6th Update: 101 Things in 1001 Days

This 101 Things in 1001 Days project has now gone on for 1 3/4 years and I have about one year left. I find it interesting how my focus has changed over those last 20 months. Like we didn’t even know we would have a baby by now. Or that I was way too optimistic about Covid declining and us traveling again. – I still haven’t left this country, since October 2019.

On the other hand, I have slowly been achieving goals. Many of them are still ongoing because I set them up that way. I think for the next 100 days I want to mainly concentrate on my categories ‘food’ and ‘beauty’. They are a) my biggest category and b) the one where I really haven’t done enough yet.

6th Update: 101 Things in 1001 Days | janavar

Begins: 15 August 2020
Ends: 12 May 2023
Done: 36/101

  1. Go vegetarian for a month
  2. Have one vegan day per week (70/100)
  3. Make ten different ice creams (2/10): frozen yogurt with caramel, cherry chocolate chip icecream
  4. Learn how to make my granny’s apple strudel: I finally did it in September 2021
  5. Go without alcohol for three times one month (3/3): August/September 2020, June and July 2021
  6. Learn how to use our instant pot
  7. Learn how to use the air fryer lid for our instant pot
  8. Make 20 different cakes/pastries (20/20): Arabian sponge cake, Caramelized Walnut Pear Tart, covered apple cake, browned butter blondies, plum olive oil cake, chocolate chip biscuits, chocolate coffee mayo cake, butter cake, spritz cookies, peppermint sheet cake with white chocolate frosting, cinnamon buns, Chocolate Caramel Sourdough Muffins, sourdough berry cake, cherry chocolate babka, marshmallow fluff fudge cake, basil apricot cake, plum cake with glaze, peach skillet blondies, almond streusel peach cake, pear almond cookies
  9. Make 5 African dishes (2/5): vegan Nigerian efo riro (a spinach stew), jollof rice
  1. Make pasta myself: orecchiette in January 2022
  1. Make 20 different zucchini dishes (9/20): zucchini soup with fried apricots, beetroot zucchini quiche, pan fried zucchini, gnocchi with zucchini and tomato sauce, green zucchini curry, shakshuka, my family’s zucchini stew, zucchini banana bread, zoodles
  2. Find a recipe and make kürt böre‎ǧi
  3. Make lemon curd
  4. Make kaymak
  5. Make tavuk göğsü: on 1 December 2021
  6. Host a murder mystery dinner
  7. Host a German “Kaffee und Kuchen” (coffee and cake in the afternoon) for Rich’s family: on 16 August 2021
  8. Host a German dinner: Christmas dinner on 26 December 2026 for Rich’s family
  9. Host a Turkish brunch
  10. Host a Turkish dinner
  11. Try 3 recipes from Rich’s family (0/3)
  12. Learn to make saag paneer from Rich


  1. Continue to read at least 52 books per year: ca. 114 books in 2020, 156 books in 2021
  2. Reread the Harry Potter series: August/September 2020
  3. Reread the Lord of the Rings books: started in September 2020
  4. Send and receive 50 post cards via Postcrossing (7/50)

  1. Send 50 handwritten notes and letters (50/50): April 2022

  1. Do some embroidery
  2. Knit a blanket
  3. Organize my closet at least once a year (2/3)
  4. Replace my battered leather jacket
  5. Either go to the gym at least once per week or cancel my membership: cancelled on 8 Sep. 2020
  6. Lose 5 kg or give away my too tight clothes
  7. Use my AMC movie subscription when cinemas open again: restarted in late March 2021
  8. Test out all my old film cameras
  9. Review at least 20 books on NetGallery and Booksprout (4/20): How to Declutter Your Mind: Secrets to Stop Overthinking, Relieve Anxiety, and Achieve Calmness and Inner Peace; Concentration: Maintain Laser Sharp Focus and Attention for Stretches of 5 Hours or More; Mediterranean Every Day: Simple, Inspired Recipes for Feel-Good Food; Dropping Like Pies


  1. Create my own business cards for my blog: ordered on 17 Feb. 2021
  2. Publish 300 blog posts (172/300)
  3. Publish 80 new recipes (21/80)
  4. Get 10 new collaborations (7/10): Oxyfresh (Sep./Oct. 2020), Kollectin (Oct. 2020), Oxyfresh (August 2021), Chrissy’s Socks (Feb. 2022), Mise (March 2022), Le Chateau (March 2022), Intellifluence (March 2022)
  5. Update my “About me” page: in November 2021
  6. Create a media kit
  7. Collaborate with another blogger
  8. Attend 10 blogger meetings (0/10)
  9. Host a blog or Instagram giveaway
  10. Learn how to do Instagram Reels
  11. Grow my Instagram to at least 2000 followers (1,565)

Work & Paperwork

  1. Update my Linkedin profile at least once a year (1/3): Sep. 2021
  2. Update my CV once a year (1/3): Sep. 2021
  3. Organize all the teaching material on my computer by subject, grade and topic (instead of by school year)
  4. Attend 3 professional developments that do not take place in my school (3/3): Leisen series of online workshops, Digitaler DaF-Unterricht – Beispiele, Konsequenzen, Perspektiven on 12 Sep. 2020, a 6 week long course on inclusion in April/May 2021
  1. File my taxes on time (2/2)
  1. File all loose and important papers lying around in folders: it made sense to do this before we moved (but it wasn’t fun)
  2. Either apply for a Green Card or leave the U.S.: the application was submitted in April 2021


New York City

  1. Take at least one walk through the City every week that I am here
  2. Go to Coney Island: we went in May 2021
  3. Take Rich to Balthazar (French Restaurant in NYC): on 2 December 2021
  4. Go to a Yankees game
  5. Go to Governor’s Island
  6. Have a picnic with friends in Central Park
  1. Try 10 new restaurants in New York City (10/10): Loulou’s, Franchia Vegan Café, Murray Hill Diner, Voilá Afrique, Fresh Ginger, Beyti Turkish Kebab, Love Korean BBQ, The Perfect Pint, Copinette, Ammos Estiatorio *since there aren’t any new restaurants opening right now, I have changed this point to restaurants new to me
  1. Eat at German restaurant Heidelberg on the Upper East Side – in December 2020


  1. Take Rich to the Hamptons
  2. Go on our honeymoon (albeit a little later)
  3. Travel to three new U.S. states (0/3)
  4. Travel on the train from the East to the West Coast (or the other way round)
  5. Visit my friend in North Carolina
  6. Go to the Outer Banks
  7. Visit Harry Potter World
  8. Go camping – in October 2021 in Croton Point Park
  9. Go on a road trip – my Vermont fall foliage trip in October 2021
  10. Take 3 weekend getaways (1/3): Labor Day weekend 2020 in Peekskill
  11. Meet Rich’s brother’s dog Christoph
  12. Spend at least one week in the family homestead in Maine every year (2/3): October 2020, July 2021
  13. Stay overnight in the lake house in Maine
  14. Swim to the island in the lake and back
  15. Plant a quince tree in Maine
  16. Renovate our room in the homestead
  17. Redecorate our room there
  18. Start a German bookshelf in the homestead: in October 2020


  1. Travel to a new country
  2. Visit my family in Germany at least twice (0/2)
  3. Travel to Turkey


  1. Organize all my earrings: in January 2022
  1. Empty at least one eyeshadow palette: I actually finally did in June 2021
  2. Use up at least one lipstick
  3. Empty at least one blush
  4. Use up all my beauty samples
  5. Use at least one facial mask per month (20/33)
  6. Use up a bottle of nail polish
  7. Stop biting the skin around my nails: still a long work in progress, the cast really helped when I broke my wrist, but then there was a setback in fall 2021


  1. Upgrade our coffee maker: yes! in April 2021 – first I broke the coffee jug (accidentally, I swear!), then we ordered a fancy fully automated coffee machine
  2. Upgrade our towels
  3. Find a nice apartment when we have to move in summer 2021: we bought one in Turtle Bay
  4. Hire movers: I mean we also had to, but I would have wanted movers anyways when we finally moved on 21 July 2021
  5. Upgrade our dining furniture: finally done in August 2021
  6. Upgrade our living room furniture: in August/September 2021 when we bought a new couch table and got a new carpet and dresser
  7. Have a proper work space with a bigger desk at home
  8. Hire a cleaning person for deep cleaning every now and then: this was my Christmas gift 2020 – we have cleaning person once a month
  9. Have at least one photo of Canavar printed and hang it up
  10. Adopt kittens: October 2020

Interim stages:
100: 22 November 2020 / 200: 2 March 2021 / 300: 10 June 2021 / 400: 18 September 2021 / 500: 27 December 2021 / 600: 6 April 2022 / 700: 15 July 2022 / 800: 23 October 2022 / 900: 31 January 2023 / 1000: 11 May 2023

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1 thought on “6th Update: 101 Things in 1001 Days”

  1. Jana, let’s make the zucchini goal for this summer in Andover. We’ll plant more zucchinis and make 10 recipes.

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