I kind of bombed my attempt at doing 101 things in 1001 days. (I also kind of quit caring about a good many items on the list early on, which didn’t help.) But I still like the idea so, here we go again.
Start date: 26 September 2012
~6-month update: 28 March 2013
End date: 24 June 2015
…autumn equilux is probably a bad time to start new projects. Ah well.
This list is one I started shortly after I made my original list, with the plan of collecting anything I wanted to do, so when it came time to actually start up I’d be culling down instead of tossing on random things I’d eventually change my mind on.
Of course once I cut out all the stuff I either don’t actually want to do at all or don’t want to do within the next three years, there was only about eighty things left, so tossing on some random stuff is gonna happen anyway.
- Learn to cook 10 dishes – Half a point for learning to cook at all.
- Grow my own herbs – Originally this was ‘grow my own vegetables’ but uh. I haven’t even succeeded at basil yet. If I must do something which is going to turn out difficult I should at least aim for ‘slightly more likely than not’.
- Resume tracking what I eat so I can be sure I’m actually eating healthily – most of the individual foods I eat are healthy ones but it’s quite easy to eat only healthy foods and not actually have a balanced diet.
Become a vegetarianmeat-free since 26/09/12, marking this done 17/10/12 – I’ll count this as ‘done’ even if I only last a few weeks, because I know damn well (despite some radical vegetarians’ insistences to the contrary) that some people just can’t handle vegetarian diets no matter how healthy and protein-filled said diet is. That said, I don’t think I’m one of those people – I’m technically eating mostly vegetarian food now, it’s just not the healthiest of vegetarian foods. Then again, once I start up an NT diet it’s going to be harder to manage without meat. If I can’t pull off healthy + NT + vegetarian then vegetarian will be the first to drop and I’ll just do Meatless Mondays or something similar.
Also I’m totally making an exception for haggis. Sorry sheep-lovers but let’s be honest here, I’m not one of those ‘meat is murder’ folk, I just happen to think all other things being equal, vegetarianism is a better choice. I only eat haggis once a year the way it is, it’s just going to continue to be a guilty pleasure.
- Walk to Mordor
- Get through the basic program of You Are Your Own Gym
- Run a 10K
- Finish an Ironman – I don’t mean like an ‘official’ Ironman, I just want to be able to do everything the Ironman requires in one go.
- Drink a beer in one sitting – maybe not the healthiest goal but I am determined to do it someday.
- Legally change my name
- Create and follow a ‘natural transitioning’ diet/exercise plan – I have low enough standards for masculinity for diet/exercise to maybe be enough. At any rate I want to try diet/exercise without supplements for at least six months or so before looking into supplements or hormone treatment so I can better monitor what’s going on with my body.
- Irish Gaelic
- Sign language – okay I can’t ‘read’ this one but I can watch vlogs of it.
- Russian – technically I already know a decent amount of Russian but I could use some brushing up on it.
- Bodhrán – this is like Russian in that technically I already know it but it could really use some improvement.
- Read 52 books in one year
- Write 20 book reviews
- Write 10 essays the sort which my high-school English teachers liked to assign – I liked those essay assignments, okay, I actually really want to get back into them. (I still have my old ones from Lit of Evil.)
- Re-read the Bible – it’s been a while, and I never read the apocryphal books.
- Read the Quran
- Read all the Sherlock Holmes stories
- Read all Kurt Vonnegut’s books – I took Lit of Sci-Fi in high school and have yet to read anything by Vonnegut beyond Player Piano. There’s something wrong there. I should read more Heinlein too but I’ll start with Vonnegut.
- Read all Octavia Butler’s books
- Read 10 other books by POC. Preferably ones with POC characters.
- Read the 20 Best Young Adult Novels for Queer Girls – I am neither a teen nor a girl but I do know a queer teenage girl who likes to read – I give her books for her birthday/holidays and I like to read them in advance so I don’t accidentally give her something like Twilight (which… she read. and liked. but she’s not getting such rubbish from me.) If all twenty of these are good I’ll be sorted until she reaches adulthood.
- Read War and Peace – started once, never finished. I read quite a bit but this is the kind where you need an actual plan to finish it because damn. Big.
- BookCross 30 books
- Learn to read runes
- Learn a martial art
- Learn to raise one eyebrow
- Become ambidextrous
- Learn to swim
- Learn numerology
Learn to crochetdone 28/10/12
- Learn the constellations
- Learn astrology
- Learn to juggle
- Learn to screen print
- Learn reiki
- Learn Tai Chi
- Learn to skateboard
- Learn calligraphy
- Learn archery
- Learn to pole dance – this is not something many people of my gender do, but then again, neither is crochet. I don’t even plan on doing it for sexy dancing purposes, it just looks like a great workout. I must at least try it.
- Learn to see auras
- Learn hypnotism
- Learn to read lips
Learn to read palmsdone 09/01/13 Learn to read Oghamdone 05/02/13
- Learn I Ching
- Learn to make ear cuffs
- Learn to make paper
- Learn acupressure
- Pay off my student loans
- Publish a novel
- Become a journalist – even an online glorified blogger of a journalist.
- Adopt a dog – presuming I can find one who is very very good with cats. And probably small. Data doesn’t seem to like dogs much but the only one’s he’s ever seen have been fairly big. At any rate the local shelter keeps records on how the animals act around other animals so I won’t accidentally bring a cat-hater home.
- Design a tarot deck
- Make a musical tarot out of 78 songs
- Write a will (including stuff on intellectual property)
- Donate trees to answer4earth.com
- Create a home office
- Try the 100 things challenge. ‘Book collection’ counts as one item because otherwise it will never happen.
- Start composting
- Give blood
- Build my own computer
- Become first aid certified
Complete 30 Days to a Better Mandone 30/11/12
- Become an artist model – if I can get top surgery I’ll do real-life modelling. Otherwise I’ll just rig up a home studio and take reference shots of myself. I’m no super photographer but I at least know enough to tell the difference between a high-quality photo and a bad one, and in art reference shots the only important thing is being able to see the whole body, so I think I can pull it off.
- Finish the Druid grade in OBOD – this requires finishing the Bard and Ovate grades as well. Also getting over my social anxiety enough to get and communicate with a tutor.
- Build a terrarium
Articulate a personal code of ethicsdone 28/02/13
- Make 5 loans through Vittana
- Buy an animal for someone through Heifer International
- Learn my ethnic history
- Shoot a photo essay
- Write a mystery novel
- Create my own graphotherapy alphabet
- Get tested for APD and if i have it, get treatment
Watch every Star Trek filmdone 29/10/12 – I’ve already seen most of them but there’s some I’ve missed.
- Watch every Harry Potter film – I, uh. I haven’t seen any yet.
- Get top surgery – Also research doctors who will do it with informed consent because fuck all if I’m getting counselling to remove something which has been bothering me for 12+ years. I’ll get counselling if I have no other choice but I consider the very idea to be incredibly patronising and demeaning.
- Move to Europe – At the very least I want to visit Ireland or the UK.
- Get dual citizenship – presuming this is possible wherever I end up. The ‘dual’ part should be fairly easy but getting ‘citizenship’ anywhere in under three years is… unlikely.
- Get a motorcycle
- Buy a kilt
- Build a capsule wardrobe
- Get a solar power generator
- Get a scroll saw and learn to do scroll saw work
- Get a tattoo
health & food
apparently I decided I wanted to learn all the languages over the past three years. This is the culled list. Definition of ‘learn X language’ for 101 purposes: fluent enough to read and mostly understand articles on topics I’m interested in. Truth be told if I only learn Welsh this well I will be satisfied, but I want to at least study the basics of the others.
because apparently I want to learn all the music, too. Biggest problem with these is going to be getting the instruments/lessons, my bodhráns are expensive enough… But with guitar at least, finding online learning resources is easy enough. And I learn best from books even for things like playing music. So maybe I’ll be able to learn all these instruments with cheap student-grade instruments and some ‘how to play’ books. I can dream, yeah? For 101 purposes the goal is to be able to play along with at least a few songs.