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Mission 101

I decided to try Mission 101. 

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as new year's resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

It has taken me many days to come up with 101 things I want to do! I came up with about half the things on my own but I had to look through other peoples' lists to make up the numbers. Anyway it is as follows:

From date: Thursday, 1 January 2009
Added 1001 days
Resulting date: Thursday, 29 September 2011
Last updated: 7 February 2010
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Change and Mission 101

I finally got around to changing my username as I no longer want to label myself as "broken" and I'm not really into using crystals anymore. Long overdue.

I decided to try Mission 101.

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as new year's resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

It has taken me many days to come up with 101 things I want to do! I came up with about half the things on my own but I had to look through other peoples' lists to make up the numbers. Anyway it is as follows:

Start date: Thursday, 1 January 2009
End date: Thursday, 29 September 2011
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102 - check that I haven't repeated myself in this list!

Dec. 16th, 2008

My bed is calling me but I just want to write that this has been the best birthday I've had that I can remember.
The last 3 birthdays have been good and seem to have got progressively better and better with each year.
The memory of Bad Birthday 2004 is erased and I have high hopes for Brilliant Birthdays 2009 to 2016 (My 40th!!!)


Monster Munch

My heart is actually racing because I'm so happy to see big roast beef flavour Monster Munch back! I don't care how that makes me sound. When I was in primary school my favourite crisps were roast beef flavour Monster Munch. I had it with my packed lunch nearly every day. Everyone knew that that was my flavour of choice and my brother had to eat whatever other flavour was in the multipack. Pink Monster was da man!

Then one day they just withdrew roast beef flavour Monster Munch. I could not understand this. I was betrayed! They must have done some market research and discovered that roast beef was the least popular flavour. I don't understand how anyone can eat pickled onion or cheese flavour when roast beef flavour is available. Everyone was mad! My crisps were off the market! There was nothing to replace them. Monster Munch was changed into smaller shapes and crap flavours. The corn content was all wrong. It was a mess. A real slap in the face. The Flaming Hot flavour they had was ok but not suitable for everyday snacking. I gave up on crisps altogether (until Doritos came along). Then of course there was the ice cream flavour Monster Munch they had in 2004 which I only liked because it was so weird. Again, not an every day snack.

At some point my prayers were kind of answered and roast beef flavour Monster Munch was re-released. But it was still with the tiny shapes and the modified recipe. I don't know if the recipe was really different but because the shapes were so small the baking process probably made them harder than they were supposed to be so it tasted wrong. Did they think I wouldn't notice? That I would think 'It's not the crisps that are small - it's me that is bigger so they just seem smaller'? (Actually I did wonder about that.) I tried it and was happy to see it back but I didn't get into buying and eating it regularly like the old days. Granted, I was an adult who tried to eat healthily and no longer had a packed lunch box to put crisps into anyway, but that's beside the point. It was like a consolation prize.

Then finally I was in a meeting at Diabetes UK a few weeks ago and one of the dietitians was eating roast beef flavour Monster Munch and explaining that it was in the old style with BIG shapes. I'm surprised I didn't wrestle her for it. I've been looking for it ever since and this morning I found it! I brought it to school work and ate it at playtime breaktime, just like old times. There's only 1 shape instead of two but the shapes are big and not too hard and not too salty. It's all good. It took me right back to my younger days.

Now all I need is for the powers that be to bring back banana flavoured Oats So Simple, which they inexplicably withdrew in 2001, and my life will be complete. *sigh*

So well done for reading a whole LJ entry about a packet of crisps. Hands up who thinks I spend too much time thinking about food? ;D
Here's someone else who doesn't give a shit about my favourite crisps:

Right, dinner time....

EDIT: Phew! It's ok, I'm not the only one - http://www.mercuryvapour.co.uk/2008/09/23/big-monster-munch/ :D


My relaxing Sunday afternoon went up in smoke when I discovered that my ebay, yahoo and gmail accounts had been taken over. I came home on Saturday night and Outlook was rejecting my passwords. I assumed it was a problem on their end so I went to bed. It's not til I tried to leave feedback on my ebay account yesterday and couldn't sign in that I realised there could be a serious problem. I searched for my ebay ID name and a different name came up. Someone had changed my name and ID! So I deduced that this mystery person had changed all my passwords.

I could not work out how it had been done. My passwords were unguessable but once you get into one of my accounts, you simply have to look through my emails and there's lots of old ones that include the password details for various accounts I have. Organisations should never send passwords in an email and I should have deleted them straight away. Never thought it would be an issue though. Anyway I created a new email account and emailed ebay, gmail and yahoo. ebay were slow off the mark but gmail returned my account to me straight away without any hassle. I was so relieved that I sent them a little love letter. This enabled me to see that this hacker person had changed the email address associated with my ebay account and had changed my security question. That explained why when I had tried to go through the "forgotten password" security questions on Saturday night I could not for the life of me work out the answer to "What was your first boyfriend's surname?" I would never have chosen that question because I'm vague about who my first boyfriend was - does primary school count? does it count if I never slept with them? does it count if I hate their guts and refuse to acknowledge their existence? etc - I just would not have chosen that question. I changed my password and security question in ebay but I can't change my ID until 30 days have passed so I'll have a 30 day reminder of this nonsense.

The hacker changed my name but did not change my address. And they did not get into my paypal account. They didn't make any listings or bids. They didn't delete my emails. So what the fuck was their end goal? Yahoo finally returned my account to me this morning and I saw that the mystery hacker had added an alternate email address which was ddisart@yahoo.com. I looked it up on google and only found evidence of them being on an Indonesian money making forum so they have covered their tracks pretty well. *sigh*

I hope that's an end to it. I don't think they'll have found anything in my email inboxes that will help them get into my bank accounts but I've changed those passwords too just in case. I've now got about 10 passwords instead of my manageable 4. How, pray tell, am I supposed to remember all those!?

Other than that, life is moving along slowly. I've been playing a PC game called New York City Tycoon a lot, just because I miss New York. I went out for a curry with a friend and her mates on Saturday night after a psychic reading. I turned down an offer of working in my current school in September (floating/doing what I'm doing now/free-wheeling). I had to give them an answer so that they could ask their second choice. Burning bridges is scary but I think I'd just hate myself if I continued working in this job that does not stretch my talents so this will give me the push I need to start looking for something more challenging. Maybe in the nutrition field or maybe in something different altogether. The school said I am welcome to come back anytime if I need help and I suggested doing an after school club. I'd love to do an after school nutrition club. Obviously that would be on a voluntary basis so whatever paid work I do will have to be flexible enough so that I can still link up with schools whenever I want. We shall see. I just wish people would stop asking me what I plan to do. When I know, they'll know. I know people are just trying to make conversation sometimes but it's a bit irritating.

Thanks for the LJ nudge zoefruitcake ;0). My May resolution: I will try to have a more interesting life so that I can have something to blog about!


I'm sooooooooo tired. I'm playing Sims 2 until the wee hours, that's why.

I had a great birthday. I'm stunned that everyone turned up. It felt good to have a table for 9 and a bill over £200. I was going to do a stupid magnanimous Sagittarian thing and pay half the bill but everyone insisted on paying for themselves. Thank goodness. Pics are on facebook - http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=23858&l=d7573&id=700735107

I've decided to cook Christmas dinner. I wasn't going to because I seem to have lost my appetite and I don't want to spend too much money and time over one day. But now that my birthday is out of the way I can focus on budget recipes. I was eyeing up red and gold tableware in the supermarket yesterday which I'm sure would look gorgeous but we have enough tableware already so I refrained. I must beat this impulse buying disease!

I had something else to say but I've forgotten.


It's confirmed

Confirmation - I got a 1st class honours degree!


It's raining upwards

Oh this flipping weather! Why must we have buckets of rain and sweltering sunshine all on the same day? How are we supposed to figure out what clothes to wear in the morning? No wonder I'm getting the sniffles.

*drinks another glass of orange juice*



Equus was wonderful. Yes, the storyline is a bit grim and disturbing but it was well acted and the actors playing the horses were amazing! They were dressed all in brown and had metal cage-like horse shoes on their feet. And they wore big silver cage-like horses heads that lit up (this photo doesn't do it justice). But what was really fantastic about them were their movements. They stood upright with their hands behind their backs but moved like horses, with all the little mannerisms that you'd expect. Somebody really studied horses. I really appreciated the lighting effects too. Well worth the money.

I wish I'd bought a programme now. I forgot.


I happened to turn on the TV to a classic Chemical Brothers video this morning. That blast from the past led me to find this amazing Sims 2 video! It's almost as mind-bending as the real thing. Sims 2 movie makers are really talented people!



Nicked from kneads

--Go to Google.com
--Click on Maps.
--Click on "get Directions".
--From New York
--To Paris

--And read line # 23.

if you laugh, repost this.


Tony's first audition for new acting career

Thanks to sunisideup for reminding me of one of Friday night's highlights (yes my memory is that short). It's probably only funny if you like Catherine Tate.

Now go and donate: http://www.bbc.co.uk/rednoseday/


To all my LJ friends

All the best for 2007!


Merry Christmas Everyone

I'm having a cool day but it doesn't feel like Christmas yet. Maybe I've finally grown out of it. I'm even thinking I might not watch the Top of the Pops Christmas Special for the first time in forever. This year's music wasn't that interesting was it?

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a fun-filled/peaceful Christmas with plenty of food/drink/presents/loved ones (delete as appropriate)!


Long time, no ramble

I've finished the last essay of the year. OMG it is such a load of rubbish but I can't work on it any more. It's about food safety legislation and in case you didn't know, legislation documents make no sense whatsoever.

Now all I have to do is revise for next month's exams and do some work on my dissertation.

I'm not sure if I'm doing anything for my birthday yet. I've been too busy to research places to go or text out invitations and I really should be saving my money. I want to go to a nice restaurant but I know my friends all have money issues and I'm in no position to pay for the whole bill. What can we do that doesn't cost money? Don't know. The thought of co-ordinating even a handful of people is giving me a headache. I hope by the time I turn 40, I'll have a cool network of friends who will organise a surprise party for me. Until then, I'm happy to just stay in and watch DVDs.

Speaking of which, over the past few weeks I have caught up with every single episode of Star Trek Deep Space 9 - watching a few episodes to unwind before going to sleep and during meal-times. The highlight of my day. I thought I'd feel lost when I got to the last episode but they're so good, I've started to watch them again and they're still good. Especially the episodes with Worf in them. He's SO funny. I LOVE Klingons! After having so much exposure to liars and cheats in the last couple of years, I am really loving their high regard for Honour.

I saw Casino Royale a few weeks ago and I really liked it - considering I usually try to avoid Bond films. The only bit I didn't enjoy was the torture scene. I found that disturbing and not very suitable for children. It may have been rated 12A but as Bond is often billed as family viewing on TV, I'm sure there are lots of parents that ignored the rating. Anyway, screw the children - I found it icky!

Last week, looking angry actually paid off. I had a health check appointment with a nurse so that I could re-register with the local doctor. I was already annoyed because when I made the appointment, the receptionist was not giving me her full attention. She was chatting to her friends and treating me like a tramp, mumbling away to the floor, like I was some sort of inconvenience. When she read my information form and saw that my last doctor was at the University Medical Centre, she thought that meant I was training to be a doctor so all of a sudden she started looking directly at me when she spoke and brightly asking if I was training to be a doctor. When I said "No" she went back to treating me with disdain, which made me want to retrain as a doctor, buy out the GP Practice and fire her ass!

Anyway she eventually gave me an appointment for 3 weeks later and a lovely plastic container so that I could bring a urine sample along. When I turned up, right on time, the receptionist (a different one) said she couldn't find any evidence of me having an appointment. She expected me to just accept what the computer said and go home. I argued loudly, asking "Are you telling me I've pissed into a bottle for no reason?! Why would I carry my piss down the road if I wasn't sure I had an appointment?" and she still didn't want to believe me. I was wasting valuable essay-writing time and the idea that I'd gone through the indignity of producing an unnecessary urine sample made me bolshier than usual. She wanted to see the appointment card but I had left it at home because no one has asked for one before - everything is computerised and the appointment card is just supposed to be a reminder for the patient. She suggested that I might have got the date wrong. I said "What? *Me*? Get a date wrong? That never happens." I went back home and got the appointment card anyway then re-joined the queue. I stood there steaming and rehearsing my "Somebody better come out here and stick a dipstick in this bottle cos I ain't going through this again when it ain't even my mistake!" line. Luckily the receptionist noticed me and explained to the people in front of me that she needed to deal with me first as I'd been waiting a long time before. Service at last. She scrutinised the appointment card and conceded that the time and date was correct. Then she spoke to the nurse and did a great job of persuading her to squeeze me in. So I didn't have to trash the waiting room after all :)

The xmas decorations went up yesterday and Mum is currently draining the fruit which has been soaking in alcohol for months. It smells delicious so whatever cake she's planning to make is going to be the first of many things to look forward to.

Oct. 21st, 2006

Had a great Saturday. Lunch in Wagamama, Spamalot in the Palace Theatre, drinks in a pub and dinner in...... Burger King (actually surprisingly good!). There was quite a big group of us which I like because I can tune in and out whenever I want to. I don't like having to be "on" all the time. They were all really nice people too.

The musical has not converted me into a Monty Python fan but it was still enjoyable. If any of you go, try and get a stall seat in D1 as there might be a nice reward ;)

I like going to the theatre. I might try and organise an outing for my 30th.

Eleven, Twelve

zoefruitcake posted her favourite Sesame Street clip so I went ahead and looked for mine. Ahhh... memories of a simpler time!

The Pinball song- the number 2 (Classic Sesame Street)

Which led me to this:

Family Guy Pinball

If I had more time, I'd be on You Tube all day. You learn all kinds of useless information, like it was the Pointer Sisters who sang this for instance. It never even occurred to me that actual hit makers would be behind it.


Got this in my email

I thought it was my public duty to pass this on:

Quaker Oats Ltd withdraws a batch of Quaker Oats due to the presence of moth pupae and larvae within the product Collapse )

These things always make me wonder. It's all very well "withdrawing" a product after a screw-up but what about the people that don't get the message? I don't walk around the supermarket every day reading all the notices. The only reason I get these email updates is because of the degree I'm doing. There is no way you can successfully get the word out to all customers and withdraw everything. The answer? Stop screwing up in the first place!!! Is it really that hard to manufacture some food correctly? (I think I'm taking this a bit hard because oats are one of my favourite foods.)


Yeah that sounds about right

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Every Autumn I forget how hard it is to wake up in the early mornings when it's still dark outside. I want to sleep!

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Create your own! Originally Written By ga_woo, Hosted and ReWritten by darkman424

A lot of clicking had to be done to make it less pornographic!



Ok well I knew www.YouTube.com existed but I never realised it was such a big community type place. I found out how big it was when I saw an item on Channel 4 News the other day about an elderly gentleman that has found fame by posting video blogs about his life. He's getting countless hits and comments and love.


So this is what everyone has been getting up to behind my back. He's actually quite pleasant to watch. Seems a nice chap. It's sweet that older people who have lost their other halves can find community online and keep engaged in the world. I like the way he self depreciates his video making skills because I have NO IDEA how to make a video and post it to the internet so he's doing much better than me!

I'm off out for some Chinese cuisine now :)



That was a waste of a month.

I finally finished reading White Teeth by Zadie Smith. This book was hyped all over the place when it came out in 2000. 2000 was the year of Hype. I remember that because it was the first year I started teaching and I was throwing my new money all over the internet bookshops. I never got around to buying this one though. I got it out at the library last month and it was an ok read. A bit long. Lots of unnecessary references and padding. I can see Smith has a lot of knowledge and ideas and I felt she needed to crowbar them into the book just for the sake of it. It was epic. The way the characters lives were weaved together was very clever. Everything building up to one big event at the end of the book. After 540 pages she thought it was acceptable to wrap everything up in one page. 540 pages of wit and intricate detail wrapped up with 1 page of meaningless waffle. It was like she suddenly got bored at the end and just wrote an ending as quickly as possible to send off to the publishers. Like when a child writes a confusing story and ends it with "And then I woke up and it was all a dream. The end."

"Do believe the hype, buy into it, savour every sentence, then turn around and reread" - The Times

"An astonishingly assured debut, funny and serious... I was delighted." - Salman Rushdie

"An outstanding novel, refreshingly upbeat and deserving of all the attention it is getting ... 'White Teeth' captures the colourful, multicultural landscape of London" - Evening Standard

"A waste of a month. Disappointing." - Me

Off to the library.


Jul. 18th, 2006

34°C is too hot.

I was talking gibberish today getting my words and sentences muddled up. It's too hot to work. Even with lots of hydration.

Why are the schools still open and doing proper lessons? Why do they still need me to come in? The money will come in handy but I just want to be in a nice cool swimming pool or a place with air conditioning.

What did you do?!

Poor Zinedine Zidane. His final match ever. Everyone rooting for him and supporting him in his swan song. Then he goes and violently head butts someone in the chest! Of course you're gonna get sent off! I couldn't believe my eyes.

Anyway it was an exciting ending to the World Cup. It's sad that it's over (but I think we've established by now that I don't like anything being over). I thought it was only right to support France as I have French blood but no Italian blood that I know of. But I'm happy for Italy anyway. They won fair and square and they looked so happy when they were celebrating, it was totally infectious.

But still, I can't get Zidane's headbutt out of my head. And the scene of him walking to the changing rooms in disgrace. He was supposed to end it all in a glorious standing ovation.


Finally on Sudoku bandwagon

Yay! I completed my first Su Doku puzzle all by myself! I've resisted the hype for long enough now (secretly afraid that I wasn't smart enough) so when I saw a puzzle magazine with a free "Step by Step Guide to SuDoku" I just had to get it. Puzzles are tres chic. I'm going to practise some more now...


Once again England's World Cup dreams are over :(

((((big hugs)))) to all of them (especially the gorgeous ones ones that missed their penalties)

On the bright side, at least I can stop feeling sick with nerves for them. It's over.

May. 31st, 2006

red wine bad