101/1001 (Week 60)

18 May


It’s been seven weeks since the first anniversary of this challenge.  I’ve done some things. 

Have the courage to play the drums in church.

I finally played drums in church; not with sticks, with hands.  I don’t know what the drums are called but they are fun to pound.  When the children were absent and the call came out for volunteer drummers, I sprinted over the top of the pews before I had a chance to chicken out like last time.

Two Sabar drums from Senegal. On the left a Mb...

They are similar to the ones in the above picture.  I kneeled in front of a congregation of old ladies and bashed away at those drums as if I was a toddler, and it was one of the best times I’ve ever had in church.  Can’t say the same for the old ladies because if the rhythm is gonna get me, it was taking a day off that Sunday.

Blog 1111 times (1017/1111)

No surprise to learn that I over-achieved on that one. 

Find another 64 challenges for the list. (32/64)

I have a new one*:

Do a REAL spring clean.

This may not sound like much of a task but if you’ve been around this blog for a while you know relations between me and the dust bunnies are frosty.  The house is cluttered and the bunnies breed like, well, rabbits.  I have compiled a list of tasks for each room and I intend to trail a blaze to dirt and dust over a month, starting on Monday. 

Blame the sun: it came out one afternoon last week and showed me where the dirt was.  Not pretty; and I say that as someone who doesn’t see dust.  It’s like my brain has a blind spot; I just don’t notice it.  I think it goes back to my teens, when it was my job to dust the whole house every Saturday morning – a job I hated.


Dust bunnies

Dust bunnies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Do you have a housework task that you hate, because it was your job when you were young and wanted to be prowling shopping malls with your mates instead of choking à la Pigpen in Peanuts?

*I did have two new ones but, by the time I finished writing about the first, I forgot what the second was.  Perhaps my second new task should be to pin a pen and paper to my sleeve.

I still need another 32 tasks for my list.  Any suggestions?  They can’t need money to complete, because I don’t have any.  Other than that, go crazy.

I also need help with this one: Find 26 unfamiliar words, one for each letter of the alphabet; then use them in a post a day for 26 days. (Words: 22/26).  I’ve been stuck on 22 words for months now.  I need new words for the letters J, U, X and Y.  The more obscure, the better.

Expose myself to twenty new experiences (9/20)

I’ve had three new experiences in the past seven weeks.  The first came about by accident: I was a welcomer at church.  I have never done this in all my years of attending church.  Someone put me on the rota by accident and I just happened to see it so I turned up early, smiled a lot, and had fun.  Welcomers also carry around the collection plate, another thing I’ve never done.  I count them as one task, however, because I’m not a cheat, especially to myself.

The second new experience was to help deliver a writing workshop, instead of attend one.  My writing group – Stockport Writers – gets free use of a room at the art gallery every month, which means we don’t have to charge people to attend.  As a thank you, we ran a workshop last week for new writers.  We had a good turn out and, although I was nervous at first, by the end it was just like chairing one of our meetings, but with two other people.

Great fun, and it helped prepare me for another workshop I’m co-delivering (i.e. Welcome-thanks for coming-listen to Pam do all the real talking-thanks for coming-bye) next week, in aid of the church website.  Though we could probably cancel it now, with all the great ideas you’ve already given me.

The third new experience was plastering and plumbing and other DIY tasks.  I will write about it in another post when the photos have arrived.

Finally, it occurs to me that I might need to change the wording of that last task; exposing myself is not to be recommended in this weather; just ask the soon-to-be-dust dust bunnies…



40 Responses to “101/1001 (Week 60)”

  1. restlessjo May 18, 2012 at 11:43 #

    Such an industrious soul, you make me feel quite idle as I sit here with the tennis on (waiting for Rafa) preparing my next blog post but, as ever, distracted.
    Well done you with the drums in church and chairing your writing group. I used to attend a writing group but felt quite intimidated. I should give it another go. Housework- groan! It gets less appealing the older you get, I find. Never mind, you have a wonderful blog and obviously a full life and that’d be enough for most people.


    • Tilly Bud May 21, 2012 at 11:35 #

      I don’t feel industrious as I sit at the computer each and every morning for four solid hours 🙂


      • restlessjo May 21, 2012 at 14:52 #

        It’s work, right? Mine’s in fits and starts, whenever I can fit it in.
        Tapdancing through the housework today- Rafa won, after the rain delay.


  2. jmgoyder May 18, 2012 at 11:45 #

    Are you insanely, hyperactively, incredibly, wittily, crazily, joyfully, you? I guess the answer is yes! I feel totally slothful now but am interested in these challenges. Does it count that I played tambourine at church when I was 10? (I did it quite well – hehe!)
    Go, Tilly, go – you are an inspiration!


  3. vivinfrance May 18, 2012 at 12:19 #

    Have at ’em, Sir Tilly


  4. laurieanichols May 18, 2012 at 12:27 #

    Tilly you exhausted me just by reading, spring fever grabbed you and it apparently didn’t want to let go! I hate dusting as well because of allergies. I have to do a spring cleaning as well because my mother is coming June 8th, the colonel wears white gloves.Ha, ha! Your plan of attack, room by room, is a sound one. Your new experiences in church are awesome, it does one good to have fun like that.


    • Tilly Bud May 21, 2012 at 11:38 #

      Allergies! Why didn’t I think of that?

      Not that I’m trivialising your misery, or anything 😉


  5. mairedubhtx May 18, 2012 at 12:29 #

    You’re coming along nicely on your list.


  6. alienhippy May 18, 2012 at 12:49 #

    Hello lovely Tilly,
    I would have liked to have seen you playing the drums at church.
    Did you get a video of it?
    Also… I quoted you in my post today.
    Thanks for the encouragement, I decided to be brave again.
    Love and hugs to you my friend. Lisa. xx 🙂


    • Tilly Bud May 21, 2012 at 11:39 #

      I’m so glad you decided to be brave – but I’ve never doubted that you would 🙂 xxx


  7. SchmidleysScribbling May 18, 2012 at 13:33 #

    I can probably think of words for your missing letters, but I will keep them to myself because I am thinking of doing this 101 challenge and using words is a good challenge.

    PS I hired a housekeeper. My excuse for this luxury is that I need more time to blog.


  8. Elaine May 18, 2012 at 14:08 #

    How about ‘juxtaposition’, ‘ululate’, ‘xenophobic’ and ‘yomping’.


    • Tilly Bud May 18, 2012 at 16:20 #

      Great suggestions, but I know them all. Sorry. Thanks 🙂


  9. robincoyle May 18, 2012 at 14:59 #

    I like the vision of your “sprinting over the pews.” Take out any old ladies on your way?


  10. The Wanderlust Gene May 18, 2012 at 15:03 #

    Tilly, far be it from me to suggest new words to YOU, but I’ve a suggestion for researching new words (and at the same time do some good!). The UN has a program called Free Rice: http://freerice.com which has lots of challenges, one of which is a vocab test. Most of us get about half top two thirds of the way through before the words start becoming difficult, then totally unfamiliar – check it out!


  11. judithatwood May 18, 2012 at 15:11 #

    Hi, Tilly Bud! I think those are “djembe” drums (jembay.) Good for you!!!


  12. terry1954 May 18, 2012 at 15:22 #

    good for you! you open yourself up to receive new experiences in life!!! those drums had to be great to play on. using the imagination i can only wonder what sounds i would produce!!!


  13. sonofwalt May 18, 2012 at 17:58 #

    Ah, you beat me to the punch in your final lines. I was going to say that I was very concerned about your new desire to expose yourself, especially in such a climate. 🙂 I too hate the dust bunnies. And since I have moved into a much bigger home, my recent challenges have included new shelves (so I can break ALL my books out of those boxes), new wall picture (thank goodness for great finds at thrift stores!), and drapes. I think I hate window treatment work even worse than fighting dust bunnies.


  14. grannymar May 18, 2012 at 18:49 #

    A word beginning with X? What about xu. I look forward to that one.


  15. sarsm May 18, 2012 at 20:22 #

    Fantastic. The drum challenge sounds brilliant. Would it not also count as a new experience?

    I’ll try and think up some new challenges for you xx


  16. kateshrewsday May 18, 2012 at 22:21 #

    Enviable progress, Tilly! I love the idea of occupying an art gallery….


    • Tilly Bud May 21, 2012 at 11:53 #

      Acoustics are terrible but it is always inspiring 🙂


  17. viveka May 18, 2012 at 22:50 #

    Amazing and awesome, woman …. that’s you. Some energy … and apatite – just wonder why you need challenges??? Congratulation … to the drum thing.


    • Tilly Bud May 21, 2012 at 11:53 #

      No challenges means I sit around doing nothing. Challenges, well, challenge me 🙂


  18. bluebee May 19, 2012 at 08:31 #

    A film/book review a month? At least they’re fun to do, unlike killing dust bunnies.
    Making a croquembouche?
    OK, that was a joke 🙂
    My husband informed me last night that he’s going to give up some of his old hobbies to make way for something new: drumming. Should I be concerned? 😉


    • Tilly Bud May 21, 2012 at 11:55 #

      I can’t even pronounce croquembouche, never mind make it 🙂

      To answer your other question: very 🙂


  19. benzeknees May 21, 2012 at 19:48 #

    How about “jamboree” & “unctious” for a couple of the words you need to use? For new things to do you could try out new recipes, I’m sure you could come up with a bunch of those; what about spending a whole day talking backwards or some other type of thing to do with speaking (without an accent or with a different type of accent?). How about setting yourself a challenge to deny yourself Maltesers? But of course you can’t deny your followers – not fair!


    • Tilly Bud May 25, 2012 at 11:07 #

      I liked everything you had to say and then you just killed it!

      Deny myself Maltesers? You might as well tell me to be nice to the Hub for a day.



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