Project started: January 7th, 2013
Project ends: October 5th, 2015

Tasks in progress: 17 (005006, 007027032033047, 049052063064, 067, 070, 071081, 085, 089)
Failed tasks: 2 (041 – now completed, 046 – now completed)
Completed tasks: 40  (001, 002, 003, 008, 009, 010, 011, 013, 014, 015, 017018, 019, 024, 029041, 044045, 046, 048, 050, 051, 053073074, 075, 077, 079, 080082, 083, 087, 090, 092093, 094, 095096, 097, 099, 101)

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005 – Read (or listen to) 100 books (91-100)

Status: In progress

These are the latest books I’ve read and when I finished them:

91.   Boken om Joe (orig. The Book of Joe) by Jonathan Tropper – fiction novel (March, 2015)
92.   Den odödliga Henrietta Lacks (orig. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) by Rebecca Skloot – non-fiction (March, 2015)
93.   Innan floden tar oss by Helena Thorfinn – fiction novel (March, 2015)
94.   Den stumma flickan by Michael Hjorth & Hans Rosenfeldt – fiction novel (March, 2015)


You find all the books I’ve read here.

(And if there’s a title you don’t understand it’s most probably a title in Swedish; my first language.)

007 – Ask 5 people for book recommendations and read the first book they mention that I haven’t already read (2/5)

I was helping a friend out with taking care of her cats for an evening last week as my friend and her partner went out of town for a mini-vacation. I knew she had loads of books in her book shelves that I haven’t read so I sent her a text message asking her for a book recommendation. My only requirement was that she wouldn’t tell me to read a book in Danish or German.

She told me to grab a Sheila O’Flanagan-book. So I did. As she didn’t give me a title I decided on my way over to grab the one furthest to the left. And it ended up being  Too Good to be True.

This was my first Sheila O’Flanagan-book and in all honesty; most probably also my last… I really didn’t like it. I found the two main characters annoying. I couldn’t wrap my head around the events of the book. And it was just not interesting enough…

005 – Read (or listen to) 100 books (81-90)

Status: In progress

These are the latest books I’ve read and when I finished them:

81.   Jag är Malala (orig. I am Malala) by Malala Yousafzai – non-fiction (December, 2014)
82.   438 dagar by Johan Persson & Martin Schibbye – non-fiction about the two Swedish journalists’ 438 days in prison in Ethiopia (January, 2015)
83.   Mörka platser (orig. Dark Places) by Gillian Flynn – fiction novel (January, 2015)
84.   Porträtt i sepia ( orig. Retrato en Sepia, Eng. Portrait in Sepia) by Isabel Allende – skönlitteratur (February, 2015)
85.   We should all be feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – non-fiction (written version of her TEDx-talk) (February, 2015)
86.   Min mormor hälsar och säger förlåt by Fredrik Backman – fiction novel (February, 2015)
87.   Cirkeln (Eng. The Circle) by Mats Strandberg & Sara Bergmark Elfgren – fiction novel (February, 2015)
88.   Eld (Eng. Fire) by Mats Strandberg & Sara Bergmark Elfgren – fiction novel (February, 2015)
89.   Nycklen (Eng. The Key, available in June 2015) by Mats Strandberg & Sara Bergmark Elfgren – fiction novel (February, 2015)
90.   Too Good to be True  by Sheila O’Flanagan – fiction novel (March, 2015)

You find all the books I’ve read here.

(And if there’s a title you don’t understand it’s most probably a title in Swedish; my first language.)

005 – Read (or listen to) 100 books (71-80)

Status: In progress

These are the latest books I’ve read and when I finished them:

71.   Levande och döda i Winsford by Håkan Nesser – fiction novel (September, 2014)
72.   Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – fiction novel (October, 2014)
73.   Kära syster (orig. Sister Mine) by Tawni O’Dell – fiction novel (October, 2014)
74.   Välkommen till paradiset: reportage om turistindustrin by Jennie Dielemans – non-fiction about the tourism industry (November, 2014)
75.   Nattgästen (orig. Blast From the Past) by Ben Elton – fiction novel (November, 2014)
76.   Ru (orig. Ru) by Kim Thúy – fiction novel (/auto-biography?) (November, 2014)
77.   Expeditionen, Min kärlekshistoria by Bea Uusma – non-fiction and auto-biographical about Bea Uusma’s quest to find out how the three members of the Andrée’s Arctic Balloon Expedition died (November, 2014)
78.   En bluffpilots bekännelse, Thomas Salmes 13 år i himlen by Thomas Salme & Stefan Lövgren – non-fiction about the con-pilot Thomas Salme who flew commercially for 13 years without proper papers (November, 2014)
79.   Norwegian Wood (orig. Noruwei no mori, in English Norwegian Wood) by Haruki Murakami – fiction novel (December, 2014)
80.   En man som heter Ove by Fredrik Backman – fiction novel (December, 2014)

You find all the books I’ve read here.

(And if there’s a title you don’t understand it’s most probably a title in Swedish; my first language.)

058 – For a month spend at least 30 minutes every day writing (1/30)

I thought I’d try and tackle this task now in November considering it’s NaNoWriMo going on. I’m not aiming for a 50,000 word novel in a month (as my half hour of writing won’t be enough for me to produce 1,667 words a day) but I thought it would be an inspiring time to do this with so much Internet talk going on about NaNoWriMo.

Today I started writing using an idea I have about a neighborhood that’s very similar to the one I live in. It will all be about everyday life and secrets… Got about 500 words down today.

044 – Have brunch in a restaurant

Status: Completed!

My partner and I met up with two of our friends today for brunch. Their two kids were at the grandparents’ over the weekend so we had a couple of hours of adult time, which was really nice.

None of us had been to the restaurant before (Chez Madame in Malmö, Sweden) and we didn’t really know what to expect. The place serves organic and vegetarian food as well as bakes its own bread. We got there at 10am and luckily we had made reservations as the place filled up quickly.

I had expected a brunch buffet but we had a couple of dishes to choose from from a menu. I had oats and quinoa porridge with berries and honey, sourdough bread with sour cream and lemon curd as well as french toast with cinnamon, whipped cream and berries. It was all good but I especially liked the porridge and the lemon curd!

101 – Do 5 good deeds for people who haven’t asked for it (6/5)

September, 2014

I know this task is finished but I just wanted to share my drive-through-experience yesterday.

For years now I’ve read about how people in the US and Canada have done the nice thing of paying for someone’s order at the drive-through. I don’t often go to food places where one can drive through, but yesterday I decided to. And luckily there ended up being a line-up after me so when it was my turn to get my things and pay I asked to pay for someone after me as well.

It ended up being a simple order worth about $10, but hopefully the person who’s food I paid for appreciated it anyways.

I really liked the excitement involved here; will I get cars behind me?, will their orders be super expensive?, will the cashier just help me out and not make a fuss?

005 – Read (or listen to) 100 books (61-70)

Status: In progress

These are the latest books I’ve read and when I finished them:

61.   Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – fiction novel (July, 2014)
62.   Analfabeten som kunde räkna by Jonas Jonasson – fiction novel (July, 2014)
63.   I vargars närhet (orig. The Loop) by Nicholas Evans – fiction novel (August, 2014)
64.   En av oss (orig. En av oss) by Åsne Seierstad – non-fiction about the 2011 attacks in Oslo and on the island Utøya in Norway (August, 2014)
65.   Getingsommar (orig. The End of the Wasp Season) by Denise Mina – fiction novel (August, 2014)
66.   Så gott som död (orig. Good as Dead) by Mark Billingham – fiction novel (August, 2014)
67.   Sju jävligt långa dagar (orig. This is Where I Leave You) by Jonathan Tropper – fiction novel (September, 2014)
68.   Mina döttrars systrar by Barbara Voors – fiction novel (September, 2014)
69.   Änglar (orig. Angels) by Marian Keyes – fiction novel (September, 2014)
70.   Himmelsdalen by Marie Hermanson – fiction novel (September, 2014)

You find all the books I’ve read here.

(And if there’s a title you don’t understand it’s most probably a title in Swedish; my first language.)

053 – Invite friends over for a 3-course-meal

Status : Completed!

Tonight we’ve had 5 of our friends over for dinner. A 3-course-dinner.

I’m sorry I don’t have pictures of anything we ate, but it just didn’t feel right to bring out the camera to photograph the food… So I’m making a blog post about food without pictures. That’s sort of like eating an ice cream in a cone and forgetting to put the ice cream in there, right? A big no-no…

Anyways, we had some “nibbles” to eat while standing and catching up. We had sourdough bread cut in small cubes, grisini, cut cucumber sticks and carrots to dip in either olive oil, aioli or pesto.

For starters we had small cauliflower pizzas with veggies on them. The “dough” is made of raw cauliflower cut to itsy-bitsy pieces in a kitchen machine, blended with grated parmesan cheese, egg and salt and pepper. The “dough” is spread on a baking tray and baked in the oven for half an hour. We used sliced zucchini, red bell pepper, mushroom, olives and goat cheese as toppings and put it all back in the oven for ten minutes.

The main course was Tomato, Mushroom and Parmesan Risotto with barbequed pork loin. I had oven baked plum tomatoes and onion, basil, parmesan cheese and fried mushrooms in the risotto. It was topped with vines of oven baked cherry tomatoes, basil and parmesan cheese. Unfortunately we didn’t time it well with the grill and risotto. The risotto was done way ahead of the meat and got a bit too gooey before we served it. But, the flavours were excellent.

We rounded it all off with a chocolate cream topped with olive oil, sea salt and roasted coconut flakes. Super yummy!!! The chocolate cream was made of chocolate, cream, muscovado sugar and egg yolks.

As you (might) see, the evening had an Italian theme. Pizza, risotto and chocolate cream with olive oil. All 7 of us (plus one) are going to Sicily in a few weeks and we wanted to get together to start the count down. :)

089 – Write encouraging messages on notes and place in 10 books from the library (2/10)

August 25th, 2014 –

To be honest, I’ve forgotten about this challenge…

Today I returned a book on diversity to my local library. In it I placed a yellow Post It-note wishing the next reader of the book a great day and thanking her/him for wanting to learn more about the effects of intolerance.

071 – Transform our office at home into a creative studio

Status: in progress

The plan was to redo the whole room during our vacation this summer, but the weather turned out too beautiful for us to want to spend all days inside… So, we’re working on it slower than planned. But still; working on it. :)

I’ve emptied it. And mind you, that took some time. There’s a reason to why the room has been called “the Chaos Room” for four years now…

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We’ve torn down the wall paper where it had gone loose. We’ve taken out the base boards and cornices. And the “wooden” floor. And the vinyl carpet that was under it.

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We’ve glued gypsum boards on the walls. And have started to fill the joints with putty.

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There are still a thousand things left to do here, but I’m glad we’ve started and are on our way!