these are the posts tagged ‘lists’:


1, 2… start!

the new list is finally done, and as i wrote the last item, i breathed a huge sigh of relief. this is the third incarnation of the 101 things in 1001 days, and as years go by, it gets harder and harder to come up with items to fill it up, each one carefully twisted and turned before being written down… “do i really want to do this? or is just a wishful thought that will only bore me in the long run? will it be worth it?”

i do love a plan and a timeframe though – i don’t think there’s a better way to achieve anything. so here it is, the plan for the next 1001 days.

if you think you can help with one (or more) of these, do let me know! :)

101 things in 1001 days – done!


so the second edition of my 101 things in 1001 days list ran out yesterday, and i managed to do… 58% of it! i know, it doesn’t sound like much, but still, it was quite an improvement up from 40% on the previous one. and wow… has it been 1001 days already?!

this time, the list was far more doable, with a lot less crazy-wishful-thinking travel plans, but it did include a fair amount of multiple items (read X books, try X things) which might have been a mistake. many of them ended up neaaaarly done… but missing an item or two in the end. bummer!

having done this twice now, i still think it’s nice to have goals and a list to work on, step by step. it gives life a certain direction, something to aim for. these past few years i’ve certainly discovered more unesco sites, funky sodas and strange vegetables than i would have otherwise! :D

and now, time to come up with another one, for the next 1001 days! any suggestions?

happy things

it’s hot today, 30 something degrees and stuffy, reminding us of portuguese summers spent by the sea. i’m staying indoors, listening to obama’s speech and recovering from too much birthday food…

happy things lately:

– finishing yet another whole 30!
– receiving lots of handwritten letters from both friends and strangers
– waking up early to study with friends in the cafĂ© around the corner
– hosting neat strangers through couchsurfing
– making new travel plans :)

5 pretty awesome things


– relocating our “office” to sunny barcelona, and escaping this dreary winter for a few days
– finally flying on a hot air balloon
– getting tickets to our favourite comedian‘s only show in town
– bursting with pride at seeing the boy improve his (already pretty awesome) half-marathon time
– … and then coming home to a mailbox overflowing with letters, postcards and presents! :D

granadilla & sweet pepino

the search for new fruits goes on, this time aided by the fruit section of local semi-fancy supermarket!


granadilla was lovely. on the inside, it looks and tastes a lot like passion fruit, which was a surprise!

the sweet pepino on the other hand, was a bit of a disappointment – it tasted of honeydew melon, but very mildly and not as sweet. perhaps it wasn’t ripe yet? oh well… the search continues!