stapsdoes101things: '101' superimposed on a compass (101adventure)


My goal 39 - wild-releasing books via BookCrossing - has two parts to it. One part of it is to wild-release 101 books. Simple enough. However, one of those books has to be of sentimental value to me.

I haven't yet released a book that's particularly special to me, but I have now chosen it: On Pilgrimage by Jennifer Lash, a book that my godmother gave me a couple of years before she died, when I was preparing to make my own pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. It seems a particularly apt choice for the following reasons:

1. It isn't of itself a book I'd choose to hang on to. I'm glad to have read it, but I won't want to re-read it.

2. It's a book about travelling. I particularly enjoy sending books that are about travelling off on their own journeys.

3. My godmother would have approved of my not keeping things just for the sake of keeping things. I have many other things by which to remember her.

4. She would also have approved of the concept of BookCrossing, the elements of chance, faith, and random acts of kindness that drive it.

I will give the book the best possible chance I can - my current thinking is that I'll leave it in a church, where the odds of it being picked up by someone who's interested in pilgrimage are a fair bit higher. Next weekend might be a good choice. But I'll keep you posted.

In the mean time, here's the book's profile.
stapsdoes101things: Pizza with '101' marked out in green pimento (101food)
Lime Muscavado Biscuits

My hundredth day is approaching at a terrifying pace. Yesterday, being my compressed day (the day off I get once a fortnight for working extra hard and extra long on the other nine days) I attacked some goals with vigour:

- I went outside in my dressing gown to get some photos of the morning sky and the bush at the corner of our garden. One of these was my picture of the day, and another will do for Smell in the Hundred Snapshots.


- I went swimming in the morning, for the first time since, erm, I completed my 'swim 50 lengths' goal last time around, not counting some splashing around in the sea. That was two and a half years ago.

I'm beginning to learn about what my body thinks it can and can't do. I hadn't even got to four lengths before my lungs were complaining, but I discovered that I can push through this, and actually managed thirty lengths in thirty minutes. Five hundred lengths is looking ambitious, yes, but just about manageable.


- I wild-released a book at the swimming pool, too.


- I spent most of the rest of the day in the kitchen, making Celery and Peanut Soup (from Best Kept Secrets of the Women's Institute: Home Cooking - not very exciting), Lime Muscovado Biscuits (pictured - from Cookies Galore - disappointing until iced, at which point they become very exciting); and Soufflé Pancakes with Cheese and Broccoli (from Mary Berry's Complete Cookbook - very tasty, but immensely fiddly, and I don't think I'd ever dare to cook it for anyone other than the Countertony and myself).


- Having eaten some of the above, I watched Shanghai Express (I must post a review) and did some patchwork.


Pretty productive all round, really.
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3rd December 2010

I have...

- tried four new recipes (three soups and a pasta sauce), from three books, using the slow cooker and the stick blender
- taken photographs for seven of the Hundred Snapshots
- spent an hour playing my cello
- taken a photograph every day
- released two books
- done quite a lot of Wii Fit
- applied to become a Mystery Worshipper
- posted a commentary on Lo, He Comes With Clouds Descending to [personal profile] ancientandmodern
- bagged [personal profile] musicalbible and started filling in verses from the back of the Bible - counting part-verses (which I am) I'm at 17/1001 so far. (I heartily recommend not subscribing to that one if you don't want to get spammed)
- filled in an online form by way of a first step for registering with the Anthony Nolan Trust
- wild-released two books
- tried Currywurst
- watched three TED talks
- more or less finished this year's Yuletide assignment
- prompted by Do Nothing: Christmas is Coming, finished making one Christmas present, and got most of the way through another. I've also been doing lectio divina every night and, when it's got put up before I've gone to bed, filled in the examen at [livejournal.com profile] wildgodcomm

I think that's it. Whew!
stapsdoes101things: '101' superimposed on a stylised picture of a teapot (Default)
28th November 2010

... released a book
... worked out that I need to get my FitPiggy thingy to 477h 54m on Wii Fit, and done 34m
... taken a photo for Project 365 (above)
... taken 3 photos for 100 Snapshots
... been to two Advent services, and posted a response to today's examen post on [livejournal.com profile] wildgodcomm
... made Goulash Soup with Dumplings - which wasn't really very soupy

Not a bad start, all things considered.
stapsdoes101things: '101' superimposed on a stylised picture of a teapot (Default)
Wild release: Break No Bones

What's this about?

BookCrossing is the act of leaving books in a public place in the hope that somebody else will pick them up and enjoy them.


Why do I want to do this?

Several related reasons. Firstly, I have too many books. Admittedly, a large part of this problem is that I bought them with the intention of bookcrossing them, and haven't got round to it yet. Releasing 101 would be a good start, though.

Secondly, I have a tendency to get very attached to things, and this applies particularly to certain books. This isn't entirely healthy. Releasing one book - just one - that means something special to me in itself, not just the work in question but that particular copy, will be an exercise in letting go, and in trust. The thing with BookCrossing is that you never know whether or not you'll hear from your books again. Sometimes you do, and it's fantastic. Sometimes you don't.


How will I know when I've done it?

I will have left one hundred and one books in places where they are likely to be found by strangers. At least one of these will be a particular copy that is of sentimental value to me.


This can be tracked at my BookCrossing profile.




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