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

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