WARNING: “Stupid Girl Project” (SGP).

It always amazes, amuses and astounds me how much I enjoy the works of Danny Wallace. If you haven’t already, do give ‘Join Me’ or ‘The Yes Man’ a read (I read the former earlier this year and more-or-less pressed a copy onto half of my acquaintance straight after finishing. I think I even mailed a copy to Nai!). But it should tally that I like his work…he has his “Stupid Boy Projects”, and as many of you will know and appreciate, I often have some “Stupid Girl Projects” of my own going on.

One of which would be my list. You remember my list, right? Concocted late at night, full of thinky stuff, a list of 70 (yes, that’s seven zero. Not a typo) things I would like to do in the next five years (or so). Well, that was in March. It’s now August. And those of you who like your maths will recognise that with 70 things to complete….I need to get 14 done a year. So how many have I done up to now?

Drum roll, please…..


Yes, ladies and germs, so far I am ahead of schedule. And the ones I’ve done weren’t all just easy options either! Well, some of them were….but not all! Here are the dragons I have slain thus far!

1. I would like to register myself with a doctor…

And I have! OK, it took a midnight dash to casualty in the bumpiest cab ever, but the pain made me register!

2. I would like to sing a solo in front of a BIG crowd.

Does belting out an Aretha standard in front of all my pupils and colleagues count? Yes, I thought so.

3. I would like to try abseiling.

Terrifying, yet fabulous.

4. I would like to learn how to drive.

I love driving now. Bring on the uber-roadtrip, say I (and that’s a whole other SGP on its own, trust me. Details to follow).

5. I would like to visit the Houses of Parliament.

Amazing fun. And I saw John Prescott! And didn’t throw any diary products!

6. I would like to see an opera.

It was good. And beautiful. And involved me getting sung to and hugged by the romantic lead no less than twice – quite embarrassing, actually!

7. I would like to beat Peter in a game of badminton.

Lord knows how…but I did.

So seven are down.

63 to go.

Some, like visiting Toronto and Montreal, I imagine will happen in the course of time (bring on Canada, say I!). Others, like reading all of my friends’ favourite books, will take a while – not least because if you add all my friends together there are some scary numbers involved (not least because great sites like facebook etc. mean you can have more acquaintances and friends than ever before). And my friends are smart. You can all expect an email / comment about favourite books soon, because I need to get my list on, stat.

But hey, you all know how I love making lists!

I also need to watch a tonne of films. I’m ashamed to say that this ex-film student has only seen about 40 of the AFI top 100 films…

But it’ll keep me out of trouble, right? The original list is in my sidebar as a link —> feel free to click and giggle at all I need to do. Next update….oh, shall we say December?

Love, as always,


  1. whatigotsofar
    14th August 2007 / 12:10 pm

    I’m still amazed that you want to visit Canada. Its the kind of place thats nice to live there, but I wouldn’t want to visit.

  2. Wiwille
    14th August 2007 / 1:15 pm

    Badminton skills are a necessity.

  3. Cheryl
    14th August 2007 / 9:01 pm

    WOo-hoo! Well done you. I am in awe.Now, about those books. With so many people, there are bound to be duplicates, right? Maybe even some you’ve already read. And maybe they go for nostalgic books, not uber hard ones…

  4. Christielli
    15th August 2007 / 8:35 pm

    I’ve never read anything by Danny Wallace by himself, but I did read the one he wrote with Dave Gorman. Your projects sound great. Much luck with the reading one.Congrats on finishing 7 of your tasks. 🙂

  5. Pink
    18th August 2007 / 7:57 am

    I love your stupid girl project!I made a list like this about a decade ago. I achieved it all…and had an AMAZING decade!You go girl! Way to go on 7 achievements! I think I’ll make a new list!xxpinks

  6. daisies
    21st August 2007 / 3:59 am

    if you come to canada you have to come out west and visit me 🙂 and i’ll take you to the rocky mountains which are amazing!!i so need to make a list …

  7. Lamont
    21st August 2007 / 6:10 pm

    Claire, I gave you the Nice Girl award… come see my latest blog post!Tara

  8. Mattbear
    22nd August 2007 / 3:41 pm

    Hmmm. Maybe there is something to this list-making and goal-setting stuff after all.

  9. Wiwille
    23rd August 2007 / 4:43 pm

    Okay it’s about time for another post.

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