101 Things Round 4

Project Dates

August 04, 2016 to May 02, 2019

Project Progress

8/101 and 17 in progress

The List

Books

001. Read through the Bible

002. Read How to Read a Book, and then read 3 books listed in the appendix of How to Read a Book [0/4]

003. Read 5 business books [2/5]

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge – Project Management Institute (December 8, 2017)
The 1-Page Marketing Plan – Allan Dib (March 2, 2018)

004. Read 3 books from the Programmer Competency Matrix [0/3]

005. Read 5 books recommended by Ryan Holiday [2/5]

American War – Omar El Akkad (September 6, 2017)
Washington: A Life – Ron Chernow (December 21, 2017)

006. Read 5 books listed in Book Lust To Go [2/5]

The Places in Between – Rory Stewart (December 19, 2016)
From Cape to Cairo – David Ewing Duncan (August 14, 2017)

007. Read 3 books that have won the National Outdoor Book Award [2/3]

The Emerald Mile – Kevin Fedarko (November 17, 2016)
The Ledge – Jim Davidson; Kevin Vaughan (May 22, 2017)

008. Read 3 books from the Book In Common list [3/3]

Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson (October 26, 2016)
The Yellow Birds – Kevin Powers (March 15, 2017)
Ready Player One – Ernest Cline (March 25, 2018)

009. Read 3 Christian non-fiction books [1/3]

The Bible Jesus Read – Philip Yancey (October 12, 2017)

010. Read 5 books about psychology [0/5]

011. Read 5 books about racial/other discrimination issues [0/5]

012. Read 3 books from 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die [3/3]

The Handmaid's Tale – Margaret Atwood (September 8, 2016)
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (February 24, 2017)
Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson (March 5, 2018)

013. Read 5 paper books and 5 Kindle books that I own but have not yet read (these may also qualify for another reading goal) [5/10]

Be Brave, Be Strong – Jill Homer (October 11, 2016 - Kindle)
Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson (October 26, 2016 - Kindle)
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (February 24, 2017 - Kindle)
Snowshoeing – Gene Prater (March 12, 2017 - Paper)
The Yellow Birds – Kevin Powers (March 15, 2017 - Kindle)

014. Read 30 books a year in both 2017 and 2018 [1/2]

Culture & Education

015. Go on the Artoberfest art studio tour

016. Work through the Open Yale literature class

017. See a Kyle Williams show

018. Attend a Chico Performances show

019. Finish my MBA degree

020. Attend Taste of Chico

021. Learn to cook Thai curry

022. Take a cooking class

023. Visit a museum

024. Listen to 10 classical albums that I have purchased but not yet listened to [0/10]

Health and Fitness

025. Run a 5k

026. Swim a mile without stopping

027. Complete a century bike ride

028. Complete a sprint triathlon

029. Participate in one of the local Wednesday night group bike rides

030. Fast from refined sugar for 30 days (fruit is fine)

031. Exercise at least 3 times a week for at least 100 of the weeks during the time covered by this list (bike commutes to work count) [68/100]

032. Track my food intake every day for 30 days in a row

033. Weigh less than 200 pounds (Starting weight: 280 pounds; Current weight: 266 pounds)

Travel and Outdoor Activities

034. Visit a National Park that I haven't yet visited

035. Visit a U.S. state or Canadian province I haven't yet visited

036. Take a family road trip

037. Climb Brokeoff Mountain

038. Camp at the Fowlers Camp Campground

039. Camp at Lake Alpine

040. Camp at Juniper Lake [August 3-5, 2017]

041. Camp at Panther Meadows

042. Hike the Crags Trail in Castle Crags State Park

043. Use my new Long Haul Trucker for an overnight or longer bike trip

044. Go snowshoeing

Family

045. Take Emily backpacking

046. Take Anna camping [August 3-5, 2017 – Juniper Lake]

047. Tour Lake Shasta Caverns with the girls

048. Take a kid-free trip with Crystal

049. Design a book, or series of books, containing family photos from 2008 through 2018

050. Go on a backpacking trip with Dad

Personal

051. Redesign this site

052. Work with an attorney to create a will [December 5, 2016]

053. Design and purchase our wedding album

054. Go a month without watching television (including streaming sources like Netflix and Hulu)

055. Transfer Digital 8 video to computer

056. Make a list of movies that I would like to own and purchase 5 of them [0/5]

057. Design and build a website that serves as a personal business card, a hub pointing to my other sites and businesses

058. Update the photos in my office at work

059. Hang things on our walls

060. Take an overnight trip by myself

Organization and Time Management

061. Finish setting up Getting Things Done at home

062. Organize all media (music, movies, home videos, podcasts, and audiobooks) for streaming via Plex

063. Move to a paperless home office as much as possible

064. Organize our bedroom

065. Organize our garage

066. Private

067. Private

Purchases and Finances

068. Buy hardware/software needed to transfer Digital 8 videos to our computer

069. Purchase a wok

070. Purchase a document scanner [February 19, 2017]

071. Purchase a Plex pass so I can share videos, etc with family and friends [December 22, 2016]

072. Purchase a bike rack for our car

073. Purchase a headstone for the grave of the twins

074. Purchase an entertainment center for our living room

075. Purchase a home theater receiver and speakers

076. Purchase everything I need to make our camping boxes grab-and-go

077. Purchase the equipment needed to do camera scans from film (alternate: get a film scanner that can handle all of my negative and slide formats)

078. Purchase a new tripod

079. Buy baseball equipment so I can play with the girls

080. Pay off all credit card debt

Photography

081. Photograph Yosemite in the winter

082. Take a photo of one or more of my kids once a week for a year with the big camera [January 1-December 31, 2017]

083. Take my camera out to look for landscape photos at least 5 times [0/5]

084. Redesign the Divine Reflections website (alternately: rename to Coates Photo and build a website for that)

085. Catch up on copyright registrations

086. Complete the setup of our image backup system

087. Organize and keyword all digital photos

088. Build at least two BTZS tubes for 4x5 film

089. Do a nature shoot with my 4x5 camera

090. Make scans of all reasonable quality black and white film and color slides

091. Make scans of all reasonable quality color negatives

092. Create 30 book quality images for my Bidwell Park photo project [0/30]

Coatesoft and Programming

093. Design a website for Coatesoft

094. Learn responsive design techniques

095. Learn about DevOps

096. Learn HTML 5/CSS 3

097. Attend the Business of Software conference

098. Attend a tech conference

099. Release a new product for Coatesoft

Career

100. Move into an expert, lead, or management position

101. Generate monthly freelance/business income equivalent to half of what I make at my day job

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101 Things: Round 3

Project Dates

June 18, 2013 to March 15, 2016

Project Progress

11/101 and 10 in progress

The List

Books

001. Read the entire Bible

002. Read How to Read a Book

003. Read 5 books listed in the appendix of How to Read a Book [0/5]

004. Read 10 books listed in 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die [7/10]

The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien (December 27, 2013)
The Color Purple – Alice Walker (June 11, 2014)
The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells (November 21, 2014)
The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver (March 17, 2015)
The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler (July 1, 2015)
Casino Royale – Ian Fleming (November 23, 2015)
The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler (December 23, 2015)

005. Read 10 business books [2/10]

The $100 Startup – Chris Guillebeau (November 6, 2014)
Influence – Robert Cialdini (March 23, 2015)

006. Read 3 books listed on the Programmer Competency Matrix [0/3]

007. Read all of the books from the Book in Common list that I haven't yet read, including the books that will be added during the time covered by this list [2/13]

The Moon by Whale Light – Diane Ackerman
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down – Anne Fadiman
Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlosser (September 2, 2014)
The American Soul – Joseph Needleman
Plan B – Lester Brown (this is an updated edition)
True Notebooks: A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall – Mark Salzman (May 28, 2014)
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
Mountains Beyond Mountains – Tracy Kidder
The Soloist – Steve Lopez
Zeitoun – David Eggers
The Yellow Birds – Kevin Powers
The Distance Between Us – Reyna Grande
Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson

008. Read 5 Christian non-fiction books [2/5]

Moment Maker – Carlos Whittaker (April 8, 2014)
Crazy Love – Francis Chan (November 17, 2015)

009. Read 5 other non-fiction books that are not biographies or memoirs [5/5]

Parenting with Love and Logic – Jim Fay and Foster Cline (December 18, 2013)
Runner's World Complete Guide to Minimalism and Barefoot Running – Scott Douglas (January 7, 2014)
Blind Descent – James M. Tabor (March 25, 2014)
Barefoot Running Step by Step – Barefoot Ken Bob Saxton and Roy M. Wallack (August 8, 2014)
Get Fast!: A Complete guide to Gaining Speed Wherever You Ride – Selene Yeager (July 4, 2015)

010. Read 15 other books [15/15]

The Closers – Michael Connelly (June 29, 2013)
Void Moon – Michael Connelly (July 5, 2013)
Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood (July 17, 2013)
Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography – Bear Grylls (July 22, 2013)
The Lincoln Lawyer – Michael Connelly (August 1, 2013)
Prince Caspian – C.S. Lewis (December 21, 2013)
Echo Park – Michael Connelly (December 29, 2013)
Killing Floor – Lee Child (January 3, 2014)
The Hunt for Red October – Tom Clancy (January 10, 2014)
A Man's Life – Mark Jenkins (January 17, 2014)
Redeeming Love – Francine Rivers (January 20, 2014)
The Overlook – Michael Connelly (January 23, 2014)
Drop Dead Healthy – A.J. Jacobs (January 27, 2014)
The Pact – Jodi Picoult (January 29, 2014)
Sycamore Row – John Grisham (February 4, 2014)

Culture

011. Attend a Second Saturday Art Walk in Sacramento

012. Go on the Artoberfest art studio tour

013. Watch 10 documentaries [9/10]

Back to Eden – June 21, 2013
Lang Lang: Dragon Songs – January 27, 2014
The Business of Being Born – July 19, 2015
Jiro Dreams of Sushi – August 21, 2015
Highwater – September 26, 2015
Pentatonix: On My Way Home – October 20, 2015
Only the Essential – December 10, 2015
Meru – December 20, 2015
Making a Murderer – December 26-29, 2015

014. Take a literature or writing class

015. Take a dance class

016. Purchase and listen to 30 works listed in The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection [4/30]

  1. Chopin Polonaises and Preludes – Maurizio Pollini (Purchased June 23, 2013; listened July 14)
  2. Chopin Ballades – Krystian Zimerman (Purchased June 23, 2013)
  3. Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin – Nathan Milstein (Purchased July 30, 2013)
  4. Beethoven: Missa Solemnis – Charlotte Margiono, Catherine Robbin, William Kendall, Alastair Miles; Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner (Purchased August 13, 2013)
  5. Chopin: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 – Christian Zacharias, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra/Christian Zacharias (Purchased August 21, 2013; Listened September 8, 2013)
  6. Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings, Op. 87 – Academy Chamber Ensemble (Purchased October 8, 2013; Listened October 29, 2015)
  7. Holst: The Planets – Montreal Symphony Orchestra/Charles Dutoit (Purchased October 30, 2013)
  8. Haydn: The London Symphonies Volume 1 (purchased October 30, 2013) and Volume 2 – Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Colin Davis (Purchased December 17, 2014)
  9. Bach: Orchestral Suites – Boston Baroque/Martin Pearlman (Purchased November 22, 2013)
  10. Falla: El Sombrero de Tres Picos and Nights in the Gardens of Spain – Orquesta Ciudad de Granada/Josep Pons (Purchased January 7, 2014)
  11. Barber: Adagio for Strings – Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin (Purchased February 10, 2014)
  12. Brahms: Late Piano Works – Nicholas Angelich (Purchased April 1, 2014)
  13. Debussy: Preludes – Paul Jacobs (Purchased April 7, 2014)
  14. Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals – Montreal Symphony Orchestra/Charles Dutoit (Purchased April 28, 2014)
  15. Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante – Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman; Israel Philharmonic/Zubin Mehta (Purchased June 2, 2014)
  16. Beethoven: Cello Sonata in A – Mstislav Rostropovich; Sviatoslav Richter (Purchased August 26, 2014)
  17. Mozart: Symphony No. 38, K. 504 – Prague Chamber Orchestra/Sir Charles Mackerras (Purchased September 2, 2014)
  18. Mozart: String Quartets 17 and 19 – Alban Berg Quartet (Purchased October 13, 2014)
  19. Elgar: Enigma Variations and Pomp and Circumstance Marches – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn (Purchased November 5, 2014)
  20. Mozart: Horn Concertos – Dennis Brain; Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan (Purchased December 30, 2014)
  21. Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 – Krystian Zimerman; Boston Symphony Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa (Purchased January 9, 2015)
  22. Bach: Cantatas 140 and 147 – Ruth Holton, Michael Chance, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Stephen Varcoe; Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner (Purchased March 10, 2015)
  23. Verdi: Requiem – Luba Orgonasova, Anne Sofie von Otter, Luca Canonici, Alastair Miles; Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique/John Eliot Gardiner (Purchased May 4, 2015)
  24. Brahms: Violin Concerto in D – Anne-Sophie Mutter; New York Philharmonic/Kurt Masur (Purchased June 8, 2015)
  25. Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 – Berlin Philharmonic/Herbert von Karajan (Purchased September 21, 2015)
  26. Bach: Mass in B Minor – Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner (Purchased November 2, 2015)
  27. Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B Minor – Mstislav Rostropovich; Berlin Philharmonic/Herbert von Karajan (Purchase November 2, 2015; Listened November 19, 2015)
  28. Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht – The Raphael Ensemble (Purchased December 3, 2015)
  29. Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks – Cleveland Symphonic Winds/Frederick Fennell (Purchased December 14, 2015)
  30. Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream overture and incidental music – Orchestre des Champs Elysées/Philippe Herreweghe (Purchased January 6, 2016

017. Attend performance in the Chico Performances series

018. See a Kyle Williams show

019. Listen to 30 albums listed in 1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die [0/30]

Food

020. Attend Taste of Chico

021. Cook beef bourguignon (Julia Child's recipe) [February 8, 2014]

022. Learn to cook Thai curry

023. Take a cooking class

024. Cook ethnic meals from 10 different countries. These should be meals that I haven't eaten before. [0/10]

Health and Fitness

025. Train for and complete a triathlon

026. Complete a 5k

027. Complete a century bike ride (100 miles)

028. Weigh less than 200 pounds (starting weight: 265 pounds)

029. Complete another Whole30 (I finished my first about a month ago)

030. Floss my teeth every day for a month [August 2015]

031. Exercise at least 3 times a week for at least 100 of the weeks during the time covered by this list [66/100]

Travel

032. Visit a national park that I haven't yet visited [September 18-21, 2014 - Kings Canyon National Park]

033. Visit a state that I haven't yet visited

034. Travel out of the country

Outdoor Activities

035. Go on a backpacking trip with Dad

036. Go backpacking in the Lassen area (the national park or one of the nearby wilderness areas)

037. Go snowshoeing

038. Camp at Juniper Lake

039. Camp at Panther Meadows

040. Camp at Mattole on the Lost Coast

041. Climb Lassen Peak [August 31, 2013 - Climbed with Crystal]

042. Hike to Bumpass Hell in Lassen National Park [August 30, 2014]

043. Thru-hike the Tahoe Rim Trail

044. Hike the South Rim Trail, Yahi Trail, and Guardian Trail in Upper Bidwell Park [0/3]

Family

045. Go camping with Emily [August 1, 2013]

046. Go camping with Anna [August 10, 2013]

047. Tour Lake Shasta Caverns with the girls

048. Take a kid-free trip with Crystal [October 17-19, 2013]

049. Design a book, or series of books, containing family photos from 2008 until 2015

050. Go on a bike ride as a family

051. Come up with a chore chart and allowance system for Emily and Anna

Personal

052. Redesign this site, including the use of a professionally designed logo

053. Write a will

054. Take a martial arts class and advance at least one belt

055. Transfer all of our digital 8 videos to the computer

056. Go at least a month without watching television

057. Design and build a website that serves as a personal business card, a hub pointing to my other sites and businesses

058. Update the photos in my office at work

059. Take an overnight trip by myself

Organization and Time Management

060. Finish setting up my Getting Things Done system. (I've been using elements of the system for several years. I'd like to see what happens if I use it to its full potential.)

061. Organize iTunes collection, including deletion of free music that I don't like

062. Purchase a document scanner and move as many paper files as I can to digital files

063. Private

064. Private

Purchases/Finance

065. Purchase a receiver and speakers for our entertainment center

066. Purchase a bike rack for our car

067. Purchase a headstone for the grave of the twins

068. Purchase road bikes for Crystal and me

069. Buy baseball equipment so I can play with Emily

070. Become completely debt free

Photography

071. Photograph Yosemite in winter

072. Take my camera out to look for photo opportunities at least 25 times [0/25]

073. Redesign the Divine Reflections website, including the use of a professionally designed logo

074. Photograph Mossbrae Falls

075. Catch up on copyright registrations

076. Complete the setup of our image backup system

077. Create 30 book-quality images for my Bidwell Park photo project [0/30]

078. Organize and keyword all digital photos

079. Do a nature shoot with my 4x5 camera

080. Print 5 images that I haven't printed before [0/5]

081. Buy a new tripod

082. Sell unused camera gear and buy a Mamiya 7 II camera body and at least one lens

083. Buy the equipment needed to do camera scans from film

Coatesoft/Programming

084. Design the Coatesoft website, including the use of a professionally designed logo

085. Design a website for my Windows 8 mileage app

086. Have a logo designed for Office Mogul

087. Release a beta version of Office Mogul

088. Learn Javascript

089. Learn C by working through The C Programming Language (K&R)

090. Learn a functional programming language (e.g. Scala or Erlang)

091. Learn HTML5/CSS3

092. Learn how to use object-oriented methodologies in Perl, including Moose

093. Attend the Business of Software conference

094. Contribute to an open source project

095. Attend a tech conference

096. Build an iPhone app

097. Build a Windows Phone 8 app

098. Private

099. Private

Career

100. Get a raise, or get a new job [July 29, 2015 - received a raise at work]

101. Generate monthly freelance/business income equivalent to half of what I make at my day job

Posted by Greg on June 17, 2013 at 11:22PM.

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101 Things: Round 2

It's time for a new list of goals and dreams. Some of these should be fairly easy, some of them will be extremely challenging, and some will depend a lot on available time and money. Some of the items are just for fun, and some are very serious life goals. Some items are unfinished ones from my first 101 things project, and some are completely new. I'm not going to live my life solely to accomplish everything on this list, but I am going to use it to remind myself of some of the things I'd like to accomplish over the next three years.

And now, here's the list, which will be updated as I go.

Project Dates

September 11, 2010 to June 9, 2013

Project Progress

21/101 completed and 8 in progress

The List

Books

001. Read the entire Bible

002. Read How to Read a Book

003. Read 10 books listed in the appendix of How to Read a Book [0/10]

004. Read 10 books listed in 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die [7/10]

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath (September 21, 2010)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon (October 24, 2010)
Enduring Love – Ian McEwan (May 4, 2011)
Lord of the Flies – William Golding (January 12, 2012)
The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood (April 22, 2013)
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien (May 6, 2013)
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (June 9, 2013)

005. Read 10 business books [4/10]

Bankable Business Plans – Edward Rogoff (December 13, 2011)
Got a Minute? – Dale J. Dwyer and Sheri A. Caldwell (September 12, 2012)
SideProject Book – (November 16, 2012)
The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell (December 29, 2012)

006. Read 5 books listed on the Programmer Competency Matrix [0/5]

007. Read 10 Christian non-fiction books [5/10]

Mormonism, Mama, and Me – Thelma Greer (July 27, 2011)
How to Stay Christian in College – J. Budziszewski (January 10, 2012)
Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? – Philip Yancey (July 29, 2012)
Blue Like Jazz – Donald Miller (September 17, 2012)
All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir – Brennan Manning (September 23, 2012)

008. Read 30 other books [30/30]

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind – William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer (October 3, 2010)
A Calculated Risk – Katherine Neville (October 6, 2010)
The Bride Collector – Ted Dekker (October 11, 2010)
Immanuel's Veins – Ted Dekker (October 31, 2010)
Open – Andre Agassi (November 10, 2010)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson (December 5, 2010)
The Girl Who Played with Fire – Stieg Larsson (December 22, 2010)
Kayaks Down the Nile – John Goddard (January 10, 2011)
Handle with Care – Jodi Picoult (January 15, 2011)
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest – Stieg Larsson (January 23, 2011)
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins (February 2, 2011)
Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins (February 10, 2011)
Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins (February 14, 2011)
The Confession – John Grisham (February 26, 2011)
Decision Points – George W. Bush (March 7, 2011)
It's Not About the Bike – Lance Armstrong (March 10, 2011)
Home to Holly Springs – Jan Karon (March 17, 2011)
The Expediter – David Hagberg (March 24, 2011)
Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain (April 14, 2011)
Two Wars – Nate Self (May 14, 2011)
It Happens Every Spring – Catherine Palmer and Gary Chapman (May 29, 2011)
No Mercy – John Gilstrap (June 11, 2011)
Op-Center – Tom Clancy (June 22, 2011)
The Priest's Graveyard – Ted Dekker (July 6, 2011)
The Second Chair – John Lescroart (August 4, 2011)
Courageous – Randy Alcorn, Alex Kendrick, and Stephen Kendrick (September 18, 2011)
A Man in Full – Tom Wolfe (October 25, 2011)
By the Rivers of Babylon – Nelson DeMille (October 28, 2011)
Burn – Ted Dekker and Erin Healy (November 13, 2011)
Edge of Apocalypse – Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall (November 24, 2011)

Culture

009. Attend a symphony concert [September 22, 2012 – Crystal and I saw the North State Symphony play Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin, Jazz Suite 2 by Shostakovich, and New World Symphony by Dvorak]

010. Attend a play [May 7-8, 2011 – Crystal and I saw The Imaginary Invalid and Julius Caesar]

011. Attend a concert [October 9, 2011 – I saw the David Crowder Band in San Francisco with Ariana and my nephew Gary]

012. Watch 10 movies listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die [10/10]

On the Waterfront – Jan 21, 2011
Stagecoach – Jan 27, 2011
Blackmail – Feb 3, 2011
The Jazz Singer – Mar 11, 2011
Duck Soup – Oct 12, 2011
High Noon – Jan 10, 2012
Breakfast at Tiffany's – Jan 13, 2012
Dirty Harry – Feb 14, 2012
Glengarry Glen Ross – May 15, 2013
West Side Story – June 9, 2013

013. Attend a Second Saturday Art Walk in Sacramento

Food

014. Attend Taste of Chico

015. Eat at the Spice Creek Cafe [September 28, 2012]

016. Eat at a restaurant in Chico that I've never been to before [September 14, 2010 - Petra Mediterranean]

017. Eat food from a culture that I've never tried before

018. Cook beef bourguignon (Julia Child's recipe)

019. Learn to cook Thai curry

Faith

020. Go on a short term mission trip

021. Write in a journal (paper or digital) every day for 30 days

022. Participate in Love Chico [Oct 26, 2010]

Health and Fitness

023. Train for and complete a triathlon

024. Complete a 5k

025. Complete a 10k

026. Complete a century bike ride (100 miles)

027. Weigh less than 200 pounds (starting weight: 276 pounds)

028. Break my addiction to caffeine

029. Go 1 month without eating ice cream [February 9, 2012]

Travel

030. Visit New Zealand

031. Visit at least one country in Europe

032. Visit a national park that I haven't yet visited

033. Visit a state or province that I haven't yet visited

034. Visit Santa Cruz [February 4-6, 2012]

Outdoor Activities

035. Go on a backpacking trip with Dad

036. Go backpacking in the Lassen area (the national park or one of the nearby wilderness areas)

037. Go snowshoeing

038. Go horseback riding

039. Camp at Juniper Lake

040. Go bicycle camping

041. Climb Lassen Peak

042. Hike a trail in Castle Crags state park

043. Hike to Bumpass Hell in Lassen National Park

Family

044. Take a 2 night or longer backpacking trip with Ariana

045. Go on a car camping trip with Emily

046. Take the kids to Lake Shasta Caverns

047. Visit Mexicali with Ariana

048. Put together an iTunes playlist of cheesy love songs for Crystal [January 10, 2011]

049. Go on a vacation with Crystal [May 5-8, 2011 – Anniversary trip to Ashland, OR]

050. As a family, watch a professional sports event (NFL, MLB, etc) in person

051. Design a book of family photos from the last few years

052. Go on a bike ride as a family

Personal

053. Have a logo for this site professionally designed

054. Redesign this site

055. Write a will

056. Copy all of the (good) music from our CDs to our iTunes library [Jan 7, 2011]

057. Take a martial arts class and advance at least one belt

058. Finish unpacking and organizing our house

059. Donate blood 3 times [0/3]

060. Complete 5 drawings [0/5]

061. Transfer all of our digital 8 videos to the computer

062. Get a professional massage [January 12, 2013]

Purchases/Finance

063. Get a passport [November 20, 2010]

064. Purchase a Kindle or other e-reader [April 30, 2011 - Crystal purchased this for me as an anniversary gift]

065. Purchase the rest of the pieces for our entertainment center (receiver, speakers, computer, hard drives)

066. Purchase everything needed for our entire family to go on bike rides together

067. Purchase renter's insurance [January 31, 2011]

068. Purchase a bike rack for our car

069. Purchase a headstone for the grave of the twins

070. Build or purchase a touring bike

071. Purchase at least one canvas of our family to hang in the living room [December 8, 2010]

072. Purchase 2 books for my photo book collection [2/2]

On This Earth: Photographs from East Africa (Nick Brandt) – January 10, 2011
Chased by the Light: A 90-Day Journey (Jim Brandenburg) – January 27, 2012

073. Design and purchase our wedding album

074. Buy a new tripod

075. Build a $1000 emergency fund

Photo Business

076. Take a winter photography trip to Yosemite

077. Photograph waterfalls in North Carolina in the spring

078. Have a new logo designed for Divine Reflections Photography

079. Redesign the Divine Reflections website

080. Photograph Mossbrae Falls

081. Complete a 26 things project

082. Catch up on copyright registrations

083. Complete the setup of our image backup system

084. Complete my Bidwell Park photo project

085. Design a book with the photos from the Bidwell Park project

086. Organize and keyword all digital business photos

087. Design a companion book to Crystal's 365 day photo project

Coatesoft/Programming

088. Have a logo designed for Coatesoft

089. Design the Coatesoft website

090. Release a beta version of Blahaha

091. Have a logo designed for Blahaha

092. Come up with a better name for Photo Business Plus [December 14, 2010 - Office Mogul]

093. Have a logo designed for Office Mogul

094. Release a beta version of Office Mogul

095. Learn C

096. Learn Javascript

097. Private

098. Private

099. Private

100. Private

Life

101. Build our businesses large enough that I can drop to half time at my day job.

Posted by Greg on September 10, 2010 at 11:27PM.

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A Year with Frog and Toad (101 Things #41)

CSU, Chico has a program that allows local elementary school students to attend top-notch performances during the school year. Today, Emily got to see the musical A Year with Frog and Toad, and I got to go with her. We both enjoyed ourselves. She was captivated for pretty much the whole time, and I liked the music. (Don't laugh; the cast was talented!) Besides, it was great Daddy-daughter bonding time.

Posted by Greg on February 5, 2010 at 1:15PM.

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Photo Stream Automated (101 Things #45)

I've checked another goal off my 101 Things list: the photo stream in the left sidebar is now automated. It pulls family photos from our photography business site as they are added. I hope you enjoy this new site feature!

Posted by Greg on December 9, 2009 at 11:00AM.

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Herb Gardening (101 Things #34)

I kill plants.

It's not malicious, mind you. I just tend to get really busy and forget to water them. Or I'll get busy and forget to bring them in from the cold. Or I'll get busy and let the weeds totally choke them out. Or, worst of all, I'll actually keep them alive and then get too busy to harvest the crop at the end of the season.

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Posted by Greg on September 26, 2009 at 11:20PM.

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Turtle Bay Day Trip (101 Things #14)

We escaped our house yesterday for a day trip to the Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding. The park consists of a botanical garden and a museum with several fixed and a couple of changing exhibits, and it is adjacent to the Sundial Bridge.

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Posted by Greg on February 8, 2009 at 6:00PM.

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Bidwell Mansion (101 Things #17)

Bidwell Mansion preserves the Victorian home built and owned by John and Annie Bidwell, the founders of Chico. It's a fascinating look into the history of our town, so I added a trip to the Mansion with my daughters to my 101 Things list.

My parents are visiting right now, and they are interested in historical sites like this. So, we thought this would be a good time to take a tour of the mansion. We went yesterday and joined the last tour of the day.

The house is fascinating. It features several items owned by the Bidwells, including an almost rectangular rosewood piano and a life-sized portrait of John Bidwell painted using an amazing vanishing point perspective. The house also had running water on both the first and second floors and a hot water tank which was filled with water from pipes run through the bricks behind the wood-burning stove in the kitchen.

After the tour, we stopped for an obligatory, tourist-like photo in front of the house, and I checked number 17 off my 101 Things list.

Posted by Greg on January 15, 2009 at 9:10PM.

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101 Things: First Year Update

I've been working on my 101 Things project for just over a year now, and I wanted to post an update on my progress as well as some thoughts about how things are progressing.

Goals Completed

I've completed 16 of the goals from my list:

001. Write and publish this list of goals

002. Come up with a weekly schedule that will allow me to manage my time well enough to accomplish these goals

010. Write a (hopefully) good poem for my wife

018. Play tennis with my daughter

021. Finish designing the book of photos and stories from our 2007 summer road trip and order a copy

025. Buy a weight bench and free weight set

026. Cancel my parking pass at work (this will mean I'm in shape enough to ride my bike every day)

050. Tour the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield

056. Visit a state or Canadian province I haven't yet been to

070. Add comments hosted on our server to the blog

071. Update the galleries on our website with our new, better work

072. Buy a high-end Nikon digital camera so that our low-light lifestyle portraits really sing

076. Design and purchase a sample Baby's First Year album to show clients

090. Attend an OSP event with Crystal

093. Get Postfix and IMAP working on my new web server

094. Finish moving all my websites to my new server

Weekly Goal Progress

Several of my goals were things that I hoped to do on a daily or weekly basis. I've made this progress on these goals:

004. Spend 15 minutes a day focused on God (5 times a week): 44%

008. Write a note, card, or letter and give it to my wife: 71%

009. Go on a date with my wife: 55%

011. Write my daughter at least while she is in residential treatment: 76% (Rachelle is home now, so this goal is finished.)

012. Have bonding time with at least 1 of my children: 61%

024. Exercise for at least 30 minutes (5 times a week): 74%

Reflections and Looking Ahead

In general, I'm pretty happy with the progress I've made on my list this year. My weakness was in the daily and weekly goals. I've found it difficult to consistently be disciplined enough to make sure that I get all of those little things done each week. I've let the busyness of my life push those things aside. It's something I hope to work on in the next year.

I expect that I will be able to complete several of the goals on my list that are large in scope during the next year. These goals require a significant amount of time to complete. I've been working on those goals, and I'm nearing completion on several of them.

Posted by Greg on December 28, 2008 at 8:08PM.

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Weight Loss Plan

I've struggled with my weight and eating habits since I was in junior high. Now, years later, the extra weight that I carry causes aches and pains, and it hampers my enjoyment of some of my favorite activities such as hiking. I'm also well aware that my unhealthy diet will ultimately shorten my life if not changed, and I certainly don't want Crystal or the girls to be without me because of something preventable like my food choices.

In light of these things, I put two weight and diet related goals on my 101 Things list: drop to my goal weight of 180 pounds (#22) and eliminate junk food from my diet (#23).

Leo Babauta describes the process he followed in becoming a vegetarian in his blog post How to Become a Vegetarian, the Easy Way. While I'm not going down the vegetarian path at this time, his methods will transfer easily to the changes I'm trying to make. In a nutshell, he recommends changing habits gradually, one act at a time, instead of trying to change everything all at once.

Staying away from sugary foods and other junk foods and making the time to prepare breakfasts and lunches before I go to work for the day are my biggest struggles. In light of that, here are the steps that I plan to follow in order to change my habits:

  1. Read Dr. Phil's book on weight control: The Ultimate Weight Solution. This book goes beyond dieting and addresses the psychological barriers to weight loss.
  2. Start drinking nothing but water and other beverages such as tea that contain no sugar.
  3. Start getting up early enough to prepare a healthy breakfast before leaving for work. (This will help me stay away from the donuts that I'm prone to grab after I arrive at work.)
  4. In the evening, pack a lunch for the following day. Make it healthy.
  5. Keep healthy snacks around the house and at my desk at work. Eat those instead of junk food snacks.
  6. Choose fruit instead of ice cream, cake, or other highly processed sweets for dessert.

If I can work my way through these steps, I'll lose weight. My diet and lifestyle will also be much healthier at the end of my journey than they are now.

Posted by Greg on September 23, 2008 at 11:10AM.

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Tennis and Driving: The Day Dad Went Crazy (101 Things #18)

Every dad loses his mind from time to time. Yesterday was one of those days for me.

It was Ariana's day for bonding time with me, and it was a perfect spring day in Chico. We went to the local park for some tennis. The girl almost ran me to death! And we were just casually smacking the ball back and forth. We weren't even playing a real match. Of course, the last time I played tennis was in college, so that shouldn't have been too big a surprise, I suppose.

When I'd had enough tennis and we'd gotten ourselves rehydrated, I decided I still hadn't tortured myself enough. I took Ariana to a deserted parking lot and let her practice driving the Suburban for a few minutes. I'm still around to write this post, so I consider the driving lesson a raging success.

Posted by Greg on April 7, 2008 at 1:00PM.

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101 Things Section

I've set up an entire section on this site dedicated to my 101 Things project. The bulk of the section is dedicated to my weekly goals. For those of you who are interested in following my weekly progress, there are pages for each of my weekly goals. Click here to read the new section.

Posted by Greg on March 31, 2008 at 1:06AM.

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Canceled Parking Pass (101 Things #26)

I canceled my parking pass at work today. Not only does that mean that I've gotten myself into good enough shape to ride my bike to work every day, it also means that I'll save a little over $21 a month on parking.

Posted by Greg on March 12, 2008 at 9:19PM.

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Bits and Pieces of This and That

Wow, has life ever been crazy over the last few weeks.  We've been busy, and we've been travelling.  Here are a few news bites from the little bit of our lives.

Our fun month of travel started with a photography conference in Napa, California.  On the way home we stopped at the Jelly Belly factory for a tour.  I've checked #50 off of my 101 things list.

Since our twins died, we have been looking to move from our foster agency to a Butte county program called Options for Recovery.  This program only places foster children between the ages of birth and 5 months who have experienced drug exposure.  A combination of bureaucracy, staff changes at the county licensing office, and a few other things delayed us for over a year.  I'm happy to report that we are officially Options foster parents as of the end of February.

We got to see Rachelle for the first time since we dropped her off at her residential treatment program last November.  She's doing very well, and I have written a short trip report over on the Divine Reflections Photography blog: Visiting Rachelle.  From Utah, we went to Colorado to see some old friends of ours.  That means that I can cross #56, visit a state or Canadian province I haven't yet been to, off of my 101 things list.  I posted some photos from that trip over at Divine Reflections as well: Fish Family Fun.

Our laptop died just after we got back from Napa.  Fortunately, I was able to save the data from the old hard drive.  Then the computer that Ariana uses for homework and that Crystal and I had been using for emergency photo editing decided that it would die just after we got back from our Utah and Colorado trip.  We scrambled to buy a new laptop so we could keep working.  That brought Ariana's computer back to life somehow.  I almost have the new computer set up, and now I have the formidable task of organizing all of the pictures from the last few weeks.

Posted by Greg on March 12, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Cycling Fitness Update

The weather cooperated, and I was actually able to ride my bike to and from work every day this week. That's a pretty big step for me fitness-wise! When I first started riding to work, I had to take a day off between rides because my legs couldn't handle it.

Posted by Greg on February 11, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Gift Card Shopping Spree

Crystal and I went on our weekly date last night. We didn't have a lot of money in the budget this week for our date, so we had to get creative. We started off by having dinner at Taco Bell followed by a milkshake at Carl's Jr.

After our meal and dessert, we went on a gift card shopping spree. We had small amounts of money left on several gift cards totaling a little over $16 and about $2 in change in our pockets. We made it a challenge to see how much we could buy using only that money. We went to Toys 'R' Us, Wal-Mart, and Linens 'N' Things. Here's what we got for $2 cash out of pocket:

  • Bag of Dove Christmas chocolates
  • 2 Hot Wheels cars
  • Package of 2 erasable kid's highlighters
  • Ream of paper for our home office
  • 4 giant coloring books
  • 24-pack of Crayons
  • King-sized Snickers bar
  • Hand towel
  • Wash cloth

Believe it or not, we had a blast. The challenge and creativity required for this date made it one of the best we remember in quite a while!

Posted by Greg on January 24, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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My Gift - A Poem (101 Things #10)

Crystal was having a rough day today, so I started to write her a note. It came out as a poem somehow. Please, no heckling. A professional poet, I am not. :)

My gift from up above,
you are the object of my love.

My gift from heaven's throne,
life's better together than on my own.

My gift from God on high,
without you, I'd not get by.

My gift from God's abounding grace,
how I love to see your sweet face.

My gift from God, each day, each hour,
I'm thrilled this life is ours to share.

Posted by Greg on January 15, 2008 at 5:00PM.

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Purchased Weight Bench and Free Weights (101 Things #25)

I got some money from my parents for my birthday this week, so I started looking around for a set of free weights and a bench for my garage. (I canceled our gym membership to save some money and still wanted to work out.) I found a great deal on a very nice weight bench and 295-pound set of free weights. The set shows some wear, and I had to drive to Oroville -- a town about half an hour away -- to get it, but the price made it worth it. I can't wait to start my strength training again! My neck and back muscles will thank me.

Posted by Greg on January 11, 2008 at 12:05AM.

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Throwing Rocks

Here's some proof that children don't need to have expensive stuff to be happy. I took my foster son to Upper Bidwell Park during our father-child bonding time yesterday. We spent about 45 minutes throwing rocks into the creek and walking around looking at the trees and such. He had a blast. My cost? $0.

Update: He was still asking me if we were going to throw rocks in the creek a month after we took this little excursion. Wow!

Posted by Greg on December 24, 2007 at 8:00AM.

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Move to New Server Complete (101 Things #94)

All of our web sites were previously hosted by a company called Virtuoso Net Solutions. Their customer service was horrible, so I made the decision to move to a new company. After careful research, I chose GuaranteedVPS for our new host. So far, I've been thrilled. The uptime has been fantastic, and the staff have been friendly and responsive.

I finished moving all of our web sites to the new server over the weekend, and I was able to cancel my account with Virtuoso on Monday.

Posted by Greg on December 19, 2007 at 11:00PM.

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New Weekly Schedule (101 Things #2)

I've completed a weekly schedule. I even had my wife and daughter look at it, and they liked it. I tried very hard to balance family, business, and other tasks. I don't expect that my time will be spent exactly as I have it laid out in the schedule due to the craziness of life, but it should work very well as a guideline for managing my priorities.

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Posted by Greg on December 6, 2007 at 5:00PM.

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101 Things in 1001 Days

I've decided that it's time to set some goals for my life. I've heard time and time again that just the act of writing down specific goals makes it much more like that those goals get accomplished. It's also pretty popular online right now. (See DayZero for more details.)

So, here is my list of 101 things that I want to accomplish in the next 1001 days. That makes my deadline August 30, 2010. I've included personal as well as business goals. I'll post details and updates here on the Coates Place for personal goals and on the Divine Reflections Photography blog for business goals. (I'll also be posting the business portion of this list on the Divine Reflections site.)

Key

Completed goals will be displayed in lavender

The List

Organizational

001. Write and publish this list of goals [Dec 3, 2007]

002. Come up with a weekly schedule that will allow me to manage my time well enough to accomplish these goals [Dec 6, 2007]

003. Finish setting up the time management system detailed in Getting Things Done [I've finished reading the book, and I've implemented the system at work.]

Spiritual

004. Spend 15 minutes a day 5 times a week focused on God [189/706 – Read details]

005. Read 16 books that will help me get closer to God [1/16 – List of books read]

006. Write a book review for this site for each of the above books read [0/16]

007. Write in a journal every day for 1 month

Family

008. Write 1 note, card, or letter a week and give it to my wife [52/138] – Read details]

009. Go on a date with my wife at least 1 time a week, even if that date is as simple as a walk around the block and a half hour conversation [64/141 – Read details]

010. Write a (hopefully) good poem for my wife [Jan 15, 2008 – Crystal liked it, so I guess that makes it good.]

011. Write my daughter at least 1 time a week while she is in residential treatment [37/49 – Read details]

012. Have bonding time with at least 1 of my children 1 time every week [50/139 – Read details]

013. Take a 2-night or longer backpacking trip with each of my 3 daughters Ariana (Emily is still too young, and Rachelle isn't around to take.)

014. Take the kids to Turtle Bay in Redding [Feb 7, 2009]

015. Take the kids to Lake Shasta Caverns

016. Take my teenage daughters Ariana on a trip to Mexico so she can see the city where they she was born

017. Take the girls to the Bidwell Mansion for a tour [January 14, 2009]

018. Play tennis with my daughter [Apr 6, 2008]

019. Play baseball (catch) with my daughter

020. Take a romantic vacation with my wife and only my wife [May 22-25 – Crystal and I spent a few days relaxing in South Lake Tahoe]

021. Finish designing the book of photos and stories from our 2007 summer road trip and order a copy [May 20, 2008]

Health and Fitness

022. Reach my goal weight of 180 pounds

023. Eliminate junk food from my diet, and keep it eliminated

024. Exercise 5 times a week for at least 30 minutes per day [495/709 – Read details]

025. Buy a weight bench and free weight set [Jan 10, 2008]

026. Cancel my parking pass at work (this will mean I'm in shape enough to ride my bike every day) [Mar 12, 2008]

027. Run a mile in 7 minutes, just like I could in college

028. Do a 100 mile bicycle ride

Home

029. Finish unpacking from our move and organizing our home

030. Print and hang the pictures for our Foster Care photo wall, which will display a photo of each foster child that has lived in our home family photo wall.

031. With the exception of student loans and our car, become debt free

032. Build a $5000 emergency fund

033. Make a will

034. Grow a variety of herbs for use in our kitchen, and keep them alive for 1 entire summer [September 22, 2009]

035. Design and purchase our wedding album

Education, Culture, and Reading

036. Take a Wilderness First Aid course

037. Take a drawing course [May 18, 2010 – I took the basic drawing course offered at CSU, Chico]

038. Read 12 classic novels books. [3/12 – List of books read]

039. Attend a Second Saturday Art Walk

040. Go to a symphony concert

041. Go to a live musical [Feb 5, 2010]

Personal/Just for Fun

042. Have a professional massage

043. Go skinny dipping

Coates Place Website

044. Finish the old travel articles for this site

045. Automate the photo stream on the home page of this site [Dec 9, 2009]

Travel and Outdoors

046. Hike or mountain bike all of the trails in Upper Bidwell Park

047. Hike a trail in Castle Crags State Park

048. Hike to Bumpass Hell in Lassen National Park

049. Climb Lassen Peak

050. Tour the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield [Feb 18, 2008]

051. Visit King's Canyon/Sequoia National Park

052. Visit Death Valley National Park

053. Go to Santa Cruz

054. Visit North Carolina in the spring

055. Take a backpacking trip with Dad

056. Visit a state or Canadian province I haven't yet been to [Feb 28 - Mar 2, 2008Visited the Fishes in Colorado]

057. Get a passport

058. Visit a country that is not in North America

059. Learn to ski well enough to do a full run at Shasta without falling and with a clean stop at the end

060. Buy a canoe

061. Go snowshoeing

Business — Divine Reflections Photography

062. Replace our logo with one that is professionally designed

063. Catch up on copyright registrations

064. Register a trademark for our business name

065. Purchase business insurance policy [February 16, 2009]

066. Finish our business plan

067. Build our portrait business to the point that we are consistently shooting 1 portrait session per week

068. Read 16 books that will help me make our business better [3/16 – List of books read]

069. Write a book review for the business site of each of the above business books (I've decided to keep all book reviews together on this site.)

070. Add comments hosted on our server to the blog [Dec 20, 2007]

071. Update the galleries on our website with our new, better work [June 21, 2008 – We launched a completely new baby and child portrait brand including a website with a brand new gallery.]

072. Buy a high-end Nikon digital camera so that our low-light lifestyle portraits really sing [April 14, 2008]

073. Completely archive and catalog all film and digital business and all digital personal images

074. Take a trip to Chattanooga to see Amber and Nathan and observe how they run their business

075. Print and hang enough of our portrait images to make our living room and dining room client meeting room into an adequate client meeting area

076. Design and purchase a sample Baby's First Year album to show clients [April 14, 2008]

077. Take 3 week-long (5-day) trips that are specifically nature photography related

078. Print a portfolio of my nature images

079. Have my first solo gallery show

080. Create 50 book-quality images for my Bidwell Park project

081. Create 25 book-quality images of foster children for my foster child portrait project

082. Create 25 book-quality images for my Street Performer project

083. Take portraits of Nanny and Grandaddy [January 1, 2010]

084. Photograph Mossbrae Falls

085. Complete a 26 things project

086. Purchase and learn to use a large format camera [Dec 8, 2008 – Purchased a 4x5 camera]

087. License a rights-managed photo [Jan 14, 2010]

088. Attend the WPPI trade show

089. Attend at least 2 photography workshops, or take 2 photography classes, or do 1 of each

090. Attend an OSP event with Crystal [Feb 16-17, 2008 – Attended OSP West in Napa]

091. Give 6 framed nature prints to people who would enjoy them but wouldn't be able to afford to buy them [0/6]

092. Do at least 6 pro bono photo sessions for needy families [0/6]

Business — Coatesoft

093. Get Postfix and IMAP working on my new web server [April 9, 2008]

094. Finish moving all my websites to my new server [Dec 17, 2007]

095. Get a professionally designed logo for Coatesoft

096. Design and publish the Coatesoft Website

097. Finish my blog software (makes uploading/formatting photos in articles very easy)

098. Finish the beta version of Photo Business Plus

099. Find good beta testers for Photo Business Plus

100. Release version 1.0 of Photo Business Plus

The Big Dream™

101. Quit my job at CSU, Chico in order to work full time in our photography and software businesses.

Notes

Whew! This is going to be challenging and fun! I should add one final note: as a Christian, God can and probably will change some or all of these goals as He sees fit. So, pretend that there is a "God willing" after every one of these items.

Posted by Greg on December 3, 2007 at 8:00AM.

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