Wednesday, November 19, 2008

1 year review

It's now been a year since I started my 101.  Here's my progress so far:

  • 101 in 1001.. The List!

    1. Become a homeowner! (Closed 12/14/07)
    2. Supervise my parents and help paint my new bedroom and bathroom (Done! 12/18/07)
    3. Play paintball (Done! 11/16/2007)
    4. Decorate my new house (Done! 12/30/07)
    5. Buy new wine glasses (Done! Dec 2007)
    6. Plant trees in back yard (Crape myrtles)
    7. Pack up all my stuff in the apt for the move (100% complete 12/18/07)
    8. Unpack my stuff in the new house (Done! 12/24/07)
    9. Buy Christmas lights for the house
    10. Use my standing mixer
    11. Buy energy efficient light bulbs (Done! 12/17/07)
    12. Buy a lawnmower (Done! 3/17/2008)
    13. Buy a weed wacker / edger
    14. Meet my new neighbors (12/19/07, IP) - I know the neighbors on either side of me...that's about it so far.
    17. Use my hot tub at the new house (Done! 3/24/08)
    18. Have a house warming party (Done! 4/18/08)
    19. Clean out my pantry (Done! Dec 2007)
    20. Set up a recycling system in my home (Enrolled! 12/6/2007)
    21. Use my fireplace (Done! 3/6/2008)
    22. Go downhill snow skiing
    23. Go camping at least once a year (0/3)
    24. Run a 5 miler
    25. Join a co-ed sports team (Done! 1/30/08)
    26. Try a yoga class / tape
    27. Buy a new bike
    28. Compete in a Triathlon
    29. Get back into a cardio step class (started 12/12/07) - Still going on Mondays!
    30. Beat my Capitol 10K PR [57:39] (Done! 3/30/2008 [55:34])
    31. Go snowboarding for the first time
    32. Ride in a hot air balloon
    33. Fire a gun at a shooting range (Done! 2/10/08)
    34. Put my golf lessons to work and actually play 9 or 18 holes
    35. Hit golf balls at a driving range (practice practice practice)
    37. Join Word of the Day Mailing List to help build up my vocabulary (Done! 11/20/07)
    38. Move all my pictures from Webshots to a better online digital service website (snapfish?). - Havent found one I I renewed my Webshots.
    39. Print off a photo book of my online pictures. Use Webshots or blurb ??
    41. Clean out closets and donate clothes to charity at least once a year (IP, 1/3)
    43. Make a new friend outside of my normal circles (ongoing)
    44. Work out at least 3x's a week [IP] (holidays and vacations permitting) - Not always hitting 3x with the gym, but maintaining exercise with volleyball and softball games. 
    46. Learn to change a tire and basic car maintenance
    47. Finish this list! (Done! 11/20/07)
    48. Take a vacation to Hawaii or somewhere outside the US - Going to Alaska in July 2009! (Yes I know this isn't outside the US but it's still a trip!)
    49. Go to a winery in TX or do a wine tour
    50. Take a girls trip
    51. Visit JK in Houston
    52. Take a road trip
    53. Stay at a B&B in Fredericksburg
    54. Go to the beach
    55. Go somewhere new in the US
    56. Drive a motorcycle (I've ridden on them, never driven one)
    57. Do more things with my hair besides a ponytail
    58. Get an electric tooth brush (advised by my dentist) (Done! Dec 2007)
    59. Floss more (IP)
    60. Volunteer for a good cause (Done! 12/4/2007)
    61. Spend more time outside (Done! 4/14/08 and ongoing)
    62. Attend Wurstfest in TX (Done! 11/8/2008)
    63. Attend Oktoberfest in TX
    64. Start using anti-aging creams
    65. Eat out somewhere new (a nice restaurant like Jazz, Trulucks, etc) [IP] (Boiling Pot 4/28/08) - I didn't cross this off because I want to continue trying new restaurants.  Have gift cards to Trulucks and North that I plan to use soon!
    66. Set up my new computer and figure out how to transfer all the files (Done! Dec 2007)
    67. Set up the monkey speakers for my computer that I bought 4 months ago! (Done! Dec 2007)
    68. Update the music on my mp3 player (Done! 6/11/2008)
    69. Take a sewing machine class
    70. Buy a sewing machine
    71. Wear more dresses / skirts (23/?) - I've worn more dresses than usual thanks to my mom and all the wonderful dresses she sent me.
    72. Get new sleepwear (Dec 2007)
    73. Make time for another professional massage
    74. Find a new job/role at work
    75. Achieve the next level at work
    76. Go to a concert in town (Done! 4/28/2008)
    77. Go see a band in town (Done! 11/20/07)
    78. See an orchestra (Done! 12/26/07)
    79. See a play
    80. Encourage someone else to do 101 in 1001 (Done! 6/27/2008)
    81. Donate blood at least 3x’s a year (2/9)
    82. Go on a picnic
    83. Do a candlelit dinner
    84. Swim in Barton Spring Pool
    85. Ascend all 99 steps to the top of Mt. Bonnell
    86. Play Frisbee golf again
    87. Run around Town Lake again on the weekend(Done! as of March 2008, IP)
    88. Go horseback riding again (haven’t been in over 6 yrs)
    89. Have a stein-full of brew from Scholz Garten-Texas' oldest German Bier garten. (Done! 8/30/2008)
    90. Have a beignet from Crescent City Beignets
    91. Buy a new belt buckle (Done! 11/18/2008)
    92. Buy a new pair of black everyday sandals (Done! 6/1/2008)
    93. Attend a sing a long at the Alamo
    94. Work with Guinness on his SA (N/A)
    95. Buy a dog run for the backyard or put in a dog trolley (N/A)
    96. Take Sarah on a run with me - Does running at the dog park count?  :-)
    99. Send out Christmas cards at least once during this time period
    101. Blog about this list!  - I think I'm doing a great job's actually fun!

  • Supplemental List

    102. Use the raclette my parents bought me 3 yrs ago
    103. Start a bi-monthly rotating dinner club (home cooked meals) - Dont' think this is gonna happen
    104. Write a Will
    105. Take a photography class - Dont' think this is gonna happen
    106. Have a girls weekend (just realized this is pretty much the same as scratching it off the list)
    107. Send a random gift to a friend
    108. Go to a rodeo (Done! 3/3/2008)
    109. Buy a new vacuum (Done! 7/26/2008)
    110. Buy a grill (Done! 8/7/08)
    111. Home Theater System

  • Failures:
    15. Cook at least one home meal(s) a week [i.e. eat out less] (33/143)  - Not keeping up with this as I should.
    16. Actually use my bathtub and soak in a warm bath at least once a quarter. (1/11) - Again..need to force myself to do this...
    40. Read more than just fiction novels/books (IP) - Failing miserably.  I plan to read 'Twilight' on the flight to MI this week (yes, this is fiction)...and hopefully read 'Eat, Pray, Love'.
    42. Actually use the teeth whitening kit I got 3 yrs ago  - Haven't touched it.
    97. Take Sarah to the dog park at least once a month (weather permitting) (14/33) - Since Guinness passed away I haven't been as good about this as I should...the dog park was mostly for Guinness to give him exercise since he was so high strung.
    98. Watch some movies off the AFI Greatest Movies list - Yah, haven't even looked at this yet.

    #91 - Buy a new belt buckle

    Last night I went to the RR Outlet malls to check out Wilsons Leather.  All their stores are closing so they are having huge sales.  Jonathan met me out there and found an awesome belt buckle for me.  I LOVE IT!

    [caption id="attachment_311" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Guess Belt Buckle"]Guess Belt Buckle[/caption]

    #15 - Cook at home meal(s) (33/143)

    Last Tues, Nov 11th, the girls had a GNO Thanksgiving Potluck at Brandy's house.  I made my favorite Sweet Potatoes recipe to share with everyone.  I chalk this up to making part of a home cooked meal.  :-)

    Monday, November 10, 2008

    #71 - Wear more dresses / skirts (23/?)

    It's getting cooler, but I still managed to wear 3 more skirts/dresses in the past couple of weeks.

    The gypsies (Jonathan & Christina)      Army Chic and LadyBug ready for Dancing at GCS!  10/31/2008    Jenn, Tinnifer and Christina and Jenn at Tinnifer's Austin Reception 11/1/08

    #15 - Cook at home meal(s) (32/143)

    Friday night I made my favorite pasta dish for Jonathan and Jennifer. 

    Spaghetti, jalapeno bacon, onions, green peppers, sun-dried tomato basil sauce, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, and asiago cheese.  It's so yummy!  A couple bottles of wine, fresh bread and more cheese accompanied the meal. 

    #62 - Attend Wurstfest in New Braunfels, TX

    This weekend Jonathan and I attended the 48th annual "Salute to Sausage" - Wurstfest!  I can't believe its taken me this long to experience the festival, and I'm half German!  We had a great time, even met up with Monica, one of my co-workers and a few others.  The food was fantastic and the bands entertaining!  It was amazing how much we consumed (food and beer) - thankfully we shared the food so we could try a little bit of everything.   

    Food eaten:  Wurstkabob (5 sausages on a stick w/ a bun), fried pickles, sausage cheese balls, crawfish etouffee (yes I realize this is Cajun), potato pancakes with applesauce and a sausage, porkchop on a stick, Belgium waffle fully loaded, roasted almonds, and ended with another Wurstabob.  Yes, we were little piggies.

    Beer consumed: 4 pitchers. 

    Welcome to Wurstfest 2008!    Yummy potato pancakes, applesauce and sausage!   Jonathan and Christina at Wurstfest   Alex, Monica and Christina at Wurstfest

    Monday, November 3, 2008

    Race for the Cure

    Sunday Nov 2nd was my 6th year running the Austin Komen Race for the Cure.  I'm actually pretty happy with my race time, especially since I really didn't train for it this year.  Last year I completed the race in 27:15, this year I finished in 28:06.  Not bad!  -)  This year I ran the race in support of my friend Renee.

    The next race I plan to run is the Trail of Lights 5K on Sat, Dec 13th at 6:30pm or the Jingle Bell 5K on Dec 14th at 9am.  I wanted to participate in the Turkey Trot 5 miler, but I'll be in MI at that time.  Oh well!

     Austin Komen Race for the Cure 11/8/2008

    Clock Time28:36
    Chip Time28:06
    Overall Place883 / 2388
    Gender Place368 / 1498
    Division Place56 / 225
    Total Pace9:00/M