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Pan Reas
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Added the following goals to list Done
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Photo added to goal Dye my hair blue

Finally did this before going away to World Pride a few weeks ago. It took seven hours and four people at the hairdresser's - involved bleach, treatment, toner, blue dye, haircut, more blue dye, fixing the cut again, and a blow dry. Such a long process but I only plan on doing once. I found I've spent longer with gradually lightening shades of green hair (over three weeks so far) than I did with blue (about a week and a half).
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Marked goal Dye my hair blue as Done!
4d
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Added the following goals to list Someday
4d
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Added the following goals to list Someday
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Marked goal Have a cat as in progress
02 Jun
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Marked goal Solve a Rubik's cube as in progress
02 Jun
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Added the following goals to list Someday
  • and 2 other goals
02 Jun
One hundred and one goals were on my list

One thousand and one days to cross them off

Day Zero and the months pass, I persist

Through self-important peaks, and injured troughs.

I fly a kite; give blood; and start to jog,

Learn cryptics and spend one month without meat.

I read all of my books, some were a slog,

I ride a Segway; coffin; and a steed.



I haven’t bought a house though; not exciting.

No luck with bowling, riding bikes or chess.

But have I gotten back to poetry writing?

I hope with this, my last achievement, yes.



So here I stand, with 80% done

Not too bad for Day One Thousand and One.
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Note added to goal Meditate regularly
May (so far 29):

I'm doing well for Mindfulness in May, having definitely meditated for 28 of the month's days so far, there's one I'm not completely sure whether I did or not but I'll give myself the benefit of the doubt. This year I've finally started to get some regularity and that is particularly true this month.

-11 Mr. Meditate meditation classes

- 10 Mindful in May guided audio meditations

- 5 meditations of my own, silently, of varying length

-1 Kadampa meditation class

-1 Simply Silence meditation class

-1 Art of Living long kriya
28 May
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Marked goal Meditate regularly as Done!
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Note added to goal Make new friends
I made a new group of friends shortly after starting the project, through a book club. It's been great having this new group of all women with great conversation and seeing them pretty regularly. I would like to make more new friends, though I'm not sure how to go about it and haven't had much time lately - but if I do another challenge like this, I think it'll go on the list again.
28 May
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Marked goal Make new friends as Done!
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Note added to goal Go the gym regularly
I've averaged three times a week this year plus additional exercises at home. At the gym I've done about 10 mins on exercise bike plus the leg curl and leg press, and the additional exercises involve lifting my straightened leg while lying down, the same but with the leg on the side, and doing bridges.

This is definitely not what I had in mind when I started i.e. staying fit and active. My running made me fitter and more active than ever, but the resulting injury (a torn cartilage) has left my fitness worse off. It's been nearly a year since the pain started, and six months since I got the proper diagnosis and started seeing a much better physio. In this time it has gotten much better i.e. I'm back to being able to extend my leg, walk, not look swollen, generally live without pain etc - but it's not what it was before. And I may not ever get back to feeling really fit and active. I don't know.
28 May
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Marked goal Go the gym regularly as Done!
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Photo added to goal Buy a new TV

New Dick Smith 42 inch TV

I took a two-day course at St. John Ambulance Victoria where I learned CPR and practical use of bandages, epipens and the like as well as what to do and to avoid in injury and illness scenarios.
24 May
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Marked goal Buy a new TV as Done!
24 May
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Marked goal Take a first aid course as Done!
23 May
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Marked goal Take a first aid course as in progress
Take Three, January 2013:

This was the best attempt so far, a combination of frying and baking using this recipe: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2012/jun/07/how-cook-perfect-chicken-kiev

It wasn’t too dry or burnt, a rather nice chicken with some great tasty garlic-butter filling. I’d like to work on getting the butter even more fully enclosed by the chicken so it can be runnier when cut into.

It was much better than it looks on the photo, too!



Take four, April 2013:

Didn’t go so well. I beat the chicken too hard, and the fillets were very big, butter escaped, and it wasn’t cooked all that well. Probably my worst attempt so far. I was tired so probably shouldn’t have attempted it yesterday.



Take five, May 2013:

I made two – the one I photographed allegedly tasted good, but I didn’t really like mine at all. This time the chicken seemed to hold together well so I didn’t use toothpicks. This was a mistake as most of the butter escaped during the deep-frying. One of them also opened up at that point and then didn’t cook evenly – and in fact was undercooked at first. I also should really prepare the night before. This is going to take a while!
14 May
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Added the following goals to list Done
  • and 2 other goals
I finally wrote another poem. This one was about my cat and all the things I've learnt from living with her. Two more poems and I'll cross off this goal.
Played four games. My scores were 85, 96, 81 and 73. I lost every time. This is going to take a long time!
04 May
03 May
03 May
I'm going to tick this off now. During the 1001 days I've made:



Mixtape of Mixtapes

Don't Tri This at Home (a triathlon mix)

Living Together

Boxing Clever
I've put together a Spotify account and put up my first mix on there. It's called Boxing Clever and it's a new mix for my current favourite form of exercise.

https://play.spotify.com/user/pancreas24601/playlist/3xQF92zzKvly4mnN6LsH4A
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Photo added to goal Watch Melrose Place

Finished Season 7 - and the series!

Finally toward the end there were some scenes I remembered from when I watched them at the time – 15 years ago! I must say it was all much more impressive then. I still got a little emotional when Closing Time played at the end but really, I’ve spent the last few seasons watching it to get it over with. I’m glad it’s done now!



I fell in love with this show as a tween, as it was ending, and wished I could watch it all. Eventually and gradually, it came out on DVD and I did.

My watching the whole show was spread out over about 7 years but the core time watching was between 6 and 7 days. Quite a bit!

I'm surprised to say I liked the first two seasons best - by far, in fact.

No interest in watching the 2009 reboot, I’ve seen a little and it was terrible.
03 May
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Marked goal Watch Melrose Place as Done!
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Note added to goal Meditate regularly
March (4):

-Two short meditations near work

-One Sahaj Samadi refresher session

-One meditations at home



April (5)

-Four meditations near work

-One very short meditation in a national park



Today marks the start of Mindfulness in May and I will try to do something every day.
30 Apr

Victoria, 1991 - moved here

Queensland, 1996 - family holiday to Gold Coast. Returned in 2004 (Noosa), 2008 (Gold Coast and Brisbane), 2011 (Woodford), mid-2012 (Brisbane) and late-2012 (Cairns).

New South Wales, first visited Merimbula in the 1990s. Returned in 2004 (Brunswick Heads), 2005 (Bega, Sydney), 2006 (Bega), 2009 (Sydney), 2011 (Sydney)

Western Australia – visited a friend in Perth in 2005. My partner is from Perth so have also been there in 2006, 2007, 2012 and 2013.

Tasmania - visited a friend in Launceston in 2007, again in 2010 and 2012.

South Australia - went to the Adelaide Festival in 2008

Australian Capital Territory - family holiday in the early 2000s to Canberra

Northern Territory - holiday with four friends in 2014. Saw Uluru, Kata-Tjuta, King's Canyon, Alice Springs, Darwin and Litchfield.
30 Apr
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Marked goal Take a nap in a hammock as Done!
26 Apr
Pan Reas
Marked goal Take a nap in a hammock as Done!
Pan Reas
Note added to goal See 2000 movies
2000! (6/4/2014)



The Lego Movie was my 2000th.

This means I've seen 426 movies since the challenge began (in 32 months)
06 Apr
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Marked goal See 2000 movies as Done!
Pan Reas
Note added to goal Do my own taxes
I've missed out on this one - won't have another chance before the project ends.
01 Apr
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Added the following goals to list Someday
I took a theoretical ice-cream making class. It just made it sound hard! I'm interested in the custard approach but as someone who's not much good at baking it was unfortunate to hear how similar this will be. The samples were amazing though.
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Note added to goal Meditate regularly
January:

-One long kriya

-One short meditation near work



February:

-Two short meditations near work

-Three-day Sahaj Samadi meditation course + 3 meditations at home

-Brief meditation during ayurvedic cooking course
Done!



I made sure I consciously avoided meat and seafood in my diet. I particularly tried to focus on eating more vegetables and fruit instead of more grains, sugar or fatty food and only a couple of times ate processed fake meat. I took an ayurvedic cooking class which pointed out some other foods to minimise or avoid.



It really wasn't hard. I felt fine. I didn't really miss meat. The only times I generally crave meat strongly are when I'm sick but I didn't get sick, at least not enough to need meat, during the month. I'm not sure I noticed feeling that much healthier. Maybe, but maybe I would need longer to really do so.



You can find my month's food diary here: http://www.43things.com/people/progress/pancreas24601/16808560
28 Feb
Feb 2:

Breakfast – Up & Go

Lunch – Vegetarian sushi rolls

Snacks – Banana, apple, Cookies & Cream bites, apple & blackberry pie, cheese & garlic twist



Feb 3:

Breakfast – Up & Go

Lunch – egg & hash potato on toast

Dinner – vegetable korma (carrot, cauliflower, zucchini, broccoli, mushroom) with roti

Snacks – apple, Cookies & Cream bites



Feb 4:

Breakfast – Up & Go

Lunch – Grill’d Garden Goodness burger (veggie pattie with beetroot, tasty cheese, avocado, salad, relish & herbed mayo)

Dinner – Moroccan tagine (root vegetables and spiced rice) – delicious

Snacks – apple, Cookies & Cream bites



Feb 5:

Breakfast – peaches

Lunch – chickpeas with chia seeds and seasoning

Dinner (ayurvedic cooking course) – spiced cauliflower, corn bhel, tomato boat salad, peanut and sesame seed ball

Snacks – Tim Tams, apple, tomato, ice cream



Feb 6:

Breakfast – plums and almonds

Lunch – chickpea and lentil salad

Dinner (ayurvedic cooking course) – spiced okra, moong wrap, lentil salad, royal halawa

Snacks – apples



Feb 7:

Breakfast – apples

Lunch – rice and vegetable bento

Dinner (ayurvedic cooking course) – raw vegetable salad, French bean fry, vegetable patties, tomato and beetroot soup



Feb 8:

No breakfast

Lunch – beetroot terrine with radicchio, goat curd and toast

Dinner (ayurvedic cooking course) – tropical salad, corn spinach soup, khamani, pearl pudding

Supper – quinoa with haloumi, spring onion and basil

Snacks – hedgehog



Feb 9:

Breakfast – Cherry yoghurt with banana and apple

Lunch – cauliflower and tomato

Dinner (ayurvedic cooking course) – large selection of vegetarian dishes

Snacks – Tim Tams
It has begun!



Feb 1:

Breakfast - omelette

Lunch - grain salad (pearl couscous, quinoa, chia, almond, pine nuts, yoghurt, red onion, coriander)

Dinner - Shroom Burger from Beatbox Kitchen food truck (Portabello Mushroom, cos lettuce, gouda cheese, tomato, onion and stereo sauce in a soft white bun) - delicious!

Snacks - Maltesers, salted caramel gelato, fries with vegan mayo
01 Feb
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Marked goal Go vegetarian for a month as in progress
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Note added to goal Watch Melrose Place
Finished season 6!
I did another, all-day writing class with an Australian writer, which was great, and then wrote a poem within the same-day deadline she gave, which she published on her site. Great feeling!
26 Jan, 14

Went today with friends. It's not that good value for money and the entertainment isn't in good taste but it's enjoyable and varied. This is the biggest cuckoo clock in the world.
Finished and gave my girlfriend a 'living together' mix in time for finally doing so.
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Note added to goal Buy a house
Signed a Lease. So my girlfriend and I are finally moving in together, and have less time pressure to buy. And can take some time off from looking.
Did a practical course in ‘Aromatouch’. It was massaging people’s back, head and feet with aromatherapy oils. It included running fingers up the spine to spread the oil, pressing the hands horizontally up the sides of the back, pulling the palms up the back and arms, and walking the thumbs up the back. This was what I wanted from a practical course. It was also nice to receive a massage.
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Note added to goal See 2000 movies
Currently 1980 (5/1/2014)
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Note added to goal Meditate regularly
So the retreat was amazing, as mentioned in its entry. Yesterday I started the year with a follow-up session. I’m going to try to do this more. My goal is some form of meditation at least every two weeks
01 Jan, 14
Aiming for February!

With the same foundation. It was an amazing experience. There were highs and lows. The first one was four years ago and I didn't write that much in my How I Did It entry from then. This one was harder physically - I was very sore from the yoga, my knee injury and sore wrist held me back, and I got a headcold which made a day and a half of it really hard. Two and a half days were silent, and I didn't have trouble not talking but not thinking about talking was very difficult and distracting. But it was also wonderful. There was lovely sense of being alone and yet connected at the same time, and by the end there was such a contagious joy in us all. I'm really glad I did this.
16 Dec, 13

100% complete!

I started during a holiday and decided to keep up the momentum. Sometimes it was difficult to find anything interesting or different to other days, and some days I forgot altogether. During the last couple of months I started another photo challenge (of public art in Melbourne's Docklands) that made it easier to find ideas, I recommend this and wish I'd started earlier.

My completed project is here: http://365project.org/pancreas/

And in this entry is perhaps my favourite - the cat poledancing!
10 Dec, 13
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Marked goal Get back into writing poetry as in progress
Played another game this weekend. Still haven’t hit 100.

Untitled.

Another beginner's loss, but good to keep playing.
I wrote a poem about this goal and put it in a beer bottle. I combined this with my goal of writing more poetry and my girlfriend's goal of brewing beer, for which she has collected bottles. I didn't put it in in the sea or anything. I don't feel the need and it's too environmentally unfriendly. The message will later be taken out and the bottle used for beer.

I wrote a poem about this goal and put it in a beer bottle. I combined this with my goal of writing more poetry and my girlfriend's goal of brewing beer, for which she has collected bottles. I didn't put it in in the sea or anything. I don't feel the need and it's too environmentally unfriendly. The message will later be taken out and the bottle used for beer.
02 Nov, 13
I have an idea which wouldn't be too environmentally unfriendly. My girlfriend plans to brew beer at my house soon and has some beer bottles saved for re-use for the brew.I might try to put a message I'm one of these for her before she puts the brew in and take a pic. After all the goal doesn't actually say put the bottle in the ocean!
Which wouldn't be too environmentally unfriendly. My girlfriend plans to brew beer at my house soon and has some beer bottles saved for re-use for the brew.I might try to put a message I'm one of these for her before she puts the brew in and take a pic. After all the goal doesn't actually say put the bottle in the ocean!
29 Oct, 13
I put theory into practice by giving my partner a massage and she was very pleased. I may try using base oils next time as the teacher recommended - as my skin is too sensitive for essential oils, but this time I just used a sheet with no oil. At this stage I'm happy with the course I did and don't plan on a more comprehensive one (partly because of my oil phobia) so I'll tick this off. I did recommend a part two to the course I did so we can practice in the course next time.
29 Oct, 13
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Liked the following:
28 Oct, 13
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Added the following goals to list Someday
28 Oct, 13
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Liked the following:
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Note added to goal Watch Melrose Place
I have season 6 and 7 now so hope to actually finish this in time for the Day Zero Project deadline.
Pan Reas
Photo added to goal Go the gym regularly

I took a boxing class with my own gloves, which had never had proper use before.
87% complete!
22 Oct, 13
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Marked goal Learn how to plait my own hair as in progress
In August:

Played two games on the weekend with the bumpers up and it went really well, particularly considering I was still very out of practice. I won the first game 99/98 and lost the second, 93/130. So I’m very proud of my girlfriend for getting my goal score, but not bad for me either. I was hoping to at least reach 100 but I guess I need more practice.
22 Oct, 13
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Marked goal Get a bowling score of over 130 as in progress
Pan Reas
Note added to goal Meditate regularly
Finally going again semi-regularly to prepare for the upcoming retreat.
Pan Reas
Note added to goal Go the gym regularly
I'm back at the gym for daily leg extensions due to my knee injury - and not running anymore. So I meet this goal after all...
22 Oct, 13
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Marked goal Take a course in massage therapy as in progress

It was a cheap, quick course – similar to those I took for other goals in cryptic crosswords, hair braiding and film criticism. We didn’t have a chance to practice, but the theory and demonstration was very useful and the teacher was great. Now to put theory into practice…
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Note added to goal See 2000 movies
Currently 1950 (19/10/13)
There's another one in December, I'm going to try to make sure I go.
29 Sep, 13
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Added the following goals to list Someday
Pan Reas
Note added to goal Ride a segway
I went on a two-person segway tour in Prague. The Segways don't take long to get used to and are comfortable but extremely fun, even if you're initially nervous like I was - relaxing is the key to mastering it and you can take as long as you need to get comfortable before getting on the road. Prague is the perfect city for this because it makes the hills so much easier and the Viewpoints tour really takes advantage of them - plenty of photo opportunities.
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Note added to goal Ride a segway
I went on a two-person segway tour in Prague. The Segways don't take long to get used to and are comfortable but extremely fun, even if you're initially nervous like I was - relaxing is

the key to mastering it and you can take as long as you need to get comfortable before getting on the road. Prague is the perfect city for this because it makes the hills so much easier and the Viewpoints tour really takes advantage of them - plenty of photo opportunities.
Pan Reas
Note added to goal Ride a segway
I went on a two-person segway tour in Prague. The Segways don't take long to get used to and are comfortable but

extremely fun, even if you're initially nervous like I was - relaxing is

the key to mastering it and you can take as long as you need to get

comfortable before getting on the road. Prague is the perfect city for

this because it makes the hills so much easier and the Viewpoints tour

really takes advantage of them - plenty of photo opportunities.
04 Aug, 13
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Marked goal Ride a segway as Done!
Pan Reas
Photo added to goal Watch the sunrise

We stayed near the Charles Bridge in Prague and got there at 4:50am. It was already a bit lighter than I hoped, but the sun definitely hadn't risen yet, and did gradually within the next hour. It was gorgeous and we witnessed a wedding on the bridge - now that's dedication! I do think the winter fog depicted in the classical images of a Charles Bridge sunset would have added something but nevertheless, a goal ticked.
30 Jul, 13
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Marked goal Watch the sunrise as Done!
30 Jul, 13
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Added the following goals to list Done
  • and 4 other goals
Went to Germany and didn't do this! It didn't really work out for the travel we wanted to do. It's a shame.
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Photo added to goal sleep on a waterbed

I stayed at the Zauberlehring Hotel in Stuttgart which has themed rooms. I stayed in the Titanic Room with my girlfriend. It has portholes, a bath, lots of nice little touches, but the piece de resistance is the waterbed, which is why I wanted to stay there. I was so excited and giddy when I first got on it, during the day when we checked in. It was fun and felt great. I never wanted to get up! I'm a fidget but the bed made me more comfortable not moving. However in the night I did move a few times, and ended up sore the next morning. I'm not sure why exactly - maybe I need support under my back? - but it was still totally worth it. Neither of us felt the other move in the night which was good too.
27 Jul, 13
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Marked goal sleep on a waterbed as Done!

Went to Central Europe! Visited Germany (Berlin is pictured), Austria, Czech, and briefly Switzerland and (Tour de) France. It was a great trip, just over two weeks.
27 Jul, 13

In Hamburg, the first city of my Central Europe trip, I noticed there was a tethered hot air balloon tourist attraction but didn't get to go because it was too windy and not running on my last day there. So I thought I may have missed out, but then found there was another in Berlin. I went on the day my girlfriend was off cycling around the city and I had some time on my own.

The balloon goes up over the area where a lot of the wall used to be, near Checkpoint Charlie. It fits maybe 15 people or so and goes up for 15 minutes, for 19€. The balloon has a tether though the middle so the platform is shaped like a bagel that you can walk around.

I know it's a tethered hot air balloon, so not quite the same as the higher ones, but I'm satisfied - particularly as my girlfriend doesn't want to go at all so I wouldn't necessarily want to do the very expensive high ones without her.
27 Jul, 13
I had the class yesterday. It wasn't that good. At the end I did write a little something - not quite a poem, but the beginnings of one perhaps.
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Note added to goal Meditate regularly
The class wasn't that good, but better than nothing. The exercise to relax my body made me feel more tense! I guess I need to get back into practising.
Such a shame, there is a retreat not far from me happening in a few weeks' time but it clashes with me being overseas (goal 75).
I went with some colleagues yesterday for the first time in about three years and got a middling score of 71 (second last). I blame the fact that there were kids there hogging the lighter balls and I didn't get to use them until halfway through. And clearly I need more practice. Fortunately I got some vouchers!
Pan Reas
Note added to goal Watch Melrose Place
Five seasons down. Now I have no more Melrose Place to watch at the moment as the last two seasons aren’t on general sale, though I may source online rarities to try to meet my deadline.
Pan Reas
Note added to goal Meditate regularly
I've booked a class to get me back into it.
I've booked a class to get me back into it.
Pan Reas
Note added to goal Watch the sunrise
This would be lovely from Charles Bridge, Prague. I'll try to get up in time!

My favourite hipster learning academy (the same one that taught me to do cryptic crosswords) had a brief course in hair braiding. I learnt to do a French braid and a waterfall braid (pictured) – on other people. I asked for advice on braiding my own still-pretty-short hair and the teacher said to do it in front of the mirror, starting by using the hair closest to the front to make smaller braids. I’ll give that a try sometime. And maybe I’ll grow my hair a bit before the Day Zero Project is over.
54% complete!
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Note added to goal Ride a segway
Planning to do this in Prague
Pan Reas
Note added to goal Consolidate my super
Now complete!
12 Jun, 13
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Marked goal Consolidate my super as Done!

The mixtape of mixtapes, at the Melbourne Mixtape Exchange. In return I picked up a mix of modes of travel.



I also recently finished the Living Together mix - but I can't give that to my girlfriend until we're about to move in together.



One more mix, and I'll cross this off the list.

Film Criticism 101 at Laneway Learning. I even got a gift for being the one to suggest the class - my request was "How to Find the Right Film Critic for You" and now I have a lot of reading to do to see if I'll find them.
Film Criticism 101 at Laneway Learning. I even got a gift for being the one to suggest the class - my request was "How to Find the Right Film Critic for You" and now I have a lot of reading to do to see if I'll find them.
05 Jun, 13

My first proper game with my dad. It took over two hours and he gave me lots of hints. Of course he still won comfortably!

We've since had one more, that was a little quicker, but with less hints. I feel like I'm getting better but there is still so much to learn.

The chessboard is etched in the pavement on a big corner in the city in Melbourne and sometimes has giant chess pieces on it with people playing. In fact it often used to, but rarer now – this photo I took is years old. This is perfect for my Melbourne list and I want to do it. I’ve investigated how to get access to the giant pieces – all I need now is to learn to play – and choose a playing partner.



My dad gave me my first lesson and it was overwhelming. I have a lot to learn!
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Photo added to goal Clear my skin

I bought some cleanser, (sampled) toner and moisturiser for my face from Lush, an organic cosmetic shop in Melbourne. I had a consultation where we tried various products and I like the feel of these so far. My face feels nice, kind of different but in a way that doesn’t encourage me to pick at it which is good. I’ll see how this new facial routine goes.
22 May, 13
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Marked goal Clear my skin as in progress
O positive! My blood donor card arrived today.
16 May, 13
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Marked goal Find out my blood type as Done!
16 May, 13
Pan Reas
Added the following goals to list Someday

I've been using it a lot lately for my homemade soups so I can check this off!
05 May, 13
Pan Reas
Note added to goal Ride a segway
See if this can be done in Salzburg.
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Photo added to goal Donate blood

The donation itself went fine. It did hurt a little when the needle went in, but really no big deal. It took longer than expected due to perhaps not having as much water as I should have (I drank heaps all day but kind of tapered off in the last couple of hours). So I was asked to squeeze my hand and wiggle my toes a lot, and got small heatpacks for my arm and hand to encourage blood flow. At one point the woman taking my blood thought she might have to finish early, but we didn't have to - I got there in the end. It may have taken more like 15 minutes for me, instead of 5-10 for the standard half-litre.



It hurt more than I expected when the needle was taken out. But that was very brief, and then I was fine. I stuck around for a while afterwards and got a free milkshake and crackers, then went to my friend's house and ate most of a pizza. I was told to eat and drink a lot to replenish the system so I did!
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Note added to goal Donate blood
I did it!



I’ve been preparing for a month this time, after a previous attempt was unsuccessful, so was nervous for two reasons:

1) the obvious, new experience, needle, will it hurt, will I pass out

2) really wanting to just get it done and not be rejected again



During this month and especially the last week I ate a lot of beef, lamb, chickpeas, lentils, tofu + vitamin C-rich fresh orange juice, capsicum and carrots.



During the initial check, before testing my hemoglobin, the nurse tested my heart rate, and found that it was a little too high (104) to be able to donate, but she said that’s common on a first donation and we’ll measure that again later to see if it drops. My hemoglobin turned out okay – 129. The minimum to be allowed to donate is 120 and last time I was 118. Still not super-high so it looks like I really need to work at it to be eligible, but good news for this time.



I then sat in the donating area, chatted a little to my friend who was donating plasma (and was fine), read a book and tried to control my breathing. The nurse came back and measured my pulse manually and it was still too high. I knew it would be fine but I couldn’t help being nervous! After more attempts to calm down, some water, and a brief call to my girlfriend I finally managed to get it down to 98. So finally I was allowed to do it...
01 May, 13
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Marked goal Donate blood as Done!

I went to the Enchanted Maze Garden in Arthur's Seat an hour out of Melbourne. The main attraction was a hedge maze, and I made my way through it. There were some wrong turns, but eventually I found everything I was supposed to - five buddhas, a small topiary garden and a Japanese garden at the centre.
26 Apr, 13

Untitled.
I made Gwyneth Paltrow's Banana "Ice Cream"

It doesn’t have much (fake) milk so it tastes mostly like banana. Nice, and certainly very different. Not quite ice cream.



http://www.self.com/fooddiet/recipes/2013/04/banana-ice-cream-roasted-almonds

The mug is a custom Continental mug I got from collecting enough of their packet soup packages and says "vampire slayer". I love it but don't use it all that much and when I started the project I thought I'd meet this goal by keeping the mug at my desk at work and eating packet soups in it. However I've moved offices a lot and never felt stable enough to bother having my own soup mug in. Lately I've started cooking big pots of vegetable soups at home from Hugh Fearnsley-Whittingshall's new cookbook, and while dinner entrees I would eat from bowls, I have occasional snacks from the soup mug. This may be how I complete the goal.
18 Apr, 13
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Added the following goals to list Someday
41% complete!
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Note added to goal See 2000 movies
Currently 1870 (19/4/2013)
18 Apr, 13

With the PostSecret event coming up, I wanted to make my secret in advance. Eventually I thought of something - a photo I had which didn't show what I looked like but was related to a secret. I added text to the photograph with Photoshop, and took it to a printing centre where I got it printed onto card paper and guillotined to the right size. Then I wrote the PostSecret address on the back and stamped it. After the PostSecret event, I put my secret into a mailbox.
With the PostSecret event coming up, I wanted to make my secret in advance. Eventually I thought of something - a photo I had which didn't show what I looked like but was related to a secret. I added text to the photograph with Photoshop, and took it to a printing centre where I got it printed onto card paper and guillotined to the right size. Then I wrote the PostSecret address on the back and stamped it. After the PostSecret event, I put my secret into a mailbox.
18 Apr, 13
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Marked goal Send a secret to PostSecret as in progress
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Photo added to goal Buy a lottery ticket

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Note added to goal Buy a lottery ticket
I won! Well, I won in the lowest division - I won $13.60, and since the ticket of 12 games cost me $11.15 that comes to a profit of $2.45. Not bad for a one-off. I don't plan to do it again though.