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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)

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*6. Crescent Trail (Perinton, NY)

*7. Big Woods Trail (Webster, NY)

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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)

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*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)

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*22. pickled turnips (from garden)

*23. dill pickles (from garden)

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*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
haunted
hunger
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
wicked
germ
from hell

fade
drown
choke
deathnote
echo

how I live now
haunted

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

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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

This:

To:

*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.)

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

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

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

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35. Make 50 layouts for our About Us albums.

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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.)

*1.

(seagull with crab, New Hampshire)
*2.

(heron in swamp, in our backyard)
*3.

(water snake, at Mendon Ponds Park)

*4.

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

*5.

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(gray squirrel, in Central Park NYC)

*6.

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(tufted titmice, in our backyard)

*7.

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(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

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