Girls just want to have fun! 100 things to do in 2007. My 2007 resolutions.

February: Girls Just Want to Have Fun

girls just want to have fun

Still slow to cross anything off…but I have officially finished four items and have started on a bunch others. Once I snap out of it and force myself to stop being so damn fickle I will be able to cross off a bunch more. Here is my update for now though…


Valerie’s 100 in 2007:

1. Move out
2. Furnish, unpack all my boxes and decorate
3. Find a man (or twelve)
4. Pick a hair color and stick with it
–I’ve died my hair blonde three times and it’s not changing 🙁
5. Get a tattoo (or at least get mine touched up)
6. Stand up at my best friends wedding
7. Stand up at my sister’s wedding
8. Audition for American Idol 🙂 (or at least apply for one reality show)

9. Go to the top of the Sears Tower (hello, when is the last time anyone did that?)
10. See a roller derby bout
11. Have a picnic
12. Go to 10 pin
13. See the Christmas trees at the museum of science and industry
14. Go to the 80s dance club
15. Go to a carnival
16. At least 2 Chicago summer festivals
17. Free dance lessons in Grant Park
18. Go to Bromann Park
19. Go to Millenium Park
20. Go to a haunted house
21. See a concert
22. See fireworks on 3rd/fourth of july
23. Ride the Navy Pier ferris wheel

24. See Blue Man Group (I haven’t seen them since HS)
25. See Second City (I’ve never seen them)
26. See Naked Boys Singing
27. See the Kurt Halsey Art Show at DVA
28. See at least 3 plays
29. See at least 1 ballet
30. See plenty of Opera
–I’ve seen one and a half operas this year so far 🙂
31. Go to at least 2 book readings
32. Go to at least 1 art show (other than Kurt’s)
33. Go to MCA
34. Go to Around the Coyote

35. Go to the Music Box Theatre – Music Box Massacre (If they do it again)
36. Watch all the 80s cartoons I have on dvd
–I’ve watched the first six episodes of Fraggle Rock 🙂
37. Watch 3 80s movies I have never seen before
38. Watche The Science of Sleep (looks interesting)
39. Watch every Hellraiser movie (I’ve already seen all the F13s, Halloweens, Elm Streets, and Childs Plays)
40. Go to free movies in the Grant Park
41. Go to at least one midnight movie at music box

42. Get my nails done
43. Take a bubble bath
44. Get flowers from a boy 😉
–Thanks Josh!

45. Resurrect Valerie’s movie night at least a couple times
46. Throw a housewarming party
47. Throw a wine and cheese party
48. Throw a pajama party
49. Throw a game night
50. Throw a Christmas party

51. Read ten Pulitzer Prize winning books (my goal is to eventually read them all)
–Read Middlesex (2003), The Fixer (1967). Currently reading Gone With the Wind (but I will never finish it!)
52. Read A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
53. Read A Million Little Pieces to see what all the fuss is about

54. Write a good draft of my memoir
55. Edit that draft
56. Write an article and send it out
57. Finish a good essay and send it out
58. Finish a good short story and send it out

Web Design:
59. Learn google analytics
–I installed it and look at it every now and then. Not very exciting.
60. Learn Actionscript
61. Finish my website (so many little things I never finished)
62. Figure out what is wrong with the leave comments section on my website
63. Scan five old event’s photos onto my website
–I did one!
64. Relearn basic php and mysql

Life and professional:
65. Finish my masters
66. Develop a good “5 year plan”
67. Apply to do freelance editing
68. Organize my recipe collection
–I’ve started to work on it – but I have a lot of old magazines of recipes and a really stupid plan for them 🙂
69. Organize my photos
70. Develop a financial plan (MK help!)
71. Design a freelance website
72. Learn to use my ipod and get all my music on it

73. Go golfing (at least to a driving range)
74. Learn to snowboard
–Nope, but I learned to ski
75. Skate along the lake when it is nice out
76. Go ice skating
77. Go to a roller skating rink
78. Go to a baseball game

79. Go to Las Vegas (I’ve gone every year for the last three years)
80. Go to Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm (or a similar locale)
81. Visit a state I have never been to
82. See Takeru Kobayashi (Sheboygan Johnsonville Brat Fest?)
–Stupid sister planning her wedding the day of brat fest 🙁
83. Knock off at least a few of the following Illinois Attractions:
     a. World’s largest Catsup Bottle
     b. World’s Tallest and Ugliest Lincoln Statue
     c. World’s Largest Pot of Coffee
     d. Giant Lincoln on a Covered Wagon
     e. Effingham Giant Cross
     f. The Gays 2-Story Outhouse
     g. The Leaning Tower of Niles
     h. Ahlgrim’s Funeral Parlor and Mini-Golf
     i. The Hubcap House
     j. The Golden Pyrimid House
     k. Statue of world’s tallest man

Food and Libations:
84. Go for a fancy tea
85. Bake once a month
–January: Oatmeal Raisin and Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise cookies
–February: Superfantastical Super Bowl Cake!
86. Learn to make good soufflé
87. Eat duck fat fries at Hot Doug’s
88. Go to Adobo for guac and margs
89. Try three different wine bars
90. Make a ginger bread house
91. Chicago Wine Festival
92. Go to half of the coffee shops that Time Out recommended in their coffee issue
     a. Metropolis
     b. Charmers Café
     c. Lakeside Café
     d. Café Ennui
     e. Istria Café
     f. Medici Bakery on 57th
     g. Third World Café
     h. Julius Meinl
     i. Pick Me Up Café
     j. Uncommon Ground
     k. Intelligentsia
     l. Ventrella’s Caffe
     m. The Grind
     n. Beans & Bagels
     o. The Perfect Cup
     p. Swim Café
     q. Atomix
     r. Mercury Café
     s. Muse
     t. Café Mestizo
     u. Jumping Bean
     v. Kristoffer’s Café and Bakery
     w. Marshall McGearty Tobacco Artisans
     x. Filter
     y. Half & Half
     z. Caffe de Luca
93. Sigara (Hookah Bar)
–Went, and quite an awesome place!
94. Moonshine for mohitos
95. Orange for brunch
96. Skylark (because they apparently have good tater tots)
97. Enter a recipe contest
–I’ve started prepping to enter the Pillsbury bake-off
98. Go to the Taste of Chicago
99. Get sushi
100. Freddy’s Pizza in Cicero (Chicago Mag voted it Best Gelato in the city)

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Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

  • sid
    March 2, 2007at10:43 am

    you need to put a cut on that, too much scrolling and you’re hogging my friends page :p

  • heather
    March 2, 2007at5:45 pm

    i don’t know why i’m bringingthis up…if you move by me, you are very close to intelligentsia (i’m looking at those coffeeshops). I’ve been to filter, it’s in wicker park, really hard to get to without a car from my neighborhood, but I DID IT.
    filter has good mocha

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