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101 Things in 1001 Days: Done (Sort Of)

mexicoyumWell, well… my 101 Things in 1,001 Days project is finally over… ummm, last month (I wrote this recap and then forgot about it). I’m a little disappointed to report that I only finished 71% of my list — but I’m really excited about the things I’ve accomplished and experienced in the last 1,001 days. Highlights: finished my MBA, white water rafting (2x), got a cat, quit my job to travel for a year, traveled to: Mexico, Panama, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Spain, Morocco, Azores, Bahamas, and Costa Rica, went to Bumbershoot, watched the top 100 grossing films of all time, read 52 books in 52 weeks, found my signature cupcake, volunteered, tried SCUBA diving, started my first garden… and a few others.

So instead of doing another 101 Things list, I’ve decided to try out a 30 Before I’m 30 list. Aaaaaah! :) So dear Internet, what should I add to my 30 Things Before 30 list? Ideas so far include: buy a house (update: done! I kind of sandbagged this one, but I’m totally going to keep it on the list), visit Iceland, try kiteboarding, start strength training, learn a really hard yoga pose (which one?), run a half marathon or try an easy triathalon (I suck at swimming though), visit all 30 microbreweries in Portland…

What else should be on my ’30 Before I’m 30′ list?

#69: Eat at Every Restaurant in My Neighborhood

not from my neighborhood, but oh so cute!Well this one was pretty easy — I had a little help since some restaurants went out of business last year. :|  There were a couple of restaurants that I’d been meaning to try just because they’re close, but I’m disappointed to report that I wasn’t missing much and I won’t be back. However, there are two restaurants in my neighborhood that I really love — so I guess it evens out.

Maybe next time I’ll add “Eat at every restaurant in my work neighborhood” to the list. Oh, and I defined my neighborhood as 1/2 mile from my place using the Yelp map. (photo by yoppy)

#86: Get a Wax

urban-waxxPotentially awkward blog posts — saved by haiku (via yes and yes)!

not bad, but not fun
my budget doesn’t thank me
swimsuit season, please?

On that note, for Portland waxing salons, Urban Waxx is seriously awesome — great staff, wine for a little liquid courage :P and 15% off your first visit/referral.

#35: Get A Cat


Oh hai! I can has IKEA shopping?Oh hai!  Well after three trips to the Humane Society — and several “OMG, why am I getting a cat, how will I travel, what if it’s stupid, what if it’s too much commitment, what if I don’t like it, maybe I should get a dog, what if it never dies” panics — I finally got a kitteh.

It’s a girl cat, but I think she looks like a boy, so I may just refer to her as a he? Is that bad? Anyway, now she he needs a name! She he has a mustache, which is quite hilarious so I was thinking of naming her after a dictator — Stalin, Lenin, Franco? Twitter pals suggested Selleck, Burt Reynolds, and Mario. I was also thinking of places that I’ve traveled… like Sofia (Bulgaria), Essaouira (Morocco, and then I could call her Essa), or Zooey (Salinger book, Franny & Zooey)… So dear Internets, help me name my kitteh!

[polldaddy poll=”2663934″]

kitteh2And now I must go to IKEA, for my cat requests cat-sized Swedish furniture and dinnerware. :)

#59: Watch All 5 Best Picture Nominees Before the Oscars 2010


Brad Pitt - such a bad assOscar 2010 time! So I almost completed #59 (Watch all 5 10 Best Picture Nominees before the Oscars) in 2008, and then last year around this time I was in Costa Rica, so 2010 it is!

I’m starting with 2 for 10 this year, but seriously why are there ten Best Picture nominations? Usually there are only five. I need more time! At least the plan is logistically possible this year, but there are two movies on the list that I don’t think I can bring myself to watch (how are Sandra Bullock and Mariah Carey in Oscar nominated movies anyway?).

2010 Best Picture Nominations:

  1. Avatar (James Cameron and Jon Landau) – in theaters
  2. The Blind Side – in theaters
  3. District 9 (Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham – DVD
  4. An Education (Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey) – in theaters (DVD in March)
  5. The Hurt Locker – DVD
  6. Inglourious Basterds (Lawrence Bender) – DVD
  7. Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire (Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness) – in theaters (DVD in March)
  8. A Serious Man (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen) DVD on February 9
  9. Up (Jonas Rivera) – DVD
  10. Up in the Air (Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman) – in theaters

What movie gets your vote?

Olivia Raymer
Things I ♥: travel, food (I'm a pescatarian), the Pacific Northwest, bikes (I ride an orange mixte), beer (IPAs), summer, coffee, lists, and kitties. Travel enthusiast, former product manager, dabbler, and currently helping small businesses with digital strategy at Early Bird Strategy.

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