Dolce Does….the Project Zero Update

In September of 2010, I discovered the Project Zero Update.  The challenge was to determine 101 things to accomplish in 1001 days.  The original dates of the challenge were from October 5, 2010 until July 2, 2013.

During that timeframe I ended up moving cross country to Washington, D.C….and back.  And got engaged.  A lot can happen within 1,001 days!  Needless to say, I never did accomplish all 101 goals, but I’ve turned this into my bucket list, so to speak.  Goals to accomplish over time, not necessarily within a set time limit.

As the calendars change to 2015, and I reflect back in 2014 and all that I accomplished, I thought it was a good time to dig this list up from an old blog of mine.

I’ve updated everything completed up until this point — January 8, 2015.  My goal for the year is to blog a lot more, and one way to achieve that is to post as I cross each item off my bucket list!

30/101 (long way to go!)
1. Buy a passport Sept 2013
2. Run a 5k  ran a 10k Oct 30, 2011, 5k July 2013 and July 2014
3. Go to a running shoe store and buy GOOD running shoes
4. Complete a Tone It Up Challenge
5. Lose all college weight
6. Learn how to box
7. Complete a sprint triathlon
8. Swim in the ocean every summer
9. Learn Spanish
10. Relearn French
11. Relearn Italian
12. Go to Europe (France, Italy, Spain, England, and/or Greece) Austria, Czech Republic – Nov 2014
13. Go to La Brea Tar Pits
14. Pamper myself regularly – massages and facials, manis and pedis
15. Live within my budget for 3 months
16. Get out of debt paid off old credit cards
17. Start a significant savings account
18. Take the Single Subject CSET (Social Studies) January 2015
19. Take the Foreign Service Officer exam
20. Start courses for a certificate in MEP started first class 10/18/12!
21. Buy a new car bought new car 8/29/12!
22. Trade up heart necklace
23. Learn the US Presidents in order
24. Be on time/early everywhere every day for a month  was on time first few months in DC
25. Get over 8 hours of sleep every work night for a month
26. Organize my house/office
27. Blog!
28. Hike at least once a week for a summer
29. Keep my house neat and organized for a month
30. Don’t eat out for a month – at all
31. Cut out processed foods for a month
32. Get a bikini wax
33. Go for a spa day with girlfriends
34. Go to an away Charger game
35. Go to the dentist every 6 months
36. Wash my face every night for a month
37. Finish reading Pride and Prejudice
38. Learn about wine
39. Play a whole 18 holes of golf
40. Play in a tennis tournament
41. Watch 26 classic movies each starting with a different letter of the alphabet
42. Watch 101 new movies
43. Learn about cars
44. Complete one entire fitbook (12 weeks of exercise/diet goals and recording them)
45. Save $10 for every task I complete
46. Donate $10 to charity for every task I don’t complete
47. Get my palm read
48. Play the lottery $2 a week every week for a year
49. Take a photography class
50. Volunteer with a charity or foundation
51. Join a new organization/association to meet new people  joined WCSA
52. Write a book
53. Go to the getty

54. Join a wine club Miramonte in Temecula and Alpha Omega in Napa
55. Join a church joined St Peter’s in DC
56. Attend an Xtend Barre class
57. Take scrapbooking classes
58. Learn about another religion
59. Join a book club January 2014
60. Visit Portland  visited 9/29
61. Donate to a different charity every year
62. See the Mona Lisa in the Louvre
63. Go to Washington, D.C.
64. Visit my family in NY 
65. Go on a cruise to the bahamas
66. Keep an updated address book
67. Send thank you notes on time for Christmas and/or a birthday
68. Get involved in my sorority alumni club
69. Get a Disneyland passport
70. Get some stamps on my passport  Antigua, Milan, Paris, Thailand
71. Complete Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred
72. Run a 1/2 Marathon Disney Avengers, November 2014!
73. Become a certified Pilates Mat instructor
74. Celebrate my Golden Birthday in a to be determined special way 🙂 In NYC & a weekend in DC
75. Read the Bible
76. Move out Moved to DC, then back to SD w/ Dom
77. Learn about the following cultures/countries and have a themed dinner:      Japan, Australia, Italy, Polynesia, Russia, Romania, Canada, Morocco, Brazil, India, Israel
78. Wear nothing black for a week
79. Make a souffle
80. Host a Holiday party
81. Buy a Magic 8 Ball and base all my decisions on it for a whole day
82. Buy a good camera Christmas/Wedding gift 2013
83. Document a day of my life in pictures
84. Find 10 books that inspire me
85. Take a cooking class
86. See Wicked July 2011 in DC!
87. Take a cruise to Mexico
88. Find a personally inspirational quote and work it into a piece of art or home decor 
89. Find 4 things outside that spell out “L-O-V-E” take pictures and put them in a frame
90. Go to 5 different museums Smithsonian & NYC 🙂 (American History, Air and Space, Natural History, National Portrait Gallery, MoMA & more!)
91. Look up my genealogy
92. Say yes to everything for a day (within reason)
93. Attend an NBA game
94. Attend an NHL game
95. Go to a 3 game Padres series against any team
96. Upload my entire CD collection to my external hard drive and sell/give away CD’s I’ll never use again
97. Take a spontaneous road trip
98. Make a weekend trip to Palm Springs September 2014
99. Bet $7 on # 7 in roulette in Vegas
100. Try 10 new recipes
101. Write a list of 101 things already achieved in this lifetime

Dolce Does… the One Year Wedding Anniversary

One Year Married.  I can hardly believe it!  We celebrated our first wedding anniversary yesterday and it was such a lovely day, with nothing major on the agenda (a first for us).  I spent a lot of time reminiscing on what we were doing at that time, just one year ago, and I probably drove the Mister crazy just a little bit, but that’s nothing new.

Our wedding day really truly was such an amazing, wonderful, lovely day, that truly went by in such a flash.  Everyone tells you how fast it goes — and it really, really does.

Good thing we have the most amazing wedding photos so I can re-live the day with just a few clicks on a computer, or flipping through our album.

Our first year was a pretty good year if I do say so myself.  We were also told the first year is the toughest, which I really didn’t find to be that way.  And, if it was in fact the toughest, then I’m looking forward to the many years ahead.  I know we’ll have our ups and downs and life can just be hard at times, but I really am lucky I found someone who makes those ups and downs just a little bit better.

We stuck to the traditional theme for gifts — Paper.  And, coincidentally, we both got each other two gifts: one heartfelt/sappy, and one fun.  I got him a photo book highlighting our first married year, and incorporated the lyrics to our first dance, the reading at our wedding, our vows, and the ring exchange.

vows I can hear her heart beat for a thousand

I also got him season tickets to the 2015 Padres Season!  So excited for those games next year.


He got our vows printed up on a canvas, and got me a Kindle Paper White since I’ve been doing a lot more reading lately.  Pretty good first anniversary!

We also spent the day lounging around — started off with some wedding cake and champagne (can’t go wrong there), enjoyed some local beer while watching the Chargers WIN (yay!) and ended with a delicious dinner at Richard Blais’ Juniper and Ivy.  Yum!

I’ll leave you now with some highlights from our first married year — like I said, it was a good one!  Can’t wait to see what’s in store for year numero dos!