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  1. 1. exercise regularly
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  2. 2. fold and put away my mountain of clean laundry
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    1 person
  3. 3. stretch for at least five minutes every morning
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  4. 4. finish my quilt
    142 people
  5. 5. identify 100 things that make me happy (besides money)
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  6. 6. Take a road trip and be free and spontaneous about when to stop
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  7. 7. have a daily routine
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    206 people
  8. 8. feel better about myself
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    372 people
  9. 9. read and drink coffee in bed
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  10. 10. Show more patience toward my children
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  11. 11. become a morning person.
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    1,487 people
  12. 12. live simply, easily
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    4 people
  13. 13. buy art
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    92 people
  14. 14. bake a decent loaf of bread
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    1 person
  15. 15. Go to sleep at 10 or earlier every night for a week
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  16. 16. Read the works of Nobel Prize winners in literature
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  17. 17. see the grand canyon
    1,042 people
  18. 18. keep my house clean
    1,310 people
  19. 19. identify ten people I want to spend more time with.
    2 people
  20. 20. learn to sew
    4,064 people
  21. 21. lose weight and keep it off this time.
    65 people
  22. 22. Learn to paint with watercolors
    54 people
  23. 23. walk or bike more; drive less
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    12 people
  24. 24. Pay off all of my debt
    595 people
  25. 25. learn to pray
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    40 people
  26. 26. Be a better friend
    6,276 people
  27. 27. Lose Fifty Pounds
    63 people
  28. 28. Manage my money better
    539 people
  29. 29. make more friends
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  30. 30. Keep a journal
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  31. 31. be more grateful
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  32. 32. get my teeth straightened and whitened
    35 people
  33. 33. read "Freakonomics"
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  34. 34. Practice random acts of kindness
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  35. 35. have faith
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  36. 36. Make my children's fall wardrobes
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Make my children's fall wardrobes
I want to go find one of those pattern packages

that have the “8 Great Pieces” - the wardrober kit patterns that have the shirt that can be made several different ways, the pants with several different variations, the skirt- a pattern kit that lets me make the entire season’s wardrobe from that one package. I have all the fabric I need (probably); now I just need new patterns because they’ve outgrown the old ones.

Read the works of Nobel Prize winners in literature
Also books from this alternate list to Modern Library's top 100:

Counter-List to Modern Library’s Top 100

On July 21, 1998, the Radcliffe Publishing Course compiled and released its own list of the century’s top 100 novels, at the request of the Modern Library editorial board.

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
6. Ulysses by James Joyce
7. Beloved by Toni Morrison
8. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
9. 1984 by George Orwell
10. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
11. Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
12. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
13. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
14. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
15. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
16. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
17. Animal Farm by George Orwell
18. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
19. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
20. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
21. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
22. Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
23. Their Eyes are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
24. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
25. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
26. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
27. Native Son by Richard Wright
28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
29. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
30. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
31. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
32. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
33. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
34. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
35. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
36. Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
37. The World According to Garp by John Irving
38. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
39. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
40. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
41. Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
42. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
43. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
44. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
45. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
46. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
47. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
48. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
49. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
50. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
51. My Antonia by Willa Cather
52. Howards End by E.M. Forster
53. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
54. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
55. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
56. Jazz by Toni Morrison
57. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
58. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
59. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
60. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
61. A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
62. Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
63. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
64. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
65. Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
66. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
67. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
68. Light in August by William Faulkner
69. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
70. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
71. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
72. A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
73. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
74. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
75. Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence
76. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
77. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
78. The Autobiography of Alice B. Tokias by Gertrude Stein
79. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
80. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
81. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
82. White Noise by Don DeLillo
83. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
84. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
85. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
86. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
87. The Bostonians by Henry James
88. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
89. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
90. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
91. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
92. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
93. The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
94. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
95. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
96. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
97. Rabbit, Run by John Updike
98. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster
99. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
100. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Nobel Prize Winners in Literature

For more information on the prize and the laureates, see

Year Laureate Country
1901 Sully Prudhomme France
1902 Theodor Mommsen Germany
1903 Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson Norway
1904 Frédéric Mistral France
1904 José Echegaray Spain
1905 Henryk Sienkiewicz Poland
1906 Giosuè Carducci Italy
1907 Rudyard Kipling U.K.
1908 Rudolf Eucken Germany
1909 Selma Lagerlöf Sweden
1910 Paul von Heyse Germany
1911 Maurice Maeterlinck Belgium
1912 Gerhart Hauptmann Germany
1913 Rabindranath Tagore India
1914 No prize given
1915 Romain Rolland France
1916 Verner von Heidenstam Sweden
1917 Karl Gjellerup Denmark
1917 Henrik Pontoppidan Denmark
1918 No prize given
1919 Carl Spitteler Switzerland
1920 Knut Hamsun Norway
1921 Anatole France France
1922 Jacinto Benavente Spain
1923 William Butler Yeats Ireland
1924 Wladyslaw Reymont Poland
1925 George Bernard Shaw Ireland
1926 Grazia Deledda Italy
1927 Henri Bergson France
1928 Sigrid Undset Norway
1929 Thomas Mann Germany
1930 Sinclair Lewis U.S.
1931 Erik Axel Karlfeldt Sweden
1932 John Galsworthy U.K.
1933 Ivan Bunin Russia/France
1934 Luigi Pirandello Italy
1936 Eugene O’Neill U.S.
1937 Roger Martin du Gard France
1938 Pearl S. Buck U.S.
1939 Frans Eemil Sillanpää Finland
1940 No prize given
1941 No prize given
1942 No prize given
1943 No prize given
1944 Johannes V. Jensen Denmark
1945 Gabriela Mistral Chile
1946 Hermann Hesse Switzerland
1947 André Gide France
1948 T. S. Eliot U.K.
1949 William Faulkner U.S.
1950 Bertrand Russell U.K.
1951 Pär Lagerkvist Sweden
1952 François Mauriac France
1953 Winston Churchill U.K.
1954 Ernest Hemingway U.S.
1955 Halldòr Laxness Iceland
1956 Juan Ramón Jiménez Spain
1957 Albert Camus France
1958 Boris Pasternak (declined) U.S.S.R.
1959 Salvatore Quasimodo Italy
1960 Saint-John Perse France
1961 Ivo Andric Yugoslavia
1962 John Steinbeck U.S.
1963 Giorgios Seferis Greece
1964 Jean-Paul Sartre (declined) France
1965 Mikhail Sholokhov U.S.S.R.
1966 Shmuel Yosef Agnon Israel
1966 Nelly Sachs Germany/Sweden
1967 Miguel Angel Asturias Guatemala
1968 Yasunari Kawabata Japan
1969 Samuel Beckett Ireland/France
1970 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn U.S.S.R.
1971 Pablo Neruda Chile
1972 Heinrich Böll Germany
1973 Patrick White Australia
1974 Eyvind Johnson Sweden
1974 Harry Martinson Sweden
1975 Eugenio Montale Italy
1976 Saul Bellow U.S.
1977 Vicente Aleixandre Spain
1978 Isaac Bashevis Singer U.S.
1979 Odysseus Elytis Greece
1980 Czeslaw Milosz Poland/U.S.
1981 Elias Canetti Bulgaria/U.K.
1982 Gabriel García Márquez Colombia
1983 William Golding U.K.
1984 Jaroslav Seifert Czechoslovakia
1985 Claude Simon France
1986 Wole Soyinka Nigeria
1987 Joseph Brodsky U.S.S.R./U.S.
1988 Naguib Mahfouz Egypt
1989 Camilo José Cela Spain
1990 Octavio Paz Mexico
1991 Nadine Gordimer South Africa
1992 Derek Walcott St. Lucia/Trinidad
1993 Toni Morrison U.S.
1994 Kenzaburo Oe Japan
1995 Seamus Heaney Ireland
1996 Wislawa Szymborska Poland
1997 Dario Fo Italy
1998 José Saramago Portugal
1999 Günter Grass Germany
2000 Gao Xingjian China
2001 V. S. Naipaul UK
2002 Imre Kertész Hungary
2003 J. M. Coetzee South Africa
2004 Elfriede Jelinek Austria
Women Who Have Won the Nobel Prize for Literature
1. Selma Lagerlöf (1909)
2. Grazia Deledda (1926)
3. Sigrid Undset (1928)
4. Pearl S. Buck (1938)
5. Gabriela Mistral (1945)
6. Nelly Sachs (1966)
7. Nadine Gordimer (1991)
8. Toni Morrison (1993)
9. Wislawa Szymborska (1996)
10. Elfriede Jelinek (2004)

Go to sleep at 10 or earlier every night for a week
Or at least at a decent hour, like right after

listening to Jay’s monologue on the Tonight Show. That would be about 10:40-10:45 or so…

But quit staying up too late for how early I have to get up in the morning. Don’t get obsessed with trying to add all 43 things to my list in one night, for example, and end up staying online until 1:00 am.

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