October 5, 2009

A modification of The List and The Plan

Posted in 101 in 1001, progress at 12:16 pm by Heather

I’ve been wrestling with this post for a while – I know it is the right thing to do, but I just don’t want to admit that I’m encouraging my perfectionism by this list.  I KNOW it’s the truth, but part of the disease of perfectionism is that I don’t want to admit that well, I’m not perfect (durr).

So I’m making two changes on this list (which I still think is a GREAT list, and would like to actually do everything on it, FYI):

  1. I will consider this project a success if I complete a majority of the tasks on the list (51, for those of you who hate math)
  2. Instead of paying $5 for every incomplete task, I will donate at least $50/mo to http://www.donorschoose.org/ and make a quick post about what my contribution helped

I’m sure that these modifications will still make my life interesting and get some really awesome things accomplished, and yet not aggrivate my sens of failure if I’m not perfect and don’t complete everything.

September 7, 2009

Spring Restaurant [September 1, 2009]

Posted in 101 in 1001, Restaurants at 9:30 am by Heather


On Tuesday night, my friends generally go out for Beer Tuesday, and I occasionally join them.  However, since Julie wanted to join us to drop off some tickets that I was the middle man for, and Beth isn’t drinking these days so we decided to start off my 101 in 1001 with a bang and head for a new restaurant.

Beth has her own list of “Restaurants to try”, and  Spring was one of them.  It’s located 3 blocks from the Damen blue line stop in Bucktown/Wicker park, and has gotten rave reviews for its seafood.

I wish I’d gotten a shot of the outside, but it’s in this rather industrial-ish section of the neighborhood, slightly away from the “regular” Wicker Park area.

I got there earlier than everyone else, and sat at the bar and had a very nice Pinot Noir while waiting for Julie and Beth to show up.  The ambiance is short on lighting – everything is very dim, which is why I had to take the menu home to actually get a decent picture of it. 

I had thought to get the sweet corn soup, but after Beth and I interrogated the waiter, I had decided on the lemongrass soup, which the waiter said was “so good you’ll be updating your facebook status about it”, and the Barramundi.  The restaurant was also having a tasting menu, which had the soup and a different preparation of Barramundi, and based on the waiter’s recommendation, I went with the one on the menu instead of the tasting.

I didn’t go wrong; the soup was divine, and the fish was delectable, although the dumplings weren’t quite what I expected, it was tasty.

The chef also sent out a wee soup tasting which was a shot of coconut curry potato type soup, and whilst we passed on dessert, we also got a lagniappe of a basil mint hot chocolate (shot sized) which was very delightful as well.

More pictures from Spring [Click on any picture to see more detail]:

coconut curry soup lemongrass soup
Julie’s sugar snap pea salad Australian Barramundi

September 6, 2009

Week One Progress

Posted in 101 in 1001, progress at 6:22 pm by Heather

It’s been an interesting week here at Heather’s 101 land – I’ve made a lot of progress on some things, and have more in the works.

Here’s what I’ve knocked off the list this week:
– Went to Spring Restaurant
– Ordered the spanish Rosetta stone and have completed one course
– Installed Skype
– Called Claire
– Watched Sunshine Cleaning
– Took a Pilates class (exercise class I’ve never taken before)
– Went to the Art Institute
– Spent 15 min for the last 5 days decluttering my house

Individual blog posts will follow on each of these.

I am going to have to modify the Walk Across America item – I wasn’t really doing the math when I thought about this; to actually complete this goal, I have to walk over 5 miles a day.  Hoowee!   So instead, I will take one of the options listed, and every 1000 steps counts as 1 mile.  This makes this a much more realistic goal and still gets me walking more.

I also need to sit down and make a weekly checklist of things I need to get completed to make some of my daily/weekly/monthly goals.  I might do this in excel – not quite sure on that yet, but it’s hard to keep this “in plain sight” and focused on it.

August 31, 2009

101 in 1001 – The List

Posted in 101 in 1001 at 2:54 pm by Heather

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).
Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as New Year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Day Zero Project

MY LIST: [regularly updated list is HERE]

Official Start: September 1, 2009
Finish: May 29, 2012

Coding Key:
Still needs done
In progress
Completed
Most completed tasks will have a completion date.

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
001.     Install tower in living room with stepmania
002.     Lose 60 lbs [0/60]
003.     Increase OwnZone score to 36
004.     Take 5 exercise classes I have never done before [0/5]
005.     Upload heart monitor weekly [0/143]
006.     Walk a 5k
007.     Walk across the USA (5048 mi) – http://walking.about.com/cs/beginners/l/blwebwalkingadt.htm
008.     Work with a personal trainer for 12 sessions [0/12]
009.     Write out 30 affirmations and make an audio recording of them

EDUCATION / LEARNING
010.     Apply for MBA
011.     Become ITIL v3 certified
012.     Become rated Level 3 in tennis
013.     Complete Days of Deepening Friendship [0/40]
014.     Complete Level 3 of Rosetta stone in Spanish
015.     Design website for 101 in 1001 using Photoshop and custom CSS
016.     Install and use dragon dictate to respond to email for 2 weeks
017.     Knit a scarf
018.     Learn autohotkey scripting and script date/time file shortcut
019.     Learn CSS
020.     Learn Photoshop
021.     Learn to swing dance
022.     Learn video editing and put a video on YouTube
023.     Obtain CCNA certification
024.     Obtain CCNP certification
025.     Read 40 modern nonfiction books everyone should read
026.     Read a book in Spanish
027.     Take Mediation class
028.     Take the GRE

FOR ME
029.     Get braces
030.     Get Filing / Shredding under control
031.     Get glasses
032.     Go on a retreat
033.     Have a joint birthday party with Julie
034.     Implement a task management system
035.     Make a pie from scratch
036.     Put cable bill on auto pay
037.     Take a day off work for no reason
038.     Take Wrigley to a dog park once a month [0/33]

FRIENDS AND FAMILY
039.     Call Claire once per week [0/143]
040.     Call Mom once per week [0/143]
041.     Have 3 parties at my apartment [0/3]
042.     Hold poker night at my apartment
043.     Install Skype
044.     Upload skydiving video for Cindy and Brenda
045.     Write Christmas letter for 2009 and send 50 Christmas cards
046.     Write Christmas letter for 2010 and send 50 Christmas cards

FOR OTHERS
047.     Anonymously buy something on someone’s wish list
048.     Do 100 hours of volunteering
049.     Participate in Clause & Effect
050.     Pay for someone behind me in the drive thru
051.     Send 2 postcards a month to friends [0/66]
052.     Volunteer at soup kitchen 3 times [0/3]
053.     Volunteer at the Chicago marathon

TRAVEL / ADVENTURES
054.     Attend 12 bars of Christmas
055.     Attend a sporting event for these Chicago teams: Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Wolves, and The Windy City Rollers
056.     Drive a NASCAR car (Petty experience)
057.     Drive from Portland, OR down the coast to Los Angeles, CA
058.     Go camping
059.     Go on a haunted hayride
060.     Go on the sears tower ledge
061.     Go Parasailing
062.     Go skydiving again
063.     Go to 15 new restaurants [0/15]
064.     Go to Australia
065.     Go to the drive-in
066.     Have a drink at the signature room
067.     See the Penn & Teller show in Vegas
068.     Take 2 trips to Chicago neighborhoods I don’t know and spend an afternoon walking around [0/2]
069.     Take a golf lesson
070.     Take the train up to Milwaukee for a day trip or weekend
071.     Visit Houston
072.     Visit New Orleans
073.     Visit the Frank Lloyd Wright museum
074.     Visit the main Chicago Museums (Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium) at least once

30 DAY HABITS
075.     Blog daily [0/30]
076.     Declutter house [0/30]
077.     Do flylady beginner program  [0/30]
078.     Drink 6 glasses water [0/30]
079.     Exercise every day [0/30]
080.     Give up fast food for a month [0/30]
081.     Journal for 10 min [0/30]
082.     Listen to affirmation recording daily [0/30]
083.     Meditate [0/30]
084.     Photo a day [0/30]
085.     Print schedule & set Most Important Tasks [0/30]
086.     Stand in front of a mirror and say affirmations [0/30]
087.     Use task management system religiously [0/30]
088.     Wash face at night [0/30]

CHALLENGES
089.     Get a bikini wax
090.     Give up social media for a week [0/7]
091.     Give up soda for a week [0/7]
092.     Give up TV for a week [0/7]
093.     Go to bed at 10 pm for a week [0/7]
094.     Rate all music in iTunes
095.     See all the Oscar nominated best pictures one year
096.     Sing karaoke at a bar
097.     Unitask only for a week [0/7]
098.     Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the alphabet [0/26]

PROJECT
099.     Give $5 to http://www.donorschoose.org/ for each item not completed
100.     Make another 101 in 1001 list and do it all over again
101.     Write a letter to myself to be opened on the last day of the challenge