100 New Experiences: 2013-2014

August 20, 2013 Note: This page has been recreated to the best of my recollection. Somehow, since I last checked and updated this list on August 17, 2013, the page disappeared and was replaced with a second copy of my Bucket List. When my 100 New Experiences in 12 Months page disappeared, I had almost 100 items on the list and had completed over a third of it. I am going to try to recreate as much as I can starting with the blog post from April 16, 2013 that started it all.

100 New Experiences in 12 Months

Over the past few months, I've come to realize that I've stopped being as adventurous as I used to be. Once upon a time, I picked up and moved to Washington DC where I knew no one. That was just a few weeks after I flew out and spent a week pounding the pavement and knocking on doors until someone interviewed me and then gave me a summer internship working for someone else.

Almost three years ago, I created my Bucket List. I've made some progress on it and I'm proud of that progress. The items on my Bucket List still excite me. But my Bucket List lacks one thing: urgency.

Do you know the difference between a dream and a goal? Dates. Goals have dates attached to them. Dreams are "some day" things. Goals have a begin and end date. 

Because I need to find my adventurous side again and I want to live more fully than I have been in the past year, I'm taking some inspiration from Amy Guth, Social Media Manager at the Chicago Tribune. If you don't follow Amy on Twitter, you're missing out. Trust me. She's tough, smart, witty, and one of the coolest women on the interwebs. Amy has decided to spice up her life by doing 1,000 new things in one year. How cool is that?

1,000 new experiences feels completely overwhelming to me, but 100 feels daunting and exciting at the same time. In fact, since I had this idea early last week, I've flown out of bed each morning with new ideas. Some of the ideas listed below are from my Bucket List and some are new. 

Here are my ground rules: "New" is defined as something I've never done or have not done in more than 10 years. My list is ever growing. I will share stories and pictures of each experience. The year kicked off on April 11, 2013 and will conclude on April 10, 2014.
  1. Attend a taping of Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  2. Vacation by myself and take care of only me. - DONE April 11 - 15, 2013 (Read the blog post)
  3. Vacation in Nashville - DONE April 11 - 15, 2013 (Read the blog post)
  4. Go on vacation and leave work 100% behind (i.e., don't check email or voice mail) - DONE April 11 - 15, 2013 Read the blog post.
  5. Stand in the center of both the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium stages - DONE April 12 and 14, 2013 Read the blog post.
  6. Play Elvis's piano at the RCA Studio B - DONE August 12, 2013 Read the blog post.
  7. Sit on the stage at the Civic Opera House during a performance - DONE June 16, 2013 with Christopher. Saw The Second City Guide to the Opera.
  8. Play with the beluga whales at the Shedd Acquarium - DONE May 18, 2013. See the picture.
  9. Take a cooking class - DONE May 21, 2013 at David's Bistro in Antioch
  10. Swim 1 mile without stopping Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  11. Climb the main dune at Sleeping Bear Dunes - DONE August 17, 2013 with Dave
  12. Learn a new skill - DONE April 24, 2013 Learned how to make a floral centerpiece
  13. Increase by savings account by 2 months worth of expenses - In Progress. Will count as completed for 2013-14 and 2014-15.
  14. Max out my employer match for my 403(b) in 2013 - DONE May 2, 2013.
  15. Try 20 new foods - DONE December 26, 2013. See the photo album.
    1. Pork - DONE May 2013. I'd eat it again.
    2. Milk (I've just never liked the taste of it) - DONE December 26, 2013. Still don't like it.
    3. Eggs (I ate them up until 6th grade home ec class) - DONE August 18, 2013. Still don't like scrambled eggs.
    4. White Fish Pate - DONE August 16, 2013. Yummy!
    5. Cabbage, Kale, & Leek Soup - DONE August 20, 2013. Yummy!
    6. A 7-11 Slurpee - DONE July 11, 2013 (National Slurpee Day). Where have Slurpees been since I was 5?
    7. Tim Horton's Donuts - DONE July 7, 2013. Delish!
    8. Chocolate Cheese Fudge - DONE August 24, 2013. I wish I could eat this daily.
    9. 14 Year Aged Sharp Cheddar Cheese - DONE August 24, 2013. I never knew cheese could be this good.
    10. Cheese Curds - DONE December 11, 2013. Not sure I understand why Cheese Curds are a thing.
    11. Chicken & Waffles - DONE July 2013 with Katie and Steve. It's good that this restaurant is a good hike from me.
    12. Moonshine (drinks count as food) - DONE October 19, 2013 at Wishbone. And I thought Moonshine was just for hillbillies. Wow. It was fantastic!
    13. Clams - DONE November 12, 2013 with Amy. See the picture. I love seafood.
    14. Octopus - DONE November 12, 2013 with Amy. See the picture. Much better than calamari.
    15. Pistachio Mousse - DONE November 12, 2013 with Amy. This was wonderfully decadent.
    16. Pea & Lettuce Soup - DONE December 24, 2013. Who knew that foods from the 1600s could be so spectacular?
    17. Lamb - DONE December 24, 2013. It melted in my mouth.
    18. Beet Salad - DONE December 24, 2013. Still not a fan.
    19. Cracker Jack Ice Cream - DONE December 24, 2013. This was much better than actual Cracker Jacks.
    20. Buffalo Meat Burger. DONE December 21, 2013 at the Heartland Cafe. I had no idea that buffalo meat was so good.
  16. Lose 50 pounds. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  17. Attend a concert in Millennium Park. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  18. Ride a mechanical bull. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  19. Sing karaoke.  Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  20. Attend a baseball game at Milwaukee's Miller Park Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  21. Take the ferry from Milwaukee to Muskegon - DONE August 16, 2013 & August 24, 2013
  22. Run a 5K Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  23. Take a golf lesson Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  24. Have a full spa day - massage, mani/pedi, facial, and anything other fancy spa treatment I can find Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  25. Take an Ivy League Class Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  26. Stand on the sky deck ledge in the Sears Tower (don't tell me it's called Willis Tower now, I don't care). DONE November 12, 2013. Read the blog post and see the pictures.
  27. Visit Mt. RushmoreMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  28. Do a polar plunge Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  29. Reupholster my dining room chairs - In Progress
  30. Visit the Museum of Science & IndustryMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  31. Visit the Museum of Contemporary ArtMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  32. Visit the National Museum of Mexican ArtMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  33. Visit the Adler PlanetariumMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  34. Visit the DuSable Museum of African American ArtMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  35. Visit the Field Museum of Natural HistoryMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  36. Visit the Notebaert Nature MuseumMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  37. Give up Diet Coke (and all soda) for 30 days. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  38. Drink a minimum of 64 oz of water each day for 30 days. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  39. Have High Tea at The DrakeMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  40. Have High Tea at the Peninsula Hotel - DONE June 2, 2013 with Lisa and Kim
  41. Serve meals in a soup kitchen. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  42. Tour the Chicago Tribune - DONE October 19, 2013; Got the VIP Behind the Scenes Tour thanks to Amy Guth! See the pictures.
  43. Attend the Blue Man Group Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  44. Attend the Book of Mormon - DONE October 6, 2013 with Laurie
  45. Visit Chicago's ChinatownMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  46. Visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum - DONE December 30, 2013
  47. Reread my favorite books from childhood: the Little House on the Prairie series, Little Women, the Anne of Green Gables series. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  48. See Oklahoma at the Civic Opera House - DONE May 3, 2013
  49. Visit Galena, Illinois. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  50. Pet the stingrays in the Stingray Touch exhibit at the Shedd Aquarium - DONE May 18, 2013 See the picture.
  51. Use my Passport - DONE July 6-7, 2013 with Christopher
  52. Sit in the 3rd row for the Joan Baez and Indigo Girls Concert at Ravinia - DONE June 9, 2013
  53. Have drinks at the Trump Tower Terrace Bar - DONE June 16, 2013 with Christopher
  54. Visit Niagara Falls - DONE July 6-7, 2013 with Christopher
  55. Make homemade Granola - DONE May 27, 2013 Read the blog post.
  56. Visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield, IL - DONE November 22-24, 2013 with my mom
  57. Kayak to Camp Lookout and all the way across Lower Herring Lake (from the southern most tip to the northern most tip)- DONE August 18, 2013 with Dave
  58. Kayak on Lake Michigan - DONE August 24, 2013 with Dave
  59. Kayak from Lower Herring Lake through the inlet to Upper Herring Lake - Attempted August 24, 2013 with Dave. Unable to complete because the Inlet was too shallow, the current was too strong in the opposite direction we were going, and there were trees blocking the Inlet; will not try again.
  60. Dine at the HobNob Supper Club in Racine, WI. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  61. Have a reunion with my cousin Ginny (have not seen her since 1998) - DONE July 7, 2013
  62. Have a reunion with my friend Christy (have not seen her since 1984) - DONE July 21, 2013
  63. Have a reunion with my cousin Sharon (have not seen her since sometime in the 1990s) - DONE August 2, 2013
  64. Take a class at the Chicago Trapeze SchoolMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  65. Get my work email inbox to ZERO - DONE May 24, 2013 (Read the blog post)
  66. Get my personal email inbox to ZERO. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  67. Attend the Randolph Street Market - DONE June 29, 2013 with Tony
  68. Have a booth at the Allstate Arena Flea Market - DONE August 11, 2013 with Christopher (I made $212 profit!)
  69. Open and stock an Etsy store. My store name is Vintage Frances. Moved to the 2014-15 List. 
  70. Take flute lessons. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  71. Have a reunion with my friend Kalee (haven't seen each other since the late 1990s) - DONE April 11 and 14, 2013 (Read the blog post)
  72. Meet Crystal Gayle - DONE April 12, 2013 (Read the blog post)
  73. Make at least three new friends - DONE (I've made at least 4 new friends since April!)
  74. Attend the Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago - DONE October 19th & 20th, 2013 See the pictures.
  75. Apply to grad school. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  76. Host a Navy sailor from Great Lakes for Thanksgiving - Moved to the 2014-15 List due to the October 2013 Government Shutdown. Thanks GOP.
  77. Pay off someone's layaway at Walmart or Target ($100 max). Pay for a homeless person's groceries at Walmart. DONE December 23, 2013.
  78. Draw a zentangle - DONE November 2, 2013. See the picture.
  79. Join forces with fellow experience lister Amy Guth for an experience or two (check out item #393 on her list) DONE Experiences 42, 137, 164 on January 12, 2014.
  80. Workout everyday for one week. 
  81. Win a game of Words With Friends by more than 400 points - DONE August 19, 2013 (it was less satisfying when I learned I had just played a 10 year old)
  82. Fly a kite - Attempted August 23, 2013, but could not get the kite off the ground
  83. Visit South Manitou Island - DONE August 21, 2013 with my dad
  84. Have dinner at Lovell's of Lake Forest (DONE July 2, 2013 with my dad) and meet Captain Jim Lovell. Meeting Captain Lovell has been moved to the 2014-15 List.
  85. Attend the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest Rummage Sale - DONE May 4, 2013 with Tony
  86. Use a Port-a-Potty - DONE May 4, 2013
  87. Teach two LinkedIn classes at work - DONE July 23 (LinkedIn 101: Building Your Profile) and August 7, 2013 (LinkedIn 201: Advanced LinkedIn)
  88. Take Amy Guth's Crane #693 on adventures - DONE June 16, 2013. Had cocktails at the Trump Tower Terrace Bar, sat on stage at the Civic Opera House, gone to Niagara Falls, rode the Ferry from Milwaukee to Muskegon, climbed Sleeping Bear Dunes, visited South Manitou Island, watched the Watervale sunset, Richardsons Adventure Farm, RedEye, calls my desk at LFGSM home; so far.
  89. See the Northern LightsMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  90. Visit Northerly Island. DONE December 25, 2013.
  91. Recover gracefully from a very embarrassing work faux pas - DONE August 2, 2013
  92. Visit the Mars Cheese Castle - DONE August 24, 2013
  93. Eat 100% organic for 7 days. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  94. Visit the Shedd Aquarium - DONE May 18, 2013
  95. Create an awesome list of new experiences for April 11, 2014 through April 10, 2015 (started the list August 25, 2013) - DONE April 10, 2014.
  96. Pay someone's bill at the drive-thru - DONE November 11, 2013
  97. Complete Hike Lake County with my friends Jen and Alan (see August 12, 2012 blog post; we did not do it last year; best intentions, blah blah blah) - DONE on November 29, 2013! Hike 1 at Independence Grove; Hikes 2 & 3 at Old School Forest Preserve; Hikes 4 & 5 at Wright Woods Forest Preserve; Hikes 6 & 7 at Van Patten Woods
  98. Move Little Merry Sunshine to its own domain. Move Little Merry Sunshine to ChicagoNow, part of the Chicago Tribune Media GroupDONE November 17, 2013.
  99. Reach the top of an indoor rock climbing wall. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  100. Complete a corn maze - DONE October 12, 2013 with Chris, Alan, Jen, Katie & Steve
  101. Rid my house of clutter - In process February 24, 2014. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  102. Ice skate at Millennium Park. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  103. Visit the Milwaukee Art Museum - DONE March 14, 2014 with Alan.
  104. Attend another religion's religious holiday celebration (e.g., Passover seder). Moved to 2014-15 List.
  105. Attend a performance of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go BlindMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  106. See the band Alabama in concert - DONE August 30, 2013 at Ravinia
  107. Try acupuncture DONE December 26, 2013. See the picture of me with needles in my face.
  108. Take a glass blowing class - Done November 3rd with Marci
  109. Attend Zoolights at the Lincoln Park Zoo - DONE January 4, 2014 with Katie, Steve, and Chris. See the photo album.
  110. Attend the Internet Cat Video Festival - DONE October 19, 2013
  111. Invent a holiday - DONE September 19, 2013 Read the blog post about International Stay In Bed and Read A Book Day
  112. Eat dirt - DONE September 23, 2013 (Don't ask how or why)
  113. Drive a Tesla - DONE October 9th, 2013 Thanks Bobby!! (Read the blog post.)
  114. Have pneumonia. DONE September 25th - October 6th, 2013.
  115. Go to the Green MillMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  116. Play on a Jumping Pillow. - DONE October 12th with Chris, Katie, Steve, Alan, & Jen.
  117. Have a new experience that cannot be shared on Little Merry Sunshine. - DONE August 16, 2013.
  118. Join Amy Guth and friends to make and pass out 100 sandwiches to homeless people in one day (see #27 on Amy's list). Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  119. Make curtains for my guest room. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  120. Visit the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. - DONE October 19, 2013 See the pictures.
  121. Visit the 41st Floor Observation Deck at the Kemper Building. - DONE October 19, 2013 See the pictures.
  122. Learn to knit. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  123. Have dinner at CarnivaleMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  124. Get a pneumonia shot. DONE October 20, 2013. This was in direct response to having had pneumonia in early October. I never want to be that sick again.
  125. Complete the Plank Pose Challenge. Read the blog post. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  126. Complete NaBloPoMo in November 2013. Read the blog post. DONE. November 2013. Mid-month, I learned that it was better to post when it was best for me rather than according to some artificial mandate.
  127. Visit the Chicago Cultural CenterMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  128. Be retweeted by Amy Dickinson (aka Ask Amy). DONE October 21, 2013
  129. Be quoted by Amy Guth on RedEye Remix - TWICE. DONE November 2, 2013
  130. Visit Santa. DONE November 9, 2013 with Chris and Tony See the picture. I swear to you that there's a picture exactly like this from when I was about 4 or 5. Eerie how much changes, yet how much stays the same.
  131. Become a deputy voter registrar. DONE November 13, 2013.
  132. Become a notary public. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  133. Become an ordained minister. ORDAINED November 5, 2013 by Kevin Andrews, Pastor at Universal Life Church.
  134. Present "Measuring Alumni Affinity" at the Jenzabar Regional Users Group Conference. DONE November 8, 2013
  135. Give a meal to a homeless person.  DONE November 9, 2013 at State and Washington. Gave a homeless man a $10 Panera Bread gift card. Read the stories of the second time I fed a homeless man and how McDonald's can change lives.
  136. Have dinner at the Heartland Cafe. DONE December 21, 2013.
  137. Talk about my list of 100 New Experiences on WGN Radio. DONE Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 11pm CT. Read the blog posts here and here.
  138. Build a futon. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  139. Attend church services at Glencoe Union ChurchMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  140. Attend church at the First Presbyterian Church of Lake ForestMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  141. Meet ABC 7's Ben Bradley (aka @BenBradleyABC7). DONE November 12, 2013. Read the blog post and see the pictures.
  142. Get a mammogramMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  143. Dine at Coco Pazzo. DONE November 12, 2013 with Amy.
  144. Take Sammy and Zoey to meet Santa. DONE December 7, 2013. See the picture
  145. Read The Feminist MystiqueMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  146. Register my first person to vote. DONE November 18, 2013. Thanks Russ! Read the blog post.
  147. Be interviewed on camera about my job for a marketing video. DONE November 18, 2013.
  148. Attend the Grease Sing-A-Long at the Symphony Center. DONE November 30, 2013 with my friend Lyletta. See the picture. 
  149. Participate in 31 Days of Random Acts of Kindness (#31RAOK). Thanks for the idea Stacy! DONE December 1-31, 2013. Read the blog post.
  150. File and win property tax appeal with the Cook County Board of Review for my mom. Filed December 2, 2013.  WON February 26, 2014! Cut 22% off my mom's Assessment.
  151. Dine at Eataly. DONE December 31, 2013. See the pictures herehere, and here
  152. Apply to present "Measuring Alumni Affinity" at the annual Jenzabar JAM Conference in Washington, D.C. in May 2014. Submitted December 13, 2013; Accepted February 13, 2014. Unfortunately, I can't present.
  153. Purchase a Jawbone and track my sleep, fitness, and eating in order to improve my overall health and help me lose 50 pounds. DONE December 12, 2013. Read the blog post.
  154. Learn to play Dreidel. DONE March 1, 2014. See the pictures here and here.
  155. See Die Fledermaus at the Lyric Opera. DONE December 13, 2013.
  156. Meet Tony La Russa. DONE December 15, 2013. See the picture.
  157. Ice Skate at Lincoln Park Zoo. Moved to 2014-15 List.
  158. Meet Liz Murray (you know her from From Homeless to Harvard and Breaking Night fame). DONE December 17, 2013. See the picture.
  159. Take the Jeopardy! Online Test to try out for the show. DONE January 8, 2014. See the picture.
  160. Drive Lower Wacker Drive. DONE December 17, 2013.
  161. Spend Christmas Eve with friends. DONE December 24, 2013. Thanks Tim and Michael.
  162. Create a new family Christmas tradition. DONE December 25, 2013. Visited the holiday windows on State Street, fed homeless people, went out to dinner, and saw American Hustle with Mom and Dave.
  163. Tour the 2013 Lake Forest Infant & Welfare Society Showhouse, a David Adler estate. DONE May 19, 2013 with Christopher.
  164. Attend a New Year's Eve party. DONE December 31, 2013. Thank you Amy! See the pictures herehere, and here
  165. Bowl a perfect game. Perfect meaning I bowled 10 frames and never once hit a pin. I had a total score of ZERO. DONE December 31, 2013. See the picture.
  166. Lay on a $12,500+ bed. I honestly had no idea beds this expensive existed. DONE June 21, 2013.

  167. Visit Lincoln Park Zoo. DONE January 4, 2014 with Katie, Steve, and Chris. See the photo album.
  168. Go sledding. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  169. Go dancing. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  170. Take a pottery class. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  171. Take a painting classMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  172. Buy "readers." DONE under protest January 9, 2014.
  173. Apply for membership in MensaMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  174. Go cross country skiing. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  175. Reconnect with an old friend I haven't spoken to in 25+ years. DONE January 11, 2014.
  176. Do a second thing that's just personal to me, but not meant to be shared on this list. DONE February 20, 2014.
  177. Sleep 8 hours per night for a week. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  178. Walk 10,000 steps per day for a week. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  179. Make a snow angel. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  180. Bury a time capsule. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  181. Send a message in a bottle out into Lake Michigan or into the ocean. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  182. Visit IkeaMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  183. Make snow using boiling water. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  184. Serve as an election judge. Trained February 13, 2014. DONE March 18, 2014. See the 5:00a.m. pic of me on Election Day here.
  185. Jump off a cliff. DONE February 17, 2014. Read the blog post.
  186. Try Poutine. DONE March 1, 2014. Actually tried four kinds of Poutine. See the picture here.
  187. Play with Legos. DONE February 19, 2014. See the pictures here and here.
  188. Tour the Chicago Board of Trade. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  189. Participate in the 100 Happy Days Challenge. H/T to David Melia and Amy Guth for this awesome idea. Started February 17, 2014; scheduled to finish on May 27, 2014. This will be count as completed for both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 Lists.
  190. Get a hug from David Melia. DONE February 19, 2014. See the picture.
  191. Take an improv class. DONE February 25, 2014.
  192. Try Oil Pulling. DONE March 8, 2014.
  193. Visit the Orchid Show with my mom at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. DONE on March 10, 2014 with my Mom.
  194. Play Cards Against Humanity. DONE March 1, 2014.
  195. Join Pinterest. DONE March 8, 2014. Follow my boards here.
  196. Cook and try spaghetti squash. DONE March 8, 2014.
  197. Walk 1 million steps. That's 10,000 steps everyday for 100 days. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  198. Participate in National Day of Unplugging. DONE March 7-8, 2014. Read the blog post.
  199. Tour Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, WI. DONE March 14, 2014 with Alan.
  200. Apply for the Amtrak Residency for Writers. DONE March 30, 2014. 
  201. Tour the Lakefront BreweryDONE March 14, 2014 with Alan.
  202. Play ping pong. DONE March 14, 2014 with Alan.
  203. Have dinner at Uncommon GroundMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  204. Tour the House Museum in Rolling Meadows. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  205. Take a hot yoga class. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  206. Learn how to pour a perfect Guinness BeerMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  207. Attend a scarf styling class with Sally McGraw, Stylist and Owner of Already PrettyDONE March 16, 2014.
  208. Enjoy a Shamrock Shake. DONE March 16, 2014. See the picture.
  209. Try Goose Island Root Beer. DONE March 13, 2014.
  210. Try Goose Island Spicy Ginger. DONE March 13, 2014.
  211. Wear a Cheese Head hat. DONE March 14, 2014 with Alan. See the picture.
  212. Try a Bloody Mary. DONE March 14, 2014 with Alan. See the picture.
  213. Be interviewed by a journalism student at Medill about my #BanBossy blog post. DONE March 19, 2014. Read the blog post and watch the video here.
  214. Visit the Monadnock Building. DONE March 16, 2014.
  215. Have dinner at Firkin. DONE March 19, 2014 with Stacy. See the picture.
  216. Be a Top 50 ChicagoNow Blog and one of the Top 50 ChicagoNow Blog Posts in the same week. DONE March 10-16, 2014. Read about it here.
  217. Learn Origami. DONE March 28, 2014. See the pic of a penguin and heart here.
  218. Have dinner at Italian Village. DONE March 24, 2014 with Christy and my mom. See the pic here.
  219. Attend an On the Map House Concert with Drew Nelson. Unable to attend thanks to a migraine. Moved to 2014-15 List.
  220. Apply for tickets to have antiques appraised on Antiques Roadshow when the tour stops in Chicago on July 26, 2014. DONE March 27, 2014. 
  221. Try Cupping. DONE March 29, 2014. See the pictures here and here.
  222. Have lunch at Ed Debevic's. DONE March 29, 2014.
  223. Become a member of the Chicago Botanic Gardens. DONE March 10, 2014.
  224. Send a gift to a friend for no particular reason. DONE March 28, 2014. See the pic here.
  225. Take an Epsom Salt Bath. DONE March 29, 2014.
  226. Join the Girl Scouts Alumnae Association. DONE April 2, 2014.
  227. Become a Girl Scout for 2013-14. DONE April 2, 2014.
  228. Attend the Tornado and Severe Storm seminar at Femilab. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  229. Re-invest my LFGSM 403(b) in an IRA through a financial advisor. DONE April 1, 2014.
  230. Create a CV, in addition to my resume. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  231. Re-take the Myers Briggs test and find out my personality type. Moved to the 2014-15 List.
  232. Be in a major car accident and total my car. DONE April 3, 2014. Read the blog post.
  233. Sit in the back of a cop car. DONE April 3, 2014. Read the blog post.
  234. Cry hysterically in public and be completely ignored by all passersby. DONE April 3, 2014. Read the blog post.
  235. Get talked about on WBBM Newsradio 780. DONE April 3, 2014. Read the blog post.
  236. Have a CAT Scan. DONE April 4, 2014. Read the blog post.
  237. Have my blog post 12 Secrets for a Clean House with Minimal Effort appear on the front page of ChicagoTribune.com. DONE April 4, 2014.
  238. Win my 2014 March Madness Pool. DONE April 5, 2014 before the finals even happened. See the picture here.
  239. See the documentary Anita: Speaking Truth to PowerMoved to the 2014-15 List.
  240. Attend a virtual job fair. DONE April 9, 2014.
  241. Switch to an all-natural deodorant.  DONE April 9, 2014.
  242. See a dermatologist. DONE April 8, 2014. Read the blog post.
Putting these ideas down on "paper" was the easy part. Now, I need to get to living life as fully as possible.

Do any of my ideas inspire you? Want to join me on my journey? Let me know and let's team up. Life's more fun when it's experienced with friends.

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