101 Things in 1001 Days

Here's my list of 101 things I plan to do in the next 1001 days. As I go I will check them off here and link them to the post in which I document that achievement. Green means I'm working on it; if I've written about the completed task it will be linked; where possible I am keeping tallies next to the items; and magenta and struck out means that it is complete.

Number of challenges complete: 47

Number of challenges commenced or planned: 17

Number of un-commenced challenges: 36
Food and wine
1. Declare my 29th year to be Year of the Cupcake and conquer my fear of cupcakes, good and proper. One new cupcake each month! [12/12]
     - Gluten Free Carrot Cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese Icing
     - Gluten Free Rose and Pistachio Cupcakes
     - The Ultimate Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes
     - Donna Hay's Short-Black Cupcakes
     - Gluten Free Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple and Rum, with Vanilla Icecream Icing
     - Christmas Cupcakes
     - Gluten Free Chai Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting
     - Valentine's Day Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache Filling
     - St Patrick's Day Soda Bread Cupcakes with Irish Whiskey Frosting
     - Chocolate Heartache Cake (GF)
     - Apricot Upside-Down Cakes
     - Coca-Cola Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
2. Taste wine in the Barossa (done it before but my wine supply is dwindling!)
3. Taste wine in McLaren Vale (ditto)
4. Taste wine in the Clare Valley
5. Learn to make meringue buttercream frosting
6. Make Sweetapolita's ruffle cake
7. Make Sweetapolita's rainbow cake (ex-Whisk Kid)
8. Make my own wedding cake (failing that opportunity, make a super-fancy, highly-decorated cake for someone's birthday or other event)
9. Make gnocchi from scratch
10. Learn to cook artichokes
11. Learn to cook chokos
12. Learn to cook (or not cook??... see how confused I am???) figs
13. Make chutney
14. Bottle fruit
15. Hold a dinner party with a theme every 6 months, e.g. a certain county's cuisine/colour/flavour...[4/5] Edit: Screw the theme thing. Just have people over for a proper dinner!
16. Make monkeyface biscuits
17. Make croquembouche. Or profiteroles. Some sort of fancy French pastry thing filled with creme patisserie, anyhow!
18. Make a lemon tart
19. Learn to make a Toblerone
20. Learn to make a Pina Colada
21. Learn to make a Cosmopolitan
22. Learn to make cheese
23. Make icecream

Hobbies and crafts
24. Blog at least twice a month for a year (this post doesn't count) [95/24]
25. Learn to use photo editing software
26. Research camera lenses properly to determine which one I want next
27. Purchase said lens and take some kickass photos with it
28. Write a post on what I have learnt about lenses so that I can give the next poor sucker a helping hand
29. Make an effort to take a photo each week for six months
30. Do a jigsaw puzzle
31. Build a Lego model
32. Sew one garment and one useful item (curtains, napkins, apron etc) from scratch [1/2]
33. Knit something tricky, e.g. a jumper with a snowflake pattern on it
34. Take a long-exposure photo of the night sky

Sport, health and recreation
35. Exercise 4 times per week in the lead-up to the wedding Bogong hike. Keep a record of it and share it with the world when I'm done [0/24] (eep! Six weeks to go!)
36. Go for one month without red meat
37. Go for one month with no processed food i.e. the only thing that can come from packets are things like rice or spices or basic baking ingredients like flour and sugar, where you can visually identify the individual ingredients. An exception will be made for bread, but only for wholemeal or rye breads, not refined white ones. Keep a list of everything I eat that month to hold myself accountable lollies, chocolate or chips
38. Spend 20 minutes per day walking for a month. Shopping counts! [0/31] (I assumed it would be a long month but it would have been smarter for me to choose February...)
39. Climb Mount Bogong (again) Climb Mount Feathertop (again)
40. Buy a good pair of sneakers that give my feet the support they need when I exercise
41. Learn the Viennese Waltz
42. Do a 4WD course
43. Go horse riding
44. Get a shooter's licence
45. Take calcium tablets every day - no Swiss Cheese spine for me!
46. Take a poledancing lesson
47. Take a ballet lesson
48. Participate in a fun run/walk
49. Lose 1kg per month until I am under 75kg (but over 70kg) and am happy with what I see. Keep it off and throw away my "backup" jeans [2/5] Obviously I didn't foresee stress-eating my way to gaining 16kg from the time I first wrote this! New goal: Lose the 16kg again and be back to where I was more comfortable and my clothes fit properly [6.9/16]

50. Visit Wilson's Prom (this may or may not fit into the sport, fitness and recreation category, depending on whether the visit involves a hike)
51. Visit a theme park
52. Take Grant to the snow Go skiing Find someone who wants to go skiing and research ski holidays
53. Go fishing with Saul and Steve (that's my brother and my might-as-well-be-my-brother, for those who don't know me)
54. Visit Africa
55. Visit Mexico
56. Visit Tasmania, preferably to do the Overland Track (which will depend on my health and the level of idiocy of my friends for agreeing to accompany me)
57. Write a list of 10 places around the world I wish to visit in this lifetime (I don't think phrasing it as "before I die" is particularly appropriate, because everyone assumes they'll die at around eighty, and in reality our time on this planet may be much shorter than that. Macabre, I know, but why wait a lifetime to do something you want to do?)
58. Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge
59. Take Grant to Kangaroo Island Organise a camping/4WDing trip with friends

Thinky and learny stuff. Stuff is good.
60. Re-read Wuthering Heights. Again. Try to enjoy it, or at least to understand why it is a "classic". Try not to be angry about wasting my time when I find out I still hate it
61. Read A Long Walk to Freedom
62. Do some sort of further education in ecology or science
63. Do some sort of further education to make me more employable, in an area such as safety, quality or management
64. Get a food handler's certificate
65. Read the unread books I have before buying more [10/15+]
     - Three Cups of Tea, by David Oliver Relin
     - The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
     - Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad
     - We of the Never Never, by Jeannie Gunn
     - Memo For a Saner World, by Bob Brown
     - Murder at Mansfield Park, by Lynn Shepherd (and Jane Austen)
     - Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, by Ben H. Winters (and Jane Austen)
     - Possession: A Romance, by A.S. Byatt
     - A Short History Of the World
     - The Odyssey, by Homer
     - Back From the Brink
     - The Rings of Saturn, by W.G. Sebald
     - Bombproof
     - From Kinglake to Kabul
     - Silent Spring
     - The Pilgrim's Progress
     - The English Patient
     - 50 Shades of Grey triology (yes, really, and they were given to me!)
66. Read Gone With the Wind (will have to wait until I've achieved the previous one because I don't own it! Oh, but I'd forgotten about libraries... and one of my friends probably owns it... yeah, I'll be fine)
67. Watch Gone With the Wind (it doesn't really fit into the other categories so I'll leave it here for purposes of comparison to the book)
68. Take a language class
69. Take a botanical illustration class (or just a drawing class, if they won't let me in due to my lack of wikkid skillz!)
70. Learn ten new songs on the guitar [0/10]
71. Learn the basic geography of Africa [1/55] (probably easier to learn it country by country) Learn some basic geography and history about the places on the list at #57 (10 places I want to visit) [0/10]
72. Read Romeo and Juliet again. Understand the meaning of the words and appreciate their beauty as I go. Learn 3 soliloquies from it [0/3]

73. Get married (yeah, I know, foregone conclusions are cheating...) STRIKE ONE! Be in a loving relationship at the end of the 1001 days, and be thankful for every day that you have them in your life  STRIKE TWO!  Go on at least three more dates in the next twenty days, before this 1001 days is up!
74. Delete crap photos from SD cards and hard drives
75. File photos properly
76. Make albums for holidays and events, using only the good photos
77. Print the GREAT photos and frame them
78. Learn to blow-dry my hair to make it nice and shiny and smooth (I'm turning 29 in a couple of weeks and don't own a hairdryer...)
79. Use up all the dregs of half-used beauty products before buying new ones
80. Clean out my underwear drawer and get rid of the "uglies". Everybody has them and nobody should!
81. Apply for an ABN
82. Save up for a second house
83. Fix the gremlins in the House at Ness Corner
84. Rent out the House at Ness Corner and become a bloated capitalist (HAH!)
85. Own a dog. Train it well.
86. Plan to have kids... or actually start having them... hmm, should probably discuss this with the future hubby!
87. Listen more attentively
88. Interrupt less readily
89. Write more neatly, no matter how much of a hurry I am in
90. Prepare properly for meetings
91. Be sufficiently auditable at any moment in time
92. Ask mum about her life. Take notes.
93. Ask dad about his life. Take notes.
94. Ask my parents about their parents.
95. Declare the first Sunday of each month to be Purge Day - all clutter must go!
96. Send a birthday card each month for a year [0/12]
97. Write to my Aunt Judy every 6 months. She's written me birthday cards every year as long as I can remember and I've been a horrible, crappy niece and so very rarely have I written back. I suck [1/5]
98. Have a (tastefully!) nude portrait done
99. Locate, sort and predominantly discard my highschool stuff. I think it's in a box under mum's house...
100. Have a vegetable garden
101. Make friends with my cousins. They're blood and I love them but I really know nothing about who they are and what they dream of

So there it is. It's a pretty big list and I think I may need a calendar (or perhaps a series of calendars) to make sure I stay on track with those "regular" occurrences, but I think it's achievable. Some of the things are the things that will only be known by me, such as the handwriting one or the interrupting people one, and there are a couple of things on the list that might bite me in the arse, but that's life. Shit happens. Once I figure out how you'll be able to keep track of my list via a new tab on my blog. I know it can be done but  I'm a little bit slow off the mark with technology.
Wish me luck!


  1. Wow you're one ambitious girl!! xx
    Emma (from MFP)

    1. Well I figure the only way to actually do the stuff I want to do is to write a list. Feels great crossing things off it! Thanks for stopping by xoxo

  2. WOW! What a cool list!!! Very good project! Love it!!! I'll be following it closely!

    1. There should be an update coming in the next week or so - I've checked a few of these off in the last month :)

  3. Inspiring!!

    Maybe I'll attempt one like this--as long as you don't mind me borrowing your idea. :)

    1. Not at all. If I can inspire another person to get some things done that they've always wanted to do, then I'm happy with that :)

  4. This is such an ingenious idea! Do you mind if I do this too? I'm seriously impressed by all the things you have planned and all the things you've accomplished!


    1. Go for it, GL! You're more than welcome, and hopefully you find it as great a motivation as I do. Of course, my clicker is down below 450 days now and I'm starting to get a bit nervous...!


Give me the loves! Erm, I mean, comment here...