>Time to Begin, Again

>It looks as though my old blog may be gone for good. *sad faces*

After all the fuss over the last week with the renewal it’s now looking like the renewal problems actually were resolved. And the problem that did away with my blog? A random WordPress blip it seems now I’ve managed to find the damn error log. I have got a support question into PowWeb (I put it in before I found the error log – that thing was well hidden!) but if it is WordPress they can’t/won’t help me. A couple of people on Facebook are computer type people so I’ve got my status at the moment asking if anyone knows how to fix wordpress or wants to try.
But really as much as I do want my blog working again… It’s mostly so I can get at my data and all that. I definitely have all my data through June 2008 backed up and probably up until a couple of months ago but it’s a lot to lose. A lot of my older blogs are lost (I’ve been a blogger since November 2000) and I was never bothered about that. Mostly because I’d moved on and I wasn’t that person any more. But this is my current blogs and who I am right now. I know it’s not really all wiped away because I’m still that person with those experiences, hopes, dreams and memories… it’s just my record that is gone. Just a record. But was with no warning. And it still hurts
I’ve been thinking since it went down on Friday and I think I will probably keep blogging here. I really don’t use my domain to the full – no way near as much as I had hoped or planned to. And if I am going to keep just using it for blogging, I may as well blog on a free platform.
So… here we go again!

>Books in 2009

>January

  • Sunflower Forest – A Novel by Torey Hayden (461 pages) [n]
  • It’s My Party And I’ll Knit If I Want To by Sharon Aris (276 pages) [n]
  • The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama (274 pages) [n]
  • The Amazing Adventures of Diet Girl by Shauna Reid (397 pages) [r]
  • Forever by Judy Blume (116 pages) [r]
  • Star Trek Destiny – Lost Souls by David Mack (444 pages) [n]
  • Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult (461 pages) [n]
  • One Child by Torey Hayden (321 pages) [r]

February

  • Tiger’s Child by Torey Hayden (359 pages) [r]
  • Ghost Girl by Torey Hayden (378 pages) [r]
  • Just Another Kid by Torey Hayden (502 pages) [r]
  • A Problem for The Chalet School by Elinor M Brent Dyer (244 pages) [r]
  • First Term at Cotterfield by Liz Filleul (203 pages) [n]
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (237 pages) [n]

March

  • Bettanys of Taverton High by Helen Barber (302 pages) [n]
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (208 pages) [n]

April

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (324 pages) [n]
  • Mock The Week: Scenes We’d Like To See (159 pages) [n]
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (98 pages) [n]
  • Drop Dead Beautiful by Jackie Collins (516 pages) [n]
  • My Life In My Hands by Alison Lapper (247 pages) [n]
  • Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella (364 pages) [n]
  • Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris (334 pages) [n]
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (448 pages) [pr]
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett (256 pages) [n]
  • Chocolat by Joanne Harris (320 pages) [n]
  • The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris (572 pages) [n]

May

  • Star Trek: Titan – Over a Torrent Sea by Christopher L Bennett (356 pages) [n]
  • A Little Stranger by Kate Pullinger (248 pages) [n]
  • Zoo Station by David Downing (310 pages) [n]
  • Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult (507 pages) [n]
  • The School Run by Sophie King (344 pages) [n]
  • Call The Midwife by Jennifer Worth (340 pages) [n]
  • Star Trek: New Frontier – Treason by Peter David (339 pages) [n]
  • Five Quarters of The Orange by Joanne Harris (363 pages) [n]
  • Silesian Station by David Downing (306 pages) [n]
  • NOT Buying It by Judith Levine (267 pages) [n]
  • How Good Is That? by Jane and Mike Tomlinson (334 pages) [n]
  • Shadows of The Workhouse by Jennifer Worth (297 pages) [n]
  • The Post Office Girl by Stefan Zweig (265 pages) [n]

June

  • A Forever Family by John Houghton (264 pages) [n]
  • Mr Maybe by Jane Green (424 pages) [n]
  • Things I Want My Daughters To Know by Elizabeth Noble (448 pages) [n]
  • Quentins by Maeve Binchy (448 pages) [n]
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (224 pages) [n]
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (80 pages) [n]
  • Queen of The Big Time by Adriana Trigiani (331 pages) [n]
  • Around The World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (224 pages) [pr]
  • Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck (154 pages) [n]
  • A Leader In Spite Of Herself by Elinor M Brent Dyer (105 pages) [n]
  • Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (160 pages) [n]
  • Alice Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (176 pages) [n]
  • Silas Marner by George Eliot (224 pages) [n]

July

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (272 pages) [n]
  • A Mother’s Love by Rosie Harris (448 pages) [n]
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (228 pages) [n]
  • From Corsets to Camouflage by Kate Adie (304 pages) [n]
  • Before I Die by Jenny Downham (336 pages) [n]
  • The Other Hand by Chris Cleave (400 pages) [n]
  • What Katy Did by Susan Cooleridge (176 pages) [n]
  • What Katy Did at School by Susan Cooleridge (224 pages) [n]
  • Walking on Water by Geoff Holt (364 pages) [n]
  • Testimony by Anita Shreve (320 pages) [n]
  • Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome (400 pages) [n]
  • Swallowdale by Arthur Ransome (528 pages) [n]

August

  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte (432 pages) [n]
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stephenson (224 pages) [n]
  • While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky (290 pages) [n]

So far I have read 69 books and 21,359 pages in 2009!

>Books in 2008

>January

  • Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult (512 pages)
  • The Cupid Effect by Dorothy Koomson (342 pages)
  • Rendevouz with Rama by Arthur C Clarke (252 pages)
  • Star Trek Titan – Sword of Damocles by Geoffrey Thorne (384 pages)
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne (384 pages)

February

  • My Best Friend’s Girl by Dorothy Koomson (437 pages)
  • For One More Day by Mitch Albom (197 pages)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation – Immortal Coil by Jeffrey Lang (331 pages)
  • Black Swan Green by David Mitchell (371 pages)
  • Anything Goes – The Autobiography by John Barrowman with Carole E. Barrowman (245 pages)
  • Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs (424 pages)
  • Torchwood – Another Life by Peter Anghelides (253 pages)
  • Torchwood – Border Princes by Dan Abnett (254 pages)

March

  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (408 pages)
  • Torchwood – Slow Decay by Andy Lane (250 pages)
  • Queen Camilla by Sue Townsend (443 pages)
  • Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel (327 pages)
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (448 pages)
  • Torchwood – The Twilight Streets by Gary Russell (249 pages)
  • Torchwood – Trace Memory by Robert LLewlyn (253 pages)
  • Rama II by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee (496 pages)
  • The Amazing Adventures of DietGirl by Shauna Reid (396 pages)

April

  • Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (327 pages)
  • The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman (270 pages)
  • The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman (419 pages)
  • Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani (323 pages)
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (311 pages)

May

  • The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult (373 pages)
  • A Tale of Two Sisters by Anna Maxted (373 pages)
  • Dating Big Bird by Laura Zigman (271 pages)
  • Getting Home by Celia Brayfield (479 pages)
  • Mr Commitment by Mike Gayle (322 pages)
  • Miss Garnet’s Angel by Salley Vickers (342 pages)
  • Trials for the Chalet School by Elinor M Brent Dyer (109 pages)
  • A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
  • New Beginnings at the Chalet School by Heather Paisley (164 pages)

June

  • The New Housemistress by Elinor M Brent Dyer (143 pages)
  • First Term at Trebizon by Anne Digby 128 pages
  • Second Term at Trebizon by Anne Digby 128 pages
  • Summer Term at Trebizon by Anne Digby 128 pages
  • Boy Trouble at Trebizon by Anne Digby 128 pages
  • Hilda Annersley, Headmistress by Lesley Green 228 pages
  • Every Good Girl by Judy Astley 303 pages
  • Body Surfing by Anita Shreve 272 pages
  • Overheard in a Dream by Torey Hayden 464 pages
  • Bride Leads The Chalet School by Elinor M Brent Dyer 102 pages
  • The Chalet School in The Oberland Elinor M Brent Dyer 101 pages

July

  • The Mystery at The Chalet School by Elinor M Brent Dyer 79 pages
  • Summer Term at The Chalet School by Elinor M Brent Dyer 198 pages
  • Souvenir by Therese Fowler 508 pages
  • The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards 408 pages
  • An Offer You Can’t Refuse by Jill Mansell (410 pages)
  • The Hand Maid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (324 pages)
  • Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton (269 pages)

August

  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (497 pages)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation – Before Dishonour by Peter David (407 pages)
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger (518 pages)
  • Star Trek A Time to Be Born by John Vornholt 284 pages
  • Star Trek A Time to Die by John Vornholt 320 pages
  • Star Trek A Time to Sow by Kevin Dilmore 336 pages
  • The Chalet School Reunion by Elinor M Brent Dyer (236 pages)
September
  • Goodnight Beautiful by Dorothy Koomson (433 pages)
October
  • Stay Healthy, Be Lazy by Innocent Drinks (144 pages)
  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom (193 pages)
  • The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler (197 pages)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation – Greater Than The Sum (368 pages)
  • Beechy of The Harbour School by Elinor M Brent Dyer (92 pages)
November
  • Torchwood – Almost Perfect by James Goss. 256 Pages
  • Star Trek Destiny – Gods of the Night by David Mack. 429 pages
  • Star Trek Destiny – Mere Mortals by David Mack. 433 pages
December
  • A Chalet Girl from Kenya by Elinor M Brent Dyer. 259 pages.
  • HRH by Danielle Steel 492 pages

So far I have read 72 books and 22,465 pages in 2008!

>Books in 2007

>

TITLE AUTHOR START DATE END DATE NO. OF PAGES BOOK NO.
You Can’t Take It With You Jane and Mike Tomlinson 03/01/2007 06/01/2007 336 1
New Beginnings at the Chalet School Heather Paisley 08/01/2007 08/01/2007 164 2
The Other Eden Sarah Bryant 13/01/2007 19/01/2007 459 3
The Rise and Fall of the queen of suburbia Sarah May 20/01/2007 21/01/2007 455 4
Queen Mum Kate Long 22/01/2007 24/01/2007 328 5
Unravelled Maria Housden 25/01/2007 25/01/2007 241 6
Alphabet Weekends Elizabeth Noble 26/01/2007 28/01/2007 393 7
Winston Churchill Stuart Ball 29/01/2007 30/01/2007 140 8
Little Girl Lost Barbie Probert-Wright with Jean Ritchie 31/01/2007 01/02/2007 447 9
Forbidden Places Penny Vincenzi 02/02/2007 05/02/2007 625 10
The www club Anita Notaro 08/02/2007 09/02/2007 491 11
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen 10/02/2007 14/02/2007 361 12
The Chalet School in Exile Elinor M Brent Dyer 15/02/2007 15/02/2007 190 13
Goodnight, Mister Tom Michelle Magorian 17/02/2007 21/02/2007 304 14
Mercy Jodi Picoult 22/02/2007 25/02/2007 438 15
The Chronicles of Narnia – The Magician’s Nephew C.S. Lewis 26/02/2007 26/02/2007 171 16
The Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe C.S. Lewis 27/02/2007 27/02/2007 171 17
The Chronicles of Narnia – The Horse and His Boy C.S. Lewis 03/03/2007 03/03/2007 175 18
The Chronicles of Narnia – Prince Caspian C.S. Lewis 03/03/2007 03/03/2007 190 19
The Chronicles of Narnia – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader C.S. Lewis 04/03/2007 04/03/2007 189 20
The Chronicles of Narnia – The Silver Chair C.S. Lewis 05/03/2007 05/03/2007 191 21
The Chronicles of Narnia – The Last Battle C.S. Lewis 06/03/2007 06/03/2007 171 22
Jemima J. Jane Green 07/03/2007 10/03/2007 450 23
Juliet of The Chalet School Caroline German 12/03/2007 13/03/2007 301 24
Five Children and It E Nesbit 14/03/2007 15/03/2007 237 25
Two Chalet School Girls in India Priyadarshini Narenda 24/03/2007 24/03/2007 237 26
The Phoenix & The Carpet E Nesbit 25/03/2007 26/03/2007 224 27
The Story of The Amulet E Nesbit 27/03/2007 29/03/2007 292 28
Loving Danielle Steel 31/03/2007 31/03/2007 307 29
Big Stone Gap Adriana Trigiani 01/04/2007 06/04/2007 320 30
Big Cherry Holler Adriana Trigiani 07/04/2007 15/04/2007 270 31
Milk Glass Moon Adriana Trigiani 16/04/2007 18/04/2007 302 32
Home to Big Stone Gap Adriana Trigiani 19/04/2007 19/04/2007 301 33
ST:TNG – Death in Winter Michael Jan Friedman 20/04/2007 20/04/2007 320 34
The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett 22/04/2007 25/04/2007 276 35
The Playground Mafia Sarah Tucker 26/04/2007 02/05/2007 452 36
The Chalet School Librarian Pat Wilmott 01/05/2007 02/05/2007 184 37
Tales from the Scale Erin J Shea 03/05/2007 08/05/2007 262 38
Call Me Elizabeth Dawn Annandale 11/05/2007 11/05/2007 290 39
Miracle Danielle Steel 16/05/2007 16/05/2007 256 40
The Chalet School Goes To It Elinor M Brent Dyer 19/05/2007 19/05/2007 103 41
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte 17/05/2007 20/05/2007 334 42
Jo Returns to The Chalet School Elinor M Brent Dyer 21/05/2007 21/05/2007 160 43
The Light in the Window June Goulding 22/05/2007 22/05/2007 215 44
Just One More Day Susan Lewis 23/05/2007 26/05/2007 340 45
First Term at Malory Towers Enid Blyton 26/05/2007 27/05/2007 172 46
Second Form at Malory Towers Enid Blyton 27/05/2007 27/05/2007 148 47
Third Year at Malory Towers Enid Blyton 27/05/2007 28/05/2007 146 48
Upper Fourth at Malory Towers Enid Blyton 28/05/2007 28/05/2007 158 49
In The Fifth at Malory Towers Enid Blyton 28/05/2007 28/05/2007 143 50
Last Term at Malory Towers Enid Blyton 28/05/2007 28/05/2007 170 51
Tom Tackles the Chalet School Elinor M Brent Dyer 29/05/2007 29/05/2007 156 52
The School at The Chalet Elinor M Brent Dyer 29/05/2007 31/05/2007 320 53
The Wedding Officer Anthony Capella 03/06/2007 08/06/2007 448 54
Mr Darcy Takes a Wife Linda Berdoll 09/06/2007 13/06/2007 476 55
A Place Called Here Cecelia Ahern 20/06/2007 23/06/2007 496 56
Marshmallows for Breakfast Dorothy Koomson 25/06/2007 25/06/2007 448 57
Darcy and Elizabeth: Nights & Days at Pemberley Linda Berdoll 14/06/2007 27/06/2007 480 58
The End of Harry Potter David Langford 27/06/2007 28/06/2007 190 59
Star Trek: Vulcan’s Soul – Exodus J Sherman & S Shwartz 29/06/2007 30/06/2007 304 60
Star Trek: Vulcan’s Soul – Exile J Sherman & S Shwartz 01/07/2006 09/07/2007 368 61
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone JK Rowling 11/07/2007 12/07/2006 224 62
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets JK Rowling 13/07/2007 13/07/2007 256 63
Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban JK Rowling 14/07/2007 16/07/2007 320 64
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire JK Rowling 16/07/2007 18/07/2007 636 65
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix JK Rowling 18/07/2007 19/07/2007 757 66
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince JK Rowling 20/07/2007 20/07/2007 606 67
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows JK Rowling 21/07/2007 21/07/2007 607 68
Anybody Out There? Marian Keyes 23/07/2007 26/07/2007 597 69
No I Don’t Want to Join a Book Club Virginia Ironside 27/07/2007 28/07/2007 249 70
Persuasion Jane Austen 29/07/2007 06/08/2007 296 71
Humble Pie Gordon Ramsay 336 72
Highland Twins at the CS Elinor M Brent Dyer 181 73
Mirror Universe 1 Various 464 74
2001: a space odyssey Arthur C Clark 266 75
Sense and Sensability Jane Austen 384 76
Altar Boy Andrew Madden 224 77
A little Princess Frances Hodgson Burnett 256 78
Forget You Had a Daughter Sandra Gregory 330 79
2011 Odyssey Two Arthur C Clark 304 80
2061 Odyssey Three Arthur C Clark 304 81
3001 A final Odyssey Arthur C Clark 288 82
Me and Mr Darcy Alexandra Potter 352 83
Mansfield Park Jane Austen 479 84
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen 224 85
Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams 160 86
The Restaurant at the end of the universe Douglas Adams 199 87
Little Women Louisa May Alcott 224 88
Good Wives Louisa May Alcott 314 89
Resistance JM Dillard 320 90
Portrait of Jane Austen David Cecil 208 91
Journey to the Centre of the Earth Jules Verne 250 92
The Three Day Rule Emlyn Rees and Josie Lloyd 320 93

>101 in 1001 v2 (start date December 08)

>My original list can be found here.

Day Zero is arguably the home of the 101 in 1001 project online

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as New Year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Some common goal setting tips:
1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.

2. Stay Focussed. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.

3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.

4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.

5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.

My goal/day 1001 will be Monday 12th September 2011

  1. Read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  2. Read the first Swallows and Amazons book and the rest if they’re any good
  3. Read War and Peace
  4. Complete Thing a Day one year
  5. Complete NaKniSweMo
  6. Make a serious attempt at learning to Crochet
  7. Wheel myself a minimum of mile at least 5 days out of 7 for three months
  8. Complete a 365 photo project
  9. Complete NaBloPoMo
  10. Go to the cinema once a month for a year
  11. Bake something once a month for a year
  12. Go to bed before midnight every night for a month
  13. Buy a new more appropriate lifejacket
  14. Write a minimum of 1000 words (non blog) a day for three months
  15. Write the fanfiction that’s been buzzing around in my head since February 2008
  16. Complete the Southern Cross Novel Challenge (NaNo in June thing)
  17. Take a crafty course at the arts centre
  18. Enter some creative writing competitions
  19. Create a proper knitting pattern of my own and publish it online/on ravelry
  20. Work on some light weight training again
  21. Go to see Wicked the Musical
  22. Do a 10K
  23. Complete the race for life each year – FAILED
  24. Complete a knitting project every month (this can be one started previously, doesn’t need to be done totally in the month) – FAILED
  25. Go to the theatre once a month for a year.
  26. Read 250 new to me books over the 1001 days
  27. Go swimming an average of twice a month
  28. Make a serious and continued effort to become A Writer
  29. Go to see We Will Rock You
  30. Join a Stitch n Bitch type group
  31. Take meds everyday for six months
  32. Improve my grammar
  33. Read 100 books in a year
  34. Spend at least one day a month away from the computer for a year
  35. Spend at least one day a week away from the computer for a month
  36. Try to have one day a week where I don’t eat in front of the computer for three months.
  37. Start and Finish my Tenacious Cross Stitch
  38. Go back to Scandinavia
  39. Go shopping at hobbycraft
  40. Make more time for crafts
  41. Drink more water
  42. Organise my paperwork
  43. Sort the black hole known as “under the bed”
  44. Reorganise all of the flat and possibly get some parts decorated.
  45. Get blinds for my bedroom and possibly the lounge
  46. Investigate getting a cleaner rather than carers
  47. Visit Wales
  48. Get emotional/bored eating under better control
  49. Find out from mum exactly how much stuff she has of mine from pre uni, get it back and sort it out
  50. Have a go at mosaic making
  51. Have a go at weaving
  52. Read Catch 22
  53. Stop stressing about finances so much.
  54. Spend some time on the coast
  55. at the end of the 1001 days donate £1 to charity for every goal not met
  56. at the end of the 1001 days treat myself to something special. Budget – the number of goals met x £2 each
  57. Start a memory/keepsake box
  58. Go three weeks without eating chocolate or drinking coke
  59. be consistent with all goals on this list once started which aren’t time limited.
  60. Watch all the dvds I have but haven’t watched
  61. read books almost as soon as I buy them rather then buying them than not always reading them
  62. watch dvds asap after buying them
  63. only buy yarn if I either have a project in mind or my stash is running low
  64. use up half of my current craft supplies (non yarn) before buying more.
  65. Get back into the habit of taking better care of how I dress/look
  66. reconnect/get back in touch with old friends
  67. go back to Stoke to visit
  68. Go to France again
  69. learn to knit socks
  70. get the hang of circular knitting
  71. Organise photos properly
  72. create/buy notecards using some of my photos
  73. send post to one or two friends every month throughout the 1001 days – FAILED
  74. get more consistent when replying to e-mails
  75. go on a random day out
  76. watch Lord of the Rings
  77. design and make my own cross stitch sampler
  78. make crafty gifts for more than 50% of people one Christmas
  79. make more of an effort to recycle
  80. Buy fewer new books (use the library, charity shops and borrow them from people instead)
  81. come up with a funky and appropriate bag which can live on my powerchair safely and securely
  82. make more of an effort to actually walk
  83. sort my sofa out so I can use it more
  84. Lose some weight
  85. Buy new cloth pads
  86. paint my nails more often
  87. spend an entire day in my pyjamas
  88. write about my school days
  89. Go to a planetarium
  90. Go Whale/Dolphin Watching
  91. Go snorkelling again
  92. Swim 1KM in one session again and maintain approx that level of fitness
  93. Write down everything I spend for 1 month
  94. Buy new bedding
  95. Get a book published
  96. Visit the Ashmolean
  97. Make and eat a variety of proper dinners consistently for one month
  98. Remember and mark people’s birthdays
  99. Play mini golf
  100. Research family history/genealogy
  101. On day 1001 publish a new 101 in 1001 list

>101 in 1001 v1

>

51 goals completed in 1001 days!

This is the list that started it all (for me anyway). It ran from March 2006 to December 2008. It was brilliant fun and I completed approximately half of the goals. Several others I tried and failed.

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).
Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as new year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.
Some common goal setting tips:
1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.
2. Stay Focussed. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.
3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.
4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.
5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.
My Deadline Is: Sunday, December 14, 2008

1.Sleep >8 hours a night for a fortnight, consecutively
2. Learn not to take on so much, and to fulfil what I promise.
3. Be in bed before midnight every night for a week
4. Start tracking my finances rather than just keeping a vague idea
5. Clear out my wardrobe
6. Write my book
7. Clear off my computer desk and leave it that way for a month
8. Work with kids who have CP and other disabilities and their parents
9. Learn Italian
10. Do positional stretches everyday for six weeks
11. Take every med and supplement I am supposed to daily for six weeks(completed 12.02.07)
12. Lose the rest of the weight (35lb) and then remain within 5lb of my target
13. Complete NaNoWriMo again
14. Swim 100km over the course of these 1001 days
15. Learn CSS
16. Complete the 101 stories challenge
17. Complete the 101 poems challenge
18. Take up the railways society’s invite to visit their museum (because I helped them with access questions)
19. Eat breakfast everyday for a month
20. Meet my American friends
21. Go visit Maryse in Germany
22. Go to Madrid
23. Take some time out by myself to replenish my soul
24. Do the Maize Maze @ Millets
25. Go parapenting again
26. Join the gym
27. Have a picnic in a park and spend the whole day there
28. Feed some ducks
29. Go at least 72 hours without using a computer.
30. Finish unpacking from when I left uni
31. Revisit childhood memories – go to the races at Newbury
32. Sell unwanted stuff on ebay or give to charity

33. Join a book club
34. apply to be a reader-book reviewer for New Woman (done 22/03/06)
35. Get up early and out of the house straight away every day for a month
36. Dye my hair a sensible colour and keep it like that for four months.
37. See the Lion King musical
38. Go at least one day without saying anything negative about myself or anyone else.
39. Speak my mind more but do it in a non-hurtful way
40. Go to the beach on a winters day
41. Give blood (if eligible – currently not)
42. Do something nice and unexpected for a stranger
43. Photograph 1 view in all 4 seasons (0/4)
44. Do something in public I’d normally be scared to do.

45. Sit outside and watch the sunrise
46. Go speed dating
47. Read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
48. Attend a Star Trek convention
49. Back up my computer at least every other week
50. Go an entire week without using my electric wheelchair (a week when I’m at CAB some days)
51. Put aside my guilt
52. Start and finish a cross-stitch
53. Go to the Halfway Inn
54. Join a writers group
55. Get a tattoo
56. Write a magazine article and have it published (DN is a possibility)
57. Give £5 to a beggar or big issue seller I like the look of.
58. Go to the Lake District.
59. Visit a sealife centre
60. Train to be an access auditor
61. Do a creative writing course
62. Relearn touch typing with the right fingers on the right keys.
63. Get into the habit of hanging up laundry after doing it rather than using the “floordrobe”
64. Send a surprise present to a friend, anonymously
65. Spend a whole day in silence
66. Take more photos
67. Scrapbook my photos from last year.
68. Complete my planned favourite writings project
69. Learn how to create fonts and make my own
70. Accept my failings and weaknesses
71. Control my temper more
72. Start horse riding again
73. Make my website everything I want it to be and more.
74. Visit New York
75. Go back to Australia
76. Go to a concert
77. Get a massage
78. Complete the Race for Life
79. Attempt to knit a scarf
80. Finish reading all the books on my “to read” list
81. Go crabbing again
82. Fly a kite
83. Walk in the rain with no particular place to go
84. Make a beaded bracelet
85. Do all the touristy things there are to do in Oxford.
86. Visit Liverpool
87. Go camping
88. Make Pizza from scratch (base as well)
89. Learn to accept a compliment graciously
90. Wear more glitter.
91. Accept certain inalienable truths
92. Treat myself to a bunch of flowers
93. Drink a glass of water before I eat any meal for a month.
94. Have my hair braided.
95. Leave comments on the blogs of a few famous people I admire
96. Write three letters of complaint for poor service (3/3)
97. Write three letters praising good service
98. Have a date night once a month with myself for 6 months.
99. Flirt more.
100. Go seven days without eating meat.
101. On Day 1001, publish a new 101 Things in 1001 Days list.

>Emma…

>

I’m working on a pretty major blog redesign and as a part of that figured this “About me” page needed an update.

Now 28, Emma is a slightly longer haired girl on a diet. 20lb lighter (and down from a UK 26 to a 22) than when she started, she’s given up Coca Cola and Chocolate completely and as of this writing is one day short of 11 weeks without either.  She’s really cut down on the buying of yarn and hasn’t really been doing much knitting lately. The first is good, the second not so much.  Recently she discovered book reviewing for various websites online and is really enjoying doing so.  She gets stupidly excited when she gets an uncorrected manuscript proof of a book that hasn’t been published yet and hopes to continue doing so for a long time.  Her bank balance is also thankful for this development.  Emma is in the middle of writing her own novel and looks forward to the day when another reviewer gets really excited about reading one of her books.  She really can’t believe she’s been a blogger for practically 10 years now.

The old version

27. Brit. Wheelchair User. Sailor. Bookworm. Writer. Knitter. Crafter. Volunteer. Graduate. Swimmer. Wannabe Webdesigner. Messy. Disorganised. Fat. Trying to lose weight. Short haired. Tattooed. CAB Adviser. Advocate. Mouthy. Swears a lot. Addicted to Chocolate and Coca Cola. SciFi fan. Love children’s books and TV shows. Colourful. Has more books than she will ever read and an out of control yarn stash.

A blogger for nearly nine years – and glad that several of those years are lost!

Otherwise known as:

WheelchairPrincess on The CBB, NaNoWriMo forums

Cyberpurple on Livejournal.

FunkyFairy22 on Twitter, Ravelry, eBay, Digital Spy.

So much more than “That girl in the wheelchair.”

>Site problems

>There is a chance this website is going to disappear in the next few days. My web host are being a bit shit about renewing it. I’ve paid the renewal (which they agree I have) but keep getting reminders to pay. Have already had one support ticket in about this (supposedly resolved) but just got another reminder to pay. Along with the “your site could go offline” warning in it.

ARGH

>Random Bullet Points of Life

>Item: On Monday it appeared that one of the things I’ve been wanting to do since I heard about it was in fact going to have to be off of the cards for me because of CP.

Item: Yesterday there were two things that were CP crap and using lots of my disability fighting ness and all a bit much.  Particularly because of the guilt trips involved.  And the sighing.

Item: people involved in assisting people with disabilities should not be allowed to sigh whilst doing so.  The “Okay I’ll do that” …. *Sigh* thing is discouraging.

Item: Yesterday and Monday’s Items added together make me fed up and down.

Item: Big decisions have been made which should enable me to be more independant and could possibly put Monday’s Item back on the cards if they work out.

Item: I didn’t freak out when asked a very important question earlier but advocated for myself and am supported in doing so.

Item: I bought yet more theatre tickets yesterday which makes me a bit happier.

Item: Anxiety sucks.