100 Things in 2017

This is our fourth time doing this! (Here are 20142015, and 2016) Some of the items are repeats, some are brand new; some are individual, others are for the whole family. We’ve tried to balance achievability, ambition, and interestingness.

This year, in addition to here and on Facebook, we’re also posting our progress on Instagram and Twitter. We’re @benstraub (Twitter / Insta) and @beckyjenson (Twitter / Insta), and we’ll be using the #hundredthings hashtag (Twitter / IG) if you want to follow along.

The rules

  1. Every Thing must be completed by 11:59 pm on December 31, 2017.
  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: 99/100

  1. Jenson Family Reunion
  2. Dine at Portland Restaurant of the Year
  3. Long distance hike (parts one, two, three, and four)
  4. Road Trip with a Destination
  5. Karaoke Setup
  6. Explore a New Beach Town
  7. Go on a Surprise Date planned by Ben
  8. Holiday Charitable Giving
  9. Read a Parenting Book
  10. Visit a New Country
  11. Get New Sunglasses
  12. Wine & Chocolate Walk
  13. Hang Former Beach House Art
  14. Volunteer
  15. Karaoke as a Family
  16. Explore a New City
  17. Watch 12 Films from the AFI Top 100 List
  18. Minimalism Game
  19. Cover our Windows
  20. Meow Wolf
  21. Genetic Testing
  22. Kill the Bar
  23. Sharpen the Knives
  24. Lucy outfit challenge
  25. Santa Fe Scavenger Hunt
  26. Visit Pompeii (sort of)
  27. Set Up the Deck
  28. Try 3 New-To-Us Vancouver Restaurants
  29. Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals
  30. Pumpkin Patch
  31. Try Sun Basket
  32. Make a “100 Things 2016” Book
  33. Grow a Deck Garden
  34. Visit a Nature Center
  35. Personal Tour
  36. Update our Kitchen
  37. Subscribe to (and Read) the New Yorker
  38. Watch 12 Documentaries
  39. Move House
  40. Ride a Willamette Jet Boat
  41. Go Ziplining
  42. Will Home Passes
  43. Syrian Dinner
  44. Read Through A Syllabus For White People
  45. Slumber Party
  46. Guy Fawkes Party
  47. See a Show at a Children’s Theatre
  48. See a Stage Musical
  49. Attend a Live Dance Performance
  50. See a Play
  51. Attend Community/Alternative Theatre
  52. Roadside America
  53. Watch an Improv Show
  54. Tween Scene Book Club
  55. Install New Floors (Again)
  56. View a Solar Eclipse
  57. Get a Christmas Tree
  58. Family Neskowin Trip
  59. Visit an Art Gallery
  60. View a Photography Exhibit
  61. Visit the Nuclear Museum
  62. Update our Passports
  63. Torre Latinoamericana
  64. Establish a Sewing Area
  65. Watch Fireworks
  66. Go Bowling
  67. Pujol
  68. Complete Several “Walking Albuquerque” Tours
  69. Family Gratitude Journal
  70. Jolabokaflod
  71. Put Pins in a World Map
  72. PAM Laika Exhibit
  73. Add Two More Monthly Charities
  74. Attend Russian High Tea at The Heathman
  75. Thrift/Rent Holiday Decor
  76. Complete a Whole 30
  77. Show kids: Princess Bride & Short Circuit
  78. Set up a Reading Tracker for Lucy
  79. See Holiday Lights
  80. Binge-Watch the “Lord of the Ring” Films
  81. List home for sale
  82. File our Stack of Paper
  83. Complete More Oregon Coast Quests
  84. Nordic Solstice Event
  85. Ben: Surprise Trip
  86. Ben: Go on a Snow Retreat with Lucy
  87. Ben: Penmanship Lessons
  88. Ben: Speak at a Conference
  89. Ben: Teach a Class
  90. Ben: Rum & Rockets
  91. Ben: Take a Sailing Class
  92. Becky: Fix Teeth
  93. Becky: Lucy Seaside Weekend
  94. Becky: Road Trip With Dad
  95. Becky: Engage the Services of a Personal Trainer
  96. Becky: Turn Mom’s Blog into Book
  97. Becky: Complete More of the Oregon Coast Trail
  98. Becky: Make a Hand-Stitched Christmas Stocking
  99. Becky: Library Thing
  100. Post the “100 Things in 2018” list

105 thoughts on “100 Things in 2017

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  7. Pingback: #15: Family Karaoke | Band of Charac­ters

  8. Pingback: #61: Nuclear Musem | Band of Charac­ters

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  12. Pingback: #2: Dine at Portland Monthly’s Restaurant of the Year – Lang Baan | Band of Charac­ters

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  15. Pingback: #7: Surprise Date Planned by Ben | Band of Charac­ters

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  17. Pingback: #24: Lucy Outfit Challenge | Band of Charac­ters

  18. Pingback: #10: Visit a New Country (Netherlands) | Band of Charac­ters

  19. Pingback: #88: Ben – Speak at a Conference | Band of Charac­ters

  20. Pingback: #68: Albuquerque Walking Tours | Band of Charac­ters

  21. Pingback: #4: Road Trip! | Band of Charac­ters

  22. Pingback: #20: Meow Wolf | Band of Charac­ters

  23. Pingback: #23: Sharpen Knives | Band of Charac­ters

  24. Pingback: #45: Slumber Party | Band of Charac­ters

  25. Pingback: #6: Explore a New Beach Town | Band of Charac­ters

  26. Pingback: #81: List Home for Sale | Band of Charac­ters

  27. Pingback: #97: Becky – More OCT | Band of Charac­ters

  28. Pingback: 26: Visit Pompeii (sort of) | Band of Charac­ters

  29. Pingback: #29: Rice Museum of Rocks & Minerals | Band of Charac­ters

  30. Pingback: #41: Zipline Adventures | Band of Charac­ters

  31. Pingback: #25: Santa Fe Urban Quest | Band of Charac­ters

  32. Pingback: #16: Explore a New City (Santa Fe) | Band of Charac­ters

  33. Pingback: #65: Watch Fireworks | Band of Charac­ters

  34. Pingback: #40: Willamette Jet Boat | Band of Charac­ters

  35. Pingback: #53: Improv or Sketch Show | Band of Charac­ters

  36. Pingback: #43: Syrian Dinner | Band of Charac­ters

  37. Pingback: #11: Prescription Sunglasses | Band of Charac­ters

  38. Pingback: #3: Long Distance Hike – Part 1 | Band of Charac­ters

  39. Pingback: #3: Long Distance Hike – Part 2 | Band of Charac­ters

  40. Pingback: #3: Long Distance Hike – Part 3 | Band of Charac­ters

  41. Pingback: #3: Long-Distance Hike – Part 4 | Band of Charac­ters

  42. Pingback: #59: Visit an Art Gallery | Band of Charac­ters

  43. Pingback: #89: Ben – Teach a Class | Band of Charac­ters

  44. Pingback: #56: View a Solar Eclipse | Band of Charac­ters

  45. Pingback: #64: Create a Sewing Area | Band of Charac­ters

  46. Pingback: #33: Deck Garden | Band of Charac­ters

  47. Pingback: #55: New Floors (Again) | Band of Charac­ters

  48. Pingback: #81: Hang Former Beach House Art | Band of Charac­ters

  49. Pingback: #19: Window Coverings | Band of Charac­ters

  50. Pingback: #36: Update the Kitchen | Band of Charac­ters

  51. Pingback: #27: Set Up the Deck | Band of Charac­ters

  52. Pingback: #5: Karaoke Set Up | Band of Charac­ters

  53. Pingback: #37: Subscription to The New Yorker | Band of Charac­ters

  54. Pingback: #21: Genetic Testing | Band of Charac­ters

  55. Pingback: #28: Try 3 New-to-Us Vancouver Restaurants | Band of Charac­ters

  56. Pingback: #60: Photography Exhibit | Band of Charac­ters

  57. Pingback: #22: Kill the Bar | Band of Charac­ters

  58. Pingback: #62: Passports | Band of Charac­ters

  59. Pingback: #34: Nature Center | Band of Charac­ters

  60. Pingback: #94: Becky – Road Trip With Dad | Band of Charac­ters

  61. Pingback: #83: More Oregon Coast Quests | Band of Charac­ters

  62. Pingback: #50: See a Play | Band of Charac­ters

  63. Pingback: #31: Sun Basket | Band of Charac­ters

  64. Pingback: #49: Dance Performance | Band of Charac­ters

  65. Pingback: #30: Pumpkin Patch | Band of Charac­ters

  66. Pingback: #87: Ben — Penmanship | Band of Charac­ters

  67. Pingback: #46: Guy Fawkes Party | Band of Charac­ters

  68. Pingback: #9: Read a Parenting Book | Band of Charac­ters

  69. Pingback: #75: “Rent” Thrifted Holiday Decor | Band of Charac­ters

  70. Pingback: #98: Becky – Hand Stitched Stocking | Band of Charac­ters

  71. Pingback: #51: Community/Alternative Theater | Band of Charac­ters

  72. Pingback: #39: Move (Again) | Band of Charac­ters

  73. Pingback: #1: Jenson Family Reunion | Band of Charac­ters

  74. Pingback: #69: Family Gratitude Journal | Band of Charac­ters

  75. Pingback: #95: Becky – Personal Trainer | Band of Charac­ters

  76. Pingback: #52: Roadside America | Band of Charac­ters

  77. Pingback: #12: Wine & Chocolate Walk | Band of Charac­ters

  78. Pingback: #57: Christmas Tree | Band of Charac­ters

  79. Pingback: #17: Watch 12 Films on AFI’s 100 Greatest List | Band of Charac­ters

  80. Pingback: #84: Winter Solstice Show | Band of Charac­ters

  81. Pingback: #44: Read – A Syllabus for White People | Band of Charac­ters

  82. Pingback: #79: Peacock Lane | Band of Charac­ters

  83. Pingback: #70: Jólabókaflóð | Band of Charac­ters

  84. Pingback: #54: Tween Scene Book Club | Band of Charac­ters

  85. Pingback: #85: Ben – Surprise Trip (Mexico City!) | Band of Charac­ters

  86. Pingback: #63: Torre Latinoamericana | Band of Charac­ters

  87. Pingback: #67: Pujol | Band of Charac­ters

  88. Pingback: #35: Personal Tour | Band of Charac­ters

  89. Pingback: #77: Show kids: Princess Bride & Short Circuit | Band of Charac­ters

  90. Pingback: #32: 2016 “100 Things” Book | Band of Charac­ters

  91. Pingback: #38: Watch 12 Documentaries | Band of Charac­ters

  92. Pingback: #73: Donate Monthly to (more) Causes | Band of Charac­ters

  93. Pingback: 42: Start Will’s Home Passes | Band of Charac­ters

  94. Pingback: #58: Neskowin Trip | Band of Charac­ters

  95. Pingback: #66: Bowling | Band of Charac­ters

  96. Pingback: #71: World Map with Pins | Band of Charac­ters

  97. Pingback: #92: Becky – Fix Teeth | Band of Charac­ters

  98. Pingback: #99: Becky – LibraryThing | Band of Charac­ters

  99. Pingback: #72: LAIKA Exhibit | Band of Charac­ters

  100. Pingback: #8: Holiday Charity Giving | Band of Charac­ters

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