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101/1001 (1)

25 Mar

Sarsm had a good idea: let’s do 101 challenges in 1001 days.  I didn’t think it was a good idea at first (too much like hard work), but I’m always banging on about grabbing opportunities so I thought I’d better grab this one and hold it gingerly by the fingertips and see what happened.  Once I’d hit on my first challenge and was able to start with something already done, I began to warm to it. 

This is how blogging about the challenge is going to work: I’ll put a copy of this post on its own page, for reference; I’ll update it regularly.  When I do something interesting relating to the challenges, I’ll blog about it as normal.  When I’ve completed a challenge, I’ll highlight it in red and bold

  1. Accept a challenge I don’t really want to do.
  2. Find another 64 challenges for the list.  (0/64) All suggestions gratefully received but not necessarily acted upon.  I’m a wimp.
  3. Get a job.
  4. Hit 100,000 visitors on my blog (39,036/100000)
  5. Learn how to upload new photos from the camera to the computer for my blog instead of relying on the Hub.  I’ve been blogging for almost two years; I think it’s time.
  6. Learn how to scan photos for my blog  See comment in Challenge 5.
  7. Hug a stranger.
  8. Submit thirty poems to competitions or publishers (0/30)
  9. Blog 1111 times (1/1111) I don’t think this one is really a challenge for me but I need some that are achievable to keep me going.
  10. Try out three new recipes (0/3)  To make up for the last one, this is a huge challenge: I hate cooking; I hate new recipes more than I hate cooking.
  11. Try three new foods (0/3)  I’m not adventurous with food but trying new ones is how I discovered peppers, my favourite vegetable, so I’ll give it a go.
  12. Read thirty books (0/30)  I lost the habit of reading for pleasure while studying for my degree.  I’m looking forward to this one.
  13. Watch 101 new films (0/101)
  14. Tell a joke every day for the next 1001 days (0/1001)
  15. Visit five new museums/galleries (0/5)  This will be harder than it sounds because I’ve visited all the local ones and travel finances are restricted.
  16. Make home-made lemonade. 
  17. Manage ten real sit-ups.  Never ever managed it in 47 years of life.
  18. Manage twenty real sit-ups.  I was going to make this a challenge on its own but I need to do it in baby steps; I did consider the challenge, ‘Manage 5 real sit-ups.’
  19. Write 101 new poems (0/101)
  20. Get 101 different flags visiting my blog (134/101) This was a little easier than I expected; I just went to the flag counter and I’ve already had 134 flags visit even before I start the challenge.  So, to make it harder and make up this list…
  21. Get 101 different countries visiting my blog (78/101)
  22. Save £1 for each completed task.  Once I get £101 together, I can treat my family.  £1 per task is my limit because, as the saying goes, there’s always too much month at the end of the money.
  23. Finish editing SA Poems.
  24. Send off SA Poems to a publisher.
  25. Start learning to play the guitar.
  26. Buy a guitar.
  27. Walk the dogs for 1001 hours (0/1001)
  28. Lose some weight: more than a little; less than a lot.  This is deliberately non-specific because I don’t care enough to work that hard at it, but I could do with shifting a couple of kilos for my health now I’m approaching heart attack season (I suddenly realised the other day that in fifteen years I’ll be 62 – that was enough to give me a heart attack there and then).
  29. Go back to computer school.
  30. Get the first series of Glee on dvd.
  31. Mention Maltesers in my blog for 10 consecutive days (0/10)
  32. Don’t mention Maltesers in my blog for 10 consecutive days (0/10)
  33. Go to the theatre.
  34. Reach 13000 comments on my blog (5204/13000)
  35. Learn all the words to the South African National Anthem.  I did start to learn it for the World Cup last year but I never quite got there.  When I know it, I will post a video of me singing it with my eyes closed, to prove I know it.  It will have to be with me singing along, though, if you want some tune to it. 
  36. Learn how to post videos on my blog.
  37. Decorate our bedroom.  We’ve been in this house 14 years and it has never been decorated (if I discount the sticky-back plastic).

As you can see, my list falls somewhat short of 101 things to do so if you have any decent/amusing suggestions, I’m all ears.

By the way, if you think this sounds like a fun thing to do, why not join us?  You tailor the tasks to yourself and set your own start date.  You’ll love it.  We have a badge and everything! 

I Plead The Fifth Amendment

27 Feb

What was the last time you did a random act of kindness?

I refuse to answer that on the grounds it might incriminate me; and because it’s so badly worded. 

If I say ‘Never’ or ‘I can’t remember’, you won’t like me.  If I talk about the many, many nice things I do, you’ll go all mushy on me.

I was kind to the Hub once.  I said ‘I do’ without laughing.

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