Day Zero Project – Goal #97

I managed to cross another one of my goals off of my list this past week, to take my grandmother to the movies. Because I had some time off of work I was able to book us in to a day time ‘Gold Class’ screening of The King’s Speech – which, by the way was an incredible film. I had a great time, and I think my grandmother did too. Hopefully we’ll be able to do it again soon and not just because it’s on my list of things to do…

Goal #5 Progress

The fifth goal in my 101 things to do in 1001 days project is to read all of the books on the Time Magazine Top 100 Books list. I’ve been working on this list for a little while now, but have fallen by the wayside a little bit in choosing these books when deciding what to read next. I’ve gone through the list and bolded the titles that I’ve already read. I’m going to try to work some of the unread titles into my upcoming reading list so that I can catch up…

    The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
    All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
    American Pastoral by Philip Roth
    An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
    Animal Farm by George Orwell
    Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara
    Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
    The Assistant by Bernard Malamud
    At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien
    Atonement by Ian McEwan
    Beloved by Toni Morrison
    The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood
    The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
    The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
    Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
    Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
    The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
    Call It Sleep by Henry Roth
    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
    The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
    The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
    The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
    A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell
    The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
    Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
    A Death in the Family by James Agee
    The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
    Deliverance by James Dickey
    Dog Soldiers by Robert Stone
    Falconer by John Cheever
    The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
    The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
    Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
    Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
    The Heart is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
    The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
    Herzog by Saul Bellow
    Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
    A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
    I, Claudius by Robert Graves
    Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
    Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
    Light in August by William Faulkner
    The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Loving by Henry Green
    Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
    The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead
    Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
    Money by Martin Amis
    The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
    Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
    Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
    Native Son by Richard Wright
    Neuromancer by William Gibson
    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
    1984 by George Orwell
    On the Road by Jack Kerouac
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
    The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski
    Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
    A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
    Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
    Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
    Possession by A.S. Byatt
    The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
    Rabbit, Run by John Updike
    Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
    The Recognitions by William Gaddis
    Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
    Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
    The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
    Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
    The Sot-Weed Factor by John Barth
    The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
    The Sportswriter by Richard Ford
    The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carre
    The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
    Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
    Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
    Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
    Ubik by Philip K. Dick
    Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
    Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
    Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
    White Noise by Don DeLillo
    White Teeth by Zadie Smith
    Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

How many of these books have you read? Any suggestions as to which I should start with first?

Goal #98 Progress

Goal #98 of my 101 things to do in 1001 days is to learn to meditate properly. So when I found out that the natural therapy centre near my house was offering an 8 week meditation course I signed up right away. I had my first class tonight, and I already know that I am going to love it. I adored everything about the class, from the location (inside a day care centre, which may seem strange to some but I have nothing but good memories of day care centres so I was instantly at ease) to the group of people in the class with me. After the hour of meditation we sat in a group and discussed what we thought about the experience, what we liked and disliked and what we thought we needed to improve on. I definitely need to improve the depth of my breathing, and about half way through my mind wandered a little bit that might have been because I was hungry… Lesson learned and I am eager to see what week 2 will bring!

Day Zero Project – Goal #69

I was able to cross another goal off of my list this week, and it was Goal #69 – to go to church. I know this seems like an odd goal (or would for some at least), but for me it was one of the more personal goals of the 101 that I aim to achieve. On Friday night I attended Christmas Eve mass with my family, and although it was sweltering hot it was a pleasant experience.

Day Zero Project – Goal #76 (progress)

Goal #76 of my 101 things to do in 1001 days is to attend 10 concerts. Last night I attended Jay Z/U2 here in Perth and it was phenomenal! The weather was perfect (though sadly I can’t say the same for those attending the show tonight, it’s overcast and raining occasionally) and the show was mind blowing. U2’s 360 degree stage was incredible and both acts performed like the top-of-the-game artists that they are.

Next on the agenda I have 2 concerts to attend in February and then freaking KINGS OF LEON in Sydney in March. YES. There are also rumours of Eminem touring next year, and if that is the case I will be going to every single concert of his that I can manage to get to. Also I’m still trying to get people together for Bob Dylan (at the West Coast Blues and Roots Festival) in April next year. Fun times ahead!