The fantastic weather continues. As you can see from the picture (which was taken at St James’s Park), London is looking amazingly green and shiny– almost glittery- at the moment. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that this weather lasts. But then again, perhaps we appreciate it all the more because it doesn’t last long… It’s bound to start raining again in a couple of days.
So. Tomorrow is day zero of my 202 challenge. I guess I should make a plan about how to start. Perhaps the easiest thing is to get going on the everyday tasks. Goal 25 (PhD related) can conveniently start on Monday since tomorrow is Saturday. Tomorrow I’ll start on goal 1- read a novel every 2 weeks: hoping to finish it by Saturday 24. I’ve decided that my first book to read will be Nicola Barker’s ‘Clear: A transparent novel‘. It was longlisted for the 2004 Booker prize (not that that necessarily means something) and I’ve watched it sitting on the shelf for a while, always thinking I’d get around to reading it at some point. Well, the time has come. Its premise is fascinating- it’s a fictional account of a non-fictional event. The story is about magician’s (or illusionist’s) David Blaine’s mysterious stay in a transparent box next to the River Thames in 2003, with no food for 44 days. I remember being fascinated at the time by Blaine’s decision to do that- fascinated and appalled at the same time. So I’m intrigued to see what Barker has made of the story.
The other thing I’ll do is start working on the every day, small goals: e.g. goal 26 (clearing up clutter for 10 mins every 2 days) & goal 89 (doing a food schedule). The first one sounds straightforward enough & hopefully will help a bit with the messiness in our flat. As for the second, it’ll help us eat a bit more healthily (hopefully).
Anyway. That’s the plan. As they say though, when people make plans, the gods laugh. It’s a good saying, even for atheists like me. But then again I suppose a bit of obsessionality can never harm anyone. So here goes… my 1001 days are about to start!