101 in 1001

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (i.e. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e. represent some amount of work on my part).

Start date: October 1, 2009
End date: June 28, 2012 <— extending to at least December 31, 2013
Tasks left: 30 out of 101

My profile on dayzeroproject.com – http://dayzeroproject.com/user/qcait


If you set a goal and acknowledge it (say it out loud/ write it down), your brain processes it as something that is already yours. Your psyche counts it as a loss if you don’t achieve your goal.
>> Sidenote: I recently found a great article on how your brain processes goal setting

Thanks to @kapachino for the inspiration. See more 101 in 1001 projects at dayzeroproject.com!

Items in bold are completed
Items in italics are in progress

Related blog posts are linked where applicable
Donate $5 to charity for each thing I don’t complete
See all posts in the category 101 in 1001


01. Shop at a farmer’s market – The Ultimate, Pike’s Place in Seattle

02. Cook one new recipe per month

03. Take lunch to work for a month straight

04. Go without soda for a month (30 days) – Tweeted 2/17/2011

05. Eat like a vegetarian (pescetarian) for a week – blog post 5/8/2010

06. Attend a cooking class – Sur La Table Cooking Class with @Cpembyrun 4/1/2011

07. Successfully make banana bread (I’ve tried before and failed miserably) – Complete 8/11/10! – photo

08. Cook with ricotta cheese – complete! Tweeted 1/23 http://twitter.com/qcait/status/8133937196

Health & Fitness:

09. Wear a pedometer for a week

10. Take a vitamin every day for a month (30/30)

11. Attend a yoga or pilates class

12. Get back down to 150 lbs – Twitpic 2/24/2011

13. Ride a bike to work

14. Use the stairs instead of the elevator for a week

15. Unlock all the exercises in Wii fit

16. Do a Wii Fit body test once a week for twelve weeks

17. Go rock climbing

18. Work out before work – and still show up on time! – Tweet 4/20


19. Pay off my credit card bill

20. Pay off my car

21. Transfer my old 401K

22. Read Dave Ramsey’s book “The Total Money Makeover” – Completed, blog post in progress

Computer & Internet:

23. Buy a new computer

24. Blog once a week for 6 months Done! 24 posts in 6 months – List of blog posts

25. Get to 3,000 pictures tagged of me on Facebook – blog post

26. Get to 20,000 tracks scrobbled on last.fm Done! Blog post 11/11/11

27. Set up a mobile theme for my blog – Done! Blog post 2/5/2011

Friends and Relationships:

28. Get engaged (this requires getting out of debt first)

29. Read Jason’s favorite book – no matter what it is (it’s House of Leaves)

30. Send 10 “Just Because” cards (2/10 cards)

31. Send out timely Christmas cards – Christmas 2010

32. Throw a party – Glee night birthday party 9/21/10!

Music and Expression:

33. Audition for a musical

34. Get a keyboard (done!) and learn at least one song all the way through – then perform it for someone

35. Attend a tap dancing class

36. Learn how to use a fancy camera (Schipul camera class 2012)

37. Sing karaoke at a bar (Jessi Craft’s bachelorette party November 2012!)

38. Sing in a choir – blog post 4/5 – http://www.qcait.com/2010/04/06/easter-musings/


39. See 10 classic movies I’ve never seen (2/10) – Jurassic Park, Superman

40. Read 10 books I’ve been meaning to read (4/10)

41. Attend the midnight premiere of a movie – Harry Potter July 15!

42. Attend trivia night at a restaurant or bar

43. Go to a book signing – Shel Israel in the Schipul office 10/20

44. Drink beer at noon on Tuesday in a bar that faces a giant car wash

45. Attend a live taping of a TV show (Great Day Houston October 2012!)

46. Listen to 10 classic albums all the way through (0/10)

47. Re-watch every episode of Sex and the City (completed 7/1/2013)

Nerd Stuff:

48. Go to Rocky Horror Picture Show showing at midnight – Blog post 10/11

49. Watch every episode of the Office (5/5 seasons complete 11/1) Blog Post 11/9

50. Rewatch all six Star Wars movies (1/6)

51. Go to a Scrabble club meeting

52. Go to SXSW >> Went 2010 – it was AMAZING!!! Blog posts here – http://www.qcait.com/tag/sxsw/

53. Go to Comic Con in San Diego

54. Unlock all of the achievements on one XBOX game

55. Upgrade to a 3G iPhone (or better) – BIG thanks to @thisisnotapril!

56. Be able to play Rock Band drums on hard (test by picking 3 songs at random and not failing)


57. Walk the Kemah boardwalk

58. Attend a zoo special event – Elephant Baby Shower (Facebook photos) &
Red Panda Appreciation Weekend 4/10/10 (Facebook photos)

59. Go to NASA – Valentine’s Day – 2/14/2011 (Facebook Photo Album)

60. Go to the Sam Houston Race Park – was in the parking lot for Warped Tour 2012 & Cirque du Soleil 2012 :)

61. Go to the Battleship Texas

62. Visit the Beer Can House

63. Update my voter registration to Houston address – Tweeted 3/24 – http://twitter.com/qcait/status/11006292895

64. Actually get in our pool – moving day 6/13/2010


65. Go to church not on a major holiday

66. Read a book about John Wesley

67. Reread Blue Like Jazz


68. Procure or create the Kaluza family tree in digital form

69. Attend a family reunion

70. Go on a trip with my mom (August 2013)

71. Go on a trip with my sister (August 2013)

72. Record videos of my grandma and great aunt telling stories

73. Take Mom to a nice dinner

Health & Beauty:

74. Get my hair professionally colored

75. Cut my hair off short – Completed 12/26/09

76. Try spray tanning – just once!

77. Whiten my teeth using those strips

78. Get a facial


79. Find a piece of art (or something) to fill that big empty space above our bed – Tweeted 2/6/11

80. Get a mixer – Completed 10/19/09

81. Get new couches

82. Get my diploma framed

83. Get a bedside table for my side – and an interesting lamp to go on it – Completed 9/18 – http://twitter.com/qcait/status/24898156257


84. Go with Jason out of the country

85. Go on a girls’ trip – Blog post on Seattle trip 7/2010

86. Go to a wine vineyard – Messina Hof wine tasting tour and dinner for Mariah’s birthday! 8.28.10 – http://twitter.com/qcait/status/22383384481

87. Go to Shiner, TX – Done! Blog post coming soon!

88. Go to New York City – Patterson Wedding March 25, 2011 (Facebook Album)

89. Attend the Texas State Fair

90. Spend a day at the beach

91. Visit Jenny in Seattle – Blog post on Seattle trip 7/2010


92. Go to one Aggie football game, home or away, each year – Done! Game 1, Texas A&M vs. Baylor 10/21/09, game 2 Texas A&M vs. Tech 2010, game 3 Aggies vs. Arkansas 2011 at Cowboys Stadium

93. Go to a Stars game

94. Go bowling and not come in last – Tweeted 5/16/2010

95. Go ice skating

Give Back:

96. Donate blood

97. Donate at least $50 to an animal rescue group

98. Attend a rally for a cause I really care about

Et Cetera:

99. Get another tattoo – blog post Part 1

100. Get a public speaking gig and rock it –  Blog post on AAF TAMU chapter meeting 10/20

101. Get through the whole list!

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    October 1, 2009

    Good luck – I have ideas for helping you complete a couple of these.

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      October 1, 2009

      I hope one of your ideas is to throw your bowling game so I beat you… otherwise I'm not sure how that one's going to get checked off.

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    October 1, 2009

    Every time I read a new 101 list I get inspired! So excited to see you work on yours.

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    jenny j

    October 7, 2009

    YEAH!!! can't wait to help you tackle this list! love love love….tattoo idea? maybe?

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    October 12, 2009

    WOW! I have to make a list now, so inspirational!

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    October 23, 2009

    LOVE this post!!! When you take your trip to New York, if my cousin is stil employeed by Stephen Colbert, I will do my best to get you in to see a taping. Just give me enough notice!! :)

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    November 10, 2009

    I'm excited for your list! I'm doing a list (on a much smaller scale) of 21 things I would like to complete while I'm 21–October 29, 2009 to October 28, 2010!

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    November 11, 2009

    Love this list love the idea of the list. May be stealing some of these and some I have already accomplished like all the financial ones. Totally work on those with Dave Ramsey's help. He's awesome!!!

    Good luck on the list and I look forward to reading more.

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