100 Things in 2018

This is our fifth time doing this! (Here are 201420152016, and 2017) 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.

We always post on this blog (you can subscribe for email updates here), and usually on Twitter and Instagram with the #hundredthings hashtag.

The rules

  1. Every Thing must be completed by 11:59 pm on December 31, 2018.
  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: 17/100

  1. Redo the master closet
  2. Family Portrait Wall (for reals this time)
  3. Ben’s Christmas adventure (TBD)
  4. Emergency kit: water/food
  5. Firefly marathon
  6. Parent retreats (2 each)
  7. Family photo albums
  8. Reading day
  9. Legacy folders
  10. “Try the World” meals (3)
  11. Read a parenting book: Untangled
  12. AFI Top 100 Films #36-48
  13. “100 Things 2017” book
  14. Roadside America: 50 points of interest
  15. Oregon Coast Quests
  16. Surprise trip planned by Ben
  17. Surprise date planned by Ben
  18. Live dance performance
  19. Live music performance
  20. Stage play
  21. Photo exhibit
  22. Attend a Ridgefield First Saturday Event
  23. Attend a Sporting Event
  24. Eat at a Portland Monthly Restaurant of the Year
  25. Road trip with a destination (Coeur d’Alene, ID)
  26. Road trip with no destination
  27. Get to know a new beach town (Oceanside)
  28. Visit a new-to-us country
  29. Volunteer
  30. Leash training for Hank
  31. Visit a new-to-us US city
  32. Replace 4 toilets!
  33. Urban adventure quest (Vancouver)
  34. Children’s theatre show
  35. Organize the costumes and games
  36. Broadway Musical
  37. Hang art on the walls
  38. Watch 12 documentaries
  39. Patronize 3 new Vancouver eateries
  40. Take in a comedy show at the Kiggins
  41. See 4 independent films at Kiggins
  42. “Rent” thrifted holiday decor
  43. Start camping again
  44. Host a dinner party
  45. Set up an outdoor dining area
  46. Do 6 local hikes
  47. Visit the Oregon Pacific Railroad Museum & Ride
  48. Visit Fort Vancouver
  49. Make a bonfire on the beach
  50. Start a podcast (started!)
  51. Park both cars in garage as a rule
  52. Long distance hike
  53. Holiday charity gifts
  54. Add 2 more monthly charities
  55. Take a food class
  56. Unusual lodging
  57. Organize the garage/workshop
  58. Becky’s Christmas adventure (TBD)
  59. Backyard makeover
  60. Dine at an Old Guard Portland Restaurant
  61. Gardner Gala costumes
  62. Go to Wings & Waves
  63. Set up the office
  64. Love Letters
  65. Back a Kickstarter or Indiegogo every month
  66. Go roller skating
  67. Finish the dollhouse
  68. Snow Weekend
  69. Memorialize ashes
  70. Send holiday cards
  71. Sunday fun night
  72. Go to a dog park
  73. Paint the house (interior)
  74. Paint the house (exterior)
  75. Monthly purge
  76. Cirque du Soleil on ice
  77. Reorganize the camping equipment
  78. Go to Silverwood Theme Park
  79. Will: move home
  80. Will: start at a new school
  81. Lucy: start a crafting club
  82. Ben: write a weightlifting app
  83. Ben: Geek Dad activities (6)
  84. Ben: British baking (6)
  85. Ben: speak at a conference
  86. Ben: reserve a Tesla
  87. Ben: blacksmith class
  88. Ben: ship a side project
  89. Ben: cure some meat
  90. Ben: work through SICP
  91. Becky: finish the Christmas stockings
  92. Becky: breast reduction surgery
  93. Becky: hike to the summit of Mt St. Helens
  94. Becky: road trip with my dad
  95. Becky: start a cookbook club
  96. Becky: make a book wreath for the library
  97. Becky: go on a sisters’ retreat
  98. Becky: hike more of the OCT
  99. Becky: create art book for Dorothy’s Maple Dreams
  100. Post the 2019 list