Yesterday was the 4 week anniversary of my leaving work so I thought I would commemorate the occasion with a list (of course!)

10 things I really love about our life in New Zealand

  1. Walking along the beach in the morning collecting kindling for our fire
  2. Finally having time to make my own iced tea and muesli and cakes and cookies
  3. Being able to spend so much time with my hubby
  4. Our incredible view
  5. Sleeping in, every.single.day.
  6. The masses of people here who have dreadlocks.. In Miranda I think I was the only one!
  7. The happy vibe in Queenstown – almost everyone is on holidays!
  8. The fact that I live in a town that doesn’t have infrastructure for town water, but has high speed internet
  9. Having all the time in the world to finally read all those books I’ve been buying
  10. Having the freedom to finally figure out what I am passionate about instead of working 9 – 5 in an uninspiring job

Cheers to freedom and beauty and relaxation!

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So, today was the Triple J Hottest 100 songs of all time, which was equal parts excellent and frustrating, but I’ve been meaning to do my own hottest 100 list for a while, it’s one of the things on my 101/1001 list (can you tell I have a thing for lists?) so I thought I’d use today’s countdown as inspiration to finally get my list down on paper (or virtual paper at least).

Of course my list isn’t a hottest 100 songs of all time list.. I don’t pretend to have enough knowledge to compile a list like that, my list is more a list of songs that have influenced my life or that have meaning to me. So it is more of a Hottest 100 songs of me.

Anyway – here goes! Even though I will have changed my mind by this time tomorrow!

100. A Perfect Circle – Pet
99. The Doors – Light My Fire
98. Fiona Apple – Slow Like Honey
97. Fischerspooner – Emerge
96. Incubus – 11am
95. Metallica – Enter Sandman
94. The Prodigy – Breathe
93. New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle
92. The Grand Silent System – At Close Quarters
91. Muse – Supermassive Black Hole
90. Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
89. Tracy Chapman – Bang Bang Bang
88. Augie March – There is no Such Place
87. System of a Down – Chop Suey!
86. The Cruel Sea – The Honeymoon is Over
85. The Doors – People Are Strange
84. Tori Amos – Me and a Gun
83. Something for Kate – Electricity
82. Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi
81. The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony
80. Silverchair – Tomorrow
79. Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough
78. David Bowie – Life on Mars
77. Dire Straits – Romeo & Juliet
76. Mairi Campbell & Dave Francis – Auld Lang Syne
75. Crowded House – It’s Only Natural
74. New Order – 60 Miles an Hour
73. Editors – The Weight of the World
72. The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
71. Simon & Garfunkel – Mrs Robinson
70. U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday
69. Bright Eyes – First Day of My Life
68. The Tea Party – Walk With Me
67. Damien Rice – The Blowers Daughter
66. Smashing Pumpkins – Perfect
65. Hilltop Hoods – Nosebleed Section
64. The Cure – Lovecats
63. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
62. Coldplay – Yellow
61. Smashing Pumpkins – Lily
60. Rammstein – Du Hast
59. Nine Inch Nails – The Fragile
58. Tool – Eulogy
57. The Verve Pipe – Colorful
56. Gerard McMann – Cry Little Sister
55. Tori Amos – Silent All These Years
54. Pearl Jam – Daughter
53. Death Cab For Cutie – I Will Follow You Into the Dark
52. Apoptygma Berzerk – Until the end of the World
51. Nine Inch Nails – Closer
50. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under the Bridge
49. The Lovemongers – Battle of Evermore
48. Ben Harper – Diamonds on the Inside
47. Smashing Pumpkins – Today
46. Bernard Fanning – Watch Over Me
45. Nirvana – Heart Shaped Box
44. Jack Johnson – Better Together
43. Eddie Vedder – Let my Love Open the Door
42. Pulp – Common People
41. Urge Overkill – Girl, You’ll be a Woman Soon
40. Apoptygma Berzerk – Eclipse
39. Joshua Radin – The Myth of Us
38. Gary Jules – Mad World
37. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Henry Lee
36. V.A.S.T – Touched
35. The Smiths – Girlfriend in a Coma
34. Radiohead – Paranoid Android
33. Nine Inch Nails – We’re in This Together
32. Juno Reactor – Personal Jesus
31. Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet With Butterfly Wings
30. Paul Westerberg – Dyslexic Heart
29. U2 – Dancing Barefoot
28. VNV Nation – The Farthest Star
27. Ani Di Franco – Two Little Girls
26. Counting Crows – Perfect Blue Buildings
25. Powderfinger – My Happiness
24. Covenant – Dead Stars
23. REM – Losing My Religion
22. The Tea Party – Stargazer
21. Cranberries – Zombie
20. Radiohead – Karma Police
19. Mike Doughty – I Hear the Bells
18. Jeff Buckley – Grace
17. Cure – Just Like Heaven
16. Pearl Jam – Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
15. Powderfinger – These Days
14. Live – Iris
13. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
12. Jackson Browne – Running on Empty
11. Johnny Cash – Hurt
10. Pearl Jam – Jeremy
9. Tori Amos – Crucify
8. Ani Di Franco – What if No-one’s Watching
7. Wolfsheim – Once in a Lifetime
6. Eddie Vedder – Throw Your Arms Around Me
5. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Into My Arms
4. Joshua Radin – Today
3. VNV Nation – Beloved
2. David Bowie – Rock n Roll Suicide
1. Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah

I heard about this challenge last week from the blog of a fellow JBer at her blog and being someone who loves a personal challenge I decided I’d give it ago. I threw the idea out to one of my best girlfriends – Amy – and she is just as excited to get started so we are compiling our 101/1001 lists this weekend and will be comparing notes on Monday (via email since we live on opposite sides of the country). Basically the idea is similar to the concept of a bucket list but you have a deadline, you have to make list of 101 things you want to do and you have 1001 days to complete the list.

My Countdown started yesterday and my deadline is FEBRUARY 24 2012.. which sounds far away but really isn’t!

Here is my list in no particular order:

1. Move to NZ
2. Learn to drive
3. Meet Ben
4. Start a Bachelor of Arts
5. Get a new tattoo
6. Give Blood
7. Walk the Milford Track
8. Walk the Routeburn Track
9. Take 101 hour long walks (0/101)
10. Write a novel and send it to a publisher
11. Try Snowboarding
12. Take a trip by myself
13. Have 101 vegan days (101)
14. Cook hubby 101 meals (0/101)
15. Learn to use my DSLR camera properly
16. Learn Tai Chi
17. Make 5 new friends
18. Get to my ideal weight (70kgs?)
19. Successfully manage my weight (@ approx 70kgs)
20. Learn sign language
21. Write 101 articles send them to various blogs to see if they get published (0/101)
22. Have 2 picnics by lake Wakatipu, one during the day and one by moonlight
23. Send out at least five books on BookCrossing
24. Join and begin using BookMooch
25. Sleep under the stars
26. Write a weekly cleaning roster/timetable for our house and stick to it
27. Write 101 hand written letters to friends (0/101)
28. Go camping for a weekend
29. Visit at least one new country
30. See Uluru
31. Spend a weekend in Wellington
32. Master 5 fabulous recipes
33. Backup my laptop every month (0/33)
34. Watch a sunrise
35. Frame and hang our wedding photos
36. Inspire 5 people to make a list like this! (1/5)
37. Bake 30 cakes (0/30)
38. Bake 50 batches of cookies (0/50)
39. Learn a foreign language
40. See 101 of the top 250 movies from IMBD (0/101)
41. Write a list of 101 places to see before you die
42. Visit the ocean at least 4 times (0/4)
43. Complete C25k plan – but a walking version, to help me get fit
44. Organise my blogs so that I have one for everything instead of 6 different ones.
45. Make bread
46. Learn to Meditate and do it at least 101 times (0/101)
47. Make a list of 101 things that make me happy (0/101)
48. Successfully complete NaNoWriMo (0/50,000)
49. Unplug’ for one whole weekend – no mobile phone, no Internet, no TV, no computer
50. Get rid of my TV
51. Participate in http://gimmeyourstuff.blogspot.com
52. Write a letter to myself 10 years in the future.
53. Do 50 things off Keri’s 100 fun things list http://www.kerismith.com/funstuff/100ideas.htm (0/50)
54. Make my “I love hubby because..” box and give it to him on a special occasion
55. Plant a tree
56. Go whitewater rafting
57. Do the Doubtful Sound cruise
58. Do a BTAT for a whole year (Best thing about today)
59. Read at least 50 of the 100 best novels: http://www.best100novels.com/ (o/50)
60. Make my own reading list of 101 books I own but haven’t read and read each book (0/101)
61. Participate in a walk for a cause
62. Say yes to more social situations
63. Volunteer to help with organizing the Queenstown Winter Festival
64. Create a ‘hottest 100’ songs list
65. Celebrate my 30th birthday by doing something fabulous
66. Participate in a photo scavenger hunt
67. Write a blog entry about completion of each of at least 75% of these list items (0/75)
68. Invite someone new over for dinner three times (0/3)
69. Get rid of 101 things that I don’t use or need (0/101)
70. Go one week without chocolate
71. Buy a houseplant and keep it alive
72. Take a ride on the Kingston Flyer
73. Write a thank you letter to someone who has made a difference in my life
74. Learn to knit (again) and actually finish an item of clothing
75. See the Franz Josef Glacier
76. Dance with Hubby
77. Write up my own personal history
78. Hand in my official resignation
79. Find a place to hang my hammock
80. Help Hubby start a small veggie garden in our backyard
81. Finish doing the 1001 questions for couples
82. Learn basic first aid
83. Make the switch to radpads/diva cup
84. Create a http://www.postcrossing.com/ account and send at least 20 postcards (0/20)
85. Read all my back issues of Kindred Magazine
86. Read all my back issues of Bitch Magazine
87. Read all my back issues of New Scientist
88. Save and keep $1000 in an ’emergency’ savings account
89. Make a roadtrip CD for our NZ roadtrip in June
90. Sell/Give away clothes that don’t fit anymore
91. Walk to the Skyline Restaurant instead of catching the gondola
92. See a movie with my Sister
93. Get a beautiful rug for our new house
94. Donate 10,000 rice grains through http://freerice.com/ (0/10,000)
95. Organise something fun for our wedding anniversary
96. Take myself out on 5 photo safaris (0/5)
97. Organise my printed photos into albums/boxes
98. Buy a bicycle and ride at least 101kms (0/101)
99. Eat 101 meals outside (0/101)
100. Create a savings budget and stick to it
101. Make a new 101/1001 list (just before the 1001 is up)

I tried to stay true to the 101 theme by making some of my goals things to do 101 times. I might create a few individual lists as well have them as separate pages, like the 101 book list, so I can cross them off individually… that will make it easier to mark my progress as I go.