SPRING CHALLENGE - March 20 - June 21st 2011

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Re: SPRING CHALLENGE - March 20 - June 21st 2011

Postby mango » Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:02 pm

ST: :P

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Re: SPRING CHALLENGE - March 20 - June 21st 2011

Postby Unity » Thu Apr 21, 2011 3:34 am

Hi all

All this reminds me of a crime novel The ABC Murders, Agatha Christie I think.

ADVENTURE

On the subject of having an interesting life, have you heard about 'dice living'? About 30 years ago a novel was published about a man who lived his life on the throw of a dice and since then a number of people have adopted this as a way of making decisions as well as changing their life, to get out of a rut and explore as many opportunities as possible.

You can do it as little as possible or as much as you want.

eg. chores, meal choices, 'me time', fitness, how to spend the day, trips away.

I saw some extreme examples which pushed one student to the limit when he had to cycle all night visiting 30 colleges.

So you throw a dice, either one or two if you need more choices. I discovered there are some unusual ones with 20 sides.

The main rules are that you cannot throw again, and you can only list choices that you will actually do. And set a deadline.

I was thinking about you Kathy - If you had 6 choices for the day (or even for the next few hours) -

1. do as you please 2. socialise 3. writing 4. crafts 5. chores 6. put tea party plans in motion :D

Whatever number you land on, break it down again e.g. 1- do as you please

1. experiment -clothes, makeup, house decor
2. relaxation, pampering
3. hobbies
4. new recipe
5. adopt a persona - what would they do for the day?
6. catch up on anything that needs doing

You could even break down whatever number comes up e.g.

5 - new persona

1. creative
2. femme fatale :D
3. chilled out
4. organiser
5. high achiever
6. entrepreneur

I think this approach could be a lot of fun if a person has the discipline to follow through.

What do you think?
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Re: SPRING CHALLENGE - March 20 - June 21st 2011

Postby kashtanka » Thu Apr 21, 2011 5:48 pm

Hmmm. Interesting given the number of choices we have each day! Today alone I thought of about 50 ways I could spend my day. Rolling the dice to decide what to do sounds interesting, but I think there would be some problems with that system for me. When my motivation level is low, no roll of the dice is going to get me going. Instead, what I do sometimes which really seems to work, is make a list of items that take five minutes to complete. I can do them in the order I want, and by the time half an hour is over, I've completed 6 pain in the neck items that I didn't feel like doing.

Would the dice work for you Unity?

Getting frustrated here with so many things to complete. I was talking to a friend tonight and he said I'm my own worst critic, and also that no one is holding the whip out to make sure I do everything. Maybe writers get like that because their minds are always active. I'm constantly trying to figure out how to best use my time. I have to let so many things slide.

I know what you mean about things changing on this thread. A lively discussion is going on in the to-do thread though! Everyone has so much to say there because it's a detailed discussion of everything. I like reading it occassionally.

I'm pretty active on a writing thread right now and have written about 150 posts in 3 months. There is so much posting on that board that there's usually something I want to comment on.

Have a good night!
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Re: SPRING CHALLENGE - March 20 - June 21st 2011

Postby Unity » Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:19 am

Hi Kathy

Dice - I'm not sure how disciplined I'll be but I'm going to give it a go at least once a week to start, although from today's experience, I realise you need forward planning -

e.g. Breakfast - didn't have enough possible food choices so I would have had to add things like (eating at the computer, at the table, no breakfast :( ,)

About your writing Kathy. I wonder if you were rich with a housekeeper and living in the middle of nowhere with no social distractions whether you would get your writing done or not? :D
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Re: SPRING CHALLENGE - March 20 - June 21st 2011

Postby mango » Fri Apr 22, 2011 9:25 am

Hi all,

That dice approach is a neat idea, Unity! I might try it.
I was laughing about 'no breakfast :( ' being a possible option...

:lol:

Kathy, I don't know if you remember, but you once gave me an excellent idea for covering a bench cushion with fabric without having to sew it (wrap it up and pin it on the bottom).

Would it be possible for you to tell me how to measure the cushion so that I know how much fabric to buy? I notice fabric is sold by the yard, and I have no idea what that means... Is it a yard long and a yard wide?

Stop laughing! :D

Also, any suggestions for type of fabric? I would like something easy-care that I could throw in the washing machine and/or use a sticky roller to take off cat hair, and durable enough to sit on. I saw something called 'cotton duck' that looked like it might be suitable (though the color choices were boring - but it was at Walmart, not in a proper fabric store). I'm not a denim person, FYI.

Thanks in advance! No problem if you don't have the time, energy, or inclination to answer!

Have a great day, all!
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Re: SPRING CHALLENGE - March 20 - June 21st 2011

Postby Unity » Fri Apr 22, 2011 10:00 am

Hi all

Mango you might need to throw a dice with all your job ideas :D

Apart from pins, you could use velcro.

About the fabric, I'll tell you something that ex never knew about when he lived at home. I had covered the bed headboard with a skirt! :D It was a longish full circular I found in a shop and exactly the shade I wanted to match my bedlinen and curtains. Funnily enough I had forgotten it was made from a skirt so when I finally decided to remove it, I got a bit of a surprise!
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Re: SPRING CHALLENGE - March 20 - June 21st 2011

Postby kashtanka » Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:43 am

Mango, fabric comes in two widths, either 42 inches or 60 inches. Most of the fabrics that I buy are 42" wide because I quilt and therefore buy cottons. If you need more than 42 inches in width, you will need to sew two pieces together. This shoudn't be a problem if you use a fabric with a pattern because the seam won't show.

About the type of fabric to use, cotton duck is very heavy and would be fine except that it IS boring! I am thinking of a similiar fabric but I'm not sure if it comes in interesting patterns. It's called twill. I bought some fabric for a chef's apron that I think was twill. It had a stripe pattern which was perfect because the apron showing on the pattern cover had striped.
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Re: SPRING CHALLENGE - March 20 - June 21st 2011

Postby mango » Fri Apr 22, 2011 6:30 pm

Thanks to you both.

This shoudn't be a problem if you use a fabric with a pattern because the seam won't show.


Haha. Seam. That implies sewing, which would definitely be a problem. :lol:

So, fabric is 42 or 60 inches wide, and you buy it by the yard - which is 36 inches, right? Forgive me, that is part of the ongoing metric/imperial debate inside my wee Canadian head (I think of some things in metric, and others in imperial).

How do you know if the fabric is 42" or 60" wide? Does it say somewhere?

Thanks again for your help. :D
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Re: SPRING CHALLENGE - March 20 - June 21st 2011

Postby kashtanka » Fri Apr 22, 2011 6:50 pm

Duh, I forgot about the non-sewing aspect of the project! You pillow is probably less than 42 inches wide and then you can wrap the fabric around it. Also, it usually says on the fabric how many inches it is, but if not then you can judge by looking at how tall the bolt of fabric is. 42 inches is three and a half feet, and 60 inches is 5 ft. If you're average height for a women,you're a few inches taller than the 5 ft. one. Yes, 1 yard is 36 inches.
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Re: SPRING CHALLENGE - March 20 - June 21st 2011

Postby eubielicious » Sun Apr 24, 2011 3:59 pm

Unity wrote:On the subject of having an interesting life, have you heard about 'dice living'? About 30 years ago a novel was published about a man who lived his life on the throw of a dice and since then a number of people have adopted this as a way of making decisions as well as changing their life, to get out of a rut and explore as many opportunities as possible.


I remember that book: "The Dice Man" by Luke Rhinehart, I believe. I had a friend who was interested in it too and we did occasionally decide what we were going to do on days out using the dice. I think we once went hitchhiking, another time we went on a mini pub crawl. It was all a bit mad, but fun.

Certainly a bit of randomness is always good, and not having to decide can take a lot of the stress away!!!!!

Thanks for reminding me!

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Re: SPRING CHALLENGE - March 20 - June 21st 2011

Postby Unity » Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:23 pm

Hi Euan, glad this book bought back some happy memories for you.

I've been having a thinking phase again about the D and on other matters, as usual trying to find ways to simplify.
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Re: SPRING CHALLENGE - March 20 - June 21st 2011

Postby Unity » Mon May 02, 2011 4:28 pm

Keep life simple goal -

I know I've written about this before, but I often try and do things in the hardest possible way (and get stuck or give up) instead of the easier way that works for me, and this leads to the next step.
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Re: SPRING CHALLENGE - March 20 - June 21st 2011

Postby Unity » Mon May 23, 2011 5:04 am

Keep life simple - do it now, don't put it off
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Re: SPRING CHALLENGE - March 20 - June 21st 2011

Postby SMM2005 » Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:28 am

For the last 3 weeks of this challenge thread I need to focus on GETTING TO BED EARLIER, PERIOD!!!!!! (Except on weekends) :wink:

I now get up an hour earlier to start my workday. I am a nightowl and now get to work for 10:00am (no comments from you early birds) :wink: So, I will be in bed by no later than 12:00a, midnight!

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Re: SPRING CHALLENGE - March 20 - June 21st 2011

Postby kashtanka » Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:02 am

That's a good goal Susan. Good luck!
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