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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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Why do I want to do this?

If my wardrobe contains one example of each of these garments, I will be prepared for pretty much any given formal occasion.


How will I know I've done it?

By looking in the wardrobe ;-)


I'll record this in posts in this journal.
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Freddie juggling scones

Why do I want to do this?

I have this perception of myself as clumsy and lacking in hand-eye coordination. I'm not sure to what extent this is grounded in reality, but I'd like to challenge myself. If Tolstoy could learn to ride a bike at 67, there's time for me to learn to juggle.


How will I know I've done this?

I'll be able to juggle three balls continuously for at least a minute.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.
stapsdoes101things: '101' superimposed on a rose window (101church)
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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Line of Stars

What's this about?

From the BBC:
* Meteor showers are caused by debris from a comet burning up in our atmosphere
* This produces spectacular shooting stars which blaze across the night sky



Why do I want to do this?

Watching shooting stars? What's not to like?


How will I know I've done this?

I'll have seen at least three meteors in the same night.


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

Why do I want to do this?

Sheer idle curiosity, this. I have a perception that I don't dream much, and certainly I remember very few dreams. I think it would be interesting to keep a record of dreams for a while.


How will I know I've done this?

Either on paper or somewhere on the internet, I'll have a précis of one hundred and one distinct dreams, as accurate as I can manage within the limitations of the medium.


I'll record this on the dreams tag at [personal profile] el_staplador, though some may be under friends-lock, and some won't even get that far. You can keep track of this below:

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 [in paper journal] / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 21 / 22 / 23 / 24 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 / 29 / 30 / 31 / 32 / 33 / 34 / 35 / 36 / 37 / 38 / 39 / 40 / 41 / 42 / 43 / 44 / 45 / 46 / 47 / 48 / 49 / 50 / 51 / 52 / 53 / 54 / 55 / 56 / 57 / 58 / 59 / 60 / 61 / 62 / 63 / 64 / 65 / 66 / 67 / 68 / 69 / 70 / 71 / 72 / 73 / 74 / 75 / 76 / 77 / 78 / 79 / 80 / 81 / 82 / 83 / 84 / 85 / 86 / 87 / 88 / 89 / 90 / 91 / 92 / 93 / 94 / 95 / 96 / 97 / 98 / 99 / 100 / 101
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I'll Be Seeing You

Why do I want to do this?

I used to be completely and utterly stage-struck, and to this day there's something about the swish of a red velvet curtain that makes me happy. I don't go to the theatre nearly as often as I'd like, and this is because I'm never organised enough to find out what's on and get myself a ticket. This is frankly ridiculous, with the Ambassadors (or is it the New Victoria?) on my doorstep and London just up the railway line.


How will I know I've done it?

I'll be able to produce ticket stubs or programmes for the following:

- one grand opera (as distinct from light opera, below - this doesn't have to be restricted to nineteenth-century spectaculars, but it does have to be at least vaguely serious);
- one light opera or operetta (this can be one of the Savoy operas, though if this is the case it must absolutely be a professional production; I've seen plenty of amateur G & S, so it wouldn't be a new experience);
- one musical (can be anything)
- one ballet (can be anything)
- three Shakespeare plays (not to include Romeo and Juliet, if I can help it)
- one play not (so far as is known) written by Shakespeare (but can be anything else)


I'll record this in posts in this journal.
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Cat in the Wrapping

Why do I want to do this?

I've never been keen on the idea that 'Christmas = spend loadsa money!!!'. I have more sympathy for the one that goes 'Christmas = spend time and trouble on people you love'. That's what this is about. It's also a variation on 'Recycled Christmas', which was a goal on the old list. Besides, I like making things.


How will I know I've done it?

For Christmas 2010, 2011 and 2012, three of the presents I give will have been made by myself. These can be edible, wearable, practical, frivolous, or whatever.


I'll record this in posts in this journal - after Christmas.
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Guardians of the City

What's this about?

The London Eye is a big old observation wheel they put up to mark the year 2000. Rather better than the Dome, so I've heard.


Why do I want to do this?

I'd like to see London from a different perspective.


How will I know I've done this?

I'll have travelled a complete circuit in the London Eye.


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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Changing room

Why do I want to do this?

I went through a phase of wearing black because I loved it. Leather trousers, black nail varnish, very short black skirts, all that stuff. These days I wear black more because it's there. Because I can't think what else to wear. (The exception, funnily enough, being the black velvet jacket in the picture above - I love that.) I want to stop falling back on black, and find some other stuff I love. Make myself use my imagination a bit.


How will I know I've done it?

For a continuous period of seven days, I will have worn nothing black.


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

I think it's very good for me to play around in other writers' universes. With any luck this will also prompt me to finish stuff, rather than have it lurking on my hard drive for evermore.


How will I know I've done this?

I'll have six completed stories, of at least one thousand words apiece, based in a universe that is not of my own creating. Stories written for other people, prompts, and challenges such as Yuletide count, as does finishing anything I've already started, provided that I add the thousand words in the course of this challenge.


I'll record this in this journal, but the resulting works will be posted at the Archive Of Our Own.

The Works

We Climbed the Matterhorn

The Theory and Practice of Fairy-Godmothering, Discussed in an Appropriate Environment, Namely, Over Tea

Transferrable Skills

Bats in the Belfry

Chicken Supreme
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TARDIS: DVD set

Why do I want to do this?

Other 101ers have much more ambitious TV-related goals than this. Watch the entirety of Buffy. All the Doctor Who episodes that weren't actually destroyed by the BBC. And so on. Why am I aiming so low? Because I actually wouldn't do this if I didn't have this prod. Perhaps it's something to do with growing up without a TV, but I can count on the fingers of one hand the programmes of which I've seen an entire season. I don't think I've ever seen a whole season at the time of broadcast (I should note that this doesn't form part of this goal).


How will I know I've done it?

I'll have watched every episode of one complete season of any TV series.


I'll record this in this journal, probably.
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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.
stapsdoes101things: Pizza with '101' marked out in green pimento (101food)
Why do I want to do this?

I enjoy cooking and I enjoy entertaining friends. I'd like to set myself the challenge of producing food to suit a variety of situations. 'Dinner party' doesn't have to be as formal as it sounds - in fact, knowing my friends, it probably won't be. I'd like the picnic to be something special, though.


How will I know I've done it?

I'll have provided an evening meal, cooked largely or entirely by myself, for at least four people including myself. I'll also have provided a picnic, prepared largely or entirely by myself, for at least four people including myself.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.
stapsdoes101things: Pizza with '101' marked out in green pimento (101food)
The Curse of the Mummy

What's this about?

A murder mystery dinner: it's like a dinner party combined with a parlour game, with certain props and storylines pre-prepared.

Why do I want to do this?

This is a stupid thing I've got really het up about for no good reason. Should I invite the people I went to the last murder mystery dinner with? Should I invite the people who've expressed in interest in going to one? Who is on speaking terms with whom? This goal is designed to make me do the damn thing, whoever comes or doesn't come.


How will I know I've done it?

People will have come to dinner and solved a mystery. Either the one in the picture or another one. I could even write one myself.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.
stapsdoes101things: '101' superimposed on a red poppy (101flowers)
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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Why do I want to do this?

I don't tend to spend a lot on underwear, mainly on the grounds that nobody's going to see it. However, given the way that e.g. an itchy bra strap can drive me to extreme irritation, there's quite a lot to be said for having well-fitting garments in natural fibres (important, this - you really don't want to know what synthetics do to me) next the skin.


How will I know I've done it?

I'll have the following in my possession:

- bras, everyday, non-wired, 2 (one black, one white/camel)
- bras, everyday, wired, 2 (one black, one white/camel)
- bras, posh, 3 (one black, one white, one exciting colour)
- at least three pairs of pants to go with each bra
- slips, camisoles, etc, according to my whim.

All will be at least 95% natural fibre, and all will fit me properly.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.
stapsdoes101things: detail of a hymnbook page showing hymn no. 101, tune 'St Bernard' (101music)
Jazz

Why do I want to do this?

I love jazz, but I hardly ever get up and go to a jazz night off my own bat. This goal is meant to be a little kick in the right direction.


How will I know when I've done it?

I will have gone to a jazz night, gig, concert, whatever, not because that's what a friend's birthday party happened to involve, nor because someone I knew was in it, but because I wanted to.


I'll record this in a post here.

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