101 in 1001 days – update #1

50 days in – a little over a month, not much progress yet. But here are some updates!

Starting date 12/13/2018, end date 09/09/2021

My mission: complete all these tasks! 1001 days gives you more time to complete your list, rather than just 365 days of traditional New Year’s resolutions.

Items listed as ‘XXXX’ are private goals, but I’ll keep track of them and reveal them if completed

Blog related (1-4)

  • (1) Create a 101 in 1001 list published 12/13/2018, $20
  • (2) Post on my blog at least once a week so far, so good
  • (3) Post regular updates on this list first update!
  • (4) Grow my followers (starting at 134) up to 153!

Finances (5-16)

  • (5) Pay off my car loan I am currently a month ahead on my payments
  • (6) Save $500 up to $150, though some of that I have set aside to buy a bridesmaids dress, still counting it though. But since I have enough set aside, anything further will just go into savings.
  • (7) Save $1,000
  • (8) Save $2,000
  • (9) Save $3,000
  • (10) Have a $0 balance on my credit card
  • (11) Contribute $20 to my savings (or vacation fund) for each thing I check off
  • (12) Donate $10 for anything I don’t complete
  • (13) Make one extra mortgage payment we have just made our first payment, so this may come down the road a bit 
  • (14) Change my name on my credit card
  • (15) Pay off one of my student loans only just slightly chipping away at this, maybe in a years time
  • (16) Pay off my doctors bills from having my ankles looked at –12/31 paid off my primary care physician, haven’t gotten any bills from the podiatrist yet

Adventure/exploration (17-28) no progress here

  • (17) Visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes
  • (18) Go to Hocking Hills state park
  • (19) Take a trip to Traverse City
  • (20) Visit 10 new cities
  • (21) Explore 5 new parks in the area
  • (22) Go to Huckleberry Railroad
  • (23) Go ice skating
  • (24) Go to a hockey game
  • (25) Go to a baseball game
  • (26) Go kayaking
  • (27) Ride on a train
  • (28) Go on a trip with friends

Health/wellness/fitness (29-39) no progress here

  • (29) Run a mile (the whole thing) I hurt my ankles pretty bad using the elliptical, who knew it would be worse than the treadmill?
  • (30) Find a dentist, and …
  • (31) …Go to the dentist every 6 months
  • (32) Floss daily for one month
  • (33) Get new running shoes
  • (34) Try a new fitness class
  • (35) XXXX
  • (36) Find a new yoga studio
  • (37) Buy a new bike
  • (38) Get inserts for my shoes, to help with my ankles & bunions
  • (39) Play Frisbee

Eat/read/watch/cook (40-52)

  • (40) Cook my way through a cook book, cover-to-cover I don’t have any at home I would like to try this with, will need to look at Salvation Army for inspiration
  • (41) Read 50 books 1. Silence of the Lambs 2. King Tides 3. Psycho
  • (42) Grow herbs (and try not to kill them) Will need to wait for the spring/summer
  • (43) See a play
  • (44) Try 5 new restaurants 1. Potbelly
  • (45) Go to the farmer’s market Will need to wait for the spring/summer
  • (46) Host a swap party
  • (47) Try bubble tea (again)
  • (48) Try 5 new foods 1. Parsnips
  • (49) Bake banana bread
  • (50) Bake a loaf of bread
  • (51) Make pancakes without burning them
  • (52) Borrow my mom’s dehydrator, and experiment with dehydrating some fruits/vegetables

Self (53-62)

  • (53) Send Christmas cards will have to try for next year
  • (54) Volunteer 5 times
  • (55) XXXX
  • (56) Plant a garden (even if it’s in pots) Will need to wait for the spring/summer
  • (57) Learn to meditate
  • (58) Start a bullet journal (to keep track of all this stuff) Started 12/12/2018, the day before I published my list, still counts! $20
  • (59) Get a manicure
  • (60) Random act of kindness
  • (61) Buy myself flowers
  • (62) Buy someone else flowers

Make/create (63-69)

  • (63) Crochet a baby blanket
  • (64) Crochet 2 blankets
  • (65) Complete an embroidery project
  • (66) Complete a cross stitch project
  • (67) Crochet a headband
  • (68) Make a festive wreath for the door
  • (69) DIY Halloween craft

Home (70-82)

  • (70) Close on the condo We closed 12/21/2018 $20
  • (71) Unpack all the boxes I would say we are pretty close on this one
  • (72) Paint the living room We may not do this right away
  • (73) Find a buffet for the kitchen
  • (74) Refashion a piece of furniture
  • (75) Replace the hot-water tank
  • (76) Have a house-warming party We will have one in a few months, once we are more settled
  • (77) Hang pictures We have hung a lot already, not sure if we are done with this project
  • (78) Set up a guest room Not sure if we will do this after all
  • (79) Clean the carpeting We have borrowed my moms carpet cleaner, will probably use after this weekend
  • (80) Fix the fireplace, so we can have a fire

Family (81-87)

  • (81) Take a walk with my dad Will need to wait for the spring/summer
  • (82) Visit my sister
  • (83) Have family over for a meal
  • (84) Bake cookies with my mom
  • (85) Treat my parents to dinner
  • (86) Go to the Painted Pot with my mom & MIL
  • (87) Visit my grandparents up north Will need to wait for the spring/summer

Tweed & The Beard (88-96)

  • (88) Recreate one of our wedding photos
  • (89) Complete a puzzle
  • (90) Celebrate our 4 year anniversary
  • (91) Celebrate our 5 year anniversary
  • (92) Celebrate our 6 year anniversary
  • (93) Take a cooking class together
  • (94) Take a trip together
  • (95) Adopt a pet
  • (96) Add at least 1 Christmas ornament to our tree every year

Matron of Honor duties (97-101) The wedding is next November, so I have time to work on these

  • (97) Plan and co-host bridal shower
  • (98) Put together an amazing gift
  • (99) Craft decorations
  • (100) Assist with planning bachelorette party
  • (101) Go dress shopping with the bride Scheduled for March

How are you doing on your goals so far this year? Come back in another 50 days or so for an update!

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I bought pie crust for the first time…

…and made a veggie quiche! Growing up my mom worked in a bakery and would come home with all sorts of goodies. If I remember correctly, quiche was one of them. If I’m not remembering correctly, my brain associates quiche with that time.

I’ve made breakfast casseroles before, but this is my first time making one inside of a pie crust. And I have to say, it’s a nice touch. It’s flakey and feels like a treat. I feel like I need a mimosa and snuggle on the sofa to enjoy this.

We had quite a busy weekend getting stuff around the condo organized, set up, and cleaned up. We have a lot of small projects going on and we are slowly chipping away at our list. I was able to get all but two of our kitchen cabinet handles on, the closet organizer is almost installed in the master bedroom, we just got rugs for the main floor bathroom, and picked up some furniture to fill the place.

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I sautéed one small onion, chopped broccoli and fresh spinach and poured that into the pie crust. Topped with 4 eggs, 1 cup of milk, and a little bit of cheddar and mozzarella cheese. Then I let it COMPLETLY SPILL OVER in the oven (onto the baking pan). But I was able to switch out the baking pans so I could clean up the pan before it burned on to badly.

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And look how beautiful it turned out! You would never know I made such a big mess if I didn’t tell you.

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I portioned them out for the week so I can eat them at home or at work. Now if only my stomach would allow be a cup of coffee to go with this.

Goals for the week: Finish the kitchen handles, finish the closet organizer, shop & prep for the Super Bowl party, make all the tacos

 

Korean BBQ Chicken Thighs (meal prep)

Another Monday, another meal prep post. We have officially been in our new home for one month! We are currently experiencing an “Artic Blast”, and let me tell you, it blows. With temperatures in the negatives, it’s hard to feel warm and productive. We got a snow storm over the weekend, missed a friends birthday party, and hunkered down inside. We did get our closet painted though!

We learned a few things; we aren’t very good at painting, it takes practice, and it might be easier once it warms up a bit. It does look a lot better though, so I’m glad we had time to get it done! Next up on our list, getting the closet organizer installed.

I switched up the meal prep routine a bit this week and incorporated some new recipes for The Beard to try. I had bought this Korean BBQ sauce a few weeks ago and was really itchin to try it out for myself. It is delicious! img_20190120_1001592191703638114.jpg

I marinated some chicken thighs for about 45 mins, while I worked on some other things in the kitchen. I roasted the chicken in the oven and tossed together with some leftover lo mein noodles and shredded carrots. img_20190120_1107530612081130901.jpg

The sauce is sweet and tangy, and the chicken came out great. I think next time I may try cooking on the stove to get the chicken a little crispier. Confession: I’m not very good at cooking chicken, but my mom is supposed to come over and teach me some tricks. I was a bit spoiled growing up, my mom is a chef and my dad was a short order cook for some time, so I could usually get him to cook for me. I’m not a bad cook, I just never mastered omelets, chicken, or cooking for large crowds.

I just scarfed this down at my desk, and it was pretty legit. Now if I could only work on my cooking stills, this would be a knock out of the park.

Black bean soup {fail}

Ok so my soup actually came out quite delicious, but turns out that a big bowl of black beans really aren’t that easy on the stomach when you have IBS. So I had to get creative with something else I could have for dinner this week, and will give the soup to my dad because he doesn’t have the same issues I do. Fail.

But here is how I made the tasty soup!

1lb dry black beans

1 can diced tomatoes

1 yellow bell pepper, diced

1 green bell pepper, diced

1 onion, diced

hot sauce

10 cups of water/broth

chili powder, cumin, salt, oregano

Toss all that in the crock pot on low for about 6 hours. It smells good, it tastes good, it’s even better with cheese on top. It also doesn’t photograph very well, so you’ll have to use your imaginations with this one.

So my backup plan for tonight is to whip up a cold tuna salad, made mostly with ingredients I have laying around at home. I picked up a few packets of tuna yesterday, and will cooked up some leftover (dry) orzo pasta, toss in some peas and seasonings and call it good. Just making it work over here.

Black bean and orzo pasta (vegan)

Just a quick orzo pasta to get you through the week. This pasta salad is vegan, but I think it tastes better with cheese.

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1 cup diced tomatoes

1 can black beans

1 can roasted corn

Parsley

1.5 cups dry orzo pasta

1/4 cup oil

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

Trader Joe’s chili lime seasoning

The oil/vinegar keeps the pasta from getting dried out, which I had troubles with in the past when I’ve meal prepped orzo pasta. You can mix and match this if you want to add in peppers, red onion, or chicken.  I added in some crumbled cheese last night, and it was delicious, I might have to grab some more for the next few days.

Goals for the rest of this week: locate some horseradish sauce for The Beard to try, keep up our no-spend month, start a new book, vacuum

Ringing in the New Year

We kicked off the New Year pretty much the same way we have the past few years, we slept through it! (Old lady at heart) We also spent the weekend battling a “super virus” so hopefully this means we got that out of the way and have nothing but good health the rest of the year.

We did get some stuff done around the new place as well and crushed out some meal prep. We are still on the hunt for a new closet organizer for the master bedroom, but did get our new storage bench and key holders assembled and set up. Let me tell you, building furniture together really tests a relationship! But we made it through to the other side and I’m really happy with how it looks.

For meal prep I wanted something easy and quick, since I wasn’t feeling up to doing much cooking. I was feeling comfort food and tossed together some beef stew in the Crock-Pot.

4-5 red skinned potatoes

Baby carrots

2-3 stalks of celery

1 lb beef stew meat

Beef broth

Tomato paste

Beef stew seasoning packet

1 small diced onion

Toss it in the Crock-Pot for 6 hours on low, stuff your face, freeze any extras.

My mom also sent over some chicken pot-pie filling and homemade biscuits for me for the week, which was super appreciated.

I already made a list of things I wanted to accomplish in the next 1001 days, but The Beard and I did make three goals for the month: 1. no shopping/spending money, outside of groceries and bills (with the exception being late Christmas gifts for our nephews, if we see them) 2. make it to the gym every weekend together 3. eat healthy

I think doing these goals month by month will make them more achievable, let’s see how that works out!

Recap of 2018 goals

How has 2018 come to an end already? I need more time!

Time to see how we did on those goals!

1. Volunteer (at least) 5 times. (1 out of 5) (better luck next year)

  • I signed up to help look after some cats at PetValu, my training day was scheduled for 3/4/2018 – but all the cats had been adopted 😦 I was pretty disappointed with how disorganized this felt (no one told me there were no cats so I showed up anyways and then we couldn’t get a hold of anyone right away) and didn’t reach back out to them, and they did not reach out to me again.
  • 4/7/18 I signed up to work check-in for a TCOYD Conference (Taking Control of Your Diabetes) I don’t have a personal connection to diabetes, but it was close to where I live and I could swing the day off work (it was a Saturday). I actually had a pretty great time and it was nice to be able to help out with something that seemed really important to a lot of people.

With my schedule it is difficult to find volunteer work that I am interested and have time for. Better luck next year? I have this goal on my 101 in 1001 days so I’m determined to try again.

2. Read (at least) 15 books. (21)

  1. The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story by Ann Rule. Finished 2/19/2018
  2. Dead Certain by Adam Mitzner. Finished 3/5/2018
  3. The Accident: A gripping psychological thriller that will have you hooked by S.D. Monaghan. Finished 3/28/2018
  4. Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brant. Finished 4/11/2018
  5. Neighborly: A Novel by Ellie Monago. Finished 4/22/2018
  6. The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store by Cait Flanders. Finished 5/11/2018
  7. War Brides by Helen Bryan. Finished 6/8/2018
  8. The Good Samaritan by John Marrs. Finished 6/18/2018
  9. The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking. Finished 6/26/2018
  10. The Unremembered Girl by Eliza Maxwell. Finished 7/3/2018.
  11. Tips for Living by Renee Shafransky. Finished 7/17/2018
  12. Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake #1) by Rachel Caine. Finished 7/21/2018
  13. Killhouse Creek (Stillhouse Lake #2) by Rachel Caine. Forgot which date I finished 😦
  14. The Outsider by Stephen King. Finished 8/20/2018
  15. Needful Things by Stephen King. Finished 9/20/2018 (read at the same time as The Outsider)
  16. Four Past Midnight by Stephen King. Finished 11/16/2018
  17. The Beach Lawyer by Avery Duff. Finished (read at the same time as Four Past Midnight)
  18. It Ends with Her by Brianna Labuskes. Finished 11/3/2018
  19. Lies That Bind Us by Andrew Hart. Finished 11/10/2018
  20. The Thinnest Air by Minka Kent. Finished 11/24/2018
  21. Whisper Me This by Anne King. Finished 12/3/2018

3. Save another $1,000 towards our house fund. Should have made this goal bigger, as we crushed it when The Beard got a bonus (reimbursement) at work, plus our monthly additions to our savings account. It was still extremely difficult to come up with a deposit for a home. Now we are working on building our savings back up.

4. Blog (at least) 2 times per week. There are lots of weeks where I only blogged once (or maybe not at all), but I definitely tried to blog more often. Plus, I blogged thirty days in November! Overall, I blogged a ton more

Crochet 7 new scarves. (7 out of 7) Crushed it

Finished 1/6/2018
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Finished 2/28/2018 – I gifted this to my sister-in-law for an earl Mother’s Day gift
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Finished 3/4/2018
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Finished 3/14/2018

I got a little side tracked with scarves as the weather got warmer and made a dish scrubby and coffee mug koozie

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Finished 4/15/2018
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Finished 5/20/2018 – gifted this to my niece for Christmas
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Finished 6/23/2018

 

6. Plan a trip with my honey. We planned a trip to Mackinac Island for our anniversary. We also visited Mackinac City (where we stayed for the trip) & Frankenmuth (for a pit-stop on the way home)

7. Get our passports. I ended up getting my driver’s license enhanced so we could get into Canada if we want to (so half-count?). The Beard will get his next year when his license expires.

8. Use all 10 of my vacation days (10 out of 10)

(1) 2/1/2018, requested the day off because my nephew was born this day. I was feeling under the weather so I did not get to see him. Used this day to run some errands and go to a doctors appointment, plus lunch with my momma.

(.5) 5/4/2018, requested a half day to spend time with my nephews. I don’t get to see them too often, but whenever my parents are babysitting them I try to join them. They are both getting so big, I want to see them as much as I can while they are still small (and even when they are older)

(1) 6/6/2018, requested the day off for my birthday. Went to the zoo with my parents and The Beard!

(2) 7/9/2018-7/10/2018, requested two days off to visit my sister and her boyfriend in Indiana. They had just purchased a new home and this was my first time visiting. We swam in their pool, at sub sandwiches, and watched It.

(2) 8/30/2018-8/31/2018, requested time off to go to Mackinac with The Beard for our anniversary.

(.5) 10/25/2018, requested a half day off for a home inspection (for a house we didn’t buy)

(1) 11/23/2018, requested the day after Thanksgiving off. A coworker of mine takes the week of Thanksgiving & Christmas off, since I’m her main cover, I usually take a day off as well to give myself a break from the chaos

(1) 11/30/2018, requested the day off to hang out with my mom. We had an offer accepted on a house so we thought this might be out move in date, but when the inspection didn’t go well we pulled out. Spent the day getting sushi and painting with my mom.

(1) 12/17/2018, requested this day off just to use up my last day. I packed a ton of boxes and binge watched Gossip Girl (no regrets)

9. Visit a few of the locals: DIA, Belle Isle, maybe even Mackinac Island.

We did make to the DIA, where we had the chance to check out the Star Wars exhibit (made me one happy gal)

We went to Machinac Island for our anniversary this year

10. Take a million more walks with my hubs. Couldn’t even being to measure this, but we nailed it in my heart

So how did I do? Overall I’m pretty happy. I read a lot of books and tried my hand at trying new stiches with crochet. We bought a condo and we laughed a lot. We saw Mackinaw together and took so many walks.

How did you do on your goals? Do you write them down and track them?