1 year of 101 in 1001

The Mission:    Do 101 things within 1001 days.

Start date:          January 5, 2010
End date:            October, 2, 2012

It’s been 1 year since I started the 101 thing in 1001 days project. So I thought it might be nice to make a review of what I have achieved and what is still missing:

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  1. Travel to the US and Canada.Accomplished Nov. 4 to Nov. 24, I travelled to Miami, FL.
  2. Visit a country in Europe that I haven’t been to yet (other than Poland).
  3. Go to Poland and visit the area (around Worzlaw/Breslau) where my grandma was born.
  4. Do 3 hiking tours in the Alps.
  5. Have a girls vacation (at least, two days). Accomplished March 14, 2010
  6. Travel to the sea once.
  7. Start learning Chinese.
  8. Finish my Business Administration degree. I’m still writing my diploma thesis, but the countdown’s running, I have until March 7…
  9. Get a full-time job after graduation.
  10. Get my own apartment.Accomplished Sept. 2010, I moved into an apartment with my boyfriend.
  11. Decorate my apartment.Still in progress…
  12. Have a party in my apartment.
  13. Start a sport that I really like and practice regularly.Accomplished Feb. 8, 2010, I just LOVE snowboarding and one really needs some good arguments to keep me off the hills.
  14. Practice Yoga daily for at least 3 months in a row. I’ve been pretty constant since my yoga retreat in November, but it’s a long way to 2 months 😉
  15. Go running three times a week for 2 months in a row. I was pretty good this summer, but stopped running in fall and I didn’t get to 3 times a week, but I’ll try again this summer.
  16. Take part in a marathon/half marathon.
  17. Go swimming once a week for 2 months in a row.We started to go swimming to our local indoor swimming pool this fall and have been pretty much every week. I forgot to count however, but I guess that it’s been 2 months and we’re continuing, so I’ll give this a check.
  18. Get contact lenses.Accomplished Jan. 25, 2010, I’m not wearing them very often, however.
  19. Wear make-up on workdays for two months in a row.
  20. Wear a skirt once a week. Clearly Failed, as I haven’t been wearing a skirt more than three times since starting this feature!
  21. Buy a wedding dress.
  22. Get up at 6 am three weeks in a row. No problem at all. I even started getting up at 5 recently to do some morning meditation and yoga.
  23. Try a different restaurant and type of cuisine, at least six times a year. Uhm, could I have another 6 days for 2010. Honestly, I had completely forgot about this one. I think I can name three restaurants that were new this year:
    –  Azteakas, steak restaurant in my hometown
    – Sausalitos, Mexican cuisine and bar
    – A bavarian restaurant I don’t remember the name of
  24. Make a Top 50 list of my favorite recipes AND cook/bake them all.
    Just click on the “Yummy Food” button on the left and you’ll find some of my favorite recipes. Not all 50 of them yet…
  25. Live on organic and healthy food for one entire month. It’s difficult to live like this, considering what healthy is you get a whole kind of different things…
  26. Try a new cheese every month. (8)
    – Walnut Cheese (January)
    – Goose Cheese (February)
    – Fig Cheese (March) I loved this one… really tasty
    – Wild Flower Cheese (May)
    – Cave Cheese (also May)
    – King Ludwig Cheese (August)
    – “Homemade” Mountain Cheese (September)
    – French Mountain Cheese (December)
  27. Have a candlelight dinner.
  28. Start up a garden (or balcony) and grow my own food.
  29. Read and study the bible through once.Reading Numbers…
  30. Go to church at least twice a month.Could be considered failed. I didn’t go to church nearly as much as twice a month, but the number of times I’ve in general has increased a lot…
  31. Do a photography course.
  32. Learn how to knit properly.
  33. Knit three pairs of socks.
  34. Knit a sweater.
  35. Make a box (D-I-Y) to place all my jewelry inFinished on April, 23 2010
  36. Finish writing my book.
  37. Update my blog 4 times a week for one monthFinished Feb. 28, 2010
  38. Make 18 Random-Tuesday-Thoughts posts. (18/18) I started seriously doing the Ten on Tuesdays posts some time around March which I enjoyed a lot more and stopped doing the Random Tuesday Thoughts. WordPress says I’ve got 27 Ten on Tuesdays posts, so I’ll give this one a check.
  39. Make 18 Wordless Wednesday posts. (1/18)
  40. Change the blog’s design (at least change the photo in the header) according to the season or at least four times a year. (4/4+x) I’ve been experimenting a lot with the blog design and finally decided to stop doing this after 4 times and stick to the same design. I’ll just change the header picture according to the season…
  41. Go to the Botanic garden for the cherry blossoming.
  42. Have a picknick. During our bike tour in September we had a wonderful picknich. Like always, I forgot to take the camera along.
  43. Send 10 postcards, just for fun.
  44. Make a birthday list and send a card to everyone on the list.
  45. Read 25 books off the Time Top 100 List.
    – A clockwork orange,  Finished April 11th 2010
    – A Passage to India
  46. Read and finish Ulysses.
  47. Watch 25 movies off the AFI 100 movies in 100 years list.
  48. Watch 25 movies in the theatre. (8/25)
    – The Rebound
    –  Did you hear about the Morgans
    –  Sherlock Holmes
    –  Up in the Air
    – The bounty hunter
    – Prince of Persia
    – Twilight Ecplise
    – Harry Potter 7
  49. Send 25 Christmas cards out on Dec. 1.
  50. Write a short year-in-review for the Christmas cards.
  51. Contact all 5 of my neighborhood friends from my childhood and go out together.
  52. Get all Christmas presents before December.
  53. Not fight with my brother for 4 weeks in a row.I feel like cheating on this one, because now that I moved out I barely see him anymore and we don’t get any chances to start a fight 😉
  54. Go to a ballet show.We went to a nice ballet/musical show where my boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend performed. It was sooo nice.
  55. Go to an opera.
  56. Go to five different museums, including arts.
    – Went to the tim, local textile museum
  57. Go to a carnaval party.
  58. Go to the Octoberfest (Bavaria’s Beer festival).
  59. Play the piano twice a week for 3 months.
  60. Learn to play the guitar properly.
  61. Start singing in a choir.
  62. Go to a karaoke.
  63. Sleep outside.
  64. Compliment 10 people.It’s easier to do this than I thought. But most astonishingly most people think you’re making fun of them instead of being happy about the compliment.
  65. Clean out my closet thoroughly and donate the clothes I don’t need.Accomplished Aug. 2010
  66. Complete a no spend month each year (which means 2010, 2011, 2012). Uhm, ohm. I didn’t really stick to this. Perhaps during the summer I was rather saving a lot of money, but not consciously decided that this was a no spend month.
  67. Unplug for a long weekend (from Thursday, 00.00 am to Sunday 12.00 pm)I’ve had a lot of unplug-weekends, but most of the time you didn’t notice, because I had a post scheduled and I seldomly post on the weekends…
  68. Donate blood. I’ll still have to gain at least 5 kg (about 10lbs) to be able to do this.
  69. Register for stem cell donation. (Jan. 15, 2010)
  70. Find out 100 things that make me happy. There are a lot of simple things that make me happy… I’ll tell you another time.
  71. Become the godparent of a child in a developing country.
  72. Make a scrapbook of my 101 things.
  73. Make a new 101 list.
  74. Save 10% of my monthly income.
  75. Save 10 € for each goal achieved.
  76. Donate 10 € for each goal achieved.
  77. Get two savings boxes for the money I save and the donation money.(Feb. 10, 2010)

So, looking at the list I’ve come a long way. Of course, there are still a lot of things I need to do, but I’ve still got time. And by just taking small steps, I’m sure I’ll get successfully on…

I don’t really believe in New Year’s resolutions. Instead of waiting for New Year, why don’t we start now. Immediately. And why do we limit ourselves to one year. Why not prolongue the time a bit, but then do things seriously. That’s why I started the 101… Do you have your 101?

A clockwork orange

I don’t know if you read “A clockwork orange” in school or college or happened to watch the movie. I came across the book some years ago during a search for movies. My boyfriend recommended the movie, obviously not for its entertainment, but because of the fact that I like “educational” movies and stuff.

We didn’t get to watch the movie back then. Don’t ask me why, but we didn’t. However, the title stuck in my head and when I read it on the TIME 100 Books of a lifetime list I immediately added it. (You might recall that post).

So, for Easter, my mom got me some books. That’s like a tradition. We get small stuff, like books or a CD for Easter, instead of the tons of chocolate eggs… And one of the books was “A clockwork orange”.

It’s been a good and a really quick read. Well, with 147 pages the book isn’t that big, of course. I have to say that I’d definitely put it on the X-rated list. No fears! I won’t put any of this content here!

First of all, the language used is clearly street languages containing a lot of insults. Then, it’s the plot. It’s about a boy of 16 (at the beginning of the story) who is involved in all kinds of criminal acts. One day he’s arrested by the police and sentenced to more than 10 years in prison. After having spent 2 years there he gets the chance to get free again by taking part in a “correction programme”.  Of course, he takes part and is turned into a “rightful” citizen within 14 days. He will become sick whenever thinking or seeing any kind of criminal act and violence. Even the thought of killing a fly makes him highly sick. However, the techinques applied to make him “good” again are debatable.

He’s released back into life, but finds himself harrased by victims from earlier times and even his parents won’t accept him back. In the end he’s found by a group of people who fight against this project. They drive him to try to commit suicide so they can proove that the project doesn’t make people good, but drives them insane.

In the end he’s cured from this “being good” and tries to become the “bad villain” he was before, but finally turns good all by his own will, because he realizes that crime and violence cannot be accepted.

If you liked Orwell’s 1984 then this book would be right to read. It’s not entertaining or a Sunday read in any way, but it’s socially very critical and it gets you to think a bit, about crime, violence and how to “cure” such things or what can be socially acceptable.

Snowboarding – Couldn’t I do this for a living?

I’m back. Well, physically speaking, at least. My head’s still somewhere on the slopes. And we had a really great time! The weather was wonderful – sun, sun, sun. We would’ve get really sunburnt if not for the sun lotion we packed.

Getting up on Saturday at 3.30 was pretty hard. Yes, even for me, though I’m really a morning person. But thankfully the stuff was already packed so I just had to get into my clothes and have breakfast. My dad had offered to drive us to the bus, so at 4.30  we fetched my friend and got to the bus station at around 5.00 am.

The bus was very punctual and on 5.10 we were on our road to Nauders, Austria.

It’s about a four-hour ride from my hometown and as there was no traffic on the roads we got there at around 9 am. We gathered our skiing/snowboarding gear and off we took up the mountain.

Though it was pretty sunny both days, there was a pretty cold wind on Saturday and we were lucky to get our hands on some warm tea during our afternoon break.

Nauders is a really nice skiing resort close to the Italian border. It’s perfect if you’re going for two days and has nice slopes that are not too difficult. So you can also go there with kids…

Like the rest of Austria they have suffered a winter with only little snowfall. So we were very surprised that they had less snow than we’re having at the moment. However, this added to a very nice spring-like atmosphere.

I was a bit sad to have to go on Sunday evening. Actually I was enjoying myself so much that I almost missed the bus ;-). But we already decided to go again next winter. In the meantime, if all other things fail I now know what I’d do for a living ;-).

And now it’s time for spring to get started… Weather forecast for this week are pretty confident…

PS: Of course, there’ll be another part of Ten on Tuesday later today…

My 101 in 1001 – No. 77: Get savings boxes

This post has taken me forever. I’m sorry. I bought them already in February, after a long search.

First I had thought about getting real savings boxes, but there was none that matched my expectations. I looked in the Internet and in all the shops I could think of, but NOTHING. So I thought about what else I could use as a savings box. That’s when I came up with an idea. Why not just take a box and decorate it? I thought about taking a shoe box, but these were all hilariously big. Would have looked really funny.

Then one day I came across some nice gift boxes. They had exactly the right size and were already nicely decorated. I couldn’t withstand and bought them immediately:

I decided to get two boxes and save the money separately… When I was putting the money finally in there, I thought I’d be nice to keep track of which 101’s I’d already achieved, so I labeled the money:

Yeah, I know, very creative ;-). But it helps to motivate. So, now whenever I need a little motivation I can open the boxes and read through the labels and get what I already achieved…

No. 45 – Read 25 books off the Time Top 100 List

This is going to be a harder goal than I thought. At least, if I won’t cheat… Yes, looking at the TIME Top 100 List of Books, I realised that I have already read half of them. This is good, because it means that I have already read a lot of good books, but it also means that I’ll have less to chose from…

Never mind here’s my current selection of the books I’m planning to read:

  1. American Pastoral by Philip Roth
  2. Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara
  3. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  4. A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell
  5. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
  6. Go tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  7. Gone with the wind by Margaret Mitchell
  8. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
  9. I, Claudius by Robert Graves
  10. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  11. Light in August by William Faulkner
  12. Loving by Henry Green
  13. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  14. Money by Martin Amis
  15. Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
  16. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  17. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  18. Play it as it lays by Joan Didion
  19. The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
  20. The Sportswriter by Richard Ford
  21. The Sun also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  22. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
  23. Their eyes were watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  24. White Noise by Don DeLillo
  25. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Snowboarding – last pics

So here they are. The pictures of our last snowboarding day. There I was: going downhill trying not to miss any of the slalom poles. Ain’t I looking really good??? I was and still am pretty proud of myself and everytime I see a picture like this I start snowboarding in my head… So I decided to go again in March. Can’t wait until then…

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Find the other posts about me and my snowboarding adventure here:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

No. 29 of 101 – Read the bible through once

I thought about putting this off for, at least, the next few months, but then I was afraid I’d never end up reading one single page of the bible and I got really afraid, that I wouldn’t be able to make my 101 in 1001. Yeah, I’m really ambitious, about achieving as much as possible. Of course, there are some points that are clearly more like “failed”, but still.

I’ve never been a religious person. To be honest, God and I got a really bad start. I’d been pretty neutral concerning religion until I got to High School. I wasn’t that eager on going to church, but eventually I’d go with my grandparents and for the high religious holidays. Then, when I got to 7th grade I had this really old teacher in Religious Education. We had to learn all kinds of prayers in Latin and this would be tested in exams. It was like hell and after one year I quit and went to Philosophy instead. So that was that.

When I got to university I met my boyfriend who is the total opposite of me. All of his family are actively involved in their church community and that was the first time in years that I started to really think about what it means to believe in God and live after his rules. So I decided that I’d try to work out where I was standing and would start by reading the Bible.

For a start I decided to go to the bookstore (my favourite one) and get myself a copy. So I went to the store and straight to their “religion and spiritual books” section looking at the bibles they were offering. Huh – nothing that looked like it was worth reading. All the books were really intimidating, huge books with hardcovers and all kinds of religious symbols on their covers. I was really taken aback and left.

However, it kept me pondering for quite a few days, so I searched the internet. There is loads, I’ve got to say! Not a chance to get an overview of what’s offered and what’s good. If you enter bible into Google it says 96,500,000 hits – great. The US Amazon store offers ofer 220,000 hits and the German site still 34,000.

I searched for a bible study group in my local church, but didn’t find any information. And then, I didn’t want to read the bible in German (yeah, like I said once I sometimes feel more comfortable doing things in English).

And the luck hit me – it was pure chance that I klicked on the “What I’m reading” button on Angelia’s blog. I hadn’t been there for a long time and there it hit me: Book No. 1 she’s reading is the Bible – The Message Version. Sounded cool. So I researched a bit about what it was with this “Message Version”. Actually it’s just a bible, as you might say, but it’s been adapted and has introductions to every chapter in today’s language. That sounds good, doesn’t it?! And even better, I found “The Message – Remix 2.0”. Right, that sounds more like a book on a computer program what with the 2.0, but actually it’s a bible for young people. That convinced me. I went straight to Amazon and ordered a copy (the last of three available in Germany…) and just today it arrived. So here’s my super new message bible:

Yes, you’re seeing correctly it’s a wonderful girlie pink! So, wouldn’t you like to read the bible when it’s coming in this outfit?!