101 Things!

What follows is a list of 101 things that I intend to accomplish by April 14th, 2013, 1001 days from now. Why? I’ve realized of late that I need more practice in setting good goals (simple, measurable, achievable, results-oriented, and timely) and this seemed like a good way to think about what I really want to do with the next 2.7 or so years of my life — besides working to pay the bills, and furthering my education.

To be honest, this is a pretty ambitious list, given what my free time is going to look like soon. So, I’m entering this project with permission to decide that I don’t have to do every last thing. This is just a list of some things that are important to me, right now.

Legend: Italics means the thing is in progress, strikethrough means it’s done.


  • 1 . Reevaluate homeowners insurance
    • I’ve never really done a proper inventory of all of the valuable things I owned to make sure they are properly covered, in the event that something horrible happens. I also didn’t modify the insured value of the house when I got the windows replaced.
  • 2. Get re-certified in CPR
    • The Red Cross just started sending me reminders.
  • 3 . Save 3/4 of the way to a new car (0.125%)
    • This will go faster, once #7 below is finished
    • The urgency of this one got lessened, due to the arrival of Upgrayedd in August, but I still like the idea of having a car’s worth of money to blow when I finish my JD
  • 4. Get engaged
    • So gross.
  • 5. Make a will
  • 6. Make a living will
  • 7. Build emergency fund to 6 months (70%)
    • This was the victim of some bad planning financially the past couple of months.  But hey…that’s why you have an emergency fund, right?
  • 8 . Talk to a financial planner
  • 9 . Donate 1 gallon of blood (0/8 pints)
  • 10. Get my US and Canadian credit reports/scores
    • I haven’t really cared about my credit score since I bought the house. The US one should be pretty immaculate (I have much better credit habits now than 5-6 years ago), but I should probably at least make sure there isn’t anything negative/inaccurate on there.


  • 11. Read Gravity’s Rainbow
    • I started on this over Christmas break but had to put it down when school started again — probably a mistake. I’ll try to pick it up again after finals.
  • 12 . Read Akira
  • 13. Watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • 14 . Learn Rush’s music
    • Sometimes, I feel like a bad Canadian because I pretty much only knows the songs that are in Rock Band.
  • 15 . Watch the Evil Dead series
    • It’s my secret nerd shame that I haven’t actually _seen_ any of these movies. I know what a boom-stick is though.
  • 16. Visit the Minnesota Institute of Arts


  • 17. Finish my Master’s degree
    • I pretty much only have to come up with a topic for, and then actually write, a mini-thesis. I’m thinking that I might try to convince my advisor to let me do something that will mesh well with my legal education – like an examination of the current legal climate for intellectual property, or the like.
  • 18. Participate in Law Review contest
    • This is a little bit of insanity that happens immediately after exams in first year. I wish I could skip it, but being on Law Review will be extremely important for my job prospects come 2014.
  • 19. Finish 2L year
    • At a part time pace, this should take me about 2.5 years.
  • 20. Buy new windows laptop for school

    • Picked up a Toshiba Satellite T235 before classes started, it’s working out really well so far.
  • 21 . Create a viable study space/sanctuary

Health and Fitness

  • 22. Get below 220lbs
  • 23. Do 100 pushups
  • 24. Do yoga 5 times
    • Basically, the idea is to decide if I like it. Other people seem to like it, so…
  • 25. Ride my bicycle to work and back
  • 26. Find an exercise program/schedule that is compatible with work and school


  • 27. Enter the MN State Fair home brew competition
    • Mainly to get impartial feedback on my beers, so I can gain more confidence.
  • 28. Brew a cider
    • My first cider (probably technically a cyser) was 5 gallons of cider from Pine Tree Apple Orchard, 1 lb honey, 1 lb brown sugar and 1 packet Lalvin champagne yeast. It was a huge hit at the New Year’s Eve party, and the keg was killed shortly after that, making me sad that I didn’t have another one brewing.
  • 29. Brew an all grain beer
  • 30. Design better homebrew labels
  • 31. Become BJCP certified
    • Again, this is more about increasing my confidence in the quality of my home brew. Also, it is a good excuse to drink more beer.
  • 32. Convert both keggles
    • I obtained a couple of commercial beer kegs that Joe & Missy didn’t want in their house anymore, and, with Nerd 2’s help, I’m converting them into the most awesome brew kettle/mash tun pair possible (examples). Today, I learned to use a plasma cutter to cut the lids off.


  • 33. Enter a sweater at the state fair
  • 34. Sew/make and awesome costume for Halloween or Con
  • 35. Dye yarn at home
  • 36. Weave something
  • 37. Take a beading class
  • 38. Finish 7 sweaters or shawls (0/7)
    • I’ve got yarn for far more than that, I just lack time.
  • 39. Design and publish a knitting pattern
  • 40. Knit the Great American Afghan
  • 41. Determine the amount of yarn I can knit in 1 year
  • 42. Reduce yarn stash to < 3 years worth

Food & Liquor

  • 43. Cure/smoke my own bacon
    • Holy crap… so good.
    • I picked up a 10lb pork belly from Osseo Meats this weekend, and today I started curing three 3lb slabs:
      • Basic Dry Cure (from Charcuturie)
      • Basic + Maple Syrup
      • Basic + Garlic, Bay Leaves, and Juniper Berries
  • 44. Make a list of 10 favourite cocktails, memorize how to make them (0/10)
  • 45. Make simple syrup, make something with it.
  • 46. Make sour mix, make something with it
  • 47. Make puff-puffs
    • A yummy Nigerian fry-bread variant
  • 48. Learn to appreciate scotch and whisk(e)y
    • It’s just distilled beer — why don’t I like it?
  • 49. Start my basic methods cookbook – 20 “recipes”
    • I like being able to throw recipes together using very simple guidelines. I figure other people might enjoy the same.
  • 50. Can things, eat them the following winter
    • 12 half pints of salsa (Spicy Tomato Salsa from this book)
    • 6 pints of tomato sauce
    • I’m about halfway through using up the salsa and the tomato sauce. The half-pint jars were definitely the way to go for the salsa (it’s a single serving which is pretty awesome), tomato sauce should probably go in quart jars next year.
  • 51. Decorate (and serve to other people!) cupcakes that I’m not ashamed of
  • 52 . Decorate (and serve to other people!) a cake that I’m not ashamed of
  • 53. Make hummus from raw garbanzos
    • The fact that I did this today is what is forcing me to edit/post this list now.
  • 54. Learn to make 3 different salsas (1/3)
    • Spicy Tomato Salsa
  • 55. Find a decent recipe for coleslaw
  • 56. Make kumbocha
  • 57. Make 10 pan sauces, at least one without followinga recipe (1/10)
    • they don’t have to be different, I just want to learn the process


  • 58. Learn to change the oil on my motorcycle
  • 59. Install frame sliders on my motorcycle
  • 60. Take a 200 mile ride on my motorcycle
  • 61. Take a 400 mile ride on my motorcycle

Miscellaneous Hobbies

  • 62. Make a firework that both leaves the ground and explodes (and is a pretty colour)
    • This is probably the most dangerous, illegal, and fun item on this list.
  • 63. Buy a bass guitar
  • 64. Learn to play bass guitar
    • I need a better definition of “done” for this one, I’m thinking it will be something along the lines of learning the bass line to Tank! (the Cowboy Bebop Theme) and a couple of other good bass songs of my choosing.
  • 65. Find a geocache
  • 66. Learn to weld


  • 67. Clear off soffits in kitchen, destash or reorganize the stuff that’s up there
  • 68. Develop a spice organization system
  • 69. Organize digital music – ID3 tags, album art, playlists
  • 70. Rearrange living room
    • I have a plan, but it involves moving a 55 gallon fish tank, and a 40″ CRT TV from the late 80s. This is not something to be undertaken lightly.
  • 71. Organize library
  • 72. Build a deck
  • 73. Buy a new tv or projector
  • 74. Finish the basement bathroom
  • 75. Paint the basement living room
    • Technically, the doors still need painting, but the room got debuted at New Years and is generally usable, so I’m happy.
  • 76. Fix landscaping in front of the house
  • 77. Revive dead front lawn
  • 78. Take 5 pictures worthy of framing and hanging up on my wall
  • 79. Buy a new office chair
  • 80. Deal with the basketcase in the garage
    • Left behind by my ex, apparently it’s most of the pieces to a late seventies Harley Sportster.


  • 81. Fold 1000 paper cranes (8/1000)
    • Yes, I get a day off


  • 82. Host a LAN party
  • 83. Host a movie night
  • 84. Host a dinner party
  • 85. Throw a surprise party for someone


  • 86. Publish a smartphone app
  • 87. 143 blog posts (average of one per week) (5/143)
  • 88. Learn basic strategies to not suck at Starcraft 2 or another RTS
  • 89. Set up media/file server PC
  • 90. Improve my graphic design and web tech skills enough to design a custom theme for the blog
  • 91. Write a 101 things widget for wordpress
  • 92. Attend a technical user group meeting
  • 93. Sell/Donate Toshiba Satellite


  • 94. Go to Japan
    • Given that Nerd 2 and I are both in school now, this is probably ambitious. It might end up being planned as a mutual graduation present.
  • 95. Go backpacking
  • 96. Visit 3 national parks
  • 97. Visit Lake Itasca
  • 98. Visit the BWCA


  • 99. Read The Now Habit and Getting Things Done
  • 100. Make an intentional job switch within my software engineering career
  • 101. Write honest feedback for the person who needs feedback written

Acknowledgments: Thanks to Dan for introducing me to the idea, and Jenni and Wendy for taking the idea and running with it. I’m pretty sure that I’ve got lots of stuff on here that was inspired by (if not stolen whole-cloth) from their lists.