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Chair (Restoration in Progress)

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

My mother bought me this chair from the junk stall at Woking market for a couple of quid. I was going to leave it painted white, but she started stripping the paint. Having carried on with that, I can see her point - it's lovely wood underneath. (Beech, I think, but I'm not sure.) Anyhow, now it's started it needs finishing, because it looks a bit silly as it is.


How will I know I've done this?

The chair will be stripped down to bare wood, and finished with beeswax or similar. (There seem to be two layers of white paint, one of horrible blue, probably lead, paint, and one of some sort of varnish.)


I'll record this in posts in this journal.
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Bathplug

Why do I want to do this?

It seems unlikely that I'll ever wean my husband off his overflowing baths. This is the next best thing: reuse the water. I think I ought to be able to pass a hose through the bathroom window and save at least some of the bathwater: a blessing, in droughts.


How will I know I've done this?

I'll have worked out a way to get bathwater out of the bath and into buckets/watering cans and, ultimately, onto the plants. I'll have rescued at least ten litres at least ten times.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.

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Baubles

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

Years ago, when my parents split up, I hit upon the idea of buying a pair of identical Christmas tree ornaments and giving them one each, because they were both still my parents, even if there were now two houses and two Christmas trees. It became a bit of a tradition. Now I've moved out myself, so there are three trees. I bought a set of six filigree angels last year - two apiece - but would like to make a set myself.


How will I know I've done it?

On three separate Christmas trees there will be three identical or very similar ornaments, which I have constructed or substantially decorated myself.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.
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Mooncup

What's this about?

The Mooncup is a reusable menstrual cup, around two inches long and made from soft medical grade silicone. It is worn internally a lot lower than a tampon but, while tampons and pads absorb menstrual fluid, the Mooncup collects it. This means it doesn’t cause dryness or irritation, and also that it collects far more (three times as much as a ‘super-absorbent’ tampon’!). Because the Mooncup is reusable, you only need one so it saves you money and helps the environment, too.

The Mooncup is designed to be folded and inserted into the vagina, then removed, rinsed and reinserted up to every 8 hours. A light seal is formed with your vaginal walls, allowing menstrual fluid to pass into the Mooncup without leakage or odour. This seal is released for removal, allowing you to empty the contents, rinse or wipe and reinsert.



Why do I want to do this?

I've noticed a fair bit of squeamishness about menstrual cups, and I'd like to do my bit to compensate for that.


How will I know I've done this?

I will have done three discrete things that express my appreciation for and endorsement of the Mooncup.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.
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In Credit

What's this about?

Buy Nothing Day is a day where you challenge yourself, your family and friends to switch off from shopping and tune into life. The rules are simple, for 24 hours you will detox from shopping and anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending!

Everything we buy has an impact on the environment, Buy Nothing Day highlights the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism. The developed countries - only 20% of the world population are consuming over 80% of the earth's natural resources, causing a disproportionate level of environmental damage, and an unfair distribution of wealth.

As consumers we need to question the products we buy and challenge the companies who produce them. What are the true risks to the environment and developing countries? We all know recycling is OK for the the evironment, but consuming less is better and Buy Nothing Day is a great way to start.



Why do I want to do this?

Quite frankly, I have far too much stuff. It will be very good for me to remember what I used to know: that I can actually get along quite happily without spending a penny and without acquiring junk I don't need.


How will I know I've done this?

For a period of 24 hours on a date specified by whoever it is that organises Buy Nothing Day, I will have refrained from purchasing anything - in person, online, or whatever. I may or may not have taken part in an organised event associated with Buy Nothing Day.
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Mackintosh watch

What's this about?

This watch was a Christmas present from my ma a few years ago, and it's stopped. I'm not sure what's wrong with it - originally I thought it was running out of battery, but when I took it to a repair place to change the battery they tested it and it was fine.


Why do I want to do this?

Well, a stopped watch is only right twice a day. It could do with having a link taken out, too; it slips around a bit.


How will I know I've done it?

My watch will keep good time, and will fit better than it does at present.


I'll record this in a post 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.
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Welcome to Woking

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

I stole this goal (along with a couple of others) from 101 of a Wolf, who says:

Square Mile Living involves drawing a square around where you live and then exploring what resources you actually have in your square mile. It aims to give you a way of exploring your neighbourhood, helps you discover local businesses to support and puts you directly in touch with your immediate community.

Which I think would be a very good thing for me to do. I work and worship in Guildford, ten minutes down the railway line; I'd like to feel more connected to Woking.


How will I know I've done this?

I'll have walked down all the streets within my square mile, and have listed the facilities within that area.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.
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Vegetables

What's this about?

A veg box service is like the milkman, but with vegetables. A bit less predictable than the milkman, too, as I understand it.


Why do I want to do this?

I'd like to support local farmers (if there actually are any around my way, which I must confess is something that I have no idea about). I'd like to eat better, and to push myself into eating things I wouldn't usually try.


How will I know I've done this?

I'll have found out about what kind of veg box services are offered in the Woking area. I will have made a decision whether or not to pursue any of these further.


I'll record this in posts 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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Guitar, Rainbow

Why do I want to do this?

This is a variant on a goal from the last list: learn to play the harmonica. I had very worthy reasons for this - to be able to accompany others at community sing-songs, carol singing, bus camps, or whatever. This proved impractical on two counts. Firstly, it was too vague. I could always pick out a tune on the mouth organ, albeit somewhat haltingly, so I hadn't really set myself a challenge. Secondly, I never got a chance to act on these good intentions because, as someone who could both carry a tune and remember all the words to all the verses to pretty much all the songs anybody ever wanted to sing, I was much more in demand as a singer.


How will I know I've done this?

I'll be sufficiently proficient on the guitar to be able to accompany myself singing the entirety of one song. It doesn't matter what the song is.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.
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Prospero

Why do I want to do this?

Museums are fantastic - I love wandering around, looking at beautiful things, interesting things, important things, things that meant something. I don't go to as many as I'd like, and when I do go I tend to stick to ones I already know.


How will I know I've done it?

I'll have spent at least an hour in each of six different museums. I will have previously visited three of these, but the other three will be new to me.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.
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Orchid, Shaving Mirror

Why do I want to do this?

Ew, ming, you might say. But I already use a Mooncup, and am very happy with it. Occasionally I wear sanitary towels for moral support, if you like, and hate them, because they are plasticky and sweaty. Actual cotton (as opposed to 'cotton-like feel', which really isn't) would be fantastic.


How will I know I've done this?

I'll have made at least two washable, reusable sanitary towel equivalents.


I'll record this... do you really want to know? I'll post about it in this journal, but don't worry: I won't illustrate it. Unless I manage to make a really good pattern, obviously.
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Herb Garden

Why do I want to do this?

As part of my last list, I planted a fantastic herb garden. It's got all sorts in it: chives, rosemary, sage, hyssop, chervil, sorrel, thyme, parsley, mint, lemon verbena, lemon balm, tarragon... I'd like to use it a bit more. Even when it's dark and raining.


How will I know I've done it?

When any herb in my garden is named, I'll be able to name two dishes I've cooked that include that herb.


I'll record this in posts in this journal. Might share some of the recipes, if they work well.
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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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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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Finch
NB: this is neither my bird nor my bird-feeder. I think it's a South American variety of finch. My photo, though.

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

I have two bird-feeders. One is the sort that hangs, and one is the sort that sticks up out of the ground on a pole. I have two bird-boxes. One was on the fence when we moved in, and the other was a birthday present, and is in the bedroom because I haven't put it up yet. In each case, the clue is in the name. 'Bird', not 'squirrel'. I wish to keep the squirrels off the birds' food, and stop them eating the baby birds. Why do I wish to do this? As an ex-Isle of Wight resident, it is my solemn duty to regard a grey squirrel as a mangy, disease-ridden, festering tree-rat. No quarter given.


How will I know I've done it?

I will have devised a series of contraptions that prevent squirrels getting at the bird-feeders and stealing the food (the food that the jay knocks out of the upright feeder is the jay's problem, I think), and getting at the bird-boxes and disturbing/killing/eating the nesting birds. A healthy family of blue-tits would be a good indication that this has been successful.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.
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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 750words.com, 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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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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Three Bibles

Why do I want to do this?

I still haven't settled on a 'favourite' translation of the Bible. I tend to use the New International Version, but that's really only because I happen to have a copy of it. I'd like to make an informed decision about which translation to use.


How will I know I've done it?

I'll have read the same book of the Bible three times, in different translations. Any translation counts. I am including the books in the Apocrypha, though I doubt that I'll fix on any of them when it comes to it.


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

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