Friday, 31 July 2009

walk score

my walk score is 95, a walkers paradise! too bad when i move 14mins drive from the city going to drop to a car-dependant 34... the adelaide suburbs are that bad!

but that's about right... we didn't own a car (and i didn't even know how to drive!) for the first four years of living in our apartment. even when i got a job that took 80mins to get to by public transport and only 25mins by car i still didn't bother learning how to drive.

but when we bought a block of land in the suburbs, despite it being in an 'eco village', one of the first thing i knew i needed to do was learn to drive and buy a car.

moving to the suburbs definatley has it's downfalls.

Thursday, 30 July 2009

raw milk

i've found raw organic jersey milk! my heart skipped a beat and I did a little dance when I first saw it sitting in the refrigerator cabinet! so that puts me one step closer to number 65 on my list "eat nourishing traditions style for a month and see how i feel ..." without having to give up milk.

but, now that I finally have raw milk I come across a few problems that I hadn't thought about before though.

i drink lots of milk, but mostly its in hot drinks and I don't know how much I can heat the raw milk before i may as well have gotten pasteurized milk. Is it ok to put raw milk in my hot tea or coffee? what about heating it on the stove for chai? I don't know…

the milk comes ALL the way from Gympie in Queensland (that's 2200km away!) so I want to make sure that I'm getting the most out of it… especially because you can get B.d. Farm Paris Creek bio-dynamic in conversion organic milk everywhere in Adelaide now.

maybe i should have thought about all this before i paid $6 for 2L of milk!

It is very very tasty in my smoothies though!

Thursday, 23 July 2009

101 things in 1001 days

I've done lots of thinking and lots of pestering friends to tell me what they think i should do and have come up with my list
of things i want to do in the next 1001 days.
It was difficult to decide what things should go on the list, and what things i wanted to just let be, but this is what i came up with...

start date: Friday 24 July 2009

end date: Friday, 20 April 2012

  1. Walk the Overland Track in Tasmania. (I'm really excited about this one so it goes first!)
  2. Climb Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty (or similar) 30 times before walking the overland track.
  3. Walk the Yurrebilla Trail through the Adelaide Hills
  4. Walk the Deep Creek National Park section of the Heyson Trail (camp halfway)
  5. Find another trail that excites me and walk it. Maybe in Victoria, Northern NSW or SE QLD?
  6. Walk the Marino cliff tops from Brighton to Hallet Cove Conservation park with Belinda
  7. Do the Victor Harbour walk Ben's dad recommended
  8. Walk through Mt George Conservation Park with my boss
  9. Walk from home/the city to Victoria and Nakita's house along the Torrens River before we move.
  10. Try taking Radish (our apartment cat) for another walk on her leash
  11. Do a term of Belly dancing lessons.
  12. Go on a picnic
  13. Visit 15 exhibitions
  14. Hire out the Mt Lofty youth hostel with friends
  15. Go to Deep Creek National Park
  16. Go to Kangaroo Island
  17. Go to the Flinders Ranges
  18. Climb St Mary's Peak in the Flinders Ranges
  19. Go on a holiday with just Ben, no one else.
  20. Go to a Rainbow Gathering
  21. Go to a Confest
  22. Go to a Folk Festival … not Woodford again … preferably the national one in Canberra with Belinda.
  23. Make sure I see my globetrotting friend Emma.
  24. Grown my hair and plait it like it was when I was 17
  25. Get a henna tattoo … but not at a festival … little A would be really good at this
  26. Visit my nana in Melbourne
  27. See my family 4 times a month for 6 months
  28. Do something fun with just my siblings
  29. Practice yoga five times a week for a month so I get into the habit again. (This one doesn't count until I've inevitably gotten distracted from my yoga, then had to drag myself back to it)
  30. Do sun salutations every morning for a few weeks and see how I feel (I'm usually a night time yogi)
  31. Do 108 sun salutations to celebrate something
  32. Organise my pantry (which is really a pile of boxes full of food in the bedroom because my kitchen is that small)
  33. Empty my cupboards of nasty things and start cleaning using green, frugal methods
  34. Learn to make soap
  35. Clean up the plants on my balcony.
  36. Clean out my closet and donate at least 2 big ikea bags worth of clothing
  37. Sort out my superannuation.
  38. Make and bottle lots of tomato sauce
  39. Make and bottle lots of jam
  40. Make sourdough bread
  41. Make ginger Beer
  42. Make a fruit or vegetable wine
  43. Cook Christmas Pudding with Belinda (before September)
  44. Cook Sri Lankan wedding cake with mum
  45. Cook with duck
  46. Cook with rabbit
  47. Cook with goat
  48. Cook a cassoulet with Ben
  49. Cook using another ingredient I haven't used before
  50. Cook 10 things from 101 cookbooks
  51. Cook slow roasted pork with Jel and steal her secrets
  52. Learn a delicious Japanese dish from Jel.
  53. Find the perfect Japanese cookbook
  54. Cook an Indian feast to share with Ben's siblings.
  55. Cook up a tajine feast with Belinda
  56. Eat at Bridgewater Mill
  57. High Tea at the Apothecary on Hindley St with Belinda
  58. Eat/drink coffee at 10 new places with Belinda
  59. Go to the Willunga farmers market
  60. Go mushrooming
  61. Only do food shopping at the farmers markets and the central markets for a month. No quick trips to the Woolworths near works or the IGA down the street because I haven't been organised enough to buy what I need or I don't already have what I really want to eat.
  62. Only buy organic or 'in conversion' food for a month. See if I feel any healthier…
  63. Acquire bags for fruit/veg/loose grains etc from Kel … and use them
  64. Don't use a microwave for a month, re-examine whether or not I need to have a microwave afterwards
  65. Eat nourishing traditions style for a month and see how i feel ...
  66. Learn to sew something wonderful from Anakin
  67. Learn to sew a quilt (and finish it)
  68. Finish knitting Ben a headband/hat thingamajig
  69. Knit dishcloths
  70. Learn how to knit something more complicated than a single rectangle/square
  71. Learn to crochet
  72. Crochet a granny square rug
  73. Learn to embroider something pretty
  74. Make 10 presents for friends/family instead of buying things
  75. Sew myself some cloth pads to complete my stash, or get a moon cup
  76. Give blood. last time i gave blood was also the first time i ever fainted so i'm scared of this one
  77. Learn to recognise 20 new plant species
  78. Learn and draw 20 construction details for work
  79. Find a way to use Adobe Illustrator usefully for work
  80. Learn something about photography/my camera from Victoria, my boss, J
    and the internet
  81. Learn something about using Photoshop better from J and the internet
  82. Make and Send 10 Postcards
  83. Write a letter to Cagri, my highschool penpal from turkey who recontacted me through facebook
  84. Write my nana a letter
  85. Take photos … one a day for a month
  86. Write posts … one a day for a month
  87. Read 20 novels recommended/borrowed from Belinda
  88. Read 20 non-fiction books recommended/borrowed from Belinda
  89. Read/watch 20 Ben recommended things
  90. Read 'How to be a better foodie. A bulging little book for the truly epicurious' by Sugi Pigott as recommended by kel
  91. Move out of our apartment and into our house (when its finally built)
  92. Be 3 years ahead on our mortgage
  93. Learn about companion planting
  94. Start a Vegetable Garden
  95. Start Composting
  96. Plant 20 different vegetables/herbs/fruit
  97. Harvest 20 different vegetables/herbs/fruit
  98. Get chickens
  99. Hold a working Bee at the community garden
  100. Start planting in the community garden
  101. Harvest something from the community garden

so that's the list done, now i just have to get started…

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

the first step

I wasn't sure how to take the first step into blog land. It's a great big scary world out there and i like having a plan.... so i thought about it for a while, decided on a blog name and remembered 101 things in 1001 days over at My house smells like vanilla .

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as New Year's resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Some common goal setting tips:
1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.

2. Stay Focussed. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.

3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.

4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.

5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.

So now i've got a plan i just have to put it into action. My mum always told me i should write more lists and be more organised ...