Marking the progress, checking the boxes

My friend Alverna recently started her very own 101 in 1001 challenge which has inspired me to post about the progress of mine. Luckily, I got married and went on a freakin’ awesome honeymoon that just happened to include a whole butt ton of things I had included in my list (coincidence or conspiracy?).  Honeymoons are great by the way – I highly recommend them.

Here’s a list of what was accomplished (and subseqentlly crossed off) because of the freakin’ awesome honeymoon/trip to get married:

#4 – Swim in the ocean.  :: Haiti, I miss you.

#12 – Visit 5 states I’ve never been to before.  :: Nevada and Arizona.  Yeah, I know I only crossed into Arizona briefly, but I think visiting the Hoover Dam on both sides totally counts.

#30 — Find the perfect little black dress. :: Before the cruise I realized I already own no fewer than five little black dresses.  One of them is actually perfect.

#32 — Relearn how to walk in heels comfortably. :: After walking around the Luxor in Vegas in four inch heels, and after walking around our cruise ship in four inch heels, and then, after playing mini golf on our cruise ship in four inch heels, I accomplished this goal.

#59 — Go somewhere tropical.

#69 — Visit a waterfall. :: Not only did I visit a waterfall, I climbed a waterfall.

I love progress.  Really, I do, especially considering I’m almost one year through this challenge.  And if the above completed tasks weren’t enough, there’s more:

#2 — Adopt a dog. :: I was so, so close to this one the other day.

#3 — Stargaze. :: I’m thinking tonight is the night, since there’s a total lunar eclipse.  Does that count as stargazing or is really actually moongazing?

#9 — Create a big collage and actually display it. :: It’s created, although not displayed – yet.

#11 — Move away from home. :: Done!  I live in Richmond now for sure, and I love it.

#22 — Collect 50 quotes that inspire me. :: Here’s a new addition:

 We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” — Source Unknown

#40 — Quit smoking.  :: Andrew and I both are down to one cigarette a day.  That’s a plus, but we’re not quite there yet.

#92 — Learn to enjoy wine. :: I realized I had achieved this last night when I realized the dinner I made wasn’t complete without wine.

So far, just to put things into perspective, I still have 66 things that need completing (some of them, in my defense can’t be crossed off until the very end), which means I’ve completed 35 tasks in just under a year.  That’s not bad, but I think I need to try a little harder.  I know I was deployed for the better part of the first year of the challenge, but I’ve been home long enough that I feel like I should have made a bigger dent.

I wonder if printing the list off again and sticking it on the fridge would help?

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4 thoughts on “Marking the progress, checking the boxes

  1. We crack me up! This is fun…

    Your honeymoon sounds so awesome! I’m jealous! Want to know what we did on our honeymoon? We put up pasture fence. Yep, it’s true. We had fun, too, but we didn’t really get to travel and I’m a little sad about that. Those turtles were sooooo cool!! I want to go play turtles & dolphins someday.

    Yes, some idiot who owned our house before us was bright enough to carpet the kitchen AND the MUD room. WHY!?!? It’s a mud room for goodness sake! It’s our next major house item to tackle.

    Thanks for the book ideas. I actually have Life of Pi–I’ve started it like 4 times but can’t seem to get past the part where he rambles on and on about his childhood and growing up living in the zoo. Not that it’s not interesting, I think it’s just the writing style? Who knows. Anyway, maybe the 5th time will be a charm. I’ve heard it’s really good, so I’ll just have to wrap my little ADD brain around it. 🙂

    You might already know about it, but if you’re looking for a pet (of any kind), you could always try
    We got our second dog from a “free to good home” ad. He’s great. I read your post about the “almost” dog–you’re right to want something that won’t destroy your apartment and ruin your things, even if he is 100% cute! As for weekends away, if you don’t mind spending the $ there’s always the option of using a kennel. Our humane society dog (who was there for 3 months before we adopted her) LOVES the kennel–when we drop her off the minute we pull in the driveway “mom” and “dad” cease to exist in her doggy world. She thinks it’s great. Anyway, just an idea…I think dogs are great (and better than cats) of course 🙂

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    Even if you didn’t travel right after you got married, I’m sure you’ll have time in the future to do so. And putting up a pasture fence doesn’t sound that bad! Labor intensive maybe, but not horrible 🙂

    I promise once you get past the rambling in the beginning of Life of Pi it gets much better. I had the same thoughts when I read it. I had heard so many good things about it and then I sat down and started reading it and was pissed. But really, it gets much, much better.

    I do know about petfinder, thanks for the reminder though. We haven’t yet looked there since we’ve gotten back home, although we did look there when we were daydreaming about dogs from Kosovo.

  3. LOVE your quote!!!! ‘Cuz I’m weird… and y’all are TOO DARNED CUTE! Okay, ready for TMI? My parents have all kinds of gnome books, and I used to really like them. Now as a mom of four I kinda look like the female gnome standing there in her foundation garments~all round all over~EEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWW! (((((HUGS))))) sandi

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