Things to Do in 2011

Last year was a pretty full year:  I traveled to  New Zealand, ran a Marathon, went sky diving, and got into the Guinness World Record book by skinny dipping.  I wonder what is in store for this year?  Well, here’s some ideas off of the 101  Things to Do Before You Die list:

#1 Write a Novel:  I started on this goal last year and just plan to continue to work on this again this year.

#11 Visit Every State:  I know this is terribly exciting but we have big plans to visit Pennsylvania this year.  I’ve driven through it but have never really DONE anything in PA.  We plan to visit Hershey for all the things you do there (including a nearby Zorbing course), visit Fallingwater, and then head to Altoona, PA for Lakemont Park, the home of Leap the Dips, the oldest roller coaster in the world!  (It’s an “also-ran” on the Roller Coaster list)

#16 Get into the Guinness World Book of Records:  I accomplished this already during the World Skinny Dip Challenge in July 2010.  However, that is a group entry and while it counts, I really want my NAME in the book.  So I’m going to continue my goal of being the largest blood donor.  So far I’m up to 5 pints over my lifetime.

#46 Scuba Diving/#87 Conquer Your Fear: My fear is water.  I plan to learn to SCUBA to officially say I’ve conquered my fear. (This is also #9 and #10 on my “40/40” list)

#52 Read the Greatest Books Ever Written: I only have 11 left on the list, but this includes the works of Shakespeare and most of the others that are left are LOOOONG.  So we’ll just put the number at 8 this year.

#52.1 Shakespeare Reading Challenge: I will attempt to reach “Henry V” level by reading 12 plays this year.

#89 Learn to Cook:  Officially this one in the book is “Throw Away the Instant Noodles,” implying to learn to cook and stop relying on redi-made dishes.  To count this one as done, I plan to make a meal once a week, all year, from scratch.  No pre made anything (except pasta, I’m not making pasta).  AND I’ll do a different recipe each time.  So 52 different meals.  This one is going to be tough.

#93.5 Get Your Name in the Ring of Honor:  I’m currently up to 125 over almost two years working on this one.  Ready to just get this one done so I’m trying to complete it in 2011! (#16 on my “40/40” list)

#105 Krispy Kreme Challenge: I’m DONE with serious running but I’ll still do fun runs.  And this one should be the funnest. We’re also signed up for the Spartan Race for May.  (both are #22 on the “40/40” list)

Goals from my 40 Before I’m 40 List:

#6 Start Saving for Retirement

#19 Watch AFI’s 100 Best Films: I’ve only got 34 left.  Let’s see if I can get through them all by the end of the year.

#28  Sell a piece of art (and realize my childhood dream, which is #8 on the 101 list)

#38 See a Movie in a Drive-In Movie Theater

Not crazy adventurous like last year but still pretty ambitious!  What are your goals for 2011?

About Jessica

Mild mannered marketing drone by day. Bucket list adventurer by late afternoon. Having first drafted a list in high school, Jessica's list of things to do before she dies has slowly taken over her life and consumes her thoughts. Because of the list, she has traveled to Mordor, plummeted towards the Earth's surface from 13,000 feet up, cavorted with whale sharks in open water, skinny dipped herself into the Guinness World Book, and cursed the day she was born during the last miles of a Marathon. It's safe to say that if Jessica is doing it, it's on the list.

9 Responses to “Things to Do in 2011”

  1. Great ones! I’m so super jealous of the Fallingwater. Learning to cook is a great one! Wow, I’m finding it tough doing the 12 cookie recipes. Haha! I’ll know you’ll rock this out!

    • Thanks! Yeah, the cooking one is going to be tough; I’ll have to make sure I plan for it each week. And I’ll be sure to take lots of photos of Fallingwater.

  2. I can help you with the drive-in movie one if you visit between April and October! You would love it!

  3. 200th post, BTW. Yay!

  4. Wowwwwww you’ve got some fabulous goals completed and tons more to do! So impressive :)

  5. I love these goals you set. I hope you get over your fear of water. I’ve scuba dived before and it was hard at first. They had me start out in a swimming pool before I went out into the ocean. You have some great goals set for next year though. I can’t wait to read about how you get throught them.

    • Yeah, around here you start out in a pool and then go to the local rock quarry to do your “open water” dive. I had considered waiting to do the open water dive in someplace clear like the caribbean but then I thought “If I can do it in the dark and cold rock quarry, I can do it any where!”


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