101/1001 (19) A Re-Think

5 Aug

I have been forced to re-think some of my targets because I have reached and even surpassed quite a few.  Not this first one, though; I may have set my sights a mite too high on this one:

Ride my bike twenty out of thirty days. (0/30)

Decorating, an absent child and several migraines mean I have barely been out on my new old bike; certainly not enough to say I have started this challenge.  I tell you this in an effort to shame myself into getting back in the saddle again.

Find another 64 challenges for the list.  (27/64)

I have a new challenge, inspired by Elizabeth of 1sojournal, who did it with poetry:

Find 26 unfamiliar words, one for each letter of the alphabet; then use them in a post a day for 26 days. (Words: 5/26)

Expose myself to four new experiences (3/4)

This week’s enjoyment of baking was definitely a new experience for me!

I think I set my target too low for 1001 days, so I will adjust it to twenty new experiences.

This challenge is related to

Try out three new recipes (6/3)

I didn’t expect to complete this one so soon, if at all, so I will up the target to 15.  I don’t want to put too much pressure on me; who knows when I’ll next feel like cooking?  The urge may never come around again in my lifetime.

Submit thirty poems to competitions or publishers (7/30)

I sent off a poem this week; and I plan to send another to a different competition.

The poem I sent is probably too lighthearted for the judges; but I adhered to the theme and it was free to enter, so I sent it anyway.  If only to stop Viv nagging me.

Read thirty books (15/30)

I’m already halfway through this challenge so I think I’d better up the ante to 101 books.

This week I read the last Dick Francis; and finally finished a book I started two years ago and came across when I was rearranging the bedroom in an effort to locate the power lead for my netbook.  I failed, but the book was compensation.

Called Dear First Lady, it’s a selection of letters to and from, well, American First Ladies.  A fascinating insight if you’re into that sort of thing, which I am.  And a reminder that my husband buys the most thoughtful presents in the world.  If only I would stop misplacing them.

Write 101 new poems (153/101)

We are at Day 133 of 1001 and I have already written 153 poems.  I think I may have underestimated my poem-writing capacity just a little.  As a result, this target is going up to…drum roll please…1001.  A poem a day.


Reach 13000 comments on my blog (11,878/13,000)

The rate at which I am reaching this one caught me by surprise.  I thought I was stretching a point by aiming for 13000.  I’m going to double it and add the number I first thought of, to make it 30,000.

Double gulp.


As you can see, a lot of re-thinking of original targets has taken place.  Either I was unrealistic to start with, or the cake-baking success has gone straight to my head.  Time will tell.

Don’t forget to check out the other 101ers, to my right.  And we still welcome new challengers.  You should think about it – I never had so much fun doing things I mostly want to do anyway.



28 Responses to “101/1001 (19) A Re-Think”

  1. sarsm August 5, 2011 at 11:04 #

    I thought I’d help you with the last one!! 🙂

    Glad to see you’ve increased the recipes – I think I may have set my bar a bit low there too!

    I’m still to send you that book list (hopeless I am sometimes).

    My difficult challenge is the gym one. I went again this week, but I always have a valid excuse ;-).

    Best of luck with the poem!

    And wowsers!!! on the amount of comments!!!!!!!


    • Tilly Bud August 5, 2011 at 11:13 #

      Don’t be too impressed – just under half of them must be my replies 🙂 But thanks for the help.


  2. vivienne Blake August 5, 2011 at 11:28 #

    Yay and triple yay! Well done you. I seem to remember one of your challenges was to get a job. If you did, would you ditch the rest of the challenges?

    To answer sarsm: the number of comments is indicative of and in proportion to the number of excellent posts Tilly makes every DAY! She deserves them.


  3. SammyDee August 5, 2011 at 11:41 #

    It’s the Manchester Sky Ride this Sunday. Half of the roads in the city centre are closing so people can ride their bikes there for the day. Think that could tempt you to ride your bike?

    There are mass picnics taking place in Piccadilly Gardens and Spinningfields too. Riding and food – It would be a nice way to spend a Sunday if the rain holds off.


    • Tilly Bud August 5, 2011 at 11:43 #

      Not tempted at all 🙂 I haven’t got out of my street yet on my bike 😀

      But thanks!


      • SammyDee August 5, 2011 at 13:34 #

        Lol. You’re right. It’s easier for those of us who actually live in the city centre. Now all I need is a bike. 🙂


        • Tilly Bud August 5, 2011 at 13:35 #

          I have one I don’t seem to be using… 🙂


  4. totsymae1011 August 5, 2011 at 11:46 #

    Actually, you’re not specific as to months or the year in riding your bike. So, if you manage 20 times during the year, you’ll meet the goal.


    • Tilly Bud August 5, 2011 at 11:49 #

      lol! I don’t want to cheat myself so I will make it one calendar month; just have to pick one 🙂


  5. Cindy August 5, 2011 at 13:18 #

    Good going, Tilly, I’ll try to find you some really easy recipes.


    • Tilly Bud August 5, 2011 at 13:34 #

      Thanks Cindy 🙂

      With cheap ingedients, please!


  6. nrhatch August 5, 2011 at 16:27 #

    You go, girl!

    As Stephen Tyler might sing: Get back! Get back in the saddle again!
    Burn those buns off your bum. 😀


    • Tilly Bud August 5, 2011 at 16:33 #

      Stephen Tyler? He’s that C&W singer, isn’t he?


    • nrhatch August 5, 2011 at 16:42 #

      No. Tyler is the lead singer for Aerosmith. 😀


      • Tilly Bud August 5, 2011 at 16:44 #

        lol! I know. Sorry, I was making a joke; nuance is often lost across the ether.

        I keep thinking of a C&W song with the refrain, ‘Back in the saddle again.’


      • nrhatch August 5, 2011 at 16:46 #

        Ack! I spelled his name wrong. It’s Steven Tyler.


  7. kateshrewsday August 5, 2011 at 20:53 #

    You certainly tackle life with drive, Tilly 🙂 Fantastic progress.


  8. eof737 August 9, 2011 at 17:48 #

    Phew! I’m impressed with your effort and all I can say is keep going!


    • Tilly Bud August 9, 2011 at 20:13 #

      Thanks, I will. It doesn’t feel like effort when it’s fun 🙂


  9. Perfecting Motherhood August 11, 2011 at 07:48 #

    Way to go, especially with the baking!



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