Well I definitely am more than a little late for the 5th 101 in 1001 check in, but better late than never, right! The last couple months of 2016 and the first couple of months of 2017 were mostly filled with holidays and not much else, so I didn’t really complete much on my list, except in the life category. Hopefully I’ll get more things crossed off before the next check in!

The Wandering Weekenders- 2015 A Year In Review


60. Do not go shopping for one whole month (except for groceries and necessities).
I wrote a post about this two weeks ago, and even though we still technically “bought” a few things, we did a really good job of not going on shopping for the whole month of January. So I’m saying that this is definitely a completed item.

61. Read 100 books. (73/100)
So far, my reading game has been going strong in 2017, and I think that I might actually complete this before the end of the year is done! Since my 101 in 1001 started I’ve read 7 books in 2015 and 56 books in 2016 and 10 books in 2017. I’ve set a goal to read 55 books this year, and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to blow it out of the water!

66. Have a Hobbit marathon weekend.
After we found out the news about Dart, Chris and I really just wanted to spend some time at home relaxing and trying to get as much time together as possible, so it totally made sense to have one of our movie marathon weekends. I still hadn’t seen the last Hobbit movie, so we decided that watching all three on a Saturday would be perfect! Now I really want to watch them again and LOTR too!

67. Finish watching the whole series of Friends. (Season 7)
We actually started watching Friends last year, and during the winter break from our normal shows, we flew through several seasons extremely quickly. Right now, we’re in the 7th season, and my goal is to finish the series before Thanksgiving next year, so we can watch all of the Thanksgiving episodes in a row!

74. Send out birthday cards on time for 1 year.
Done and done! I always love getting snail mail, especially on my birthday, so I wanted to make sure that friends and family felt extra special on their birthdays too. I’m definitely going to try and continue sending the cards!
The Wandering Weekenders- 29 Things For 29 Years


In Progress:
Travel- (3/25)
Houston- (1/10)
House- (1/20)
Life- (2/20)
Food- (0/10)
Health, Fitness & Beauty- (3/10)
Blog- (0/6)
Total- (10/101)

Travel- (14/25)
Houston- (4/10)
House- (9/20)
Life- (5/20)
Food- (5/10)
Health, Fitness & Beauty- (4/10)
Blog- (5/6)
Total- (46/101)

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My 5th Check In for my 101 in 1001. Not a lot of things got checked off the travel list, but I got a few checked off the life list!

  • Jen

    Great job on the no spending in January! I’ve been trying to be really mindful about what we spend. With my husband working so much that makes it easier. When we aren’t together we don’t spend money haha.

    • Haha I feel like that’s what happens with us too! Another big thing for me was not looking at emails. I get so many emails that advertise sales that I just ended up deleting them without looking at them so I wouldn’t be tempted to shop!

  • i really need to not spend. i’ll go in waves though – like buy nothing for weeks then oh, i need all the things haha. you’re doing well on the list girly! have a wonderful weekend!

    xoxo cheshire kat

    • Thank you! I feel like we go in waves too where we spend all the money and then don’t spend anything. I feel like we’re still doing pretty good in February about being mindful of our spending, which means that the no spend January worked!

  • It sounds like you did good not spending in January, I know that can be extremely hard and I’ve been just trying to curb any unnecessary spending! A Hobbit marathon and snuggles with Dart sound like the perfect weekend plans too! Yay for getting all the way to the 7th season of Friends, hope you’re loving it so far…absolutely the best show and I can watch it constantly :)!

    • I’m loving Friends so far! I caught a few random episodes before on TV and always thought they were funny, but I love it so much more now since I know all of the backstories. And The Hobbit marathon was so awesome! I’m hoping that we can have a Star Wars or Harry Potter marathon soon and we can nerd out again!

  • This is still a lot to accomplish in a few months, you did great! Sending out cards is so sweet, I really need to be more organized with getting addresses. I have some on Postable, some in my address book and others I don’t have at all. No spending for January was great, I am so proud of you guys!

    • Thank you! Sometimes it was really hard because we’d been spending so much in December with Christmas, but I’m just glad that we accomplished it. I have an address book that I haven’t updated at all recently, and hopefully I’ll do that soon. All of my addresses are on my phone which is fine, but I’m always worried about them being lost in the electronic abyss.

  • I sent out cards a couple years ago, and I really want to get back into that habit! Can’t wait to see what else you accomplish this year!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

    • Thank you! I love the idea of sending out cards, it’s such a simple way to make somebody’s birthday even brighter.

  • I love your birthday card one! I need to do that. Snail mail is the best. 🙂

  • I need to do a no spend month! God job on your progress! I love your 29 picture! have a great weekend!

    • Thank you! Kathleen and I had so much fun getting together last year to take birthday pictures, and we’re actually planning on doing it all over again this year! And the no spend month was tough, but perfect for after the craziness of Christmas!

  • Good work!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    You’re doing so good girl! I said February was A no spend month but then we found out last minute we’re going on a long weekend to Florida next weekend so of course I had to buy a few things, ha ha! I love your reading game! Have a fabulous weekend!

    • Trips are definitely somewhere that we always end up spending money too, but sometimes it’s necessary to have a good time! I feel like I’ve really upped my reading game this year, so I’m excited to see when I’ll complete that one!

  • That’s impressive progress considering everything going on with Dart! I really hope he continues to do well. Ok this is probably going to make me sound like a total freak but I spent an afternoon the other weekend making cards for everyone I know for the entire year, writing, addressing and stamping them. I’ve written posting dates on post-its on the front of each and am going to strong arm a friend to post them all for me throughout the year. That’s my solution to emigrating 🙂

    • I think that’s the most perfect idea ever!!!! I have a calendar reminder that lets me know a few days before everybody’s birthday, but getting them all ready a year in advance is awesome! I was surprised by how much we were able to do with all of Dart’s stuff, but I think that it gives us the opportunity to do things at home, and maybe wait on the travel ones.

  • Christina Sotherden

    I love the birthday card one – I love sending/receiving snail mail too!

  • It’s hard to completely avoid shopping but at least you made the full effort and stuck with the necessities. You read so many books so far! That’s impressive.

    • I feel like I’ve really stepped up my reading game this year, and I know that it’s all because of blogging and reading challenges, and I’m loving it! The no shopping was very hard, but I found that if I didn’t read all of the emails that have the sales listed that I didn’t focus on spending quite as much.

  • Nadine

    Getting. Things. Done. Friends is one of my favorite series to watch over and over again. We watched it about 4 times in a row and now we are back on How I Met Your Mother haha. We have seen every episode about 12 times but whatever. You are almost to your goal on your books!

    • We’ve been seriously obsessing about Friends, and I love it so much! It’s easy to see why everybody loves it so much! Chris loves How I Met Your Mother, and I have a feeling that we’ll be watching that next. And the books have been so awesome this year so far, and I’m hoping that maybe I’ll have this complete by next checkin!

  • I’d say you’re making great headway! Thomas and I have had Star War marathons and boy are those long days! Haha

    • Haha one of my things to do is to have a Star Wars marathon too, and I have to admit that I’m really looking forward to it! The Harry Potter marathon will be long too!

  • Snail mail is awesome – I definitely try and send some out throughout the year! And I don’t doubt at all you’ll read those 55 books (or more) this year!

    • So far I’m going really strong on the reading this year, and I’m hoping that I’ll blow the 55 books out of the water! Snail Mail is really the best, and I hope that I brighten my friends’ birthday with their cards!

  • Ah! Awesome progress! I looove snail mail too! & I always mean to be “on it” with bday cards.. and NEVER am. LOL. The hobbit movies are kind of my favorite. I know a lot of people don’t like them and love LOTR more.. but I love both. And I can watch the first part of the first hobbit over and over. I love the part where they’re eating all of his food. LOL! Movie weekends in are a great way to spend more time at home and with pets. 🙂 Good job on your progress! XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

    • Thank you! And I totally see why you love the first Hobbit movie, it’s just so much happier than the other three and it’s the start of the journey. I feel like it did what the first LOTR movie failed to do, but I feel like that’s because I don’t like Frodo and love Bilbo! The only way that I’d actually be able to keep up with cards is because of calendar reminders on my phone and on my work email. It makes it a little bit easier!

  • I love that sending birthday cards is on your list! It’s so fun to receive mail! You’re killing this, lady – keep it up!

    • Thank you! And I love snail mail so much, so I just hope that my friends enjoy receiving their birthday cards as much as I like sending them!

  • Love that one of your goals is to watch a season of “Friends” – ha! That’s awesome. Good job on the birthday cards~

    • I think that at the time I was too young to watch Friends, but I love that it’s on Netflix so I can watch it now! We’re almost done, and I have a feeing that I’ll be one of those people that watches it again and again!

  • You know, I’ve never seen but a handful of Friends episodes! I was a little too young for it when it was huge on primetime, and, since it’s been in syndication, we’ve never had cable. However, we DO have Netflix, and I’m always looking for something new to watch, so I’m adding this to our must-watch list. 🙂

    • That’s how I was too! I think that there were too many innuendos in there for my parents to let me watch it, so I missed out. And I’m totally the type of person that wants to watch a show from the very beginning, so I never watched it while it was in syndication so it’s been perfect on Netflix!

  • Loving the update! I need to get on some goals, dangit.

  • Rachel

    Wow, your reading game is going really strong! I’m impressed! That’s great about the birthday cards, too. I love sending and receiving mail, especially in a day when our lives are dominated by the internet and social media!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

    • I know! I feel like going to the mail is depressing if I’m not receiving a package, so getting snail mail on my birthday is always so much fun! And I’m really hoping to blow my reading goals out of the water this year, but we’ll see!

  • Girl look at you go with the reading! And loving your Friends marathon, especially all the Thanksgiving episodes near the holiday <3

    Green Fashionista

    • That’s my goal for this year, and I think that I can do it! I hear people always talking about, and it just sounds like so much fun especially after seeing some of the Thanksgiving episodes!

  • I love getting mail so I always try to send birthday cards out! 4 of my friends have big birthdays this month — all turning 30! So I had to send them all a little something special.

    I love that you do this 101 in 1001 challenge!

    • I know that I never would have done it if Macy hadn’t come up with the idea, and it’s been so much fun! Birthdays really are special, and I think that getting actual mail makes them even more special, so I hope that my friends do feel special on their birthdays!

  • Biana Perez

    We finished the entire season of friends when it came out on netflix and felt oddly accomplished LOL! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

  • I’ve been working through Friends too– I’m just starting season 8, and have a feeling i’ll just start back over on season 1 when I’m done. I’ve been slacking on my snail mail goal for this year, so you just reminded me to start focusing on it again. You are making such awesome progress so far!

    • Thank you! I didn’t think that I’d have accomplished that much this time around, so I was kind of surprised to see so many things crossed off the list. I think that I’ll be one of those people that always watches Friends once we finish the series. It’s just so funny and an all around good show.

  • OK I didn’t know this 101 in 1001 is a thing but so cool! impressed about the birthday cards

    • Thank you! I didn’t know about it either until Macy started a Linkup for it. It’s been fun to see what I can cross off!

  • i still haven’t seen the hobbit movies, i’m a huge lotr fan and love the books, but can’t bring myself to watch the hobbit movies .. yet. we are going to see the movie sets when we go to NZ so i will probably watch them before that! ps. hope Dart is doing okay!

    • Dart is doing great! He had his second round of chemo this week and he’s doing great! And you definitely have to watch the Hobbit movies before y’all head to New Zealand! It would be so incredibly awesome to see all of the sets to those movies! I have to admit I only read LOTR books and they weren’t my favorites, but I’ve never read The Hobbit! I hope that I’ll get around to it soon!

      • the hobbit is much (much) shorter, which is also kind of why i don’t want to watch the movies. they really just made a whole bunch of stuff up to make more movies=more money. but eh. whatever haha. good to hear about Dart!

  • I love the LotR movies and the Hobbit movies and they make great marathons. I can totally see us watching them (aka forcing her to watch them with us) as a family one day. I looove Friends, and I got Greg hooked on it, as well. We’ve seen all of them and now we watch reruns on TV, too. You’re making great progress!

    • Thank you! Friends is easily becoming one of my favorite shows, and I wish that I had watched it sooner! I remember forcing my sister to watch the first two LOTR movies before I dragged her to The Return Of The King and she ended up loving them! I’m with you that they really do make the perfect marathon movies!

  • You are killing it on your list! A movie day after finding out about Dart definitely sounds like the best way to spend a day. And you’ve definitely be nailing your reading! I don’t remember the last time I got a fun piece of snail mail so you’re inspiring me there!

    • Snail mail really is a blast and I wish that I received it more often. Maybe that’s the reason why I love online shopping or getting the subscription boxes. And the movie day really was perfect, and now I kind of wish that we had an open weekend sooner rather than later so we can have another movie watching day!

  • sending cards is something I always try to do, but some years are better than others in terms of my execution. I think buying them in advance is key!

    • I agree with you! I have lots of reminders on calendars so that I can remember to actually buy them and get them in the mail.