My 52 Projects

This is the project list I have compiled.  A lot of the projects are the ones on the original 52projects, some I have made up myself, and some I got from browsing other people's blogs.  Since I am the mother of two young and unpredictable children, I have decided that it is not practical to attempt to follow my list in numerical order.

  1. Write down the story of the best night of your life.
  2. Find a recipe for key lime pie. If you’ve already got a favorite recipe for key lime pie, even better. Make the pie. Take pictures of the pie. Invite some friends over, and take pictures of them eating the pie. Have a friend take a picture of you eating the pie. Next, get a box and some key limes. Put the limes in the box, along with a handwritten copy of the key lime pie recipe and the pictures that were taken of your key lime pie party. Mail off the box to a friend.
  3. Make some art, maybe a photograph or a painting or a drawing. Put the art in a nice frame, one that isn’t brand new. Then, hang your framed art in a place you aren’t suppose to, but where people will assume it is supposed to be, like the lobby of your apartment building, in the hallway at your office, on the smallest wall in a motel room, in the quiet corner of a library, outside the downstairs’ restroom at a restaurant or bar, the back room of a club, in the bathroom of a museum.
  4. You never know when it might all end. Write a letter, to be delivered in the event of your death, to the most important person/s in your life.
5.      Write the story of why you moved to the city in which you currently live.
6.      Help your friends get lucky.    Have a dinner party on the next Friday the 13th. Invite all of your good friends. At the end of the meal, no matter what kind of cuisine you’ve served, bring out a tray of fortune cookies.  Make sure to organize the tray so that you know who gets which fortune cookie. The reason for this is because earlier in the day, you carefully pulled out whatever fortunes were in the cookies, and replaced them with fortunes specific for each of your friends. You know them well enough to craft just the perfect individualized fortunes
7.      Set up an art gallery in your apartment/house.
8.      Make the perfect margarita. Then drink one, two, three or more.
9.      Wake up at 5 a.m.  Do it just to take advantage of the quiet early morning hours. Take a walk. Go for a run. Read the paper, leisurely. Work on your novel. Read a novel. Write a note to a friend. Write a long, long entry in your journal. Make a huge breakfast. Just sit there, drink coffee, and watch the sun come up.
10.  Take a picture every day for a month.
11.  Document the life of the party.  Take a picture of the main room before anyone arrives, another when the party is in full swing, and then another after everyone has left. Frame the three photographs in sequence.
12.  Wake up. Call in sick. Use the day to do that thing you’ve been meaning to do.  Saturdays are for laundry, errands, get togethers, shows, all-day events, day trips, going out. Sundays are for waking up late, going to brunch or church or both, mowing/sweeping/vacuuming, matinees, picnics in the park, afternoon beers, watching the game, long distance phone calls, going to the grocery store, big dinners. And of course weekdays are usually for work. Sick days are yours to take, yours to make. Use them wisely.
13.  First, write down your thoughts about your job — what you like about it, what you hate about it, where you think it’s going and how it relates to what you truly want to accomplish with your life.  Then, watch the movie Ikiru, by Akira Kurosawa.  Right after the movie, write down your thoughts about your job — what you like about, what you hate about it, where you think it’s going, and how it relates to what you truly want to accomplish with your life. 
14.  Take a picture of a kid you know well, your niece, nephew, younger sister or brother.  Then, make a postcard out of the picture and mail it to the kid. 
15.  Get a regular-sized envelope. Address it to someone special. Then, stuff it with as many things as you can: a letter, photographs, ripped out magazine articles, photocopies of poems, a short story, or passages from a novel, recipes, clipped newspaper articles, art work, poems or stories you’ve written… Anything that can be folded up and put in the envelope. Make sure to stuff it so full that you need to use tape to keep it sealed. This envelope should have serious heft. Once it’s sealed, get the proper postage put on it (definitely use stamps) and mail it off. 
16.  The next time you go to a party, leave a note for the host.  Say that it was a great party. That everyone was having a good time. That you enjoyed yourself spectacularly. And be sure to relate some details, like bits from overheard conversations, the reaction to a certain groove, how good the food was, and who drank way too much.  Leave the note in a place where the host will find it after all the guests have left, the music has stopped, and the lights throughout the house have been turned off — perhaps near the kitchen sink. That way, one of the last things the host might see before he or she crashes is your note of appreciation. 
17.  Write down the story of an incident — perhaps the incident — in which you’re just lucky to be alive to tell the tale. 
18.  Stay up all night
19.  Track down a picture of every place you have ever lived.
20.  On one of those rainy days when the season is not quite ready to make its shift into the next, those noticeably different, quirky days that bridge summer to fall, or winter to spring, take a picture outside the one window that you always go to when you just want to stare outside and feel comforted by the fact that you are on the inside looking out at the whole world. Write down what you see. What’s always there? What changes? How long have you known the view? What do you think about when you look outside?  
21.  List the years that you have been alive. Then, in a word, sentence or short paragraph, write down a significant memory from each year.  For years 1-4, maybe even years 1-8, you’re going to have to sit down with your parents and tap into their memories.  This list — in the form of words, sentences, short paragraphs, or a combination of all three — is your life calling.
22.  Create something during the time when you are doing your laundry. The deal with this project is that you can only work on this project when you are doing laundry. It will be known as your “laundry project.” 
23.  Take some chopsticks from your kitchen drawer (the one where all the take out chop sticks get thrown), and, along with $25 cash and a take out Chinese food menu, seal them up in an envelope. Mail off the envelope to one of your currently unemployed friends, your college-aged kid brother or sister, a person you know who is financially strapped at the moment.  Keep it anonymous. Do not hand write the mailing address or enclose a note. Include the take out Chinese food menu regardless of geographical issues. You want to be sure that the person you mail the envelope to gets the right message and orders up some good take out. 
24.  Make a cake. A big one. Write something obscure on the top of it.  Then, place the cake in your office’s kitchen area or break room. Put paper plates and plastic forks next to it, and make sure to cut out a slice, so people know that it’s okay to eat. Don’t let anybody see you bring in the cake.
25.  Record the nuances of one of your regular ol’ days.
26.  Write a one-minute autobiography.  Don’t necessarily start at the beginning, and don’t worry about the ending. Indeed, do not let any kind of chronological order hinder your effort. A good place to start is the first thing that comes to mind. Once you start writing, other memories will pop into your head. Go with them. The interruptions enhance the flow.  Once the minute is up, read over what you have written, and then immediately repeat the exercise. Keep going for as long as you can.
27.  Before your next haircut, take a headshot photo. Immediately after your haircut, take another headshot photo. Proceed to take the same photo every day until your next haircut. Once the cycle is complete, place the photos in a photo album that flips easily. Watch your hair grow.
28.  Make a box with someone special in mind, something that will slide easily under the bed or fit in an underwear drawer. Then, place a single letter in the box, and mail it off to that special someone (even if you share a home). In the letter, make sure to mention that you plan, in the years to come, to fill the box with letters.
29.  During the next summer rainstorm, walk outside to a place without shelter and immediately take a picture of yourself (and whoever else you can convince to join you). Keep standing in the rain until you are soaked to the bone. Once you are thoroughly and completely drenched, take another photo.
30.  Take a picture of every dinner for a month. 
31.  Teach my sons how to build a snow man.
32.  Plant a bed of flowers in and photograph it once a week until the fall.
33.  Make something for five random people and mail it to them
34.  Start AND finish a craft. 
35.  Take us on a photo tour showing us 5-7 things that would make a new visitor to your town happy to see. []
36.  Show us how you make your favorite recipe in a video. Take us through in a way that WE can do the same when you’re done.  . []
37.  Without words post a story told completely in pictures.  . [] 
38.  Do something special every day this week for your significant other. 
39.  Teach my kids something new. 
40.  Write a book for my kids and print it. 
41.  Go on a road trip to a new place and write about it. 
42.  Order some caterpillars, and watch them turn into butterflies.
43.  Reveal what the contents of your fridge say about you. 
44.  Zoom in on nature and marvel at its textures
45.  52 things I found around my house
46.  Find and old discarded object and repurpose it.
47.  Run a race.
48.  build a toy out of wood using your own design
49.  Learn a new skill.
50.  Makeover
51.  Build something out of old pallets
52.  DETOX.

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