100 Things in 2016

This is our third time doing this (Here are 2014 and 2015) and we’ve learned a few things along the way. Some of these Things are repeats, some are brand new; some are individual, others are for the whole family. We’ve tried to balance achievability, ambition, and interestingness. Wish us luck!

The rules

  1. Every Thing must be completed by 11:59 pm on December 31, 2016.
  2. They are not required to be completed in any particular order.
  3. Unless otherwise noted, each Thing requires that both Becky and I be present. Some are for just one of us, some also have the kids involved.
  4. More than one Thing may be completed in a single day, if circumstances permit.
  5. We are allowed to modify the list to adjust for life changes during the year, as long as the goal of doing 100 great things is still met.

Current Progress: 100/100

  1. Kidd’s toy museum
  2. Dine at a Portland Monthly restaurant of the year
  3. Halloween farm visit
  4. Road trip with a destination (parts one and two)
  5. Straubsmas in Albuquerque
  6. Explore a new beach town
  7. Surprise date planned by Ben
  8. Visit an amusement park
  9. Read a parenting book
  10. Get set up to Eat the World
  11. Get a trampoline
  12. Go on a long bike ride
  13. Stay at a unique AirBnb
  14. Quarterly pajama day
  15. Say goodbye to the beach house
  16. Explore a new part of the US
  17. Watch 12 films on the AFI’s 100 greatest american films of all time list
  18. Jenson family reunion
  19. Make Saturday a pizza/movie night
  20. Eat at Der Rheinlander (before it closes)
  21. Children’s Theater
  22. Make four fancy seasonal cocktails
  23. Survival kit
  24. Travel art corner
  25. Dinner by candlelight
  26. Bowpicker
  27. Dine at an old-guard Portland restaurant
  28. Sunday documentaries
  29. Visit the Portland Japanese Garden
  30. Visit the Rattlesnake Museum
  31. Sandia Tramway
  32. Visit Mount St. Helens
  33. Park a car in the garage
  34. Find a school for Will
  35. Make a book from 2015’s Hundred Things
  36. Take a photo every day, and make a book
  37. Redo Lucy’s bathroom
  38. Visit House on the Rock
  39. Visit Great Wolf Lodge
  40. List the beach house for sale
  41. Acquire and paint a console table
  42. Find a school for Lucy
  43. Go skydiving indoors
  44. Buy a thoughtful and beautiful piece of furniture
  45. Attend a live musical event
  46. Afternoon tea
  47. Join Postcrossing
  48. Carve pumpkins
  49. Visit an art gallery
  50. New kid beds
  51. Start a world sand collection
  52. Replace the dining room chairs
  53. Eat at a Portland Pop-Up (Mae)
  54. Eat Trifecta’s hot fudge sundae
  55. Attend a live dance performance
  56. Build shelves in the garage
  57. Give to a charity
  58. Make 3 new recipes from every one of our cookbooks
  59. Oregon Coast Quests
  60. Start a vinyl collection
  61. Attend community theater
  62. Get glasses
  63. Cork walls for Lucy
  64. Set up recurring donations to worthy causes
  65. See holiday lights
  66. Solve a locked-room mystery
  67. Hang a wedding photo
  68. Visit the Lincoln Memorial
  69. Visit a ghost town
  70. Attend a Thorns game
  71. Explore a slot canyon
  72. Troll hunting
  73. Go to a museum on the coast
  74. Set up a puzzle table
  75. Do 6 hikes from our guidebooks
  76. Visit a meadery
  77. Danish Christmas Lunch
  78. Take a brunch class
  79. Backyard bark chips
  80. Learn Italian
  81. Do a walking tour
  82. Scandinavian rosettes
  83. Christmas Cabin
  84. Ben: Get a new job
  85. Ben: read 12 books
  86. Ben: bake something complicated
  87. Ben: record a video course
  88. Ben: find a new gym
  89. Ben: play through a videogame
  90. Ben: attend a social software event
  91. Ben: long solo hike
  92. Becky: make a hand-stitched stocking
  93. Becky: Gretchen Rubin’s book club
  94. Becky: Lucy’s first pedicure
  95. Becky: road trip with dad (parts one and two)
  96. Becky: read 100 books
  97. Becky: complicated paint-by-number
  98. Becky: Lucy’s extracurriculars
  99. Becky: collect all read-aloud chapter books
  100. Post the 100 Things list for 2017

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