101 in 1001

For more information on what “101 in 1001″ is, you can read my introductory post (specifically Item #2), and/or visit the Day Zero Project website.

Start Date: 9/16/2011
End Date: 6/13/2014


  1. Done! See the Winter Carnival ice sculptures
  2. Done! Attend the Minneapolis May Day Parade
  3. Done! Volunteer with Project Homeless Connect
  4. Done! Read the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Constitution


  1.  Done! Go to the city’s farmers market
  2. Done! Participate in an “Empty Bowls” event
  3. Done! Watch one of my sweetie’s broomball games
  4. Done! Visit the Minnesota Zoo
  5. Done! Go to a Twins game
  6. Done! Go on a peace walk
  7. Done! Try kayaking
  8. Done! Try geocaching or letterboxing


  1. Done! Participate in a flash mob
  2. Done! Participate in a drumming event
  3. Done! Participate in National Night Out/Night To Unite
  4. Done! Ride a horse
  5. Done! Let high school kids bag my groceries
  6. Done! Buy a glass of lemonade from a kid’s stand
  7. Done! Buy Cookie Cart cookies
  8. Done! Attend a community outdoor concert
  9. Done! Go hang-gliding/parasailing/hot air ballooning/ziplining
  10. Done! Meet the mayor
  11. Done! Get my fortune told
  12. Done! Go to a Caritas Vocal Ensemble performance
  13. Done! Watch Beasley’s Big Band
  14. Done! Attend/observe Participate in a Pecha Kucha event
  15. Done! Attend a mosque
  16. Done! Participate in a National Day of Prayer
  17. Ride a mechanical bull
  18. Done! Become CPR/AED certified
  19. Done! Get a henna tattoo
  20. Done! Complete a ‘thing to do’ that someone else suggests (the only caveat: it has to be new to me)


  1. Done! Visit all of the Minnesota Historic Sites in the cities: Historic Fort Snelling
  2. Done! Minnesota Historic Site: Minnehaha Depot
  3. Minnesota Historic Site: Sibley House Historic Site
  4. Minnesota Historic Site: Minnesota Museum of American Art
  5. Done! Minnesota Historic Site: Minnesota History Center
  6. Done! Minnesota Historic Site: American Swedish Institute
  7. Done! Minnesota Historic Site: Mill City Museum
  8. Done! Minnesota Historic Site: James J Hill House
  9. Done! Minnesota Historic Site: Alexander Ramsey House
  10. Done! Visit the State Capitol building
  11. Done! Go to an ethnic supermarket I have never shopped at before
  12. Done! Go to the First Thursday Art Crawl at the Northrup King building
  13. Done! Go to Art A Whirl
  14. Done! Go to a concert at Orchestra Hall
  15. Done! Go to a dance recital
  16. Done! Do pull tabs
  17. Done! Play BINGO in a bingo hall
  18. Done! Take a yoga class at Core Power
  19. Done! Go to a yoga Friday night donation class
  20. Done! Experience a new style of yoga
  21. Done! See Cirque du Soleil the Blue Man Group
  22. Done! Attend a show at the Guthrie
  23. Done! See a comedy show at New Hope Cinema Grill
  24. Watch the stars
  25. Done! Go to one Alliance Française event
  26. Done! Tour the Basilica
  27. Done! Check out the observation deck at the Foshay Tower
  28. Done! Get a microderm abrasion chemical peel
  29. Done! Get a facial
  30. Done! Get an acupuncture treatment
  31. Done! Eat a raw-food meal
  32. Done! Listen to a polka band at Nye’s Polonaise Room
  33. Done! Check out the student union at Macalester
  34. Done! Get professionally fitted for a bra
  35. Attend a race at Elko Speedway
  36. Done! Get a golf lesson
  37. Done! Take a pole dancing class
  38. Done! Try on a pair of vibramfivefingers shoes
  39. Done! Shop at Penzy’s
  40. Done! Attend a Quaker Friends meeting


  1. Done! Take a bath in our ‘new’ tub
  2. Done! Try a new fruit (plus a bonus entry)
  3. Done! Try a new vegetable
  4. Done! Try a new type of cheese
  5. Done! Try a new flavor style of ice cream (plus a bonus experience)
  6. Done! Try cannoli
  7. Done! Try cheese curds
  8. Done! Try Nutella
  9. Done! Give a microloan
  10. Done! Answer the “50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind”
  11. Done! Mail a post card to PostSecret
  12. Done! Learn a new joke
  13. Done! Make baklava
  14. Make cream puffs
  15. Done! Make ice cream in a bag
  16. Done! Make scones
  17. Done! Make biscotti
  18. Done! Make homemade applesauce
  19. Done! Poach an egg
  20. Done! Price out a home vegetable garden
  21. Done! Learn to play craps
  22. Learn how to whistle with my fingers
  23. Learn one string game (like Cat’s Cradle)
  24. Done! Get an aromatherapy diffuser for my car
  25. Done! Organize my jewelry
  26. Done! Watch the “7 Up” documentary series
  27. Redecorate my home office
  28. Done! Participate in a Tricycle online group
  29. Write a book

80 Responses to 101 in 1001

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  2. deenie12 says:

    I love this list and I love your intention for accomplishing these items! (I smiled when I read #98). Can I help you with #84? I’m not a great joke-teller, but I like this one:
    – “Whoa, I just remembered my dream last night!! I dreamt that I was a muffler.” (people will give you a funny look, so keep explaining): “Yeah, like on a car. I *was* actually the muffler!”
    (Give this a bit of time to sink in, then shake your head a bit, looking worn out): “I woke up exhausted.”

    • Stef says:

      Nadine, you are my first comment on this page – how exciting!

      AND, your joke is the first item on my list to be accomplished – double-exciting!

      I love your joke (though I admit that it took me a second to ‘get it’) – and plan on telling it to my husband tomorrow (and to anyone else who will listen).

      #84 – done. Yay! :) Thank you for that!

  3. N. Barnes says:

    When you do #23, just say “tell me” :)

  4. Touch2Touch says:

    Re #90:
    It’s apple season.
    Buy some apples. Wash and then core them. Cut em up in chunks.
    Toss em in a saucepan (peels on) with a little water, a little sugar.
    Cook em gently until they’re soft.
    Put through a Foley food mill (takes care of peels which will, however, have tinted the applesauce a lovely rosy color).
    Time expended: Ten minutes? Five? Dee-lish.

    • Stef says:

      Thank you for this Judith! I’m excited to try it!
      A few questions: How long is “until they’re soft”? (I.e., 5 minutes? 20? An hour?)
      How much is “a little” sugar/water? (A teaspoon? A tablespoon? A cup?)
      Where does one get a Foley food mill?
      Finally – what kind of apples do you recommend?

  5. carlaat says:

    The Appalachian Trail is a great place to eat Nutella ;) Love the list!

    • Stef says:

      Carla, I seriously considered putting the AT on my list – but I thought I had enough ‘doozies’ on there for this pass. :) However, I can see myself doing this type of list again – and if I do, I will absolutely consider the AT. I will need a good guide, though…

      • carlaat says:

        You can just step on it somewhere – you don’t have to hike the whole thing – just walk a mile or two on it and eat some Nutella in a place with a good view.
        And as soon as I’m putting together my AT retreats, I promise you’ll be in the know! :) Within a year or two . . .

      • Stef says:

        When you map out your retreat, please make a spot called “Stef’s Rest” – and that will be the wonderful view with Nutella munching. :)

  6. Jenny says:

    Stef, I want to do #49 with you. A real live Bingo hall…sounds like a blast :)

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  8. John Aughey says:

    I’m going to offera suggestion for 32. Attend a self defense class. Just a thought.

    • Stef says:

      I took a self-defense class in college for a semester. I took it with a good friend, and she and I *really* got into it. We were not shy about throwing each other around (and on to the ground), picking each other up and ‘attacking’ each other, etc… It was good practice, and also a lot of fun. :)

  9. John Aughey says:

    We live walking distance to Penzys and get all of our spices there. Fox point is one of or favorites, and the cinnamons there are outstanding. It makes our home made applesauce (#90) taste so good.

    Here is another idea…pick apples from an orchard (don’t know if this is something you have done). Then make the apples into applesauce and use spices from Penzys. A trifecta of culture.

    • Stef says:

      What is “fox point” made from and usually used for? And what is your preferred homemade applesauce recipe (and method)? I have picked apples at an orchard before – but I agree that Penzys + fresh apples + homemade sauce = a perfect trifecta. :)

      • John Aughey says:

        A little late on the reply, but Fox Point has salt, shallots, chives, garlic, onion, and green peppercorns. It’s good on anything. My favorite is matzo topped with havarti cheese, tomato, and cucumber. Sprinkle a little Fox Point on it and it’s wonderful. Substitue matzo with bagel and it’s just as good.

      • Stef says:

        Ooohhh, that sounds like a great combo! I may have to follow your suggestion on that one… :)

  10. Kerrie says:

    I love this! Good fortune and happy journey, my dear!

    • Stef says:

      Kerrie! Hey lady! I’m delighted (and touched) that you stopped by and commented! Thank you for taking the time to read, and to write – I appreciate it!

      How the heck are you? I’d love to catch up when you get a chance. :)

  11. If I haven’t told you recently, you’re amazing!

  12. I was reading your pole dancing post and thought my goodness you are game (not on the game) just a good sport, I hasten to add. I then noticed the tag 101/1001.

    I wondered what the#69 was ha ha! I have just started mine as well!

    I’m curious what is “13.Participate in a flash mob” ?

    • Stef says:

      Congrats on starting your 101 in 1001! So far, I’ve really enjoyed mine. I hope you have fun with yours!

      #13: Basically, I want to be a part of a flash mob (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_mob). But I don’t really know how to get ‘invited’ into one, so… I’m hoping someone will give me a head’s up on an opportunity before the 2+ years are up. :) I think it would be fun to do once in my life…

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  14. Maggie L R says:

    Great list. I have a bucket list, but the timeline is …. I hope very very long. I am going to think about a list that has a deadline.. to go with my bucket stuff. Thanks for the link.

    • Stef says:

      I did check out your bucket list (and like one commenter on your blog, I also liked the idea of you sleeping in a yurt). For your #27, you are welcome to read my meditation blog if you would like [http://meditationmania.wordpress.com/]. I, too, hope your timeline for completing your list items is very long! :)

  15. Sarah Harris says:

    You are tickling my curiousity here! I may have to do 101 in 1001 too! For some reason I feel like it may be the perfect thing to kick off on Leap Year’s Feb 29th!!

    • Stef says:

      I highly recommend doing it; I’m doing things and experiencing things I simply wouldn’t do otherwise. Any day is a great day to start the project – but I agree, Feb 29 seems like a ‘perfect’ day to begin! :)

  16. sarsm says:

    Thanks for joining us!! You’re welcome to use our badge if you like. It’s on my take part page, where you left your comment!!

    I’m adding you to my 101ers list today. And will put you in my update.

    Participate in a drumming event – I always wanted to do that!!

  17. Sarah Harris says:

    Yay! You inspired me, my list is up! http://makesmewander.com/101-in-1001-project/ So excited! Thanks for giving me the perfect Leap Year celebration!

  18. whyyyjen says:

    Hi, I am a new 101er and I just want to meet everyone in Sarah Sarsm’s blogroll. You have a lot of great ideas for your list. Good luck with them :)

    • Stef says:

      Hi Jen, thanks for stopping by and introducing yourself! I saw that you love yoga – me too! I finished a teacher training program last year (http://yogayearbook.wordpress.com/), and continue to love going deeper into my practice. Good luck with your 101 list!

      • whyyyjen says:

        Wow, that’s great. I want to be a yoga teacher someday too but I think it’s expensive and time consuming. I have a day job :( But I’m sure things will work out the way it worked out for you. :)

      • Stef says:

        The training definitely required a lot of time (and some money), but because I wanted the results, I was willing to invest the effort. (I have a day job, too.) ;) When the time is right for you, I trust that a cool opportunity will appear before you. :)

  19. Fantastic list! You have some very original things on there! (I might steal some ideas, my list is not finished :P) I recently made a reverse bucketlist, things I had already done that were on other peoples lists. Its great too see the accomplishments alltogether! :) If you care to read it: http://smilesandhappiness.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/my-reverse-bucketlist/
    Keep up your list, I’d love to

    • Stef says:

      I invite you to “steal” items from my list to add to yours; except I call it “being resourceful”. ;) I did see your reverse bucket list post; I might have to create one of those for myself, too. Great idea! (See, re-purposing in action…) ;)

  20. 52BrandNew says:

    Love your list!!! We are definitely like minded! I’ll come back to see how you progress this year! I also checked out the website you mentioned. I had never heard of it before. Funny how the same ideas crop up in such different places.

    • Stef says:

      Thanks for stopping by! I may need to look at your list to see about completing #32 on mine. :)

      • 52BrandNew says:

        I have lots of suggestions. Let me know what kind of “new to you” activity you are looking for!

      • Stef says:

        Honestly, I’m open. The only constraints I have are logistics (i.e., I have to actually have reasonable access to whatever task is being proposed; and ideally it won’t cost an exorbitant amount). Do you have any idea you’ve been pining to try that you would like to experience with a virtual buddy?

  21. Becca Zyne says:

    I love this idea!
    I especially like that there are so many low-budget items and that you aim to do things in your state that you have not done before. I am sure there are many fun things in my extended neighborhood that I have never made it around to doing!

    • Stef says:

      I can’t take credit for the “101 in 1001″ idea – but I take full credit for my list. :) I’m a frugal gal, and didn’t want a list of exorbitant items. (A few splurges are okay – but not 101 of them!) I also wanted to get to know my city/state more. They say that people don’t appreciate what is in their own back yard – and I don’t want to be that kind of person. The list has caused me to do things I honestly would not have done otherwise – I’m a big fan! I encourage folks to make their own lists if they are inclined to do so – I think it’s really a great idea. If you choose to make a list, I’d love to read it! :)

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  23. I just read your list…Loved it! :) I had one of these lists in 2009…but I didn’t have a “tracker”…and it made it tough not knowing my deadline…then I got sidetracked, and forgot all about it. At the end of the year (2011) I decided to take the same concept…and complete 112 things in 2012. But before creating my current list, I printed my 101 in 1001 days list…and it was AMAZING to see how many things that I had completed off of it, even though I wasn’t meaning to. It is always such a great feeling to know that you accomplished a goal…Even if it’s just a silly one! :D
    Good luck on crossing off all the goals on your list!

    • Stef says:

      I love hearing that you completed so many things on your list! I agree – the sense of accomplishment felt in attaining a goal (no matter what the goal is) feels great! :)

  24. I really like your list and the idea! I have something similar going on with my blog. Would you check it out? I’d really appreciate that! http://www.thesummergames.wordpress.com

  25. You’ve done a lot of them!
    NaNoWriMo – write a novel :-)

    • Stef says:

      I try and do one list item every week. Re. #101 – I have considered NaNoWriMo for the past five years at least. I have literally 10 novel ideas partly sketched out – but none just feel “right” to me. Not sure if I’m scared to actually try and see one through, or if I’m not disciplined enough to put in all the hard work to get to 50,000 words, or if I truly just haven’t connected with the right subject yet. So for now, I’m playing wait-and-see… So we’ll see. :)

  26. rutheh says:

    Wow that is a lot of “dones!” on the list! Very impressive. You will feel so satisfied when they are all accomplished. I enjoyed reading the list again and seeing all you have done.

  27. Chef Randall says:

    This is like the bucket list. But also your blog is motivating. Inspiration is short lived. Motivation gets you going and not letting anything get in the way. This is amazing, your blog is amazing. I will be looking forward to your future post’s. Before I leave I will sign up to follow your blog. I would like to invite you to view savorthefood.wordpress.com .

    Thanks for sharing your list and the motivation you show in completing it. If I could I would give you 4 thumbs up!! But I can’t so will 2 do? :)

    Chef Randall

  28. Chef Randall says:

    Just wanted to add..I think when you complete the first 100 you will have #101!! :)

    Keep it up.

    Chef Randall

    • Stef says:

      I did think about that, actually; but then I thought it might be “cheating”. So I have started a different project that will be the fodder for a book idea; now we’ll see how it goes. It may be total rubbish, but at least I will know I tried. :)

  29. Wow, I really love this list! I definitely hope to take some ideas from this, as you have some great ones :) I also want to go geocaching !

  30. deenie12 says:

    Wow Stef, I stopped by here to take a look at your list, and you’ve completed so many of these items! You have been so consistent with this, and I’m amazed at your ability to continue to try new things. I’ve loved reading about your experiences- keep it up!

    • Stef says:

      Aw, thanks for the kind words Nadine! It has truly been a LOT of fun trying all of these new experiences. (And sometimes a bit of work; but it’s a labor of love.) Thank you for continuing to read the posts and share comments; I deeply appreciate it!

      • deenie12 says:

        It’s my pleasure, Stef, I’ve loved reading your blog over the years. (I started up a new blog of my own… I couldn’t figure out how to message you with the link, so I’ll just do it here in a comment: http://nadinewords.wordpress.com/ Check it out when you have a chance! I missed blogging but wanted a slightly different space, and this is what I have so far. :)

      • Stef says:

        Nadine, I love your new blog! I did read through the posts you have so far – you are an amazing writer. Truly. Thank you for sharing the link with me; your thoughts are a pleasure to take in.

  31. Stef, if you ever find yourself in Las Vegas to complete your Cirque adventure on your list let me know. I not only live here and can get discounted tickets, but I too have been dying to go see one of them! I have seen Ka and Zumanity twice, but I would love the opportunity to see another and with amazing company such as yourself. Your completion date is around the corner, just saying. ;) Enjoy your day.. Namaste.

    • Stef says:

      Bella, that’s fantastic! I had no idea you were in Vegas; super cool! I have been thinking about how I might get that one done – Vegas might be a very realistic choice. If I do decide to go down that path, I will definitely connect with you and let you know! Could be very, very fun… :)

  32. You’re almost done! This is such a wonderful idea. Blogging does tend to pull us out of the outer world. Wow, now I’m kinda thinking of trying this one out too.

    • Stef says:

      I *am* almost done! (Though I will confess that finishing up these last few items is proving to be challenging – my momentum is seriously waning.) That being said, it has been a pretty amazing ride thus far. :) Thank you for the comment, as well as the likes and follows – I appreciate them all!

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