Please encourage me as I attempt to do 108 new things in 2008. Well, new, or things I just haven’t done in a really long time.

A big thank you to those who sent me suggestions for my list. I have added your name next to your suggestions.

And as things are accomplished I will cross them off the list and add a photo when appropriate (i.e. not #9). It’s all about the proof, my friends.

1- Learn to knit (Thank you, Sherrie!)(1/09/08)

2- Hang something on my bedroom wall - a photo, a candle holder, some art, a calendar - something! (This would truly be a first) (and it was a calendar)
3- Volunteer for a worthy cause (Janet). And I will add that it has to be in addition to English School, because I began volunteering there in 2007.
4- Sing karaoke (Janet)
5- See a play or ballet performance (Janet)
6- Spend a whole (non-sick) day lounging in bed with movies, books, etc. (Janet)
7- Make homemade ice cream (Janet)
8- Go back to my college town for a visit and see Meaghan (Meaghan)
9- Take a bath by candlelight (Kate)
10- Go to an opera (Simon)
11- Try a new game (Simon) (Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 on Wii - hilariously fun!) and Rock Band!
12- Read José Saramago's The Gospel According to Jesus Christ (Simon)
13- Run a half marathon (10/25/08)
14- Take a walk at a park I have never visited before (Kate suggested going for more walks)
15- Read The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Neiffenegger (Renee)
16- Watch or Re-watch Friends Season 9 "The one with Rachel's number" (Renee)
17- Have a taco night
18- Read the entire Harry Potter series
19- Visit a state I have never been to, and not just a drive-through. Please see the map in the right-hand column for where I've been – well, the places I can remember visiting.
20- Visit a country I have never been to. Please see the map in the right-hand column for where I've been. Any suggestions on where I should go?
21- Make a bacon, avocado, lettuce sandwich
22- Plan an entire date day
23- Throw a party
24- Learn to rollerblade (this will actually shock me and all of my family if I can manage to do it)
25- Go on a trip with my sisters
26- Take a dance lesson
27- Try a new type of cuisine
28- Make biscuits from scratch
29- Go to an arts and crafts fair
30- Learn to juggle
31- Go skydiving (this will depend on funds)
32- Go to a concert (7/12/08)
33- Play miniature golf
34- Go bike riding (well, first I need a bike…)
35- Go horseback riding
36- Create a scrapbook
37- Read A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (Kari)
38- Read Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
39- Read A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
40- Read Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister: A Novel by Gregory Maguire
41- Read Son of a Witch: A Novel by Gregory Maguire (I didn't enjoy this one)
42- Read Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
43- Read Jesus Land: A Memoir by Julia Scheeres
44- Read Persuasion by Jane Austen
45- Read Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
46- Read Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
47- Read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Kari)
48- Read Wild Swans : Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
49- Read The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
50- Read Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire (I didn't enjoy this one)
51- Read The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
52- Watch the movie Juno (10/02/08)
53- Have a ‘Pride and Prejudice Day' that includes watching the entire 1995 A&E version and the 2005 version (anyone care to join me?)
54- Read Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials Trilogy
55- Watch Stardust
56- Re-watch the entire British version of The Office, including the two Christmas specials
57- Try a new restaurant in Marietta
58- Try a new restaurant in Atlanta (It was La Tavola Trattoria Restaurant - absolutely wonderful!)
59- Baby-sit my niece - she is due to arrive in May! (Steph)
60- Run three miles without stopping
61- Bake a cake
62- Go on a picnic
63- Leave a server a 100% tip (but only for great service!)
64- Have a facial
65- Create a handmade card and send it
66- Participate in a Texas hold ‘em tournament
67- Finish a crossword puzzle
68- Go to a comedy club(April 13, 2008)

69- Go to an art museum
70- Go to the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern
71- Be a tourist in my own town, including taking lots of photos
72- Decorate my office
73- Try a new haircut (well, I don’t know if ‘try’ is the right word here…)
74- Read outside
75- Watch a sunrise
76- Watch a sunset
77- Stay at a nice bed and breakfast
78- Have a spa day
79- Buy a new dress
80- And matching shoes
81- Visit the New World of Coca-Cola
82- Visit the Georgia Aquarium
83- Eat breakfast for dinner
84- Make homemade bread
85- Try a new fru-fru drink [a.k.a. fruity alcoholic beverage]
86- Buy a cookie cake for no reason at all (and of course share with a friend!)
87- Have a girls’ night
88- Send an overseas friend snail mail
89- Go antiquing (Kole, you up for it?)
90- Help someone find a job
91- Watch home movies with my family
92- Cook with my mom (French toast - yum!)
93- Take an unplanned trip
94- Buy a CD
95- Get something published in a magazine under my name (I get published a lot, but not as me)
96- Pay off my student loans (3/14/08)

97- Write a short story
98- Visit my high school alma mater and attend a football game
99- Go to the beach
100- Be at the hospital when Steph’s baby is born
101- Be at the hospital when Barb’s baby is born
102- Make a key lime pie (I think I should be able to create my favorite dessert) (It was wonderful!)
103- Make S’mores
104- Start a water balloon fight
105- Do a puzzle with my dad
106- Send my nana a card
107- Try a different dish at my favorite restaurants (at Murphy’s Deli, La Parilla and Outback)
108- Finish a knitting project