RIP: N/A Things

Some of the Things on previous lists are no longer doable, so I'm removing them from the list entirely.

My powerlifting trainer moved away and it is extremely unlikely I'll get another one, so that nullifies these:
01b. Bench press 200 lbs
02b. Dead lift 300 lbs
03b. Squat 350 lbs is gone, so that takes care of these:
93b. Rejoin Markeroni
57a. Get completely caught up on outstanding Markeroni snarf logs
47/58a. Reach 4000 snarfs on Markeroni
59a/53. Finish snarfing Fairfax City/County
60a/53. Finish snarfing Alexandria

I moved out of the townhouse I owned for 11 years, rendering these inapplicable:
12. Landscape the front yard
16a. Decorate basement landing/steps
23b. Refinish front steps
18/99b-11. Install hardwood flooring in either living room or study
99b-9. De-squeak bathroom door

And finally, Squidoo is gone (Thing 51), the CD player in my car doesn't really work anymore (Thing 17a), and I got a job where I don't have Tableau (Thing 99b-40), so those are out too. But all in all, given that I started my first list in March 2010, that's not too shabby.

New Things

01c. BRRP Things

I've added a couple of new Things in order to consolidate related Things from previous lists.

23. Finish reading the Bible
28. Read 1 non-Christian book for BRRP
47a. Make BRRP vol. 1
38b. Make quantifiable progress on the BRRP

The BRRP stands for the Big Religious Reading Project. I started it, like, a thousand years ago (give or take). The idea was to read a bunch of religious texts, both the original Holy Books (the Bible, the Koran, etc.) as well as books about religions. As I read, I'd write down my thoughts (and, as it turned out, a general summary). I got as far as Ezra in the Bible, and still have that and all the other books I'd amassed on the shelf. I'd really like to continue this. I just can't seem to make the time for it. But maybe I will, eventually, so it goes back on the list. I don't have a set finish line for this Thing. I'll declare it Complete when I feel it in my heart, or something.

There were a few things left over that I'd planned on putting on my next list, so what the heck, let's list them here. They should be pretty self-explanatory:

02c. Ride the Ferris Wheel at National Harbor
03c. Visit the American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore
04c. Read the Chronicles of Narnia
05c. Visit Yorktown
06c. Do an ancestry DNA test
07c. Visit the National Cathedral
08c. Attend a professional wrestling live show
09c. Finish Oslo journal
10c. Finish Disney 2017 journal
11c. Finish Centreville journal

My 101/1001 List c-ish

"101" Things in "1001" Days, List C-ish: There Can Be Only One
Started: 11 August 2018
Total number of Things: 136
Finished: 0
Last Updated: 11 August 2018

bolded are complete
italics are in progress
strikeout are failed

01a/04b. Donate blood
05/10b. Make a will
05b. Don't eat fast food for a month
06c. Do an ancestry DNA test
07a/99b-1. Complete Podrunner Gateway to 8k
08. Drink only water for one week
08b. Get weight under 200 lbs
09. Log 1001 miles on the stationary bike [749.65/1001]
13/99b-4. Get a safe deposit box
17b. Deposit my pennies
19b. Frame and hang ASCMM poster
20b. Frame and hang Bill's Disney park maps
21b. Frame and hang Pixel Who poster
22b. Get a new desk chair
84/19a. Host a board game night
87b. Go a full month without playing any stupid pointless soul-sucking games (solitaire, kakuro, Neopets, etc.)
99b-13. Take a basic car maintenance class/workshop
99b-5. Give up soda for one month
99b-66. Go hiking every weekend for a month

09c. Finish Oslo journal
10c. Finish Disney 2017 journal
11c. Finish Centreville journal
21a/99b-27. Complete 10 ATC swaps on Swap-bot [0/10]
23a/33b. Finish S&R comic
24a/31b. Fill purse sketchbook
26a. Do a commission
28b. Create a T-shirt quilt
30b. Do an annual memory LJ post series
31/25a/31b. Fill TAD sketchbook
33/99b-16. Answer 10 mailart calls [0/10]
39/27a. Take a painting class
39b. Pick three fairy tales and illustrate/comicize them
40/49a. Learn amigurumi and create 1 critter
41b. Try out my easel and everything that came with it
42b. Do one of my drawing or writing books
45/99b-24. Make a calendar of my own art
46a. Make S&R book
49. Finish and post 5 short stories. [0/5]
52/99b-26. Respond to all prompts in A Writer's Book of Days
99b-15. (Self-)Publish book of comics
99b-17. Attend a crop party
99b-19. Draw at a museum
99b-21. Get travel sketch stool
99b-22. Have a stay-at-home private art retreat
99b-23. Keep a sketch diary every day for a month
99b-25. Participate in 24-Hour Comics Day
99b-28. Try needle felting

01c. BRRP Things
04c. Read the Chronicles of Narnia
26/36a/52b. Reread childhood picture books and post reviews
27/37a/44b. Read all the Death Note manga/novels
34a. Read TMNT comic collections
35a/99b-37. Read Doctor Who books
39a. Watch SFF DVD collection
43b. Listen to Doctor Who audio dramas
46b. Read one book of Bill's choosing
51b. Read TMNT comic collections
99b-29. Get to 3000 books registered on BookCrossing
99b-31. Listen to Nightvale
99b-32. Listen to the rest of the Sherlock Holmes tales
99b-34. Read a book and then watch the movie based on it for 5 different books
99b-35. Read a book I've been meaning to read for years now. (Audiobooks don't count!)
99b-36. Read all "found" books received prior to 10/1/2015
99b-38. Reread Wheel of Time
99b-39. Watch a movie I've always meant to see.
99b-71. Read all "to read" bookmarks at work
101-12. Watch Destroy All Planets/Monster from a Prehistoric Planet
101-13. Watch Dominion Tank Police
101-14. Watch Drunken Master
101-17. Watch Enter the Dragon
101-19. Watch Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
101-21. Watch Hero
101-23/45b. Watch the Death Note movies
101-25. Watch Macross Plus
101-3. Watch Audition
101-31. Watch Police Story
101-32. Watch Puppet Master I
101-33. Watch Puppet Master II
101-34. Watch Puppet Master III
101-37. Watch Star Odyssey
101-42. Watch Traffic
101-6. Watch Brotherhood of the Wolf
101-9. Watch Crime Story

05c. Visit Yorktown
07c. Visit the National Cathedral
54b. Visit an OBCZ I've never been to before
59b. Go on an overnight trip with the girls
62b. Visit Ash Lawn
68b. Visit my sister
69. Go camping
99b-42. Fly first class
99b-43. Get two new National Park Service stamps
99b-45. See the Northern Lights
99b-46. Visit Frontier Culture Museum
99b-47. Visit Canada
99b-49. Visit Chincoteague/Assateague
99b-50. Visit New York City
99b-51. Visit Philadelphia again
99b-52. Visit Skyline Drive in the autumn and do some plein air sketching
99b-53. Visit the Outer Banks
99b-54. Visit York PA and take some factory tours
99b-63. Visit the Poe House in Richmond

02c. Ride the Ferris Wheel at National Harbor
03c. Visit the American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore
77a. Visit the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
78a. Visit Hillwood Estate
78b. Tour the Baltimore Zoo
79a. Visit the German-American Heritage Museum
80a. Visit the Folger Shakespeare Library
83/75b. Go to the top of the Washington Monument (reopens Spring 2019)
84a. Visit Canada
86a. Attend a festival I've never been to before
99b-55. Bike the entire W&OD Trail
99b-57. Go to SPX
99b-58. Make three donations to local charities. [0/3]
99b-62. Visit the Poe House in Baltimore

08c. Attend a professional wrestling live show
45a/99b-70. Put something on YouTube
56. Find 10 geocaches [0/10]
82b. Achieve Inbox Zero at home
85b. Eat a whole lobster with my hands
89b. Make a good faith effort to go through Google Bookmarks
91. Learn how to tie a tie
92a/99b-76. Turn my handwriting into a font
95b. See a performance of dueling pianos
96. Go to a drive-in movie
96b. Send all postcards in my possession as of October 1, 2015
97b. Try absinthe
98/91a/90b. Make good faith effort to go through "figure out later" folder
99b-60. Try Tim Horton's
99b-64. Drive a go-cart
99b-65. Go fruit picking (apple, peach, whatever)
99b-67. Make a pie on pi Day
99b-69. Put postcards in photo albums
99b-72. Ride in a hot air balloon
99b-73. Sample a new-to-me world cuisine
99b-74. See three new-to-me bands live
99b-75. Take one picture of each of the cats every month for a year.

Where to go from here

So technically my 1001 days ended on 28 June 2018. I did not do so well, to say the least (my first year I completed 62 things; take two was 59; this time was 55). I had grand designs to do a Big Blog Post Catch-up Event but I ended up buying a house instead. As you do.

But here's the thing: I don't plan on doing another round of this. It's been fun, but I'm clearly no longer as invested as I once was. So I'm changing tactics. I'm combining all the undone Things from my three lists and will tackle them without a deadline. This gives me somewhere to brag about my accomplishments but not stress me out. Providing I remember to blog here on the regular, which is not terribly likely, but who knows!

You might notice some "c" list items. I did that in order to consolidate related but not identical Things from previous lists, as well as add a few new ones just for giggles. I'll introduce those in separate posts. I'll also make a post about the Things I did not include.

Thing 91b - complete

91b. Make three Kiva loans

Date Completed: 1 April 2017

I made two loans each on 20 March 2016 and 1 April 2017, as well as another two on 15 April 2018, so I do believe this is done. I just wasn't paying attention.

Thing 99b - recap

99b. Do one thing on my back-up list

Technically I only had to do one thing, but I've decided to mention when I do other things too. Because it makes me feel good about myself.

2. Figure out breakfast
I still occasionally hit the drive-thru in the morning, but most mornings I make my own breakfast wraps: egg and cheese in a tortilla. Very filling, very quick to make. And I make my own coffee at home, which also helps, though I also keep K-cups at work.

3. Get a massage
Date Completed: 12 November 2016
I've never been to a spa, but when my friend invited me on a spa weekend in Berkeley Springs, WV, I decided to go.

6. Get a professional bra fitting
Date Completed: 29 July 2017
They were having a sale at Lane Bryant/Cacique, so I went ahead and got my free fitting. They said I went up a cup size, which I suppose is possible. Just annoying because it means I'm now in that annoying gap between the regular stores and the plus-size stores.

7. Calendars for study and both offices each year
Date Completed: 1 January 2018
Even got a fancy pocket calendar for the study in 2017 and 2018.

8. Clean out writing bin
Date Completed: 30 July 2016
My writing bin was on the top shelf of my closet, admittedly far too heavy of an object for such a place. I didn't really have anywhere else to put it, and anything I'd want to work on already exists on my computer, so I went through it in order to prepare it for going into storage. A little bittersweet, but necessary.

10. Get new cloth grocery bags
Completed: 8 January 2016
My work had a "yard sale" with a bunch of free corporate swag. I picked up a bunch of bags to replace our deteriorating Giant-brand ones. They seem to be working fairly well, though one did rip within a couple of weeks.

14. Test smoke detectors
I had my husband do around the time change. Helps that they're hard-wired rather than battery-powered.

19. Draw at a museum
Completed: 26 December 2015

20. Figure out what to do with Wreck This Journal
Date Completed: 30 July 2016
As part of my deep closet clean, I found this. I paged through it, was reminded of how gross it was, and ended up throwing it away.

30. Get to 3000 wild releases on BookCrossing
Dunno when I reached this, but I did. Probably in April 2017 for Kensington.

33. Read a biography of Van Gogh
Date Completed: 19 August 2017

The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in ArlesGet two new National Park Service stamps</i>
Date Completed: 3 April 2016
Got loads of new stamps when I visited Fort Foote, Oxon Hill, and Fort Washington, all in Maryland.

48. Visit Charlestown, WV
Completed 17 Jan 2016
Sometimes I feel a need to wander off by myself and explore. Previously, hunting historical markers had provided some structure to this. This time I just picked a direction and ended up in Charlestown. It has a nice little downtown, but nothing's open on Sunday and once it started to snow I decided to leave.

56. Go to Centreville Day
Date Completed: 21 October 2017
Identical to the time I went 6 years before, sadly.

57. Go to SPX
Date Completed: 18 September 2016
I'm not sure why I took this one off my main list. My husband has long since stopped attending with me (the crowds are too terrible for him) but I like to make an appearance. I find it very inspiring. SPX is the Small Press Expo - basically a convention for indie comics. The main draw is the exhibition hall, where hundreds of artists and publishers peddle their wares. (There were 675 exhibitors in the program this year.) The hotel ballroom where it's held isn't nearly large enough, but we all manage to squeeze in there somehow. (These are the crowds my husband cannot handle, and I can only deal with in small doses, like once a year.) The extra awesome part of this year's excursion is that I ran into some fellow DC Drink & Draw members. They gave me a logo sticker to wear, which sparked a surprising number of conversations with other folks. Afterward, we went to dinner around the corner and drew. A fantastically inspiring day all around.

61. Visit Prospero’s Books in Manassas
Completed: 3 July 2016
Sometimes I have a need to just go off and wander around on my own. Since I had a party to attend that evening, I didn't stray far from home. During my wanderings, I hit Prospero's Books, a somewhat claustrophobic used book store. It has an interesting inventory, including an entire room of books that cost a quarter each, but ultimately nothing struck my fancy.

Things 58b, 63b, and 56b - complete!

I did three Things all in one swell foop!

Date Completed: 10 November 2017

58b. Go on a solo road trip
I took the Veterans Day holiday to take a trip to south central Virginia, namely to Farmville, Appomattox, Pamplin, and Lynchburg. Good times all around.

63b. Visit Appomattox
This was part of my road trip. I was actually not all that impressed, but I'd also just come from a couple of extremely powerful museum exhibits on race relations in Farmville, so maybe I was just expecting too much.

56b. Buy a new book from an indie bookstore
In Lynchburg I stopped by Givens Books, where I bought Quackery by Lydia King, The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale, and Alexander Hamilton's Guide to Life by Jeff Wilser. Amazing how "I'm going to go in and buy one thing" turns into permission to buy All The Things. I put four other books back on the shelves before going to the cashier.

Thing 53b - complete!

53b. Send 10 RABCKS

Date completed: 17 February 2018

I had a whole lot of rejections and lack of responses, but I did manage to send out ten wish list books:

1. The Pursuit of Happyness to ComradeCamper
2. Wild Man Creek to love2cook
3. My Side of the Mountain to BuffHeart
4. Castle Perilous to elizardbreath
5. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? to aramena
6. Sharp Objects to BooksandMusic
7. Sharp Objects to faeriemyst
8. Blood Drive to faeriemyst
9. Bull Run to Buffheart
10. Star War Super Graphic to Spatial