Friday, January 5, 2024

101 Things To Do in 2024 - Beginning of Year

Last year I hit the highest percentage of completed items on my 101 list than I have in the 10+ years I've been making these lists! I am bound and determined to beat that percentage this year - so much so that I have already begun booking and scheduling some of the things I really want to do! I also added some things that have been on my actual to do list for far too long, (and I figure if they're on this list I may finally actually do them!)

As I do every year, I intentionally left the last handful blank so any ambitions I feel I want to accomplish during the year can be added to the list!

1. Take a glass sculpture class
2. Read every book currently on my Goodreads TBR
3. See Blink-182 in concert
4. Carve pumpkins for Halloween 
5. Visit a Laura Ingalls Wilder site 
6. Go on an Alaskan cruise
7. Visit my friends in Tennessee
8. Go to the Jack-o-latern Spectacular at the Minnesota Zoo
9. Read 120 books
10. Eat at the Minnesota State Fair
11. Continue (re-)reading one John Grisham book each month
12. Go to a Minnesota Wild game
13. Go to a Minnesota Twins game
14. Win something
15. Try a new craft class
16. Eat somewhere new from Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives
17. Drink wine at Garvin Heights Vineyard
18. Put books in a Little Free Library
19. Sell cards at a craft fair
20. Attend Ashley for the Arts
21. See the new Mean Girls movie in theaters
22. Tasting at a distillery I haven't been to yet
23. See Kenny Chesney at U.S. Bank Stadium
24. Finish reading the Nightmare Hall series
25. Finish reading the Jack Randall series
26. Eat brunch at Muddled Thyme
27. Eat my way through Toronto
28. Finish my 2023 scrapbook
29. Finish my 22-23 school year scrapbook
30. Go to a yoga class, at least once
31. Find a financial planner and get all my retirement accounts sorted
32. Scrapbook autographed photos
33. Find a fun summer PD
34. Visit the Lake Geneva ice caves
35. Go to a paint class
36. Attend Country Boom
37. Make my 23-24 school year scrapbook
38. Try curling
39. Earn the Southwest Companion Pass
40. Get Aaron TSA PreCheck
41. Get Ike TSA PreCheck
42. Make lefse with mom
43. Make more hand knit blankets on my own
44. Eat dinner in an 'igloo'
45. Cook something from my Harry Potter cookbook
46. Complete a puzzle
47. Participate in an angel tree program during Christmas time 
48. Buy a new bed
49. Earn $100+ in giftcards on my various points apps
50. Play ski ball at Can Can Wonderland
51. Go to the chiropractor 1x/month
52. Get a massage at least 6x
53. Travel to see the total solar eclipse 
54. Go to a Minnesota Timberwolves game
55. See It Ends With Us in theaters
56. Try out Soula Spa
57. Go sledding
58. Get caught up on NCIS
59. Find shelving and organize the basement storage room
60. Update my map project with photos of Aaron & me
61. Read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone MinaLima Edition
62. Read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets MinaLima Edition
63. Read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban MinaLima Edition
64. Go axe throwing
65. See Deadpool 3 in theaters
66. Visit the Polish Museum
67. Take the kids to the pool
68. Tour the Watkins Museum
69. Eat at Lovechild in La Crosse
70. Drink wine at Riverview Winery
71. Eat at Taco JED in Rochester
72. Roadtrip with my #teammates4lyfe
73. See Take Cover in concert again (provided they do a reunion show!)
74. Complete Merrick's scrapbook
75. Get caught up on my Paper Pumpkin kits
76. Get the cyst sucked out of my head
77. Label all of grandma's old family pictures
78. Complete all my Influenster tasks on time
79. Watch 10 documentaries/docuseries
80. See 10 movies in theaters
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Monday, January 1, 2024

101 Things to Do in 2023 - End of Year

Though I hadn't shared it yet, I knew going into this year that it would be my final few months in Tennessee, and that I needed to DO ALL THE THINGS! And by DO, what I really meant was EAT. So a lot of things on this list were Tennessee-specific and needed to be completed in the first 5 months of the year before I left.

This seemed totally doable. Until I started having chronic stomach issues in January that just so happened to last until May. Eating in general was difficult, so going out to eat was typically out of the question. Even going out to do things was tough because I always felt so cruddy. Which meant I didn’t get to a lot of my list! (But also means I have many things to do when I head down to visit). I ended up editing my list a little bit since I didn't plan on making it back down to Tennessee the remainder of the year. And my stomach issues have been resolved, so I can eat again!

1. Get a George Straight-style cowboy hat (I looked and looked but I cannot find what I am looking for! I found a few close ones, but I couldn't rationalize spending $300 on them).

2. Eat at the Minnesota State Fair 

3. Watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 

4. Get my Goodread’s TBR to under 100 books (If I hadn't added so many new books this year I would be under 70, so I'm saying that counts!)

5. Go on a cruise to the Bahamas 

6. Shop at Cran Fest

7. Sing my heart out at the Taylor Swift Era's Tour

8. See John Mellencamp in concert at the Ryman

9. Get brunch at The Mailroom

10. Go see Magic Mike's Last Dance in theaters

11. Watch all of the Avenger's movies in order
  • Iron Man (3/7)
  • Iron Man 2 (6/30)
  • Thor (7/3)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (10/2)
  • Marvel's The First Avengers (10/3)
  • Iron Man 3 (10/6)
  • Thor: The Dark World (10/8)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (11/3)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (11/4)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultra (11/5)
  • Ant-Man (11/10)
  • Captain America: Civil War (11/12)
  • Doctor Strange (11/17)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (11/17)
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (11/18)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (11/21)
  • Black Panther (11/24)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (11/24)
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp (11/26)
  • Captain Marvel (11/27)
  • Avengers: Endgame (11/29)
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (12/2)
  • Black Widow (12/12)
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (12/15)
  • Eternals (12/16)
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home (12/22)
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (12/23)
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (12/23)
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (12/25)

12. See The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes in theaters (November)

13. Continue (re-) reading one John Grisham book each month

14. Buy a new laptop

15. Go back to the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot

16. Take a class working with clay

17. Walk through the Tennessee State Museum

18. Get treats from Sweet Charlotte's

19. Read 120 books (154)

20. Read all the books in my 2023 TBR pile

21. Go to a Wild game

22. Eat my way through Toronto

23. Do a tasting at the Casey Jones Distillery

24. Do a tasting at Purple Toad Winery

25. See a show at the Roxy

26. Get a massage at the Wand and Willow Day Spa in Murfreesboro

27. Learn to make lefse

28. Get a milkshake from The Grind

29. Get a treat from L & R Soda Shop in Elkton

30. Eat at Patti's 1880 Settlement

31. Go to a Minnesota Twins game

32. Take guitar lessons

33. Win something
  • No Child of Mine by Nichelle Giraldes
  • Sam and the Incredible African and American Food Fight  by Shannon Gibney
  • 2 Tickets to the Minnesota Renaissance Fair
  • A book of my choice from Home Sweet Homebody
  • Weather Any Storm by Vanessa Zuisel Goddard

34. Create something at a craft class

35. Go skating at a roller rink

36. Eat a meal at Casa D'Italia Ristorante

37. Paint at a Paint and Sip night

38. Tasting at Leatherwood Distillery

39. Get a treat from Miss Ashley's Tearoom

40. Eat dinner at Moss's Southern Cooking

41. Do a tour at tasting at Old Glory Distilling

42. Get some popcorn from Poppin' in the City

43. Get an aรงaรญ bowl from Cafe 931

44. Get dinner from The River Club and Grill

45. Try tacos from Sam's Gyros

46. Get a snack at The Sol Press

47. Grab a bite at Strawberry Deli

48. Sip on wine at The Vine on Franklin

49. Have a meal at Yada on Franklin

50. Eat chicken and waffles

51. Watch Will Trent on Hulu

52. Apply for TSA Pre-Check

53. Complete the 10xTravel Course

54. Read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire illustrated edition

55. Read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix illustrated version

56. Make a list of all the episodes of Grey’s with a character named Gretchen

  • Season 2, Episode 20 - friend of patient
  • Season 3, Episode 6 - burned hand before bar exam
  • Season 4, Episode 4 - Gretchen Bitzer came in to have moles removed and was told she was dying because Norman done messed up
  • Season 7, Episode 3 - Gretchen the virgin inhaled a condom
  • Season 8, Episode 11 - mom of conjoined twins being separated in surgery, 
  • Season 8, Episode 18 - lady in Teddy’s widow support group
  • Season 12, Episode 18 - Gretchen McKay was cut open by Warren when the hospital was on a code pink 

57. Go snorkeling

58. Try a new food (lobster)

59. Finish my 2022 scrapbook

60. Try an exercise class I’ve never done before

61. Transfer my Etsy store over to a different platform

62. Go to a charcuterie making class

63. Read all the books saved in my TO READ list at the Montgomery County Public Library

64. Return everything to the library on time - no fines!

65. See 10 movies in theaters (11)
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody
  • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
  • Missing
  • M3gan
  • A Man Called Otto
  • 80 for Brady
  • Jesus Revolution
  • The Pope’s Exorcist
  • Are You There, God? Its Me, Margaret
  • The Eras Tour
  • The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
66. Get caught up on my Paper Pumpkin kits

67. Get tacos from a restaurant I haven't gotten tacos from yet

68. Eat somewhere new from Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives 
  • Cholo Soy Cocina (Palm Beach, FL)
  • The Porthole (Portland, ME)
  • Pizzaria Lola (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Becky's Diner (Portland, ME)
69. Go to a Vikings game

70. Have a girl's day/night at Muddled Thyme

71. Get elote from Los Dos Amigos Grocery

72. Do a tasting at Garvin Heights Vineyard

73. Participate in a book exchange

74. Cook a new recipe

75. Donate to YAIPack

76. Have a grocery trip that ends up being completely free OR a money maker

77. Use my credit cards points to go somewhere fun (Hilton Resort - West Palm Beach, FL) 

78. Tasting at Maker's Mark Distillery

79. Shop at Unclaimed Baggage

80. Hiking at Stillhouse Hollow Falls State Park

81. Hiking at David Crocket State Park

82. Put books in a Little Free Library

83. Tasting at Prichard's Distillery

84. Go to another cookie decorating class

85. Sell cards at a craft fair

86. Watch all of Brain Games on Disney+

87. Try a new hot chicken place

88. Get my Minnesota Teaching License

89. Move back to Minnesota

90. Get a teaching job in Minnesota

91. Attend Ashley for the Arts

92. Look out from Clingman's Dome

93. Walk across the Sky Bridge in Gatlinburg

94. Eat at the Peach Cobbler Factory

95. Eat at another Guy Fieri restaurant (Flavortown, Pigeon Forge, TN)

96. Go indoor skydiving

97. Eat a banana split

98. Meet an author (Christina Lauren)

99. Finish reading the Jack Randall series

100. Go on a trip with Aaron (Portland, Maine)

101. Go to the Renaissance Festival 

Completed: 68 / 101