Somehow, in some crazy way, thanks to two of my favorite people in the world, my 101 things in 1001 days list did not go completely mismanaged the last few months.
After some secret conspiring, one of my best friends (who lives across the country from me) alerted B that my deadline was coming up, and he planned the most epic of weekends to be had for the last two days of my 1001, without me having a single idea what was happening. In the last two days, B successfully crossed off 2, 4, 7, 10, 41, 43, 79, and a bit of 100.
Safe to say that madness ensued, and it was all sorts of kick-ass.
Additionally, there were a few other items that I unknowingly crossed off, both with B and with others in my crew. The last day was officially February 27, 2016. So, without further adieu, here were the very last items I was able to cross off my list before the clock struck midnight on my 1001st day — prepare yourself, it’s gonna be a looooong post:
2. Climb to the top of the Statue of Liberty!
Okay, this one is a bit of a cheat. We didn’t climb to the top, since those tickets are booked until May, but I had never been to Liberty Island or had the chance to even see her up so close. The experience was just as epic as I’ve imagined in my wildest, Libert-iest days.
It’s safe to say I have a full-blown lady-crush on Lady Liberty.
4. Go to the top of the Empire State Building.
We were so close! We just missed the timing to get to the top of the Empire State Building, so even though B was able to buy the tickets online for the top, they closed it before we got there. Like it mattered anyway: the view was just as incredible on the 86th floor as I’m sure it would have been from the top.
There’s a lot that can be said about actually seeing New York City from these points of view, but I believe the pictures do them justice.
7. Bring my best jazz hands to a show on Broadway.
Saturday was the most jam-packed day, starting with the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island next (more on that later), and a Broadway show thrown into the mix as well. We grabbed seats for An American In Paris, which both of us had proclaimed we would like to see just earlier that week! It worked out pretty well.
10. Look for my thick-eyebrowed Kennedy ancestors at Ellis Island.
If the Statue of Liberty was a surreal experience, Ellis Island was truly out-of-this-world. To walk where millions of immigrants had come, hoping for a new life in America and probably scared shitless, was at once humbling and awe-inspiring. Especially at a time where our country can’t seem to make up it’s mind about immigrants, it was important to get back to basics and remember why the US is such an incredible country in the first place: because we were willing to give everyone who wanted to work hard a chance, and thus, a great country was born.
11. Go to a live taping of a late night show – oh hey, Jimmy Fallon!
For what could go down in history as the coolest Valentines Day gift ever, B secured two tickets to a taping of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Without actually directly talking to him, it was easy to see that he’s still a real person, genuine and hilarious in real life. He frequently spoke to the crowd in between breaks, asking a few questions and answering many, even when they were just shouted out by random crowd members.
Don’t even get me started on the killer funk band that they had bringing the show in and out of commercial break. Funkalicious.
No photos from inside the studio — they have you turn off your phone. But selfishly, I don’t think I would want to share photos from that anyways. Definitely something you have to experience for yourself.
14. Meet an editor-in-chief of a major publication.
A few weeks ago, I went in for an interview at HollywoodLife.com, and ended up meeting with Bonnie Fuller, the editor-in-chief of the online publication. Not only has she singlehandedly grown the website to monstrous sizes with a devoted audience, but before HollywoodLife, she was editor-in-chief of Flare, YM, Marie Claire (and she launched the American edition), Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Us Weekly. Talk about a packed resume.
18. Attend as many sporting events as possible.
Where to begin?
In the past two and a half years, I’ve seen the Yankees at Yankee Stadium,
the Seattle Seahawks take on the New Orleans Saints at Century-Link Field,
witnessed my Portland Pilots defeat Gonzaga for the first time at home in 20 years (!!),
got my first MMA experience as a I worked a Bellator event at Mohegan Sun Arena,
had one of the coolest college football experiences watching Westpoint play the Naval Academy,
went to see the Seattle Mariners take on the Boston Red Sox at historic Fenway Park,
witnessed an Olympian in action when I saw Kerri Walsh-Jennings play at AVP NYC,
attended the US Open and unknowingly saw the eventual Champion, Flavia Pennetta, play,
experienced my first New York Rangers game,
saw the New York Liberty play in Madison Square Garden,
witnessed the first ever NWHL game played in Stamford, CT, with the Connecticut Whale vs. the NY Riveters,
had a total fan-girl experience in New Orleans watching the US Women’s National Soccer team at the Superdome,
watched the Mets multiple times while also loving the view of planes flying overhead at Citi Field,
and most recently, saw the Portland Trail Blazers beat the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Plus, an innumerable amount of other Portland Pilot sporting events.
30. Interview an athlete or celebrity.
36. Invest in ten great coffee table books. (7/10 now)
In my posssession before: Kate Spade’s Things We Love, and Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart. Now added: Meringue Girls: Incredible Sweets Everybody Can Make, The Art of Eating Well, and Humans of New York and Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas (thanks to B for both of those!). So, didn’t completely finish this one, but it was a bit lofty to begin with.
39. Record my first podcast.
BFF SK and I did this for graduate school last year! I had completely forgotten about it until she reminded me the other night. Great work, S.
40. Attend as many concerts as possible.
Adding to the list: Deertick on New Years 2016 at Brooklyn Bowl.
41. Get reading glasses.
Another one of B’s brilliant saves.
43. Find my signature scent.
Yet another of B’s saves — I present to you, Dark Temptation by Axe. 😉
60. Pick a charity / foundation that I feel passionate about and figure out a way to donate regularly.
I hadn’t even realized that I had done this until BFF SR, same BFF who conspired with B, reminded me of FARA, Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance. I don’t think I had thought of it because I don’t think of it as a charity or foundation that I donate to — it’s a family that I’ve been included in. I got involved senior year of college after meeting and getting to know BFF SR’s other BFF, Sam Bridgman, who is kicking ass while diagnosed with FA.
FA is a debilitating, life-shortening, degenerative neuro-muscular disorder. Only about 1 in 50,000 people in the US are diagnosed. Since meeting Sam, it’s always been something that I keep track of, support, and get involved with whenever possible. I am lucky to have been introduced to the incredible community and FAmily that is FARA and everyone involved!
Here’s Sammy and I at a Ride Ataxia bike ride, to raise awareness about FA and money for research! Learn more about FA and get involved here.
69. Do at least three touristy Portland things (that I haven’t already done!). (#1 Beercycle November 2013, #2 Foodcart experience in downtown Portland May 2014, #3 ?)
#3 ended up being with B when we visited in the fall, as we grabbed grub and drinks at Bridgeport Brewery!
70. Read the Games of Thrones series. (1/5)
This was a pretty hefty goal, so I’m going to just make an executive decision and make it “Start reading the Games of Thrones series.” I have a pretty solid start.
79. Watch my first Audrey Hepburn movie.
Well, sort of. I watched half of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, thanks to B! This was at the end of marathon Saturday, after a full day of Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and a Broadway show. I was pretty sleepy-sleep.
90. Get out of the country.
Added to the list: Canada! B and I visited some of my favorite Portland people in Montreal during MLK weekend early this 2016. It was definitely living up to the Great White North’s reputation, but we found solace in delicious vegetarian nachos (trust me, they exist), killer poutine, and a rage-tastic outdoor music festival complete with ice sculptures (Igloofest). Can’t forget to mention the amazing Canadian hospitality.
99. Travel as much as possible.
Added to the list: Washington / Oregon for the holidays in 2015, Boston 2015 (multiple times), and Canada 2016 (see above). Almost Cuba.
100. Still regularly update this blog at the end of 1001 days.
Define “regular.” I haven’t ever let it go more than a few months in between posts, so I feel that this is a pretty solid victory. I’m going to share this one with B again, because without all of the kickass things we have been doing together, I would not have had a reason to update this as much as I have the past year.
And that’s a wrap, folks. Time for a new list, yeah? Look out for a post in the future about the goals I didn’t get to, and a new challenge of 101 things in 1001 days.
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