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Books for 101 in 1001

February 2, 2015

The 30 books I read as part of my 101 in 1001 list:

  1. The French Lieutenant’s Woman, John Fowles
  2. Yes Please, Amy Poehler
  3. The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien


101 in 1001

November 26, 2014

Start: 19 November 2014

End: 16 August 2017

List of 101 goals to complete in 1,001 days, inspired by Cait, Mackenize, and many others.


1. Conduct 10 informational interviews.

2. Get a certification.

3. Improve B2B marketing knowledge.

4. Take a headshot.

5. Gain management experience.

6. Get standard business cards.

7. Improve paid search knowledge.

8. Practice Adobe suite.

9. Join a community group.


10. Build social following to 3,000.

11. Do some freelance writing.

12. Follow 50 new Tumblr blogs.

13. Create a blogging calendar.

14. Decide if I want to blog and/or gain 100 followers.

15. Organize and use feedly and/or Longform.

16. Find and follow 50 design resources.

17. Write every day for a month.


18. Bike four mornings a week for a month.

19. Plan meals every week for a month.

20. Try five new exercise classes.

21. Have a spa day.

22. Drink 64 ounces of water every day for two weeks.

23. Walk an average of 10,000 steps a day for two weeks.

24. Complete compassion meditation training.

25. Complete cognitive reappraisal training.

26. Take the advice of the Anti-Diet Project.

27. Cook 101 new recipes.

28. Don’t complain for one week.

29. Go one month without screens before bed.

30. Find out my blood type.

31. Start volunteering.

32. Decide what I want, ask for it, and stop talking.


33. Complete Duolingo Spanish.

34. Complete Duolingo French.

35. Learn more about antiquing/thrift stores/estate sales.

36. Complete geography quizzes.

37. Take a photography class.

38. Read 30 books.

39. Find a favorite composer.

40. Subscribe to 10 podcasts.


41. Go to a Syracuse basketball game.

42. See a concert at Red Rocks.

43. Go to Disney World.

44. Visit 20 new museums.

45. Visit 15 new cities.

46. Visit the Continent.

47. Take a trip alone.

48. Take a service trip.

49. Invest in quality luggage.

50. Make a list of places to see in my lifetime.

51. Go camping.

52. Take a cross country road trip (not necessarily America).


53. Paint a room.

54. Start an herb garden.

55. Hang a gallery wall.

56. Get more comfortable taking care of plants.

57. Get better at ironing.

58. Learn to sew a button.

59. Learn to hem.

60. Learn to tie a tie.

61. Get better at couponing.


62. Take nice pictures with my parents.

63. Start the Martin family genealogy project.

64. Find a regular pastime with my dad.

65. Send my mom flowers for no reason.


66. Figure out 401(k).

67. Build a 6-month savings cushion.

68. Buy a car.

69. Pay off credit card.

70. Set up Mint.


71. Throw someone a party.

72. Decorate for Christmas.

73. Sing in the rain.

74. Eat alone at a restaurant.

75. Send five cards a month.

76. Go to a train station and get on the next train leaving.

77. Send an anonymous gift to someone who needs it.

78. Build a snowman.

79. Host a dinner party.

80. Try a cronut.

81. Bake someone a cake.

82. Say yes to something scary.

83. Make a wish on a shooting star.

84. Keep a list of things that make me happy.

85. Make a list of 50 wonderful memories.

86. Take a ballroom dance class.

87. Make a new friend.

88. Find a new hobby.

89. Make a stranger’s day.

90. Splurge on a fancy meal.

91. Make a list of TV shows to watch.

92. Watch 101 new movies.


93. Make a new 101 in 1001 list.

94. Encourage someone else to start a 101 in 1001 list.

95. Create a personal and professional 5-year plan.

96. Finish list of 101 things.

97. Figure out iTunes/music.

98. Organize iPhoto.

99. Create a closet of classics.

100. Invest in a suit.

101. Buy a new watch.

Color the Sky Red

October 28, 2013

Small Pictures Blog - Navy & Maroon

It started with this dress.  Then, this sweater. And suddenly I had a whole collection of navy and maroon goodies. I’m not even mad.

SHOP: Loeffler Randall Colorblock WalletJ.Crew Chevron Infinity Scarf Marni Necklace • Vanessa Bruno Silk Trousers • Alexander Wang Tee •  J.Crew Factory Ponte Dress •  Marc by Marc Jacobs Crepe Blazer • Marc by Marc Jacobs Trousers • Rails Button Down Shirt • JCP Suede Slippers Fred Perry Sneakers • Essie After School Boy Blazer Essie Bordeaux

P.S. In case you missed it, that navy nail polish is supremely named “After School Boy Blazer.”

“Artists can color the sky red because they know it’s blue. Those of us who aren’t artists must color thing the way they really are or people might think we’re stupid.” -Jules Feiffer

Lose A Day Or Two

October 7, 2013

Sleepy Jones Logo

Sleepy Jones Navy Floral Marina Pajama Shirt

Sleepy Jones White Regimental Stripe Marina Pajama Shirt

Sleepy Jones Navy Gingham Marina Pajama Shirt

Sleepy Jones Navy Liberty Floral Louise Shrunken Robe

Sleepy Jones Grey White Yellow Isabel Dot Socks

Sleepy Jones About

Hello. Good day. We interrupt this hiatus to bring you…pajamas. I wanted to return not with a bang but an Italian cotton whimper.

I spotted some Sleepy Jones separates on Carly‘s Instagram account. The collection comes from Andy Spade (yes, that Spade) so it is flawless and classic and the standard by which we must judge all sleepwear henceforth.

The site also has a nifty inspiration board full of supremely pinnable pictures. Kick your pants off and have a look.

Don’t Call My Daughter Boring

September 17, 2012

Mindy Kaling The Mindy Project

When Mindy Kaling’s book came out, I more or less wrote her a gushing love letter. Now that she has a show (with her name in the title) I’m overwhelmed. I mean, in the pilot Mindy talks to a doll at the bottom of a swimming pool while wearing teal sequins, and then gets arrested. Yes, it’s that good.

Please enjoy three of the best Mindy zingers, which you should imagine she delivers with raised eyebrows and a sigh that makes her bangs rustle.

“One time I left a flea market with a samurai sword.”

“Oh great, we broke this model of the human pelvis.”

“Maybe I’ll do one of those Eat, Pray, Love things…Ugh, no, I don’t want to pray. I’ll just die alone.”

I would be extra happy if we could all decide to watch this show without remarking on Mindy’s gender, race, age, or funny female predecessors. Or, like the Onion says, Bridesmaids. Lofty goals.

The Fairest One of All

August 29, 2012

Once Upon A Time ABC

Mary Margaret Apartment Once Upon A Time

Mary Margaret Apartment Once Upon A Time

Mary Margaret Apartment Once Upon A Time

Mary Margaret Apartment Once Upon A Time

Mary Margaret Apartment Once Upon A Time

Mary Margaret Apartment Once Upon A Time

Mary Margaret Apartment Once Upon A Time

Mary Margaret Apartment Once Upon A Time

Mary Margaret Apartment Once Upon A Time

I started watching Once Upon A Time last weekend while it rained and rained and rained. The first pleasant, relaxing thought that comes into one’s head upon seeing Mary Margaret Blanchard’s apartment is “Yes, that’s just how I pictured Snow White’s home would look if she was unknowingly trapped in a small 21st century town, living as an elementary school teacher who favors cardigans and coma patients.” (Spoiler alert!) The second thought one has is “Oh, I see the set decorators raided Anthropologie.” I even own Mary Margaret’s monogram mug. Mmmm.

This is such an adorable studio space: exposed brick, lots of distressed white wood, vintage and painted housewares. There’s even a second bedroom loft area which Once Upon A Time is refusing to let me see, though the centrally-located stairs are a nifty touch.

These pictures would be better if the actors weren’t always annoyingly in the way. Side note: Jennifer Morrison wears the same pair of jeans in every episode. Also, this beautiful Irish creature is on the show.

I’m headed to Seattle this morning for about a week to earn the Seattleite Badge and listen to some music in heaven. Talk to you soon, and please have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Frozen Skinny Lovers Found on 10th Street

August 28, 2012

Barefoot in the Park Film

Barefoot in the Park Jane Fonda Charles Boyer

“You know of course you’re unbearably lovely. All indications point to my falling in love with you.”

Barefoot in the Park Robert Redford Mildred Natwick

“I feel like we’ve died and gone to heaven, only we had to climb up.” 

Barefoot in the Park Robert Redford

“What do you need gloves for? It’s only 30 degrees.”

Barefoot in the Park Robert Redford Jane Fonda

“It’s really very simple. All you have to do is give up a little bit of yourself for him. Don’t make everything a game; just late at night in that little room upstairs. Take care of him. Make him feel important. If you can do that you’ll have a happy and wonderful marriage, like two out of every ten couples.”

My dad watches Barefoot in the Park whenever it airs on the classic film channels. This is especially surprising because I can list on less than one hand the movies for which I’ve seen him stay awake: The Last Samurai, The Bourne Identity, and Titanic, perhaps because we saw it in theaters.

Corie Bratter is so exhaustingly earnest about her husband and her marriage, like it really is the greatest calling in life to care for a tiny, powder blue walk-up in Greenwich Village, and she would gladly throw herself out the sixth-floor window if everything isn’t perfect always. In her defense, concessions must be made if Robert Redford is your husband. Especially if it’s a goofy, drunk Robert Redford who tries unsuccessfully to hide his booze from his new homeless friend. Well done, Neil Simon.

Maybe my dad sometimes wishes for a Mad Men, Norman Rockwell life. Maybe he appreciates Simon’s combination of comedic excellence and realism.

Or maybe he likes Jane Fonda in fitted turtlenecks. Well done, Edith Head.


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