Monday, December 26, 2011


38. Visit a vineyard
47. Buy someone + me a lottery ticket
48. Take pics in a photo booth with Jon
54. Get laser hair removals
56. Shred old documents

Crossing these off the list...Killed two birds with one stone last August, when Jon and I spent a few relaxing days at the beach in St. Joseph, MI. There was the scariest children's carousel right next to the beach, including a clown that looked like it had murdered hundreds, and a photo booth to so we knocked out #48. We also visited a couple of vineyards up in Michigan, so #38 is also done. I'd still like to go to Napa soon.

I bought Jon a couple of lottery tickets for his birthday back in October. I bought them from a kiosk in the airport while I was waiting to get on a flight to I-don't-even-remember-where during the Halloween media tour. I bought myself one too, and scratched it right away to kill a few moments. Neither of us won squat, but #47 is complete.

I recently went through all of my "important papers," if you can consider utility bills from 2002 important. Not the most interesting thing on the list, but I've shredded all of those unnecessary documents and feel a little bit lighter.

And, thanks to LivingSocial, I'm in the process of getting laser hair removal on the cheap. It's a just a tiny bit painful for a second, but should be well worth it. So after a few more months, #54 will be crossed off the list.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Hand In Hand - #11 and #16

I'm getting through this list more slowly than I anticipated.

Jon and I planted a few things in the backyard on Mother's Day weekend, when it was sunny and close to 90°. In a typical move, Chicago weather has thrown us for a loop and we've had a whole lot of rain and cold since then. We'll see how our little victory garden fares. From seed, we planted beans, beets, cipollini onions, thai peppers, and something elese that I'm now forgetting. We've also got a tomato plant and several kinds of herb starters. I'll take photos if/when there is something to show for it. My landlord also plants like crazy, and he's really good at sharing, so I'm looking forward to cucumbers, blueberries, and other items from his lot. He's even got a few corn stalks this year.

To go along with our gardening efforts, we're also composting our organic waste. It's kind of funny to be setting aside apple cores and coffee grinds when my building doesn't even have recycling, but every little bit helps, and we're hoping to have some non-stinky and free fertilizer later on in the summer months.

Come on, summer months!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Check it off...#35

I spent Monday evening with Mom and Dad. We went to Labriola Cafe to celebrate Dad's birthday. Time and money well spent, even if we hadn't gotten to eat really tasty food. I love that place. And I love my Mom and Dad.

Friday, January 28, 2011


Get promoted/get a raise.

Check it off the list.

What an unexpected, yet well-deserved surprise to get a somewhat sizeable pay raise at work. I really enjoy my job, and I hope that my enjoyment is reflected through hard work and enthusiasm. Yay me! Think I'll have a celebratory cocktail or two tonight!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

101 Things

The purpose of this list is to inspire me. If it inspires someone besides me, that's an added bonus. Here's my 101 things to get done in 1001 days. If it's in bold, it's been checked off the list.

1. Letter to my future self, to be read 10 years from now
2. Build a piece of furniture
3. Take French classes
4. Go to an estate sale
5. Go camping
6. Take a Zumba class
7. Go Geocaching
8. Snowboard
9. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
10. Attend a Chicago Fire game
11. Grow strawberries and/or other fruits and veg
12. See 10 classic movies I’ve never seen
13. Run a 5K
14. Organize “Winter Olympics”
15. Organize citywide scavenger hunt for friends
16. Start a compost bin
17. Start a new food blog
18. Bury a time capsule
19. Spend time in Brooklyn/NYC
20. Drink real absinthe
21. Tour a Frank Lloyd Wright House
22. Forage for mushrooms
23. Leave a note in every library book I check out
24. Go to Pilsen Art Walk
25. Wear full lingerie
26. Go apple picking
27. Eat at Alinea
28. Go to Arlington Racetrack
29. Set up external HD and transfer music/photos
30. Bake cinnamon rolls from scratch
31. Take Maggie and Molly overnight
32. Take Kaia overnight
33. Swim 1/2 mile straight comfortably
34. Save enough money for an FHA loan (3.5% or more)
35. Take Mom and Dad to dinner
36. Learn to change a tire
37. Donate blood every 3 months (2/10)
38. Visit a vineyard
39. Cook rack of lamb
40. Buy a silk robe
41. Wear red lipstick
42. Donate food to a food pantry
43. Save $10 for every task accomplished
44. Night swim
45. Learn to play blackjack
46. Make homemade donuts
47. Buy someone + me a lottery ticket
48. Take pics in a photo booth with Jon
49. Memorize recipes for BDC tapings
50. Use up excess bath/body products before buying more
51. Answer 50 Questions that Will Free Your Mind
52. Take a multivitamin every day for 30 straight days
53. Eat dinner by candlelight
54. Get laser hair removal
55. Keep work desk decluttered for 30 straight days
56. Shred old documents
57. Get a massage
58. Host a 5 course dinner party
59. Buy kitchen table and chairs
60. Learn to can
61. See a drive in movie
62. Eat vegetarian for 1 week
63. Write a letter to Jon to be read in 10 years
64. Do Chiditarod
65. Update resume
66. Find another professional organization to join
67. Watch sunrise on Lake Michigan
68. Make a workout playlist of songs
69. Develop a monthly/weekly budget and follow for 1 year
70. Take a kickboxing class
71. Tie a note to a balloon and let it go
72. Play beach tennis
73. Carve a pumpkin
74. Sneak into a second movie at the theater
75. Buy nothing for 1 week
76. Keep credit card balances at 0
77. Give flowers to someone
78. Go to Medieval Times
79. Master Irish Soda Bread recipe
80. Cook at least 2 recipes from every food mag I buy
81. Buy and use a hula hoop
82. Get promoted/get a raise
83. Learn to make cheese
84. Do 20 pushups consecutively and not die
85. Read Marquis du Sade
86. Ride a rollercoaster
87. Customize my cubicle at work
88. Don’t sign into Facebook at work for 1 month
89. See Amy’s dolphin show
90. Travel to a foreign country
91. Wear only dresses for one week
92. Cash in change for vacations
93. Slow dance in an inappropriate place
94. Start and keep a restaurant list
95. Learn how to roast coffee beans
96. Learn the tarot
97. Go to a jazz club
98. Have an article published
99. Paint a wall “mural”
100. Call Grandma once a month (1/32)
101. Spend New Year’s Eve in a different city