My Challenges (timed)

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My Challenges (perpetual)

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New York Times Book Review: 6/40
New Yorker: 0/36
New York Review of Books: 0/20
Vogue: 1/16
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Saturday, January 3, 2009

101 Things in 1001 Days end-of-year project update

I've made some headway into my list this year, although I am having an issue with those goals that are meant to be done consistently over time. More on that later. First, a roundup of the goals I've completed so far:

Goal #6 -- replace all lingerie. No comment needed.

Goal #13 -- try tai chi. I was disappointed by this one. Somehow I had it in my head that it would be more of a workout. I had originally planned to try it at our local Taoist Society until I realized that all the people who go there are significantly older than me (I'm talking numerous decades older) and I didn't think I'd fit in. So I picked up some DVDs instead. I should have picked kickboxing instead.

Goal #18 -- make low-fat cherry cheesecake for husband. I found a recipe online and made it from scratch. It turned out okay, but not much better than the no-bake mixes you can buy in the store. Live and learn.

Goal #23 -- prepare living wills for sister and brother-in-law. I'm a HUGE believer in these documents and urge everyone, no matter what your age, to look into them. They are the best and clearest way to make sure that everyone knows your wishes, should something happen to you. (In case you don't know what a living will is, it's a document that spells out what treatment you want if you are in a vegetative or similar state.) Laws can differ between states, so it's important to know what applies where you live. Check out Aging with Dignity for more information.

Goal #34 -- buy nondisposable shopping bags. Read my prior post here.

Goal #36 -- double my current donation to You can read my prior post abut this goal here.

Goal #38 -- sponsor a child. Read my prior post here.

Goal #41 -- complete RCIA. This is the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and it is what you go through if you are an adult and want to join the Catholic Church. I completed the course this past spring but am not yet able to officially join the church until I receive an annulment. Hopefully it won't be too much longer!

Goal #50 -- catch up on reading the New York Times Book Review. I was almost a year behind at the time. I'm still not caught up completely; they seem to come in faster than I can finish, so I never get ahead. But I'm working on it.

Goal #53 -- complete the Book Awards Challenge. I posted about it here.

Goal #54 -- listen to at least 1/2 of current podcasts. Read my prior post here.

Goal #56 -- read 1 more book in 2008 than in 2007. Last year's total was 51, compared to this year's 59.

Goal #59 -- read Eleanor Roosevelt, volume 2. You can read my review here.

Goal #60 -- read Fahrenheit 451. Never got around to reviewing this one.

Goal #61 -- read The Fate of the English Country House. Read my review here.

Goal #62 -- read French Toast. Read my review here.

Goal #63 -- read The Great Gatsby. Read my review here.

Goal #64 -- read Reading Lolita in Tehran. I thought I reviewed this one, but I guess not.

Goal #65 -- read The Rural Life. One more missing review. I'll see if I can't get caught up soon.

Goal #67 -- go geocaching with my husband. Read my prior post on this here.

Goal #83 -- tried fried Oreos. These are SOOOO good! You cover them in some kind of dough and deep fry, then coat in powdered sugar. I have got to find out what kind of dough to use so that I can make them at home.

Goal #84 -- go river tubing. Husband, son, and I went tubing down the Ochlocknee River here in north Florida. This is not, repeat not, anything close to whitewater rafting (although I want to try that, too). This is slowly floating down the river on inner tubes and is incredibly relaxing. I'll do it again in a heartbeat.

Goal #99 -- find bed linen for my new bed. Here's what I got:

It's from Ikea. I really like the design, but it turns out that the color is bleeding and I don't know how to fix that.

On the issue of goals requiring multiple actions over a period of time, my problem is that the totals are more than required but it's not consistent. For instance, if a goal is supposed to be done once a week, I may do it 3 times in 1 week and not at all other weeks. My intent was to create new habits, not reach some arbitrary number, so I don't really feel like I'm meeting the goal. I'm thinking of compromising with myself like this: if I manage to make it a once-a-week habit by the end of the project, then I'll give myself credit overall (but I'll still give money to charity for goal #40). Some of the multi-action goals I have no chance whatsoever of doing, so I may replace them with new goals that are actually doable (I'll still give money to charity for the goals I don't do).


Anonymous said...

Good job Tammy. I'm took mine off my site, but still refer to it. The goals that you do daily are hard to track even with your wonderful spreadsheet. I'd give myself credit if I was doing it consistently half the time depending on what it was. LOL.

monnibo said...

Hey Tammy! I noticed that one of your goals was to Throw Out 50 Things (started with those cookie jars back in April...). I know you signed the Mister Linky on my site and I'm trying to do a "summary" post (and starting a challenge blog for it). Did you end up finishing the challenge? Don't worry if you didn't, I just want to include links where possible!