#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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3 Month Warning

My #101in1001 list ends September, 29th. That’s 3 months to finish a lot of stuff…

In the last year, I’ve:

  • Run a Disney race/half marathon
  • Visited Japan, gotten harajuku makeover, dyed my hair purple(fuchsia) and got as close as I could to the apex of an active volcano
  • 2 books away from reading 50 books in 2.75 year
  • Seen Taylor Swift in concert
  • Visited New York City and Portland, Maine
  • Completed a 52-week money-saving challenge and donated the bulk of it

But in the next 3 months, I have much much more to tick off the list. Those that do not get accomplished before deadline will be added to my next list, starting October 1st.

Some fun points on my next list: Read The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide and The Dark Tower Series, Host a Thanksgiving, Take regular kickboxing classes, Learn how to can, and Visit Crater Lake.

But before we get to that, I’ve already scheduled my next mud run (Rugged Maniac in August). I need to schedule a fun shopping scavenger hunt to pick up things from Nina Garcia’s One Hundred, and I have to finish re-finishing my great-grandmother’s dresser.

Troy and I have our full-day date planned for this weekend (in Chattanooga), and I am *this close* to making the appointment for my first tattoo.


Yesterday, I got a Facebook comment that dressing up Harajuku is “Kinda weird, no?”. Isn’t that the point? Not to mention, who makes trolling Facebook comments at 32. Get a real life…

I pride myself on being able to walk the line between non-traditional and classic. Building an interesting life with a little bit of old and the experiences of the new. The outcome? I always have something to look forward to.

Love. Angel. Music. Patti

Get a Harajuku makeover. Done 3/28/2016. #101in1001

During our Japan trip, I made a stop at Maison de Julietta. It was a small vendor at The Forest, a mall in the Harajuku district. You make an appointment for a makeover and photo shoot, introducing you to: Baby Doll, Sweet Lolita, Gothic Lolita, and the Boy Prince. Bet you didn’t know I moonlight as a Dark Water Victorian Pirate in a top hat.

This was a semi-awkward experience. Although they had some amazing costumes and props, I couldn’t really mix and match. You really had to stay with a specific style. I’m sure I confused the stylist by not going for the page boy wig. Plus, one-size fits all clothing doesn’t really help. I wasn’t quite comfortable until I saw the finished product.

However, during my makeup application, the woman next to me was getting ready to go in for her photos. She was in her 50’s and dressed in full baby doll; with pig tails, rainbow hair, and an oversized teddy bear. That took a lot of the pressure off trying to look good in an American sense.

Surprisingly, some of the shop girls were very impressed with my choice of wig +outfit. The photographer was very fun to work with, and even got Troy for a couple photos. Photoshoot crasher…

Lesson: People love it when they get to express how they feel in how they look. And, I’m really starting to rethink bare matte lipstick.

 

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…

 

 

Two Months and a Trip Later…

Following our Eurotrip, I took a very nice break from blogging to take on the last of my Presidential duties, the beginning of my Past-Presidential duties, a 4th of July family event and one work trip. I love reconnecting with my family and while I’m home, I’ve been getting out a lot more, planning weekend trips and outings with friends.

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In between jetsetting, we finally took down the tree in our backyard and have started back with the house projects.
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So now we have a ton of open space, lots of light, and an entire backyard to resuscitate. However, we have two more months left of summer and a lot of things planned, in a good way. Including:

  • My first visit to Pasadena, for work
  • A kinda-sorta surgery for Troy
  • My 30th birthday in Maine
  • My stepbrother’s wedding in Maryland
  • Seeing the Giants (and working) in Denver
  • Ending the summer in New Orleans with my bestie

Over/under on how many house projects we can tackle?

Sunday Reading

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Happy Sunday Wednesday.

We are less than a week away from our big Eurotrip. After almost a year of planning and some very lucky developments at work, I have passed the anxiety stage and am hanging out in the “just get here” stage. I think I’ve read every travel article twice. Gone over my lists and itinerary ad nauseam. How many more semi-empty days until I can pack my bags?

While I’m triple-checking the clock, here is what I’ve reading pre-vacation:

  • A Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank. I categorize this book as “Help, I’m in my twenties” reading. I just finished Girls in White Dresses, and needed a quick read to pass the time, so I could start a new book on my trip. I did not know that I had pretty much already read this book, in the form of the Sarah Michelle Gellar movie, Suburban Girl. I never like to watch the movie before the book, so this kind feels like cheating. Not a bad read though…
  • The Independent Women of Sweet Briar by the New York Times. Women’s schools have been in the spotlight a lot lately, with the closing of Sweet Briar College to the renaming of Mary Baldwin College to Mary Baldwin University. I’ve come across many excuses from friends who would never picture themselves in a single-sex environment. However, what they don’t know is the magic that happens once you get there.
  • Nora Ephron’s Wellesley College Commencement Speech, 1996. This goes hand-in-hand with the first two. What are the expectations of women now versus then, and what can we accomplish now that there are no more excuses?
  • 17 French Drugstore Beauty Products That Actually Work via Buzzfeed. I wanted to post some of my favorite travel blog posts, but this article is the one I’ve read the most.
  • A Shortcut Guide to the French Quarter via Savored Journeys. In the last couple weeks, some girlfriends and I have talked about a Girls Weekend in September, after my birthday. Guess who already has the basic itinerary in place…

Little Leadership

This past weekend, I attended my last Board of Governors Meeting as Alumnae President. I also got to talk with the Freshmen Intro to Leadership class.

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St. Margaret’s Senior Charms

When I started writing about leadership, I brought in a coxswain point-of-view, paired with a young professional’s ambition, as seen in this post (and also this post). But when I met with the freshmen, I realized all of that didn’t really hold much weight to them. I had to start at the beginning.

Why did I choose to be a leader?
Why did I jump at this position?
What was the spark that started the fire?

When I was in college, my Reverend told me something invaluable. She said, “When you’re sitting there thinking ‘I can do this better,’ you obligate yourself to do so.”

Don’t wait for your turn. Don’t hoard all your good ideas. Don’t do it for the recognition.
Do it because it is right, or stop complaining.

In high school, I had to move around a lot, starting over every couple of years. Leadership was not an option when you’re continually trying rebuild your foundation. When you’re that young, most of your confidence comes from your peers. Ask anyone who’s ever run for Student Council…. In that world, going out on a limb is the scariest thing. (Read A Separate Peace)

For me, the key was showing up. Be present. Show genuine interest in what you’re doing through your time and effort. You don’t have to be a leader yet, just someone who is interested in the cause and wants to learn more. Your actions will speak for themselves. And then when you’re ready, you make your move and it’ll seem like the most natural thing in the world.


One of the things I tried to do during my term was to be more visible and active on campus. That meant flying up to Virginia more than expected. In case you’re wondering, it was completely worth it.

I learned that I am the type of leader who likes to get her hands dirty. The type that will email often, push the agenda, and doesn’t want things to be business as usual. I like being a fun leader, and letting my age show every now and then. I can wear different hats and engage with many different types of people. I’m not changing the world, but I think I changed the perception on what it means to be an active volunteer.

A Full Calendar

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I found this in my journal this morning, right after I updated my personal and shared Google calendars. My schedule just got a little more packed, but it’s with events that really matter to me: leadership events, trips with Troy and my best friend’s birthday. This is just to get me through the beginning of June.

I’ve been counting my vacation days, planning trips and I always have my to-do list in hand. With all of this, I don’t actually feel busy at all.

Here is what’s on the agenda for April:

  • Pinewood + Proof’s Good Ol’ Fashioned Evening of Old Fashioned Cocktails. Troy’s favorite thing is an Old Fashioned. This ScoutMob deal was right up his alley, and we’ll be going with some friends. I love Pinewood’s Grit tots, too.

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    For Merritt’s 28th, we went to Trapeze School.
  • Merritt’s 30th Birthday. This year, both of my absolute best friends are turning 30. For Mary, we went to Stand-up comedy and UFC. For Merritt, I’ll be flying to Virginia to celebrate with her and her family. It’s also during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, so that will be an outstanding backdrop.
  • Chicago. My next work trip is to Chicago, a place I usually love going to, weather-permitting. I’ve done most of the tourist attractions, but I’m hoping it’s sunny enough to head to the Chicago Zoo. If not, I have my eye on Waffles Cafe.
  • St. Margaret’s! I have a Board of Governors meeting at the end of the month, so that means another flight to Virginia. I have some extra time, so I’m hoping to get to meet with some students and have dinner with my grandmother.
  • Inman Park Festival. This is one of the best events in Atlanta. It’s also where Troy took me on our first weekend together. We started as a long distance couple six years ago, and I would fly to Atlanta once a month. This festival is in an awesome part of town, and has blocks of local artists and great food.

Boston Recovery

I got back from my business trip to Boston on Wednesday night. After freezing for four days, I was happy to get back to the non-jacket, non-glove weather of Atlanta. I’m usually good with a long coat and gloves, however no told me to pack long underwear or an ear warmer or boots. While Boston unfortunately has a way of not making me happy, here are some highlights of the trip:

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This was the view from my hotel room. I would love to explore Boston in July when the weather isn’t painful. The city has a great mix of modern and historic buildings, and I have a soft spot for Brownstone apartments.
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This is from the Bukowski Tavern, next to my hotel. I did not go into it, although I loved this neon.
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This is the view of NYC from my flight. I am planning a New York trip with my bestie for next year and this got me very excited.

I did get a chance to walk around Boston Back Bay before and after each work day. As a person who absolutely hates cold weather (when I’m not prepared), I tried to make the best of it by sneaking into local shops, restaurants and coffee houses. It is a fun town to explore, I just wish it was better timing.

Another highlight of the trip was that Troy and I finally booked our flights to Europe for the Spring. This includes a round trip flight, jumper flights via Easyjet, and a reservation on the Eurostar. We also purchased our Paris Passes and tickets to the Vatican museums. Needless to say, we won’t be doing much for a while after dropping that much cash.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!