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My 101 things #92 – back up my old photos

My Day Zero Project #92 activity was to buy a device and back up all my photos.  I have a pc so old that it requires a crank shaft to get it started.  As a result I’ve been living in fear for some time that it’s going to blow up and all my photos of my daugther and, well, my life for the past 5 years will disappear.

This task is now complete courtesy of a very thoughtful valentines gift from boyfriend in the form of a Seagate portable expansion drive.  I’m raving about it.  It’s very mummy friendly.  No instructions required.  Just plug that baby in and move your photos over.  It’s basically just a magic pen (my moniker for a USB pen because they are, frankly, magic!) on steroids. 

Now I can sleep in peace knowing that my photos are safe and that, no matter how many times my darling daughter comes silently windmilling over to me to launch a stealth attach on the keyboard, nothing will be accidentally deleted without being recoverable.  Annnnnnnd rest.

My 101 things #41: Stop junk mail

Day one of my 101 things challenge and I’ve just ticked off item #41 to stop junk mail (I’m not doing them in order!) This first challenge was achieved courtesty of this fantastic Junk Buster widget I found via the lovely We are what we do site (brilliant inspiration for those of you who might want to join the Day Zero Project.

The neat thing about the Junk Buster is that not only does it register you with the Mail Preference Service and Royal Mail’s Door to Door Opt Out but you can also stop the Yellow Pages, BT phone directory and Thomson directory from being sent to you too.  Genius.  Though clearly I will now have to find other devices to prop up munchkin’s cot when she’s got a cold 🙂

101 things in 1001 days

Life is hard enough as a single parent without setting myself challenges that I don’t need to prove to myself that I am some kind raving lunatic superwoman!  However Home Baked (ooh the scones, this woman is a genius and she can help with one of my tasks!)  has brought my attention to the Day Zero project where you challenge yourself to complete 101 preset tasks in 1001 days. 

Eek!  It caught my eye because I’m always going on about how there’s so much to do but so little time but then on the other hand I’m sometimes bored in the evenings when munchkin has gone to bed and I’m on my tod.  I thought it would be an interesting way to get to the bottom of what’s actually going on with my time. 

I thought it would be easy to come up with a list of 101 things I want to do.  Not so!  My most pressing aspirations, at first glance, are the things that my lifestyle and budget don’t currently permit (such as the safari in Africa or downshifting / changing careers) or that munchkin is not old enough to enjoy yet (such as dressing up like little Indiana Jones characters and visiting Egypt.  

In actual fact I struggled to come up with 101 things I want to do imminently.  However those who know me will tell you that a good challenge with me is like a red rag to a bull so I sat and I thought and thought some more.  I realised that it was forcing me to think about my short term goals, the lovely things I can do now and in the near future as munchkin gets older and – after a conversation with boyfriend about it – identifying some things that are my passion but things that he might want to join me for.

So here’s my list and I’m forcing myself to post progress updates as we go as incentive!  This still feels like I scary proposition.  1001 days is 2.75 years but lordy that’s not long in the grand scheme of things!  I mean that’s one thing off the list every 9.9 days – aaargh!


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