/100)
18. Go to the ballet
19. Go to the orchestra
20. Attend a live music performance of someone I don’t know who is not famous
21. Attend a play in the city (Philadelphia) (The Lion King, April 13, 2010)
22. See a Tony Award winning musical on Broadway (In The Heights, Feb. 19, 2009)

23. Attend a play at the local theatre (Media, PA)
24. Attend a concert of someone famous whom I’ve never seen before (June 12, 2009 – Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood)

Get Deep – 2 completed
25. Go to a movie alone (Eat, Pray, Love, August 2010)
26. Identify 100 things that make me happy (0/100)
27. Identify 25 things I like about myself (0/25)
28. Go to a coffee shop with a book and enjoy the afternoon solo

Get Domestic – 5 completed
29. Take a cooking class (September 9, 2009)
30. Make dinner at least 3 nights a week, two weeks in a row (October 2010)
31. Make pizelles with Nana’s recipe
32. Make home made ice cream
33. Host a party for friends
34. Take a cake decorating class
35. Decorate a cake (or cupcakes) for a loved one’s birthday (October 4, 2009)
36. Take lunch to work everyday for two weeks (Jan. 2009)

37. Try 30 new recipes (15/30)
38. Have fresh flowers at home for 4 weeks (4/4)

Get Geeky – 3 completed
39. Set up personal blog with modified template to my specifications (Jan. 2009)
40. Finish wedding recaps on Weddingbee (September 15, 2009)

41. Take an Illustrator brush-up class/seminar
42. Create a project completely in InDesign (was trained in Quark!) (December, 2009)

Get Healthy – 5 completed
43. Lose 7 pounds (3/7)
44. Take a dance class
45. Try two new classes at the gym
46. Drink 8 glasses of water daily for 3 weeks (0/21)
47. Try three new OnDemand fitness routines (3/3) (November 2010)
48. Wear a bikini on a NJ beach (July 2010)
49. Floss every day for a month (30/30)

50. Eat fruit every day for a week (0/7)
51. Work out three times a week, two weeks in a row (February 2010)

Get Organized – 10 completed
52. Sell wedding items that are no longer needed (Jan. 2009)
53. Clean and vacuum inside of car and get storage systems for items in car
54. Organize family and friend’s birthdays in one place (Google Calendar, September 2010)
55. Buy/make birthday cards and greeting cards to have on-hand and send (October 2010)
56. Organize jewelry with a new storage system (September 27, 2009)
57. Clean tarnished jewelry
58. De-clutter the bedroom (January, 2010)
59. Solve MacMail alias problem (March, 2009)

60. Finish HTAC photo album
61. Legally change my name (June 12, 2009)
62. Change name on credit cards, etc. (June, 2009)

63. Get a new passport
64. Back up all digital images from 2008 and earlier onto disc (Feb. 6, 2009)

Get Covered – 1 completed
65. get AAA membership (Jan. 2009)
66. get life insurance
67. write a will (and make husband write one, too)

Get Rich (or at least get my finances in better order) – 6 completed
68. have checks printed under joint account (October 2010)
69. have portion of direct deposit automatically entered into joint account (October 2010)

70. set up BillPayer under joint account (October 2010)
71. get free credit report — cancel any dormant accounts
72. set up 401K
73. transfer old 401K into new one
74. Create a financial plan with the hubby (October 2010)
75. Set up PayPal to be able to receive payments (April 2, 2009)
76. Put money in savings each month (at least $50) (32/32)
77. Put $5 in savings for each completed task and $10 for every uncompleted one

Get Generous – 2 completed
78. Pay 10 strangers compliments (2/10)
79. Purge and donate old clothes from closets at least three times (3/3)
80. Volunteer for the MAC (Media Arts Council)
81. Pay for the person behind me at a toll or drive thru
82. Serve food at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter
83. Send 12 cards or letters for no reason at all (0/12)

Get Social – 4 completed
84. Mail Christmas Cards out before Christmas (December 20, 2010)
85. Make plans with a new friend (March 4, 2009)
86. Call one faraway friend a week for 6 weeks (0/6)
87. Have a girl’s night once every other month (8/16)
88. Plan a surprise birthday party
89. Have a dinner date with my husband once a month (32/32)
90. Have a double-date with friends once every other month (16/16)

Get Stuff – 0 completed
91. Buy a digital SLR camera
92. Buy a home

Get Adventurous – 7 completed
93. go to Chicago (May 12-15, 2009)
94. Go to a taping of Oprah (September 17, 2010)
95. Go to Las Vegas (March 4-7, 2010)
96. Take a vacation outside of the US
97. Stand outside of the Today show on a weekday morning (and meet Matt Lauer) (Feb. 20, 2009)
98. Go to NJ to take glass-blowing class (wedding gift) (September 5, 2009)
99. Take a Mother Daughter Trip (NYC, Feb. 18-21, 2009)

100. Take a girls only trip (Las Vegas, March 4-7, 2010)

101. Take a completely impulsive, spur of the moment road trip with husband

Additions/replacements – 2010 – 2 completed
6. start a business (April 2010)
45. run a 5K race
53. write a manuscript (and submit to publishers)
77. attend Altitude Design Summit
81. attend a Making Things Happen seminar with Lara Casey (January 26, 2010)