The 2013 list:

Start Date March 9, 2013

1. Catch the Ferry
2. Get my L’s
3. Buy a new Mac
4. Hit my 10K Glinda Goal
5. See Before Midnight at the cinema
6. Cook dinner for Luke 5 times
7. Take J to a theme park
8. Go overseas
9. Read 25 books
10. Release 5 bookcrossing books
11. Send 20 letters to friends (3/20)
12. Do yoga
13. Go on an impromptu road-trip
14. Watch 25 movies I’ve never seen before
15. Try to leave J overnight
16. Listen to every song in my iTunes library
17. Find 20 geocaches
18. Organise Noosa to Byron road trip
19. Get a community garden plot
20. Make a new friend
21. Organise a tiny forest event
22. Take J to see the dinosaurs
23. Watch 20 new TED talks (3/20)
24. Get some beauty redefined stickers
25. Take a project unbreakable photo
26. Put up 20 operation beautiful post its
27. Send in a Postsecret postcard
28. Blog weekly for 8 weeks
29. Go camping
30. Drink only water for 1 week
31. Watch a sunrise on the beach
32. Finish designing the NGF website
33. Write 10 reviews for Sam
34. Go op-shopping
35. Swimming lessons for J
36. Survive toilet training
37. Have a conversation with someone in sign language
38. Go to Perth
39. Have lunch with Elena
40. Teach J to ride a bike
41. Get some coordinates accessories made
42. Buy a picnic rug
43. Find J a best buddy
44. Go on a picnic
45. Watch 5 friends “top 5 movies”
46. Read 5 friends favourite book
47. Eat 25 meals outside (2/25)
48. Go foraging with Luke
49. Sign 10 new clients (6/10)
50. Write at least 50,000 words of my novel
51. Get 5 massages
52. Participate in book mooch
53. Get a ‘signature scent’
54. Have a BBQ by the river
55. Live in a house for longer than 12 months
56. Call Rachel
57. Call Amy
58. Call Elena
59. Find a TV series to watch with Luke
60. Write a will
61. Get a toy created from a J picture
62. Take stuff to Vinnies
63. Inspire someone to write a 101/1001 list
64. Update FF 5 times
65. Buy a picnic basket/set
66. Go swimming
67. Win a competition
68. Write a letter to myself 1 year in the future
69. Send email to J
70. Write in the ‘Dear Luke’ book twice
71. Send a message in a bottle
72. Send out a travelling teddy/toy
73. Take J on a train
74. Take J on a boat
75. Take J on a bus
76. Send Kylie a J artwork
77. Get a creative writing contract
78. Get an editing contract
79. Write an ebook for a client
80. Celebrate my business anniversary with cake
81. Give Luke a massage
82. Make flash cards for J
83. Make a virtual puppet show for J
84. Build a blanket fort
85. Try transitioning J into her own bed
86. Dance with Luke
87. Have a Facebook free week
88. Have a technology free 24 hours
89. Go to a festival
90. Paint a picture
91. Write a poem
92. Tweet every day for a month
93. Sleep for 5 hours (if this happens by the end of 1001 days I will cry with happiness!)
94. Keep a minimum of $1000 in our acct for 6 mths
95. Celebrate our anniversary
96. Exchange love letters with Luke
97. J’s first hair cut
98. Put together a photo book for J
99. Let Luke sleep in
100. Have breakfast in bed
101. Write another 101/1001 list

End date: January 5th 2016


Long time followers of this blog will remember that early in 2009 I began my first Day Zero Project. 101 things to do in 1001 days. The list was ambitious and included a lot of adventurous pursuits. It didn’t quite get completed as I had hoped, I only managed to complete 48 of the 101 things (and partially complete about 20 more), but a tough pregnancy and the arrival of our daughter shifted my focus away from the list and day zero came and went without my even realising it.

This new list has been written with my new time/freedom limitations in mind and as a result is much less ambitious than the last, but hopefully that means I will have a higher success rate, even while raising a spirited 2 year old and running a business and working (from home) 50 hours a week – with a husband who also works about 60 hours a week away from home. Time and sleep are both a huge luxury here but hopefully take two of the Day Zero Project will be a success!

A big thank you to Nate for inspiring me to give it a go. If I remember correctly I think I was partial inspiration for her first Day Zero Project list, so it’s a reciprocal inspiration circle, which is quite cool.

I was going to post the list now, but I compiled it on my phone which is currently doing a software backup, so I’ll have to come back and post it later.



I’m on holidays at the moment, in Brisbane. I’m sunburnt and trying to decide what to order from the breakfast menu that you stick on the door handle.. I love hotels, don’t you? Anyway, I saw this on another blog and thought I’d play:

Just copy and paste these 99 things onto your blog and bold the things you HAVE done… here are mine:

1. Started your own blog

2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity

7. Been to DisneyWorld

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo

11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitch hiked

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a Marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise (not an overnight one though)

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theatre

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a cheque

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten caviar

72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone

78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous

 (depends on how famous they have to be!)

92. Joined a book club

93. Got a tattoo

94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a law suit

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

How many have you done out of the 99?

Well our trip to India is still a while away (77 days, not that I’m counting) but I’m just about through with all our planning and booking so I thought I’d do a quick update and tell you all about our plans for the trip:

April 7: Fly from Queenstown – Christchurch and spend the night. We have a meeting with a woman who we are hoping to get a puppy from (did I tell you about our prospective puppy? Oh dear, well I best put that on my to blog list!).

April 8: Fly from Christchurch to Sydney, get some dread maintenance at Furr and then we’re meeting our dear friend Kristie and her daughter Tara for lunch at the Green Gourmet (OMG just typing that there is making my mouth water, I miss that place so much! Go Vegan Yum Cha!!!). Then, in the afternoon we’ll head back to the airport and catch our flight to Mumbai (thank goodness we are both the kind of travellers who can fit everything into a carry on sized backpack otherwise we’d be lugging luggage around with us all day long!).

April 9: We arrive in Mumbai at 02:40 AM!! Ugh! That will be fun! So, arrival in Mumbai, mad dash to the hotel and probably sleeeeeep. (hopefully) I’m sure we’ll wake up at some point and we can ease ourselves into the madness that is Mumbai.

April 10: Explore Mumbai during the day and then jump on our first overnight train and spend the night travelling.

April 11: Arrive in Aurangabad at silly oclock in the morning. We have a car picking us up at the station and taking us out to the Ellora caves.

April 12: Head out to the Ajanta caves.

April 13: Catch a bus to Jalgaon in the morning and spend the day sightseeing before jumping on another overnight train for our very long trip to Varanasi (20hrs).

April 14: Arrive in Varanasi. Relax!

April 15: Take a boat tour down the Ganges and do that whole tourist thing.

April 16: More sightseeing during the day and then another overnight train!

April 17: Arrive in Agra. Relax!

April 18: Visit the Taj Mahal!

April 19: Train to Delhi (day time train this time!)

April 20: Sightseeing in Delhi

April 21: Flight to Goa

April 22 – 25: Relaxing in Goa for 5 days after the mayhem of the first part of the trip!

April 26: Nighttime train back to Mumbai

April 27: Last night in India 😦

April 28: Fly Mumbai – Sydney – Auckland – Christchurch

April 30: Fly Christchurch – Queenstown

Phew! I think it’s going to be pretty hectic!

Who wants a postcard?

Just a quick update to let you all know that I’ve crossed another thing off my 101/1001 list.

52. Write a letter to myself 10 years in the future.

I stumbled across the future me website this afternoon and was thrilled to discover that not only would I not have to hand write my letter to myself, but that I wouldn’t even have to try and think of someway to remind myself to read the letter ten years in the future – which is a relief, I can barely remember what needs to be done today let alone a decade from now! You type up your letter to yourself and then Future Me will email it to you on whichever date you specify in the future. Pretty handy!

I hope everyone is enjoying the silly season and that you all have a safe and happy New Years Eve followed by a safe and happy 2010!

23. Send out at least five books on BookCrossing (3/5)

I had a bit of a genius idea with my bookcrossing books (even if I do say so myself haha).. when I first started my 101/1001 project I sent out two book crossing books relatively quickly but when neither of them were “found” I started feeling a little discouraged and so I hadn’t send any more out into the world since. Then, when my couch surfer asked if he could borrow one of our books, and mail it back wen he was done, I decided to turn it into a bookcrossing book instead and gave it to him, as long as he promised to pass it onto another traveller with their promise to do the same.. fingers crossed that someone joins in the fun and “finds” it on the website!

Have you had any luck with bookcrossing? Was your book found? Did you find one?

You might remember my post a little while ago, where I mentioned signing up with couchsurfing.org in an effort to start getting over my social phobia. Well, today was the day!! I’m embarrassed to tell you how many times I almost called the whole thing off, how many times I composed emails in my head detailing all sorts of weird and wonderful reasons why it was just impossible for us to host him, or how many times I agonised to Luke about any number of ridiculous things that I thought would go wrong the second the stranger walked through our front door.

In the end I’m ashamed to admit that Joel arrived on our doorstep, not because of my gracious – and brave – invitation, but by sheer dumb luck! He emailed me yesterday to say he was on his way, cycling madly all the way from Te Anau, and that he would arrive either today or tomorrow, he left me his mobile number at the bottom of the email and asked me to sms him our address.. which, of course, I didn’t do. I know, I know, shame on me! In my defense, I didn’t actually have any credit, but I do have a home phone so I could have just called him, but I was stupidly paranoid about the whole thing so I just kept putting it off and putting it off and putting it off, until about 6pm when I noticed a very worried looking man cycling up and down my street, his bicycle overloaded with camping gear and water bottles and saddle bags packed to bursting point. What a sorry sight he was!

My heart gave an almighty, panic stricken, jump when I saw him, and I did consider just ignoring him altogether, but you’ll all be pleased to know that I didn’t leave the poor man to fend for himself (which, for the record, wouldn’t have been so bad, there is a caravan park just down the road) and instead I took a deep breath and went outside and introduced myself.

So here he is, lovely Joel, who isn’t at all intimidating or scary and in fact is just a lovely little sunburned French man trying to have an adventure. What a mess I must have looked, the strangely nervous, barefoot, dreadlocked hippy girl, all a flutter at his arrival! I made us some chamomile tea (like any good barefoot, dreadlocked hippy girl would!) and we sat around my loungeroom chatting and watching the sunset over the mountains. I offered him dinner but he had already eaten – thank goodness for that because I’ve no idea what I would have made for him! – And now, 6 hours after his arrival, we have compared life stories, taken photos of each other, exchanged email addresses, compared our New Zealand panoramic photography, become facebook friends and I’m in the process of convincing him to settle in Queenstown so we can be coffee buddies.

He is tucked up in bed now – exhausted from cycling over 100kms today – and I am sitting here, marveling at my own absurdity, it’s moments like this, when I am awash in the happy glow of socialising with friendly people that I really have to wonder about myself, I mean I practically gave myself an ulcer worrying about this very night, and now it is here and it’s absolutely fine!

I really enjoyed compiling this list, it took a long time, but it was actually much easier than I was expecting, in fact, before I knew it I had written a list of 131 places to see before I die and I had to go back and cull a bunch of things to get it back down to 101. I only wish that this was a list of 101 places I had already been.. Oh how I would love to have travelled to all of these places! But then again, that wouldn’t give me much to look forward to would it?

I wanted to put a photo of every single thing on the list – just because they are all so beautiful – but I figured that would be picture overload, so instead I’ve just put a pictures for every 5th thing on the list.

Anyway that’s one more thing I can cross off my 101/100 list:

#41. Write a list of 101 places to see before you die.

  1. The Leshan Giant Buddha – China
  2. Sunset at Uluru – Australia
  3. Machu Picchu – Peru
  4. The Great Wall of China
  5. The Plitvice Lakes – Croatia
  6. The Great Pyramid of Giza – Egypt
  7. The Nile – Egypt
  8. Ponte dei Sospiri – Venice Italy
  9. Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe
  10. Taj Mahal – India
  11. Chichen Itza – Mexico
  12. Antarctica
  13. Colluseum – Italy
  14. The Ganges – India
  15. Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)
  16. A cherry blossom viewing in Japan
  17. The Ring Road – Iceland
  18. French Quarter, New Orleans – USA
  19. Emam Mosque – Iran
  20. Hohenzollern Castle & The Black Forest – Germany
  21. Stonehenge – England
  22. The Himalayas – Nepal
  23. Isle of Skye – Scotland
  24. Cueva del Fantasma (Cave of the Ghost) – Venezuela
  25. Hagia Sophia – Turkey
  26. Pompeii – Italy
  27. Niagara Falls – USA
  28. The Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon) – Bolivia
  29. Marquesas Islands – French Polynesia
  30. Doubtful Sound – New Zealand
  31. Dingle Peninsula – Ireland
  32. The Louvre/Notre Dame/Eiffel Tower – Paris
  33. Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon road trip – USA
  34. Crac Des Chevaliers – Syria
  35. The Amalfi Coast – Italy
  36. The Monasteries of the Metéora – Greece
  37. Clingstone house – USA
  38. The Ponte Vecchio – Italy
  39. Dalmation Coast – Croatia
  40. St Michel D’Aiguilhe Chapel – France
  41. La Mezquita – Spain
  42. Forks (just seeing if you’re paying attention haha)
  43. Volterra – Italy (lol)
  44. Petra – Jordan
  45. Santorini – Greece
  46. The Amazon Rainforest – Brazil
  47. The Wuhua Hai (Five-Flower Lake) – China
  48. Petrodvorets – Russia
  49. Loch Ness – Scotland
  50. Festival of Colors – India
  51. The Garden of Cosmic Speculation – Scotland
  52. Bimini road – The Bahamas
  53. The Berlin Wall (what’s left of it anyway!) – Germany
  54. Pyramids of the Sun and Moon – Mexico
  55. Potala Palace, Lhasa – Tibet
  56. Mesa Verde – USA
  57. Knife Castle – Ukraine
  58. Crater Lake – USA
  59. The plains of the Serengeti – Tanzania
  60. Easter Island – Chile
  61. The Sogne Fjord – Norway
  62. Iguazu Falls – Argentina
  63. Zen Gardens of Kyoto – Japan
  64. Khaju Bridge – Iran
  65. Pagan – Myanmar
  66. Uffizi Gallery – Italy
  67. Carnival Festival – Brazil
  68. Mount Kilimanjaro – Tanzania
  69. The Hallgrímskirkja – Iceland
  70. Eleuthera – Bahamas
  71. Lake Titicaca – Peru
  72. Majlis al Jinn Cave – Oman
  73. The Parthenon – Greece
  74. The Waitomo Glowworm Cave – New Zealand
  75. Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves – Austria
  76. Ephesus – Turkey
  77. Galápagos Islands – Ecuador
  78. Lake Baikal – Russia
  79. Rome – Italy
  80. Sunrise at Mount Nemrut – Turkey
  81. The Maldives
  82. Cape Town – South Africa
  83. Sunset at Ipanema Beach – Brazil
  84. The Guggenheim – Spain
  85. Las Lajas Cathedral – Colombia
  86. St. Basil’s Cathedral – Russia
  87. Prague – Czech Republic
  88. Golden Gate Bridge San Fransisco – USA
  89. Helsingborg – Sweden
  90. The Sahara Desert – Africa
  91. Granada – Spain
  92. London – England
  93. The Boiling Lake – Dominica
  94. The Royal Chitwan National Park – Nepal
  95. Yosemite Valley – USA
  96. Cave of Crystals – Mexico
  97. Drive from Cairo to Kharga – Egypt
  98. The Dead Sea – Israel
  99. Orkhon Khurkhree – Mongolia
  100. St. Peter’s Basilica – Vatican City
  101. Pamukkale – Turkey

Isn’t the world a beautiful place???

I have 31 movies left to watch as part of #40 on my 101/1001 list. So this afternoon I figured I would get organised. I’ve gone through the list and figured out which movies I’d like to watch and I’m going to try and watch at least a movie a day for the next month so that I can cross that one off my list entirely. I’m surprised by some of the movies that made the IMDB 250 list actually, it seems to me like there is a whole lot of SciFi on there! I’m also (pleasantly) surprised by how many of the movies I hadn’t already seen, especially since I consider myself to be a bit of a movie buff.

Here is the list of movies I’ll be watching over the next month or so:

  1. The Wrestler (2009)
  2. Star Wars (1977)
  3. Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  5. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
  6. Star Trek (2009)
  7. Blade Runner (1982)
  8. There Will Be Blood (2007)
  9. Annie Hall (1977)
  10. Old Boy (2003)
  11. Strangers on a Train (1951)
  12. Unforgiven (2003)
  13. It Happened One Night (1934)
  14. Rocky (1976)
  15. Harold and Maude (1971)
  16. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
  17. Glory (1989)
  18. Great Expectations (1946)
  19. Manhattan (1979)
  20. The Pianist (2002)
  21. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
  22. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
  23. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  24. The Conversation (1974)
  25. Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
  26. Children of Men (2006)
  27. The Terminator (1984)
  28. The Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
  29. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
  30. Schindler’s List (1993)
  31. Casablanca (1942)

Luke will be happy, he has been trying to get me to sit down and watch Star Wars with him ever since he discovered, 7 years ago, that I had never seen it, likewise for Terminator. I’m looking forward to watching To Kill a Mockingbird, it’s one of my favourite books so that will be interesting. Anyway! That’s my plan for the next 31 days.. wish me luck!

I’m very excited today, I am IN FLOW, totally focussed on researching and planning my upcoming trip to India. My very wonderful friend Phi has once again astounded us with his generosity and, as an early 30th birthday present for the two of us, has funded (with his frequent flyer points) a very fabulous trip to India in April of next year. I think everyone needs a friend like Phi.. and not just because he’ll fly you to India for your 30th birthday!

I’m very very super excited about it, especially since I have had an imaginary India itinerary in my head since 2005 when our backpacking trip came to shuttering halt in Vietnam when we realised that we had run out of money and had to come home (I am way too much of a sucker to have ever learned how to successfully barter, and I kept giving all our money away to grubby children and poverty stricken schools!).

I am also excited because it means I will be able to cross two very big things off my list:

#29. Visit at least one new country
#65. Celebrate my 30th birthday by doing something fabulous

Technically my birthday is at the end of March, and we aren’t flying out until April 7th, but I’m still going to count it because it IS a birthday present, and we would have been in India for my actual birthday, except Luke has to work over the Easter long weekend.

So, now I am in the zone planning and researching and getting all excited about all the things we will see. I think I actually enjoy the planning of our holidays as much as I enjoy the actual holidays, I’m strange like that I guess. I’m very excited to be dusting off our backpacks and money wallets and heading back out into the big bad world. I only wish it could be longer than 3 weeks!

So, who among my beloved readers has been to India? Any?
If so, tell me all about it! Where should I go? What should I avoid? What did you love? Tell me everything!



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