101 update

It has been almost a year since I came up with my list of 101 in 1001.  In the year since I’ve completed 11 things on the list.  That doesn’t seem like very many does it?  It really isn’t.  I’m rather disappointed in myself, but I do want to be more diligent about some of the things on the list.  After all, I only have 657 more days to finish the list.

In the next month I’ll be able to (hopefully) tick 4 things off the list.  In the mean time, here is what I have finished*.

1. Learn how to crochet.  This originally was re-learn how to knit, but for some reason my brain cannot grasp the concept of knitting.  I decided to learn how to crochet instead.  Our babysitter taught me how to crochet on a train ride from Xi’an to Nanchang, China.  I haven’t gotten very far, but I have a whole weekend in a very not busy nursery coming up to practice.

21. eliminate 1/2 of the turfgrass in my yard.  I completed this in the Spring of 2010.  You can follow the progress of our ever-growing vegetable garden at Sprouting Off.

22. successfully grow corn.  I’m not exactly sure what the definition of successful corn is, but if it means ears of corn with actual kernels that you can cook and eat then I did that.  It was a truly exciting day.  I’m not growing that particular variety of corn again next year, but I grew corn.

29. Travel outside of N. America.  I traveled to China in July 2010.

37. take family camping.  We took a camping trip to the ocean in August 2010.

38. walk on the Great Wall.  I did that July 16, 2010.  It was one of the single greatest accomplishments of my life.

43. eat something outside of my comfort zone.  I ate crickets in China.

63. establish Sweet Hope board of directors.  The slate of directors was voted on at our October 2010 meeting.

70. land a large freelance gig.  I’m starting work on the largest graphic arts project I’ve ever been paid for.  It is going to be a crazy few months and I’m ready for the ride.

74. Take my son to OMSI.  OMSI is the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland.  We visited it on Father’s Day last year.  Much to my chagrin they had an exhibit about human birth.  We had to listen all about birth and c-sections for the next 6 months.

100. clean out the pantry.  This was the first thing on the list that I did.  I’ve done it about 3 times since.  I’m sure I’ll do it about 40 more.

I don’t think it’s too bad for me.  There are a few on-going things that I’m still working on and the every month and every week plans have flown out the window.  I have also elected not to complete #59 (earn my master gardener certificate).  I realized that it would be a waste of time and money.  I have a degree in horticulture and graduated with honors.  The master gardener’s program isn’t going to teach me anything I don’t already know.


*I have changed a few things out of realism or that I changed my mind on a few things.

4 Comment

  1. Liv says: Reply

    I took up crocheting in the summer of last year. I found lots of good video tutorials and pretty stitches on youtube. Also, if you go to yarn brand websites, like Lion Brand or Red Heart, they have hundreds of free patterns from hats and mittens, to sweaters and cardigans. And, of course, the ever present afghan. Plus hundreds of other really cute things. Have fun!!

  2. Lena says: Reply

    Well, I did everything I could for you to accomplish #28… 🙂

  3. Joel says: Reply

    #59 needs to change to something else. Maybe work with Master Gardners or something 😉

  4. elle says: Reply

    Joel, after working in a nursery again I realized why I didn’t like Master Gardeners in the first place. I could get re-certified as a Professional Horticulturalist or something actually challenging.

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