1. Try 50 things I’m reluctant to try. (This could be a book I’m “afraid of,” a food I don’t think I’ll like, whatever.)

*1. read Virginia Woolf–I read Orlando, and I really enjoyed it!

*2. try Vegemite–ugh.

*3. removing carpeting ourselves–Really wasn’t all that hard at all. 🙂

2. Visit 50 new places. (Could be a city, a state, a country, or even something like the Pacific coast.)

*1. Mount Hope Cemetery (Rochester, NY)

*2. New Hampshire

*3. Maine

*4. Circle B Organic Farm (to pick apples)

*5. Albany, NY (to attend fracking protest)

3. Visit 50 parks. (Be they local, state, national, or international.)

*1. Letchworth State Park (NY state)

*2. Mendon Ponds Park (Mendon/Pittsford, NY)

*3. Taughannock Falls State Park (NY state)

*4. Buttermilk Falls State Park (NY state)

*5. Ordiorne State Park (New Hampshire)

*6. Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge (Maine)

*7. Ferry Beach State Park (Maine)

*8. Tinker Nature Park (Henrietta, NY)

*9. Thousand Acre Swamp (Penfield, NY)

*10. Cobbs Hill Park (Rochester, NY)

*11. Sherwood Fields (Penfield, NY)

*12. Abraham Lincoln Park (Webster, NY)

*13. Corbett’s Glen (Brighton, NY)

*14. Central Park (NYC)

*15. Flat Rock Brook Nature Center (Fort Lee, NJ)

*16. Liberty State Park (Jersey City, NJ)

*17. Hamlin Beach State Park (Hamlin, NY)

4. Visit 50 museums. (Of any type.)

*1. Seacoast Science Center (New Hampshire)

*2. Rochester Museum and Science Center (New York)

*3. Storm King Art Center (New York)

*4. Herkimer Diamond Mine Museum (New York)

*5. American Museum of Natural History (NYC)

*6. Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC)

5. Visit 50 zoos, aquariums, insectariums, etc.

*1. Bronx Zoo

6. Walk/hike on 50 different trails.

*1. Quaker Pond Trail. (at Mendon Ponds Park)

*2. The Carson Trail. (at Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge)

*3. Trillium Trail (at Thousand Acre Swamp)

*4. Devil’s Bathtub trail (at Mendon Ponds Park)

*5. White Trail (at Abraham Lincoln Park)


*6. Crescent Trail (Perinton, NY)

*7. Big Woods Trail (Webster, NY)


7. Make a donation to 50 different charities. (Monetary or otherwise.)

*1. money donation to St. Judes Children’s Hospital

*2. money donation to Citizens Campaign for the Environment

*3. made thirteen crocheted baby caps for Mom’s church project

*4. money donation to sponsor Kara for the Diabetes Walk

*5. money donation to sponsor Annie for the read-a-thon to raise money for the Teen Book Festival

*6. crocheted two hats for the hat&mitten tree at Max’s school

*7. money donation to Smile Train (in Gray’s name)

*8. money donation to MDA (in Max’s name)

*9. money donation to WXXI, our local NPR station

*10. money donation to MCC scholarship fund

*11. donated game to Max’s sister school

*12. embellished flip flops (a Craft Hope project for the children of La Chureca)

*13. money donation to Make a Wish (through a 5k run)

*14. money donation to Planned Parenthood

*15. money donation to Nature Conservancy

8. Donate 50 trunk loads of stuff to charity thrift store, etc. (COMPLETED JULY 2015)

*1. trunk load (January 2011)

*2. trunk load (February 2011)

*3. trunk load (March 2011)

*4. trunk load (April 2011)

*5. trunk load (April 2011)

*6. trunk load (April 2011)

*7. trunk load (May 2011)

*8. trunk load (June 2011)

*9. trunk load (July 2011)

*10. trunk load (July 2011)

*11. trunk load (July 2011)

*12. trunk load (July 2011)

*13. trunk load (July 2011)

*14. trunk load (July 2011)

*15. trunk load (July 2011)

*16. trunk load (July 2011)

*17. trunk load (July 2011)

*18. trunk load (August 2011)

*19. trunk load (August 2011)

*20. trunk load (October 2011)

*21. trunk load (October 2011)

*22. trunk load (October 2011)

*23. trunk load (October 2011)

*24. trunk load (November 2011)

*25. trunk load (November 2011)

*26. trunk load (January 2012)

*27. trunk load (February 2012)

*28. trunk load (February 2012)

*29. trunk load (April 2012)

*30. trunk load (April 2012)

*31. trunk load (April 2012)

*32. trunk load (May 2012)

*33. trunk load (May 2012)

*34. trunk load (June 2012)

*35. trunk load (June 2012)

*36. trunk load (July 2012)

*37. trunk load (August 2012)

*38. trunk load (December 2012)

*39. trunk load (March 2013)

*40. trunk load (June 2013)

*41. trunk load (September 2013)

*42. trunk load (November 2013)

*43. trunk load (February 2014)

*44. trunk load (March 2014)

*45. trunk load (June 2014)

*46. trunk load (July 2014)

*47. trunk load (August 2014)

*48. trunk load (November 2014)

*49. trunk load (January 2015)

*50. trunk load (July 2015)

9. Pass along 50 books. (Not to thrift stores or the library. Not bought new specifically for someone else. But a book I read that I just think someone else will enjoy or like to own, so I pass it on to them.)

*1. Life Artist by Ali Edwards to Chris.

*2. Priceless: The Vanishing Beauty of a Fragile Planet by Bradley Trevor Greive with photograph by Mitsuaki Iwago to Chris

*3. Shivers, Wishes, and Wolves by Donald Lemke to Heather

*4. Pixerina Witcherina edited by Bill Conger to Ana

*5. The Axe-Man of New Orleans by Rick Geary to Chris

*6. Neil Young’s Greendale by Joshua Dysart to Heather

*7-8. Graven Images by Paul Fleischman and Samuel Blink and the Forbidden Forest by Matt Haig to Heather

*9. A Year of Learning Dangerously by Quinn Cummings to Ali

*10. Go With Me by Castle Freeman Jr. to Kim

*11-13. Small Wonders by Barbara Kingsolver, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, and Better by Atul Gawande to Eva

*14-16. August Moon by Diana Thung, The Waiting Place by Sean McKeever, and Smoke/Ashes by Alex de Campi to Chris

10. Support 50 independent local businesses. (Could be a store, a restaurant, a coffee shop, etc.) *Thanks Chris for this idea!

1. Lori’s Natural Foods

*2. Casa Azteca (Mexican restaurant)

*3. Rochester Colonial (doors and windows)

*4. One World Goods (fair trade gift shop)

*5. Monroe Ave. Diner

*6. Thali of India (restaurant)

*7. Salvatores (pizza shop)

*8. Gallea’s (nursery)

*9. El Jimador (Mexican restaurant)

*10. Hyatt’s-All Things Creative (art supply store)

11. Bauman’s (nursery)

*12. Pattaya (Thai restaurant)

*13. Cam’s Pizzeria

*14. Napa Wood Fired Pizzaria

*15. Tandoor Flame (Indian restaurant)

*16. Bamboo Garden (Chinese restaurant)

*17. George’s Restaurant

*18. The Olde Toad (British pub/restaurant)

11. Watch 50 documentaries.

*1. China’s First Emperor

*2. The True Story of Hannibal

*3. Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire

*4. Diamonds of War: Africa’s Blood Diamonds

*5. The Impressionists

*6. Food Inc. (rewatch)

*7. Planet in Peril

*8. Waste Land

*9. Rivers and Tides

*10. State of the Planet Earth (rewatch)

*11. Strange Days on Planet Earth (rewatch)

*12. PBS’s Benjamin Franklin

*13. Gasland

*14. Burning the Future: Coal in America

*15. The Source

*16. The Untold Story of Emmett Till

*17. Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965

*18. Andy Warhol: The Complete Picture

*19. Drawing the Line

*20. American Experience: Roads to Memphis

*21. American Experience: LBJ

*22. Inspirations

*23. The Last Mountain

*24. The Revolution (rewatch)

*25. Ken Burn’s Thomas Jefferson

*26. American Experience: My Lai

*27. American Experience: Ansel Adams

*28. American Photography: A Century of Images

*29. Ken Burn’s Civil War (rewatch)

*30. NOVA: World in the Balance: The People Paradox (rewatch)

*31. NOVA: World in the Balance: China Revs Up 

*32. Dirt! The Movie

*33. Tiny: A Story About Living Small

*34. The Invisible War

*35. Genocide: Worse Than War 

12. Try 50 new restaurants.

*1. Mike’s New York Diner

*2. Monroe Ave. Diner

*3. El Jimador

*4. El Dorado

*5. Jay’s Diner

*6. Flatbread Company All Natural Pizza

*7. Margaritas

*8. Maine Diner

9. Don’s Original

*10. Hong Wah

*11. Pattaya Thai Restaurant

12. Peach’s Cafe

13. Napa Wood Fired Pizzeria

*14. Cam’s Pizzeria

*15. Monte Alban

*16. Fort Lee Pizza

*17. Cornerstone Restaurant and Cafe

*18. Tandor Flame

*19. Plump Dumpling

*20. George’s Restaurant

*21. Wong’s Kitchen

*22. Hooligans

13. Drink 50 different mixed drinks and/or wines.

*1. Irish Creme on the rocks

*2. gin and tonic

*3. pina colada

*4. tom collins

*5. gin and squirt

*6. margarita

*7. pumpkin spice liqueur on the rocks

*8. Long Island iced teas

*9. mudslide

14. Drink 50 different beers.

*1. Tsingtao

*2. Kirin Ichiban

*3. Coopers Pale Ale

*4. Chakra

*5. Canandaigua Lake Ale

*6. St. Pauli Girl

*7. Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale (OMG-YUM!)

*8. Three Heads Brewing–The Kind IPA

*9. Snapperhead IPA

*10. Sam Adams Boston Lager

*11. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

*12. Saranac Pumpkin Ale

*13. Taj Mahal

*14. Beast Bitter

*15. Copper Ale

*16. 60 Minute IPA

*17. Mad Anthony’s Ale

*18. Chamberlain Pale Ale

*19. Wyld Extra Pale Ale

*20. In Heat Wheat

*21. Goose Island Extra Special Bitter

*22. St. Pauli Girl Special Dark

*23. Bitter American

*24. Avalanche Ale

*25. Hipster Ale

*26. Yuengling Oktoberfest

*27. Cardinal Pale Ale

*28. Prairie Standard

*29. Hayseed

*30. Onward APA

15. Try 50 new recipes. (COMPLETED 5/10/12)

*1. sweet potato cupcakes

*2. stovetop ziti

*3. blueberry sour cream muffins

*4. pumpkin muffins

*5. cream lemon cheese pie

*6. cheesy rice & broccoli

*7. walnut carrot raisin muffins

*8. fantasia bars

*9. hot pepper rice

*10. chili relleno pie

*11. spinach cheese swirls

*12. ravioli casserole

*13. veggie chili

*14. chocolate snack cake

*15. double chocolate torte

*16. spinach lasagna roll-ups

*17. garlic breaksticks

*18. seasoned couscous

*19. ranch biscuits

*20. cola cake

*21. three chees spirals

*22. cheesecake swirl brownies

*23. jiffy jambalaya

*24. blueberry spice muffins

*25. faux chicken penne

*26. parmesan veggies

*27. ale bread

*28. chocolate peanut butter cake

*29. butterscotch muffins

*30. coconut almond muffins

*31. banana chip oat muffins

*32. orange muffins

*33. marvelous shells and cheese (it wasn’t all that marvelous)

*34. pioneer bread pudding

*35. cheesy broccoli rigatone

*36. glazed orange date squares

*37. crock pot mac and cheese

*38. pumpkin ribbon bread

*39. snickerdoodle bread

*40. crunchy granola

*41. Spanish rice

*42. spicy chocolate applesauce cake

*43. cinnamon walnut scones

*44. rustic sourdough bread

*45. dried fruit and white chip scones

*46. baked ziti

*47. whole wheat biscuits

*48. decadent brownie pie

*49. apple carrot muffins

*50. taco casserole

16. Bake 50 different kinds of cookies.

*1. Flourless Peanute Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips

*2. Cupboad Cookies

*3. Crack Cookies

*4. M&M Cookies

*5. No Bake Cookies

*6. Snickerdoodles

*7. Fairy Drops

*8. Chocolate Peanut Chewies

*9. Double Peanut Butter Cookies

*10. Oatmeal Scotchies

*11. Lemon Crisp Cookies

*12. Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

*13. Chocolate Chunk Cookies

*14. Crispy Oat Drops

*15. Chocolate Chip Bars

*16. Peanut Butter Pieces Cookies

*17. Orange Drop Cookies

*18. Doctored Peanut Butter Cookies

*19. Ginger Cookies

*20. Sweet and Salty Cookies

*21. Cinnamon Crackle Cookies

*22. Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

*23. Double-Chip Cookies

*24. Nutty Orange Snowballs

*25. Chocolate Espresso Oatmeal Cookies

*26. Chocolate-Dipped Cranberry Cookies

*27. Hint-of-Coconut Cookies

*28. Crispy Sugar Cookies

*29. Chips and Chunks Cookies

*30. Gumdrop Cookies

*31. Lemon Snowballs

*32. Double Peanut Butter Cookies

*33. Toffee Cashew Treasures

*34. Zucchini Cookies

*35. Party Cookies

*36. Oatmeal Chocolate-Chunk Cookies

*37. Crisp and Chewy Molasses Cookies

*38. Chocolate M&M Cookies

*39. Chocolate Pretzel Cookies

*40. World’s Greatest Peanut Butter Cookies

17. Make 50 different kinds of soup. (This one is for Rich–he loves soup, but I rarely think to make it.)

*1. Easy Minestrone Soup

*2. 3 Bean Soup

*3. Carrot Apple Soup

*4. Refried Bean Soup

*5. Jiffy Jambalaya

*6. Cheesy Potato Soup

*7. Turkey and Veggie Soup

*8. Beef and Barley Soup

18. Can/freeze/dry/otherwise preserve 50 different things. 

*1. made and canned applesauce (with apples from our tree)

*2. canned tomatoes (from our garden)

*3. made and canned fresh salsa (with tomatoes and jalapenos from our garden)

*4. made and canned strawberry jam (with local organic strawberries from Wegmans)

*5. made and canned blueberry jam (from organic you-pick farm)

*6. froze what seems like a bazillion tons of blueberries (from organic you-pick farm)

*7. chopped and froze oodles of jalapenos (from garden)

*8. made and canned blackberry jam (blackberries from roadside stand)

*9. chopped and froze green peppers (from garden)

*10. made and canned apple butter (from organic you-pick farm)

*11. dried basil (from Maryann’s garden)

*12. froze lots of strawberries–whole plain, whole in simple syrup, sliced in simple syrup, and strawberry coulis

*13. dried blueberries (picked at a local organic farm)

*14. froze kohlrabi (from garden)

*15. made and canned tomato juice (from garden)

*16. made and froze veggie broth from saved veggies ends

*17. froze radishes (from garden)

*18. froze zucchini (from garden)

*19. froze green beans (from garden)

*20. made crushed red pepper (from garden)

*21. froze rhubarb (from garden)


*22. pickled turnips (from garden)

*23. dill pickles (from garden)


*24. pickled jalapeno slices (from garden)

19. Feed 50 different people in our home.

*1-4. John, Susan, Sean, and Cole

*5. Jimmy (Gray’s friend)

*6-8. Mom, Dad, and Butch

*9. Chris

*10. Cece (Annie’s friend)

*11-12. Maryann and Dale

*13. Dani (Annie’s friend)

*14. Eva

*15. Tristan (Max’s friend)

*16. Mondo (Max’s friend)

*17. Dan (Eva’s dad)

*18-19. Kirsten and Mirabel (Annie’s friends)

*20-21. B and K (Eva’s mom and niece)

*22. Ethan (Annie’s friend)

20. Buy 50 fair trade gifts.

*1. hot chocolate for Kim’s birthday

*2. oodles of ornaments for Christmas gifts

*3. tea for Chris

*4. oodles of hot chocolate for Christmas gifts

*5. Pacay Shaker musical instrument–Christmas gift for John

*6. dark chocolate java drops–birthday gift for John

*7. coffee for a few coffee lovers for Christmas

*8. hot chocolate for one very fun family for Christmas

9. another handful of ornaments for another year’s Christmas

*10. java drops–Christmas gift for Tony

*11. candy bars–Mom’s and Annie’s birthdays

*12. candy bars and coffee–in Chris’s and Matt’s house-warming basket

*13. yet more ornaments for Christmas gifts

*14. wool fingerless gloves–Christmas gift for Annie

*15. java drops–birthday gifts for Annie, Eva, Chris, and Mother’s Day gift for Mom

*16. yep, more ornaments for Christmas gifts

*17. elephant candle holder–Christmas gift for Chris

*18. cat figure–Christmas gift for Ana

21. Buy 50 etsy or other handmade gifts.

*1. cat ears hat (for Annie)

*2. clever buttons (for Rich, Chris, Care, Butch)

*3. Walking Dead switchplate cover (for Max)

*4. more clever buttons (for Rich, Annie, Gray, Max, Ana, Eva, Jean)

*5. dog treats (for Baker and Thistle)

*6. Darwin’s finches tee (for Rich)

*7. pendants (for Annie, Ana, and Jean)

*8. moonstone ring (for Annie)

*9. magnets (for Ana)

*10. bookmarks (for Ana and Chris)

*11. bath bombs (for Annie)

*12. robin onesie (for Gigi, Natasha’s babe)

22. Make 50 one-of-a-kind gifts. (In other words, if it’s something I make three of for three different people, it does not count.)

*1. scrapbook for Chris of his visit to New York

*2. slouch hat for Annie

*3. basketweave dishcloth for Mom

*4. chunky hat for Annie

*5. tote bag for Heather

*6. blocked afghan for Ana

*7. granny afghan for Chris

*8. chenille cozy blanket for Annie

*9. set of postcards for Chris

*10. crocheted chenille Christmas pillow for Mom

*11. crocheted Torchic for Gray

*12. bluebird x-stitch for Eva

23. Give 50 “happy something unexpected” gifts. (Yeah, so Christmas, birthday, etc. gifts do not count.”

*1. cinnamon tea, gumdrop pumpkins, and crocheted ghost (for Carl)

*2. farmers market crocheted bag (for Kara)

*3. soap and washcloths (for Chris)

*4. crocheted cat, Halloween cat x-stitch, homemade soap and washcloth, cat PEZ, and a couple of books (for Ana)

*5. February love notes and treats (for Rich, Annie, Gray, and Max)

*6, gift bag full of “beat the January blues” gifts (along with Chris for Ana)

24. Send 50 handwritten letters.

*1. to Ana

*2. to Jean

*3. to Kim

*4. to Eva

*5. to Kim

*6. to Chris

*7. to Chris

*8. to Jean

*9. to Jean

*10. to Care

*11. to Care

*12. to Jean

25.. Write 50 love letters to Rich.

*1. October 2012

*2. July 2o13

*3. February 2014

26. Make 50 “just because” cards.

*1. card for Chris

*2. card for Heather

*3. card for Ana

*4. postcard for Jean

*5. postcard for Care

*6. postcard for Chris

*7. postcard for Heather

*8. card for Eva

27. Write 50 poems.

*1. Book spine poetry.

The night of wishes
Can such things be?

The dead of the night
full dark,
no stars.
Fragile things
catching fire.

Everything is illuminated.

*2. Book spine poetry.

after the first death

I hunt killers

the plague
from hell


how I live now

28. Make 50 things for us/for our home. (I give away most everything I make, so this will be a definite challenge.)

*1. Baker’s placemat

*2. farmers market bag

*3. placemats


29. Upcycle 50 things.

*1. safety envelops into greeting cards

*2. doorbell into necklace

*3. packing paper and fabric scraps into gift wrap

*4. ugly canvas print into art play surface



*5. outgrown tee shirt into bracelet

Tee first turned to yarn:

And then to this:

*6. food cans to these planters for some herbs:

*7. I’m kicking myself for not taking a “before” picture of this dresser that we picked up at the thrift store. It was just your average, slightly beat up, medium-toned wood dresser. But with a little paint, it now looks rather classy in Annie’s new room.

*8. simple glass food jars to vases, just by adding washi tape

*9. tote bag with lining from pajamas

*10. Gray’s old worn-out pajama bottoms made into a sheath for his toy sword

*11. a scrapbook album from salvaged recyclables (the backs of tablets, acetate from packaging, cardboard, etc.)

*12. old chipboard from packaging and images from junkmail and magazines into postcards

30. Do 50 different environmentally friendly things. (Will include things I already do, and hopefully many new things too.)

*1. hanging laundry instead of using dryer

*2. paper saving strategies for school

*3. keeping the thermostat set at 62 degrees

*4. using baking soda and vinegar instead of toxic cleaning products

*5. making my own laundry detergent

*6. using rags instead of paper towels

*7. bought energy efficient/water efficient washing machine

*8. using cloth napkins instead of paper ones

*9. gardening organically

*10. composting

*11. canning/freezing/drying food

*12. making wrapping paper from things headed for the recycle bin (old posters, kids’ drawings, calendar pages, etc.)

*13. buying carpet made from recycled materials

*14. eating vegetarian

*15. changing from a two-car to a one-car family when the mini van finally bit the dust

*16. buying all our clothes (except undergarments and socks) from thrift store

*17. buying most of our books used

31. Take 50 photos I absolutely love. (Not technically perfect or anything–I couldn’t do that–just photos I adore.)













love this pic of my parents
love this pic of my parents

32. Make 50 meaningful layouts for Annie’s albums. (Layouts that really tell a story, that capture a piece of her personality, etc.)



33. Make 50 meaningful layouts for Gray’s albums. (See #32.)




34. Make 50 meaningful layouts for Max’s albums. (See #32.)





35. Make 50 layouts for our About Us albums.

*1. IMG_2284

36. Open an etsy shop and sell 50 things.

37. Read 50 books I never heard of before buying/borrowing from the library.

*1. The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow

*2. The Red Market: On the Trail of the World’s Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers by Scott Carney

*3. The Wave by Todd Strasser

*4. Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim

*5. Sita’s Ramayana by Samhita Anri and Moyna Chitrakar

*6. Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield

*7. Americus by MK Reed and Jonathan Hill

*8. Retrovirus by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Norberto Fernandez

*9. Food: The New Gold by Kathlyn Gay

*10. Draupadi: The Fire-Born Princess by Saraswati Nagpal

*11. Solanin by Inio Asano

*12. Psychiatric Tales: Eleven Graphic Stories About Mental Illness by Darryl Cunningham

*13. No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz

*14. De: Tales, Stories from Urban Brazil by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba

*15. Fallout: J. Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard, and the Political Science of the Atomic Bomb by Jim Ottaviani, Janine Johnston, Steve Lieber, Vince Locke, Bernie Mireault, and Jeff Parker

*16. Bad Houses by Sara Ryan and Carla Speed McNeil

*17. Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery by Dave Roman, et al.

*18. The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks

*19. Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri and Randy DuBurke

*20. Little White Duck: A Childhood in China by Na Liu and Andres Vera Martinez

*21. War Brothers: The Graphic Novel by Sharon E. McKay and Daniel Lafrance

*22. Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan by Shigeru Mizuki

*23. Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

*24. August Moon by Diana Thung

*25. Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge

*26. The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen, with art by Rebecca Guay

*27. Peanut by Ayun Halliday and Paul Holle

*28. The Wicked + The Divine: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen, with art by Jamie McKelvie

*29. The Waiting Place by Sean McKeever

*30. Smoke/Ashes by Alex de Campi

*31. Genocide by Jane Springer

*32. Crimes Against Humanity by Adam Jones

*33. A Bitter Brew: Faith, Power, and Poison in a Small New England Town by Christine Ellen Young

*34. Shutter, Volume One: Wonderlost by Joe Keatinge and Leila Del Duca

*35. The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

38. Read 50 books borrowed from someone else. (Includes Rich and the kiddos.)

*1. The Dreaming Collection by Queenie Chan (from Annie)

*2. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (from Annie)

*3. The Face of Death by Cody McFayden (from Mom)

*4. Nightschool: The Weirn Books Volume 1 by Svetlana Chmakova (from Annie)

*5. Nightschool: The Weirn Books Volume 2 by Svetlana Chmakova (from Annie)

*6. Nightschool: The Weirn Books Volume 3 by Svetlana Chmakova (from Annie)

*7. Nightschool: The Weirn Books Volume 4 by Svetlana Chmakova (from Annie)

*8. The Darker Side by Cody McFayden (from Mom)

*9. Abadoned by Cody McFayden (from Mom)

*10. Higurashi When They Cry, Abducted by Demons Arc, Volume 1 (from Annie)

*11. Higurashi When They Cry, Abducted by Demons Arc, Volume 2 (from Annie)

*12. Family by Micol Ostow (from Annie)

*13. God Bless You, Dr. Kervorkian by Kurt Vonnegut (from Rich)

*14. I, Alex Cross by James Patterson (from Mom)

*15. Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart (from Rich)

*16-21. The Walking Dead, Volumes 1-6 (from Max)

*22-23. Umineko When They Cry Episode 1: Legend of the Golden Witch, Volumes 1-2 by Ryukishi07 (from Annie)

*24-25. Umineko When They Cry Episode 2: Turn of the Golden Witch, Volumes 1-2 by Ryukishi 07 (from Annie)

*26. True Murder by Yaba Badoe (from Eva)

*27-36. Y: The Last Man Volumes 1 through 10 by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra (from Rich)

*37. The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino (from Annie)

*38. Sex Criminals, Volume One: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (from Rich)

*39. Umineko: When They Cry Episode 3: Banquet of the Golden Witch, Volume 1 by Ryukishi07 (from Annie)

39. Read 50 classics.

*1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

*2. Orlando by Virginia Woolf

*3. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

*4. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

*5. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

*6. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein

*7. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

*8. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle

*9. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

*10. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

*11. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (reread)

*12. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

*13. Watership Down by Richard Adams

*14. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

*15. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (reread)

*16. The Pearl by John Steinbeck (reread)

*17. The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James

40. Read a book set in each of the 50 states.

*1. Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill–Massachusetts

*2. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan–New York

*3. Columbine by Dave Cullen–Colorado

*4. Jericho Season 3: Civil War by Dan Shotz and Robert Levine–Kansas

*5. Rules of Prey by John Sandford–Minnesota (reread)

*6. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green–Indiana

*7. The Last Bridge by Teri Coyne–Ohio

*8. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz–Texas

*9. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse–Oklahoma (reread)

*10. Paper Towns by John Green–Florida

*11. The Axe-Man of New Orleans by Rick Geary–Louisiana

*12. Green River Killer: A True Detective Story by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case–Washington

*13. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury–Illinois

*14. Chiggers by Hope Larson–North Carolina

*15. The Lindbergh Child: America’s Hero and the Crime of the Century by Rick Geary–New Jersey

*16. Revival Volume One: You’re Among Friends by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton–Wisconsin

*17. A Separate Peace by John Knowles–New Hampshire

*18. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor–Mississippi

*19. Sing Down the Moon by Scott O’Dell–Arizona

*20. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka–Utah

*21. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky–Pennsylvania

*22. Lisey’s Story by Stephen King–Maine

*23. Tina’s Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary by Keshni Kashyap, illustrated by Mari Araki–California

41. Read 50 non-fiction books, each about a different country.

*1. China’s Buried Kingdoms by the editors of Time-Life books–China

*2. What Life Was Like When Rome Ruled the World by the editors of Time-Life Books–mostly Italy

*3. Life in a Medieval City by Joseph and Frances Gies–mostly France

*4. In the Wake of the Plague by Norman Cantor–mostly England

*5. Hiroshima by John Hersey–Japan

*6. The Fifties by David Halberstam–United States

*7. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi–Iran

*8. Ruined Landscapes: Paintings of the Balkan War Zone paintings by Laura Buxton and text by Ross Yockey–Bosnia and Herzegovina

*9. Cuba: My Revolution by Inverna Lockpez and Dean Haspiel–Cuba

*10. An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President by Randall Robinson–Haiti

42. Read 50 memoirs, autobiographies, biographies, etc. (Collections of personal accounts about a subject or event will also count.)

*1. The Wisdom of the Radish and Other Lessons Learned on a Small Farm by Lynda Hopkins

*2. The Year We Disappeared by Cylin Busby and John Busby

*3. Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis by Robert F. Kennedy

*4. When I Knew edited by Robert Trachtenberg

*5. A Year of Learning Dangerously by Quinn Cummings

*6. French Milk by Lucy Knisley

*7. A Game for Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return by Zeina Abirached

*8. Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally by

Alisa Smith & J.B. MacKinnon

*9. Harriet Tubman: Leading the Way to Freedom by Laurie Calkhoven

*10. Reading Women: How the Great Books of Feminism Changed My Life by Stephanie Staal

*11. Stitches by David Small

*12. Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me by Ellen Forney

*13. Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi

*14. Blue Pills: A Positive Love Story by Frederick Peeters

*15. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

*16. Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel

*17. Night by Elie Wiesel

*18. A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo

*19. I Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached

*20. March, Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, with art by Nate Powell

*21. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

*22. Tangles: A Story about Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me by Sarah Leavitt

43. Read 50 award-winning books. (Any award.)

*1. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.–1961 Hugo Award

*2. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein–1967 Hugo Award

*3. Ship Breaker by Paulo Bacigalupi–2011 Printz Award

*4. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card–1985 Nebula Award and 1986 Hugo Award (reread)

*5. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare–1959 Newbery Medal Winner

*6. Polio: An American Story by David M. Oshinsky–2006 Pulitzer Prize Winner for history

*7. Locke and Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez–2009 British Fantasy Award for best comic or graphic novel

*8. The Night Watch  by Sarah Waters–2006 Lambda Literary Award for lesbian fiction

*9. Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda by J.P. Stassen–2000 Rene Goscinny Award

*10. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters–2002 CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award

*11. Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay–2002 Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year

*12. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin–1979 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award (reread)

*13. Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff–2003 Christopher Award

*14. So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba–1980 Noma Award for Publishing in Africa

*15. Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge–2006 Branford Boase Award

*16. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon–2003 Whitbread Award (reread)

*17. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes–1967 Nebula Award (reread)

*18. Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters–2007 Lambda Literary Award

*19. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler–2014 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

*20. Aya by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie–2006 Angouleme International Comics Festival Prize for First Comic Book

*21. Among Others by Jo Walton–2012 Hugo Award, 2012 Nebular Award, 2012 British Fantasy Award

*22. Monster by Walter Dean Myers–2000 Printz Award

*23. Feed by M.T. Anderson–2003 Golden Duck-Hal Clement Award

*24. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow–2009 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Science Fiction

*25. “Salem’s Lot by Stephen King–1978 American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults

44. Read 50 science/nature books.

*1. Priceless: The Vanishing Beauty of a Fragile Planet by Bradley Trevor Greive with photography by Mitsuaki Iwago

*2. Bees by Candace Savage

*3. Science Detectives: How Scientists Solved Six Real-Life Mysteries by the editors of YES Magazine

*4. Cane Toads and Other Rogue Species edited by Karl Weber

*5. Life in Cold Blood by David Attenborough

*6. Bad Science by Ben Goldacre

*7. The Fever: How Malaria Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years by Sonia Shah

*8. Science Matters: Achieving Science Literacy by Robert Hazen and James M. Trefil

*9. Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine

*10. Let Them Eat Shrimp: The Tragic Disappearance of the Rainforests of the Sea by Kennedy Warne

*11. Our Stolen Future by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers

*12. Poison: Sinister Species with Deadly Consequences by Mark Siddall

*13. The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic–and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson

*14. Science Tales: Lies, Hoaxes and Scams by Darryl Cunningham

*15. Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss

*16. Songbird Journeys: Four Seasons in the Lives of Migratory Birds by Miyoko Chu

45. Read 50 short story or essay collections. (Includes fairy tale, folktale, etc. collections.)

*1. Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino

*2. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

*3. Shivers, Wishes, and Wolves edited by Donald Lemke

*4. How Beautiful the Ordinary edited by Michael Cart

*5. Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue

*6. Night Shift by Stephen King

*7. Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver

*8. A Christmas Memory (collection also includes “One Christmas” and “The Thanksgiving Visitor”) by Truman Capote

*9. What You Wish For: Stories and Poems for Darfur by various

*10. Hers3 edited by Terry Wolverton

*11. Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales edited by Deborah Noyes

*12. Graven Images by Paul Fleischman

*13. Troll’s Eye View edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

*14. I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections by Nora Ephron

*15. More Baths Less Talking by Nick Hornby

*16. Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance by Atul Gwande

*17. My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places by Mary Roach

*18. Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists edited by Courtney E. Martin and J. Courtney Sullivan

*19. Girl Goddess #9 by Francesca Lia Block

*20. The Fisherman and His Soul and Other Fairy Tales by Oscar Wilde

*21. Findings: Essays on the Natural and Unnatural World by Kathleen Jamie

*22. No Sweetness Here and Other Stories by Ama Ata Aidoo

*23. Explorer: The Mystery Boxes edited by Kazu Kibuishi

*24. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

*25. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

*26. Tropical Fish: Tales from Entebbe by Doreen Baingana

46. Read an article from 50 different magazines. (Thanks for the suggestion, Rich!)

*1. article about monsoons in National Geographic

*2. article about human waste composting in Mother Earth News

*3. article about making time for oneself in Whole Living

*4. “The Hidden Epidemic: Tapeworms in the Brain” by Carl Zimmer in Discover

*5. “The Big Heat” by Elizabeth Kolbert in The New Yorker

*6. a series of articles about JFK in Time

*7. “Evolving as an Artist” by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer in Cloth Paper Scissors

*8. “Finding Sanity through Art Journaling” by Laleh Eshkevari in Art Journaling

*9. “The Materials Bonanza” by Andy Ridgway in NewScientist

*10. “Up On Cove Mountain” by Earl Swift in Outside

47. Watch 50 different seasons of TV on DVD/Netflix. (Thanks again, Rich!) (COMPLETED MARCH 2015)

*1. Criminal Minds, season 3 (rewatch)

*2. The Wire, season 3

*3. Criminal Minds, season 4 (rewatch)

*4. Jericho, season 1 (rewatch)

*5. Jericho, season 2 (rewatch)

*6. Kaze No Stigma, season 1

*7. Battlestar Galactica, season 1

*8. Doctor Who, season 1

*9. Criminal Minds, season 6 (rewatch)

*10. Law & Order: SVU, season 1 (rewatch)

*11. Avatar: The Last Airbender, season 1 (rewatch)

*12. Battlestar Galactica, season 2

*13. Battlestar Galactica, season 3

*14. Criminal Minds, season 1 (rewatch)

*15. Battlestar Galactica, season 4

*16. The Fabulous Beekman Boys, season 1

*17. Law & Order: SVU, season 2 (rewatch)

*18. Twin Peaks, season 1 (rewatch)

*19. Law & Order, season 3 (rewatch)

*20. Doctor Who, season 2

*21. Veronica Mars, season 1

*22. Under the Dome, season 1

*23. Veronica Mars, season 2

*24. Veronica Mars, season 3

*25. The Walking Dead, season 1

*26. Law & Order, season 1 (rewatch)

*27. Law & Order, season 2 (rewatch)

*28. The Walking Dead, season 2

*29. The Walking Dead, season 3

*30. Bones, season 1

*31. 24, season 1 (rewatch)

*32. Bones, season 2

*33. Bones, season 3

*34. Breaking Bad, season 1

*35. The Following, season 1

*36. The Killing, season 1

*37. The Killing, season 2

*38. Orphan Black, season 1

*39. Orphan Black, season 2

*40. Lost, season 1

*41. Revolution, season 1

*42. Revolution, season 2

*43. Criminal Minds, season 7

*44. Helix, season 1

*45. Crossing Lines, season 1

*46. Crossing Lines, season 2

*47. Orange is the New Black, season 1

*48. Survivors, series 1

*49. Survivors, series 2

*50. Orange is the New Black, season 2

48. Find 50 new bands that I like enough to download something by them. (Yes, Ana and Chris, I’m counting on you to help me with this one!)

*1. Justin Townes Earle (thanks to NPR)

*2. All Darlin’ (thanks to Ana)

*3. The National (thanks to Ana)

*4. Nick Drake (thanks to Chris)

*5. Amanda Applewood (thanks to Ana)

*6. Mountain Goats (thanks to Ana)

*7. Noah and the Whales (thanks to Criminal Minds)

*8. Beck (thanks to Ana)

*9. The Civil Wars (thanks to Heather)

*10. Escondido (thanks to Rich)

*11. Sharon Van Etten (thanks to Ana)

*12. Houndmouth (thanks to NPR)

49. Photograph 50 different animals “in the wild. (Thanks yet again, Rich.)


(seagull with crab, New Hampshire)

(heron in swamp, in our backyard)

(water snake, at Mendon Ponds Park)



(groundhog eating apple, someone’s yard in Penfield)



(gray squirrel, in Central Park NYC)



(tufted titmice, in our backyard)



(monarch at Gosnell Big Woods Preserve)

50. Have sex in 50 different places. (Sorry for the TMI there–I promised Rich if he helped me finish this list, I would use that one. 😛 )

*1. our bedroom

*2. our living room

*3. our home library

*4. “new” home bedroom

*5. in our tent, which was pitched in my parents’ backyard

*6. “new” home stairwell

*7. “new” home family room

*8. shower in hotel room in West Coxsackie, NY

*9. bathroom in hotel room in Fort Lee, NJ

*10. Baker Bay (a part of our backyard)

*11. hot tub at South Hill Lodge

*12. living room at South Hill Lodge

*13. backyard at South Hill Lodge


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s