#101 in 1001, Round 2

101-in-1001My first #101 list ended yesterday. I 100% admit that my first list was VERY ambitious. There were some big things going down…

If I had an unlimited amount of cash, it might’ve been possible to complete more than 50%. I can see now why the list should have a balance between big events, small victories, and goals that take a solid amount of time and commitment.

So here’s my new list that I’ve compiled over the last year. I even checked off two items, before the list started: 1) Pay off a credit card, and 2) Buy a second freezer for food storage.

Onward to the next challenge…

Start: October 1, 2016
End: June 29, 2019

  1. Create a 2nd list of 101 things to do. (10/1/16)
  2. Everything important not completed from my first list.

Home

  1. Buy a car
  2. Buy an instant camera
  3. Create a P+T photo album
  4. Finish styling our first house, inside and out
  5. Frame and hang all of our art
  6. Get a compost barrel and a rain barrel.
  7. Get a second pet for the family
  8. Finish landscaping our front and back yards
  9. Host Thanksgiving
  10. Make emergency kits/food storage
  11. Scan all of my mother’s photos
  12. Scan/file/back up our photos
  13. Start a garden
  14. Sustain a lemon tree in Atlanta
  15. Throw a Quentin Tarantino Party

Style

  1. Buy a pair of Louboutins
  2. Buy my first investment handbag
  3. Have a dress made for me
  4. Get everything on Nina Garcia’s 100 list (24 to go)
  5. Invest in a pair of good hiking boots

Travel

  1. Continue trying to visit every state (15 to go, 14 in January!)
  2. Go back to Montana
  3. Go back to Paris and stock up on beauty products
  4. Go on a fitness-based trip
  5. Go on a girls vacation with more than one other person
  6. Go on a trip with my mom
  7. Go on a west coast road trip
  8. Go on an overnight hiking trip
  9. Go south of the equator
  10. Go to a Black Tie function
  11. Go to a cranberry bog
  12. Go to the FL/GA game in Jax
  13. Plan a surprise trip for Troy’s 35th
  14. See a fjord
  15. See a glacier
  16. See the Northern Lights
  17. Start planning a trip for my 35th
  18. Take a photo with a giant Redwood or Sequoia in California
  19. Take another bucket list trip
  20. Take Troy to Portland
  21. Travel abroad for Christmas
  22. Visit 3 new countries

Culture

  1. Blow glass or create a stained glass ornament
  2. Buy a substantial piece of art
  3. Create a substantial piece of art
  4. Get my library card
  5. Complete a 642 Things to Write About journal
  6. Complete a Wreck This Journal
  7. Go berry picking, then make jam, then can it
  8. Go for a full day at the spa
  9. Learn calligraphy
  10. Learn darkroom photography
  11. Learn stick shift
  12. Learn to pick a lock
  13. Re-read Portrait of a Lady
  14. Read every Jane Austen Novel (3/7)
  15. Read the entire Dark Tower series
  16. Read the Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide
  17. Read Women in Love
  18. Reinstate Netflix DVD’s
  19. Watch the rest of the 100 best movies of all time
  20. Re-learn how to play Cribbage
  21. Ride a Vespa
  22. See a Broadway Play
  23. See Mariah in Concert
  24. Stay up all night and have breakfast at 3am
  25. Take an oil painting course
  26. Go to a rave (Krewella, 10/7/16)

Health & Fitness

  1. Bowl a 150 average
  2. Complete another indoor Tri
  3. Do an early morning run every day for one week
  4. Do another 3-day refresh
  5. Do a juice cleanse
  6. Finish a 10k in under an hour (Best time 1:02)
  7. Learn to play golf
  8. Learn to snowboard (better)
  9. Learn to surf (better)
  10. Nail a crow pose and yoga head stand
  11. Ride a mechanical bull
  12. Run another Disney half marathon
  13. Stay at 120 lbs except if pregnant
  14. Take regular boxing classes
  15. Try acupuncture
  16. Visit a chiropractor

Professional & Finance

  1. Create a Living Will
  2. Develop an idea for a novel
  3. Buy someone the absolute best birthday present
  4. Be a guest blogger/writer on someone’s website
  5. Be part of a startup company
  6. Learn how to code
  7. Pay off my entire Student Loan Debt
  8. Reach 700 Twitter followers
  9. Take a grant writing class
  10. Take an online class
  11. Write an article for a magazine

For Others

  1. Be a part of the SMS Centennial
  2. Organize one big St. Margaret’s fundraiser
  3. Buy someone the absolute best birthday gift (also in January…)
  4. Complete another 52-week giving challenge and donate (most) of it

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter at @CoxswainPatti to keep up.

 

 

 

 

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2016 so far…

Since my last post (almost a year ago, ouch…), we’ve visited Maine, NYC, Japan together and are finally circling back around to getting this house presentable.

We’ve have a handful of family visits just in the past 6 weeks, so we’ve been working overtime to get our yard and guest rooms up to par.

We are now the proud owners of 6 small boxwood bushes, 3 fully-mulched flower beds, 2 porch topiaries with pots, a recently-trimmed 15ft. camellia bush, and a new trash can. It’s a super smart trash+recycling can, so I can’t contain my excitement.

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On the bright side, our yard looks great and you can tell all the afternoons we’ve put in are starting to pay off. However, like most home owners know, the work will never be completely done. Now that we’ve exhausted all the projects we can do on our own, we have  begin our long-term investments. These include:

  • New vinyl siding to replace the original wood siding
  • New thermal windows. All of the windows are original to the house and 100% of them have broken seals.
  • Deck refinishing. While the support structure is sound, many of the slats are cracked  and/or bowing. I’d like to replace these with composite slats that are waterproof and weather durable (and also not an ugly brown).
  • New garage doors. Along with the siding, these doors are original, made of wood, and are painted a rather unappealing  antique color.

Most of these projects should be done in the next year and I’m estimating a good $25-28K should cover it. Any idea where to find it?

While I know real estate investments can be very profitable if handled correctly, this house was not meant to be a short investment. We love out house, our neighborhood and our town, and unless something amazing comes around the corner, we are planning on staying in this house for the next 5-10 years. No need to have the return on investment, or how good the market is (or is not), or the what-do-we-do-if-we-have-more-than-two-kids talk.

More photos of the house to come, probably when more family comes to visit and we have to emergency tidy up again…

 

 

Birthday Dinner #2

Saturday night, M had a birthday dinner at her home in McLean. It’s such a great house, and she and her S.O. have put a lot of work into it. So for part of her birthday, she has excited to host her first seated dinner party for 13, plus one five-year-old.

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The main dinner table with china, crystal glasses and silver. Red tulips in blue glass was the perfect touch.

I was excited to help her set up, and it gave me a chance to use all those non-practical skills: setting up a cocktail bar, flower arranging, cheese platter feng shui…

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We set up the bar with champagne glasses, white wine glasses and crystal bar glasses. Along with Vodka and Gin, she had a few beers, white wine and sparkling waters for cocktail hour. M also picked up these pretty glass bottles of Q club soda and tonic water.
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For the cheese platters, we got two goat and two cow cheeses. The best was a hard cow’s milk cheese with a black pepper rind. We also got mixed olives, salted nuts and garlic crostini.
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The most amazing coconut and raspberry birthday cake from Baked & Wired. Dinner was lasagna from Balducci’s, garlic bread, and salad with Mama Terry’s special dressing.

It was a really great mix of people and great conversation. I will not be hosting any seated dinners with china and crystal anytime soon, but I do have family coming to the house in two weeks. Let’s get out the fresh flowers and deck furniture.

Just kidding, I don’t own deck furniture yet…