101 in 1001

I’ve really been trying to get out of my comfort zone and try new things. You know, really get out there and LIVE. I promised myself that in 2014 I would try a new restaurant, read a new book, and watch a new movie every month. Well, I’m stepping it up a notch with the Day Zero Project. It’s taken quite a bit of thought to put this list together. 

Start Date: April 14, 2014
End Date: January 9, 2017

Progress: 10/101

Red = completed
Green = in progress


Visit a state I’ve never been to before

Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, CA)

Spot polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba

Visit Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)

Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Florida)

Visit King’s Island (Ohio)

Attend a Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting (05/2014)

Tour the Royal Canadian Mint (Winnipeg, MB)

Visit Mackinac Island (Michigan)

Take a Caribbean cruise with Dave *this was Dave’s idea….*

Food & Drink

Bake cupcakes (04/14) Vanilla Cupcakes

Bake cake pops

Go on a brewery tour

Make homemade pesto (04/14)

Try 10 new cocktails

Make sangria (11/14) 

Make fondue

Make beer can chicken

Make pasta from scratch

Buy a roasting pan (given one for Christmas 2014)

Organize my recipes (they’re not completely unorganized, but they need some improvement)

Bake a pie from scratch

Make homemade jam

For Others 

Register as a bone marrow donor

Pay for someone else’s order behind me in a drive-thru

Knit something and donate to someone in need

Adopt a second dog

Volunteer at church

Adopt a family or child at Christmas

Buy flowers for someone

Make a cross-stitch, frame it, and give it to someone

Donate old clothes to charity

Bake Dave a birthday cake

Donate $5 to charity for each item I do not complete on this list

Holidays & Seasonal

Find my way out of a corn maze

Pick my own pumpkin for Halloween

Cook a turkey

Build a gingerbread house

Buy a real Christmas tree

Hang a garland over the fireplace at Christmas

Visit Christkindlmarket in Chicago

Write a letter to go with our Christmas cards every year
-Completed in 2014

Have all Christmas cards in the mail by Dec. 15th every year
-Completed in 2014

Complete a cross-stitch project for every season

  • Halloween
  • Christmas

Purchase / make a door wreath or decoration for every season

Local Experiences

Attend the Indianapolis 500

Visit a local winery

Try 10 new local restaurants

  1. Adobo Grill

Rent a paddle boat on the Indiana Central Canal

Attend the Indiana State Fair

Go to the Vera Bradley outlet sale

For the Home

Get a cactus

Buy some art for the house

Grow a tomato plant

Buy a king-sized mattress

Buy a new couch

Buy patio furniture

Buy a pool table for Dave

Pot some flowers

Start a wine collection

Create a house journal (07/2014)

Assemble emergency kits for the house and the cars


Take a pottery class

Read 25 new books

  1. Divergent – Veronica Roth
  2. Insurgent – Veronica Roth
  3. Allegiant – Veronica Roth
  4. The Girl You Left Behind – Jojo Moyes
  5. Five Days at Memorial – Sheri Fink
  6. Orange is the New Black – Piper Kerman
  7. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Finish our wedding scrapbook

Finish our wedding photo album

Host a dinner party

Make a quilt

Organize my photos 

Watch every film nominated for best picture before the Oscars

Read the Hunger Games series

Take a picture for each letter of the alphabet

Invest in the stock market

Make my own dog treats

Learn how to knit mittens

Complete my collection of the state quarters

Host a game night

Watch 20 new movies

  1. The Monuments Men
  2. The Heat
  3. The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain
  4. Lee Daniels’ The Butler
  5. Divergent
  6. Hugo
  7. A River Runs Through It
  8. The Wolf of Wall Street
  9. Undefeated

Go fruit picking (apples? strawberries?)

Milk a cow

Visit a museum that I’ve never been to before

Go to a concert (05/2014) – Britney Spears at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas

Watch a Cirque du Soleil show

Start a wine journal (12/2014)

Go to a piano bar

Swim with dolphins

Take a mosaics class

Host a barbeque

Go bowling with Dave (02/2015)

Personal Wellness

Find a local dentist (06/2014)

Final a local optometrist (12/2014)

Take a bubble bath

Get to a healthy weight

Get a facial


Attend a blogging conference

Make some money by blogging

Meet a blogger friend in real life

Get a picture published on foodgawker

Get 150+ followers on Bloglovin’

Reach 10,000 pageviews in one month

Guest post on another blog

Host a giveaway on the blog

  • Rafaela LaRocque

    Happened to notice “Watch a Cirque du Soleil show” on your list and just wanted to say: there’s really nothing like a live Cirque show! I recently took a couple of friends with me (who’d never even heard of Cirque before then) to see Varekai in Cleveland, and they LOVED it! Have fun when you go. Oh and write us a post to talk about it! =]

    • I’ve heard they’re amazing – I can’t wait for the opportunity to see one. And of course I will DEFINITELY blog about it!