izmeina: (Don't panic)
Izzie has been a bit of a strange serpent of late. There’s serious drama over at the Dursleys. By next Friday all will be revealed. Until then there is nothing to do but keep the forked tongue crossed.
Combined with some recent posts from Catness and crazy troppo weather, it’s sort of triggered a serpent mid life crisis.
Last year had a lucky escape with a dodgy witchy wart gone feral. It got nuked in the nick of time but in the light of recent events, I cannot help but think that if I had lived in the USA a simple 1 hour nose job would have cost an arm and a leg.

But the autumn equinox brings relief from the sizzling summer and the promise of all sorts of green and growing things.

The whole business of goals and the search for some worthwhile purpose on this earth got the serpent to thinking that all the happiest times had one thing in common without exception - some project to be working on - be it tiny like a simple zentangle, a bit more ambitious like an 8 week online course with homework assignments and deadlines or some crazy hairy scary audacious goal like paying off a $25,000 mortgage in 250 days (it actually took 200 but was overshadowed by the evil scheming of DodgyDonald clone Dolores)


So it might be an idea to dust off and rejuvenate those long dormant spark plugs with some new grand project.
There’s been plenty of those that end up getting written down over and over again in the little green 5 year plan notebook. But it’s time to tweak those rituals a bit
Like Nanowrimo - what is needed is a real rather than an arbitrary deadline.

Grand Plans )


The Sneaky Tricksy way of getting stuff done.
Next best thing to having a private army of Zombie minions

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Izzie has been such a slacker of late. Been too busy squiggling over at the Superheroes and Popular culture online course that other lurking grounds in Cyberia have been seriously neglected.

It's now exactly 3 months (13 weeks to be precise) until Christmas Day. Scary how time flies and the older you get the quicker it goes.
This time in September is devoted to a certain serpentine ritual for the last 5 years or so at least although it's been formalized for about 4 of those.

It's not just Stalin and the North Koreans who have grand Five Year Plans. Even the ever so unambitious Izzie indulges in such planning fantasies. But strangely they have a way of working their magic which can often be noticed only after the event.

The Inner Witch insists on a particular implementation of this ritual. The basic idea using the formula of 3.1.5 - 3 months, 1 year and 5 years was snaffled from an inspiring couple who run Living Smart courses. The timing I chose to coincide with the solstices and equinoxes rather than the usual calendar quarters of 1st January, 1st April, 1st July and 1st October.

Wishful Thinking )
izmeina: smiling serpent (zmeya)
Izzie has been such a slacker of late. Been too busy squiggling over at the Superheroes and Popular culture online course that other lurking grounds in Cyberia have been seriously neglected.

It's now exactly 3 months (13 weeks to be precise) until Christmas Day. Scary how time flies and the older you get the quicker it goes.
This time in September is devoted to a certain serpentine ritual for the last 5 years or so at least although it's been formalized for about 4 of those.

It's not just Stalin and the North Koreans who have grand Five Year Plans. Even the ever so unambitious Izzie indulges in such planning fantasies. But strangely they have a way of working their magic which can often be noticed only after the event.

The Inner Witch insists on a particular implementation of this ritual. The basic idea using the formula of 3.1.5 - 3 months, 1 year and 5 years was snaffled from an inspiring couple who run Living Smart courses. The timing I chose to coincide with the solstices and equinoxes rather than the usual calendar quarters of 1st January, 1st April, 1st July and 1st October.

Wishful Thinking )
izmeina: (Default)
The End of Days

It’s time once again for the annual nostalgia fest for the year.

The Year of the Serpent )
izmeina: Strange Spiral Clock (Time Turner)
The End of Days

It’s time once again for the annual nostalgia fest for the year.

The Year of the Serpent )
izmeina: (Default)
Today turned out to be a not so scary solstice after all. It wasn't even sizzling and stinking hot but sunny and breezy and sometimes even a bit on the cool side but that is to be expected by the beach

For it was time to indulge in the annual ritual of watching the sunset. There are a whole bunch of other rituals associated with this day like drawing tarot cards as inspiration for the new year and unofficially sort of starting the new year. From years of observation this day seems to set the tone for the following year rather than New Year's Eve itself.

A new ritual has been added to the list and has proved most interesting indeed

The Little Green Book of Lists )
izmeina: Roz with clipboard from Monsters Inc (monsters inc)
Today turned out to be a not so scary solstice after all. It wasn't even sizzling and stinking hot but sunny and breezy and sometimes even a bit on the cool side but that is to be expected by the beach

For it was time to indulge in the annual ritual of watching the sunset. There are a whole bunch of other rituals associated with this day like drawing tarot cards as inspiration for the new year and unofficially sort of starting the new year. From years of observation this day seems to set the tone for the following year rather than New Year's Eve itself.

A new ritual has been added to the list and has proved most interesting indeed

The Little Green Book of Lists )

6,000

Mar. 1st, 2013 10:30 pm
izmeina: (Default)
Exactly 5 years and 5 days after the serpent’s solar panels were connected to the grid they clocked up the magic 6,000 kilowatts. It’s a pissy little 1kw system on a west facing roof so that is a reasonably good performance
These days it would cost less than half of the $5,000 it was back then but it would be a veritable nightmare sorting out the kosher from the crap. And the serpent would not be getting 47 cents for every unit sold back to the grid. These days in spite of being cheap as chips, solar panels are only worth the bother for big users.

Those panels were just one out of a hundred things on a certain ‘to do’ list started back in May 2007. Every now and again I indulge in such bouts of wishful thinking. A relic from the ancient days of 5 year plans from your local socialist utopia or maybe just a bit of wishful thinking

Sometimes you make a 5 year plan and forget all about it. Then years later those bits of paper with all that wishful thinking just turn up out of nowhere long after the initial enthusiasm has worn off. But the spooky thing is that a bunch of things have been ticked off. So somewhere deep in the recesses of the dark cobwebbed corners of the mind it has been remembered after all
So for that reason alone it is worth indulging in such list making and wishful thinking. After all even a 50% fail rate probably results in more stuff getting done than if the list never existed

So with this in mind started the first list of 101 things in 1000 days way back in May 2007. Managed to complete 48 of the 101 things on the list and another 18 were still in progress but the most significant thing turned out to be how the list alerted the serpent to possible opportunities that would have remained otherwise unnoticed. The very wishful ‘Earn 20% of income from other than work sources’ item was almost in the same league as “Win the lottery”
But the fact it was there made all the difference. When such an opportunity did indeed present itself, it was time to give it a second look rather than dismiss it outright. This one decision directly influenced other items on the second incarnation of the 101 things in 1000 days list

That one finished last week. It was pretty much abandoned after a bunch of Howlers from a certain toad last year but even before then was looking most miserable indeed
The final score ended up being a very sad and pathetic 17 ticks on the list for things completed and 18 items in progress. That left a ridiculous 75 items not even touched
But one of these 17 completed items was probably worth at least 20 of the completely and totally failed 75. Had aimed for paying $40,000 off the Lair but had managed to add an extra $16,000 to that and got rid of the whole thing entirely. A large part of achieving this goal was directly related to devoting all that non work derived income from the 2007-2010 list to increasing the house payments.

And now that the frumpy and ever so ancient serpent is still not gainfully employed, this single item along with the solar panels from the previous list have proved most useful and significant indeed.

There will be a new list but a bit less ambitious. It will be two years long instead of nearly three and will include only 5 things. But the big difference is that while each of these five big ticket items can be expanded to ten steps each to make a total of 50, unlike the old lists they are all part of a bigger picture rather than just a random collection of interesting or useful things to do

The hottest summer on record in this bit of Oz has well and truly nuked the serpent’s garden and the next six months will be devoted to tree planting and other devious means to keep that evil yellow blob in the sky from sizzling the soil next summer.

6,000

Mar. 1st, 2013 10:30 pm
izmeina: (oro)
Exactly 5 years and 5 days after the serpent’s solar panels were connected to the grid they clocked up the magic 6,000 kilowatts. It’s a pissy little 1kw system on a west facing roof so that is a reasonably good performance
These days it would cost less than half of the $5,000 it was back then but it would be a veritable nightmare sorting out the kosher from the crap. And the serpent would not be getting 47 cents for every unit sold back to the grid. These days in spite of being cheap as chips, solar panels are only worth the bother for big users.

Those panels were just one out of a hundred things on a certain ‘to do’ list started back in May 2007. Every now and again I indulge in such bouts of wishful thinking. A relic from the ancient days of 5 year plans from your local socialist utopia or maybe just a bit of wishful thinking

Sometimes you make a 5 year plan and forget all about it. Then years later those bits of paper with all that wishful thinking just turn up out of nowhere long after the initial enthusiasm has worn off. But the spooky thing is that a bunch of things have been ticked off. So somewhere deep in the recesses of the dark cobwebbed corners of the mind it has been remembered after all
So for that reason alone it is worth indulging in such list making and wishful thinking. After all even a 50% fail rate probably results in more stuff getting done than if the list never existed

So with this in mind started the first list of 101 things in 1000 days way back in May 2007. Managed to complete 48 of the 101 things on the list and another 18 were still in progress but the most significant thing turned out to be how the list alerted the serpent to possible opportunities that would have remained otherwise unnoticed. The very wishful ‘Earn 20% of income from other than work sources’ item was almost in the same league as “Win the lottery”
But the fact it was there made all the difference. When such an opportunity did indeed present itself, it was time to give it a second look rather than dismiss it outright. This one decision directly influenced other items on the second incarnation of the 101 things in 1000 days list

That one finished last week. It was pretty much abandoned after a bunch of Howlers from a certain toad last year but even before then was looking most miserable indeed
The final score ended up being a very sad and pathetic 17 ticks on the list for things completed and 18 items in progress. That left a ridiculous 75 items not even touched
But one of these 17 completed items was probably worth at least 20 of the completely and totally failed 75. Had aimed for paying $40,000 off the Lair but had managed to add an extra $16,000 to that and got rid of the whole thing entirely. A large part of achieving this goal was directly related to devoting all that non work derived income from the 2007-2010 list to increasing the house payments.

And now that the frumpy and ever so ancient serpent is still not gainfully employed, this single item along with the solar panels from the previous list have proved most useful and significant indeed.

There will be a new list but a bit less ambitious. It will be two years long instead of nearly three and will include only 5 things. But the big difference is that while each of these five big ticket items can be expanded to ten steps each to make a total of 50, unlike the old lists they are all part of a bigger picture rather than just a random collection of interesting or useful things to do

The hottest summer on record in this bit of Oz has well and truly nuked the serpent’s garden and the next six months will be devoted to tree planting and other devious means to keep that evil yellow blob in the sky from sizzling the soil next summer.
izmeina: (Default)
Izzie is beginning to suspect one of the real reasons for her incurable addiction to books. As well as being paper teddy bears or Portkeys to magical and mysterious worlds, they serve as a source for all sorts of inspiring or useful stuff. After all life is too short to reinvent the wheel.

Lists and little black books )
izmeina: (oro)
Izzie is beginning to suspect one of the real reasons for her incurable addiction to books. As well as being paper teddy bears or Portkeys to magical and mysterious worlds, they serve as a source for all sorts of inspiring or useful stuff. After all life is too short to reinvent the wheel.

Lists and little black books )
izmeina: (Default)
Snatched from the latest 101 things in 1001 days list

A mixture of important, urgent and just plain crazy

Just counted and there's 40 on the list
Will be interesting to see how many of those of those get ticked off. This time some of them are going to get specific dates and times attached

Lurking in the Lair

1.Plant 10 varieties of chili including nasty nagas,ghost chillis and Trinidad Scorpion
2.Be self sufficient in herbs and vegetables
3.Install ceiling insulation and whirly bird ventilation
4.Install drip irrigation in the garden
5.Make the garden drought proof for December till end of February

Out and about

13.Watch the summer solstice sunset at Cottesloe Beach
20.Go whale watching in Albany
21.Stay overnight at Rotto


Goblin Business


29.Earn 30% of income from other than work sources
30.Pay $20,000 off house
Goblin Gossip )
31.Write a will
32.Do 100 Buy Nothing Days )
35.Keep credit card balance in the black (or less than $200 in the red)
Been in the black since the start of this new list

36.Do the $20 groceries challenge at least 6 times (spending less than $20 on food for a week)

Geekish Things

37.Find and learn five free open source software programs
41.Use a graphics tablet to develop ideas for designing tarot cards
42.Sort out and watch DVD collection
43.Sort and put all computer related stuff in one place

Bookish Bits


52.Read "Against the Gods"
54.Read “This Perfect Day”
55.See all the Matrix movies
56.Read 6 science fiction novels
Including "Kraken""The City and the City" and "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress"
57.Read “M C Escher – Visions of Symmetry”
58.Enter and win Nanowrimo (ie write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days in November)
59.Learn to make handmade paper


Sybil Says

61.Create a Book of Shadows

64.Design and create a Tarot deck - split up because it is waaay too big for one goal
65.(Major Arcana)
69.Read "Hands on Chaos Magic" and do more than half of the exercises
25/05/10 Chapters 1 and 2

71.Create a serpent version of "Advanced Potions Making" (scrapbooking with a wicked twist)


Munchies


76.Find and make 6 recipes with chickpeas
77.Find and make 6 recipes with lentils
81.Make pesto instead of buying it
82.Make garlic soup
84.Make Mango and Chai Lassi

Odds and ends


87.Declutter and tidy the kitchen cupboards
88.Keep them that way
89.Master the Dark Art of Hyperbolic Crochet
94.Do a permaculture course
96. List 50 things that make the Izzie happy )



Corn and Kitsch

97.Read 3 Dan Brown novels
1 "Angels and Demons" 30/05/10 - 06/06/10
This is much more fun than expected. Izzie loves a good conspiracy


99.Read at least 3 books even worse than "The Alchemist"
izmeina: Strange Spiral Clock (Time Turner)
Snatched from the latest 101 things in 1001 days list

A mixture of important, urgent and just plain crazy

Just counted and there's 40 on the list
Will be interesting to see how many of those of those get ticked off. This time some of them are going to get specific dates and times attached

Lurking in the Lair

1.Plant 10 varieties of chili including nasty nagas,ghost chillis and Trinidad Scorpion
2.Be self sufficient in herbs and vegetables
3.Install ceiling insulation and whirly bird ventilation
4.Install drip irrigation in the garden
5.Make the garden drought proof for December till end of February

Out and about

13.Watch the summer solstice sunset at Cottesloe Beach
20.Go whale watching in Albany
21.Stay overnight at Rotto


Goblin Business


29.Earn 30% of income from other than work sources
30.Pay $20,000 off house
Goblin Gossip )
31.Write a will
32.Do 100 Buy Nothing Days )
35.Keep credit card balance in the black (or less than $200 in the red)
Been in the black since the start of this new list

36.Do the $20 groceries challenge at least 6 times (spending less than $20 on food for a week)

Geekish Things

37.Find and learn five free open source software programs
41.Use a graphics tablet to develop ideas for designing tarot cards
42.Sort out and watch DVD collection
43.Sort and put all computer related stuff in one place

Bookish Bits


52.Read "Against the Gods"
54.Read “This Perfect Day”
55.See all the Matrix movies
56.Read 6 science fiction novels
Including "Kraken""The City and the City" and "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress"
57.Read “M C Escher – Visions of Symmetry”
58.Enter and win Nanowrimo (ie write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days in November)
59.Learn to make handmade paper


Sybil Says

61.Create a Book of Shadows

64.Design and create a Tarot deck - split up because it is waaay too big for one goal
65.(Major Arcana)
69.Read "Hands on Chaos Magic" and do more than half of the exercises
25/05/10 Chapters 1 and 2

71.Create a serpent version of "Advanced Potions Making" (scrapbooking with a wicked twist)


Munchies


76.Find and make 6 recipes with chickpeas
77.Find and make 6 recipes with lentils
81.Make pesto instead of buying it
82.Make garlic soup
84.Make Mango and Chai Lassi

Odds and ends


87.Declutter and tidy the kitchen cupboards
88.Keep them that way
89.Master the Dark Art of Hyperbolic Crochet
94.Do a permaculture course
96. List 50 things that make the Izzie happy )



Corn and Kitsch

97.Read 3 Dan Brown novels
1 "Angels and Demons" 30/05/10 - 06/06/10
This is much more fun than expected. Izzie loves a good conspiracy


99.Read at least 3 books even worse than "The Alchemist"

Six Lists

Feb. 10th, 2010 10:00 am
izmeina: (Don't panic)
A short squiggle to sort out the stuff on that list

The Most Important Things

26.Finish CV
27.Apply for 12 jobs
28.Start Chartered Accountant registration and study
30.Pay $40,000 off house
31.Write a will
40.Back up important files at least once per month
65.Design a tarot deck


The Most Urgent

26.Finish CV
27.Apply for 12 jobs
28.Start Chartered Accountant registration and study
31.Write a will

The Hardest

27.Apply for 12 jobs
28.Start Chartered Accountant registration and study
30.Pay $40,000 off house
38.Learn Linux basics
44.Find 101 nice things to say about Bill Gates
53.Read "Lord of the Rings" from start to finish without skipping all the boring bits
65.Design a tarot deck
97.Begin a business from home
98.Sort out our munchies hoarding problem

The Easiest

51.Reread “1984”
54.Read “This Perfect Day”
55.See all the Matrix movies
80.Make dark chocolate moon truffles
82.Make garlic soup
83.Make DIY Dukkah and Zaatar

The Cheapest

49.Reread "Gödel, Escher, Bach"
51.Reread “1984”
52.Read the Potter series again from start to finish
53.Read "Lord of the Rings" from start to finish without skipping all the boring bits
54.Read “This Perfect Day”
55.See all the Matrix movies
56.Read 12 science fiction/fantasy novels
57.Read “M C Escher – Visions of Symmetry”
58.Finish reading “Against the Gods”
59.Learn to make handmade paper
98.Sort out our munchies hoarding problem
100 Keep credit card balance under $$600

The Dearest

14.Visit One Tree Hill (Orcland) at Full Moon
16.Visit Tasmania
20.Go whale watching in Albany
21.Stay overnight at Rotto
39.Get a new Preciousss ( we don't really need one but we wants one)
97.Begin a business from home

555/1001

Nov. 30th, 2008 11:13 pm
izmeina: (Don't panic)
Izzie well and truly missed the half way update so decided to pick a prettier number instead.
So based on an average of ten days per item, should have clocked up 55 or so completed items by now. But the map is most definitely not the territory. Only managed to get about half of that. A grand total of 29 ticked off the list
Some things on the list are nearly completed - most of the gardening and star gazing stuff for instance and others barely started or seriously on the long long finger.
The biggest items completed so far are the solar panels and reduction of water use as well as finally completing the public speaking list just this Friday gone. Had done most of it ages ago but since somehow managing to lose the sign off book, if it was not on the book it did not count.

Interestingly, some of the most important items are also the most urgent and have been seriously ignored - all the stuff pertaining to getting a proper Goblin job - signing up for CPA or preferably Chartered Accounting, finishing that resume and applying for goblin jobs instead of just being a lazy complacent serpent

Tackling the house and taming the credit card will also need to feature high on the list of new year's resolutions

Realised that some of the items are ridiculously ambitious. Many consist of 5 to 12 separate sections and as one of the folks in the public speaking group pointed out - designing a set of tarot cards involves 78 parts but counts as only one item on the list
Strange how sometimes the most fun things end up getting put off the longest along with the boring and serious stuff. This one would go very well with the free software programs and learning how to use the graphics tablet that's been sitting in the broom cupboard since May 2005.
The Hexen-Ecke and 12 poisonous plants would go perfectly together. Pity that wolfsbane does not like the hot and dry climate of the wild west of Oz

At this stage, since it is most likely based on the present rate of completion that only 20 something from the remaining list will get finished, should concentrate on the most important and urgent which also happen to be the most boring. Those are all the ones to do with work and money.

The most fun thing on the procrastination list is the tarot cards. It's time to stop dreaming and start drawing


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