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Left lens

Why do I want to do this?

I'm very short-sighted in my left eye, while the vision in my right eye is good enough for me to go without glasses and not notice the difference. So a monocle would actually be appropriate for my vision loss (my last optician used to joke about it every time I went to see him)! Plus, wouldn't it be awesome?


How will I know I've done it?

I'll be in a possession of a single-eye vision corrective - that's not a contact lens - compliant with my prescription. I'll have worn it out in public at least once.


I'll record this in this journal, with photos.
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Quilt Top Completed

What's this about? Why do I want to do it?

My sister-in-law is pregnant, so I want to make a cot quilt for that baby. Plus, quite a lot of my friends are attached and might have children in the next few years. It's good to be prepared.


How will I know I've done it?

I'll have completed two cot coverlets.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.
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What's this about?

[livejournal.com profile] adayinmylife is a photography challenge in which 'people capture a whole day of their life in pictures'.

Here are the rules:

What is a Day in my Life?
Easy...70 images (INCLUDING THE TEASER) or less that tell your story from the time you wake up (or within 15 minutes because we like bed head) and about one picture per hour or so until you go to bed (or within a short time before). Not 2-3 hours. Time checks are not required, but it helps to have them so people get a sense of the time of day.

A day starts when you get up in the morning and ends when you go to bed at night. It does not start halfway through one night and to the next one. Wake-sleep. That's it. The only way around this is if you wake at dusk and sleep at dawn or live a similar lifestyle.



Why do I want to do this?

I think this will make an interesting companion to goal 8 (project 365) - a kind of detailed view of one of those 365 days, if you like.


How will I know I've done this?

I'll be able to point to a journal entry which contains one whole day's worth of pictures, including at least one from every hour that day that I was awake. This can be on the official community, on this journal, or on [personal profile] el_staplador, or any combination of these.


I'll post a link to the post on this post, even if I don't host it in this journal. - and here it is
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Why do I want to do this?

I'm notoriously disorganised, and with both Marks and Spencers and Tesco within spitting distance of my place of work, I find it difficult to keep up good lunch habits for more than a few days at a time. I'm hoping to change this.


How will I know I've done this?

Every working day for one whole calendar month, which will not include more than three days of annual leave and/or sick leave, I will have taken to work and eaten a lunch that I have prepared myself.


I'll record this in posts in this journal. (I'll try to make it interesting.)
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Picnic: Cathedral Green, Exeter

What's this about? Why do I want to do it?

I'm an alumnus of the University of Exeter, and as a result am deeply attached to that city. In a happy coincidence, my church choir will be the visiting choir at Exeter Cathedral the week of my 26th birthday. This is too good an opportunity to miss.


How will I know I've done this?

I'll have celebrated my 26th birthday in Exeter with representatives of: my family; friends from Exeter; HT choir.


I'll record this in a post in this journal, and probably a more detailed account at [personal profile] el_staplador.
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Bow Tie

Why do I want to do this?

This seems to me to be one of those useful adult skills that nobody ever bothers to teach you, on a level with being able to shuffle cards with the minimum of fuss and bother. One of these days I may find myself terribly embarrassed upon being exposed as someone who can't tie a bow tie. (NB: a bow tie does not form part of my everyday attire, but I still think I should be able to do it.)


How will I know I've done it?

I'll be able to put a standard (i.e. not velcro, hook-and-eye or clip-on) bow tie on myself or another person, and make it look reasonable.


I'll record this in a post in this journal.
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Why do I want to do this?

I accumulate an awful lot of Stuff. Some of it's good stuff. Some of it's stuff that, on balance, I'd really rather not have around, but which I can't get rid of because it has personal information that I'd rather the binmen/identity fraudsters/the recycling people didn't read.


How will I know I've done this?

There'll be a shredder in my study. There isn't one at the moment, so I'll be able to tell the difference ;-)


I'll record this in a post in this journal.


Goal 81 provisionally completed
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Labyrinth

What's this about?

'A labyrinth is an ancient prayer practice involving a winding path that leads ultimately to a centre and then winds back out to the point where it began. The path is symbolic of the journey inward towards God's illumination, and then outward, grounded in God and empowered to act in the world.' Teresa Blythe, 50 Ways To Pray


Why do I want to do this?

I've found that walking the labyrinth is something that works very well for me - to the extent that I've occasionally chalked one out for myself in my back yard (see photo). However, this is impractical when it's raining, or looks as if it's about to rain, and I don't know of any permanent labyrinths near me. An alternative is to use a small labyrinth, carved in wood or marked out in paper. I'd like to make one for myself.


How will I know I've done this?

I'll have an object that I've made or modified myself, which I can use as a labyrinth.


I'll record this in this journal.
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What's this about? Why do I want to do it?

I know I'm a snotty southerner, but I've got Yorkshire blood in me somewhere. Back in the nineteenth century, my family were wool merchants in Bradford. I'd like to learn more about that, and have a wander around.


How will I know I've done this?

I'll have spent at least a day in Bradford/Leeds. I'll have found at least one site with a family association, and I'll be able to explain my connection.


I'll record this in a post in this journal.
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Why do I want to do this?

Because I think it will look fantastic, and I spent far too many years of my life trying to grow my hair.


How will I know I've done it?

My hair will be shorter than it's ever been in my life. I won't be able to tuck it behind my ears.


I'll record this in a post in this journal. Yes, there will be photos.
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Tony at Pizza Express

Why do I want to do this?

I like food. I much prefer eating decent food to eating boring food when I have the chance, and not having to a) think about it; and b) cook it; is something I very much enjoy.


How will I know I've done this?

I'll have eaten six meals (of at least two courses each) at restaurants. Two of these meals will have been eaten at restaurants I've not visited before.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.

[One - Charlie Choy's (new to me)] [Two - Jamie's Italian - new to me] [Three - Rumwong - new to me] [Four - Pizza Express] [Five - Da Mario's - new to me] [Six - Shabab Pavilion - new to me] [bonus Seven - Safran - new to me]
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Advent

What's this about?

Every Lent, I [attempt to, at least] take something up, give something up, and read an appropriate book. This goal entails doing the same thing, but for Advent.


Why do I want to do this?

It tends to get a bit overshadowed by chocolate and Christmas shopping, but Advent is a fantastic season, a time of solemn joy, of expectant awe. I want to take it seriously.


How will I know I've done it?

This is one that's not really measurable, the sort of thing for which making a star chart seems to miss the point. I'll know I've done it when I'm satisfied that I've taken Advent as seriously as I take Lent. The only way I can really measure it is to compare it with my own achievement.


I'll track this here and there about the place. There might be Advent music at [personal profile] ancientandmodern. Locked posts at [personal profile] el_staplador. Advent book reviews at [personal profile] stapsreads. I'll update here, pointing to anything of interest.

Goal 55 completed
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Why do I want to do this?

I have a sort of on/off relationship with cryptic crosswords. Every few months I'll pick one up, work out a couple of clues, feel smug, and put it down again. I've never finished one.


How will I know I've done this?

I'll have completed a cryptic crossword correctly, without looking at the answers.


I'll record this in this journal.
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Why do I want to do this?

I believe that putting my physical self into a political statement can sometimes be very effective. It's an uncompromising form of protest.


How will I know I've done it?

I'll have participated actively in a demonstration, rally or other form of protest.


I'll record this in this journal.
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Why do I want to do this?

In the midst of this rather rigid, controlled exercise, I'd like to remind myself that there are some things that are beyond my control. Luck is going to have to creep in here somewhere.


How will I know I've done it?

I'll have participated in five competitions. It doesn't matter what sort.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.

Seasonal Silliness Competition
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Farewell to wine

Why do I want to do this?

The photograph is slightly misleading. The reason I've got a half bottle of wine lying around to photograph is... that I don't actually drink much. I hardly ever drink at home. I do drink socially, though, and I'm curious to see how I'll cope in social situations without that crutch.


How will I know I've done it?

Simple: no alcohol (bar communion wine) for one whole calendar month.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.
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Visited Countries

Visited Countries Map from TravelBlog


Why do I want to do this?

I like exploring new places.


How will I know I've done it?

I'll have spent a period of at least seven hours in a country in which I've never previously spent a significant length of time. (Changing trains in Bruxelles-Midi, or flying into Geneva airport to be driven to Annecy, in the French Alps, does not count as a significant length of time, so both Belgium and Switzerland are still open.)


I'll record this in a post in this journal.
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BookCrossing

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. In a BookCrossing challenge, one BookCrosser challenges others to release as many books as possible in a given time frame. These will often be based around a particular theme.


Why do I want to do this?

I find BookCrossing a lot of fun, if a little scary. By running a challenge I hope to become more involved in the BookCrossing virtual community.


How will I know I've done it?

I'll have picked a theme and a timeframe for a release challenge, promoted it on the forum, and tracked the results. I'll have offered a prize to certain participants. The end result should be that several books have been released that wouldn't otherwise have been.


I'll record this on [personal profile] stapsreads. Once the challenge is under way, I'll also link to the relevant thread(s) in the forum.
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First Aid Kit

Why do I want to do this?

I'm fairly squeamish - which fact alone is never going to stop me being in a situation where somebody's hurt and needs attention. I'd like to have a better idea of what to do.


How will I know when I've done it?

I'll be a qualified first aider.


I'll record this in posts on this journal.
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What's this about?

From the British Bone Marrow Registry website:

Bone marrow is a soft tissue found in the centre of certain bones in your body. It is this bone marrow which creates stem cells. Stem cells are the 'building blocks', which can grow into any of the other normal blood cells such as red cells, which carry oxygen, white cells, which fight infection, or platelets which stop bleeding.

...

There are a number of diseases that prevent a patient's bone marrow from working properly. These include leukaemia and aplastic anaemia as well as other diseases of the immune system. Although chemotherapy will successfully treat some of these patients, for many the only possibility of a cure is to have a stem cell transplant from a healthy donor. In about 30% of cases, a matched donor can be found from within the patient's family, such as a brother or sister. The other 70% of patients have to rely on a matched volunteer donor, identified through The British Bone Marrow Registry (BBMR).



Why do I want to do this?

I'm pretty healthy. Plenty of people aren't. Here is an opportunity to perhaps help someone out with relatively little effort on my part.


How will I know when I've done it?

I will be listed by the British Bone Marrow Registry or another bone marrow registry as a potential donor. If I am subsequently matched with a patient I will make every effort to follow through on the donation process.


This goal may be modified or replaced if for some reason that I'm not currently aware of, I'm not a suitable candidate for donation.


I'll record this in a post on this journal.

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