Category Archives: 101 in 1001

November Review for 101 in 1001

November wasn’t bad.  In fact I made quite a good start on my 101 list.

I finally finished my walk from home to Walt Disney World which I carried over from the last list.  I hadn’t realised I was quite so close to the end when I made the new list, oops!  I “walked” 160 km (100 miles) in November to go towards my new virtual walk from Walt Disney World to Disneyland. I have walked, approximately, from WDW to Williston, FL.

I also made my first video for a Younique product.  It is a bit rough around the edges and not as good as some “how to” videos for the 3D fiber lashes out there as I am still trying to work out how best to put them on/use them.  I have to say, however, that I will not be going back to “regular” mascara now even if I stop being a presenter for Younique.

Whilst I haven’t done exercise every day, I have done over 250 minutes of exercise every week and recorded over 35,000 steps each week.  The steps recorded do not include steps which could be added/calculated for gym sessions or swim sessions.

I finally got over the 7,500 hits/views on my blog which I carried over from the last list.


New Virtual Walk

I did it, I finally finished my virtual walk from home to Walt Disney World 😀  When I created my new 101 in 1001 list I didn’t realise that the walking I did in October actually completed my first virtual walk so I’m still keeping it in my list.

Now I’m moving on to the next virtual walk on my list – Walt Disney World to Disneyland.  I have been on Google Maps and the driving distance from WDW to DL is 4,018 km (2511 miles) but the walking distance is 3,977 km (2,485 miles) so I’m going to be following the walking route.  As with my previous walk, I am going to be measuring my distance in km rather than miles because I record all of my exercise distances in km and so does my fitbug (pedometer).

I am going to be starting the recording of my distance for this new walk from 1 November 2014.

Virtual Walk – April 2014 Review

During April, I walked or ran, or exercised, 195.73 km. I have now completed 5,849.26 km and have 1,032.74 km to go until I reach Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

I have left Henderson, NC and passed through Raleigh, NC. Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, is named after Sir Walter Raleigh and is also known as “City of Oaks”. From Raleigh I then walked south to Fayetteville, NC.

Another Virtual Walk Update

I looked at my Virtual Walk directions this morning and realised that I haven’t done a proper Virtual Walk update since 2nd January.  Yes, I did mention it in my 101 in 1001 update in March but apart from that, nothing.

And, yes, I have directions for my Virtual Walk.  I am walking from York, being my home city, to Walt Disney World.  I am measuring it “as the crow flies” which is a grand total of 6,882 km (4,301 miles, approx) and that is quite far enough, thank you.  But, I am plotting it on a map too.  I walked from York to Clifden on the east coast of Ireland, I can’t remember how far that was, and then I got directions from Google from Mary’s Harbour, NL, Canada to Animal Kingdom (because that is the park we always visit first).  I chose Mary’s Harbour because it was kind of a straight line from Clifden to there on the map.  The distance from Mary’s Harbour to Animal Kingdom is 4,334 km so I started plotting my route and distance travelled in North America once I’d walked 2,548 km.

Anyway, since my last update in January I have walked another 700.07 km giving a total of 5,775.84 km completed and 1,106.16 km to go.  I have now completed 3,227.84 km in North America and have now left Jersey City, passed through Newark, NJ, gone around Philadelphia, PA on my way to Baltimore, MD.  I then went through Washington DC, I should have stopped to have a look around, to Richmond, VA.  I am now in North Carolina heading towards either Durham or Raleigh.

OK, that’s it.  I’ll try to give a better update next time and maybe find out some information about the places I’ve “walked” through.

101 in 1001 Challenge – March 2013 update

I have 6 months left to complete my 101 tasks.  I’m not going to make all of them but I should be able to make most of them.

I have now completed 5,526.45 km of my virtual walk from York to Walt Disney World (total distance 6,882 km).  I’m going to have to pick up my walking/running if I’m going to make it in the next 6 months.

I’ve also completed 420.89 km of my 1001 km challenge.

I took part in the Royal Family 5K during the Princess Half Marathon weekend on 21 February 2014.  It was brilliant!  We didn’t get a very fast time, in fact it was really slow compared to what we had been doing – about 42 minutes – as when I put the entry in my son had never run so I selected a slow finish time for him.  As a consequence, we started in the “walkers” corral.  On the plus side, we ran the whole way instead of our usual intervals 😀

I have now written over 400 posts for my blog 🙂  Next goal? 500 posts.

More Soup

I’m on a roll, another new recipe for my 101 in 1001 task. Today it’s Carrot, Orange and Ginger Soup. It’s now cooling, waiting to go in the freezer with the Onion Soup. That is unless the Boy gets to it first.

I really enjoy cooking/baking and should try out new recipes more often.

I’ve typed this on my phone so I hope it uploads OK.

Virtual Walk – July 2013 Update

It’s been a while since my last update on my virtual walk from home to Walt Disney World but I’ve still been plodding along.  I have now completed (to 31 July 2013) 4,101.93 km and have 2,780.07 km to go.  With 415 days left of my 1001 days I have to average 6.7 km per day, do-able since I have averaged 7 km per day so far (4102/586).

Back in January, I decided to see how far it was from St Mary’s Harbour, NS, Canada to Disney World as it is a point which is almost straight across the Atlantic from the UK and Ireland so that I could map out a route for walking.  After all, trying to map a route across the Atlantic to Florida would be really boring.  The distance from St Mary’s Harbour to Animal Kingdom is approximately 4,334 km as a walking route on Google Maps, at least it was when I originally checked it back in January it comes up with something different each time I try to check it now.

So, using my original calculation of when I should have arrived in Canada, I have now completed 1,554 km since arriving across the pond.  In my last update, I was on the Trans-Canada highway at Port Hastings.  Since then I have been through New Glasgow, Memramcook (great name!), Moncton and Jemseg (ooh, another great name, right up there with the Wallops in Hampshire and all those lovely village names in Yorkshire), heading towards Fredericton.  I am currently also walking through York County :D.  Only about 100 km from crossing the border into Maine, USA so hopefully I’ll get into the US before the end of August :).

Running 1,001 km challenge

This is an update for my new challenge to run 1,001 km by my 101 in 1,001 deadline on 19 September 2014.  Fortunately, I was wrong.  Whilst I don’t have records for runs I completed since December 2011 when I started the 101 in 1,001 challenge, I do have records from the end of September 2012 so at least I do have 10 months worth of training runs, right?  Looking at it though, I didn’t do much running between September and April as I was in the pool more than the gym/running.  Oh well, it’s a start.

Here is a breakdown of running to date:

September 2012:  5.96
October 2012:  21.64
November 2012:  3.76
December 2012:  0
January 2013:  9.92
February 2013:  11.33
March 2013:  9.04
April 2013:  11.33
May 2013:  22.25
June 2013:  45.32
July 2013:   49.37 (to 27th July)
Total:  189.92 km

I still have 811.08 km still to go, so I think I’m going to stick with trying to complete 1,001 km before 19 September 2014 rather than 1,001 miles (1,001 miles would be the equivalent to 1,601.6 km).  So, I need to average around 60 km per month to reach my target.  If I find that I am going to make this easily, I’ll increase the distance goal to miles or add a new goal to my 101 in 1,001 list to run 1,001 miles.

Parkin – I finally made it

I don’t know how long I’ve had my great grandmother’s recipe for parkin but I’ve never actually made it.  For this reason, I put it on my 101 in 1,001 list at #48.

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Well, I finally made it.  It wasn’t as hard as I thought although there was a fair bit of guesswork involved as the recipe is so old and, I guess, was adapted by my grandma before the recipe was given to me by my mum about 18 years ago (I think I got it around the time my son was born).  The measurements are in cups, apart from the margarine/lard which is in ounces, but that’s OK as I have a lot of old recipes which use cups rather than weight and I have a couple of sets of measuring cups.  Where I could have come unstuck was the “Boiling water (guess little)”!  I decided to have a look in my Good Housekeeping recipe book to see if they had a recipe for parkin, they do, and see what their ingredients were and the quantities and then guess from there.  The Good Housekeeping recipe was slightly different for the ingredients and method of making and quite a bit different for the quantities but it gave me a good place to start to work out what a “little” amount of boiling water was.  I decided to pour 4 fl oz (100 ml) into a jug and put in a little at a time until I got to what I thought would be the right consistency.  It turns it it is about 3 fl oz (75 ml).  I then had to decide which tin to use – the recipe says a small, lined meat tin and the mixture should be 2″ deep.  Hmm, I don’t think I have a meat or square tin that small.  I know, I’ll use my loaf tin.  It seemed to work 🙂

I have had a little taste.  The result? It’s actually very nice although I think I might put in more ginger next time.

Disney Films – My top 10

OK, so I was looking through my 101 in 1,001 list and thought I really ought to try to clear some of the backlog.  I mean, I’ve only got until next September to finish it and there are some very basic tasks on there which shouldn’t be too hard to do.  I came across my task to “Make a list of my top 10 Disney films and blog about them” so here I am, making my list and putting them in a blog.

This is quite a hard list to compile as, let’s face it, there are a lot of Disney films out there.  I think I may end up with more than one list – Disney animation, Disney Pixar and the “live” films.

Disney Animation

  1. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) – no surprise here as Eeyore is my favourite character.  I also like all of the other 100 Acre Wood films: Tigger Movie (2000), Piglet’s Big Movie (2003), Pooh’s Heffalump Movie (2005) and Winnie the Pooh (2011)  
  2. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999)
  3. Beauty and the Beast (1999)
  4. The Lion King (1994)
  5. Peter Pan (1953)
  6. 101 Dalmatians (1961)
  7. Aladdin (1992)
  8. Mulan (1998)
  9. Bolt (2008)
  10. Tangled (2010)

I also like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Dumbo, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and many more but those are my top 10.


  1. Pixar
    1. Monsters Inc (2001)  
    2. Cars (2006)
    3. Toy Story 2 (1999)
    4. Toy Story (1995)
    5. Brave (2012)
    6. The Incredibles (2004)
    7. Cars 2 (2011)
    8. Ratatouille (2007)
    9. Toy Story 3 (2010)
    10. Up (2009)

    There are only 14 feature films made by Pixar to date so I’ve only missed 4 of them off.  They are A Bug’s Life (1998), Finding Nemo (2003), WALL-E (2008) and Monsters University (2013).  I haven’t seen Monsters University or WALL-E yet so they haven’t been considered for the top 10.

    Disney “live action”

    1. The Santa Clause  (1994) (also The Santa Clause 2 (2002) and The Santa Clause 3 (2006))  
    2. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
    3. Cool Runnings (1993)
    4. The Mighty Ducks (all 3 films) (1992, 1994, 1996)
    5. 101 Dalmatians (1996)
    6. The Sorceror’s Apprentice (2010)
    7. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
    8. The Princess Diaries (2001) and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)
    9. National Treasure (2004) and National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
    10. Pirates of the Caribbean (all of them) (2003, 2006, 2007, 2011)

    A mention must also go to Mary Poppins(1964), Tron (1982), Tron Legacy (2010), The Pacifier (2005), Sky High (2005), Freaky Friday (1976 and 2003), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) and all of the Herbie films (Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005), Herbie Goes Bananas (1980), Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977), Herbie Rides Again (1974), The Love Bug (1968)).