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What's this about?

[livejournal.com profile] 100_snapshots is a photography challenge in which the participant is given 100 prompt words and takes a photograph for each of them. There is no time limit.


Why do I want to do this?

I'm trying to improve my photography, and this is another angle from which to approach it. I've already got goals on this list that will improve my more spontaneous pictures, but this one involves deliberately setting out to take photos of specific subjects.


How will I know I've done this?

Each of the words below will be a link to the photograph that illustrates it.


I'll record this using the list below, on Flickr, and possibly on the official LJ community.

1. Safety
2. Stale
3. Feathered
4. Hot
5. Open
6. Forever
7. Love
8. Touch
9. Colorless
10. Blue
11. Smell
12. Growth
13. Irony
14. Wrong
15. More
16. Feel
17. Muse
18. Child
19. Within
20. Pale
21. Earth
22. Torn
23. Scars
24. Stray
25. Drops
26. Against
27. Dry
28. Fresh
29. Covered
30. Bold
31. High
32. Shadow
33. Concrete
34. Vein
35. Rush
36. Yellow
37. Empty
38. Cliché
39. Central
40. Loss
41. Wonder
42. Sweet
43. Poetry
44. Heavy
45. Fall
46. Chair
47. Statue
48. Kool-Aid
49. Dark
50. Breath
51. Garbage
52. Silk
53. Teacher
54. Cream
55. Wash
56. Corner
57. Rose
58. Field
59. Two
60. Red
61. Music
62. Rope
63. Decrepit
64. Chase
65. Dream
66. Dance
67. Smile
68. Smirk
69. Reflection
70. Soul
71. Lock
72. Key
73. Rust
74. Find
75. Lose
76. Drag
77. Wind
78. Rest
79. Swing
80. Meeting
81. Vacant
82. Hazy
83. Release
84. Gather
85. Swarm
86. Road
87. Wait
88. Stand
89. Distance
90. Trapped
91. Desk
92. Detach
93. Shatter
94. Home
95. Shy
96. Tackle
97. Begin
98. End
99. Time
100. Life
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Cookery Books

Why do I want to do this?

I'm a bit of a magpie when it comes to cookery books - well, books in general, but cookbooks in particular. I have a suspicion that I possess rather more than I need, and that some of those I possess are actually not very good. This is a way to weed out the dud ones.


How will I know I've done this?

I'll be sticking a sticker to the cover of the appropriate book each time I try a new recipe, so when they've all got three stickers, it'll be done.


I'll record this at [personal profile] stapsreads.

English Food - Jane Grigson
Cooking in a Bedsitter - Katharine Whitehorn
The Top One Hundred Pasta Sauces - Diane Seed
Grub on a Grant - Cas Clarke
French Country Cooking - Elizabeth David
Schwartz Herbs and Spices: Seasonal Hints and Menus
Microwave Cookery Book (uncredited - probably came with the microwave)
Cooking with the Choir - the choir of St Mary's, Guildford
Slow Cooking - Katie Bishop
Kenwood Food Processor Cooking
The Picnic - Jane Pettigrew (not strictly a cookery book, but does contain recipes)
Best of Greece
Best of Thailand
Best of Morocco
Best of China
Best of Spain
Best of India
Best of Ireland
Best of Japan
Best of Mexico
Best of Italy
Sweet Pies and Tarts - Linda Collister
Cooking for Blokes - Duncan Anderson and Marian Walls
200 Delicious Desserts - Sara Lewis
Flavouring with Herbs - Clare Gordon-Smith
Best-Kept Secrets of the Women's Institute: Breads & Bakes - Carrie O'Regan and Jill Brand
Best-Kept Secrets of the Women's Institute: Chocolate - Sîan Cook
Best-Kept Secrets of the Women's Institute: Home Cooking - Jill Brand and Carrie O'Regan
Best-Kept Secrets of the Women's Institute: Tarts - Liz Herbert
Cookies Galore - Jacqueline Bellefontaine
From Bath Chaps to Bara Brith: the taste of South-West Britain - Laura Mason and Catherine Brown
The River Cottage Cookbook - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
More-With-Less Cookbook - Doris Longacre
The Bishops' Cookbook
Cakes - Janice Murfitt
The Students' Sausage Egg and Beans Cookbook - Jane Bamforth
Slow Cooking Just For Yourself - Catherine Atkinson
The Best of Polish Cooking - Karen West
Mary Berry's Complete Cookbook
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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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Waffle Iron

Why do I want to do this?

There's no point in owning things you don't use - particularly things that aren't nice to have in and of themselves. I'm hoping that, by making a conscious decision to use all the white, grey, black and stainless steel goods, I'll be able to consider whether or not I actually want to keep them around, and, if I do, to use them more.


How will I know I've done this?

Every item on the list below (which is to be added to as and when I think of more things) will have the name of a dish next to it - a dish I've cooked using it.

waffle iron
slow cooker - Goulash Soup with Dumplings
toaster
sandwich toaster
coffee filter machine
deep fat fryer
Magimix
stick blender - celery soup
microwave
kettle
bread maker
garlic crusher
skewers
pie-crust holder-upper
steak pan


I'll record this at this post and in other posts 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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DVD shelf

Why do I want to do this?

I have seen shockingly few films. I wish to remedy this.


How will I know I've done this?

Listed below will be twenty films, ten of which were first released after 1960, and ten of which were released before or during 1960. Each of these I will have watched for the first time over the course of the 1001 days.


I'll record this in this journal and at [personal profile] stapsreads.

Pre-1960: Shanghai Express / The Blue Angel / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10
1960-date: Toy Story 3 / My Big Fat Greek Wedding / Galaxy Quest / The Way / The Bucket List / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10
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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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Cello, Rainbow

Why do I want to do this?

I'm never going to be the next Jacqueline du Pré, but I do enjoy playing my cello. The trouble is, now I'm not in any sort of orchestra, I don't make time to do it.


How will I know I've done this?

Every month for the duration of the 1001 days, I'll have spent an hour playing my cello.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.

- 30 November 2010 - an hour on Classics For Idiots and a few scales. Mostly The Swan.
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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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Crumpets

What's this about?

Platski are potato pancakes - Polish (I've also met them in Germany: Kartoffelpfannkuchen)
Pierogi are stuffed dumplings - Polish again - think a cross between ravioli and a cheese and onion pasty
Piernicki are Polish ginger biscuits
Lebkuchen are German ginger biscuits
Churros are Spanish doughnut things
Crumpets are small bread-like cakes, and fantastic.

And I've just thought of another one. If I can find a recipe for Staffordshire oatcakes, I shall be a very happy woman. I don't even know where one can buy them, around here. That'll be a bonus, though.


Why do I want to do this?

The above are all things I love to eat, but have never tried making for myself, because I'm convinced that they're too fiddly/difficult/not my dish, or whatever. But there's no harm in trying.


How will I know I've done this?

I'll have attempted to make all the above items at least once. I may even have produced something that resembles the foodstuff as I understand it.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.

Pierniczki, or, My In-Laws Are Trying To Kill Me
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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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Hedgers

What's this about?

TED is a fantastic thing. Interested people talking about interesting things, things they love. Many, many fascinating talks to watch online.


Why do I want to do this?

Because it's dead interesting, and I'll never do it otherwise.


How will I know I've done it?

I'll have watched 101 TED videos from beginning to end.


I'll record this in posts in this journal. Click on the numbers below to see talks I've watched.

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 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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Hey Diddle Diddl

What's this about?

The Proms. The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented by the BBC - 'the world's greatest classical music festival'. So much music! Thirty sounds ambitious, but that's only an average of ten per year, and there are about one hundred every year. It's all on the wireless and the TV; besides, I can easily get up to London to see the Real Thing.


Why do I want to do it?

Free music, people! I know shockingly little music, and all I need is a little kick to listen to it.


How will I know I've done it?

I'll have heard thirty Prom concerts from beginning to end.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.

1 / 2 / 3 / 4
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Why do I want to do this?

I'm a reasonably regular blood donor; I just want to keep the habit going. You wouldn't believe how much trouble I had with the wording of this goal. On the last list I had 'Give blood five times'. Fine. Except at least three of the times I went to a donation session I wasn't able to give blood, for various health-related reasons - and so I missed it.

Then I thought, well, why not aim for whatever the next level is in the award scheme. The trouble with that idea is that I've already got the blue card, and have been at least twice since then - so getting the bronze award would entail very little effort. I can't attempt silver, though, because one can only give blood three times a year. I think I've got the wording about right now. We shall see.


How will I know I've done it?

I'll have turned up at seven blood donation sessions, and have made every effort to give blood.


I'll record this in this post, and potentially in other posts in this journal.

[9th December 2010] [Two] [Three] [Four] [Five] [Six] [Seven]
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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.
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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.
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Earlier Every Year
Don't eat holly berries, kids. This photograph is for illustrative purposes only.

What's this about?

The Omnivore's 100 is a list of foods that the blog owner thinks every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food – but a good omnivore should really try it all.


Why do I want to do this?

My worst enemy couldn't call me a picky eater - I will try pretty much anything if it's put in front of me. I won't, however, go out of my way to eat it. This is designed to push me a little bit further, to be a little more adventurous.


How will I know I've done it?

I'll have eaten ten items in the list below that I hadn't previously tried.


I'll track this below:


Strikethrough indicates that I've already tried this food, so can't count it towards the challenge.
Bold indicates that I've tried this as part of my 101 in 1001

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea - post
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche (leaving this one unstruck, because, while I've had dulce de leche flavoured ice cream, I've not tried the thing itself.)
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips - post
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst - post
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini - post
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake
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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.




1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 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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Birthday cards

Why do I want to do this?

I'm terrible at remembering people's birthdays. I've sent texts apologising for having missed someone's birthday two months before the actual date - and then forgotten it when it did come around. I'm hoping this will go some way towards organising me.


How will I know when I've done it?

I'll have a book full of names and dates. Even better: they'll match up with each other.


I'll record this in a post in this journal.
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Along the Pilgrims' Way

What's this about?

It's hardly news that Canterbury is an important destination for pilgrimage; it has been ever since the murder of Thomas Becket. It's not all that far from me, either.


Why do I want to do this?

It's been far too long since I did a proper pilgrimage, which is something that I find extremely useful in my spiritual life. This one is easily manageable from where I am now.


How will I know when I've done it?

I'll have travelled on foot from my home in Woking to Canterbury cathedral. I may do this in stages, so long as I pick up each new stage exactly where I left off the last one.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.

August 2013

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