Sunday, July 29, 2012

101 in 1001 update

With the exception of my (somewhat) recent post on teaching Little Miss A to bake, it's been a while since I updated you guys on how my 101 in 1001 challenge is going. None of them have really warranted a full post unto themselves, so I figured I'd jam a bunch of stuff into one post. WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

#10 - Read 100 new books
DONE!! I finished this the other day. There's a full list over on my 101 in 1001 page, and there are reviews of each book over on my Goodreads page. Some of them were amazing, some of them were epic pieces of shit. And I discovered a whole bunch of awesome authors to look out for, which is always good.

#19 - Reach 500 blog posts
In progress. This post makes 453, so I'm pretty sure I'll have this crossed off before the end of the year! 

#30 - Take a cooking class
DONE! I didn't realise it until I looked at the list again to write this post, but the macaron class that Deidre and I took for Super Sized Dessert Day has taken care of this one nicely.

#31 - Host a guest blogger
DONE! Another one I'd forgotten that I put on the list. Thanks to Teacher Girl and the 20SB blog swap, I crossed this off last week! 

#54 - Print out my photos
I guess this one is almost always going to be a work in progress. But I HAVE printed out a ton of photos from 2008 through to the end of my trip to America last year, along with labelling them and putting them into albums. For the moment, I'm not crossing this off, because I'm not COMPLETELY up to date with printing my photos. But maybe when I get back from America NEXT year, I'll cross this one off.

#56 - Buy a new laptop
DONE! Okay, so technically I didn't buy it. My dad bought it for me, because a) my old laptop completely shat itself over the semester break ('multiple blue screens of death' kind of shat itself. I think the hard drive died...), b) I needed a new one for uni, because we're in a shiny new "no computers provided" building, and my old one weighs about 4 kilos, and c) I have no money. But I have a new laptop, so it totally counts, right???

#59 - Follow a new blog every month
I've probably exceeded this one in almost every month. The only problem is that I reached a point where I forgot to write them down, so I'm not ENTIRELY sure of the order I followed various blogs in. Whoops? Anyway, it's still plodding along merrily.

#60 - Take a self portrait every month
Dudes. This one is an EPIC failure. I took one the first month, and THAT WAS IT. I'm definitely going to be donating $10 to charity for this one...

#65 - Keep a plant alive for a year
Nearly two months in, the plant is still alive. EXCELLENT PROGRESS, ME!

#96 - Save all coins smaller than 50c and go shopping at the end
Yeah, I've been saving all 5c, 10c and 20c pieces religiously. But I'm not sure how well that shopping spree is going to go. I currently have $14................. 

#100 - Seriously consider doing my PhD
DONE. I can honestly say that I've seriously considered this, and now that I'm arse deep in a Masters degree and racking up another $30,000 in debt to the government (thankfully, it's interest free and I pay it back through my tax!), I definitely won't be doing my PhD any time soon. I'd still like to do it one day. But maybe when I've retired. Then I can do it on something I find interesting, rather than something I think will stand a chance of getting me a job! 

So there you have it. There's a lot of stuff that still needs to be started, and a stack of stuff that needs to be finished. But I think it's going pretty well so far! 

K xx


  1. Good work! Mine's stuck at about 47%, and not sure when the rest will happen...

    Maybe you could also do the PhD if you can convince someone (i.e. a company/university) to pay for it. Never know what opportunities might come up!

    1. Oy, you're doing much better than me if you're on 47%!! I think I'm on about 25%... But there are quite a few that are in progress, and I just need to get off my arse and actually finish them (ahem, cooking challenge, ahem)

      That's a good point, I could do it WHILE I'm working. Although I don't even want to think about how long it would take to do a PhD while working full time!! I wonder how many people try and do that and then find that their research is out of date before they've even published...

  2. One of the tutors I have this semester told us very sternly that if we wanted to get our PhD just to call ourselves a Doctor then we should seriously reconsider, because it's not worth it. She's in the middle of writing her thesis or whatever, she wasn't being stern or anything...she just sounded like she was stressed out of her brain and was trying to sound funny but came across as suffering herself haha.

    1. Yeah, the thesis writing part must come as kind of a rude shock when you've spent like 18 months doing research and reading all the books you can possibly find on your subject. And then your supervisor gets all "Okay, so I need three chapters by the end of the month" on you? BLURGH.

      For me, it's not so much about being able to call myself a Doctor (since watching Doctor Who, I can't not capitalise that). It's about getting to wear the big floppy hat!! I blame my high school principal - she had her PhD and so wore the floppy hat to every speech night/commencement ceremony!

  3. "Epic pieces of shit" was just one of the things that made me bwah, but I also want a few examples of just which books were shitty enough to make this category, heh heh.

    And I so wanna challenge myself to read 100 new books...I love to read but lately I've been lazy to read awesome books. OMG WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?!

    ::runs away in hysterics::



    1. There was a lot of really REALLY terrible urban fantasy on the list. This is the problem with having an entire library of books to read (which I didn't have in Canberra - I never bothered to change my address, so didn't have proof of address to sign up to the local library there). I'll borrow pretty much anything if the blurb sounds vaguely intriguing. Turns out? Lots of the blurbs are full of lies... *SIGH*


  4. I concur on the PhD thing - it's a "retirement project" for me also!

  5. I'm contemplating making one of these. I made a bucket list after my first year in school (ie. 3 years ago) and I have only completed one thing on the list. ((sigh)) So perhaps, one of these would be good motivation for me to actually do the things I want to do. :)

    1. It's a good thing to keep going in the background. I think the difficulty for me was trying to keep it to things that I could control. I looked at a lot of other people's lists, and they had stuff on there like "get engaged", "get married", "have a baby", all on the one list.

      I'm not saying there's anything wrong with having that stuff on a list, I just wonder if they'd considered the fact that 1001 days is only about two and a half years. To try and cram all of that into two and a half years is a pretty big ask!!

      I'd much rather do a bunch of small stuff than half a dozen huge life changing things, you know?


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