The Welcome Page

So, after much deliberation and searching about the interwebs, I can now bring you 101 Achievements, a blog about absolute nerdiness. Well, it’s not always about nerdiness, but the blog’s conception is based in such. Let me start at the beginning.

Back in 2009, my husband and I had just moved back to our hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, after a year and a half in sunny, awful California. All of California isn’t awful, and there were many parts that we really enjoyed. In fact, we enjoyed almost everything about California… except the area where we lived. We lived in Burbank and spent most of our time in the general Los Angeles area, and we grew to hate nearly every thing about the place.

Needless to say, it was only a matter of time before we decided to head back to our favorite little city on the East Coast, so we could get out of debt and into enjoyable lives.

We arrived at the beginning of November, just in time for our first wedding anniversary. That, and the chance to spend the winter holidays with our families (Christmas over Skype just isn’t the same) instilled a great sense of hope in us, and armed with this optimism, we set out to begin the new year with not just a handful of resolutions, but an entire list of 101 things to do and try in the coming year.

In 2009, we accomplished 65 of the things, which were spread across a huge variety of topics. They ranged from the simple, like, “Try Cottage Cheese,” to the more complex things like, “Eat at Every Restaurant on Liberty Avenue.” And then, of course, were things we never made it to, like “Buccos Skyblast” (it rained) and “Arts Festival” (it rained) and “Watch a Movie on Flagstaff Hill” (see previous). And truthfully, we didn’t really find our groove in accomplishing these things until the end of the year, when we were scrambling and crossed almost twenty things off the list in December alone.

This year, we have set out to be far more balanced and far more successful. We’ve started viewing our list as achievements we have to accomplish, which gives a little hectic urgency (‘omg omg when did the Arts Festival become only two weekends; we need to get down there TONIGHT’) and excitement to the thing. And it keeps us busy, and gives us fascinating things to tell our friends and family.

And it’s giving me this blog.

This blog is going to document the 101 things as we do them (and I’m going to have to go back through the twenty-some we’ve already done this year and back-blog). It’s to record the good, bad, sloppy, disappointing, and hilarious moments for us, and for anyone else who may find themselves to be really, really bored.

And although we may not get a violet protodrake at the end of the year, we will have 101 new experiences and the goofy pictures to prove it. So, check back soon for some real updates, but here it is, our 101 Achievements.


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3 Responses to The Welcome Page

  1. This is hilarious, I admire your energy, you must have plenty to even contemplate such a challenge. You put New Year's Resolutions lists to shame!
    Well if you are looking for book to read, come visit my blog otherwise goodluck with this years achievements, and enjoy.

  2. 101achievements

    Thanks! We start making our plans waaaaay early (like when we find out about an event this year after it's passed, we'll put it on the list for next year – we're already up to about 30 ideas for 2012), and that seems to help. But we are totally the type of people who will say, “Ummmm what do you want to do tonight?” “Oh, I don't know, what do you think?” at each other for hours and hours, so this helps keep us busy and active and trying new things.

    I added your blog to my reader list, so I will definitely check it out! 🙂

  3. Nicole

    I made it to check out your blog page! So nice meeting you guys this weekend Chamisal Vineyards (I was your pourer). Hope you guys had a fun rest of your trip to the central coast! Hope you got to see Morro Rock while you were here too and crossed more than just the west coast wine tour off of your list! Your blog is so fun, good to see there are still couples out there living life to the fullest!

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