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Why do I want to do this?

I've won NaNoWriMo three times, so this ought to be easy. However, in each case I won it by writing stupidly large amounts on some days, and stupidly small amounts on other days. I'd like to get into a better rhythm, though I'm under no illusions that this will induce good habits.

How will I know I've done this?

For a period of thirty consecutive days, I'll have written 1001 words every day.

This can be tracked at, when I've played around with the settings a bit so that you can see them. Or I might find some other widget to do it.
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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.

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stapsdoes101things: '101' superimposed on a red poppy (101flowers)
Sunset Over English Channel

What's this about?

Meteorology, says Wikipedia, is the interdisciplinary scientific study of the atmosphere that focuses on weather processes and short term forecasting (in contrast with climatology). Studies in the field stretch back millennia, though significant progress in meteorology did not occur until the eighteenth century. The nineteenth century saw breakthroughs occur after observing networks developed across several countries. Breakthroughs in weather forecasting were achieved in the latter half of the twentieth century, after the development of the computer.

Meteorological phenomena are observable weather events which illuminate and are explained by the science of meteorology. Those events are bound by the variables that exist in Earth's atmosphere: They are temperature, air pressure, water vapor, and the gradients and interactions of each variable, and how they change in time.

I'd just like to be able to understand a weather map.

Why do I want to do this?

It seems like fairly basic knowledge that I don't understand at all. So.

How will I know when I've done it?

Good question. This is probably my vaguest goal. I will call it done when I can look at a pressure map and explain what the wiggly lines [are likely to] mean for the weather.

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

What's this about?

[personal profile] ancientandmodern is the journal where I talk about hymns. A typical post would include the lyrics, a video, if I can find a decent one, a short(ish) meditation, and possibly some historical notes on the lyricist and composer.

Why do I want to do this?

I've let this slide recently, and it's a pity. I think I need a bit of a kick to post more often.

How will I know when it's done?

I'll have posted articles on 101 hymns at [personal profile] ancientandmodern.

Progress can be tracked on the journal itself, and at this post, where I'll put links to individual articles.

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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Wii Fit

What's this about?

Wii Fit is an exercise video game that uses the Wii console. It very helpfully tells you how long you've spent on it each day: "FitCash"

Why do I want to do this?

I find that physical exercise has the effect of making me more aware of my body, and more confident in it, as if the more I use it, the more it belongs to me. Therefore, I'd like to exercise regularly - say half an hour per day. But I might not have half an hour every single day. Half an hour per day for 1001 days would be 500.5 hours. I rounded it down to 500, then knocked off another hundred to account for the days when I'm out/ill/tired. I think 400 hours is ambitious but manageable.

I want to make one thing clear: this is not a weight loss thing, it's an activity thing. It doesn't matter whether I spend 400 hours jogging or 400 hours doing deep breathing. The point is that I'm aware of my body and that I'm using it.

How will I know when it's done?

The total number of hours on my FitPiggy will be at least 400 greater than it was on day 1.

I'll record this in occasional updates on this journal, and on Daytum.

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