stapsdoes101things: Pizza with '101' marked out in green pimento (101food)
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
stapsdoes101things: '101' superimposed on a stylised picture of a teapot (Default)
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.
stapsdoes101things: '101' superimposed on a camera lens (101photography)
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.
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 camera lens (101photography)
Robin

Why do I want to do this?

I don't get much practice at taking photos of people, usually because I'm too shy to ask them to sit down for me. I'm hoping that this will improve both the photography and the shyness.


How will I know I've done it?

I'll have taken five posed or deliberate photographs of other people, with which I'm reasonably happy. I will have proved that I'm happy with them by having prints made and giving copies to the subject, unless it would for some reason be inappropriate for me to do this. (I can't think of any reason, but I feel I need a get-out clause on this one.)


I'll record this on this journal and at Flickr.


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stapsdoes101things: '101' superimposed on a camera lens (101photography)
Empty frame

Why do I want to do this?

My photography has been getting better and better, but I'm still underconfident about it. I'm also not very organised when it comes to getting prints made. The combination makes this goal more of a challenge than you'd think. I believe that even now I could take a photograph that I'd be happy to display in its own right as a work of art, and this goal is meant to give me a little kick into doing so.


How will I know I've done it?

Somewhere around my house I will have, framed, and in plain sight of any visitors, a photograph that I have taken myself. It will be on display not because of the subject per se, but because I believe that it's a decent picture.


I'll record this by taking a photo of the photo, and posting it here.
stapsdoes101things: detail of a hymnbook page showing hymn no. 101, tune 'St Bernard' (101music)
Self in Hat

What's this about?

And, more to the point, what does the picture of me in my little brother's hat have to do with anything? Well, I took it towards the end of a rather raucous party, which is a context in which you are fairly likely to discover me singing. Being of a somewhat retiring nature, I don't tend to open my mouth in front of strangers.


Why do I want to do this?

Singing is an important part of my life in both sacred and secular contexts. I'm not a great singer - but I'm not actually a bad one; I'm just very underconfident (it comes of living all your life with people who sing your own part better than you do). I want to force myself out of my comfort zone.


How will I know when it's done?

I will have sung a stretch of music at least four bars long, either alone or in an ensemble small enough that my voice can be clearly distinguished and attributed to me, in front of a group of people that includes strangers, three times. Alternatively, I will have one recording of my singing, other than the Cats' Duet, posted somewhere on the internet, or broadcast as part of my husband's Advent Calendar, and will have sung a stretch of music at least four bars long, either alone or in an ensemble small enough that my voice can be clearly distinguished and attributed to me, twice.


I'll record this in this journal, probably on this post. If a recording ends up on the internet, I'll post a link to it.
stapsdoes101things: detail of a hymnbook page showing hymn no. 101, tune 'St Bernard' (101music)
David, Miriam

What's this about?

I'm a committed member of my church choir, singing (in a typical week, in termtime) two services on Sunday and a practice on Thursday. Our repertoire covers most of the standards of the [Anglican] English choral tradition, not to mention a few things that no other church choir in the country is known to have touched, swinging happily between about 1550 and 2010. Occasionally there's an opportunity to sing a few solo lines or a solo verse. I'd like to take up such opportunities.


Why do I want to do this?

Singing is an important part of my life in both sacred and secular contexts. I'm not a great singer - but I'm not actually a bad one; I'm just very underconfident (it comes of living all your life with people who sing your own part better than you do). I want to force myself out of my comfort zone.


How will I know when it's done?

I will have sung a stretch of music at least four bars long, either alone or in an ensemble small enough that my voice can be clearly distinguished and attributed to me, in the course of worship, four times.


I'll record this in this journal, probably on this post.

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