101/1001 (43)

20 Jan

It has been eight weeks since my last update.  If you are a new subscriber, I’m talking about the 101 things to do in 1001 days challenge.  If you are interested, my list of challenges (incomplete) is on a separate page.  If you are really interested, you should think about joining us.  It’s free, and as easy or as difficult as you want it to be.

Week 43 

Christmas, New Year and bad cold are over, and Tilly Bud has to stop pretending she’s not well enough or too busy to do any of the tasks.  She also has to stop talking about herself in the third person; she’s not in a novel.

Here’s the cartoon from Savage Chickens that reminded me to get back to the challenges:


Hit 100,000 visitors on my blog (121,863/100,000)

This took me by surprise, sort of.  When I started the challenge, I didn’t have many readers; now I have quite a few (thank you).  I have decided to change the total to 250,000, rather than count it as a completed task.  It’s good to have a goal, even when I keep moving the goal posts.  I never did understand the offside rule.

Read 101 new books (23/101)

This was going slowly until Christmas, when the Hub bought me a Kindle.  I love the Hub.  I love reading.  I love the Hub; he facilitates my reading.  I’m sure it’s got nothing to do with him wanting to watch 24-hour, guilt-free sport.

I have read five new books since Christmas (four, of course, are the Twilight novels.  I’d blush, but I don’t care that you think I’ve reverted to teendom); I have also been re-reading old favourites, especially Dick Francis, my hard copies of which are going mouldy in the loft.  I love the Hub.  I love my Kindle.  I love Dick Francis.  This is me, happy.

Watch 101 new films (47/101)

I have watched 13 new films in the last eight weeks, as well as many old favourites.  I’m not going to review them.  Watch them yourself, lazy.

Write 1001 new poems (283/1001)

The downside to all this book reading and film watching is that I am now behind on my poem a day task.  I should have written 301.  Did I mention I was ill and it was Christmas?  Nobody writes poems when they’re ill and it’s Christmas.  I’ll catch up, as soon as I’ve read my current book.  And the one after that.

Learn my baptism verses.

I finally did this.  I knew them in the Revised Standard Version but now I have a New International Version and I get the two versions mixed up.  Call it old age; or reading and watching films too much.

Buy a guitar.

The Hub again. I love him. He bought me a guitar for Christmas. I know the task required me to buy the guitar, but I take my marriage mores from my Mother-in-law: What’s his is mine; and what’s mine’s me own. Therefore, technically, I paid for it. But I love him anyway.


And there you have it.  I haven’t done so bad, considering it was Christmas, I was ill, and I spent all my time reading and watching movies.  You should think about joining me; especially if you have a helpful spouse.

29 Responses to “101/1001 (43)”

  1. laurieanichols January 20, 2012 at 13:44 #

    I am so glad that you have a very helpful hubby. Now that you are the proud owner of a guitar, do you need to take lessons or have you already everything you need to make that guitar come to life? I know quite a few people who have taken up an instrument later in adulthood and they appreciate it so much more than when they were younger. Wisdom and everything.


    • Tilly Bud January 20, 2012 at 13:49 #

      I started to learn as a teenager, found it too hard on my fingers, and gave up. I have always regretted it. I thought I’d try You Tube first, for basic tutorials, and see how it goes, if I’m really keen, etc.


      • viv blake January 20, 2012 at 14:46 #

        There’s a Bert Weedon tune a day book to learn guitar. It worked very well when I was learning at the same time as I had a toddler and produced another baby: I’ll see if it has survived the many house moves and de-clutterings. If so, I’ll send it to you.

        Dick Francis: did you see the whole loooong shelf of his books on my landing? They are frequently re-read, when I’m ill or down-hearted.


        • Tilly Bud January 20, 2012 at 14:48 #

          They are old friends, aren’t they?


          • Pseu January 20, 2012 at 23:12 #

            I’ve never read a Dick Francis. Seems as though I’m missing something


  2. Hamza January 20, 2012 at 14:25 #

    “Its good to have a goal” I hear ya! Why don’t you make a new goal out of 250,000. Don’t modify the actual one, give yourself credit, a sense of accomplishment is priceless!


  3. gigihawaii January 20, 2012 at 16:25 #

    You should go to pandora.com and listen to guitar music there for inspiration!!!


  4. sarsm January 20, 2012 at 18:47 #

    Fantastic!! I’m really pleased you’ve raised your visitors goal. Thanks for the mention!


  5. SchmidleysScribbling January 20, 2012 at 19:19 #

    I thought about doing this, but can’t think of 101 goals. What do you do to those who fail to complete the challenge? Dianne


    • Tilly Bud January 21, 2012 at 13:02 #

      We say…nothing. It’s all a bit of fun. 🙂

      You can include as many easy goals as you like i.e. watching movies and reading books.


  6. Kate Kresse January 20, 2012 at 19:35 #

    Tilly–i am still working on creating my doggone list! maybe i should submit my list with one item on it—that being to create the rest of the list….or is that completely lame?


    • Tilly Bud January 21, 2012 at 13:04 #

      Not at all: I still have to find 33 challenges. I was 64 short when I started. You have two and a half years to do it.


  7. Lorna's Voice January 20, 2012 at 20:35 #

    Wonderful progress! Just keeping track of these things should be on your list…


  8. kateshrewsday January 20, 2012 at 23:44 #

    Tilly, I love the procrastinating chicken. And more than 100,000 hits! Testament to that amazing sense of humour of yours. Thank you for your daily blog. It is one of the voices in my day to which I look forward.


  9. jmgoyder January 21, 2012 at 02:07 #

    I don’t have time to do these challenge things at the moment but I am very interested – you are an inspiration!


  10. evilnymphstuff January 21, 2012 at 05:18 #

    Interesting challenge! Congrats for your accomplishments so far 🙂


  11. earlybird January 21, 2012 at 16:57 #

    I’m glad you are enjoying your Kindle.


  12. bluebee January 21, 2012 at 22:10 #

    The first sentence of this post sounds like a share at an AA meeting


  13. Gobetween January 22, 2012 at 05:19 #

    I think my mom would love a kindle but I am afraid if I get one for her I will get stuck on the technical side. Congratulations on reaching your goals.


    • Tilly Bud January 23, 2012 at 12:59 #

      It’s quite simple to use, once you get the hang of it. I am concentrating on reading only, so the extras are wasted on me.


  14. justbetweencousins April 13, 2012 at 14:31 #

    I know I would be behind on a poem a day. Although I wrote one today for my blog. Let me help make things easier for you! Perhaps you could try a constant verse and change one word or phrase a day. I will write the first part and you fill in the blank.
    This is my challenge to myself,
    To put a poem on my shelf.
    I will do this everyday…
    Even if it’s ___________!
    (a bad day, good day, Monday …etc).
    Hmmm! Wait I think I will use this as my poem blog. Hehe!
    Peach State


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