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Mar. 5th, 2010 | 08:09 am
posted by: cactus_rs in mission101

Goals recently accomplished or started since my last update:

Two at once!
11. Go to the library instead of the bookstore
18. Read all of the books from TIME magazine's top 100 novels of the 20th century

[I checked out The Adventures of Augie March and The Big Sleep from the library yesterday.]

45. Learn at least two new Chopin preludes. [Knocked out #20 over the past few days.]
46. Drink an OMG! Shot at Tom Bar. [It's the size of a cocktail but you're supposed to down it in one. Picture under the cut.]

61. Send at least three friends a surprise care package in the mail. [Mailed a gift from Korea to my best friend from college yesterday.]

bolded is in good progress
italics are in shaky process
struck are finished

First House
1. Get a tattoo.
2. Improve my Swedish.
3. Say "no" to at least one unreasonable request.
4. Find a job in Stockholm. [I might change this one, depending on if I go back to Korea in 2011.]
5. Fill in the missing lists on my 101 in 1001 list.

Second House
6. Cultivate a finer taste in, and appreciation for, whisk(e)y.
7. Cultivate a finer taste in, and appreciation for, wine.
8. Take at least one jewelry-making class.
9. Make at least one new piece of jewelry a month.
10. Put aside money every month for "growing up" (retirement, down payment on a house, etc)
11. Go to the library instead of the bookstore.

12. If I have to go to the bookstore, go to the Lion Around and/or Moravian bookstore first.

Third House
13. Go to the DMZ.
14. Go to COEX aquarium. [You can read about that trip here.]
15. Go to Budae Jjigae Alley. [What is budae jjigae?]
16. Go to at least one new neighborhood in Seoul every month. [October: Ganeung; November: Gangnam; December: Insadong; January: Gyeongju (not a neighborhood in Seoul but an entirely different city so I think it counts!); February: Samseung.]
17. Read at least three books I already own but haven't yet read.
18. Read all of the books from an arbitrary list of "100 Great(est) Novels" Modern Library's Top 100 Novels TIME magazine's Top 100 Novels (25/100):
1. The Adventures of Augie March, Saul Bellow
2. All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren
3. American Pastoral, Philip Roth
4. An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser
5. Animal Farm, George Orwell
6. Appointment in Samarra, John O'Hara
7. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Judy Blume
8. The Assistant, Bernard Malamud
9. At Swim-Two-Birds, Flann O'Brien
10. Atonement, Ian McEwan
11. Beloved, Toni Morrison
12. The Berlin Stories, Christopher Isherwood
13. The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
14. The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood
15. Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy
16. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
17. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder
18. Call It Sleep, Henry Roth
19. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
20. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
21. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
22. The Confessions of Nat Turner, William Styron
23. The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen
24. The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon
25. A Dance to the Music of Time, Anthony Powell
26. The Day of the Locust, Nathanael West
27. Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather
28. A Death in the Family, James Agee
29. The Death of the Heart, Elizabeth Bowen
30. Deliverance, James Dickey
31. Dog Soldiers, Robert Stone
32. Falconer, John Cheever
33. The French Lieutenant's Woman, John Fowles
34. The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing
35. Go Tell it on the Mountain, James Baldwin
36. Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
37. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
38. Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon
39. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
40. A Handful of Dust, Evelyn Waugh
41. The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
42. The Heart of the Matter, Graham Greene
43. Herzog, Saul Bellow
44. Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson
45. A House for Mr. Biswas, V.S. Naipaul
46. I, Claudius, Robert Graves
47. Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
48. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
49. Light in August, William Faulkner
50. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
51. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
52. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
53. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
54. Loving, Henry Green
55. Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis
56. The Man Who Loved Children, Christina Stead
57. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie
58. Money, Martin Amis
59. The Moviegoer, Walker Percy
60. Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
61. Naked Lunch, William Burroughs
62. Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco
63. Native Son, Richard Wright
64. Neuromancer, William Gibson
65. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
66. 1984, George Orwell
67. On the Road, Jack Kerouac
68. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey
69. The Painted Bird, Jerzy Kosinski
70. Pale Fire, Vladimir Nabokov
71. A Passage to India, E.M. Forster
72. Play It As It Lays, Joan Didion
73. Portnoy's Complaint, Philip Roth
74. The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene
75. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark
76. Rabbit, Run, John Updike
77. Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow
78. The Recognitions, William Gaddis
79. Red Harvest, Dashiell Hammett
80. Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates
81. The Sheltering Sky, Paul Bowles
82. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
83. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
84. The Sot-Weed Factor, John Barth
85. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
86. The Sportswriter, Richard Ford
87. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, John le Carre
88. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
89. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
90. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
91. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
92. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
93. Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller
94. Ubik, Philip K. Dick
95. Under the Net, Iris Murdoch
96. Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry
97. Watchmen, Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
98. White Noise, Don DeLillo
99. White Teeth, Zadie Smith
100. Wide Sargasso Sea

19. Go to Secret Caverns.
20. Go to Penn's Cave.
21. Go on a multi-day roadtrip and document it extensively—writing, filming, photographing, whatever.
22. Go to one of the palaces in Seoul.
23. Go to Albany.
24. Go to Buffalo.
25. Go to Hamilton.

Fourth House
26. Learn Tess' maiden name.
27. Learn how to cook borscht.
28. Learn Mom-mom's apple crisp recipe.
29. Do some genealogy research on Dad's side of the family.
30. Write at least one letter from Stockholm to Mom-mom each month.
31. Visit Mom-mom at least once before I move to Stockholm.
32. Take a Russian class.
33. Go for a run with Dad.
34. Perform in a two-piano recital with Mom.

Fifth House
35. Buy a dSLR camera.
36. Learn how to use it.
37. Write for at least one hour a week.
38. Participate in three NaNos.
39. Work at least one NaNo draft into something polished.
40. Watch all of IMDB's 100 top-rated movies: (36/100)
1. The Shawshank Redemption
2. The Godfather
3. The Godfather: Part II
4. Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo.
5. Pulp Fiction

6. Schindler's List
7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
8. 12 Angry Men
9. The Dark Knight
10. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
11. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
12. Star Wars

13. Casablanca
14. Goodfellas
15. Shichinin no samurai
16. Cidade de Deus
17. Fight Club
18. Raiders of the Lost Ark

19. Rear Window
20. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
21. The Usual Suspects

22. Psycho
23. C'era una volta il West
24. The Silence of the Lambs
25. The Matrix
26. Avatar
27. Memento
28. Se7en
29. It's a Wonderful Life
30. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
31. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

32. Sunset Blvd.
33. North by Northwest
34. Citizen Kane
35. Léon
36. Apocalypse Now
37. American Beauty
38. American History X
39. Forrest Gump
40. Taxi Driver
41. Vertigo
42. Lawrence of Arabia
43. WALL·E
44. Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulai
45. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

46. Alien
47. Saving Private Ryan
48. A Clockwork Orange
49. The Shining

50. Paths of Glory
51. The Departed
52. To Kill a Mockingbird
53. The Pianist
54. Aliens
55. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi
56. Das Leben der Anderen
57. M
58. Double Indemnity
59. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
60. Chinatown
61. Requiem for a Dream
62. The Third Man
63. L.A. Confidential
64. Reservoir Dogs
65. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
66. Das Boot
67. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
68. Inglourious Basterds
69. El laberinto del fauno

70. Up
71. City Lights
72. The Bridge on the River Kwai
73. Raging Bull
74. The Prestige
75. Singin' in the Rain
76. 2001: A Space Odyssey

77. Slumdog Millionaire
78. La vita è bella
79. Some Like It Hot
80. Back to the Future
81. Der Untergang
82. The Maltese Falcon
83. Modern Times
84. Gran Torino
85. Amadeus
86. Rashômon
87. Full Metal Jacket
88. Nuovo cinema Paradiso
89. All About Eve
90. Once Upon a Time in America
91. Braveheart
92. The Elephant Man
93. Sin City
94. Metropolis
95. Rebecca
96. The Green Mile
97. The Great Dictator
98. The Apartment
99. The Sting
100. District 9

41. Learn how to swing dance.
42. Learn Python.
43. Participate in at least one Script Frenzy.
44. Learn an entire Mozart sonata.
45. Learn at least two more Chopin preludes. Knocked out #20 over the past few days
46. Drink an OMG! Shot at Tom Bar.

Here is a picture of the OMG! shot. Kind of:

This is what it looks like before they breathe fire on it:


47. Finish plotting my ENG CRW senior project.
48. Exchange creative writing with one (LJ) friend.

Sixth House
49. Lose ~30 pounds and keep it off to stay in a healthy BMI range.
50. Strength train at least eight times a month.
51. Brush my teeth every day.
52. Clean my desk and keep it clean for the rest of my contract.
53. Clean my apartment and keep it clean for the rest of my stay in Korea.

54. Clean my room and keep it clean until I move out.
55. Do the dishes every time jan_verhagen makes dinner.
56. Eat at least one fresh fruit every day.

Seventh House
57. Move to Stockholm. [I might not be ready to move to Stockholm by the expiration date on this list. Might change.]
58. Send at least one letter a year to my literarily-inclined friends.
59. Talk to Blanche for an hour without being snarky about it afterwards.
60. Surprise jan_verhagen with a gift (not birthday/Christmas/anniversary) present at least twice a year.
61. Send at least three friends a surprise care package in the mail. [Mailed a gift from Korea to my best friend from college yesterday.]
62. Write tesiac at least one letter a month from Stockholm.

Eighth House
63. Go through my wardrobe and get rid of clothes I don't wear twice a year.
64. Cull my Facebook friends once a year.
65. Do at least one Tarot reading a month.
66. Set up an altar/present an offering to a deity of my choice once a week.
67. Keep a moon journal consistently.
68. Take a frou-frou New Age hippy class.
69. Go to at least one sesshin.
70. Go to Zendo at least three times a month.
71. Write my will.
72. Go back on birth control.

Ninth House
73. Revise my philosophy thesis.
74. Read at least one significant philosophical work.
75. Watch one documentary a month. [October: all of Joy Nash's Fat Rants on YouTube; November: waived for NaNo; December: Encounters at the End of the World; January: Sandwiches That You Will Like; February: Supersize Me]
76. Go back to Indonesia.
77. Visit one European country that isn't England, Wales, Ireland, or Sweden. [Planning a trip to Helsinki with jan_verhagen]!
78. Read one non-fiction book a month. [October: Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World; November: The Ayatollah Begs to Differ; December: The World Without Us; January: Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind; February: 1421: The Year China Discovered the New World;]
79. Watch one foreign movie a month. [October: Happiness of the Katakuris (Japanese); November: waived for Nano; December: D-Wars (Korean); January: Daytime Drinking (Korean); February: FAIL, but I did watch a shadow puppet show in China so that's something;]
80. Go to China. [ Read about ithere if you're curious. :)]

Tenth House
81. Set up a professional website.
82. Study the finer points of grammar and improve my test score on Elance.
83. Query my polished (NaNo) draft to literary agents.
84. Submit my revised philosophy thesis to at least one philosophy journal.
85. Submit my resume and application to places like Lonely Planet, the Stockholm Visitors Board, etc.
86. Sell my jewelry at one craft show, at least.

Eleventh House
87. Educate myself about my local representatives and their views.
88. Write at least one letter to them about an important issue for me.
89. Vote in at least two local elections.
90. Find a club in Stockholm that interests me and join it.
91. Find and befriend at least one expat in Stockholm.
92. Convince jan_verhagen to vote. (Accomplished when he actually votes in an election.)

Twelfth House
93. Learn to check the air pressure in my tires.
94. Give out $100 worth of micro-loans. [Sent out my first $25 to fund a grocery store in the former Soviet bloc.]
95. For every book off the arbitrary list that I don't read, donate $2 to a charity that promotes literacy. If I finish the list, donate $10 to said charity.
96. For every movie off the arbitrary list that I don't read, donate $2 to the Office of Letters and Light. If I finish the list, donate $10.
97. Make 50% of my food purchases at local vendors and farmers' markets.
98. Limit my clothing purchases to thrift stores and fair trade vendors (eg, American Apparel).
99. Ask for nothing but donations to charity for one gift-giving holiday.
100. Click the Hunger Site and its affiliates once a day.
101. Retroactively carbon offset at least half of the flights I've ever taken.


11 goals totally completed (11%)
22 goals well on the way (22%)
6 goals that are getting there (6%)

62/101 goals left to work on (62%), 846 days left (84%)

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