Thursday, May 1, 2008

Life List: UPDATE!

Well, I've checked off a few items in the last few weeks. And my progress is flying ahead! My friends were all great in getting me birthday gifts that were inspired by the list (another of many reasons to have a list bc my gifts were all amazing!)

Check out my updates! Stuff in italics are DONE! Stuff in blue are in the works.

1. run a marathon :: completed on October 28, 2007 (PR 4:42:44). Entered the lottery for NY Marathon in November and will know if I get to do marathon number two Junish.
2. complete a triathlon :: registered for Wild Dog Triathlon in Bristol, RI on 8/17/08
3. buy a bike :: completed on April 24, 2007
4. ride a century (100mile) bike ride in honor of my Uncle Ray
5. run 10 5ks :: 4 out of 10 so far (PR 26:36)
6. learn to swim properly :: finished course at Y on 4/29/08, fluent with freestyle and backstroke
7. surf in New England
8. surf in Hawaii
9. surf in Indonesia
10. go rockclimbing outdoors
11. run in Central Park :: completed on 8/5/07 during NYC Nike Half Marathon
12. run up the stairs of the Chicago Sears Tower :: November 2009?
13. run a half-marathon in less than 2 hours (PR is 2:08:59) :: joined lottery for NYC Half Marathon in July
14. take boxing classes
15. do a yoga 30-day challenge
16. drink 8 glasses of water a day for one full month :: why is this one SO hard for me?!?
17. no soda for a full year :: started 10/1/07 and don't really miss it shockingly
18. compete at least three seasons of tennis league

19. go skydiving for my 30th birthday :: have to reschedule this... my initial attempt on 4/12/07 got canceled because of weather
20. ride an elephant
21. ride a camel
22. go skinny dipping
23. gamble in Vegas :: completed on 5/9/07 on a work trip
24. go white-water kayaking and/or sea kayaking
25. scale/belay down a building
26. climb a volcano
27. target practice at a shooting range :: Liz and I keep talking about going...
28. play paintball :: finished on 4/13/08 with sisters, Bill, cousin Todd, and Tim... want to do it again!
29. go snowboarding out West
30. go scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef
31. swim with sharks
32. swim with dolphins
33. drive a sportscar around a track
34. go dog sledding
35. climb Mt. Kilmanjaro

36. climb Macchu Picchu
37. go on an African safari
38. visit the Pyramids
39. drive across America from coast-to-coast
40. visit Japan :: leaving on 5/14/08!!!
42. visit 200 places in the "1001 Places to See Before You Die" :: 43 out of 200 so far... I already have a few more spots I need to add and will add more with my Japan and Vancouver trip!
43. visit Stockholm
44. visit Kenya
45. visit Montreal
46. visit Morocco
47. ride a mule in the Grand Canyon
48. go on a mission trip
49. spend a weekend in a log cabin in the wilderness
50. spend New Year's in an exotic location
51. ride in a hot air balloon
52. go on a yoga vacation/retreat
53. visit a rainforest :: completed in Belize on 12/24/07
54. fly first class
55. visit India
56. visit all seven continents :: only 2 out of 7 so far... will add another with Japan!
57. go to Mardi Gras
58. visit Graceland
59. attend Maine's Lobsterfest
60. attend the Head of the Charles Regatta :: completed on 10/21/07 - thanks Jeff & Sarah!
61. watch the sunset on the West Coast in a romantic setting
62. watch the sunrise on the East Coast in a romantic setting
63. spend an entire weekend on a sailboat
64. take a helicopter tour

65. get CPR certified
66. learn to make paella :: completed on 5/26/07
67. read the Bible
68. grow and eat my own herbs + vegetables
69. learn to roll sushi
70. learn to pray the rosary (in memory of my grandmother + with her rosary)
71. bake bread from scratch :: completed 9/29/07 (rosemary bread... mmm)
72. learn to chop food like a pro :: cooking class on 6/8/08 given to me from Danielle, Kristen, + Liz! I can't wait!
73. learn another language fluently
74. read/reread all 100 of the "Radcliffe 100 Best Novels" :: only 8 out of 100 so far, still slowly reading THE FOUNTAINHEAD
75. watch all 100 of the AFI's 100 years, 10th anniv edition :: 31 out of 100 so far, currently have PSYCHO from Netflixx

76. learn more about investing
77. learn woodworking + make a piece of furniture :: finished a lovely teak coffeetable on 1/24/08

78. develop a better/stricter budget and stick to for at least 3 months :: just did this on 4/29/08... we'll see how well I do!
79. pick back up my contributions to my 401K :: soon! have to roll it into an IRA and figure all that messy stuff out!

80. write a will
81. start a new 111 to-do's once this one is halfway finished

82. learn at least three songs on my guitar
83. take up art more regularly (though drawing, painting, photography, or mixed media)
84. commit at least three balloon animals to memory :: almost!
85. knit an entire sweater
86. sell some type of art/product
87. teach a class
88. be in another play or musical
89. write/illustrate a children's book and submit it to a publisher

90. convince someone else to start a list of life to-do's :: completed on 7/29/07, Lori and Missy
91. adopt a family for thanksgiving or christmas
92. volunteer once a week for at least 6 months :: going to a BostonCares orientation on 5/10/08, don't know if this will be a regular weekly volunteer or more sporadic but its a step!
93. organize a charity event
94. be someone's mentor
95. donate hair to Locks of Love charity

96. give up coffee for at least 3 months :: finished 1/1/08
97. go to bed no later than 11pm every weekday for a month
98. one week without a single curse word :: shit
99. go one week without complaining a single time
100. no computer for one whole week

101. buy a car
102. buy a house/condo/2-square-foot-of-land!
103. own a pair of manolo blahniks or jimmy choos
104. wear a bikini and feel 100% gorgeous + confident with my body
105. eat at a Michelin-rated restaurant
106. be on a silly TV gameshow (reality TV shows DO NOT count)
107. do a keg stand with both my sisters :: completed on 4/12/08
108. kiss someone in the pouring rain (a la The Notebook... *sigh*)
109. throw an old-school all-girls pajama party sleepover :: completed on 4/26/08
110. go to the movies once a month for a full year :: what the hell? I thought this would be easier than it is turning out to be!!
111. go on a picnic complete with basket, blanket, wine, and a cute guy


tizzle said...

wow! you don't mess around! just inspired me to sign up for the nike half! i hope we both make it this time... but you will kick my ass sea bass

btw i didn't know you signed up with boston cares! thats great! just don't trip when volunteering!

Jess said...

I can't believe you haven't learned the rosary yet. Hop on that shit.

skydiving in stilettos said...

you know what jess... don't rosary guilt me! I want to leave some easier things for later too when I don't have big trips or triathlons to plan for!!!

Jess said...

excuses, excuses....