101 Things in 1001 Days, № 3 – A Review

I’ve been doing my version of the Day Zero Project for almost as long as this blog exists. Back then I called them Daring Deeds, and while I never made it through one of my lists in their entirety I always found them comforting. The general idea is to finish a list of 101 tasks in 1001 days, like a crossover of New Year’s resolutions and a bucket list.

This one was my third installment of the challenge. I started back on February 20th, 2016, so the 101/1001 III would have ended on November 17th, 2018 originally –  if I hadn’t reviewed it in March ’17, replacing 15 items, thus adding 150 days, making the end date April 16th 2019. I decided to end this one early – so many things have changed and changed again, and while I really wanted to do these things back when I wrote them down I don’t feel this list anymore. To use the words of a certain Japanese decluttering expert, it doesn’t spark joy anymore. So to wrap it up, here’s my review on this list, just to throw the new one at you at the end of this post (so just jump there if you’re not here for the extensive commentary).

I finished off 26 items on this list, and a few were still in progress (and might have made it to the next list, too).

  1. Move. We moved to Hanover in August 2016 – I’d never been in the city before the actual moving day but I haven’t regretted a day of this new life.
  2. Visit the seaside. I ticked this off with Zandvoort, Northern Holland, during a trip to Amsterdam. We’ve been at another Dutch beach since then – I still haven’t shown you the pictures but I definitely need to because wow, those dunes were beautiful.
  3. Go to Scotland. → Better luck next time.
  4. Go swimming 13 times. Eh, 7 out of 13 isn’t that bad. I’ll try again, though.
  5. Visit 13 museums. I’ve got the weird feeling I haven’t counted quite correctly… I think I made it to four five six (I think I’m done counting now), but I’ve already got a date for the next time. You can see some of these trips here, here and here.
  6. Get rid of 101 items. Onwards to more of that!
  7. Get clasps for my harp.
  8. Sit in 3 artist alleys. I won’t be at the new thing they’re doing with the RPC this year but at least I’ve got a post about RPC ’16 (I’m also a regular at KeksCon now, which might be comparatively tiny but absolutely lovely and welcoming).
  9. Get my bloody B.A. degree. Ugh. Don’t ask.
  10. Win NaNoWriMo again. → Oh my, NaNo. Last year just didn’t happen at all, but the one before sparked a project I’m still working on, so I count this as a success anyway.
  11. Attend a concert. I went to Les Yeux D’la Tête’s Liberté Chérie tour back in 2016 and loved it.
  12. Visit 3 castles. I’ve been to one (with my 90-year-old grandmother, no less), which isn’t as great as two or three, but better than nothing.
  13. Go to Drachenfest or Epic Empires → I didn’t finish my character in time (she got her own point on the new list, though) and had a particularly bad Summer in general so it’s probably better I didn’t go. Trying again, though.
  14. Go sailing.
  15. Wear Lolita 13 times. I wore Lolita twice, or maybe three times, and even once at a meet-up but in the end I think while I still absolutely adore the style it’s just a bit too much fuss for me – I’ll never be good at not sitting on the floor everywhere.
  16. Get another tattoo.
  17. Go back to Amsterdam. Twice, even (2016|2018). Ugh, I love this city so much.
  18. Go to London.
  19. Have a Meriastron group photo shoot.
  20. Attend a LARP outside of my fantasy comfort zone
  21. Visit Berlin. I did. Wasn’t that overwhelmed, but the thrifting was nice. Might go back someday.
  22. Take a ballet class. I had to stop again because of my damaged knee but I really, really liked it.
  23. Go rowing on a lake or river.
  24. Have 5 picnics. We had two or three. More to come.
  25. Draw a tarot deck. Oof. This one is an absurdly ambitious project, anyway. I’d started once at uni but by now have forgotten the suits I made up. → I still want to do something like it, though, so I’ve toned it down a bit for the next list.
  26. Learn soldering. → This one’s a keeper
  27. Make cocktail recipes for all Bastion spirits (and post them). → So is this.
  28. Try 13 new recipes. I made *inhales* cinnamon-chocolate cake, pear-apple chiffon muffins, Autumn Equinox quiche, spice apple cake, cinnamon apple loaf, potato loaf, lazy curry, pumpkin pastries, pasta with Alfredo sauce and salmon on veggies.
  29. Back a Kickstarter.
  30. Learn enough Dutch for a simple conversation. → Still tryin’.
  31. Learn to identify 5 constellations other than the Big Dipper and Orion. → I feel so bad about this one, I don’t even know why.
  32. Do yoga every day for a month.
  33. Learn 3 new knots. I only learned one, but that one I used a fair amount.
  34. Make a Amy Brown-esque fairy costume and wear it somewhere.
  35. Get a driver’s licence. Of course not.
  36. Make a banner/button/thing for my “online tribe”. No, but I finally came up with a name a week ago!
  37. Have 5 bonfires. We had three, and I guess I would have succeeded in this one hadn’t it been for the intensely hot Summer of 2018 and the subsequent ban on bonfires and ConQuest. Oh well.
  38. Learn 5 historical dances. I’ve joined a club for historical dancing and am proud to say that I rarely miss a class, introvert tendencies notwithstanding.
  39. Ride the old-fashioned merry-go-round in Frankfurt in Lolita and take pictures.
  40. Dye pale pink stripes into my sidecut.
  41. Learn Sütterlin writing and keep it in my head this time. I realised that I’ve got to use it if I want it to stay in my mind entirely (and not just the frequently used letters) but I think I’m doing good.
  42. Visit the ballet. → It was too late that I realised that Hanover gets live performances of the Nutcracker each Wintertide. Dammit.
  43. Find my analogue camera (or get a new one). I’m using my Dad’s now.
  44. Shoot a roll of film (or one disposable camera) quarterly. I figured out how unrealistic this is for me – I’m usually carrying at least one camera and rarely want to commit to only one format, so digital and film (as in moving picture) get the most use. → I’m trying to pack the analogue when I’m out an d about with a large backpack, anyway, though.
  45. Get a projector. Now we only need decent speakers for the living room.
  46. Attend a Steampunk Convention. Maybe it’s better this way.
  47. Frame my Edge of the World Bookshop paper bag and hang it. It’s right (more like left) next to me as I type this.
  48. Develop a vegetarian or vegan version of my favourite British pastry recipe. → It made it to the next list.
  49. Draw and publish a web comic. → So did this (since list № 1)
  50. Learn how to make sound samples.
  51. Make a Crows in Trees sample. I still really like this idea, but around here it’s gulls rather than crows.
  52. Design a font (and upload it).
  53. Write and record 5 songs. → I’m holding on to this one. I want to get back into making music of some sort, I just don’t quite know what exactly.
  54. Compose/write/arrange a song with sound samples. Whatever I’ll do in terms of music, maybe it will include samples. Maybe not. We’ll see.
  55. Try Mermaiding. Wow, finally another one to check off.
  56. Open an Etsy shop. → I’m still busy figuring out my spoons and schedule, not to mention the bureaucratic mess but this will eventually be a thing.
  57. Read 20 books (books for uni don’t count). You can find a few of my recommendations here: 1|2|3
  58. Try forging. This one didn’t make it to the next list but in my head it’s still on there.
  59. Get back to a 75cm waist.
  60. Take part in Inktober. I haven’t made it through to the end during the last two years but I learned so incredibly much, not only in terms of style development, but also about myself as an artist. Here’s my Inktober tag, if you’re interested.
  61. Ride a steam train – dolled up if possible
  62. Make a “living picture” cosplay. → Still wanna do this.
  63. Overhaul my blog design. → And this. It’s almost done, it’s only stupid perfectionism and a few insecurities keeping me from finalising it.
  64. Weave a basket.
  65. Try pit-fired pottery making.
  66. Master a session of Changeling: The Dreaming ten times (at least). Sadly, no. This didn’t make it onto the next list directly, let’s face it, it’s something I’ll just do either way given the chance.
  67. Go outside for one hour per day for a month. I never make it, it’s so frustrating. I’m just too much of a homebody.
  68. Celebrate the wheel of the year.
  69. Have a decided me-/princess day once a month (and blog about it if possible). I never managed to do this – what’s a me-day anyway? I’ve gotten far better at taking care of myself, though, so I’m labelling this as a “work in progress”.
  70. Make bento at least once a week for ~6 months. What can I say, I’m just really bad at feeding myself properly (this is why the boyfriend does most of the cooking).
  71. Go climbing 3 times. → I think it’s going to be easier now that I’ve lost a bit of weight and gained a bit of muscle.
  72. Manage winged eyeliner.
  73. Go to the sauna 3 times. I only went once. I’m just much more of a swimming person, even though I know it’s really good for me to sweat it all out.
  74. Make cream puffs. Nah, I found a really great bakery to substitute that.
  75. Learn to play my mandolin. I’m trying, does that count?
  76. Go ice-skating 3 times. I didn’t go once since I’ve started living in a city with a rink again! Aaargh!
  77. Draw in 5 museums. I’m trying include this in my future museum visits – I really enjoyed when I did, but for some reason I rarely go to museums on my own, and I don’t want to bother the people I’m with by letting them wait because I need to sketch this thing right here.
  78. Attend a Lolita meet-up.
  79. Sew a JSK.
  80. Make and post 3 tutorials/patterns/recipes.
  81. Draw/paint a new self portrait, either Art Nouveau-style or pseudo-historical.
  82. Make ram’s horns to wear.
  83. Get character pictures taken of Noionella de Hague-Magvalie (steampunk or fantasy).
  84. Sew a frilly apron.
  85. Have/host a sew-along. Are those even still a thing?
  86. Make a Merida cosplay. I still want to cosplay, either one of my favourite characters or a piece of art, → but I’ve generalised the idea a bit more for the new list.
  87. Make the Butterick 5970 blouse. Ugh, this Edwardian beauty. I should probably just order that pattern…
  88. Grow something edible in the backyard. Turns out our backyard soil is polluted like the rest of our quarter – there used to be a chemical plant around, apparently, but after a second move (same house, different floor) I’ve got a balcony, and that worked.
  89. Cleanse my place quarterly.
  90. Make a silk banner for Meriastron. I still haven’t shown that one off, have I?
  91. Try absinthe.
  92. Have living herbs in the new place.
  93. Use the enamel powder I inherited.
  94. Fit Scoundrel’s ring.
  95. Sew a velveteen justaucorps.
  96. Find a favourite café in Hanover.
  97. Take 101 outfit pictures. I took 15. 101 was a bit lofty of a goal, anyway, but I’ll keep trying, okay?
  98. Needle-bind something.
  99. Knit something.
  100. Crochet something.
  101. Make a new list.

So here we are. A quarter isn’t too bad, especially given how bad last year was  for me. I definitely notice where I just stopped caring, and this is why I’m kicking it out. Starting over. You can find the new list here (and in the pages bar), and I’m really looking forward to checking it off.

3 thoughts on “101 Things in 1001 Days, № 3 – A Review

  1. I love making my 101 list so much, I clicked on this post eagerly! I think you’ve done very well. It’s easy to get discouraged, but you seem to have done a lot of things whether they were on the list or not, and I think that’s what counts!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I love making these list, and I love looking at others’ lists as well, it’s so nice to see everyone’s long-term goals!

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