101/1001 (Week 100)

1 Mar

It has been almost four months since I last updated you on my 101 tasks in 1001 days challenge, mostly because it takes almost four months to write out the name of the challenge.

Do NaNoWriMo

I did do NaNoWriMo, sort of i.e. I got bored and gave up half way through.  I suspect than means I won’t complete the next challenge on the list:

Win NaNoWriMo.

English: Animated cartoon on a exercise bike, ...

English: Animated cartoon on a exercise bike (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ride my bike twenty out of thirty days

We are at Day 708 of the 1001 days and I have ridden my bike a total of zero times.  

On the plus side, I have told 708 jokes.

Expose myself to twenty new experiences (12/20)

Only had one new experience in sixteen weeks: wore a granny outfit and then shared the look with the world.  My post on the velour track suit refers.

Hit 250,000 visitors on my blog (289,099/250,000)

I completed this challenge and posted a photograph to prove it.  Things have slowed down since then: WordPress made it possible to comment on blogs via email, without having to visit.

Nice, WordPress – find a way to reduce everyone’s stats; I’m sure we all love you for it.

I need to set a new target; what do you think it should be?  There are 43 weeks left so please make it realistic, given WordPress’s propensity for scaring away actual visitors.

Free verse poem about loo roll theft, toilet, ...

Free verse poem about loo roll theft, toilet, the office, Hackney, London, UK (Photo credit: gruntzooki)

Write 1001 new poems

I have written 688 so I am only 20 poems behind.  I usually catch up in April, which is National Poetry Writing Month.

This is the one challenge above all others which I am determined to complete.


Make thirty submissions to competitions or publishers (29/30)

I have submitted five times in the last sixteen weeks, counting multiple poems to the same publisher/competition as one. If I have had success, you’ve heard about it.  I’m not one to hide my light under a bushel; I’m more likely to set the bushel on fire in my enthusiasm to share.

Films & Books

I reached my target and then some to watch 101 new films (114/101), but I am only halfway to my target of reading new books (51/101).  I have done lots of reading, but it tends to be of books that I love.  If I want to reach my target, I have to read 1.15 books a week between now and the end of the challenge.  It’s doable, but I’ll have to give up movies.

the Biggest loser strategy

the Biggest loser strategy (Photo credit: HikingArtist.com)


39 Responses to “101/1001 (Week 100)”

  1. Barbara March 1, 2013 at 13:51 #

    Looking pretty good….
    A hint re the books, go to Sharm El Sheik for 2 weeks. No Internet (well they have it but only in the hotel lobby) and 2 TV stations in English. I read 6 new books 🙂

    How many weeks would you have to go for to complete your task…….


  2. laurieanichols March 1, 2013 at 14:08 #

    Very respectable in the accomplishment department and I love the cartoon, it speaks to me, hee hee.:)


  3. sanstorm March 1, 2013 at 14:11 #

    I always visit for real.


  4. SchmidleysScribbling March 1, 2013 at 14:27 #

    Gee, I am happy I don’t have stats envy. I have not ridden my bike in 7 years, and I bought a nice new bike before I retired. My knees hurt from simply living and I live in morbid fear of falling off the bike, having surgery and ending up in a nursing home. I think I will simply walk my dogs, its safer that way.

    As for poems and things, I wish I had your talent, but I don’t on the other hand, if you need any mathematical assistance, I am your gal.

    Heck, I can’t even do the last one. I haven’t seen a film in over one year, preferring to watch BBC in America via our local PBS station. I am into my 200th go round with Judy Dench’s As Time Goes By.

    In sum, watching reruns on TV is a possibility for me, as is mental deterioration. Senility has its charms. Dianne


  5. Dana March 1, 2013 at 14:48 #

    Because I am behind the times (obviously), this is the first I’ve read of your 101 tasks in 1001 days project. (You’re right: it does take some time to type that.) 😉

    Anyway, congrats on your progress! My favorite of those you’ve listed is also the poetry one, as that’s my “thing” as well. Good luck!

    Also, I shall continue to visit your blog. ☺


  6. bevchen March 1, 2013 at 14:55 #

    I always visit for real!

    I failed my 101 in 1001… I hope you do better 🙂

    I could definitely read 1.15 books a week (depending on how long they are). I finished Pride & Prejudice in less than a week by reading for 20 minutes each day on the train (evenings only – in the morning I’m too tired to read!). But I read fast.


    • The Laughing Housewife March 3, 2013 at 19:30 #

      Thanks for visiting for real 🙂

      The 101/1001 is only for fun, so it doesn’t matter if you don’t finish it. That’s the attitude I’ve taken and so I’ve been able to enjoy it without pressure.


  7. vivinfrance March 1, 2013 at 15:00 #

    I visit for real too,. I have to write a loo roll nicker poem in French now, a golden opportunity to remedy the no paper situation here. I may share yours on FB!


  8. slpmartin March 1, 2013 at 15:29 #

    I was wondering about the status of this challenge….seems like you made some progress..well the exercise thing could stand some improvement. 🙂


  9. Rorybore March 1, 2013 at 15:40 #

    I think you are doing marvelous!!
    I am not sure I’ve done 101 things in my entire life. 🙂


  10. jmgoyder March 1, 2013 at 16:16 #

    Is there a failing goals competition?


  11. Pseu March 1, 2013 at 16:44 #

    “We are at Day 708 of the 1001 days and I have ridden my bike a total of zero times.” As discussed before you need a decent saddle. Shall I send Cyclomaniac up to sort out?


    • The Laughing Housewife March 3, 2013 at 19:38 #

      No, it’s the bike – it’s too high. I need to be near the ground, like those cliched American bikers. I don’t like being level with the handle bars.


  12. Al March 1, 2013 at 17:26 #

    A stat on the 708 jokes: I laughed – 3 times; I snickered – 4 times; broke into a smile – 2 times; swore I was going to unfollow you – 699 times.


    • The Laughing Housewife March 3, 2013 at 19:40 #

      Time for rehab, methinks. Though I’m surprised to find I do like being someone’s nasty habit 🙂


  13. Amba March 1, 2013 at 20:14 #

    Hahaahha ! As usual, you had me in splits. That last picture and the thought of you doing a total of zero hours on the bike made me laugh so hard. Your writing has such honesty, it always lightens my mood. I am worse off than you wrt biking, so there you go-feel a little better about yourself and have a Malteser 🙂


  14. benzeknees March 1, 2013 at 21:14 #

    You were looking for a new challenge? How about consecutive days wearing a black track suit? Then you could accomplish this challenge at the same time as working on another. And you did just get a new track suit, didn’t you?


  15. robincoyle March 1, 2013 at 22:04 #

    Ahem . . . check your math on the poems. Or is this the so-called “new math”?


  16. Tom (Aquatom1968) March 1, 2013 at 22:12 #

    You’re doing really well, Tilly. I’m still struggling to find challenges to do FOR the challenge, let alone doing the challenges themselves, and I’ve almost completed my first year. I have completed some, though not as many as you. And thank you for reminding me… 🙂


  17. sharechair March 1, 2013 at 22:22 #

    I have an exercise bike too. Why can’t I ride it every day? Just a half hour. I just can’t get myself to do it. When you figure out how, please share!


  18. judithatwood March 1, 2013 at 22:46 #

    😎 good for you!!! NANoWriMo is overridden by all your successes


  19. kateshrewsday March 1, 2013 at 23:47 #

    688 is quite a lot of poems, Tilly!


  20. thehutts March 2, 2013 at 00:09 #

    New achievable target (I hope) – meet a new blogging/facebooking friend face to face.
    To read those new books – visit the children’s section in the library – I always enjoy some junior fiction for quick easy reads and it is often better written than adult fiction.


  21. bluebee March 2, 2013 at 12:16 #

    This post has exhausted me…I’m going to bed


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