Thursday, September 30, 2010

#26 - Make an iTunes Playlist of My 101 Favourite Songs

Yesterday was Day 1 of my 101 Adventure, and I didn't want it to pass by without accomplishing one of the tasks or goals on my list.

By no means do I think I'm going to accomplish something from the list every day, but it seemed so anti-climatic to just post my list and then not attempt to do something to kick things off. And I didn't want it to just be something super-easy either, like buying a lottery ticket. I wanted it to be something with a little more significance.

There was one item on my list that jumped out at me as being something fun that would take a little thought & effort, and that was #26 - creating an iTunes playlist of my 101 favourite songs. Quiet, dreary day at the office on Day 1? Perfect opportunity!

Let me tell you this: For a kid who has over 3500 songs in her iTunes library (that's over 9 days' worth of music, folks) - it was a lot harder than I thought it would be! Even more difficult than compiling my 101 List.

I started by going through the entire list and transferring songs that I considered favourites into the 101 playlist I had created. After working at it on-and-off for a few hours, I finally came to the end.

And I had over 300 songs selected. Apparently I have a lot of "favourites". Whoops!

Another few hours of trimming and down-sizing, weighing certain songs against others, attempting to create a good mix, trying to evaluate their meanings to me and their importance in my life...I finally made the last deletions and finalized the list. I've had second thoughts about some of them and wondered if I made some wrong decisions, but for someone who loves music as much as I do, there really can't be a wrong answer, right?

So here it is. And in no particular order. (I found it hard enough to pick just 101, there's no way I could start deciding what was #1!)
  1. I Wanna Hold Your Hand - The Beatles
  2. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
  3. When U Love Someone - Kid Rock
  4. Love You Til The End - The Pogues
  5. Wheat Kings - The Tragically Hip
  6. Hang - Matchbox Twenty
  7. Desperately Wanting - Better Than Ezra
  8. Try - Blue Rodeo
  9. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
  10. Me & Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin
  11. Picture - Kid Rock ft. Sheryl Crow
  12. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
  13. The Boys of Summer - Don Henley
  14. Fix You - Coldplay
  15. Your Winter - Sister Hazel
  16. Last Kiss - Pearl Jam
  17. Free Fallin' - Tom Petty
  18. Into the Mystic - Colin James
  19. Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind
  20. The Reason - Hoobastank
  21. I Hope You Dance - LeAnn Womack
  22. The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
  23. You Are Not Alone - Patty Griffin
  24. Here's to the Night - Eve 6
  25. Drops of Jupiter - Train
  26. Sandy - John Travolta as Danny Zuko in Grease
  27. These Are The Days - Van Morrison
  28. All For Love - Serena Ryder
  29. What's Going On - 4 Non-Blondes
  30. Such a Shame - The Dustin Bentall Outfit
  31. The House That Built Me - Miranda Lambert
  32. Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
  33. Long May You Run - Neil Young
  34. Go Rest High on that Mountain - Vince Gill
  35. Stuck Like Glue - Sugarland
  36. Better Man - Pearl Jam
  37. Sing Me Back Home - Merle Haggard
  38. Boom Boom Pow - The Black Eyed Peas
  39. Fire & Rain - James Taylor
  40. My Best Friend's Girl - The Cars
  41. Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum
  42. You Are my Sunshine - Ray Charles
  43. Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers
  44. My Wish - Rascal Flatts
  45. Gotta Be Somebody - Nickelback
  46. I Told You So - Randy Travis
  47. Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
  48. Live Like You Were Dying - Tim McGraw
  49. Wonderwall - Oasis
  50. Delta Dawn - Tanya Tucker
  51. Song 2 - Blur
  52. She Talks to Angels - The Black Crowes
  53. That's The Way Love Goes - Merle Haggard & Jewel
  54. Thunderstruck - AC/DC
  55. Old School - Hedley
  56. If I Had a $1,000,000 - Barenaked Ladies
  57. Patience - Guns 'N Roses
  58. Lean on Me - Bill Withers
  59. Santa Monica - Everclear
  60. Fiddlers Green - The Tragically Hip
  61. I Wanna Love Somebody Like You - Keith Urban
  62. All I Want is You - U2
  63. Collide - Howie Day
  64. I'll Be There For You - Bon Jovi
  65. Down on the Corner - CCR
  66. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
  67. The Great Pretender - The Platters
  68. Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley
  69. Like a Prayer - Madonna
  70. Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison
  71. Mr. Jones - Counting Crows
  72. All These Things That I Have Done - The Killers
  73. Two Steps Behind - Def Leppard
  74. There You Go - Johnny Cash
  75. Missing You - John Waite
  76. Sweet Caroline -Neil Diamond
  77. Green, Green Grass Of Home - Elvis Presley
  78. American Pie - Don McLean
  79. Forever & Ever, Amen - Randy Travis
  80. The River - Garth Brooks
  81. The Way You Look Tonight - Tony Bennett
  82. Old Time Rock 'N Roll - Bob Seger
  83. Lucky Man - The Verve
  84. Love Lifted Me - Kenny Rogers
  85. Can't Help Falling In Love With You - Elvis Presley
  86. To Be With You - Mr. Big
  87. Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
  88. Don't Stop Believing - Journey
  89. Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams
  90. I Love Rock 'N Roll - Joan Jett
  91. Banditos - The Refreshments
  92. Louie Louie - The Kingsmen
  93. I Think We're Alone Now - Tiffany
  94. I'll Be - Edwin McCain
  95. Lost Together - Blue Rodeo
  96. Here For A Good Time - Trooper
  97. I Will Remember You - Sarah McLachlan
  98. Lose Yourself - Eminem
  99. Jesse's Girl - Rick Springfield
  100. Bring It On Home To Me - Sam Cooke
  101. Have a Little Faith in Me - Joe Cocker

I know I've left some out...and I'm feeling sorry for the ones that didn't make the cut. I suppose this list could change 1000 times in the next 1000 days, but today, it stands as is.

Feels great to stroke that first item off the list! :)

101 List: Launched

Started: September 30, 2010
Scheduled to finish: June 28, 2013

1. Eat egg rolls from the Golden Palace

2. Make a dinner from scratch for my friends

3. Learn to knit a dish cloth or scarf

4. Take a trip down South

5. Cook a turkey

6. Make a scrapbook for Danica

7. Write a song and play it on my guitar

8. Host a poker tournament party at my home

9. Lose 20 lbs.

10. Get another fish for my tank

11. Write a novel (at least a rough draft)

12. Have a girls night/sleepover

13. Dabble my toes in the ocean

14. Organize a Schock cousin dinner out

15. Go for a ride on a snowmobile

16. Make spider-dogs over a bonfire

17. Go one whole week without logging on to Facebook

18. Plan a “girls day” with my mom & sister

19. Read 10 books in one year

20. Complete a song on Hard on Guitar Hero

21. Try a food I’ve never tasted before

22. Pull an all-nighter

23. Sing a song on-stage at Gavan’s

24. Organize a Young cousin dinner out

25. Make a dinner from scratch for my family

26. Make an iTunes playlist of my 101 favourite songs

27. Go to a drive-in movie

28. Visit my relatives in TO

29. Have a sliding party

30. Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the alphabet

31. Take my first plane ride

32. Make a Gingerbread House with Caden and Danica

33. Attend at least 3 Senators games per season

34. Go for a minimum half-hour walk each day for a month

35. Go to a real Spa

36. Spend a day baking with my mom

37. Do something significant (to be determined) in memory of Jeff and Troy

38. Organize my photos

39. Attend a midnight movie premiere

40. Up my PAR (pre-authorized remittance) givings at church by $5/month

41. Wash my own car at least once

42. Spend a day at the beach

43. Take a road trip

44. Make something from every section of my Betty Crocker cookbook

45. Get a DVD player for my room

46. Take a train somewhere

47. Organize my closet in a way that it STAYS organized & doesn’t go back to mayhem a week later

48. Go one whole week at work without complaining

49. Paint a picture

50. Walk for a cause

51. Go to a museum

52. Buy myself a lottery ticket

53. Go for a boat ride

54. Don’t hit snooze for one whole week

55. Go a whole day of speaking (or attempting to speak) French

56. Plan my dream trip to Ireland

57. Go up the CN Tower

58. Buy my own (artificial) Christmas Tree

59. Go to the local trout farm and actually CATCH a fish

60. Bake a birthday cake for someone

61. Go Zip-lining

62. Get a tattoo

63. Go on a Haunted Walk

64. Give blood

65. Get back the 2 dresses that I loaned to someone a long time ago

66. Build a snowman

67. Complete a 1000-piece puzzle

68. Drink a Guiness

69. Donate to a food bank

70. Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years

71. Go camping

72. Watch a classic movie I’ve never seen before

73. Read Wuthering Heights

74. Carve my name in a tree

75. Dye my hair a dark colour

76. Organize my recipe collection

77. Spend an entire dreary day watching movies

78. Pay off at least half of my line of credit

79. Get an updated photo taken with my family

80. Fall in love

81. Buy a new-to-me car

82. Go to an Imax movie

83. Acquire a taste for red wine

84. Go a whole week without swearing

85. Spend a day with my grandma touring her stomping grounds

86. Be on the Christmas House Tour

87. Go for a hike in the Gatineau Park

88. Buy a laptop

89. Write a blog entry for Jill’s World or Jill’s 101 Adventure every weekday for a whole month

90. Carve a pumpkin for Halloween

91. Go to High Falls

92. Order something wacky off the menu at The Works

93. Plant my yellow rose bush outside

94. Spend a day being a “tourist” in Ottawa – on the Market, Parliament Hill, etc.

95. Drive on the Queensway

96. Get a psychic reading

97. Rake leaves and put them in big pumpkin bags for Halloween

98. Wear a bathing suit in public without putting shorts on over it

99. Direct a Murder Mystery that someone tells me is “the best one ever”

100. Come in 2nd in the Car Rally

101. Donate $5 to charity for each task I don’t complete

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Day Zero

This is my Day Zero.

After being inspired by reading Lists of 101 Things To Do in 1001 Days that my friends have created (and have devoted blogs to), I have decided to create my own list, as well as this Blog to keep track of it.

I've spent quite a bit of time today compiling my list, with the help of the Day Zero website and reading the lists of people I know. Up until today, I had never been compelled to do so. But suddenly, the urge hit me. The thought of creating a list of goals and things I've always wanted to do, both big and small, was suddenly exciting, and I couldn't wait to get started.

I intend on tweaking my list tonight, and tomorrow I will publish it here on my Day 1. In the following 1001 days, I will blog about my tasks as they are completed, and hopefully provide some pictures as well.

Come along for the ride! It should be an interesting one!