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So, I should probably quantify this a bit. Various people have various sets of rules for this meme. I know I need flexibility so I am not going to say I can't amend challenges in hindsight or that I have to have planned them all from the beginning (some might be spur of the moment because the opportunity just comes up). I am not going to say I have to blog about them all or take photos or even publish them. I do not want this to be a chore, but fun and expanding, so only a few will be regular for the entire time (but maybe some ones which are good for me will become a habit) and only a few will be difficult, some will be really easy. Part of this is about getting round to doing things I would like to do, part is about getting round to doing things I ought to do and part is about personal development. I can't really do this without support or at least cooperation from family and friends.

Anyway, a more sensibly ordered, trackable list will appear at some point soon.

1/101 completed: C1 Railfest on 4th June 2012. Myself, Ganesh and the children went up for the day. It was at the National Railway Museum in York and we took the train to get there (naturally). It was a lovely day, a little bit of drizzle in the morning, but mostly it was dry, not too sunny, not too hot. We went on um 7 steam trains (some of them twice, three times, four times) of various sizes - from tiny little ride ons, less little ride ons and up through the gauges to proper standard gauge. We saw model trains from tiny-tiny upwards, and saw engines of all ages. Ganesh went into the cabs of quite a few, while I stayed with reluctant children.

101 in 1001

Jun. 3rd, 2012 10:01 pm
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I'm contemplating doing 101 challenges in 1001 days. Most of my friends started this when I was pregnant with Alex, and I thought I really wouldn't have time and would have a big enough challenge with coping with a new baby.
Now... I have a 3.5 year old and a 21 month old.

Well, the incentive is a big challenge. To get comfortable enough in a swimming pool to take my children (well, with the help of another confident and competent adult) swimming without transferring my fear of water to them. But can I think of 100 other items to challenge myself with? So far I'm up to 50 and will post them on a subsequent post, lest this one gets too long.

Sensible, practical (given my family commitments) and interesting suggestions welcome.

Here are some examples of things I have already done and would have included if I hadn't include:
Giving milk (30 pints) but not blood (although I have overcome my needlephobia enough for this, the phlebotomists generally say that my veins are too difficult and they typically don't manage to get a complete vial let alone a pint.)
Going on a special trip on a steam train (champagne breakfast and fancy dinner on Tornado, going over Shap).
Husky dog sledging.
Hot air ballooning.
A trip on a sailing barge.
A trip on a narrow boat.

And here are some things I would like to do, but do not think are sensible targets before the end of 1001 days:
Items which involve long distance foreign holidays, though doable with small children, we want to save up until the children will get more out of them: see the northern lights, visit Canada or America.
Have a go at reenactment (eg Kentwell.)
Learn the oboe or lap harp.
Go on a helicopter - too expensive? Would like to do this over a glacier in Iceland.
Go on a sleeper train (I could do this without the children, but actually, we'd like to do it with them.)

April 2013



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