Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 Meme



I've seen this one making rounds - Let's do it.

1. Where did you begin 2008?
At home. In company of DH and DS

2. What was your status by Valentines Day?
I got flowers from DH and card from DS (teachers helped, I'm sure).

3. Were you in school anytime this year?
Just to leave and pickup DS from his daycare.

4. Did you have to go to the hospital?
Took DH to the emergency room when he hurt his eye. Nothing serious.

5. Did you have any encounters with the police?
Nope

6. Where did you go on vacation?
London for 5 days and then India to visit with Family.

7. What did you purchase that was over $100?
Wii, Cannon Digital camera, Brother 77 stitch Sewing Machine, Living room furniture.

8. Did you know anybody who got married?
Three of my neighborhood 'kids' back home got married late this year. Two cousins of DH also got married.

9. Did you know anybody who passed away?
Nope.

10. Did you move anywhere?
Nope.

11. What sporting events did you attend?
Do 4YO DS's soccer classes count?

12. What concerts/shows did you go to?
None unless Gem & Jewelery Show counts :) I think I went there twice. Maybe 3 times.

13. Describe your birthday.
It was pretty laid back this year. Just flowers, cake and candles at home. I want something specific for a gift but it is very pricy. I am willing to wait for it.

14. What is the ONE thing you thought you would not do, but did, in 2008?
I didn't think I'll have a stitching related finish as I have been in an ongoing slump. But I did finish Angel of Love. Woot!

15. What have been your favorite moments?
Seeing DS wrap everyone around his little fingers. Seeing Delhi through his eyes.

16. Any new additions to your family?
Sadly, none.

17. What was your best month?
October because of the vacation.

18. Who has been your best drinking buddy?
Don't drink much.

19. Made new friends?
I think so.

20. Favorite Night out?
DS's birthday dinner in India would be it.

21. Other than home, where did you spend most of your time?
Work.

22. Have you lost any friends this year?
I realized two of the people I was counting as friends weren't.

23. Change your hairstyle?
Nope.

24. Have any car accidents?
Thank God, no.

25. How old did you turn this year?
32

26. Do you have a New Years resolution?
Lose weight.

27. Do anything embarrassing?
Must have but I can't remember. I do embarrassing things routinely.

28. Buy anything from eBay?
I almost bought the lot of silk after seeing someone's post on an online board, but I realized I have forgotten the login ID LOL!

29. Get married or divorced?
Nope.

30. Get hit on?
Don't think so.

31. Been snowboarding?
Nope.

32. Did you get sick this year?
Got a cold towards the end of vacation. That was it.

33. Are you happy to see 2008 go?
I'm excited for 2009.

34. Been naughty or nice?
Mostly Nice.

35. What are you looking forward to most in 2009?
Expanding our family.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

101 Things ~ 2009 Version



101 Things in 3 Years ~ 2009 Version

The items in blue are new, others are left over from existing list. I have left a few spaces because I always find new things and then there is no room. This time the Hobbies take up half the list LOL! Many new things to learn and share in the coming years. I am looking forward to 2009!




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101 Things in 3 yearsModified December 28, 2008

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MissionTo complete the following list of things in a period of 1001 daysLeftovers from previous list

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Start Date1st January 2009New items

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End Date31st December 2011

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% Complete0

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% In Progress0

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% Not Started100

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Goal TypeIndexDescriptionScheduleActionAdditional Info

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Personal1Take Daily Multivitamin (for 30 days)Daily

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2Get a new credit cardOnce

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3Regular Dentist Visit (every 6 months for 2 times)6 Monthly

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4Workout 3 times a week, for lifeDaily

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5Include a protein serving in one meal a day (for 30 days)Daily

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6Go without sugar for 15 days (Splenda ok)Daily

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7Go without white flour for 15 daysDaily

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8Achieve initial goal weight 123lbOnce

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9Achieve final goal weight 113lbOnce

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10Learn swimmingOnce

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11Make 2 new friendsOnce

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12Henna my hair monthly (for 3 months)Monthly

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Housekeeping13Scan photos brought from IndiaOnce

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14Print photos and arrange in pre-wedding albumsOnce

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15Print photos and arrange in pre-Mehul albumsOnce

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16Print photos for Mehul years 0 - 4Once

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17Print photos for Mehul years 4-7Once

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18Dust furniture weekly (for 4 weeks)Weekly

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19Donate the donate pile (2 years)Annual

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20Sort through Mehul's toys and donate 1/3rd of the totalOnce

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21Nightly cleanup routine for 30 daysDaily

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Family22Have Family portraits done (2 consecutive years)Annual

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23Go to Temple atleast once a month (for 3 consecutive months)Monthly

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24Move Mehul to his own roomOnce

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25Get a fish tankOnce

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26Expand our family!Once

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27Visit a Farmers MarketOnce

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28Visit an Antiques MarketOnce

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Travel29Have a Disney World Vacation with MehulOnce

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30Visit the west coast Once

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31Visit a new CountryOnce

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32Visit a new StateOnce

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33Go Skiing/SnowTubingOnce

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Life and Financial34Start a 401K for MeOnce

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35Start a Roth IRA for MehulOnce

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36Get a will for myselfOnce

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37Be more involved in home finances (for 3 months)MonthlyPay bills, look at statements, track accounts on MS Money

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Home and Garden38Maintain a schedule for lawn care (for 2 years)Annual

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39Organize Master WIC (Add more shelving)Once

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40Organize Mehul's WIC (Add more shelving)Once

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41Decorate and Organize Craft RoomOnce

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42Decorate and Organize Play RoomOnce

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43Organize Kitchen cabinetsOnce

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44Finish organizing my makeup drawersOnce

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45Finish organizing DH's grooming drawersOnce

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46Paint Guest bedroomOnce

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47Paint HallwaysOnce

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48Buy Living Room furnitureOnce

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49Paint Living/Dining RoomsOnce

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50Hang curtains in Living/DiningOnce

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51Hang curtains in Master BROnce

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52Tile Backsplash in KitchenOnce

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53Make a new perenniels bed in the back yardOnce

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54Plant an ornamental tree in the front yardOnce

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55Plant a new bed in the front yardOnce

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56Plant bamboo, banana, or palmOnce

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Hobbies 57Frame Angel of LoveOnce

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Stitching58Finish one big and 2 small/medium stitching projects a yearAnnual

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59Sell some stitching stash no longer neededAnnual

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60Finish Peacock Tapestry by December, 2009Once

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Digi-Scrapping61Make London scrapbook/photobookOnce

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62Make India scrapbook/photobookOnce

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63Complete & Print Recipe BookletOnce

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Reading64Read 24 books in a year (Rereads don't count)Annual

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65Read/Listen to LOTR TrilogyOnce

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66Read books by at least 5 new authorsOnce

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JeweleryMaking67Learn new jewelery making techniques (at least 2)Once

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Photography68Learn to use DSLR on manualOnce

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Knitting69Knit a pair of socks yearly (2 years)Annual

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70Knit a neckwarmer yearly (2 years)Annual

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71Knit a wristwarmer yearly (2 years)Annual

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72Knit a new set of scarves, hat for Mehul (2 years)Annual

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Sewing73Try atleast 3 new finishing techniques (needlebook, needleroll, pouch, book cover)Monthly

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74Learn to sew a KurtaOnce

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75Learn to sew a TopOnce

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76Make a new Apron and maybe matching potholdersOnce

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77Learn to make a framed handbagOnce

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Cooking78Learn to make Garam MasalaOnce

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79Learn to make 2 types of PicklesOnceMango, Lemon, Ginger/Garlic, vegetable

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80Learn to make two new desserts a year (2 years)Annual

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81Learn to make two new Appetizers a year (2 years)AnnualPhyllo dough appetizer & pastries, puff pastry samosa, veggie sushi rolls

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82Learn to make two new Main Course dishes a year (2 years)Annual

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83Make urad dal wadis (for 2 times)Annual

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84Make white butter (for 3 times)Monthly

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Any85Make atleast 4 ornaments a year -- stitched/beaded/other (2 years)Annual

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86Any hobby atleast 3 nights a weekDaily

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87Decorate Rangoli every yearAnnual

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88Wear or carry something I made consequently for 5 days (two times). No repeatsMonthlyCould include clothing, jewelery, or accessories like handbag, scarf, sock

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89Wear Sari at least twice a yearAnnualDiwali, Birthday, Anniversary, etc.

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90Buy a cocktail dressOnce

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91Sell some handmade Jewelery or at least try toOnce

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92Redo blog design yearly (2 years)Annual

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93Take a community courseOnceIntermediate photography, jewelery-making, or sewing

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94Try a new fruit or vegetable on each grocery trip (for 4 times)Bi-weekly

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95Make New Year cards for 2 years Annual

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101When 1001 days are up, update this list, then make a new list, including carrying over any of these not completed. :-)Once

Monday, December 29, 2008

101 Things in 1001 Days Review



Sorry to disappear for more than a month! I haven't had blogging mojo at all. I've been spending my time knitting, reading, cross-stitching and making new jewelery. I have loads of pictures to share, but first, I have to share my old 101 things list and how I did, and then present the new list 101 things list for 2009-2011.

101 Things 2006-2008

% Complete - 66

% In Progress - 0

% Not Started - 34

I had a lot of home routine, organization stuff on this list. I found the list to be very helpful throughout the 3 years. Every couple of weeks and sometimes months, I would look into the list to pick up a new task. I had recurring tasks like haircut/trimming nails/carwash, etc. and I was constantly reminded of them. Many of these things I never have time to do, yet they take minimum amount of effort on my part. With the list I started writing down when I did something last - like for monthly task I'd write the month, for yearly I'd write the year I did something and then be reminded of it again while browsing the list. I had to start over on many of the tasks (cleaning bathrooms, for instance, was the worst task) because I kept missing a week or two. Eventually I kept a bi-weekly maid service for that LOL! But for the most part I did actually get into a habit of doing the tasks right off and crossing off items felt great. A few items became obsolete and I replaced them with other tasks.

I use Google Docs for a lot of the lists, wishlists, etc. It is really great. It allows me to be able to access my lists from anywhere and I'm able to do some simple calculations in the spreadsheets. This format worked great for the 101 things list too. I have made the new 101 things list and it will be revealed here tomorrow.


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101 Things in 1001 daysUpdated 12/21/2008

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MissionTo complete the following list of things in a period of 1001 days

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Start DateApril 2006

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End Date31st December 2008

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% Complete66

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% In Progress0

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% Not Started34

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Goal TypeIndexDescriptionScheduleAction

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Personal1Learn StrutsOnceDone

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2Regular Haircut Every 2 months (for 1 year)3 MonthlyDone

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3Regular Dentist Visit (every 6 months for 2 times)6 Monthly

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4Keep Navratra fast (for 2 times consecutively)6 MonthlyDone

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5Annual physical checkup (2 consecutive years)AnnualDone

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6**Personal**oDone

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7Workout 3 times a week, for lifeDaily

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8Apply moisturizer in winters daily (for 30 days)DailyDone

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9Take Daily Multivitamin (for 30 days)DailyDone

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10Eat 5 fruits and veggies dailyDailyDone

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11Eat 3 servings of dairy dailyDaily

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12Drink 8 glasses of water daily (for 4 weeks)DailyDone

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13Charge cellphone dailyDailyDone

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14Drive daily (for 1 month)DailyDone

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15Trim n File nails every month (consecutively for 3 months)MonthlyDone

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16Learn to make a new dish a month (for 3 consecutive months)MonthlyDone

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17Achieve initial goal weight 123lbOnce

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18Achieve final goal weight 113lbOnce

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19**Personal**b

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20Get a jobOnceDone

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21Get a new credit cardOnce

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22Be more involved in home finances (like paying bills, etc.)Once

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23Learn to make a good Indian desert (Kheer)OnceDone

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24Learn to make a good Western desertOnceDone

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25**Personal**WeeklyDone

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26Visit a Farmers MarketOnce

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Housekeeping27Organize Master WICOnce

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28Move Mehul's outgrown clothes out of closet and in a box every yearAnnualDone

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29Backup Pictures every month (3 times consecutively)MonthlyDone

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30Make Mehul's First Birthday scrapbookOnceDone

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31Remove clothes not worn in one year annually (for 2 years)AnnualDone

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32Keep clothes back after removing (everyday for a month)DailyDone

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33File papers monthly (for 3 months)MonthlyDone

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34Car Wash for both cars - Monthly (for 3 months)Monthly

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35Clean the car 3 monthly (for 2 times)3 MonthlyDone

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36Organize Mehul's closet every month (for 3 consecutive months)MonthlyDone

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37Clean Refrigerator every 3 months3 Monthly

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38Regular drycleaning in winterAnnualDone

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39Mow the lawn monthly (for 3 months)MonthlyDone

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40Arrange family photos in albumsOnceDone

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41Empty the stitching drawer, rearrange stuff and throw away drawerOnce

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42Sort Laundry in a reasonable time-frame i.e within a week of doing it for 30 daysWeeklyDone

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43Cook n Freeze weekly meals after I start working (for 30 days)WeeklyDone

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44Clean master bath every 2 weeks (4 times consecutively)WeeklyDone

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45Remove items from the refrigerator that are no longer needed after weekly grocery shopping (for 4 weeks)WeeklyDone

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46Dust furniture weekly (for 4 weeks)Weekly

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47Vaccum Weekly (4 times consecutively)WeeklyDone

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Family48Have Mehul's portraits done (2 consecutive years)Annual

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49Have Family portraits done (2 consecutive years)Annual

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50Go to Temple atleast once a month (for 3 consecutive months)Monthly

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51Wean Mehul off the bottleOnceDone

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52Move Mehul to a big boy bed in his own roomOnce

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53Potty train MehulOnceDone

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54Get a dogOnce

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55Get a fish tankOnce

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Fun56Go to the Beach when Mehul is 3AnnualDone

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57Build a snowman every winterAnnualDone

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58Put up Diwali/Christmas lights every yearAnnualDone

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59Decorate Rangoli every yearAnnualDone

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60Decorate a Christmas tree every yearAnnualDone

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61Start scrapbooking - some themes - Mehul, Travel, Birthdays, Family FunAnnualDone

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62Have one weekend to relax monthlyMonthlyDone

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63Movie night at home once monthly (for 3 months)MonthlyDone

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64Date night with Girish once monthly (for 3 months)Monthly

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65Have family outing at-least once a month (for 4 consecutive months)MonthlyDone

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66Have a Disney World Vacation after Mehul is 3Once

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67Make Mehul's Memory boxOnceDone

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68Learn swimming!Once

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Life and Financial69Restore savings balance to *** by December 31, 2006OnceDone

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70Restore savings balance to *** by December 31, 2007Once

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71Get a will for myselfOnce

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72Get a life insurance policy for myselfOnceDone

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73Start a 401K for MeOnce

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74Start a Roth IRA for MehulOnce

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75Sell or Rent TownhouseOnceDone

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76Move to the Single Family HomeOnceDone

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Home and Garden77Fertilize front lawn 3 times a year3 Monthly

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78Plant annuals in front lawnAnnualDone

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79Plant herbs in pots or backyardAnnualDone

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80Plant Perennials in BackyardOnceDone

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81Water plants daily in hot monthsDailyDone

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82Re-paint and re-decorate Mehul's roomOnceDone

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83Touch-up Home-office paintOnceDone

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84Paint Stairs (? or touch-up with existing white)OnceDone

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85Get an all-in-one big boy bed for MehulOnceDone

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86Remove watermarks from Powder Room paintOnceDone

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87Tile Backsplash in KitchenOnce

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Hobbies88Frame a stitched project within 6 months6 MonthlyDone

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89Finish one big and 2 small/medium projects a yearAnnualDone

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90Sell some stitching stash no longer neededAnnual

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91Stitch atleast 3 hours a weekDailyDone

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92Finish Angel of Love by 2008OnceDone

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93Finish Peakock Tapestry by 2008Once

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94Scrap atleast 3 hours a weekDailyDone

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95Print Scrapped projects in 3 months timeframe3 Monthly

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96Backup Scrapped Layouts monthly (for 3 months)MonthlyDone

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97Start a Recipe Booklet (Do some LO, print, continue adding)Once

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98Start a Travel Album(Do some LO, print, continue adding)Once

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99Run a 5K RaceOnceDone

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100Read 12 books in a year (Rereads don't count)AnnualDone

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101When 1001 days are up, update this list, then make a new list, including carrying over any of these not completed. :-)OnceDone

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