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(Almost) 100 Things I Want to do in 2011


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Summer Pierre, one of my Perigee authors, is the most inspiring artist I’ve ever met. She’s an amazing writer, visual artist, and musician. I’m sure most of us would be thrilled to have just one of those qualities. She also happened to have given birth to her son in the back seat of a car. That, to me, seals her fate as the ultimate Super Woman.

I was especially inspired by one of her recent blog posts: a list of 100 things she wants to do in 2011. Reading her list made me realize how much I’ve meant to do over the years, only to let things slip through the cracks as I surrender myself to the daily grind. If you don’t stop to make sure you’re happy, no one will do it for you (at least, not in these little ways that only you can know about). It’s amazing how much these tiny milestones contribute to our overall happiness. Some things are smaller than others, but never less significant.

I’ve been working on my 2011 list and am struggling to get 100. I will keep adding to it, but here’s what I have so far. I noticed that about 95% of these items relate to food, music, family, and friends. Hey, if my 2011 is rich with nothing more than those four things, I’ll be a happy, happy girl.

(Almost) 100 Things I Want to do in 2011

  1. Have a bagel and coffee on the steps of the MET, then spend the afternoon inside
  2. Have my grandmother teach me to crochet
  3. Make a batch of tomato sauce jars with Mom
  4. Go to Coney Island for our wedding anniversary (photo booth, hot dogs)
  5. Go to the Prospect Park lake
  6. Make something on my sewing machine
  7. Buy a necklace on Etsy
  8. Get a car
  9. Discover 5 new bands I love
  10. Make my grandfather’s pickled peppers stuff with sardines
  11. Hang more art and photos around my apartment
  12. Eat smoked salmon from Russ & Daughters
  13. See the Prospect Park cherry blossoms
  14. Make another wedding cake (for a wedding I’m not attending)
  15. Purge my closet
  16. Go to Athens, Georgia
  17. See Amy Ray in concert
  18. Visit J&K at least twice
  19. Get all my music onto my iPod
  20. Get any National album I don’t already own
  21. Get to know the Decemberists
  22. Crochet a blanket
  23. Have oysters & martinis on a Friday
  24. Visit NVN
  25. Go to the Brooklyn Public Library
  26. See Matt Pond PA in concert
  27. Make marzipan Easter lambs with Mom
  28. Have pig’s feet & tomato sauce at my grandparents’ house
  29. Go to the Hudson Valley
  30. Learn how to apply eye makeup
  31. Feel comfortable wearing lipstick
  32. Learn how to make a skirt
  33. Eat lobster after a day in the sun
  34. Drink a bottle of wine I can’t afford on my 30th birthday (with friends)
  35. Go to Strawberry Fields in Central Park
  36. Eat at Diner in Williamsburg
  37. Eat a burger at Corner Bistro
  38. Start an interview series on Pomato Revival
  39. Swim in a lake
  40. See a game at Fenway
  41. Tailor the oversized t-shirts I want to wear
  42. Go to the woods for a week
  43. Get Patti Smith’s Horses album
  44. Find an antique cast iron pan
  45. Make pickled garlic
  46. Make jam
  47. See Mary
  48. Make a wedding photo album
  49. Go hiking
  50. Get Buddy Holly glasses
  51. Have a picnic in Prospect Park
  52. Reread The Great Gatsby
  53. Eat at Franny’s
  54. Go fishing
  55. Finish my website
  56. Have cheese for dinner at ‘inoteca
  57. Play my guitar again
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11 Responses to “(Almost) 100 Things I Want to do in 2011”

  1. summerspierre says:

    I LOVE THIS LIST. So so inspiring–and the cool thing? So DOABLE.

  2. NIcky says:

    I want to do all of those things too! Maybe I can just use your list, is that cheating?

  3. Meaghin says:

    Fantastic list! I'm now inspired to create my own. I think the idea of adding to the list as you think of things versus trying to list all 100 at once will spare you a headache! (*And from putting something on your list that you really don't care about.)

  4. Maria says:

    Thank YOU, Summer, for the inspiration!

  5. Maria says:

    Meaghin, I totally agree. Better to keep a running list than to cram a bunch of things on there that aren't as important. I hope you decide to make one. It's really a great project!

  6. Katherine Gagliano says:

    Happy to help you out with #18, #33, #49, #55 and #56! I need to make a list like this. (You don't have to post this comment! Just replying)

  7. Andrea says:

    I can help you with #21…I'm obsessed with them! :)

  8. Lisa says:

    This list idea is awesome.

  9. Lucy says:

    #42 is going on my list.


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