I love lists. I make no apologies
    for it, and admit that sometimes I make lists of lists, and then lose them,
    adding ‘find list’ to the items of a new list.

    Sometimes we find ourselves
    saying “what are we going to do this weekend?”

    I love 1001 in 101, solving the
    twin conundrums above. I stumbled upon the website via the blogs I read, and
    devoured the fabulous goals people are setting.

    In order to spice things up a
    bit, and to ensure we don’t find ourselves wandering aimlessly or sitting on
    the couch, no matter how much our Puss pins us down, I decided to set 101
    goals. I think my main goal in life to have fun. We work such long hours, in
    stressful jobs to get the bills paid and I really think that you need a
    distraction to think about and look forward to. From the simple things such as
    joy on a friends face, to complex undertakings that affect hundreds of people.
    It’s all important.

    This is why I do the 365
    challenge I think. I LOVE photography. I have my baby-camera (it’s a Fujifilm Finepix EXR550
    nothing as cool as a DSLR but has most of the manual functions, and I am
    coaxing a few good photos from it) and my phone on me at all times, and a film
    camera which I am starting to get to grips with tucked away at home. It’s
    something on a daily basis to be thinking about and looking for. Even if your
    day is terrible, and I’ve had a few over the last few years.

    Anyway, back from my tangent, I’m
    going to set a page up on this little here blog and mark things off as I go
    along. I don’t want it to be a dead page, but a vibrant link back page,
    celebrating each goal as we achieve it. It may change, goals may become defunct
    or un-achievable, but I’m going to do it. And I’m pledging to myself to
    complete them all. I hope you enjoy, and
    would like to join in!
    Set your own 101 in 1001. Tell me about them, I’d
    love to see the adventures you have planned!

    100 in 1001 – 01/06/2012 – 27/02/2015

    Personal Goals

    01. 7 Random Acts of Kindness in 7 days

    02. Participate in NaNoWriMo

    03. Go up in a Hot Air Balloon

    04. Unplug from the phone, internet and television for a

    05. Do 3 days of Volunteering (../3)

    06. Leave a 100% tip

    07. Leave 25 Operation Beautiful notes (../25)

    08. Join, or Start a book club

    09. Save £1001

    10. Donate Blood

    11. Send a Message in a bottle

    12. Learn to recognize a constellation

    13. Don’t complain about anything for a week

    14. Begin drawing again

    15. See the Queen!

    16. Write a letter to myself to be opened in 10 years

    17. Organize all outings for at least 2 months in a
    calendar. Don’t miss any.

    18. Complete a work related qualification

    19. Send someone flowers, just to brighten up their day

    20. SkyDive (with instructor)

    21. Make an item of clothing

    22. Complete the Monopoly Walk

    23. View the Crown Jewels

    24. Visit Buckingham Palace

    25. Read 60 books on a top 100 book page (I’ve read 39/60 so
    far of the BBC’s 2003 list 10/06/2012)

    26. Attend a Cricket Game at Lords

    27. See the All Blacks in Twickenham

    28. Find a penpal

    29. Pay for someone in the line behind me

    Friends and Family

    30. Make and send a photo Christmas card

    31. Give everyone home/locally made Christmas gifts one year

    32. Have a Makeover

    33. Go on a trip with my Sister

    34. Go on a trip with my Brother


    35. Complete a Spin class

    36. Walk behind Waterfall

    37. Complete a Hike

    38. Publish Workout Playlists

    39. Be able to touch my toes

    40. Go indoor rock climbing

    41. Swim 50 lengths

    42. Lose 30kg

    43. Maintain that weight once lost

    44. Do a 5k & raise money for a Cancer Charity

    45. Run an entire 5k (no walking breaks) & raise money
    for a Cancer Charity

    46. See Big Ben


    47. White cliffs of Dover

    48. Chichester (Crooked spire)

    49. Visit Greece

    50. Visit America 

    51. Visit the Pyramids

    52. Olympic Village

    53. Scottish Highlands

    54. Go on a Canal Boat Holiday

    55. Visit the Anne Frank House

    56. Sleep in the treetops

    57. Kiss the Blarney Stone

    58. Go on a spontaneous Road Trip. Use a spin board to
    decide where to go for an afternoon.

    59. Watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day

    60. Sleep under the stars

    61. Dance in the rain


    62. Cook an entire Cookbook
    63. For a day, cook a menu of hubby’s favourites.
    64. Make Vanilla Rum & Skittle Vodka

    66. Make Crystal Wraps

    67. Eat only locally grown/made food for a day

    68. Have a themed meals week

    69. Host a Marguerita, M….s and Monopoly night

    70. Cook a Beef Wellington

    71. Attend a Clandestine Cake club

    72. Host a Posh Afternoon Tea

    73. Try 5 new restaurants in London town

    74. Create & post 15 original recipes


    75. Create one original artwork for our walls
    76. Grow (and eat) edible flowers

    77. Make the years’ Christmas Decoration

    78. Keep the coffee table clear for a month

    79. Grow my own tomatoes

    80. Complete 3 home craft projects

    81. Clean out the pantry cupboards by eating it all


    82. Make & Develop a PinHole Camera Image
    83. Sell a photograph

    84.  Two day
    Photography Courses

    85. Develop 3 rolls of film (../3)

    86. Enter a Photo in a Competition

    87. Photograph a week of quotes

    88. Photograph a Red Squirrel in the wild

    89. Catch at least 12 items on my ‘all time’ list (../12)


    90. Design & run a blog for at least 1001 days

    91. Go a week without using the words ‘Awesome’ ‘Yay’ or

    92. Complete a Blogging Workshop

    93. Write a guest post

    94. Conduct and post an interview

    95. Write a “day in the life” blog post

    96. Add 5 new food blogs to my reader

    97. Do a “what I ate Wednesday” post

    98. Review 52 books, one per week for a year

    99. Review 5 food related nonfiction books

    100. Meet a blog friend

    101. Complete my 101 in 1001 page/countdown

     Which would you like to do? Would you like to join me in any?


    London Kiwi Spotting

    Psst look what I found in Regent’s Street..

    Today’s workout: 40 minute steady easy walk through Central London from work to Picadilly.

    Are you as excited as I am for the Olympics? London Ex-Pats, have you seen your flag?


    Race for Life – 5k

    Ever since I’ve lived in the UK,
    around Spring, signs go up for various 5k and 10k races, all raising money for
    charity, and I’ve harboured a secret wish to be able to complete one without
    passing out at the end.

    So, as one of my mini-fitness goals I booked myself and a willing
    friend in for a 5k, with the intention of running at least half of
    it, and training properly for it. (My next mini-goal is to walk up Big Ben in
    August – 340 steps).

    We also decided to enter the Race for Life as I have several close family member who have been affected
    by Cancer over the years, most recently my Sister-In-Law’s sister is just
    finishing Chemo for Breast Cancer, so it is something very close to my heart.

    Now, I’ve always been ‘OK’ fit,
    we often walk  for hours on holiday and
    whilst shopping, but to actually enter into an organised race, where people can
    see me in all my schweaty glory, and moreover tell people that I’m doing it,
    was massive for me. I even texted my old boss (maybe I would have raised more
    money if I hadn’t teased him about Ireland losing the Rugby before I asked for
    a donation!?) Bless him, he sponsored me anyway!

    The weather wasn’t exactly ideal, going from:



    … to raining so hard we couldn’t see.

    Ah, well, off we trotted!




    Can you believe it? We certainly
    couldn’t! We were unable to run it due to the monsoon conditions, which meant
    we were unable to see for the first couple of kms, then had to dodge the boggy
    muddy aftermath the rest of the way.


    These ladies had the right idea, wellies…

    Todays Workout: a 5km Mud slog with the added bonus of a 101 in 1001 goal completed.

    What are your goals – do you prefer to set short distance goals, or long-range?


    Teppenyaki at Sen Nin

    We love sampling new cuisines so
    when an offer for Sen Nin popped up in my inbox for a Teppenyaki
    meal, we corralled a couple of friends and booked straight on in. Whilst in
    Japan on holiday in January (what an amazing place!) we tried Yakiniku which
    you sit around a table (we were in the suburbs, at a table not meant for our
    Western legs!), but this Teppenyaki experience was the full deal.

    We loved it – it was scrumptious
    and entertaining, our chef Ballam taking great delight playing with his knives,
    setting fire to the plate, throwing food at us, then preparing our feast.

    We started off with Sake
    cocktails (Mango or Cranberry), Miso Soup, and a Chefs Selection of California
    Rolls, shortly followed by crisp Tempura Vegetables whilst the hot plate

    This photo does no justice to the flavour…


    I’m not going to spoil the
    egg routine, but we were howling with laughter by the end of it, and it wasn’t just
    the Plum Wine (oh how I love thee). Swiftly followed our main – Calamari for me, Chicken Breast for Hubby, Egg-fried rice and Stir-Fried vegetables. They even ask
    you how much garlic, butter and seasoning you like on your dinner. We finished
    with Strawberry Cheesecake & more Plum Wine.

    What more could you want?

    Todays Workout: Belly Laughing & Catching flying eggs – both of which I assure you is great for toning.

    Have you tried Teppenyaki? Attempted the tricks they use?